Job Title: President Emeritus
Favorite Bible Verse: Proverbs 3:6, “In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct thy paths.”
Favorite Adoption Story: In 2003 the world of intercountry adoption was much different. The government had not yet started to restrict adoption practices and the focus was on getting more kids adopted. Russia was our most active program and I traveled to St. Petersburg 3 or 4 times a year. On each trip, I would visit orphanages and meet children who were eligible for adoption, take photos and videos and try to get a feel for their personalities. I would then keep a notebook with the information on the children in my office to share with families who were ready to select a child to adopt. On local family had finished their home study and came to my office on a Friday afternoon to look at “the book”. They had no other children and wanted to adopt a little girl under the age of 2. While looking through the book, I pointed out twin boys who were about 5 years old. Although they really wanted a girl, they kept coming back to the photo of the boys. They left the office that day unsure of what they wanted to do. But by Monday morning, they called and said they couldn’t get the twin boys out of their minds. Yes, they adopted those boys and never looked back. The boys are both now in college, active in sports and great examples of how God directs our paths.
Education: Juris Doctor
Ron received a B.S. in Business Administration and a Juris Doctor from Southwestern University. He coordinated police recruitment for the Los Angeles Police Department and was a management consultant for KPMG before starting Omnimedical, a service and manufacturing company in the medical technology field. He built Omnimedical into a $40 million publicly held company before changing careers to practice law. His passion for pro-life ministry and adoption led him to focus on domestic and intercountry adoption law. Ron subsequently became the President of Nightlight Christian Adoptions where he developed the first embryo adoption program – Snowflakes. Although inactive, Ron remains a partner in Schmiesing Blied Stoddart & Mackey in Orange County, California. He now practices law in Colorado, primarily in the field of Estate Planning, and consults on all forms of adoption policy and law. He is also the founder and President of Save Adoptions, an intercountry adoption advocacy organization, and serves on the Board of Directors of Nightlight Christian Adoptions and Every Child Has A Name.
Ron was married to Linda for 52 years before losing her to cancer in 2016. He married Kay Brown, a fellow widow from his church, in 2019. Ron has 4 children and 8 grandchildren, including two children through adoption.