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.  drobinson@miriamspromise.org

 

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.  dietzo@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

 

Tami Schultheis, InternationalAdoption Counselor/Child Therapist

Tami earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and her Master’s degree from the University of Tennessee College of Social Work.  She is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  While getting her Master’s degree, Tami spent a year at Miriam’s Promise completing her internship.  She then joined the staff in May of 2003.  Tami is a wife and mother.  tamis@miriamspromise.org

 

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.  Kathys@miriamspromise.org

 

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 and is currently pursuing her L.C.S.W.  Kim received her LAPSW in 2011.  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