Meet the Staff

Debbie Robinson

Executive Director

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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.  drobinson@miriamspromise.org

 

J. Dietz Osborne

Associate Executive Director: Administration & Development

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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  Mountain TOP, Nashville Travel and Tourism Professionals, Playhouse Nashville and the National Dinner Theatre Association.  dietzo@miriamspromise.org

 

Amanda Ashcraft

International Adoption Counselor

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Amanda earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Mississippi and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the Union University. She came to Miriam’s Promise with over five years of international adoption counseling experience. Amanda married her husband, Blake, in 2016, and has called Nashville home since then. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, listening to audio books, watching Netflix, and machine embroidery. She is most passionate about walking alongside and educating families who have a heart for orphans and the adoption process. amandaa@miriamspromise.org

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.  allisonb@miriamspromise.org

 

Charlsey Gibson 

Director of Program Development

Pregnancy and Adoption Counselor

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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.  cgibson@miriamspromise.org

Megan McInnis

Director of Community Engagement

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Megan is the Director of Community Engagement. Her education includes a BA from University of Tennessee at Knoxville, a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University, and a Master of Education in Nonprofit Leadership from Belmont University. She has worked in nonprofits for 17 years in marketing, public relations, events, and as an executive director. She also founded Doing Good which provides nonprofits marketing and public relations tools, opportunities, and resources. Prior to her nonprofit career, Megan worked at Walt Disney World, Resort in marketing, public relations, and events. She attends Nolensville United Methodist Church and serves on its Staff-Parish Committee. meganm@miriamspromise.org

 

Kathy Smietana

Pregnancy and Adoption Counselor

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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.  Kathys@miriamspromise.org

 

Kim Warner-Hudy

Director of Program Services

International Adoption Counselor/Hague Coordinator

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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.  kimwh@miriamspromise.org