Please Meet Our Florida, New York, and Ohio Staff.

Adoption STAR is often praised for the level of commitment of its staff. You will often find staff members coming into work evenings and weekends to meet the needs of clients and to conduct adoptive placements.

The agency is proud of its incredibly dedicated employees. Not only are many of them personally touched by adoption, but the qualifications of the staff are impressive, including degrees in Social Work, Psychology, Education and other related field. Their combined expertise, training and passion is the secret to the success of Adoption STAR

Adoption STAR staff includes full-time and part-time employees. These individuals consistently deliver a high level of integrity, confidentiality and personalized attention.

The agency invites you to get to know the staff personally by sending them an email, telephoning the agency or simply dropping by the office. Click on their name under their picture and read about each Adoption STAR staff member.

If you move your mouse over the child photo you will see the staff person as they are today – all grown up!

New York

Client Support Staff

Shannon Boeheim, MSW
Adoptive Parent Social Worker and Family Advocate

Erin Hutchison, LMHC
Adoption Counselor and Family Advocate

Rachael Metz, LCSW
Adoptive Parent Social Worker and Family Advocate

Megan Montgomery, LMSW
International Adoption Coordinator

Susan Reardon
Adoptive Parent Mentor & Coach

Sue Shaw, BS
Birth Parent Department Supervisor and Birth Family Advocate


Field Social Workers

Ladi Agahiu, LMSW
Adoption Social Worker

Steven M. Baranowski, LMSW
Adoption Social Worker

Jessica Brumbaugh, LMSW
Adoption Social Worker

Becki Buck, MSW, LSW
Adoption Social Worker

Kathleen Cores, MSW, LCSW
Adoption Social Worker

Marie Dolfi, LCSW
Adoption Social Worker
Rachel Edricks, LCSW
Rachel Edricks, LCSW
Adoption Social Worker

Mary-Jean Gianquinto, LMSW
Adoption Social Worker

Lynlee Hochrad, LMSW, MPH
Adoption Social Worker

Kaitlin Incorvia, MSW
Adoption Social Worker

Michele A. Kirsh, M.S. Ed.
Adoption Social Worker

Frances Martin, LMSW
Adoption Social Worker

Stephanie Meeker, MS
Adoption Counselor

Joyce Morier, MSW
Adoption Social Worker

Laurel Pfund-Byron, M.S. Ed.
Adoption Counselor

Susan Roman, MSW
Adoption Social Worker

Stephanie M. Shaw, M.S., C.R.C.
Adoption Counselor

Peter Winkler, LMSW
Adoption Social Worker
Chinequia Williams
Chinequia Williams, MSW
Adoption Social Worker


Client Relationship, Compliance, and Administrative Staff

Zack Fried
Client Relations and Compliance Manager & Adult Adoptee Support Group Leader

Lisa Geiger, MS
Compliance Associate

Stephanie Velez, MSW
Intake Specialist, Adoption Social Worker

Chris Fancher
Tapestry Books Resource Associate

Kim Bundy
Receptionist and Administrative Clerk

Theresa Cushman
Theresa Cushman
Office & Bookkeeping Manager

Mitch Jasinski
Administrative Support

Nobie Fried
Birth Parent Department Assistant

Flory G. Herman, Esq.
Counsel Emeritus

Quinn Moyer
Administrative Support

Executive Staff

Michele Fried, BS
Founder & CEO

Michael Hill, MS
Agency Associate Director

Kathy Crissey, MS, LMHC
Director of Adoption

Lori Craig, BS
Executive Administrator

Marketing and Development

Kristin Ackerman
Development Associate

Geoff Forman
Internet Marketing Specialist

Nicole Tartaglia
Web Designer and Programming


April Fong, MSW, LSW
Adoption Assessor

Amy Deeds, MSEd., LPCC
Adoption Assessor

April Hughes, MSSW, LSW
Adoption Social Worker

Carol Lamb, BSSW, LSW
Client Support

Tyla Dudley, MSW, LSW
Adoption Assessor

Christi Scheid, BS
Adoption Assessor


Katie Jay, Esq.
Florida Director of Operations and Legal Services

Alice Kelly, BA
Florida Program Director

Sylvia Appolon, MBA/HRD, CWCM
Adoption Caseworker