Carolyn is an adoption coordinator, adoption advocate, and mother of three children through adoption. After three years of unsuccessful in-vitro attempts, she and her husband turned to private adoption to achieve their dreams of parenthood. Three months later, in July of 1989, they adopted their daughter Kaitlyn. Seven-and-a-half years later, after many more unsuccessful infertility treatments, Carolyn and her husband felt the need to further grow their family through adoption. Their son Jordan was born through private adoption coordination in 1996. Nearly two years later, Jordan’s birthmother contacted them to ask if they would like to adopt the new baby she was then pregnant with. Twenty-two months after Jordan's birth in 1998, their son Anthony was born. After having such a positive and fulfilling adoption experience and assisting with the adoption of more than 1,000 babies with Angel Adoption, Carolyn truly feels that birthmothers are angels!
Carolyn has a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Master's Degree in Communications. She is an active member of numerous infertility and adoption support groups, and she has spent much of the last 20 years committed to her passion of spreading a positive message about adoption.
Sharon is the mother of three children through adoption. After suffering through seven miscarriages, she and her husband turned to adoption to start their family. In 1988, their prayers were answered with the adoption of their daughter Lauren. About 11 months later, another miracle occurred when Lauren’s biological sister Jennifer was born, and it was God's plan that she also join Sharon’s family. In 1999, Sharon and her husband adopted their son, Matthew, at birth, thus completing their beautiful family.
Sharon has an extensive background in marketing and advertising, which has been very beneficial in the world of adoption. Her warm and caring nature is a true gift when working with birthmothers and adoptive families. Sharon is very active in adoption advocacy support groups and church organizations. Helping to place a baby in his or her adoptive parents' arms has become her life’s mission.
Sue has been with Angel Adoption since 1999, and she brought with her many years of experience in customer service. Her extraordinary people skills are a tremendous benefit when working with both adoptive families and birthmothers. As the mother of three children, Sue understands the desire adoptive families have to be parents, and she is always thrilled when her adoptive families are blessed with a new baby. Furthermore, Sue understands the level of support and guidance birthmothers need and feels fortunate to have the opportunity to let them know how much Angel cares for them.
Lori is responsible for accepting adoptive parents into our program at Angel Adoption, and she facilitates our informational and adoptive parent meetings. She does a wonderful job at educating, guiding, and supporting adoptive families as they navigate the adoption process. Lori enjoys doing adoption advocacy talks and continues to spread a positive message about adoption. Adoption has always been a part of Lori’s life — three of her cousins were adopted and several of her friends have gone through the adoption process — so she’s very enthusiastic about helping families adopt.
As a mother of three children, Lori understands the desire of adoptive families to have children, and she is always thrilled to hear when one of her adoptive families welcomes a new a baby into their home. Her passion for adoption has continued to grow through the years, and she finds the adoption field very rewarding.
Liz brings to Angel Adoption a background in technical project management. Liz had always dreamed of being part of an organization that assisted families, so after moving from Texas to Illinois, she began pursuing a job that was more meaningful for her. By combining her excellent communication skills with her love for children and families, she’s the perfect fit for the assistant director role. Having grown up in a small, close-knit family, she understands the desire for parents to have children and for children to have siblings. Liz is a vital part of continuously improving the adoption journey for adoptive families at Angel Adoption.
Katie is the first voice you hear when you call Angel Adoption! As an adoptee, adoption will always be very close to her heart. Her passion for adoption makes her a natural at her job. Her parents adopted her at birth and she has always felt incredibly grateful to her birthmother for her selfless choice (and for choosing the amazing family that she did!). It is her privilege to work for Angel and have the opportunity to use her personal experience to help others navigate through this process.
Kieta joined the Angel Adoption team after several years in nonprofit management and maintaining a life coaching practice for over five years. Her compassion, humor, and ability to empower people to reach their goals make her an excellent fit in her role as the Director of Adoptive Parent Services. She has a bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s degree in Management, and she enjoys trying alternative healing practices to promote balance and stress relief. If you stop by her desk, you’ll see paintings listing the 4 Agreements, which changed her life. Kieta is extremely passionate about supporting and guiding families through their adoption journeys and hopes to be an adoptive parent herself someday.
Samantha joined Angel Adoption with a background in hospitality and a passion for helping others. Recently, Samantha and her husband welcomed a baby boy and want to assist others in experiencing the joys of parenthood. She has seen firsthand the toll and heartache that infertility can bring to a family, and she knows how important having a supportive connection with adoptive parents is to their personal journey. Her goals are to encourage, educate, and guide families through the adoption process.
Serena joins Angel with a master's degree in clinical psychology and a background in assessment, therapy, and case management. A mother herself, she understands the complexity of parenthood and the utter joy a child can bring to a loving home. When not playing with her toddler and two rescue dogs, Serena enjoys iced lattes, new wave and post-punk music, and searching for new shades of black to incorporate into her wardrobe.
Ida comes to Angel Adoption with more than 25 years of experience in administration, education, and professional training. With a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education Leadership & Advocacy, Ida is an advocate for best practices in education and has served on various statewide boards and advisory committees. Ida has a teenager at home, and they are active in their local church where Ida serves on various leadership teams. In her free time, Ida enjoys baseball, movies, music, long walks, and visiting her daughter and grandchildren in Oklahoma. Ida brings to the team a deep commitment to serving others and a passion for working with children and families. Ida is excited to educate and support adoptive parents as they navigate their journey of hope and love.
Samantha joined the Angel Adoption team armed with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a strong desire to help others. When working as a residential counselor for troubled youth at an adolescent recovery home, she witnessed firsthand some of the unfortunate circumstances that result from children growing up in broken environments. Her empathetic nature mixed with a passion for helping people create peace and happiness in their lives is a perfect recipe for the birthmother coordinator role. Whether she's supporting, guiding, and encouraging new birthmothers through the adoption process or connecting adoptive families with birthmothers and legal services, she thoroughly understands the place for adoption in this world. Her own family dynamic has shown her the beauty of unconditional love and a stable support system, and she thrives on the opportunity to demonstrate such traits to the birthmothers and adoptive families that come to Angel Adoption.
Lesley joined the Angel Adoption team with a degree in Social Work and a heart for helping others. Lesley has previously worked as a case manager helping children find permanent homes with families but has always known she wanted to work in the adoption field. Lesley has witnessed the miracle of adoption in her own life, as she has four cousins who have been adopted. Seeing how adoption can complete a family solidified Lesley’s desire to help birthmothers find the perfect home for their baby. Lesley hopes to bring her compassion and understanding to the birthmothers and help them as they give a family the greatest gift of all.
Sandy is the mother of both a biological and an adopted child. She has a degree in nursing and previously worked in labor and delivery. Her positive experience with adoption and her desire to stay at home with her new baby led her to create books featuring adoptive parent profiles. Her passion is to bring those pictures and stories to life, to benefit both the adoptive families who want their story read and the birthparents who need to read it to make the best decision for their babies.
Serving as our Profile Coordinator, Dawn manages the family profile development process from start to finish. With years of client services and project management experience, Dawn specializes in helping her clients put their best foot forward. With several friends and family who were adopted, adoption has a special place in her heart. Outside of the office, Dawn can usually be found behind her camera lens capturing the smiles of her husband and two teenagers while fishing, hiking, or exploring. She loves working closely with our adoptive families to ensure their profile is the best reflection of them.
Edie serves all departments at Angel Adoption as our administrative assistant. Her hard work and dedication keep our office running smoothly and efficiently. Edie is the proud mother of two beautiful girls who made her life complete. After three failed in-vitro attempts, she traveled to China to adopt her daughter Audrey. After returning from China she was blessed one more time when she realized she was pregnant. Nine months later, she gave birth to her second daughter Ava. Edie understands the ups and downs that life can bring, and her genuine, caring nature makes her a wonderful part of our team.
Barbara helps with a number of administrative tasks at the Angel Adoption office. She is a mother of two daughters and a grandmother of five. Three of her grandchildren were brought into her family through the miracle of adoption. She is retired from a career as an administrative assistant to a city official. With her firsthand knowledge of adoption and an extensive administrative background, she is a wonderful fit.