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 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

Jackie Zukowski, MSW               

Pregnancy & Adoption Counselor

Jackie has been a part of the Nashville community since 2016. She graduated from Oakland University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and then attended graduate school at Western Michigan University where she received her Master’s Degree in Social Work with a concentration in Policy, Planning, and Administration. Jackie has been trained as a Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Practitioner and has six years of experience working in child welfare and adoption. Jackie volunteers with Williamson County CASA and the Junior League of Nashville. In her spare time, Jackie enjoys hiking with her dog and practicing yoga. jackiez@miriamspromise.org