Founder & CEO
My journey to motherhood was no fairy tale.
My Squiggly Path to Adoption
I always knew I was put on this Earth to become a mom. My journey to finally becoming one taught me I was put here to help you become one too. I thought I’d get married and start a family.
Alas, the universe had other plans.
I didn’t always know I was meant to adopt. It took a year of failed fertility treatments and lots of soul searching to embrace the idea of domestic adoption. Adoption freaked me out. Birthmoms scared the living daylights out of me! And I had a TON of misconceptions about open adoption. My family and friends thought I was crazy for pursuing single motherhood. I didn’t care enough (or maybe I was too naive at the time) to let it stop me.
Meeting my one true Valentine
Yes, Trey is Mexican; yes, I am white. We stand side-by-side in stark contrast to each other and I couldn’t be prouder of our transracial family and how it will shape our future generations. I may still be single, but Valentine’s Day — the day my son Trey’s adoption was finalized — will always be my favorite holiday. I fell in love with my son and this crazy-beautiful adoption journey.
- Before becoming an adoption consultant, I worked as a family therapist and non-profit fundraiser, with a brief stint in sales and marketing for a scrap metal company in-between (I call it my mid-life crisis).
- I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, lived in Chicago for 22 years, and then made my way back to my roots in Cleveland, where Trey and I live with our sweet Goldendoodle, Akela (much better than the turtles we started with)!
- If I weren’t an adoption consultant, I’d be a singer.
- I still haven’t found Prince Charming, though I’ve kissed a few frogs along the way.
- My guilty TV pleasures are The Bachelor, Grey’s Anatomy, and Survivor.
- I love eating (anything – especially sushi), enjoying a fun & fancy cocktail, and playing with essential oils.
Last, But Not Least
My favorite part of the job is telling a family they’ve been matched and feeling every joy they feel alongside them. The hardest part is feeling every pain, setback, and hardship as personally as if I were experiencing it myself.
If my team and I are privileged enough to be your guide through the adoption journey, we can promise you’ll never be alone in this.
Armed with the right knowledge, this journey doesn’t have to be overwhelming or difficult.