Meet Your AC: Kala Sharp

What's your name? Kala Sharp

What are your gender pronouns? She/Her/Hers

Where do you call home? Tulsa, OK, USA

Sharp Family Photo in Seoul in May 2019
Sharp Family Photo in Seoul in May 2019

Tell us a little about yourself. How do you spend your time outside of KAAN?

I'm a mom to two awesome boys, ages 9 and 7. My husband and I have been married for 20 years. I have an accounting/finance degree from the University of Tulsa. Most of my career has been in accounting, but this past year I moved to a new role focused on customer service, optimization of resources, best practices, and leadership. I also serve as the executive sponsor for my company's Black African-American Resource Group. I volunteer with various local nonprofits, including the Child Abuse Network and the University of Tulsa.

Sharp kids swimming with friends at KAAN 2019
Sharp kids swimming with friends at KAAN 2019

What is your role on the Advisory Council?

I’m helping update the KAAN Childcare program. I’m also helping with Finance/Fundraising.

How did you hear about KAAN? How did you decide to get involved in the AC?

My husband and I were new parents in 2013 when we heard about KAAN through a Facebook group. Mark Hagland was encouraging adoptive parents to attend, so my husband and I decided to make the trip to Minneapolis that year. A couple of people who I admire suggested that I apply for AC. I hesitated since I understand that as an adoptive parent, I need to be careful not to overstep or take up too much space. I'm bringing an open mind and heart along with a willingness to serve.

How many KAAN conferences have you attended?

My husband and I have attended three conferences all in Minneapolis. Our sons have attended two conferences. We are looking forward to reconnecting with friends and making new friends at the 2021 KAAN conference in Denver.

Mark Hagland and Kala Sharp at KAAN 2019