Board of Directors
Ben Glass, Chair
Ben Glass is an attorney and entrepreneur in Fairfax, Virginia (www.BenGlassLaw.com). He is the father of nine children, four of whom have been adopted from China. He and his wife, Sandi, are very involved in adoption education and advocacy and are a prime source of information for parents thinking about adoption. In addition to his law practice he runs a marketing and consulting firm teaching lawyers how to market and grow their practices more effectively. Ben is the author of numerous consumer and business books.
Allen Sockwell, Vice Chair
Allen Sockwell is the founder of Sockwell Performance Advisors, an enterprise performance consulting firm. His work centers on assessing organization capability and developing strategies to improve leadership effectiveness and financial performance. Allen has a BS degree in General Management from Purdue University and has continued his professional development at the Harvard Business School, London Businss School, and Columbia University. He resides in Austin, Texas with his wife and five children. His daughters Brooke and Macy were adopted from China. Macy was cared for by Love Without Boundaries in the True Children's Healing Home.
Dan Ellsbury, M.D.
The newest member of the LWB Board of Directors, Dan Ellsbury is a neonatologist at Mercy Children's Hospitals and Clinics in Des Moines, Iowa, and the national director of quality improvement for a large physician practice company called Pediatrix Medical Group. He also performs clinical research with the NIH through his affiliation with the University of Iowa as an adjunct associate clinical professor of pediatrics. Dan and his wife, Lisa, have 11 children, including four who have been adopted from China.
Bonnie Straka, M.D.
Bonnie Straka and her husband, Andy, are the parents of six children, four of whom were adopted from China (Hunan, Anhui, Shaanxi, and Jiangxi Provinces). They live in Charlottesville, Virginia, where Bonnie practices dermatology and Andy writes mystery novels. Bonnie was part of the LWB medical team that served at Shanghai Children's Hospital in 2007. She has had a passion for adoption and orphan care/advocacy for decades and is honored to be part of an organization that makes such a difference in the lives of Chinese children.
Don White and his wife, Grace, are the parents of twin daughters, Reagan YaYun and Sydney YaQiu, adopted from Jiaozuo, Henan. Sydney and Reagan are cleft affected and were two of some 30 children who had their lips repaired on the very first LWB cleft trip in May 2004. Don and Grace are strong advocates on behalf of cleft affected children. Don is the founder and CEO of Treasure Coast Financial Services, a registered investment advisory firm headquartered in Stuart, Florida. His involvement with the MDRT Foundation has resulted in several grants assisting LWB programs.
Paul Duggan, Emeritus Chair
Paul Duggan is the president of Chicago-based Jackson Boulevard Capital Management and the adoptive father to twin daughters from the Anhui Province. Paul has been active in supporting projects to improve the lives of orphaned children in China since 2003, and the entire Duggan family is actively involved in LWB's mission of healing children.