Terri is the adoptive mom of a 19-year-old young woman who is the love of her life. Terri’s all-time favorite action hero is her daughter’s birthmother, who made an adoption plan while she was a senior in high school.
In 2008 Terri identified the need to more actively suggest adoption: today <2% of young women facing unplanned pregnancy choose adoption for their babies, while there are over one million childless couples in the US hoping to adopt. After ten gratifying years of parenthood, and 25 in high tech marketing & communications, she founded Unplanned Good in 2010. Terri leads the Unplanned Good efforts to encourage pregnant girls to consider making an adoption plan. She hopes to spread the word that adoption can be a blessing for all involved.
Terri is also on the Board of Pharaoh's Daughters, (https://pharaohsdaughters.com/) an online marketplace which supports the care of orphaned children all over the world.
John Schwarz is delighted to serve on the Board of Unplanned Good. John himself is an adoptee, and in 2012 he found and connected with his birth family. His adoption journey and incredible reunion story prompted him to become more involved in promoting adoption. John says that building a relationship with this whole new branch of his family has been one of the most exciting and incredible experiences of his life, and he is truly grateful to them.
John lives in Los Gatos with his wife and two children, and he works as a Vice President of an environmental consulting firm in San Jose. John enjoys spending time with his family, and in his spare time also enjoys jiu jitsu, golf, and snowboarding. John holds a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an MBA from Santa Clara University.
Lysa lives in Santa Clara, CA with her husband and two children, and works as a Global Program Manager for a technology company in San Jose. Lysa is also a birth mom, having placed her daughter for adoption when she was a teen. She enjoys playing soccer as well as coaching soccer, and loves spending time with her entire family whenever she has the chance. Lysa holds a Bachelors in Legal Studies from Kaplan University.
Dana Clifford is on staff at a local San Jose church and has been passionate about investing in the lives of young people for many years. This passion, along with her friendship with Terri, has drawn her to want to be a part of Unplanned Good. She feels that it is vitally important to so many that the benefits of adoption are promoted and wants do her part.
Dana graduated from North Texas State University with a degree in business administration, and then saw her life move from the business world to the home world for many years as she and her husband raised their two sons.
Katie Mayeda is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working with people struggling with severe mental health and co-occurring disorders since 2002. She has supported families in multiple settings including foster care, adoption, and criminal justice population. She has a private practice providing therapy and support for clients and non-profit agencies through training, coaching and consulting.
Katie earned her Masters in Social Work from San Jose State University and a Bachelors of Science from William Jessup University.
Along with Katie’s professional knowledge of adoption, she also has personal experience being a teenage birth mother who chose to make an adoption plan for her son. This decision influenced her career path and her involvement with Unplanned Good.