Who’s Involved (Volunteers & Advisory Team)

AVI FOUNDER

Indigo Willing in the officeIndigo Willing
Researcher, PhD,  Sociology, University of Queensland – Australia
AVI Founder (also co-founder and co-convener of the Asian Australian Film Forum and Network)
Bio / Fundraising

AVI WEB DESIGNER

Jessica EmmettJessica Emmett
Freelance Illustrator & Artist – UK
AVI Website Designer & Advisory Network Member, Creator & Illustrator of Adopted the Comic
AVI BioAVI 35th ReflectionsAdopted the Comic Website  / Art Portfolio Website

 

AVI ADVISORY NETWORK

The below people have assisted AVI to develop content, moderate forums, and from time to time provide advice on special topics. For general contacts please visit country pages but please note AVI is a modest volunteer project with a website providing some archival information and a social network group and page, but does not have formal representatives or formal services. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

in alphabetical order

EmmanuelleEmmanuelle Babey 
France (up until 2010)
Developing a new VN Adoptee Resources Web
AVI Bio / AVI Reflections

Bert BallardRobert ‘Bert’ Ballard
PhD, Academic at Uni.of Waterloo, Ontario – Canada. (Soon at Pepperdine Uni., California). Editor of ‘Pieces of Me’ book, Co-author – Adopted the Comic, Chair – Stratford Intercountry Adoption Summit ’10.
Waterloo Bio / Pepperdine BioPieces of Me (for Teen Adoptees)Summit Website / Adopted the Comic

Kim Nguyen Browne & HuongKim Nguyen Browne
UK
Founder of Vietnam Volunteer Network (VVN)
AVI BioAVI Go Vap OrphanageVVN Website

Natalie CherotNatalie Cherot
(Non-Adoptee Advisory Committee Member)
PhD, Sociology & Editorial & Founding Team Member of Conducive Magazine and Imagined E-Journal
AVI BioConducive Website

Viktoria CowleyViktoria Cowley
UK
Founder of Vietnam Orphans of War – Voices Today & director of Special Delivery documentary.
Special Delivery Website

David Fisk
USA
AVI E Group and Facebook Group Chief Co-Moderator.
IT Professional

Jen FitzpatrickJen Fitzpatrick
Co-Founder of IAC Group, Adoptee National Representative 2011 for NICAAG, Former Adoption Officer with Adoption Services Queensland, Operation Babylift, TTAF Initiative Committee (Brisbane)
AVI BioJen’s Story (Youtube) / AVI 35th Reflections / TTAF Brisbane

Ty GastonTy ‘Phoon’ Gaston
Australian
Operation Babylift and Admin Team Member
AVI Bio

Trista GoldbergTrista Goldberg
USA
Founder/Director of Operation Reunite and DNA Register project.
AVI BioAVI 35th Reflections / AVI ReunitedOperation Reunite Website

Dominic GoldingDominic Golding
Australia – Artist, Theatre Performer & Playwright. Screenplay and lead performance of ‘Shrimp’. Touring Transcultural Adoptee Films (TTAF) Initiative Committee (Melbourne Event Organiser)
Being Vietnamese AVIDominic’s Website / Shrimp website / TTAF Melbourne

Tricia HoustonT. Houston
Teacher & Writer – USA
Committee Member of Operation Reunite Return to Vietnam 2010 Trip
AVI BioVietnamese Adoptees Blog

Anh Ðào Kolbe - Photo by Nate Bae KupelAnh Ðào Kolbe
Photographer & Community Activist – USA
Committee Member of Operation Reunite & Photographer of  Portraits of Vietnamese Adoptees series
AVI Bio / Portrait Series WebsiteAnh Ðào website

Patrick L.Patrick L
Germany
AVI Advisory Committee
AVI Bio / AVI 35th Reflections

Ruth TullochRuth Tulloch
Teacher & Community Engagement – Australia
Teacher, Long term Community Engagement with SA VN and Multicultural Communities & Media Artist
AVI Bio

 

AVI MEDIA & PR ADVICE

Analee MatthewsAnalee Matthews
Journalist & Editor for Fitness First magazine- Sydney, NSW Australia
AVI Bio / analee@allsmilescreative.com.au

 

Please note the information above is updated by volunteers and from time to time may be out of date. If you are listed and wish to update your contact info please email: tratnaresearchgroup@gmail.com – please also respect that the people below are all volunteers and have busy lives and reserve the right to only engage as much as they feel is possible at the time. Additionally, while we’re here to support each other, it’s an informal group and no one can act as a social worker, counsellor or psychologist. We’re a community group. It’s not fair or possible to expect more. If people know someone in real distress, please let them seek professional assistance and post adoption services. For more immediate intense situations, please know there are help lines available in every country. In Australia contact: https://www.lifeline.org.au – The link below also has more information on various post adoption services for Australians. Note only some of these groups have professionally trained staff who do counselling (as mentioned before, community groups like AVI cannot do this) but if you contact the government departments they should have useful tips:

http://www.ag.gov.au/FamiliesAndMarriage/IntercountryAdoption/PostAdoptionSupport/Pages/contactdetails.aspx?hc_location=ufi