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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 Development 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
- 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 8th person to lead Gladney throughout its illustrious 125 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 served on the Board of the Christian Mission for the United Nations Community for several years when he and his family lived in the New York area. He enjoyed a long career in business consulting and banking with Price Waterhouse, Citibank and Bank One in New York and Texas. He recently joined the Board of Directors of the Joint Council on International Children's Services, a Washington, D.C.-based child welfare advocacy organization. He also sits on the Board of Children's Home Society of America, an affiliation of agencies that share a common heritage.
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. I have been with Gladney since 1999, and recently took the reigns of Chief Financial Officer helping Gladney ensure good financial stewardship of the resources entrusted to us.
Love and Practicality: Adoption Financing
I received my B.A. in History and a minor in both German and Philosophy from Trinity University. I also attended the University of Freiburg, Germany for one semester for general studies. And finally, I went to Texas Tech University School of Law for my Doctor of Jurisprudence.
After my schooling I worked for the Texas Attorney General's Office as an Assistant Attorney General for 3 years. I became an employee of Gladney in January of 1990. I chose Gladney because of their strong child advocacy focus. Permanency for children was my goal and Gladney offered the opportunity to positively impact thousands of children.
My motivation at Gladney is to continue to grow and expand my knowledge and gain a greater ability to help children with systemic change to the state social services department and the legal system.
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 three 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 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 seventeen years, I have been responsible for Gladney's New York Office and running the Asia adoption programs.