Beth Nonte Russell


Beth Nonte Russell is the author of Forever Lily, a memoir which shares the story of her unexpected adoption of an infant from China, published by Touchstone/Simon and Shuster. She is also the Founder of GoodTrueBeautiful, Inc., which will launch its first product line, a fragrance inspired by the book, in May of 2009, and the Golden Phoenix Foundation, whose mission is to end child abandonment worldwide.

Born and raised in Jasper, Indiana, Beth attended Indiana University where she received a BA in History. Upon graduation, Beth moved to Washington, DC, where she worked for Senator Richard G. Lugar of Indiana. Beth went on to obtain a Master's degree in Psychology from Marymount University. She provided counseling services at a community mental health center in the Washington, DC, area prior to taking the journey that inspired Forever Lily.

Beth serves on the Board of Directors of The Grace Children’s Foundation and on the DC Advisory Council of The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute. She and her husband Randy, and their two daughters, Lily and Jaden, live in Northern Virginia and on Kiawah Island, South Carolina, where she is currently working on a screenplay adaptation of Forever Lily.