Director, Staff & Adoption Counselors

Director, Staff & Adoption Counselors

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E. Parker Herring

Director/Attorney

Parker is a board certified family law specialist and Raleigh native who has practiced in Wake County for 23 years. She is a 1975 graduate of the UNC-Chapel Hill and a 1985 graduate of the Wake Forest School of Law. Parker and her husband Steve have three children — two of whom are adopted and one who was born with the help of advanced fertility treatments. She is founder and the managing member of the law firm of Parker Herring Law Group, PLLC.

Adoption Counselors

We have trained and compassionate adoption counselors located throughout the state of North Carolina to meet and counsel our birth parents and adoptive couples to facilitate the adoption process before and after placement.

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Kelly Dunbar

Adoption Counselor/Homestudy Supervisor

Kelly is a graduate of NC State University where she earned a Bachelors in Social Work. She also received her Masters in Social Work from the University of South Carolina. Kelly has been working with children, families, in the home and in communities for 18 years. Kelly has been working with birth mothers and adoptive parents for the last 5 years.  Besides working, she has a great husband and three fabulous children, Landon, Parker and Ansley. Kelly and her husband adopted their daughter with the help of ACH and feels as though her personal experience helps her relate to other adoptive families.

Lakisha Brown

Lakisha Brown

Adoption Counselor

Lakisha completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology with a concentration in Social Welfare at Winston-Salem State University. She received her Master’s in Social Work from Syracuse University. Lakisha has worked with children, individuals and families for more than 12 years. Her experience includes working with at-risk youth, homeless children and families, child mental health, as well as school social work and case management. She is also a long-time basketball fan, former player and coach. She played at Winston-Salem State University and coached women’s basketball at Elon University and Syracuse University. Lakisha and her husband reside in Alamance County, with their young son.

Jessica Otolinsky

Adoption Counselor

Jess completed her undergraduate degree in Communication at University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and earned her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Messiah College.

Her professional experiences include child and teen hospital settings, case management, education, women’s behavioral health including a focus on pregnant mothers, in homes working with kinship and domestic adoptive families who have experienced trauma and most recently, working with children and families in an office setting.

Jess is a native of central Pennsylvania though loves living in Asheville with her significant other. When she is not working, she is likely caring for her puppy and dog, painting, practicing yoga, camping or planning her next road trip to see family and friends or have an adventure in some new place!

Katherine Fitzsimmons

Adoption Counselor

Katherine completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology at St. Bonaventure University and continued on to earn her Master’s in Social Work degree from Binghamton University. Her passion is working with and advocating for women, youth, and children. She has worked for more than 10 years facilitating kinship, international, and domestic adoptions; eight of those years were working for the Independent Adoption Center here in Raleigh. Katherine also has a background in crisis management in a hospital setting. When she is not working, she can be found volunteering at her son’s school, exploring the Raleigh-Durham area, or baking yummy sweets!!

Rachelle Garren

Adoption Counselor

My name is Rachelle. I am originally from Pennsylvania but moved to North Carolina 6 years ago. I have a two-year-old son, 2 dogs, and a cat! I got my undergraduate degree in psychology at Misericordia University in Pennsylvania. I earned my Masters degree in Social work from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. I have worked with children in a preschool setting for three years and worked with children and families for the last year as a therapist. Most of my experience is with children and adults who experienced trauma or substance use problems. I am very excited to be working with the adoption agency!

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Sloane Mosley

Adoption Counselor

Sloane completed her undergraduate degree in Human Services Counseling at Old Dominion University and holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. Sloane has been working with children, birth mothers and adopting families for more than 10 years. She loves advocating for children and helping women during pregnancy.

Melanie Spainhour

Adoption Counselor – Bi-lingual

Melanie is excited to be working with A Child’s Hope in the Raleigh area.  She received her Master of Social Work degree from East Carolina University (Go Pirates!) and her Bachelor of Social Work degree from NC State University (GO PACK!).  Melanie has worked with children and families, school systems and local communities, primarily focusing on the Latino community.  She loves spending time with her husband, three daughters and taking trips to the beach!

Sylvia Senbel

Adoption Counselor

Sylvia is a graduate of Western Carolina University, where she earned a Bachelor’s in Social Work. She also received her Masters in Social Work from the University of North Carolina. Sylvia has been working with children and families for more than 19 years. She enjoys gardening, reading, hiking, and spending time with her husband and three boys. She also loves animals, especially her dog Jazzy.

Birthmother Hotline: (877) 890-4673

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