Meet The Team

Robin Thompson – Executive Director

As Executive Director of ACPA, Robin’s 20 + years of experience in the child welfare system as well as her experience as an adoptive parent will serve her, and all of us at ACPA, very well. She graduated from Shippensburg University with a Masters in Criminal Justice Administration and a BS in Special Education. She resides in Brighton Township with her husband, David, where they are raising their five sons. They have also provided foster care for 17 children over the years. Robin offers a wealth of experience, support and encouragement to our families!

 

 

 

 

Linda Venn – Operations Manager

Linda has been devoted to providing support, information and technical assistance to hundreds of families during her many years in the field of adoption/foster care, and she has offered them a wealth of compassion and information.  Prior to entering the field of adoption many years ago, Linda spent many years working in residential care for troubled youth.  Linda and her family also provided foster care for children between the ages of 12 to 18 over a span of many years.  Her knowledge and experience make her an incredible help to all of us who work here as well.  An Associate’s degree in Accounting adds to the many valuable skills Linda brings to our ministry.  She is married with 2 grown daughters and 4 grandchildren.

 

Sherry Hutchison – Outreach Coordinator

Beginning her career at Adoption Connection, PA in 2006, Sherry’s current role is Outreach Coordinator. Graduating from Slippery Rock University with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation, her love for special needs children originated.  Married for 28 years, Sherry and her husband Mike have four wonderful children.  Actively involved with her church, Sherry is an active member of Chippewa Alliance Church and has served in a variety of ministries. Sherry is an advocate for her daughter who is a CHD survivor, volunteering to help others who are currently going through what their family has been through.  Adding to her blessings, Sherry and her husband have recently become a grandparent.  Believing each day is truly a blessing; Sherry feels privileged to have the opportunity to share about adoption & foster care -not only with families but also with the community.

 

 

Jenn Jones – SWAN Supervisor

Jennifer Jones is an experienced social worker with a Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Mercyhurst College.  She has held various positions in the area of social services through the years, and states that her work with adoptive families and children has definitely been the most rewarding.  Jenn currently supervises the contract caseworkers for Adoption Connection, PA.  She strongly believes in the importance of open, honest communication with her families and everyone she works with benefits from her skills and experience. Jennifer is the proud mother of three children

 

 

 

Karen Skvarla – Office Coordinator

Karen has years of experience working to assist families with their adoption journeys. She takes great care in providing client support & assistance, managing client files and coordinating the agency’s office. She is deeply committed to her work here, and especially to the families we serve. Karen always has a ready smile and a helping hand. Karen lives in Western PA with her husband Dan. They have two grown children and two grandchildren.

 

 

 

 

Heather DiBenedetto- Foster Care Permanency Caseworker

Heather graduated from Geneva College with a BS in Human Services and Missions and a minor in Teaching English as a Second Language.  She attributes the adoption of her little brother as to what has ignited her career path.  Heather is currently a  foster care permanency caseworker at Adoption Connection, PA.  During the past six years of her employment with Adoption connection, PA, she was the matching specialist for three years and a SWAN caseworker for one year, in which she did Child Prep, Child Profiles and CSR.  She continues to day assisting with SWAN services.  She is relentless in her pursuit of achieving permanency and loving homes for children.  

 

Stephanie Urben – Senior Foster Care Permanency Caseworker

Stephanie has been with Adoption Connection, PA since May of 2012.  She received her Undergraduate degree in Human Services through Geneva College and is currently working on her Master’s.  She is a Senior Foster Care Permanency Caseworker.  She is passionate about working with children through the foster care system and dedicated to helping families transition and process all the victories and challenges of welcoming foster children into their home.  She has four children of her own and resides in Brighton Township where she is an active member at Four Mile Church in women and adult ministries.  One of her favorite scripture verses is “Learn to do right; seek justice.  Defend the oppressed.  Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow”.  Isaiah 1:17.  

 

 

 

Kim Majors – Birth Mother Specialist

Kim has worked in the human service field for 20+ years either as a direct line caseworker or in a management position. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania. Passionate about improving the well-being of children & families, Kim has experience developing and implementing innovative social service programs, developing, measuring and tracking client outcomes and has been an active member of various quality improvement initiatives. After years of being a single mother, Kim is now married and blessed with a blended family with five children. Kim brings with her a broad range of direct service and development expertise, and we are so fortunate to have her on our team!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Erica List – Matching Specialist 

ericaErica graduated from Robert Morris university in 1998 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management.  She has served Robert Morris as a softball coach on and off for the past nineteen years, as well as manage her own pitching lessons business.  This career path allowed her to be at home to raise her children.  Now that her children are more independent she feels it was time to embark on a new journey.  She feels that her own life experiences in working with youth will help her tremendously in her new endeavor as Matching Specialist for ACPA.  She is willing and eager to learn all that she can about the Human Service industry.  She is also excited to serve her community and help families and children.  Erica married her college sweetheart, Nate, They reside in Beaver with their three beautiful children.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holly Newman – SWAN Caseworker

Holly works in the Statewide Adoption Network (SWAN) services division of Adoption Connection, PA. She has a bachelor’s degree from Edinboro University and a Masters Degree from Geneva College. Holly has a genuine heart for children.  She has a background as a foster parent and many years of experience working in the human services field. She has also had the opportunity to serve as a Children’s Minister at Christian Assembly Church in Ohioville, where she has been a member for over 15 years. Holly lives in Patterson Township with her husband and daughter.

 

 

 

 

 Terry Kordecki – Clerical Assistant

 Previously Terry spent many years in the insurance field and is new to the world of adoption. She is “excited to do her part in any way she can with the adoption process”. Terry lives in New Brighton with her husband, Tony. Together they have 2 grown sons and three precious grandchildren.