Meet the Staff

J. Dietz Osborne, M.S.

President & CEO

Dietz is originally from Little Rock, AR and holds a BA in Theatre Arts from UA Little Rock and a Master's degree in Management & Leadership from Western Governors University. 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 began working with Miriam's Promise as a volunteer in 2001 and was hired as the director of donor development and communications in 2011. In 2013, Dietz became the associate executive director for administration and development. Dietz has served on the boards of  Mountain TOP, Nashville Travel and Tourism Professionals, Playhouse Nashville, East End United Methodist Church, and the National Dinner Theatre Association.


Lee-Ann Higgins, LMSW

Director of Program Services

Lee-Ann earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Blackburn College in Carlinville, IL and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from The University of Tennessee. She has over 15 years of pregnancy counseling and domestic adoption experience. Lee-Ann has returned to Miriam’s Promise as the Director of Program Services and could not be more thrilled to rejoin this fabulous organization. Lee-Ann and her husband have called Nashville home for more than twenty years. They are raising two children and are all avid music lovers.



Joanna Torres, M.A.

Pregnancy & Adoption Counselor

Joanna Torres has 18 years’ experience working in the mental health field with non-profit organizations and contract agencies in Southern California. For 9 years she worked as a Mental Health Case Manager working with the homeless population, LBGTQI community, families in crisis, at risk youth, clients suffering with drug & alcohol abuse and victims of domestic violence. The past 5.5 years she has worked in a leadership role supervising transitional housing programs for foster youth.  Joanna earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development at Hope International University. She went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in Human Behavior from National University. Over the years she has earned special certifications specializing in relapse prevention, assault crisis training, trauma-informed care and to work with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. Joanna is also a former foster youth and adoptee, so she brings not only professional experience, but personal knowledge and experience concerning the foster and adoption process. Joanna looks forward to working with families and helping them prepare for the joy of adoption. In her spare time Joanna enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and loves to paint, do creative projects and travel.


Michael McGarvey

Mission & Program Coordinator

Michael McGarvey is a Nashville native and holds a BS in religious studies from MTSU. He is currently working on his Master of Divinity from Illiff School of Theology in Denver, CO. Michael previously served at various churches in the Nashville area in different roles including children’s minster, pastoral intern, and communication specialist. Michael lives in the Nashville area with his cat, Landon. They both enjoy going on walks through local parks.