About the Staff

The gift of adoption is watching a little boy named Henry develop into a thriving two year old in just a little over a month after his arrival home to the US! He is now healthy, walking and already speaking many words of English and Chinese! We are very grateful to the Gift of Adoption for helping make Henry's journey to the US become a reality! What a difference you have made in a little boy's life.

Jennifer (adopted Henry in 2008)

Gift of Adoption is committed to organizational efficiency. To that end, Gift of Adoption employs only four staff members. Meet our dedicated and talented staff:

  • Pam Devereux, CEO (FT), pdevereux@giftofadoption.org
    Prior to joining Gift of Adoption, Pam served as Executive Director of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois, Chief Sales Officer for Zurich Direct, and Assistant Director within Ernst & Young’s Transaction Advisory Services practice. Pam is a Chicago native with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and a Master of Arts degree in Industrial Relations from Loyola University of Chicago. She resides with her family in Northbrook, Illinois.
  • Shaneetra Gross, Director of Grants and Administration (PT), sgross@giftofadoption.org
    Shaneetra brings 17 years of administrative experience to GOA. Prior to joining GOA in 2007, she worked for SBI and Company where she held a variety of positions including Facilities Manager, HR Manager, and Business Unit Accounting Manager.
  • Shila Khan, Director of Stewardship & Events (PT), skhan@giftofadoption.org
    Prior to joining GOA, Shila volunteered at Chicago Area Families For Adoption (www.caffa.org) for the past 11 years, the last 7 as President.  Prior to her work at CAFFA, she was employed for 10 years in various positions at Levy Home Entertainment (now Readerlink).  Shila earned her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and her MBA from DePaul University.  She and her husband are parents through the miracle of adoption to their son Alex and daughter Cassie.
  • Sharon Komlofske, Major Gifts Officer (PT), skomlofske@giftofadoption.org
    Sharon comes to Gift of Adoption from Pratham USA, where she was Development Director for the Chicago Chapter.  Prior to that, she spent 8 years on Gift of Adoption's National Board, serving 4 years as president.  Sharon began her career as a management consultant with Booz, Allen and Hamilton (now Strategy&) based in Chicago, Tokyo and Hong Kong.  She holds a BA from Duke University and an MBA from Kellogg.
  • Brian M Murphy, COO (FT), bmurphy@giftofadoption.org
    Brian joined the GOA staff as the Director of Programs and Marketing in 2007. Prior to joining the GOA staff, Brian served in a variety of positions at the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois, most recently as the Director of Program Services for five years. Brian also served as Treasurer on the Gift of Adoption of Illinois Board of Directors for two years prior to joining the staff team.
  • Elizabeth K. O'Connor, Director of Development (FT), eoconnor@giftofadoption.org 
    Prior to joining Gift of Adoption, Elizabeth served as the Director of Annual Giving for Loyola Academy. She brings annual and major gift experience having been a Principal Gifts Officer at Loyola prior to taking over the Annual Giving Program there. Elizabeth started her fundraising career as a Development Officer for Major Gifts at what is now the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago Foundation. Elizabeth is a Chicago native with a Bachelor’s degree in History & Human Development and a Master of Arts degree in Developmental and Education Psychology, both from Boston College. She resides with her husband and young son in Highland Park, Illinois.
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