Forever Families Through Adoption

Who's On Our Board of Directors?

Nancy E. Laxer

President, Nancy has worked at the Kings County District Attorney's Office since 1984. After a number of years trying cases, including over six years trying homicide cases, she served in a number of supervisory positions. Nancy served as Executive Assistant District Attorney in charge of a trial bureau where she trained and supervised approximately 45 attorneys as well as a number of support staff.

In 2010 Nancy was awarded the Robert N . Kaye Memorial award by the Kings County Criminal Bar Association. In February 2014, she was promoted to the position of Executive Assistant District Attorney for Administration. In this role she serves as the EEO officer for the agency's 1200 employees responding to complaints of discrimination and sexual harassment. As EEO Officer she investigates all allegations of discrimination and sexual harassment and prepares reports of her findings and makes recommendations to the District Attorney regarding disciplinary action against those found to have committed acts of discrimination and sexual harassment. 

Nancy remains an active member of the FFTA Executive Committee, Financial Committee and Fund Raising Committee and has helped to raise well over $ 75,000 for FFTA’s education and outreach in the community. Her strong commitment to the pursuit of justice and high ethical standards continues to allow her to bring a significant and positive perspective to the Board of FFTA.

Victor Kapella

Treasurer, is a lifelong Information Technology consultant with over 30 years of experience helping large clients, in diverse industries including global finance, service provider and pharmaceutical research, achieve complex business objectives. His work often involves assessing business and technical objectives, then developing large-scale programs of work that implement technology to achieve these objectives. His work has taken him across the United States and across the globe to Europe and Asia. Originally born and raised in Alaska, Victor has set down roots in Rye Brook. He has a strong connection to the adoption community through his wife and her two adopted children who he has helped raise since 2002. Through them, he was introduced to the important work performed by Forever Families Through Adoption and has been instrumental in assisting with FFTA’s fundraising events.

Sam Karliner

Secretary - attended Binghamton University and The New England School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts attaining his J.D. Sam began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office and rose to the level of a Senior Trial Assistant where he handled homicides and other high profile cases. In 1994 he formed the practice of Adler & Karliner, a practice that is devoted to the law of Criminal Defense. While proud of his professional accomplishments, it is his personal life that that he is even more proud of. In 1995 he and his wife became members of the Adoptive Parents Committee (APC) and successfully adopted twin boys. Besides his family and professional life, Sam is very active in the local community and for the last four years has been the Chairman of the Youth Committee at the Westchester Jewish Center overseeing all youth activities for grades 3 through 12. In addition, he serves as a Board Member for the United Synagogue Youth Metropolitan Region.

Sam’s personal adoption experience as well as his professional and life experiences make him an asset to FFTA and we welcome him to the Board.

Sandra Doerr

Board Member along with her husband, is a proud adoptive parent through FFTA. A graduate of Syracuse University, Sandra has made her career in the highly competitive field of Sports television. She developed her career at ESPN working on cornerstone events such as X Games, Great Outdoor Games and Golf. She is currently Director of Remote Operations for NBC Sports Network and is responsible for the organization, budgeting and management of all the network’s college and professional sports properties from PAC12 to Tour de France, NHL and MLS. For years, Sandra was a member of the Multiple Sclerosis Society’s “Women Against MS Luncheon” committee, and she still participates yearly in MS fundraisers. She is also involved with the United Way, and with her husband, is an avid supporter of the animal rescue group, PAWS. Sandra’s experience in organizing and executing large events, along with the insight and experience she gained during her own adoption process will make her valuable asset to FFTA.

Marta Moya-Goldenberg (LCSW)

Board Member, is a bilingual, Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is licensed in New York, Massachusetts, and Florida. Marta has extensive volunteer experience on non profits Boards including being Treasurer of Hispanos Unidos Day Care Center Board of Directors and assistant director of El Ecuatorian, an Ecuadorian newspaper. She also worked at the Brockton Dialysis Center to organize and facilitate emotional and educational support groups, and provide counseling for dialysis patients and families. Marta is certified as a School Administrator and worked as the Supervisor of School Social Workers on the Committee on Special Education in New York City where she was also the coordinator of the Surrogate Parents Program. Marta has worked with and provided counseling for disadvantaged children as well as incarcerated women. Her service to these populations has earned her several awards such as the Award for Outstanding Service to the community from the Hispanos Unidos Adult Education and the Award Valores Humanos given by channel 47 for community services. She is also a lecturer at the graduate school level on child abuse: detection, referral and treatment. Marta’s extensive experience in the social service field with various populations as well as her work with cultural and community resources make her a valuable member to FFTA and support of its mission.

Rachel Lauria

Board Member -  comes to FFTA with experience in the adoption field as an adoptee and a Licensed Social Worker. Prior to returning to school for her M.S.W., Rachel worked in the field of child welfare as a Case Manager in child protective services and adoption for the state of New Jersey. As a graduate student at Columbia University School of Social Work, she studied both practice and programs, which provided valuable experience in program evaluation and program development as well as experience in clinical social work with all populations from children and families to the aging population. Upon her graduation, Rachel began a career as a QI Compliance Coordinator for one of New York’s oldest nonsectarian child welfare agencies until the birth of her first daughter in 2010. Since that time, she has had another daughter and has continued the valuable work of raising her two children as a stay-at-home mother. While raising her family, she has also volunteered as a Board Member for the New York State Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) from 2010 to 2012 and she has served as a volunteer on numerous committees for the NASW. She is passionate about adoption looks forward to beginning a new Board position at FFTA that will allow her to give back to her community while pursuing her passion. 

Leah West

Board Member, has more than 20 years of experience in brand strategy, corporate marketing, Public Relations and creative facilitation. She has collaborated with some of the world’s most iconic brands, including Coca-Cola, Better Homes & Gardens and Reader’s Digest. Currently, she owns a boutique consulting company that provides senior-level counsel to a handpicked group of clients. Leah earned a Master’s degree in Communication Management from the USC Annenberg School of Communication and a Bachelor’s degree in Literature & Rhetoric from Binghamton University. She resides in Westchester County, New York, with her husband and two dogs. Leah has been a very dedicated volunteer helping FFTA with its marketing strategy and fundraiser events. FFTA continues to benefit from Leah’s creative guidance and involvement as a Board Member of Forever Families Through Adoption, Inc.

Elizabeth (Liz) Sahlman

Board Member, is a recently retired Certified Public Accountant, having graduated from SUNY Buffalo and worked at several different firms in New York and New Jersey as well as doing consulting with several small businesses over her career. Throughout her career and raising her two sons with her husband Rick, she has been actively involved with volunteer work with local charities such as Meals-On-Wheels, the Bass Foundation, and was also active in various school organizations from her children's Cooperative Preschool (from which she only recently stopped working) to being on the board of various PTAs and school functions and is still on the board of her college Fraternity Alumnae group. She considers herself to be a serial volunteer who values participation and organization and brings those skills as well as her financial background to FFTA. Liz met Joy while they were both in college and has been supporting the work of FFTA since the beginning. She has been an active participant in all of the fundraising activities of FFTA and firmly believes in and supports their mission.


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What's New at FFTA?

Forever Families Through Adoption, Inc. Voluntarily Relinquishes Hague Accreditation

After much consideration, our Board of Directors along with the support of the FFTA staff has made the decision to voluntarily relinquish our Hague Accreditation. Due to the closing of several countries' programs to adopt from the United States, plus a global pandemic, it is no longer feasible to continue our Hague Status, which we proudly maintained since 2008. We have felt honored to be able to work with CEAS, IAAME, the Department of State and so many Domestic and International Adoption Service Providers, such as ANW, EFKO, CONANI, TDH and prospective adoptive parents throughout the years. What an amazing experience to help build families here and across the ocean! FFTA is looking forward to expanding our Domestic and Foster to Forever programs.

We wish all of our international friends well as we enter an exciting 2024!!

FFTA receives HRC-ACAF Innovator Seal of Recognition

Forever Families Through Adoption is proud to be one of the 172 child welfare organizations joining the the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation's All Children - All Families (ACAF) program in 2023, as highlighted in a new report. Together, these organizations work to improve the services provided to the LGBTQ+ community, including children in foster care and prospective foster and adoptive parents who are LGBTQ+.

FFTA is so proud to have again received the highest "Innovative Inclusion" tier of recognition. We are honored to work with LGBTQ+ families and are committed to treating all persons with respect, dignity, and compassion. To learn more about the All Children-All Families program, please visit the HRC website.

Read our full press release here.

Forever Families Through Adoption, Inc.
62 Bowman Avenue
Rye Brook, NY 10573-2804
Tel: 914-939-1180
Fax: 914-939-1181

All of the children portrayed or mentioned on this website are with their forever families and are NOT available for adoption.

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