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Gladney Center for Adoption Executive Profiles
The experience and solid leadership of Gladney's executives, along with the talent and dedication of our employees, help to make Gladney Center for Adoption a success.
Please select an executive's name to view biographical information:
- Frank Garrott, President & Chief Executive Officer
- Mark Melson, Chief Operating Officer & Executive Vice President
- Ellen Wilson, Chief Financial Officer & Senior Vice President
- Heidi Bruegel Cox, General Counsel & Executive Vice President
- J. Scott Brown, Executive Vice President
- Vickye Schultz, Senior Vice President
- Heather Beasley, Vice President, Human Resources
- Nonya Jordan, Vice President, Development & Events
- Gongzhan Wu, Vice President, Managing Director, Asia
Frank Garrott joined the Gladney Center for Adoption as Chief Operating Officer in 2007. One year later he was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, just the 9th person to lead Gladney throughout its illustrious 127 year history. Garrott had previously served nine years on Gladney's Board, but his affiliation with Gladney dates back much further – to 1987 when he and his wife adopted Phillip and four years later adopted their daughter, Hayden. They completed their family in 1993 with the arrival of their biological son, Sam.
Garrott serves on several boards. He is Vice Chairman of the Joint Council on International Children's Services, a Washington, D.C.-based child welfare advocacy organization. He sits on the Board of Children's Home Society of America, an affiliation of agencies that share a common heritage. He is a board member of Both Ends Burning, an organization committed to the mission that "every child deserves a family." Garrott is a founding board member of BraveLove, an organization focused on conveying the positive message of adoption to the public.
He enjoyed a long career in business consulting and banking with Price Waterhouse, Citibank and Bank One in New York and Texas.
Garrott received his B.A. from Duke University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.
I earned both my BBA and MBA from the University of North Texas and then worked as a financial consultant and in various fundraising capacities with North Texas not-for-profit organizations. Just before joining Gladney in 2008, I served for seven years as Director of Finance and Gift Planning for Harris Methodist Health Foundation and then as Chief Development Officer for Big Brothers Big Sister of North Texas.
I earned my BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at Arlington. As a CPA, I spent time in Public Accounting, Banking and Oil & Gas before joining the Gladney Team. I have been with Gladney since 1999 and previously served as VP of Finance for the Gladney Fund. In 2006, I took the reigns of Chief Financial Officer for the Gladney Center helping ensure good financial stewardship of the resources entrusted to us and overseeing the facility management of the beautiful Gladney Campus. In addition to duties as the CFO, I also participate with the Gladney Fund Board in the long-term investment management of Gladney’s endowment.
With the support of my husband and three children, I have been blessed to have the opportunity to focus my professional attention on the long-standing mission of the Gladney Center to Build Bright Futures thru Adoption.
Heidi Bruegel Cox is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel for the Gladney Center in Fort Worth, Texas, and has worked as an attorney in the field of adoption for over 24 years. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and serves on the board as secretary for the National Council for Adoption.
As a child advocate, Heidi is active in educating the public and promoting legislative initiatives to protect children and support positive adoption practices, Heidi previously served as a gubernatorial appointee to the Texas Adoption Review Committee which examined the child welfare system, seeking solutions to remove barriers to adoption for children in foster care.
Heidi has also served on the board of the Texas Family Law Council, which supports the efforts of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.
I graduated from The University of Texas at Arlington with a BBA in Accounting. My wife and I have three children, two are married and they have five biological and four adopted grandchildren between them. We adopted our third child from Ethiopia in 2007 when she was 7 years old.
Prior to working at Gladney, I was Director of Finance for the Harris Methodist Affiliated Hospitals where my duties included the oversight of financial operations for six rural hospitals, physician office management, a physician billing service, and a mobile diagnostic imaging service.
I joined The Gladney Center for Adoption team in 1990 and was initially responsible for the organization, direction and control of the accounting department, physician contracting and relations, plant operations, purchasing, insurance, information systems, the security and telecommunication functions of the Center. I now oversee the domestic and inter-country adoption programs.
I joined Gladney in 1993 to lead the Human Resources department. In 2000 I had the opportunity to lead the Birth Parent Services program where I strived to advocate for young women experiencing unplanned pregnancy to place children in forever families. I am now responsible for our New Beginnings and Independent Adoption Programs as well as our maternity home. Our goal is to provide comprehensive services to clients throughout the adoption process. We ensure all clients receive quality, professional and ethical adoption services as well as the support, encouragement, and guidance they need.
I graduated with a B.S. in Business Management from Le Tourneau University. In 2007 I was the first at Gladney to become a Child Placing Administrator.
I received my B.B.A. in Management Information Systems from Texas Tech University in 2001. In 2009, I received a Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Science in Human Resource Management from the University of Texas Arlington. I have been an active member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) since 2008.
After working in the Assisted Living field for 4 years, I became part of the Gladney Center for Adoption team in December 2005. Gladney is an amazing organization to work for and every day I am grateful to work with such a dedicated and passionate staff of professionals.
My goal is to recruit and retain the most talented and passionate professionals and become the Adoption agency of choice for students as they graduate with their advanced Social Work and Counseling degrees. My motivation at Gladney is to partner with staff to ensure they have the resources available to provide the best possible service and support to our clients. Finally, I hope our staff will continue to see Gladney as a fun, challenging, and rewarding place to grow in their careers.
Gongzhan Wu, Vice President, Managing Director, Asia
I have been with the Gladney Center for Adoption since 1994. Before I joined Gladney, I was working for ESPN Sports Network as its Director of Mandarin Language Service. I did my undergraduate in the Shanghai International Studies University, formally known as Shanghai Foreign Language Institute before I came to U.S. in 1987. With a Fulbright scholarship, I attended Columbia University and obtained a Master of Philosophy in Political Science in 1989. In the past twenty years, I am responsible for Gladney's New York Office and running the Asia adoption programs.