Meet the Adoption Circle Staff

Learn About Our Team and And Culture

We are a team of dedicated professionals, ready to do what ever it takes to help you with the adoption Process





Pamela Hook, MSW LISW-S - Executive Director

Pamela has been actively involved in the field of adoption for over fifteen years. Prior to joining Adoption Circle, she worked as an obstetric social worker. Pamela frequently speaks on adoption issues, and has presented at the National Adoption Center Conference, Regional Adoption Sumit, and RESOLVE (a support group for adoptive parents). Pamela has also presented on various adoption-related topics at obstetrical and pre-natal conferences.

Pamela is the new Executive Director of Adoption Circle and we are excited to see where she takes the agency! Her adoption case worker experience and management skills make her an invaluable member of the Adoption Circle team. Pam also coordinates and completes international homestudies, post-placements, and conducts education on international adoption issues. Pamela is married with four wonderful children.

pam@adoptioncircle.org

 





Susan Brewer, BSSW - Birthparent Financial Counselor & Post-Placement Coordinator

Susan is a 1985 graduate from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work. She is a state-licensed adoption assessor who spent the early years of her professional career as a birthparent social worker. Susan, a founding member of Adoption Circle, now runs the Agency's financial services including billing, reimbursements, and Medicaid for adopted children.

susan@adoptioncircle.org





Kim Blajsczak-Blayney, MSW - Director of Birthparent Services, Adoption Case Worker

After working for over three years for the Franklin County Public Defender’s Office, Juvenile Unit, advocating for the best interest of children, Kim joined the Adoption Circle staff. Since 1998, she has worked extensively with birthparents throughout the state. She has recently graduated with a Master’s Degree in Social Work and has become an important member of the Adoption Circle team. Congratulations on completing your MSW, Kim!

kim@adoptioncircle.org





Carrie West - Administrative Assistant

Carrie joined the Adoption Circle team in 2006 and is the daughter of Barb Rankin, our other Administrative Assistant. The mother-daughter team is an example of our warm family atmosphere and together they provide excellent customer service and help to all of our clients. Carrie not only has professional experience with adoption, but also personal experience, considering she has an adopted sister. She is an additional member of our team that is available to support our families through her valuable computer experience, organizational, customer service skills, and most importantly, her cheerful demeanor and welcoming personality. Carrie resides in Westerville with her husband and three sons.

carrie@adoptioncircle.org





Landis Terhune-Olaker, Esq. - Legal Counsel for Adoption Circle

Landis Terhune-Olaker has been practicing law for over 15 years.  Prior to joining Adoption Circle, she worked with Adoption Circle by representing birth parents in adoption proceedings.  Landis is an adoptive parent herself.   In fact, she chose Adoption Circle when deciding what agency to use in facilitating her adoption.  Landis has adopted both domestically and internationally.  She truly has walked in the shoes of prospective adoptive parents, as well as having compassion for birthparents who choose an adoption plan.   Landis believes every adoption plan should be unique to the lives who will be touched by adoption.   Landis is married with three daughters, who love all things Disney.

Landis@adoptioncircle.org





Chris Soto - Billing Coordinator

Chris joined Adoption Circle in 2014. She is a graduate of Capital University.  Although she is willing to help in any area her specialty is in finance.  She has over 25 years in the financial field. Chris is the person you can reach out to for your invoices, statements, budgeting your adoption or general questions.

Chris@adoptioncircle.org





Brittany Morgan, MSW, LSW - Adoption Case Worker

Brittany Morgan first joined the Adoption Circle team as an intern in 2015 while pursuing her Master's degree in social work. Upon graduating a year and a half later, Brittany was hired on as staff. She pursued both her Bachelor's of Psychology and MSW at The Ohio State University. Brittany's role is to support birthparents in making an adoption plan and to facilitate homestudies and post-placement visits for adoptive families. Brittany also works as a high school cheerleading coach in her hometown of Marion. She resides there with her high school sweetheart, with whom she plans to start a family after getting settled into her career.

brittany@adoptioncircle.org





K.J. Greeney - Adoption Case Worker

K.J. joined our Adoption Circle team in 2014, she graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Social Work degree. Prior to joining us here, she enjoyed life as a Juvenile Court Probation Officer. During her time with the court, she was able to counsel many youth with substance abuse problems, help develop and maintain life skills and assist with employment and independent living. Now with Adoption Circle, K.J. is excited about bringing families together, supporting birthmothers and new adoptive parents. The adoption process is very close to her heart as she and her husband adopted their wonderful little boy to complete their family.

kj@adoptioncircle.org 





Lucie Blumenthal, MA, LPC - Founder, Adoption Specialist

Lucie received her Bachelor of Science from The Ohio State University in Family and Child Development. She spent many years working with delinquent youth in the institutional and community settings as a parole and probation officer. Lucie earned her Master of Arts in Guidance and Counseling in 1980. She began working in the field of adoption in 1985. Lucie is a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a certified adoption assessor in Ohio.

Lucie is one of the founding mothers of Adoption Circle. As the Director of Adoption Services, she focuses her effots on supervision, education, and the provision of services for adoptive parents. She is active in state-wide adoption groups such as The Ohio Adoption Planning Group. She is the mother of three children. Her Labrador Retriever is a licensed Therapy Dog and they volunteer weekly at the OSU James Cancer Hospital. Lucie has been active on various boards and is currently involved with Choices (an organization for the elimination of the cycle of domestic violence).

lucie@adoptioncircle.org





Nancy Burley, LISW-S - Founder, Adoption Specialist

Nancy is a Licensed Independent Social Worker who began working in adoption in 1986. She speaks extensively throughout the United States on a variety of adoption issues. She assists the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services by training social workers that wish to become state-certified adoption assessors.

Nancy was an integral member of the team of professionals who re-wrote Ohio's current adoption law. She is highly regarded by birthparents, adoptive families, social workers, attorneys, and judges for her expertise in the field of adoption. For her work in adoption, Nancy was honored by the U.S. Congress as Senator George Voinovich's nominee to receive the 2011 Angel in Adoption Award.

Nancy and her husband, Doug, a realtor, reside in Columbus, Ohio. They are the parents of two adult children - Jessica and C. Logan. She is one of the original founders of Adoption Circle.

nancy@adoptioncircle.org





Rachel Boone-Dicke - MSW, LSW - Adoptive Parent Social Worker

Rachel has been with Adoption Circle since June 2004, first as an intern, and now as an adoptive parent social worker. Rachel graduated from The Ohio State University in 2001 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and a Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2005. She began her social work career as a caseworker with Franklin County Children’s Services in 2001 and remained there until 2006. Rachel began contracting with Adoption Circle in 2006 and has been working with adoptive parents completing homestudy preparation and post-placement requirements. She currently resides in the Columbus area.

rachel@adoptioncircle.org





Jennifer Estep - Adoption Caseworker

Jennifer graduated with her Master’s degree in Social Work in 1998. She is a certified Adoption Assessor for the State of Ohio. Jennifer resides in southern Ohio with her husband and three daughters. Adoption is very close to her heart as she and her husband have two daughters from the adoption process.

jennifer@adoptioncircle.org



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Adoption Circle's team of dedicated professionals are available 24/7 for birthparents and located across Ohio to assist you with your adoption needs.

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