Directors and Staff
Andrea Kelley, Executive Director and Chair, is a musician and Suzuki trained teacher with degrees in performance from Indiana University and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Over the years she has enjoyed a variety of musical activities ranging from playing with The Who, Led Zeppelin and Johnny Mathis to touring Europe with orchestras. Andrea currently focuses her time on family, students, and Ethiopian Adoption Connection. She supports the voice of adoptees and natural families and is an advocate for adoption reform. The Kelleys have been in an open adoption with the known family of their children since 2004 and visit regularly. Andrea’s not-so-secret passion is eating Ethiopian food as often as possible, about which her kids tease her mercilessly.
Blene Moltotal, Ethiopian Family Intake and Cultural Support – Generally, I have what they call it executive personality. Leadership, counseling and teaching might be good terms to define me well. My life theme includes: dedication, direct, honesty, order and organized. My unique strength includes: planning, facilitation, doing to the highest standard and evaluation. I also know of fundraising and SPSS. I seem to work best on projects with structure and cause. I like to work in team and relate with others as an influencer. My areas of teaching includes: Child development, how to counsel youth, temperament, mentoring, program facilitation, and parenting. I am interested in professional works which uses research, counseling and teaching skills for the betterment of an individual, a group or society. I am a graduate of Addis Ababa University.
Danielle West, Adoptee and Adoptive Family Intake Trained as a nurse, Danielle spends most of her time these days homeschooling her five adorable children. Danielle has been with Beteseb Felega since its inception and works as our adoptee and adoptive family intake coordinator. As someone deeply involved with her community, Dani is also president of her children’s homeschool association. She and her husband are parents to a daughter from Ethiopia.
Mrs. Kalkidan Alelign, VP and Director, did her Masters degree in Social Work specializing in children and families in Addis Ababa University School of Social Work and got her BA in Sociology and Social Anthropology from the same university. As a senior social worker she possesses ample experience in the area of Adoption, providing psychosocial support, translating and working with marginalized segments of the society. Through her involvement with different humanitarian and nongovernmental organizations both as an employee and a volunteer, she was coordinating various programs and providing technical support. Her thesis that focuses on Ethiopian birth mothers’ experience after relinquishment is serving as an insight for many who were not aware of birth mothers’ situation and depicts a glimpse of their day to day life. Mrs Kalkidan is Vice President in Ethiopian Adoption Connection (EAC) and aspires to help many.
Tracey Chambers, Director and Secretary is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia University School of Law. She has been an attorney for the United States Government since 1994. Tracey is a native New Yorker, but now lives in Washington, DC area. She is an intrafamily adoptee, and supports the voice of adoptees and first family. She adopted her daughter from Ethiopia in 2006. She and her daughter returned to Ethiopia in 2013. Since that time, she has maintained open and regular contact with her daughter’s Ethiopian family..
Wendy Rhodes, Director and Fundraising Wendy is an experienced non-profit executive specializing in fundraising and strategy for cultural organizations. She has previously held positions with the New York Philharmonic, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Boston Lyric Opera, and is currently the Director of Institutional Relations and Campaign at the world-famous Apollo Theater. Wendy holds an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business as well as a Masters of Music in Voice/Opera Performance from Louisiana State University. Wendy is the mom of two boys through the miracles of birth and Ethiopian adoption. She is an advocate for adoption reform, transparency in adoption, and especially for ensuring that Ethiopian adoptees are able to know their histories and make connections with their birth families whenever possible.
Rachel Wentworth, Director, has worked in nonprofit civil rights organizations for sixteen years and has twelve years of grant and program management and technical assistance experience. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Hiram College and a Master’s Degree in Community and Regional Planning from Temple University. Rachel and her husband adopted their son from Ethiopia in 2011. She and her family reside in Philadelphia, PA. Rachel believes deeply that open adoptions significantly benefit all members of the adoption triad and that adoptees have the right to full knowledge of their personal histories.
Water.Org, Country Director, Ethiopia
CEO Revocup and Revocup Foundation
Adoptee Advisory Board
Claudia Corrigan D’Arcy