AdoptionLife.org Staff Has Years Of Adoption Experience.
AdoptionLife.org is a non-profit 501 (C)(3) full-service domestic adoption agency headquartered in Rexburg Idaho with offices in Rexburg and West Valley Utah. AdoptionLife.org specializes in newborn adoption placements across the country.our staff has many years of compassionate experience working in adoption and assisting both birth parents and adoptive families. We love for you to meet them.
Melissa Williams, LCSW, Executive Director
Melissa has a tremendous vision for AdoptionLife.org. With 20+ years of dedicated social work experience, Melissa’s passion for adoption began long ago as a medical social worker, caring for birth mothers and adoptive families during a pinnacle point in the adoption experience: the hospital stay. Melissa’s experience in adoption includes birth parent and adoptive family social work with domestic and international adoption. She was also the Executive Director of a Utah-based adoption agency and operated her own Home Study and counseling business. She enjoys working with both adoptive families and expectant parents and has compassionate understanding for all sides of the adoption triad. She and her husband David have a personal connection with adoption, as their 2 daughters were adopted at birth. Melissa lives in Rexburg, Idaho with her husband and their 3 beautiful children, Kayleigh, Ashlyn, and Luke.
Mindy Jensen LSW, Adoptive Family Social Worker
Mindy joined the team at AdoptionLife.org in August 2015. She has a passion for adoption and it shows in everything that she does. Mindy currently works with adoptive families. She feels education is empowering and loves to share her knowledge with others as they embark on their adoption journey. Mindy earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from BYU-Idaho and will graduate with her Master’s Degree from Boise State University in December 2017. She is married to a supportive husband and is the mother of 3 amazing kids, Foster, Nathan, and Libbie.
Tamara Savai’i, LCSW, Utah Director of Social Work
Tamara joined AdoptionLife.org in October 2016, bringing with her a wealth of adoption experience, both personal and professional. Tamara was adopted from Pusan South Korea when she was three months old. She also has four adopted sisters. She has worked in the adoption field for the past 8 years, with both adoptive families and birth mothers. While she loves working with adoptive parents, she admits she has a special place in her heart for birth mothers, which stems from her love and respect for her own birth mother’s very difficult decision to place her at three months of age. She was able to find her birth mother in Korea and to have a beautiful connection with her. Tamara earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from BYU-Hawaii and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Utah. She is the mother of 2 beautiful children, Nainoa and Amaia.
Liz Correa – Office Manager/Birth Parent Coordinator
Liz has been involved in the adoption world since 2004. She loves what she does and who she’s been able to work with along the way. She has enjoyed working with both birth parents and adoptive families a great deal and has been very involved in coordinating and assisting in the legal process as well. She is a very proud mother and enjoys spending time with her children.
Kaylee Sutherin, BA, Office Assistant- Idaho
Kaylee is a new member to the AdoptionLife.org team, but has quickly embraced a love for adoption and the work done at this agency. Having her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from BYU-Idaho, Kaylee enjoys coordinating outreach and business marketing campaigns, and assisting the team in providing clients with their best adoption experience possible. She is married to her sweetheart and together they are expecting their first baby girl Summer 2017.
Amy Daniels, BS, Adoptive Family Specialist
Amy is a graduate of Brigham Young University. She has 14 years experience working in adoption, including adopting 2 children. Her primary responsibilities include supporting and guiding adoptive families through the application process. Amy enjoys spending time with her husband, Mike, and their 7 children.
Joanna Davidson, MSW, Social Worker
Joanna joined AdoptionLife.org in February 2017. Her passion for adoption began at a young age as she would shadow her mother who worked for an adoption agency in Washington state, and intensified when she and her husband struggled with infertility for five years and began their own adoption journey. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work from the University of Utah, and completed her practicums with The Utah Foster Care Foundation and the Division of Child and Family Services. She is married to her college sweetheart, Tyler, and they recently welcomed a baby girl, Tyanna, through invitro-fertilization.
Brenda Pack, Office Assistant – Utah
Brenda has long been an advocate for adoption and the unique sides of the adoption triad. As a child, she would converse with her friend about being an adoptee. Now, she has had the opportunity to assist the team in helping birth mothers receive the aid and support they need through their adoption process. Just as the others in the agency, she has been touched by the miracle of adoption time and time again. Brenda was born and raised in Utah and is happily married to her husband, Mamadou.
David Hardy, JD, Consultant
David is an attorney with more than a decade of experience representing adoption agencies, adoptive parents, and birth parents. He helped to organize AdoptionLife.org, develop its policies, and obtain its licenses. He participated in the management of the organization at its inception and continues to consult with AdoptionLife.org on a variety of issues.
Krystal Leaaetoa, LCSW, Social Worker
Krystal started working in the adoption field in 2008 after graduating from the University of Utah with her Master’s of Social Work degree. (She earned her bachelor’s degree from BYU in psychology). She quickly learned that she loved the work, and has been doing it ever since! She worked for LDS Family Services, helping both adoptive parents and birth parents. When LDS Family Services stopped providing adoption services, she joined with three other women to create our her adoption business providing home studies and some birth parent services for private adoptions. She feels that adoption is truly a wonderful thing to be a part of.
Kim Sanft, BSW, Social Worker
Kim has over 6 years of experience working with birth parents. Prior to working at AdoptionLife.org, Kim was a caseworker with the Division of Child and Family Services, working with families seeking to adopt through the foster care system. Before working at DCFS, Kim case managed birth parents at Adoption Center of Choice. Kim’s passion and understanding for birth parents have deepened over time. She enjoys gently navigating birth parents through the adoption journey and helping them nurture a relationship with the family they choose. As an adoptive parent herself, she also has a keen empathy and perspective of the adoptive parents’ experience.
Monica Hall, BSW, Social Worker
Monica Hall has worked with both expectant parents and adoptive families for almost 11 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Utah and found that her empathy and understanding of adoption increased when family members of her own adopted. She is married and a mother of three active boys. She loves spending time outdoors fishing, hiking, and camping.
Rebecca Allen, BA, Service Worker