This month marked a special anniversary for one WACAP staff member. Ethiopia Program Assistant Tami Mason celebrated her own adoption day — the anniversary of the day she joined her family.
Tami was born in Korea and adopted through WACAP when she was 18 months old. She grew up in Olympia, Washington with a close family made up of her mom, dad and three brothers. Through WACAP, her parents were able to connect with other families who had adopted from Korea, so Tami was surrounded by friends as well.
After graduating from the University of Washington with a degree in urban studies, Tami started looking for a job where she could make a difference. “I saw the job opening at WACAP, and it just spoke to me,” she says. “I’ve always been passionate about adoption and sharing my story, and this was such a great opportunity.”
When she’s not at work, Tami enjoys yoga, hiking, and spending time with her friends and family, including her husband of just a few months!
Tami says that aside from WACAP’s mission, the best part of her job is her coworkers. That feeling is definitely mutual; Africa Programs Supervisor Megan Nikiema writes, “Tami is such a pleasure to work with! There are several adoptees and adoptive parents on staff, and it certainly adds to the experience and support we provide here at WACAP. Tami’s spirit, life experience and determination make her such a wonderful resource for coworkers and for adoptive families!”
Thanks for all your hard work, Tami! We’re so happy to have you on the WACAP team!