Meet Our Trustees
Dave Andersen authored the chapter on Adoption Law in WSBA’s Washington Family Law Deskbook, and he has chaired WSBA’s Adoption CLEs since 1996. He joined AAAA in 2005. He chairs the Governance Committee and is the board liaison with the Adoption Membership Committee. His practice also includes estate planning, guardianships, and probate.
Sherriann H. Hicks has been in private practice since 1995. She is a fellow of the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys and a founding member of the Georgia Counsel of Adoption Lawyers. She is also the former President of the Georgia Counsel of Adoption Lawyers. She is a current member and Past President of the Gwinnett County Bar Association. Sherriann served on the Board of Youth Reach International, an organization focused on developing Mentors for orphanage outreach in the United States and Russia and Ukraine for several years and now serves on the Board of her alma mater Greater Atlanta Christian School.
Sherriann’s law practice focuses almost exclusively on family formation law (adoption, surrogacy and other assisted reproduction matters) and child advocacy matters. She speaks frequently on various aspects of adoption and family law.
She is married to Jeff Hicks who is also an attorney and their office is located Lawrenceville, Georgia.
Josie Redwine has been a Fellow in AAAA since 2001 and a Trustee since 2020. She is a founding Fellow and President-Elect of the Georgia Council of Adoption Lawyers. She has been in private practice since 1997. She is the co-founder of Swift School, served as Swift School President from 1998 until 2002, and has served as a Trustee for the school since 2018. Josie has represented adoptive parents, agencies, and birth parents in 4,000+ adoption proceedings, including intrastate, interstate and international proceedings. Josie holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Georgia and earned her Juris Doctor degree from Georgia State University. Josie and her husband, Reza, are parents of two adult children, Sophia and Cyrus.
Lance D. Rich, JD, is a shareholder at the law firm of Kirton McConkie in Salt Lake City, Utah and is licensed to practice law in Utah and Wyoming. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School where he was a Bergstrom Scholar who received specialized training in child welfare cases. Lance handles mainly adoption cases for adoptive parents, birth parents, and adoption agencies. He also represents intended parents and gestational carriers in surrogacy cases. Having adopted three children, Lance has a personal as well as a professional perspective on the adoption process. He is an active proponent of adoption and serves on the board of directors for Utah Foster Care and on the board of directors and as the vice chair for United for Adoption. He has previously served on the board of directors and served as president of the Utah Adoption Council. He has been an active member of the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys since 2010 and serves as the chair of the Academy’s agency committee. Lance has been a frequent presenter on a variety of adoption topics for conferences and seminars sponsored by organizations such as the Utah State Bar, the Utah Adoption Council, the National Business Institute, the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, United for Adoption, and the International Society of Family Law.
Meryl B. Rosenberg Esq. is an attorney specializing in the field of assisted reproductive technology (ART). For more than 27 years she has helped intended parents build their families through surrogacy, gamete donation, embryo donation, second-parent adoption, and stepparent adoption. Among the many local and international non-profit organizations she actively participates in, Ms. Rosenberg is a Fellow of the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys (AAAA) and past member of the ART executive committee and chair of its ART membership committee for the same, is past chair and member of the executive board of the Legal Professional Group of ASRM, is past co-chair of the Legal Advisory Committee of Path2Parenthood (now part of Family Equality), is a professional member of RESOLVE, is a member of the ABA Reproductive Technology Committee, and is a member of Family Law Institute of the LGBTQ Bar. Ms. Rosenberg has worked collaboratively with fellow attorneys in DC and Maryland to spearhead positive change in legislation affecting those who build their families through ART, with the new DC law passed in April 2017. Ms. Rosenberg has been a guest lecturer for the University of Maryland School of Law and the American University Washington College of Law. She is also a frequent lecturer for the ABA Family Law Section, AAAA, ASRM, Rainbow Families DC, P2P/Family Equality, Men Having Babies, and other local organizations on relevant topics surrounding ART and family building.
Kim Surratt began her legal career in 2002 and opened her firm in 2007. She holds a license to practice law in both Nevada and California. She continues her role as principal of Surratt Law Practice, a full-service family formation (reproduction, adoption, and parentage law), family and estate planning law firm. Kim began her ART law career in 2004 with her first surrogacy case. She is a Fellow with the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (AAAA), sits on the Executive Council as the Past-Chair for the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Nevada, is a member of the National Family Law Advisory Council for the National Center of Lesbian Rights, and Vice President of the Nevada Justice Association. Kim is the chair of the domestic lobbying committee for the Nevada Justice Association and assists the Family Law Section of the State Bar with their lobbying efforts. Kim drafted and lobbied the passage of all of the current reproductive family law statutes in Nevada and has assisted with many of the adoption changes in Nevada.