Post Adoption Coordinator
I was born and raised in Virginia and also finished my higher education here. I have a Bachelors Degree in Psychology with a minor in Leadership Studies from Christopher Newport University, as well as a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. I have a deep heart for children and families and have a passion to support them, counsel them and see them flourish.
Following some years of teaching, I became a Large Group Coordinator for a K-5 grade aged children’s ministry at McLean Bible Church for three years. It is during this time that I was able to walk, witness, and pray for one of the families in my ministry, through the process of their first international adoption that they were doing through America World. This family was so encouraged and felt so supported by America World through the process, I was continuously intrigued by their work and wanted to get involved in a more direct way.
Over the years I have specifically gained a heart for orphans and children coming from hard places during experiences on several mission trips to Kenya and other domestic service projects, as well as from my own experiences as a child coming from a hard place.
Frederick Douglass says, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” Through the love, support and grace of God given through others, and our dependency on Him as Father, I believe many hearts, lives and memories can be restored, and what a gracious gift to have that opportunity to begin that restoration while these needy ones are still children.