Meet The Team

 

Robin Thompson – Executive Director

Robin has experienced every facet of adoption and lives each day making a difference in the lives of children.  She and her husband are the parents of 5 sons.  Together, they have had 20 children come through their home via foster care.  Each touching their hearts in a different way.  Robin believes we are all called to help others.  She is an adoptive parent with an exceptional amount of wisdom to share with not only adoptive families but also foster families.  Her 30+ years of experience in the child welfare system also adds to her ability to offer support and encouragement to our families.  Robin is an asset to not only Adoption Connection, PA but also her community.

“Unless someone like you cares whole awful lot.  Nothing is going to get better.  It’s not.”….. Dr. Suess.

 

 

Terry Kordecki – Financial Manager

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. 

 
 

 

Jenn Jones – SWAN

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

 

 

Holly Newman – Events & Outreach Coordinator

Holly began her career at Adoption Connection, PA in 2013 as a Caseworker for the Statewide Adoption Network (SWAN). She recently accepted the position as the Events & Outreach Coordinator for the agency. She loves being able to use her business and social skills while continuing to serve children in need. Holly has a genuine heart for children, a background as a foster parent and 13 years of experience working in the human services field. She has worked as a Foster Parent Recruiter & Trainer, a Permanency Specialist, an Adoption Services Caseworker and Child Profile Writer. Holly has a bachelor’s degree from Edinboro University and a Masters Degree from Geneva College.  Holly lives in Patterson Township with her husband of 23 years and her beautiful daughter. 

 

 

Clarissa Calderoni – SWAN Caseworker

 

Clarissa began working within the foster care field in 2009, after specialized training and becoming a foster to adopt parent.  She and her husband of 32 years have four children that they have adopted, all with special needs.  This life purpose, combined with 30+ years of administrative experience, inspired her to continue serving children and families.

Clarissa began at Adoption Connection, PA in 2017 as a contracted case aide.  A year later she joined the team as a full time Case Aide, and within the past year has further enhanced her service to children and families as a SWAN Caseworker.  In this role, she is a child profile writer, engages children in child prep services, and also creates LifeBooks that provide each child with a connection to their past, as well as a bridge to their future.

Jeremiah 29:11

 Caroline Furman – SWAN Caseworker

Caroline started her career at Adoption Connection, Pa in the summer of 2019 as a SWAN Caseworker. She is originally from MA and moved to PA with her husband a few years ago. She has received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Nyack College and her MSW through Edinboro University. She loves that this job enables her to work with children & youth in a way that honors their dignity, history, future and families. She is also on staff at The Gospel Tabernacle located in Aliquippa, PA where she loves to experience God with church family. In her free time, she loves running outside, going to local coffee shops with friends and getting to the beach as much as possible.

Kelaiah Kneuss – SWAN Caseworker

Kelaiah has worked with children in various capacities in the past, worked with individuals with intellectual disabilities building job skills, and completed a term of service with AmeriCorps. Kelaiah started her work with Adoption Connection in August 2019. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services from Geneva College in May 2019.

Kelaiah’s passion for foster care begun when her nephews were adopted through foster care several years ago. She has loved getting to experience her family grow through adoption. She loves getting to be a support for the children and families that she works with as SWAN caseworker. Her hope is that she would shine the light of Christ in the work that she does.

Stephanie Urben – Foster Care Supervisor 

Stephanie has been with Adoption Connection, PA since May of 2012.  She received her Undergraduate degree in Human Services through Geneva College.  In December of 2018, she completed her Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis on Non-profits and Ministry.  As the Foster Care Supervisor, she is passionate about working with the caseworkers as they work with the children through the foster care system and the 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.

 

 

Ginny Householder – Family Recruiter

Ginny Householder started at ACPA as a Permanency Caseworker. She has recently accepted the position of Family Recruiter. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State University in Administration of Justice.  Ginny has worked in the drug and alcohol field, supervised at-risk youth at a residential treatment facility, and as a caseworker for the Office of Children, Youth, and Family.  She is also a nationally Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician.  Ginny is passionate about improving the lives of children especially those children with special needs.  She is the founder of  “Craniofacial Cuties”, a group that supports and advocates for children with an array of craniofacial abnormalities.  She was inspired to create this community by her son who courageously faces his craniofacial difference every day.

 

 

Catie Kellner  – Permanency Specialist 

Catie began her career at Adoption Connection, PA as a student intern in the summer of 2018, then became a case aide while finishing her senior year of school. After graduating from Waynesburg University with her bachelors degree in May of 2019, Catie became a permanency specialist at ACPA. She loves being able to serve her community by bringing families together and being a light in children’s lives through foster care.  

 

 
 

 

LeAnn Havelock – Permanency Specialist

LeAnn started her career at Adoption Connection PA on August 21, 2017 as a Foster Care Permanency Case Worker. She is originally from Ohio but relocated to Pennsylvania when she accepted the position at ACPA. LeAnn received her Bachelors degree in Communications from Mount Union College in May of 2009. After working in sales and insurance she decided she wanted a career that was meaningful and made a difference in the lives of others.

She became a Domestic Violence Victim Advocate in January 2016. She found that although it can very stressful at times, being a social worker gave her the sense of purpose she was looking for. 

LeAnn loves the feeling of making a difference in the lives of the children and families that we serve. She is proud to work for an agency that puts the safety and welfare of children above all else. LeAnn is grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow as a caseworker within the ACPA organization.

 

 
 

 

Kathleen Kovacs – Permanency Specialist

 Kathleen began her journey with ACPA as an intern in the summer of 2018 and was later hired on as a case aide. After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Penn State, she became a full time foster care caseworker. She is currently working towards her Master’s degree. Kathleen has always had positions where she cared for children and is excited to be able to bring the same passion to a career where she is able to advocate for them. 

Vanessa Pollio – Permanency Specialist 

Vanessa Pollio started her work with Adoption Connection, PA in October of 2017 as a case aide. She recently moved into the position of Permanency Specialist and enjoys the clients she is able to serve.  She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health from Slippery Rock University in 2015. In her spare time, Vanessa likes to hang out with her dog Miles and her husband Nick. 

 Mina Needham – Permanency Specialist

Mina started her career at Adoption Connection, Pa in August 2017 as a Foster Care Permanency Specialist. She has a bachelor’s degree in Forensic Psychology and a Master’s degree in Education. After two years of working for the state of Florida she relocated with her husband to the Pennsylvania area. She is happily married and has a wonderful, mostly sassy two year old daughter. Overall, Mina loves being able to make a difference in the lives of foster children and seeing forever families being created. Adoption holds a special place in her heart as her husband was adopted at a young age.

Erica List – Matching Specialist 

Erica 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.  

 

 

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!

 

 
 

 

Karen Skvarla – Office Manager

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.

 

 
 

 

Cindy Smith – Foster Care Administrative Assistant

Cindy has been with Adoption Connection since the fall of 2016 and recently moved from a Case Aide position into the Foster Care Administrative Assistant position. She has a Bachelor’s Degree and has held various positions in the work force before taking several years to stay at home as her kids were growing. She lives in Beaver County, has three grown kids and three wonderful grandchildren.