Meet the Staff

J. Dietz Osborne, M.S.

President & CEO

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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 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 and the National Dinner Theatre Association.  dietzo@miriamspromise.org

 

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. lahiggins@miriamspromise.org

 

Charlsey Gibson, LMSW

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

 

Amanda Ashcraft, MSW

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

 

Kathy Smietana, M.S. 

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