Meet the St. Elizabeth | Coleman Staff
Renee Hummel, BSW LSW
Director of Adoption Services (317-460-0832, email@example.com)
As the Director of St. Elizabeth/Coleman’s Adoption Program, Renee is proud to oversee an incredibly experienced and passionate adoption team. Her commitment to creating better futures for children was fueled during her work for Marion County DCS. She is very passionate about adoption as a positive alternative and therefore has worked for St. Elizabeth /Coleman for almost 25 years. She enjoys helping couples build families through adoption.
Renee’s responsibilities include supervising the Domestic and International adoption programs, conducting information meetings, Adoption Education Trainings, overseeing domestic placements, conducting home studies, and post placement supervision. She believes it is vital to provide education, training, preparation and support to adoptive families during their miraculous adoption journey. In addition, she manages all adoption files to make sure we meet Indiana State licensing requirements. Renee received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Ball State University and she is a licensed Social Worker.
Renee and her husband, Jim are the parents of three children. They enjoy spending time together as a family, attending sporting events and volunteering in the community.
Director of Community Relations (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Adoption has always had a special place in Priscilla's heart. Her cousins became part of her family through adoption. Priscilla also considered adopting a child and completed the foster parent training. She has been working in the adoption field for over 25 years and has been actively involved in management positions for the last 30 years. For example, in the 1990’s she was elected to the Board Directors of Coleman Adoption Services and served as Secretary, Vice President and President. In addition, she was honored to serve as the Agency Director of Coleman Adoption Services for 8 years.
Now, as the Director of Community Relations at St. Elizabeth/Coleman, Priscilla is responsible for outreach advocating for the positives and benefits of adoption in the community, at the State Level, and presentations to all. She especially enjoys working with our volunteers of all walks of life and obtaining the much needed donations for our birth mothers and their children. If you are in need of donations or would like to donate your time, talent or treasure – please call Priscilla!
Priscilla enjoys spending her weekends with her mother watching Lawrence Welk.
Katrina Carlisle, BSW LSW
Adoption Counselor and Adoption Search Specialist (email@example.com)
Katrina is passionate about all areas of adoption. Currently, her primary responsibility is to provide adoption search and reunion services. She offers direction and guidance to those seeking a search, conduct searches for our clients, and provide support through the reunion experience.
Katrina has the opportunity to share her knowledge with adoptive families during our agency’s Adoption Education Training. Twice a year, she provides a Transracial/Transcultural Adoption Training for adoptive parents and grandparents, who are interested in adopting a child of another race or culture.
Katrina is a graduate of IUPUI with a degree in Social Work. She has over 25 years of experience in the field of Adoption. She co-authored the book, Adoption for Dummies which is a comprehensive guide to building your family through adoption.
She enjoys reading, movies and teaching water aerobics. Katrina and her husband John are the parents of four children and an ever increasing number of grandchildren.
Nadja Radtke, MSW
Pregnancy & Adoption Counselor (317-416-6394, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mothers Teresa once said: “A life not lived for others is not a life.” Nadja feels honored to be part of a highly respected agency that has been serving women and children for over 100 years. Social service work and specifically adoption are Nadja’s passion.
As a counselor at St. Elizabeth | Coleman, Nadja provides information about adoption, parenting and community resources to pregnant women. She offers emotional support, guidance and encouragement to clients and assists them in making a parenting or adoption plan. As a mother herself, Nadja knows we only want what’s best for our children.
Nadja enjoys sharing the positives and benefits of adoption. She is involved in community outreach efforts, such as giving presentations at schools, clinics and hospitals. As a member of the agency’s social media marketing team, Nadja produces content for our Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and Instagram pages. She also maintains and updates our website.
Nadja completed her bachelor’s degree at Indiana University in Bloomington and earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of South Carolina. Since then, she has worked in the social work field for over 10 years.
In her free time, Nadja loves challenging activities that push her boundaries, such as Ziplining and Obstacle Runs. She is currently training for her first Half Marathon, the 2017 Mini Marathon.
Cheryl Garlinger, BSW LSW
Pregnancy & Adoption Counselor (317-709-1377, email@example.com))
Cheryl is pleased to be a Pregnancy and Adoption Counselor who has spent over 13 years as part of a great adoption team, first at Coleman, and now St. Elizabeth/Coleman. She is a Hoosier who has served women in crisis in Indiana, Hawaii, Arizona, and California and has many years of experience working with diverse populations. Cheryl’s passion is working with women in crisis situations. She believes that her own life experiences of being a young, single mother and dealing with loss have uniquely prepared her for this role.
As a counselor for women considering an adoption plan for their child, Cheryl is always available to take calls, listen, provide information about adoption, assist in problem solving and budgeting, and to work with you closely during your pregnancy. She will provide you with information about your options so that you are in control of designing your own adoption plan.
Cheryl facilitates two monthly parent support groups at the agency. These groups were designed to assist young, parenting women who are struggling with life’s challenges. Topics related to parenting are presented to group members, material assistance is provided, and mutual support among group members is nurtured. Cheryl also facilitates periodic birth mother support groups as well.
Cheryl graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Social Work and is licensed by the State of Indiana. She has served as Program Supervisor for El Nido Family Centers in Palmdale, California and as a Social Worker/Court Officer for the Guardian Ad Litem (CASA) Program in the State of Hawaii. Cheryl and her husband Doug have three grown children and four grandchildren. She enjoys traveling with her husband, spending time with her family, reading, hiking, and playing with her dog, Kona.
Jennifer Bigelow, MSW LCSW
International Adoption Homestudy Supervisor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you love what you do, you never work a day in your life!
This is exactly how Jennifer feels about the wonderful work environment at St. Elizabeth Coleman. Adoption is an amazing area to work in. As a parent, she finds no greater joy than helping children find their forever families. International adoption is a unique area of adoption that requires education, advocacy, and compassion. It is her goal to support and guide each family through the sometimes cumbersome paperwork that goes into writing a home study and realizing a new child into their home. Once that child arrives, our dedicated social workers continue to support the families through counseling and education for the duration of their post-placement visits and for a lifetime. We are dedicated to the lifelong well-being of all the children placed in the homes under our supervision.
As a graduate of IU Bloomington, Jennifer received her BS in Psychology and a minor in Biology. She went on to IUPUI where she earned her Master of Social Work and has now actively worked in the social work field for 17 years. Her previous experiences in medical social work at Riley Children’s Hospital, and Wishard Health Services have served her well in her current role. Jennifer has always been involved in child development, family therapy, and children with special needs. The adoption world is a fascinating combination of all those topics. She looks forward to the opportunity to meet with each family that calls us to inquire about the journey through international adoption.
International Adoption Coordinator (email@example.com)
It is both an honor and a privilege to work for St. Elizabeth/Coleman. Stephanie developed a passion for working with children at a young age through volunteer work. It is extremely fulfilling and exciting to assist in the process of International Adoption and seeing children find their forever families. Her role at St. Elizabeth/Coleman is to support our International Adoption Families through their journey and helping to coordinate all required documents that are necessary to complete their home study and post placement visits. She is happy to answer any questions our families may have regarding their process.
Stephanie graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Criminal Justice, and a passion for helping others. For the past decade, Stephanie has worked with many diverse populations in the field of social work and assisted numerous families and women dealing with difficult life circumstances. She has previously worked with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, assisting victims of domestic abuse, as well as in the non-profit sector working in child abuse prevention and domestic abuse victim advocacy, leading support groups, and giving large community presentations. Stephanie and her husband have three children and have developed a passion for raising awareness and funds for an Indiana based stillbirth program, after losing their son in 2010.
Financial Assistant/Donation Administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Carole has been at St. Elizabeth|Coleman for 10 years, and has 42 years experience in customer service, management, and billing. After 32 years at AT&T, Carole came to St. Elizabeth|Coleman to handle client billing, as the Financial Assistant, and donations, as the Donation Administrator.
She has a heart for serving the women who come to our agency in need of help. To ensure we can assist as many women as possible, Carole keeps the donations organized and finds ways to keep them stocked. She also processes and fill all the donation requests from the women in our Parent support group, and coordinates and works with the volunteers who dedicate their time. She does all of this with great love, and has become a person our clients recognize and confide in.
Her passions, outside of work, are her family, photography, travel, and her 17 mo. granddaughter Nola, who is the light of her life.
Office Assistant/Receptionist (email@example.com)
As office assistant, Christine is the first face you will see when you walk in. Her responsibilities include assisting in our donation program, as well as, social media. She handles most of the office logistics and helps keep everything running smoothing. You can contact Christine with questions about giving and requesting donations.
At two months old, Christine was adopted from Panama. Because of this, she has always had a special connection with adoption, and a strong desire to help birthmothers in particular. She also offers a unique perspective on an adoptee panel for our Transracial/Transcultural training. Her favorite part about her work is seeing the impact we have on the community.
Christine came from a small family and married into a big one. Her and her husband have two wonderful kiddos, and enjoy spending time with family the most. She also enjoys movies, Spongebob, the color green, and short walks on the beach.
Social Media Coordinator
Caitlin has worked at St. Elizabeth|Coleman every summer and winter since 2013. She began by working with donations, where she helped create a more organized system. In 2014, as part of an initiative to increase our social media presence, Caitlin became the Social Media Coordinator. She and Nadja produce all social media content for our Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and Instagram pages. She also maintains and updates our website.
Whenever we are fortunate enough to have large groups of volunteers, Caitlin enjoys working with them. She also enjoys being a "utility player" and helping out with the other services we offer when necessary.
When she is not working, she enjoys trying new food, watching TGIT and WWII documentaries, and, more recently, playing Pokemon Go.