Our AAC staff is comprised of highly professional, enthusiastic team members!
Larry Bebo, President
Larry is the President and founder of AAC. Through his personal experience of adopting 28 children, he determined to create a family-focused and personal adoption agency in Colorado. As president, Larry oversees the mission and financial strength of the agency and manages the relationships between the agency and their international partners.
Larry's continued passion for AAC's work stems from the joy he experiences seeing happy families brought together. He enjoys the opportunity to meet new people and he finds dealing with the challenges of working with foreign governments rewarding. Larry sums up his life work in three words: family, family, family.
Christie Lasko, Excecutive Director
Christie Lasko has worked with AAC since 2000. Initially employed as a Korean Tour Coordinator and part-time assistant, she led the annual Taste of Korea tours, which she continues to do as a full-time staff member. A Korean adoptee herself, Christie is able to use her formidable Korean language skills and cultural expertise to help create an enjoyable and educational travel experience for families.
Christie became a full-time staff member at AAC in 2001 and took on the role of Executive Director in 2015. She now oversees all AAC office operations, facilitating communication between the Chinese and Korean adoption agencies/orphanages and supervising office staff. Christie is very connected to her team and ensures that each adoption goes as smoothly as possible.
Christie's own adoption experience, and her strong relationships with her 29 siblings, has contributed to her passion for the adoption community. Even after almost 15 years of working with adoptive families, Christie still loves seeing families come together and watching them grow. She continues to find it a tremendously rewarding job and appreciates AAC's commitment to their adoptive families long after their adoption finalization. In her moments away from the AAC office, Christie spends time with her husband and two daughter's and her thriving community of extended family.
Regina Johnson, Korea Program Coordinator
Regina has been with AAC since June 2009. As the Korea Program Coordinator, she's responsible for assisting families with their Korea adoptions from start to finish. In her 20+ years of experience working in faith nonprofits, she has witnessed the profound impact of happy, healthy families on communities, and she is passionate about connecting orphaned children with good homes. Regina particularly enjoys the process of adoption finalization, where she gets to participate in the formal celebration of family togetherness. As a dedicated mother to five adult children and a grandmother to a spunky granddaughter and a charming grandson, Regina is very family-centered and cares for her adoptee candidates like extended family. When she's not at AAC, she enjoys working in her garden, playing with her pets, and spending time with family and friends.
Karen O'Hare, Dossier Specialist
Karen became a part of the AAC family in January 2015, although you may have seen her volunteering at AAC family gatherings prior to that. As the Dossier Specialist, Karen navigates families through the somewhat daunting paperwork process. She is always available to answer families questions. Karen has a detail orientated eye that makes her the perfect person to help families complete their dossier quickly and efficiently. She enjoys knowing that the work she does will help to bring children together with their forever families.
Outside of work, Karen enjoys spending time with her husband, three children, and seven grandchildren. She is also an avid reader. You can often find her enjoying a good book.
Nicole Brown, Waiting Child Specialist
Joni Garner, Post-Adoption Specialist
Joni originally joined the AAC team in 1998 after adopting her daughter from China. In fact, her family was part of AAC’s very first group of families to adopt from China. I guess you could say she was a pioneer of sorts. Joni later adopted a second daughter from China. Both girls have grown into lovely young ladies.
Joni was an integral part of the AAC staff from 1998-2009. As part of the team, she worked diligently to guide families through each step of the process. Joni rejoined the team in September 2017. Part of her new role is to assists families through the post-adoption period, although she does so much more. Her personal and professional experience are a great benefit to our adoptive families. One of Joni's favorite things are AAC's family gatherings. She cherishes the ongoing opportunity to see families as they evolve over the years.
In her spare time, Joni enjoys spending time with her family and friends, gardening and completing a wide variety of home projects.