Our Team

Executive Leadership

Janice Goldwater
Janice Goldwater,
MSW, LCSW-C
Chief Executive Officer
301-422-5125

Janice Goldwater, MSW, LCSW-C

Chief Executive Officer

Janice GoldwaterOur Executive Director, Janice, has been with AT since she founded the agency in 1990. Today, Janice’s leadership, vision, and direction guide the future of Adoptions Together in our community. With more than 30 years experience in child welfare and mental health advocacy, as well as raising 4 children who joined her family through birth and adoption, Janice is uniquely qualified to lead the agency as we move into the next 25 years serving families. Janice enjoys taking long walks with her 3 dogs and spending time with her husband and family.
Tiffani Williams
Tiffani Williams, MBA
Chief Business Officer
301-422-5130

Tiffani Williams, MBA

Chief Business Officer

Tiffani WilliamsTiffani joined the AT team in 2019 and is responsible for ensuring best business practices for Adoptions Together by providing oversight of agency operations and managing the day-to-day operations of the Finance department. With almost 20 years of hands-on financial and operational experience, she has worked extensively in the private and nonprofit sectors and brings diverse experience and endless enthusiasm to her role as CBO. Tiffani received her bachelor’s from North Carolina Central University in Business Administration with dual concentrations in Finance and Marketing and her Master of Business Administration from University of Maryland Global Campus, formerly University of Maryland University College. Tiffani enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading good mysteries, cooking, baking, traveling and all things music.

Domestic Infant Placement Program Staff

Colby Wittenberg
Colby Wittenberg, LCSW-C
Domestic Infant
Program Manager
301-422-5117

Colby Wittenberg, LCSW-C

Domestic Infant Program Manager

Colby Wittenberg Anne Colby Wittenberg, better known as Colby, supervises the Domestic Infant Program. She leads the team in serving all members of the adoption triad, adoptees, birth parents, and adoptive families with the goal of creating forever families and providing adoption as an option to birth parents seeking permeance plans for their children. Essential to her role is supporting all members of the triad through the lifetime of the adoption, providing support and ongoing counseling as needed. She received her bachelors from Randolph Macon College in Ashland, VA in Psychology and her Masters in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. During her studies and her career, she has focused on permeance planning for children, adoption, foster care, and attachment.
Since she was a child, her life has been profoundly and wonderfully affected by adoption. She was raised in a family in which four of her eight siblings were adopted at infancy. These circumstances served as a personal catalyst to dedicate her professional therapeutic career to providing support to all members of the adoption triad. She has quickly developed a passion for successful placements, preservation and sustainability of adoptees within their adoptive families, and has thoroughly enjoyed direct service within an adoption agency for over 12 years.
Claire Beaman
Claire Beaman, LGSW
Adoption Social Worker
301-422-5104

Claire Beaman, LGSW

Adoption Social Worker

Claire Beaman Claire Beaman, LGSW, joined Adoptions Together’s Domestic Infant Program in July as an Adoption Social Worker after receiving her Masters in Social Work from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina. On the DIP team, Claire splits her time working with birth parents part of the time and the other part of the time working with adoptees who are searching for their birth parents or counseling adoptive families. In her free time, Claire likes to travel with her husband (and soon-to-be little one), run, cook and bake, and go on walks with her dog.

Brittney Boone
Brittney Boone
Program Support Specialist
301-422-5119

Brittney Boone

Program Support Specialist

Brittney Boone Brittney serves as the Program Support Specialist for the Domestic Infant Team and the Executive Assistant to the CEO. She received her Bachelors degree in Family and Human Services from Towson University in 2017. After graduating, she accepted an internship position with Adoptions Together and has been part of the team ever since. She really enjoys being able to reduce the initial fear and anxiety a family may have about adopting by talking to families about the adoption process with Adoptions Together. In her free time Brittney enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching Netflix, shopping online, attempting new hairstyles from YouTube tutorials and taking naps.

Meshan Lehmann
Meshan Lehmann, LMSW
Adoption Counselor
301-422-5108

Meshan Lehmann, LMSW

Adoption Counselor

Meshan Lehmann Meshan Lehmann, LMSW, works full time as a pregnancy social worker in the domestic infant team at Adoptions Together. Meshan joined the team in 2016, and supports pregnant women and their families with all-options counseling throughout Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia. She helps women navigate the adoption process, choose a level of openness, and choose the right adoptive family for them. Meshan also provides trauma-informed therapy to clients in the weeks and months following an adoption placement. She graduated from St. Mary’s College with a degree in psychology and neuroscience, and graduated with a masters in social work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. In her spare time, Meshan enjoys traveling, cooking, scuba diving, as well as binging tv shows with her pets.

Older Child Adoption Program Staff

Pam Hoehler
Pam Hoehler, LCSW-C
Older Child
Adoption Manager
410-402-1117

Pam Hoehler, LCSW-C

Older Child Adoption Manager

Pam HoehlerPam is currently the Home Study and Foster Care Adoption Manager, overseeing both the home study and foster care adoption programs. Pam possess nearly 25 years experience as a social worker, earning a Bachelor of Social Work from LaSalle University and a Master of Social Work from the University of Maryland Baltimore. While Pam worked in child welfare and schools with other agencies, she has consistently worked for Adoptions Together since 1998 in the areas of home study, birth parent counseling, training, parent coaching, and foster care adoption. Pam’s career has focused on creating permanency for children and advocating for the needs of children and families at all stages of their adoption journey. In her spare time, Pam enjoys reading, puzzling, hiking, and spending time with her husband, Dan, and her two daughters, Meg and Katie.
Allison Clark
Allison Clark
Older Child
Adoption Specialist
301-422-5115

Allison Clark

Older Child Adoption Specialist

Allison ClarkAllison Clark spent 25 years in the legal and corporate field as a legal secretary for various law firms and then as an administrative/project assistant for such companies as Aetna, Cigna, University of Southern California, and First Interstate Bancorp. In 2003, Ms. Clark began her career as a child protection services social worker for the Connecticut Department of Children & Families (DCF). She worked in specialized units including Medically Complex/High Risk Newborns, Mental Health Adolescents, and Permanency, working directly with parents and children, as well as other professionals in law enforcement, schools, hospitals, and the judicial system. In 2013, Ms. Clark transferred to the Foster & Adoption Services Division of DCF, where she was a licensing and support worker for adoptive families. She was a member of the permanency placement team responsible for the selection and matching of children with adoptive parents. In addition, she is a certified trainer for the PRIDE and TIPS-MAPP curriculum for pre-adoptive training. She also provided DCF Mandated Reporter Training to community agencies, religious organizations, and schools. Because of her knowledge of CPS and the foster care system, and the respect of her peers, she was selected to be one of the trainers for the mandated division-wide FASU 101 Refresher Course.

In 2018, after relocating to Maryland, Ms. Clark joined Adoptions Together as the Foster Care Adoption Specialist for their program, Adoption Works. In this role, she is the trainer for the pre-licensing adoption training. She also assists families with their search for children, by providing counseling and presenting them at various national matching conferences. Once children are identified, she assists with obtaining necessary information about them from child placing agencies so that families can make informed decisions. She is the lead negotiator for contracts that guide the placement of the child. Ms. Clark provides administrative support and advocacy to the families once a child is placed in the home. In her spare time, Ms. Clark enjoys traveling, reading, taking long walks, singing in her church choir and volunteering in the community.

Hannah Sturgill
Hannah Sturgill
Older Child
Adoption Coordinator
301-422-5111

Hannah Sturgill

Older Child Adoption Coordinator

Hannah SturgillHannah joined Adoptions Together in 2019. Now primarily working on the Foster Care Adoption Team, she works with families enrolled in our Foster Care Adoption Program to match with children in the foster care system throughout the United States. Hannah received her undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University and her Master’s degree in Social Work from Michigan State University. In her free time, Hannah likes to spend time outdoors, read, and go to coffeeshops.

Home Study Program Staff

Pam Hoehler
Pam Hoehler, LCSW-C
Home Study
Services Manager
410-402-1117

Pam Hoehler, LCSW-C

Home Study Services Manager

Pam HoehlerPam is currently the Home Study and Foster Care Adoption Manager, overseeing both the home study and foster care adoption programs. Pam possess nearly 25 years experience as a social worker, earning a Bachelor of Social Work from LaSalle University and a Master of Social Work from the University of Maryland Baltimore. While Pam worked in child welfare and schools with other agencies, she has consistently worked for Adoptions Together since 1998 in the areas of home study, birth parent counseling, training, parent coaching, and foster care adoption. Pam’s career has focused on creating permanency for children and advocating for the needs of children and families at all stages of their adoption journey. In her spare time, Pam enjoys reading, puzzling, hiking, and spending time with her husband, Dan, and her two daughters, Meg and Katie.
Jenna Cannon
Jenna Cannon
Maryland Home
Study Specialist
410-402-1120

Jenna Cannon

Maryland Home Study Specialist

Jenna CannonAs the Maryland Home Study Specialist, Jenna Cannon supports adoptive families in the state of Maryland through the entire home study and post placement process. She also works as a liaison between clients and many of our home study social workers, as well as outside placement agencies and government entities that serve the adoption process. Jenna received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2014. She began working for Adoptions Together in 2016

Alyssa Hanson
Alyssa Hanson
Home Study
Support Specialist
410-402-1109

Alyssa Hanson

Home Study Support Specialist

Alyssa HansonAlyssa Hanson joined Adoptions Together as an intern while completing her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies with University of Wisconsin-Stout. Alyssa now works in the Training department organizing trainings within the agency and in the community and in the Home Study department working directly with prospective adoptive parents. In her free time, Alyssa enjoys exploring state and national parks and binging reality TV.

Jessica Ostrander
Jessica Ostrander, MSW
Virginia & DC
Home Study Specialist
703-657-7291

Jessica Ostrander, MSW

Virginia & DC Home Study Specialist

Jessica OstranderAs the DC and Virginia Home Study Specialist, Jessica Ostrander supports adoptive families in the Virginia and Washington DC region through the entire home study and post placement process. She works as a liaison between clients and many of our home study social workers as well as outside placement agencies and government entities that serve the adoption process. Jessica received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the George Washington University in 1992 and a Masters in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1996. She began working in the field of Child Welfare with Washington DC Child and Family Services in 1997. She started as a home study social worker contractor with Adoptions Together in 2004 and began working full time for the agency in 2008. She’s also supported the Domestic Infant Team and Training departments for several years.

A parent to two adult daughters and two adult step-sons, Jessica currently lives with her husband Dave and two dogs in State College, Pennsylvania. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time at local college sporting events, hiking and traveling.

Clinical & Training Team

Melanie Geddings-Hayes
Melanie Geddings-Hayes,
LCSW-C
Director of Clinical Services
202-629-0204

Melanie Geddings-Hayes, LCSW-C

Director of Clinical Services

Melanie Geddings-HayesMelanie joined the team at Adoptions Together in December 2020 as the Director of Clinical Services.She serves in a leadership role providing oversight to the counseling, family finding, and training programs. Melanie has extensive experience in child welfare in both public and private agencies. She holds both her bachelors and masters degree in Social Work. She has worked as a Social Worker in Family Preservation, Reunification/Foster Care, Adoption, Custody & Guardianship, Post Adoption, Outpatient Mental Health Center, and as the Director of Residential Services at a Maryland based child placement agency. She is a licensed clinical Social Worker, board approved supervisor, certified residential child care program administrator, and holds a certification as a clinical trauma professional. Melanie is a life long learner and has taken extensive training in trauma informed care, grief and loss, motivational interviewing, and treating self-destructive behavior with trauma survivors.
Alyssa Hanson
Alyssa Hanson
Training Specialist
410-402-1109

Alyssa Hanson

Training Specialist

Alyssa HansonAlyssa Hanson joined Adoptions Together as an intern while completing her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies with University of Wisconsin-Stout. Alyssa now works in the Training department organizing trainings within the agency and in the community and in the Home Study department working directly with prospective adoptive parents. In her free time, Alyssa enjoys exploring state and national parks and binging reality TV.

Erica Moltz
Erica Moltz, MA, NCC
Master Clinical Trainer
301-439-2900

Erica Moltz, MA, NCC

Master Clinical Trainer

Erica MoltzErica has been part of the Adoptions Together team for 20 years. Her specialty is supporting families to achieve permanency. As a Master Clinical Trainer and Coach she facilitates workshops and support groups for parents and professionals nationally and internationally. Her core topics of interest include trauma, attachment, FASD, mindfulness, open adoption, stress management, and grief and loss.

Delois Pearsall
Delois Pearsall, LMSW
Counseling Specialist
410-402-1104

Delois Pearsall, LMSW

Counseling Specialist

Delois PearsallDelois Pearsall joined FamilyWorks Together in April 2017 as a Counseling Specialist (Therapist) for the Baltimore City Department of Social Services’ Permanency Program. She entered the field of social work in 2004, after a lengthy career in Information Systems Management in the private sector. Delois’ experience in public child welfare, school social work, and her business acumen, have equipped her in providing excellent counseling services and customer service to her clientele. Delois is an adoption competent, attachment focused, and trauma informed therapist with FamilyWorks Together, serving clients in Maryland. In her spare time, Delois is a history buff and enjoys reading, writing, traveling and spending time with family and friends. She hopes to release her 2nd published work in 2020.

Cynthia Rivers
Cynthia Rivers
Program Specialist, FamilyWorks Together
202-536-1147

Cynthia Rivers

Program Specialist, FamilyWorks Together

Cynthia RiversCynthia Rivers joined Adoptions Together in 2014 to support our permanency services programs and is now the FamilyWorks Together Counseling Program Specialist. She brings with her 17-years of dynamic administrative and information management experience in the private, government, and non-profit sectors. Her contributions are indispensable to the operation of our Counseling program. Prior to AT, she was the Data Supervisor for Educational Data Systems, Inc. She has a strong interest in ethnology and is currently enrolled at UMGC, pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science. Outside of work, Cynthia enjoys time with her family- outdoors, at science and cultural events, and being creative.

Family Find Step Down Project Team

Sandy Rappeport
Sandy Rappeport, LCSW-C
Family Find Step Down Project Manager
410-869-0620

Sandy Rappeport, LCSW-C

Family Find Step Down Project Manager

Sandy RappeportSandy Rappeport, LCSW-C has been a clinical and administrative social worker for over 30 years. She started working at Adoptions Together in 2002 and has held several positions in the intervening years. Currently, she manages the Family Find Program at the Baltimore City Department of Social Services, helping foster children reconnect with their biological families and other important people in their lives. Sandy has clinical experience with trauma, domestic violence, child abuse, couples counseling, adoption, and working with gay families. In her spare time, Sandy enjoys spending time with her family (two and four-legged), doing needlepoint, and going camping.
Kim R. Bivens
Kim R. Bivens
Family Find
Permanency Specialist
410-869-0620

Kim R. Bivens

Family Find Permanency Specialist

Kim R. BivensKim R. Bivens is a Family Find Specialist for Adoptions Together, Inc., although contracted with Baltimore City Department of Social Services. Kim was the Director of the Mediation Program at Adoptions Together, Inc, which she later became the Coordinator for the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program at the Juvenile Court in Baltimore City. Legal Assistant for Randall & Sonnier Attorney at Law advocating for children in the Child-Welfare System, a licensed Mediator/Facilitator, Director of the Peoples Law Program at the Community Law Center, Batterers Counselor at the House, and a lifelong advocate for families and youth in the foster care system.

Terrie Smith
Terrie Smith
Family Find
Permanency Specialist
443-985-2071

Terrie Smith

Family Find Permanency Specialist

Terrie SmithTerrie Smith has worked in social services for approximately 11 years. She has her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology and a Master’s degree in Community Counseling. Terrie has worked in several roles, starting out as a dependency Case Manager, and later a Lead Child Protective Investigator where she served in that capacity for over nine years. Terrie is currently a Family Find Permanency Specialist.

Lakisha Solomon
Lakisha Solomon, MSW
Family Find
Permanency Specialist
410-869-0620

Lakisha Solomon, MSW

Family Find Permanency Specialist

Lakisha SolomonLakisha Solomon is a human services worker with over 18 years of experience serving youth and their families. Lakisha earned her Bachelor of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University and her Master of Social Work from University of Maryland, Baltimore. Lakisha is currently serving as a Family Find Permanency Specialist whose mission is to connect children and youth in the child welfare system with relatives and permanent support. Lakisha’s extensive community-based work includes case management, parent interviews, counseling services, and facilitating foster parent training classes for perspective foster and adoptive parents. Lakisha has been committed to providing passionate, energetic, personable, dependable service to the community and enjoys working with people. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music and spending time with family and friends.

Mardea Zor
Mardea Zor, MSW
Family Find
Permanency Specialist
410-869-0620

Mardea Zor, MSW

Family Find Permanency Specialist

Mardea ZorMardea Zor is a Family Find specialist at Family Works Together. She received her bachelor’s in social work at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven Connecticut and a Master of social work at Fordham University. Mardea worked as a Family advocate providing advocacy and education to children and families at Yale New Haven Child sexual Abuse clinic for 5 years. She has experience working with Children and family, for over 14 years in settings such as community based, psychiatry/hospitals, and child welfare system. Most favorable time is spent with family cooking, traveling, bonding, and building memories.

Janet Watkins
Janet Watkins
Family Find Investigator
410-869-0620

Janet Watkins

Family Find Investigator

Janet WatkinsJanet is the FFSD Investigator and formally a fourteen years bounty hunter with full jurisdiction. She is the very first Parent Locator for the Baltimore City Courts where she closed 508 backlog cases in two months. Her success in this role is just 10 simple steps: 1: Have Ideas, 2: Keep Good Notes, 3: Research what the job involves and learn to juggle, 4: Develop your skills, 5: Focus on the prize, 6: Bounce back from failure, 7: Develop your brand of character, 8: Believe in yourself, 9: Build a network of mutually supportive people, 10: Know when to quit. These steps make her job a success every time and through out the years make her continue to love her job as an investigator.

Extreme Family Find

Kanesha Brown
Kanesha Brown, MSW
Extreme Family
Find Recruiter
301-851-1257

Kanesha Brown, MSW

Extreme Family Find Recruiter

Kanesha BrownKanesha Brown, MSW is the Extreme Family Find Recruiter with FamilyWorks Together in partnership with the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Wesley College, her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California and is currently pursuing a PhD in Business psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Kanesha is passionate about incorporating motivational interviewing in her approach to assisting families; believing that life is a privilege and gratitude defines individual level of success. Kanesha works hard to advocate for youth and families to manifest strategic positive outcomes and remembers to never take anything for granted. She enjoys the privilege of being a mother, spending time with family and friends, and the ability to learn new things endlessly.
Keyla Ragland
Keyla Ragland
Extreme Family
Find Investigator
301-683-4385

Keyla Ragland

Extreme Family Find Investigator

Keyla RaglandKeyla is an adoptions investigator with EFF and received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Bowie State University. She has a passion for community service and has participated in numerous volunteer activities throughout the community such as feeding the homeless and mentoring disadvantaged youth in urban areas. In
2012, Keyla merged her passions for mentoring and law and became a
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). As a CASA advocate, Keyla was
able to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected
children during court hearings and in a variety of other settings. During Keyla’s leisure time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with family.

Development Team

Margo Devine
Margo Devine
Director of Development
301-439-2900

Margo Devine

Director of Development

Margo DevineOur Director of Development, Margo, has been working with Adoptions Together for 10 years. Margo first started working for the agency as a contractor doing events. She later came on full time as the Events Manager and in 2018 transitioned to the role of Director of Development. Margo’s two children were both adopted at birth. Her passion for building and strengthening families drives her to find the critical funding to enhance AT’s programs. Margo enjoys spending time with her husband and kids and frequently visiting family in Florida.
Drew Hayden
Drew Hayden
Development Associate
301-422-5105

Drew Hayden

Development Associate

Drew HaydenAs Development Associate at Adoptions Together, Drew writes grants and works with fundraising & events. He received a Bachelors Degree in English and Philosophy from Loyola University Maryland in 2019. Drew’s passions include social & economic equity, queer liberation, and art. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with the love of his life—his cat Blanche.

Operations Team

Audra Hurd
Audra Hurd, MBA
Operations Director
301-422-5136

Audra Hurd

Operations Director

Audra HurdAs the Operations Director, Audra is responsible for the agency’s information technology, security, compliance, marketing, human resources, licensing, and facility management. She has a bachelors from Towson University in Health Science and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Maryland Global Campus. Audra loves analyzing problems, collaborating with teams, and leveraging technology to resolve operational challenges. When she’s not working, Audra loves reading, hiking, camping, listening to music, and spending time with her family.
Amanda Bache
Amanda Bache
IT Support &
Operations Specialist
410-402-1111

Amanda Bache

IT Support & Operations Specialist

Amanda BacheAmanda graduated from Towson University in 2008 with a major in Family Studies. Immediately upon graduation, she joined the Adoptions Together Team. Over the years, she has enjoyed helping families with many aspects of the adoption process, from applications and clearances to finalizing documentation. Her main area of focus is assisting our staff and families navigate our online database (My Adoption Portal). Additionally, she also loves working with our staff to analyze processes to help identify new and more efficient ways to do things. In her free time, she loves spending time with her husband, 2 daughters and dog. She enjoys camping, bike riding and relaxing at home with a family movie night.

Brandon Drake
Brandon Drake
HR Generalist
301-422-5100

Brandon Drake

HR Generalist

Brandon DrakeBrandon has been a member of the Adoptions Together team as a “HR Department of One” since 2018. A Baltimore native, he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Lewis University, Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, and Master’s in Human Resource Management from Lindenwood University. He brings with him 16 years of combined administrative, finance, and human resources experience in the public and non-profit sectors. He likes spending his free time with his wife, family, dogs, and fixing things.

Esther Finkelstein
Esther Finkelstein
Finance & Operations Manager
301-422-5124

Esther Finkelstein

Finance & Operations Manager

Jen HoffmannEsther Finkelstein has joined Adoptions Together as our new Finance & Operations Manager! She will be based in Calverton and is already meeting with staff and learning the ropes. Esther will be handling a great mix of finance, operations, and office management tasks and brings with her great experience both in the for-profit and non-profit sectors.

Jen Hoffmann
Jen Hoffmann
Marketing Specialist
301-422-5106

Jen Hoffmann

Marketing Specialist

Jen HoffmannJen Hoffmann joined the team at Adoptions Together as the Marketing Specialist in 2020. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelors Degree in Media & Professional Communications, she started her career working in marketing at her alma mater before joining the team at Adoptions Together. In her free time, Jen loves listening to podcasts while going for long walks, learning new skills in the kitchen, and hanging with her furry friend, Ezra!

Rute Rivas
Rute Rivas
Accounting Specialist
301-422-5134

Rute Rivas

Accounting Specialist

Rute RivasRute Antunes joined Adoptions Together as an Accounting Coordinator in 2013 and brought with her 14 years of financial and administrative experience. Today Rute is our Accounting Specialist and has become the point of contact for our Finance Department overseeing a variety of financial duties and the coordination of the finance department, reporting to the CBO. With superior accounting skills, and an understanding of accounting principles and practices, she is tasked with performing and recording all financial transactions relating to AP/AR, general ledger reconciliation, and payroll. She also performs account analysis and brings expertise in administering contracts and monitoring compliance requirements to ensure all work is complete and invoiced in a timely manner. Rute is trilingual, having fluency in Portuguese, Spanish and English, and often helps her program colleagues with translation for birth moms and families.

Staff Therapists

Yadira Castillo, LMSW

Yadira A. Castillo, LMSW, is an adoption competent, attachment focused, and trauma informed therapist with FamilyWorks Together, serving clients in Maryland. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Delaware and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Boston College. At Boston College, Yadira was part of the Latino Leadership Initiative where her studies focused primarily in serving Latinx individuals. Yadira utilizes a person-centered and strengths-based approach in her work; believing that the clients are the experts in their lives. Yadira is a native Spanish speaker who is passionate about working alongside marginalized and under-served communities. She enjoys spending time with her family, friends, rock climbing, spending time outdoors, and reading whenever she gets an opportunity.

Colleen Crisfulli, LMSW

Colleen Crisafulli, LMSW, is an adoption competent, attachment focused, and trauma informed therapist with FamilyWorks Together, serving clients in Maryland. Colleen graduated with her Master’s of Social Work from the Catholic University of America. Since graduating, Colleen has worked as a therapist for children and adolescents. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and families in a variety of settings, including the school and community. In her therapy practice, she provides play interventions to children and families. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her dogs, family and traveling.

Erica Moltz, MA, NCC

For over 25 years, as part of Adoptions Together/FamilyWorks Together, Erica Moltz, MA, NCC has supported families to achieve permanency, build the bonds of attachment and help their children heal from trauma As a Master Clinical Trainer, she also facilitates workshops for parents and professionals in the U.S. and internationally about trauma, attachment, FASD, stress management, mindfulness, adoption/ foster care and transracial adoption. Ms. Moltz graduated from Ohio State University with a BA in Sociology and then achieved a master’s degree from the University of Maryland in Community Counseling. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Delois Pearsall, LMSW

Delois Pearsall joined FamilyWorks Together in April 2017 as a Counseling Specialist (Therapist) for the Baltimore City Department of Social Services’ Permanency Program. She entered the field of social work in 2004, after a lengthy career in Information Systems Management in the private sector. Delois’ experience in public child welfare, school social work, and her business acumen, have equipped her in providing excellent counseling services and customer service to her clientele. Delois is an adoption competent, attachment focused, and trauma informed therapist with FamilyWorks Together, serving clients in Maryland. In her spare time, Delois is a history buff and enjoys reading, writing, traveling and spending time with family and friends. She hopes to release her 2nd published work in 2020.

Haley Peterson, LGSW

Haley Peterson, LGSW, works in FamilyWorks Together’s Permanency Family Center in Washington, DC as their Full-time Therapist. Haley is an adoption competent, attachment focused, and trauma informed therapist with FamilyWorks Together, serving clients in DC. She provides individual, family, and group therapy for children, adolescents, and parents who are navigating the child-welfare system by providing honest, collaborative, and compassionate therapy. Haley has been in a social service role for 8 years working in many different modalities in an effort expand her knowledge and exposure to the best interventions for children and their families. Haley received her Bachelor’s Degree at Rollins College, and completed her Master’s Degree in Social Work at Fordham University. Her main areas of interest are trauma informed care, attachment, resilience, and environmental factors. When she not working, she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her dog.

Roberta Rinker, LICSW, LCSW-C

Roberta Rinker has been a social worker for over 20 years, serving children, youth and their families. While she is currently a professional at the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), she is the former Director of Clinical Services at Adoptions Together/FamilyWorks Together. As part of her leadership role at Adoptions Together, she provided oversight to the counseling, family finding, and training programs. She has extensive experience and training in working with children, adolescents and young adult survivors of complex trauma and their families. She encourages youth and their families as well as the professionals who support them to remember that healing from complex trauma is a journey, not a race, and healing is possible. Roberta is an adoption-competent, attachment-focused, and trauma-informed therapist with FamilyWorks Together, serving clients in Maryland and DC. Roberta is an adolescent and young adult specialist. In her free time, Roberta enjoys traveling internationally, spending time with family and friends, and her dogs.

Cynthia Rivers

Cynthia Rivers joined Adoptions Together in 2014 to support our permanency services programs and is now the FamilyWorks Together Counseling Program Specialist. She brings with her 17-years of dynamic administrative and information management experience in the private, government, and non-profit sectors. Her contributions are indispensable to the operation of our Counseling program. Prior to AT, she was the Data Supervisor for Educational Data Systems, Inc. She has a strong interest in ethnology and is currently enrolled at UMGC, pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science. Outside of work, Cynthia enjoys time with her family- outdoors, at science and cultural events, and being creative.

Cheryl Roberts-Samsingh, LCSW-C

Cheryl Roberts-Samsingh, LCSW-C, is an adoption competent, attachment focused, and trauma informed therapist with FamilyWorks Together, serving clients in Maryland. She has been working with children and families as a therapist for 30 years. Cheryl is a foreign national who was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies. She migrated to the United States following her graduation from Howard University, where she received her Master’s Degree in Social Work with a concentration in Child and Family Services. Cheryl also received a Post Graduate Certification in Children and Family therapy through Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic and completed an Attachment Training Certificate with Adoptions Together. She has extensive experience and training working with children with behavioral issues, developmental disabilities and psychological trauma. Additionally, she has received advanced training in family therapy and is a certified practitioner of hypnosis and neuro-linguistic programming. She also belongs to the International Association for Trauma Professionals. Cheryl is a life-long learner. She continues to attend conferences, develop curriculum and present at conferences. She reads extensively about new treatment techniques and strategies to help children and families to improve their relationships, facilitate improved understanding and address behavioral challenges. Cheryl enjoys spending time with her adult children and family.

Sheryl Walden, LICSW, LCSW-C

Sheryl Walden is a Clinical Licensed Social Worker with a Master of Social Work from Boston University. Sheryl has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families in office, home, hospital, and community-based settings as well as families involved in the child welfare system. Sheryl believes each family is unique but all experience times when therapy can provide added support, increased communication and greater understanding of family dynamics. Sheryl has been married for 30+ years and a native to California.