Sue has been with LifeLong Adoptions since the very beginning, 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 LifeLong cares for them.
Mark is our Adoptive Parent Specialist for the LGBT community. Mark provides education, guidance and support about the adoption process through informational meetings with our prospective adoptive parents. Mark came to work for LifeLong after 10 years of working for a major corporate retailer in the Human Resources department. His passion for adoption grew from his own experience with LifeLong. After his own adoption, Mark’s desire to continue to help other LGBT families achieve their dream of a family grew stronger and he joined the LifeLong team. He continues to advocate for LGBT adoptions. He enjoys helping others and believes you should never give up on the dream of family.
Liz brings to LifeLong Adoptions 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 LifeLong Adoptions.
Dina serves as our Adoption Admissions Coordinator. She is the mother of 4 children and has helped raise over 20 other children while running an in-home daycare. She understands the desire to become a parent and she will strive to make that dream come true for others. She utilizes her Bachelor of Science Degree in Family Social Services along with her Master of Science Degree in Community Health to better understand and support our adoptive families.
Liz joined LifeLong Adoptions with a background in Administration and Human Resources. Throughout her career Liz has been devoted to helping others and being that person they can depend on. Adoption had an huge impact on Liz's life because she was adopted! She knows she wouldn't be where she is today if it weren't for her birthmother's selflessness and her adoptive family's unconditional love and support. Her goal at Lifelong is to be a support to adoptive families and guide them through their adoption journey. When Liz isn't at work, she is often out exploring new places, trying new foods, or spending time making memories with her family, friends, and two dogs.
Amanda joins Lifelong Adoptions with a passion for serving people, strong empathy, and a love of adoption. After supporting her sister-in-law and brother-in-law during their infertility and adoption journey, Amanda dreamed of working with a company to help people adopt. She has an Associate's degree in Psychology and is currently going to school to further her education in the subject. For the past few years, Amanda has been a stay-at-home mom to her four beautiful kids. Having children of her own has shown her how much joy and happiness they can bring. In her free time, she likes to go to her kids' events, traveling, spending time with family, and going on adventures with the people she loves.
Kalei was thrilled to permanently join the LifeLong Adoptions team following her summer internship with the company. Having grown up in a family that was touched by adoption, Kalei understands the true meaning of family and all the joy that adoption brings. With a bachelor's degree in human development and family science, Kalei found LifeLong to be a perfect path to achieve her passion of helping and advocating for children and families. Kalei’s strong educational background, previous experience working with children and families, and empathetic nature help her play a valuable role here at LifeLong Adoptions.
Kay comes to LifeLong with a degree in Communications and a background in Customer Service and Insurance. In previous roles, Kay often helped families through very challenging situations. Now she brings that compassion, dedication, and support to her role as an Case Coordinator. Kay is part of a "non-traditional" family herself. As a parent and step-parent, she understands and appreciates the beauty of a family created by love, regardless of biology. She's witnessed the miracle of adoption in her own extended family, and is excited to bring that joy to the adoptive families she helps! When she's not working, you can find Kay at home with her husband and two adorable daughters.
Brienne joins LifeLong Adoptions with a passion for working with people, strong compassion, and a desire to help others. She has always dreamed of working in a field that is both fulfilling and meaningful, which led her to LifeLong Adoptions. With a bachelor's degree in Business Management and a Master's degree in education, Brienne was a teacher for five years before coming to LifeLong. She has experienced firsthand the amount of joy and happiness that children bring to those around them, and is excited to be able to help adoptive parents throughout their adoption journey. Brienne and her husband have also experienced infertility, and look forward to becoming adoptive parents one day! In her free time, Brienne enjoys spending time with family and friends, taking her dogs on adventures, and reading.
Deena joins LifeLong as a birthmother coordinator. She brings with her a background in advocacy and crisis intervention. She has an undergraduate degree in Human Services and is currently earning her graduate degree in Human Services Administration. Deena is married with two wonderful children, and she enjoys reading books and watching hockey in her free time. After witnessing someone close to her place her baby with a loving family, she understands firsthand the bravery, strength, and love of a birthmother. Deena is excited to bring her experience, education, and passion to her position as a birthmother coordinator.
Stacy is thrilled to be on the LifeLong Adoptions team! She has always wanted to work with people in a more intimate capacity, and with a BA in Sociology, she has the necessary attributes to do so—patience, strong interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to empathize without judgment. Coming from a big, traditional Mexican family, Stacy understands the importance of family and relationships. Outside of work, she enjoys running half marathons, traveling the world, admiring nature through hiking, and spending time with her loved ones. Stacy aspires to help and empower expectant mothers, let them know they are not alone, and create a supportive environment for them as they look to create a change for themselves and for a lucky family!
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 two children while fishing, hiking, or exploring. She loves working closely with our adoptive families to ensure their profile is the best reflection of them.
Working for LifeLong is close to her heart, as she too was adopted. Jennifer know's how much love, strength and courage a birthmother and birthfather have in order to make this unselfish and life-altering decision. Growing up in a gracious and loving family with two adopted siblings she brings compassion and experience to her job in creating profiles for our families. Jennifer has had the experience of meeting her biological mother and father and truly respects the decisions they had to make. Jennifer’s adoptive mother always told her, "you weren’t born under my heart, but you were born in it." Jennifer has felt these words every day of her life. Creating profiles and working with LifeLong brings her great satisfaction in helping other families along this journey. Jennifer wishes you the best throughout your adoption.
After an eight-year career in elementary education, Nathan was thrilled to join the Lifelong Adoptions family! With his extensive communication skills and contagious personality, Nathan works to build relationships and cultivate partnerships with community organizations who serve expectant mothers. His goal is to empower these organizations with tools and resources to allow them to educate and support expectant mothers who are considering adoption. As a member of and advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, Nathan is proud to be a part of an inclusive enterprise whose mission is helping others achieve their dreams of becoming parents.
Edie serves all departments at LifeLong Adoptions 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.
Jamie came to us after working in pediatrics and customer service for many years. When she found LifeLong, she knew it was where she needed to be. Jamie and her husband have four boys and a dog. They are very active and love spending time together, whether they are playing or watching sports or going on road trips. Jamie has experienced the beauty of adoption firsthand not only among her friends but in her own family. Though her oldest is hers biologically, he is not biologically her husband's, so her husband adopted him.
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 Lifelong Adoptions, 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 LifeLong Adoptions since the very beginning, 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 LifeLong cares for them.
Mark is our Adoptive Parent Specialist for the LGBT community. Mark provides education, guidance and support about the adoption process through informational meetings with our prospective adoptive parents. Mark came to work for LifeLong after 10 years of working for a major corporate retailer in the Human Resources department. His passion for adoption grew from his own experience with LifeLong. After his own adoption, Mark’s desire to continue to help other LGBT families achieve their dream of a family grew stronger and he joined the LifeLong team. He continues to advocate for LGBT adoptions. He enjoys helping others and believes you should never give up on the dream of family.
Liz brings to LifeLong Adoptions 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 LifeLong Adoptions.
Dina serves as our Adoption Admissions Coordinator. She is the mother of 4 children and has helped raise over 20 other children while running an in-home daycare. She understands the desire to become a parent and she will strive to make that dream come true for others. She utilizes her Bachelor of Science Degree in Family Social Services along with her Master of Science Degree in Community Health to better understand and support our adoptive families.
Liz joined LifeLong Adoptions with a background in Administration and Human Resources. Throughout her career Liz has been devoted to helping others and being that person they can depend on. Adoption had an huge impact on Liz's life because she was adopted! She knows she wouldn't be where she is today if it weren't for her birthmother's selflessness and her adoptive family's unconditional love and support. Her goal at Lifelong is to be a support to adoptive families and guide them through their adoption journey. When Liz isn't at work, she is often out exploring new places, trying new foods, or spending time making memories with her family, friends, and two dogs.
Amanda joins Lifelong Adoptions with a passion for serving people, strong empathy, and a love of adoption. After supporting her sister-in-law and brother-in-law during their infertility and adoption journey, Amanda dreamed of working with a company to help people adopt. She has an Associate's degree in Psychology and is currently going to school to further her education in the subject. For the past few years, Amanda has been a stay-at-home mom to her four beautiful kids. Having children of her own has shown her how much joy and happiness they can bring. In her free time, she likes to go to her kids' events, traveling, spending time with family, and going on adventures with the people she loves.
Kalei was thrilled to permanently join the LifeLong Adoptions team following her summer internship with the company. Having grown up in a family that was touched by adoption, Kalei understands the true meaning of family and all the joy that adoption brings. With a bachelor's degree in human development and family science, Kalei found LifeLong to be a perfect path to achieve her passion of helping and advocating for children and families. Kalei’s strong educational background, previous experience working with children and families, and empathetic nature help her play a valuable role here at LifeLong Adoptions.
Kay comes to LifeLong with a degree in Communications and a background in Customer Service and Insurance. In previous roles, Kay often helped families through very challenging situations. Now she brings that compassion, dedication, and support to her role as an Case Coordinator. Kay is part of a "non-traditional" family herself. As a parent and step-parent, she understands and appreciates the beauty of a family created by love, regardless of biology. She's witnessed the miracle of adoption in her own extended family, and is excited to bring that joy to the adoptive families she helps! When she's not working, you can find Kay at home with her husband and two adorable daughters.
Brienne joins LifeLong Adoptions with a passion for working with people, strong compassion, and a desire to help others. She has always dreamed of working in a field that is both fulfilling and meaningful, which led her to LifeLong Adoptions. With a bachelor's degree in Business Management and a Master's degree in education, Brienne was a teacher for five years before coming to LifeLong. She has experienced firsthand the amount of joy and happiness that children bring to those around them, and is excited to be able to help adoptive parents throughout their adoption journey. Brienne and her husband have also experienced infertility, and look forward to becoming adoptive parents one day! In her free time, Brienne enjoys spending time with family and friends, taking her dogs on adventures, and reading.
Deena joins LifeLong as a birthmother coordinator. She brings with her a background in advocacy and crisis intervention. She has an undergraduate degree in Human Services and is currently earning her graduate degree in Human Services Administration. Deena is married with two wonderful children, and she enjoys reading books and watching hockey in her free time. After witnessing someone close to her place her baby with a loving family, she understands firsthand the bravery, strength, and love of a birthmother. Deena is excited to bring her experience, education, and passion to her position as a birthmother coordinator.
Stacy is thrilled to be on the LifeLong Adoptions team! She has always wanted to work with people in a more intimate capacity, and with a BA in Sociology, she has the necessary attributes to do so—patience, strong interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to empathize without judgment. Coming from a big, traditional Mexican family, Stacy understands the importance of family and relationships. Outside of work, she enjoys running half marathons, traveling the world, admiring nature through hiking, and spending time with her loved ones. Stacy aspires to help and empower expectant mothers, let them know they are not alone, and create a supportive environment for them as they look to create a change for themselves and for a lucky family!
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 two children while fishing, hiking, or exploring. She loves working closely with our adoptive families to ensure their profile is the best reflection of them.
Working for LifeLong is close to her heart, as she too was adopted. Jennifer know's how much love, strength and courage a birthmother and birthfather have in order to make this unselfish and life-altering decision. Growing up in a gracious and loving family with two adopted siblings she brings compassion and experience to her job in creating profiles for our families. Jennifer has had the experience of meeting her biological mother and father and truly respects the decisions they had to make. Jennifer’s adoptive mother always told her, "you weren’t born under my heart, but you were born in it." Jennifer has felt these words every day of her life. Creating profiles and working with LifeLong brings her great satisfaction in helping other families along this journey. Jennifer wishes you the best throughout your adoption.
After an eight-year career in elementary education, Nathan was thrilled to join the Lifelong Adoptions family! With his extensive communication skills and contagious personality, Nathan works to build relationships and cultivate partnerships with community organizations who serve expectant mothers. His goal is to empower these organizations with tools and resources to allow them to educate and support expectant mothers who are considering adoption. As a member of and advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, Nathan is proud to be a part of an inclusive enterprise whose mission is helping others achieve their dreams of becoming parents.
Edie serves all departments at LifeLong Adoptions 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.
Jamie came to us after working in pediatrics and customer service for many years. When she found LifeLong, she knew it was where she needed to be. Jamie and her husband have four boys and a dog. They are very active and love spending time together, whether they are playing or watching sports or going on road trips. Jamie has experienced the beauty of adoption firsthand not only among her friends but in her own family. Though her oldest is hers biologically, he is not biologically her husband's, so her husband adopted him.
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 Lifelong Adoptions, 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.