AVI Founder and Co-Convener
Dr Indigo Willing (2000 – current)
Indigo is a Vietnamese adoptee raised in Australia and founded AVI in 2000 on the 25th anniversary of the Vietnam War ending. She is a Researcher, Writer, Community Volunteer. She was awarded a Medal in the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2006 (resigned in 2021) and a PhD in Sociology, University of Queensland, Australia in 2010. Her PhD and MA theses were on the topic of international adoption. She is also a former Rockefeller Fellow, UMASS, Boston, USA, and has written a number of publications, book chapters and in anthologies about adoption and continues to work behind the scenes in AVI today. Web: http://www.indigowilling.com
Jane Joy (from 2021)
Jane was raised in the USA has joined AVI ‘s international team of volunteers at the early part of 2021 as a co-moderator/convener of the AVI FB Page and Group and co-manager of the website. We are grateful to have her assistance and insights.
Dr Robert ‘Bert’ Ballard (on leave from 2020)
PhD, was an Academic at Uni.of Waterloo, Ontario – Canada. and former Professor at Pepperdine Uni., California). Editor of ‘Pieces of Me’ book, Co-author – Adopted the Comic, Chair – Stratford Intercountry Adoption Summit ’10. See Google Scholar. He is currently having a break to spend time with his family and also start up a new business where he gets to spend much of his time with beautiful and kind therapy and service dogs.
Ed books incl / Pieces of Me (for Teen Adoptees)
AVI Web-Design and Co-Web Host
Freelance Illustrator & Artist – UK
AVI Website Designer & Advisory Network Member, Creator & Illustrator of Adopted the Comic. Jess helped re-new the website in 2011 and currently assists behind the scenes.
AVI Bio / AVI 35th Reflections / Adopted the Comic Website / Art Portfolio Website
AVI Founding Advisory Network
The below people have at various stages been pivotal in assisting AVI to develop content, moderate forums, and from time to time provide advice on special topics. AVI is a volunteer project with a website providing some information and a social network group and page, but does not have formal representatives or formal services. Some bios need updating but are kept below for archival purposes. Thank you for your understanding and patience.
in alphabetical order
David was key to setting up and moderating our former AVI Yahoo Group and also assists behind the scenes with the AVI Facebook Group as a Co-Moderator. He was adopted from Vietnam and is now an IT Professional.
Founder/Director of Operation Reunite and DNA Register project. Trista has been a leading figure in the US Vietnamese adoption community and does humanitarian work with Amerasians as well. She created the first Vietnamese adoptee DNA registry which she still oversees today.
AVI Bio / AVI 35th Reflections / AVI Reunited / Operation Reunite Website
Dominic is a Vietnamese Australian Adoptee, Artist, Theatre Performer & Playwright. He created the first Viet adoptee screenplay and lead a theatre performance in the play ‘Shrimp’. He was also one of the touring Transcultural Adoptee Films (TTAF) Initiative Committee (Melbourne Event Organiser). Dominic is currently studying his PhD and working as a refugee and disabilities support and policy expert.
Being Vietnamese AVI / Shrimp Play Website / TTAF Melbourne
Teacher & Writer – USA
Tricia was a committee Member of Operation Reunite Return to Vietnam 2010 Trip and has helped over the years with meet ups in the US and information related to being adopted from Vietnam. She is currently raising her child and still connected to us all, sharing her positive energy and kindness.
AVI Bio / Vietnamese Adoptees Blog
Analee Gale née Matthews
Analee was one of the original AVI Advisory Committee Members. She also has had a long career as a Journalist & Editor. She is still in contact with us today and assists when we have special enquiries about Vietnamese adoption from her personal and media professional experiences.