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Core Team

Avia Weber

President & Founder

Avia Weber, 16, is an adoptee from China founded Made of Love Not Genes Corp. to help communities impacted by adoption. As a junior at Saucon Valley High Senior School, she is active within school clubs and sports collaborating with students and faculty. In addition to this organization, Avia volunteers with various nonprofits and businesses within her local community. She currently holds the title of Miss Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's Outstanding Teen 2020 in the Miss America Scholarship Organization.

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Emma Szydlow

Vice President

Emma is a PIAA and PIAAA District qualifying track star and cross country athlete. She is an active member of the swim team and is learning Krav Maga. Aside from sports, she is a leader at her school as Vice President of the Global Scholars Club and Treasurer of the Model UN Club. She volunteers at St. Luke's University Hospitals and dedicates her efforts to school clubs such as MiniTHON, Stage Crew, Scholastic Scrimmage, Environmental Club/Envirothon, and National Honor Scoiety. Emma is excited to bring her leadership skills to this organization and increase awareness among members of GenerationZ.

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Maggie Chi

Treasurer

in the works....

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Ja'lani Foster

Global Outreach & Marketing Head

Hi Folks! My name is Ja'Lani Foster, a junior in high school from the Bay Area California! To get to know me, you need to know these five things I love: Arts, Science, Advocacy, Movies, and carbs. I love to eat anything from pasta to bread, and you will always see a smile on my face as I do. I love 80's - 90's movies and anything new as I am super open minded to a good binge. To combine the arts and sciences, I love lots of art from paint, writing poetry, to fashion and dancing. The world of science excites me from Astronomy to Neuroscience. Lastly, advocacy is a passion of mine that I love to spread to others to stand up and make your voice heard when others can't be heard to support one another. I am super excited to be a part of Made of Love Not Genes!

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Eliza Sanders

Social Media/Research Co-Head

Eliza Sanders, a senior from Kingsport, Tennessee, was adopted from the Guangdong Province of China when she was 12 months old. Becoming part of a family completely changed her life, so her dream is that all children would have a family to call their own. Eliza understands that most people may never adopt or foster, but she wants to share ways they can do their part to help children find a forever family. She is excited to partner with Anna Spaulding in heading Social Media and Research for Made of Love Not Genes. In addition to adoption and foster care advocacy, Eliza is passionate about dance. She is a captain of her school’s dance team, where she received All-American honors; a dance captain for the musical theatre department; and a member of her dance studio’s select performance team. Eliza has also volunteered for several years at a Chinese cultural dance program through a local adoption support group. She is involved in many other school and community activities, including Student Council, Beta Club, Mayor’s Youth Council and the Miss America Organization Outstanding Teen program. 

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Anna Spaulding

Social Media/ Research Co-head

Hi everyone! My name is Anna Spaulding and I'm from Copenhagen, New York. I am a senior from Copenhagen Central School. I'm involved in many clubs such as  SADD, YAC, yearbook, and I am Class President. Additionally, I am Miss Pride of New York's Outstanding Teen 2020 and I'm so honored to be apart of the Made of Love Not Genes Team. As an international adoptee, I feel it's so important to bring awareness to adoption stories and relevant adoption issues. My family is built from adoption so this cause is very near and dear to my heart. 

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Madeleine Johnson

Blog/Writers Head

Madeleine Rae Johnson is an adoptee, pageant girl, model, and has a heart of service. Currently, she is your reigning 2021 International Junior Miss Connecticut Teen and Love Branches Out CEO. Madeleine Rae is excited to be a member of the social media team for Made of Love Not Genes, and can’t wait to continue to get to know everyone!

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Caden Kim

Board Member

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Hannah Palmer

Board Member

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Nicholas Brogle

Board Member

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