Who We Are
DNAConnect.Org is a service being provided by Research-China.Org, a well-established organization that has been researching information about China adoptions since 2001. Its founder, Brian H. Stuy, has a mission to provide as much information as possible to China-adopted children about their birth stories and histories. DNAConnect.Org is his new venture to assist adoptive families, adopted children, and birth families in finding their DNA matches, whether it happens in two months or twenty years.
Our Board of Directors
DNAConnect.Org has four board members who serve as a "sounding board," ensure the transparency of funds, provide outreach assistance, and assist with policy decisions:
Lan and Brian married in October 2004. Lan is extremely experienced in searching and locating birth families in China. The mother of three Chinese daughters, she has worked with adoptive families since opening her store on Shamian Island (Guangzhou) in 1996. Lan maintains an active and extensive network of contacts inside China that assist in birth family location, DNA collection, and media publicity.
Angela is previously the director of communications for Cardiac Science, a small publicly-held medical device company from 1993-2000. For Cardiac Science she authored the communication to investors, distributors, hospitals and physicians. Angela is the mother of a bio son and a daughter from China. She has been a very visible presence in the adoption community and brings experienced outreach and communication skills to DNAConnect.Org.
Gina is the mother of three children, one adopted internationally from Lithuania in 2006. She has an undergraduate degree in psychology and earned her juris doctorate from the Dickinson (PA) School of Law in 1988. In addition to practicing law, Gina has taught in both public and private schools. She is a founding member of the Lithuanian Adoptive Parents Association (LAPAS); was the Internet and Orphanage Support Chairperson for Families for Russian and Ukrainian Adoption (FRUA-PA); and was a founding member of Parents for Ethical Adoption Reform (PEAR), serving its board until she retired in 2013. She also serves as a moderator for numerous online adoption support groups.
Gina currently owns a used bookstore and enjoys a quieter life, but she continues to be a strong advocate for adoption education and reform.
Zoe was adopted from China in 1999 and grew up in Michigan alongside three other adopted sisters. She was matched through DNAConnect.Org with her birth family in 2019 and has since traveled to China to meet them. Zoe graduated from the University of Michigan in 2018 and currently works as a software engineer in New York City. She uses her story and the life-changing experience she had reuniting with her birth family to help with outreach to other adoptees.