Meet the Staff

Debbie Robinson, Executive Director

Debbie has served as executive director since 1991.  Debbie graduated with honors from Vanderbilt University and received a Masters in Counseling from Trevecca Nazarene University.  She has served in an advisory capacity to The Tennessee Adoption Law Commission, taught as an adjunct professor at Martin Methodist College and has conducted continuing education seminars for attorneys, counselors and social workers.  Debbie and her husband Harry attend Bethlehem United Methodist Church where Harry serves as Director of Music and Arts.


J. Dietz Osborne, Associate Executive Director: Administration & Development

Dietz is originally from Little Rock, AR and holds a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  Dietz moved to Nashville in the fall of 2000 and since that time has been an actor, director, playwright and choreographer.  He also worked full time at Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre serving as the director of group sales and co-director of audience development.  Dietz has served on the boards of  the Nashville Travel and Tourism Professionals, Playhouse Nashville and the National Dinner Theatre Association.


Allison Balthrop, Independent Adoption Counselor

Allison earned a  bachelor’s degree with honors in psychology and a master’s degree in social work from  the University of Tennessee.  She has over 30 years work experience in the area of child welfare, 24 years of which have been in adoptions.  Allison works primarily with families pursuing independent adoption but also specializes in working with children facing adoption as older children.   She has worked at Miriam's Promise since 1999.


Charlsey Gibson, Pregnancy & Adoption Counselor

Charlsey is a native Nashvillian who earned her BSW from Belmont University and her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania.  She has spent almost a decade serving her birth city in a variety of settings including hospitals, courts, and mental health facilities.  She is a mother to two gorgeous children.  In her spare time she enjoys reading and watching countless reruns of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.


Kathy Smietana, Pregnancy and Adoption Counselor

Kathy earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from North Park College in Chicago, her Master’s Degree in Human Service Administration from National Louis University in Evanston, IL, and completed additional graduate studies at Jane Addams School of Social Work in Chicago.  She has over 10 years of pregnancy and adoption counseling experience, most of which was completed at The Cradle adoption agency just outside of Chicago.  Kathy and her husband moved to the Nashville area in 2008, and together have three children.


Kim Warner-Hudy, International Adoption Counselor/Hague Coordinator

Kim Warner-Hudy has a B.S.W. in Social Work from Morehead State University and a M.S.S.W. from the University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work.  Kim received her LAPSW in 2011 and her LCSW in 2017.  Over the years she has enjoyed volunteering with international adoption support groups and heritage camps both in the Southeast and in the Pacific Northwest.  Kim has worked professionally in the area of adoption since 1996.