Meet the Adoption Link Staff
Naomi Ewald, LSW, MSW, is the Founder and Director of Adoption Link, Inc. She has worked with children and families since graduating from college. Since Adoption Link was founded in 2000, the agency has grown to serve families in every neighborhood in Ohio. The agency works with birthparents and adoptive families to help them form the healthiest adoption possible. Adoption Link provides birthparents with resources, supportive services and helps them formulate their adoption plan, according to their wishes. Naomi is a strong advocate for open adoption as she believes that children grow best when they have all the pieces and people that make up their life story. Naomi is the proud parent of four children, three of whom are adopted.
Mikki Vorpahl has been the Office Assistant with Adoption Link since January 2012. Mikki’s Uncle John was the first single parent to adopt a child in the state of Michigan back in the early 1970’s–Mikki has two adopted cousins. “Adoption has been a very positive and joyous part of our family–adoption has brought so much additional love to our family as well.” Mikki is an RN by licensure and graduated from MATC-Milwaukee and UW-Milwaukee. Mikki enjoys talking with birthparents and adoptive families as they work through their adoption plan. Mikki is often the voice adoptive families hear when they have questions about forms or insurance.
Leslie Welsh works on the Adoption Link team in Birthparent Support Services. It’s Leslie friendly smile you will see if you are a birthmother who needs help getting to an OB care appointment. Leslie is married with four children, three of whom are grown and having various adventures in life. Leslie graduated from Ohio University and met her loving husband there as they were both attending the same college. Leslie states, “it’s the best part of my day when I get to assist a woman in having the healthiest pregnancy possible.”
Kelly Andrews has been working with Adoption Link since 2007. She also worked as a hospital social worker where she had the opportunity to work with birthparents and adoptive families. “It is such a privilege to be a part of the gift of adoption.” Kelly has her Masters in Social Work from Case Western Reserve University and lives in Cleveland, Ohio with her husband and 3 children.
Patty Belliveau has enjoyed working with Adoption Link, Inc. since 2007. She received her Bachelor of Art’s degree in 1990 from Kent State University in Individual and Family Studies, concentrating in Family Life Service. She became a Licensed Social Worker in 1992. Adoption has always been a part of Patty’s family life; her siblings, cousin, and eldest daughter all joined her family through the blessing of adoption. “Working within the field of adoption and watching families form is a pure joy. It is an honor to help birthparents and adoptive families team together to provide a wonderful life for their children.” Prior to working with Adoption Link, Patty worked in community service programming, focusing on children, teen and women’s services. She and her husband have two daughters who keep them very happily busy.
Janet Shular, LSW, has three grown children, all adopted, and several grandchildren. She is a passionate advocate for birthparents and loves to see children thrive. She began her professional career as a public school teacher in Gary, IN. She soon moved to Washington, D C and taught Elementary in Prince George’s Cnty. MD, while taking classes in Early Childhood Education/Child Development and Graphic Arts at Howard University. Before moving to San Francisco and working to open and administrate Head Start Centers there, Janet established and administrated Child Daycare Centers for a non-profit agency in Washington, DC. Later, she worked for Miami Valley Child Development, Inc. as a supervisor of Head Start Centers in Springfield, OH. After she and her late husband, David R. Shular finished rearing their older children, she earned an MA in Counseling Psychology at Antioch University and became a Licensed Social Worker. For ten years, Janet worked as a counselor for DayMont West and Daybreak before joining the team at Adoption Link, Inc. Janet primarily works with birthparents with Adoption Link and helps them successfully match with adoptive parents of their choosing.
Carla Tamplin has been working with Adoption Link since 2012, but she’s been interested in adoption since well before that. Carla has a younger brother who was adopted. “It’s been such a joy to have [my brother] as part of our family, I can’t imagine our family without him. I really love getting to be a part of other children’s adoption journeys also.” Carla has her Masters of Social Work from The Ohio State University and lives in Springfield, Ohio.
Shawney Johnson is a long-term employee of Franklin County Children Services (FCCS), where she has worked as a foster/adoption assessor since 1999. She has also held the position of foster parent training coordinator and currently holds the position of a staff training coordinator for the Central Ohio Regional Training Center through the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program. Shawney has trained various community agencies and child welfare staff for several years. She was a co-chair for the Multi-Cultural Development Team (MDT) for two years and has been a member of MDT for the last six years. She has trained diversity content for the Adoption Academy to perspective adoptive families. Shawney has a passion for serving birthparents, children and adoptive families.
The Adoption Link Headquarters
Our dedicated workspace is located on a lovely tree-lined main street in Yellow Springs, Ohio. We look forward to serving you.