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Everyone who has every worked with me knows that I dislike “titles.” In fact, I am awfully superstitious when it comes to name plates on my desk or a title on my door. I don’t mind if others have them but outside of business cards, I really don’t like having my name and title around. Well, that becomes quite challenging for someone in my position, as it is important to stand by your organization and show qualified and passionate leadership.  When I started Adoption STAR, I didn’t mind the title of founder, but after a couple of years, the licensing authority intervened and insisted I take the title of Executive Director. Years later, it was changed to CEO… I like the abbreviation better. Honestly, there is only one title that I love to claim and no surprise here, it is MOM. It is a name I dreamed of, a name I worked for and a name I hold with such admiration. It makes me aspire to be better every day. There are 2 billion mothers in the world and 85.4 million of them are in the United States.  (Source.)  I know that they are not referred to as Mom, but somehow I am guessing that the majority of them are. So it is not a very unique name, but it is one I will never take for granted.

About This Blog


I have always loved to write. Since I am a little girl I found writing an incredible outlet. I find that I am best at sharing emotions, skills and lessons by putting them in writing. One day I hope to write a book but in the meantime, I write for pleasure. I also don’t mind writing policies and procedures, and love work projects that entail research, writing and editing. Most of my writing will never be seen as I write notes or articles just for myself. This Blog is my attempt to share some of what I have learned and am learning along the way… as a daughter, sister, wife, and mother.


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Speaking & Consulting


I enjoy customizing trainings, support and coaching to meet individual and organizational needs. I utilize a positive strength based approach to my service delivery. I love working with professionals and present in a conversational style, providing examples and engaging participants. I love challenges and creative problem solving.

Below are some of the areas I specialize in. I provide half day, full day or weekend or weeklong sessions provided in person presentations, as well as electronic delivery.

✓  Attitudinal Assessment & Positivity Coaching

✓  Best Practice Development & Delivery

✓  Board Development & Engagement

✓  COA Hague Accreditation for International Adoption

✓  Compliance Reviews

✓  Developing & Writing a Strategic Plan

✓  Effective Outreach & Marketing

  Embracing Change & Growth

 Executive Transition

 HRC All Children All Families Seal of Approval App

  Incident Reviews & Assessments

  Leadership Coaching

  Licensing Visit Preparations

  Managing Expectations

  Managing Stress in the Workplace

Sampling of Past Presentations:
Prepared and presented at various forums including conferences, in-services and workshops.

  • Adoption and Identity       
  • Adoption and Religion
  • Adoption of the At-Risk Child
  • CAPTA and Adoption Opportunities
  • Child Identity ~ Quality, Security and Permanency
  • Considering the Adoption of Children with Special Needs
  • Coping with Infertility
  • Creating a Cultural Continuity Plan for Our Children
  • Developing a Circle of Friends for Children with Special Needs
  • Elimination Of Barriers To Adoptions Across Jurisdictional   Boundaries
  • Exploring Transracial Adoption: The Shift from “Color Blind” to “Color Conscious”
  • Grief and Loss
  • Including Children With Disabilities In The Community
  • Infant Adoption: Is It Possible?
  • Myths and Fears in Open Adoption
  • Non-Profit Management
  • Social Media and Adoption Today
  • Spiritual Parenting:  How to instill the very best within one’s children; and ways to cultivate spiritually rooted children and families
  • Talking About Adoption ~ Social, Emotional and Values Development
  • Understanding Long Term Issues with Transcultural Adoption
  • Understanding Adoption Today


To book a half day, full day or weekend or weeklong sessions provided in person presentations, as well as electronic delivery, contact me here:

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There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.


-Albert Einstein

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