AFHK Executive Committee

 Louise Garnaut
Chair & Events Committee

Louise has proudly called Hong Kong home 20+ years. She's been a members of AFHK since 2008 and immediately found the parenting support and network offered invaluable guidance for her family's adoption journey. She joined the steering committee in 2010 running events. In 2013 she over the role of Chair. Louise and her husband are the proud parents of 2 children; a daughter by birth and a son adopted as a toddler from Cambodia. Louise is passionate about supporting, connecting, informing and educating those who are touched by adoption. Her favourite AFHK events are the picnic on the Peak and the Holiday Party. In her business life, Louise ran her own company, Bookworks, for many years. She now works as a real estate consultant. She is originally from Melbourne, Australia and holds a Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning from RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institue of Technology).

 Maria Wong

Maria was born in Hong Kong.  
She finished her undergraduate studies in Australia before pursuing her MBA degree at University of Wales, UK.  
She is currently the Asia Regional Financial Controller of a leading British law firm and a full member of Institute of Public Accountants and Institute of Financial Accountants in Australia.  She is married with one teenage daughter.  Maria joined AFHK as Treasurer in early 2015.

 Becky Holdaway

Adult Adopted Persons Support

Becky is a Hong Kong adult adoptee who at 18 months was adopted into a British family. Hong Kong  was home until she went to Secondary school and then college in the UK where she qualified and trained as a Nursery Nurse. Since 1997 she has worked in the child care field in HK and the UK. Recently she has branched out into other work interests and she has her own business in trading/shipping. After joining AFHK in 2008 Becky came onto the committee in 2010. She is interested in bringing together and connecting adoptees from all over the world and more importantly adoptees from HK. She can often be found helping at AFHK functions and is a central point for adult adoptees wanting to know more about adoption in Hong Kong. Becky is grateful for the support, friendship and community that AFHK offers to those touched by adoption.

 Dr. Erica Liu Wollin
Professional Adoption Resources Coordinator

Dr. Erica Liu Wollin is our Professional Adoption Resources Coordinator and co-leads our Monthly Discussions, Parent Support Meetings and Professional Events. She is a Registered Psychologist in Hong Kong and a Board-Licensed Psychologist in the US. Erica has a private practice in Sheung Wan, specialising in trauma therapy. She serves as a trainer, consultant and adoption committee member for Mother's Choice, and has consulted for Alliant International University Hong Kong, Dance with Depression, City University of Hong Kong Student Development Services, Lingnan University, Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children and Richmond Fellowship. She is married and has a son by birth and a daughter by adoption from China.

 Deborah Holcombe
Newly Adoptive Families Coordinator

Deborah is originally from the US, arriving in Hong Kong two years ago with her husband and four children.  Deborah is a stay at home mom, with many hours of volunteer work.  She has bachelor degrees in Communications and English and a graduate degree in Education. She has been a high school English teacher, an adult reading program tutor, a house painter for Habitat for Humanity, a tutor for high school refugees.  Currently, Deborah is serving on the AFHK committee as the coordinator for Newly Adoptive Families, and is trying her hand as a yoga instructor.

AFHK General Committee

 Alexandra Meyer

Professional Adoption Support Committee

Born in the UK and has been living in HK for the last 7 years, Alex has been a member of the steering committee for the AFHK since 2013. She enjoys helping source relevant speakers for the AFHK community and assisting in the parent support meetings. Alex is a mother of (soon to be) two children and works at the Child Development Team as a child and adolescent counsellor.  Alex has worked in education in Hong Kong at the Canadian International School and in London at Wetherby Pre-Prep School.

 Mirjam Meidinger
Children & Families Event Coordinator

Orginially from Germany, Mirjam moved to Asia 20 years ago. During this time she and her husband spend almost 9 years in Hong Kong; they also lived in Taipei, Guam and Vietnam. Prior to becoming a full-time mother to two boys, one biological and one adopted,  Mirjam worked for 15 years in various sections of the Hotel Industry. After volunteering for a number of organisations in Vietnam, she and her family returned to HK last year. She has joined AFHK in May 2016 and is now supporting the committee as Children & Families Event Coordinator.

Rick Smith has over 15 years of experience teaching students that are underachieving. He has worked in schools in The USA, Russia and Hong Kong. He offers educational support aimed at developing executive functioning, skills, such as organizational skills and time-management. This is especially useful for adolescents who have specific learning needs, including those who are gifted or highly talented. His academic training includes a B.Ed, M.Ed.,(USA) and an Ed.D. (UK), where the focus of his research was Self-Compassion. He has also holds multiple IB teaching certificates and has trained with the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  

Cheryl Shanahan Professional Adoption Support Committee

Cheryl is an Early Years Therapist that primarily supports children under the age of 8, including, infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers and school aged children. Support is offered through Baby Bonding, Toddler Bonding, & Play Therapy. In her therapeutic work, Cheryl uses play as a tool to strengthen attachment and family relationships.  Cheryl takes a systemic approach, working closely with not just the child, but with the parents and teachers to ensure a collaborative and consistent approach. She works with Central Health Partners Child Development Team at Southside Family Health Centre. 

Vivian Ip
Roots Tracing Coordinator

Vivian is a registered social worker in Hong Kong.  As a teenager, Vivian volunteered for a non-profit organisation serving pregnant girls facing crisis pregnancies and children in need of temporary and/or permanent care.  She later joined this organisation, first as an adoption social worker, then supervisor.  Vivian is passionate about adoption advocacy and volunteers her time to help adoptees and their families on their roots tracing journey.  

And Also

Waiting Families Committee & Cantonese Outreach Coordinator: Teresa Lai Docherty 

Film night coordinator: Laura Phare

Single parents coordinator: Janice Henderson 

Outreach Coordinator: Soo Baek

Administration Coordinator: Farah Joo

Open Positions


If you have been touched by adoption or are interested in adoption, please partner with us by giving your time to volunteer with our steering committee or any of our other programs and initiatives. Chinese speaking volunteers are also needed to help support bilingual programs.
For more information about volunteering with AFHK please visit our Volunteer page.

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