UMOJA MN

Alisa Matheson is a Recruiter and Family Educator with EVOLVE. Prior to working at EVOLVE, Alisa worked in adoption, as a professional, a foster parent and now as an transracial adoptive parent. She attended the University of Northwestern Minnesota for psychology, with an emphasis on marriage and family counseling. Alisa is an amateur photographer and loves cooking, coffee & a wide variety of music. She lives in Minnesota with her daughter.

Yvette Giles is a Program Manager at EVOLVE with 15 years of social service experience that includes adoption recruitment, supervising court ordered visitation for families in child protection, and residential counseling at a homeless shelter. She holds a BS in Family Social Science and a MSW from the U of M. Yvette currently works in the foster care program where she continues to work with children, and birth, foster, kin and adoptive families. She enjoys spending quality time with family and friends outside of work.


UMOJA WI

Julie Schwaller Ryno is a Director for Umoja. She is the adoptive mom of two African-American children. She co-founded Umoja along with Dr. Bola Delano in order to fill a need for her children. She is an active member of St. Bernard Parish in Appleton, WI and is the National Sales and Marketing Manager for Diversified Woodcrafts, Inc. in Suring Wisconsin. She resides in Grand Chute, WI with her husband Bill and children, Sarah and Caleb.

Bill Ryno is a Director for Umoja, Inc. He and his wife, Julie have adopted two African American children and have dedicated their lives to helping trans-racial families understand and embrace their children’s heritage. Bill is an active member of St. Bernard Parish in Appleton, WI and is an independent sales representative. He resides in Grand Chute, WI with his wife Julie and children Sarah and Caleb.

Bola Delano-Oriaran, Ph.D. is currently an Assistant Professor of Education in the Teacher Education Department at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. She inspired and co-founded the Fox Cities Rotary Multicultural Center in Appleton, WI. Dr. Delano presently serves on the Board of Directors for the Fox Cities Rotary Multicultural Center and Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin. She is the recipient of the Downtown Appleton Rotary Club Charles and Patricia Heeter Award. In 2000, the Wisconsin State Human Relations Association presented her with an Outstanding Human Relations Educator Award. She resides in Appleton with her husband and lifetime friend, Dr. Philips Oriaran and her daughter.

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