Merel Veldhuis is an experienced collaborative lawyer and mediator specializing in family law.  She has experience in risk management, business management and strategic planning.  Merel has three children – her eldest by adoption. Her family received a lot of guidance and support from the Belonging Network through their parenting journey. She also grew up in a community that included friends who found permanency through adoption and fostering. She joined the board to support the continued great work of the organization. Merel is currently the past Chair and has sat on a number of committees during her seven years with the organization, including the Executive Finance Committee, the Development Committee, and the Nominations Committee.