Heart Gallery of America ® Inc.
Board of Directors
In September 2006, Matthew co-founded the Heart Gallery of Broward in response to the need he observed
in his community for this service. During its short tenure, Heart Gallery of Broward has achieved an
above-average success rate of 40 percent, having already helped place 70 children in loving, permanent homes.
Recognizing the benefits a national network of Heart Galleries could have, he co-founded and organized the
Heart Gallery of America in August 2008. As co-founder of the national organization, Matt leads this
group to share resources and broaden the pool of families seeking to adopt. The Heart Gallery of America,
comprised of 100 individual heart galleries, also launched www.heartgalleryofamerica.org, a comprehensive
reference tool and informational index for prospective families. Recently, he founded the Florida Association
of Heart Galleries to organize the 15 Florida Heart Galleries and advocate for adoption in the Florida State
Capiton Region. In 2009, he received the Florida Governor's Points of Light Award.
Matthew is married and has two daughters. He graduated from Southern Methodist University with a BSEE.
His business career focused on radio/TV and film technologies.
Founder and Executive Director of the Oregon-based, 501 C-3 agency she started in 2006,
A Family For Every Child / Heart Gallery. The Heart Gallery was AFFEC's first program.
A Family For Every Child has now grown to include ten different programs intended to support
foster children and find Forever Families Nationally. Programs range from foster parent support
groups to an excellent mentor program to a family finding service that searches for relatives that
may have cared for a child in the past. Christy's cause has now become the cause of 15 employees
and close to 900 volunteers in the database.
Before AFFEC and as her motivation, Christy is the mother of 12 children, 9 of which are adopted.