Meet the Staff
Mark DoyleExecutive Director
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.
Dina BlackmoreAdoption Admissions Coordinator
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.
Jenee SpringinsguthAdoptive Parent Specialist
Jenee’s desire for advocacy was developed throughout the course of her own personal journey that has equipped her to provide excellent care and attention to our adoptive parents.
As a mother of 3 who experienced the struggle of infertility, she has a passion for building families through alternative means because she believes creating a loving family and providing a sense of belonging and unity is a choice.
Jenee enjoys connecting with people and has a desire to bring inspiration to others by helping them see the beauty of the journey and encourages them to maintain hope through all the obstacles.
With a compassionate heart, she looks forward to the road ahead and is thankful for the opportunity to walk hand-in-hand with prospective adoptive parents as they await the love and fulfillment of the dream their hearts so desire!
Nicole FerlitoBirthmother Coordinator
Nicole joins Lifelong Adoptions, serving as our Birth Mother Coordinator. She is dedicated to providing good relationships, organization and service to helping with both our birth mothers, and adoptive parents. She is one of 4 siblings and grew up in an Italian household; she understands the importance and desire adoptive parents have to want to raise a family. Graduated in 2011 with a bachelors in Health Promotions, emphasis in Women’s Studies; her passion is to assist and advocate for women's experiences in all aspects of life. She served her internship at Planned Parenthood of Illinois while working extensively with potential birth mothers, and knew that was the path for her. With a hope and want to be a mother herself one day, as well as raise a family, her passion and understanding for both sides plays a good role when helping place babies with the perfect family.
Jennifer MarieProfile Creator
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.
Emily DowneyOffice Assistant
Emily is our Office Assistant. She brings a positive and friendly attitude to every task. Her day to day responsibilities include printing adoption materials, preparing informational packets and assisting our adoptive and birthmother coordinators. Emily brings a strong work ethic and a genuine love of helping others.