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 Business 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.
Jason Ayres is a family practice physician from Southside, Alabama who enjoys caring for everyone from babies to the elderly and has been the medical director of a community hospice program. Jason became acquainted with LWB through our Heartbridge Healing Home when he was volunteering at New Hope Foundation in China in 2013. He and his wife Lauren have eight children, four of whom were adopted from China.
Dan Ellsbury, M.D.
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 13 children, including six who have been adopted from China.
Lisa Ellsbury has devoted her life to being a mom to kids with severe and complex medical problems. She has a special place in her heart for the many orphaned children she has seen in China and has become an active blogger (seriouslyblessed.com) and advocate for adoption of orphans with special needs. She has connected with a large and generous network of families who have felt the call to care for “the least of these." Lisa and her husband Dan currently reside in Des Moines, Iowa with their 13 children.
Tony McQuinn, his wife Mary and their five children live in the San Francisco Bay area. Tony has over 20 years of international technology and patent licensing experience and has been traveling to China on business for over 15 years. In his current position as a Director of Standards Licensing, he works with companies from all over the world in the development of technical standards organizations and joint patent licensing programs. The McQuinns have two biological sons and then began their adoption journey in 2008 with the adoption of an infant daughter from Korea, followed shortly by an infant son, also from Korea, the following year. Tony first came in contact with LWB while adopting an older daughter from China in 2013. Since then he has continued to advocate for the children in his daughter's Believe in Me school as well as for other LWB children in China.
Joanne Owyang was born in Taiwan and immigrated to the US with her family at age five. She has enjoyed a successful career in accounting and finance and is currently the CFO of TechSpace, a nationwide provider of flexible office space and technology infrastructure for small to mid-sized companies. Joanne lives with her husband Jason and their three children in Orange County, California. Their younger son and daughter were adopted from China as toddlers. Joanne was first introduced to LWB when they were paper-chasing process for their first adoption. Fluent in Mandarin, Joanne is committed to raising her children to be bilingual. She loves China, reading, and traveling with her family.
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.