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 more than 25 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.

Jess Simmons

Agency Administrator

Jess Simmons is a graduate of Meredith College where she earned a BA in Political Studies and Business and Professional Communication.

Jess and her husband have adopted twice through social media platforms in which they found their children’s first moms and have two wonderful open adoptions. Jess worked with hopeful adoptive families for almost 5 years, teaching them how to build their social media presence in order to connect with expectant parents seeking adoption for their child. Jess strives to continue learning about issues that affect the adoption triad and navigating the unique opportunities presented by transracial adoption.

Together, her family enjoys traveling and spending time in the great outdoors having lots of adventures.

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 Bachelor of Social Work. She also received her Master of 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.

Nicole Barnes

Adoption Counselor

Nicole completed her undergraduate studies at Chowan University in Psychology with a concentration in Alcohol & Drug Studies and a minor in Criminal Justice.  Nicole has provided services to adolescents, teens, college students, the Department of Corrections, the Department of Parole and Probation, the NC Division of Motor Vehicles, the Division of Transportation, and the Department of Defense.  She is a Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor and has been working in the mental health field for 15 years.

Lakisha Brown

Lakisha Brown

Adoption Counselor

Lakisha completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology with a concentration in Social Welfare at Winston-Salem State University and her Master of Social Work from Syracuse University. She has worked with children, individuals and families for more than 12 years.

Lakisha’s 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.

Stephanie Davis

Adoption Counselor

Stephanie completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology/Criminal Justice at Guilford College and earned her Master of Arts degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from NC A&T State University and a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership from Liberty University. She also holds a Post-Master’s Certificate in School Counseling from UNC-Charlotte. She has worked with children, individuals and families for more than 15 years.  Her professional experiences include working with adults/children with disabling conditions and other at-risk populations, employment services, individual/family counseling, school counseling and case management.

When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, enjoying being empty-nesters! She is the mother of three and the glam-ma of two. 😊 She also enjoys mentoring, traveling and faith-based activities.

Rachelle Garren

Adoption Counselor

Rachelle is originally from Pennsylvania but moved to North Carolina 6 years ago. I have a two-year-old son, 2 dogs, and a cat! She earned her undergraduate degree in psychology at Misericordia University in Pennsylvania and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Rachelle has worked with children in a preschool setting for three years and with children and families as a therapist. Most of her experience is with children and adults who experienced trauma or substance use problems. Rachelle is 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.

Suzanne Mangum

Adoption Counselor

Suzanne was the primary pregnancy care manager stationed at Duke high-risk perinatal clinic for 20 years. She has a BS in Social Work at UNC Pembroke and is a licensed School Social Worker. She recently worked as a case manager in a substance abuse disorder residential program for women with young children. Suzanne is a “Durhamite” but has resided in Wake County since graduating. Her biggest accomplishment has been happily raising her 14 yo daughter and 3 poodle mixed pups.

Jessica Otolinsky

Adoption Counselor

Jess completed her undergraduate degree in Communication at the 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!

Sylvia Senbel

Adoption Counselor

Sylvia is a graduate of Western Carolina University, where she earned a Bachelor of Social Work. She also received her Master of 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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