• Michelle Dykema

    Executive Director

    Michelle has worked in adoption since 2001, with experience including home study preparation, post adoption reporting,...read more

  • Amy Brouwer

    Home Study Caseworker

    Amy joined the AAI staff in February of 2013 as a birth mother and adoptive family caseworker. She holds a bachelor...read more

  • Laura Bussa

    Office Administrator | International Services Coordinator

    Laura joined AAI's staff in June of 2004 as the International Secretary. During her time at AAI, Laura has worked...read more

  • Nancy Cannon

    Director of Central Michigan Office

    A graduate from Michigan State University in social work, Nancy Cannon has been with Adoption Associates since 1994. A...read more

  • Heidi Cole

    Home Study Caseworker

    Heidi joined Adoption Associates, Inc. in May 2004 as a caseworker, completing both domestic and international home...read more

  • Kris Dickens

    International Consultant | Home Study Caseworker

    Kris joined the staff at AAI in 2006 as a home study caseworker and holds a bachelors degree from Central Michigan...read more

  • Janet Forde

    Birth Mother Caseworker | Home Study Caseworker

    Janet joined Adoption Associates, Inc. in 2003, primarily as a birth mom caseworker. She also completes occasional...read more

  • Kendra Gerlach

    Human Resource Specialist / Administrative Assistant

    Kendra joined our staff in September 2014 as receptionist, and now holds the position of Administrative Assistant in...read more

  • Tami Hedrick

    Office Manager, Central Michigan Office

    Tami began working for AAI's Lansing office in 1999 as a receptionist. She is now the office manager for the...read more

  • Ming Hua He

    International Coordinator

    Ming brings years of adoption experience to the China program, and she is well-known within the international adoption...read more

  • Mary Pat Hugler-Lyle


    Mary Pat has been with AAI since 2007. She is the receptionist in the Farmington Hills office and loves the work of...read more

  • Jennifer Jaworski

    Birth Mother Caseworker | Home Study Caseworker

    Jennifer, a caseworker for birth mothers and adoptive families, joined AAI in 2006. She holds a bachelor’s degree in...read more

  • Amy Jordan

    Home Study Caseworker

    Amy joined the staff of AAI in 2003 as a caseworker who completes international and domestic home studies. Amy’s...read more

  • Heather Klompmaker

    Home Study Caseworker

    Heather joined the AAI staff in March 2016. She holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Taylor University (...read more

  • Laurie Larson

    Home Study Caseworker

    Laurie came to AAI in September 2001 and now has 20 years of social work experience. She has a BA in English from North...read more

  • Elizza LeJeune

    Birth Mother Caseworker | Home Study Caseworker

    Elizza received a bachelor’s degree in social work from Central Michigan University and a master’s degree in social...read more

  • Sally Mouw

    Director of International Programs

    Sally has been with Adoption Associates for over 15 years. She currently manages and consults in the international...read more

  • Shelly Nibbelink

    Legal Coordinator | Licensing Caseworker

    Shelly is a Licensed Bachelor Social Worker with a degree from Calvin College. She began working with Adoption...read more

  • Nicole Racine

    Director of Fund Development & Outreach

    Nikki joined the team at Adoption Associates in early 2011 as the Director of Fund Development and Outreach. She has a...read more

  • Barb Sheler

    Director of Finance

    Barb joined Adoption Associates, Inc. in 1999 as the agency's first full-time bookkeeper. With an education in...read more

  • Paula Springer

    Director of Eastern Michigan Office

    Paula Springer came to AAI in 1994 when the agency was looking to further develop services throughout the entire state...read more

  • Sara Stahl

    Social Work Consultant

    Sara provides social work consulting services for Adoption Associates. She is a licensed social worker with a master...read more

  • Tara Steketee

    Home Study Caseworker

    Tara joined the AAI staff in January 2016. She holds a bachelor's degree in sociology and criminal justice from...read more

  • Christy Stevens

    Birth Mother Caseworker | Home Study Caseworker

    Christy joined Adoption Associates in 2016, primarily as birth mom caseworker. She also completes domestic home...read more

  • Ellen Tuinstra

    Administrative Assistant

    Ellen rejoined the staff at Adoption Associates in June 2015 as an Office Assistant/Receptionist. She previously...read more

  • Beth Vendal

    Administrative Assistant

    Beth joined our staff in November 2016 as Administrative Assistant in our Corporate Office. She earned her Bachelors...read more