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Meet Our Staff

The Adoption Circle Team

Meredith_Blumenthal

Meredith BlumenthalExecutive Director

Meredith’s bio coming soon!


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Nancy Burley, LISW-SAgency Administrator & Director of Birthparent Services

Nancy earned her Bachelors of Science Degree from Marshall University and Masters in Social Work from The Ohio State University. Nancy is a Licensed Independent Social Worker who began working in adoption in 1986. She speaks extensively throughout Ohio and the United States on a variety of adoption issues. She assists the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services by training social workers who wish to become state-certified adoption assessors.

Nancy was an integral member of the team of professionals who re-wrote Ohio’s current adoption law. She is one of the original founders of Adoption Circle. Nancy is highly regarded by birthparents, adoptive families, social workers, attorneys and judges for her expertise in the field of adoption. For her work in adoption, Nancy was honored by the U.S. Congress as Senator George Voinovich’s nominee to receive the 2011 Angel in Adoption Award. Nancy and her husband, Doug Burley, a Columbus Realtor, reside in Columbus, OH. They are the parents of two adult children, Jessica and C. Logan.


Lucie Blumenthal

Lucie Blumenthal, MA, LPCDirector of Adoption Services

Lucie received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Ohio State University in Family and Child Development. She spent many years working with delinquent youth in the institutional and community settings as a parole and probation officer. Lucie earned her Masters of Arts in Guidance and Counseling in 1980. Lucie began working in the field of adoption in 1985. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a certified Adoption Assessor in Ohio.

Lucie is one of the founding “mothers” of Adoption Circle. As the Director of Adoption Services, Lucie focuses on her efforts on supervision, education and the provision of services for adoptive parents. She is active in state wide adoption groups such as the Ohio Adoption Planning Group. She is the mother of three children. Her Labrador Retriever is a licensed Therapy Dog and they volunteer weekly at the OSU James Cancer Hospital. Lucie has been active on various boards and is currently involved with Choices (an organization for the elimination of the cycle of domestic violence.)


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Susan Brewer, BSSW - Director of Administrative Services

Susan is a 1985 graduate from Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work. She is a state-licensed adoption assessor who spent the early years of her professional career as a birthparent social worker. As a founding member of Adoption Circle, Susan shifted her focus and now runs the Agency’s financial services — billing, reimbursements and Medicaid for adopted children.


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A. Patrick Hamilton, General CounselAttorney for Adoption Circle

A. Patrick Hamilton has been in private practice since 1981 and has been general counsel for Adoption at Adoption Circle since 1999. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and a Fellow of the Academy for Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys. Patrick specializes his practice in adoption law, surrogacy law, and family law.


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Kim Blajsczak-Blayney, LSWAdoption Caseworker

After working for over three years for the Franklin County Public Defender’s Office, Juvenile Unit, advocating for the best interest of children, Kim joined the Adoption Circle staff in 1998. Since that time she has worked extensively with Birthparents throughout the State. She has taken classes toward her Masters Degree in Social Work and has become an important member of the Adoption Circle team.


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Pamela Hook, MSW, LISWInternational Coordinator

Pamela has been actively involved in the field of adoption for over 15 years. Prior to joining Adoption Circle, she worked as an obstetric social worker. She frequently speaks on adoption issues, and has presented at a National Adoption Conference, Regional Adoption Summit, and RESOLVE–a support group for adoptive parents.

Pamela has also presented on various adoption-related topics at obstetrical and pre-natal conferences. In her current role, Pamela coordinates and completes international homestudies, post-placements, and conducts education on international adoption issues. Pamela is married with four wonderful children.


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Julie Janson - Adoption Educator

Julie has taught Parenting and Baby Care classes in a variety of settings since 1998.  Educating new parents is her passion, and she is pleased to offer “Baby Care Basics for Adoptive Parents” to prospective parents at Adoption Circle. Julie is the proud mother of two beautiful children, both adopted through Adoption Circle. 


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Rachel Boone-Dicke - Adoptive Parent Social Worker

Rachel has been with Adoption Circle since June, 2004, first as an intern, now as an adoptive parent social worker. Rachel graduated from The Ohio State University in 2001 with a Bachelor’s Degree in social work and a Master’s Degree in 2005. She began her social work career as a caseworker with Franklin County Children’s Services in 2001 and remained there until 2006. Rachel began contracting with Adoption Circle in 2006 and has been working with adoptive parents completing home study preparation and post placement requirements. She is employed full time as a team leader for family case managers working with children and families suffering from abuse and neglect. She currently resides in the Columbus area. 


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Carrie WestAdministrative Assistant

Carrie joined the Adoption Circle team in 2006 and is the daughter of Barb Rankin, our other Administrative Assistant. The mother daughter team is an example of our warm family atmosphere and together they provide excellent customer service and help to all of our clients. Carrie has not only professional experience with Adoption but personal experience considering she has an adopted sister. She is an additional member of our team that is available to support our families through her valuable computer experience, organizational, customer service skills and most importantly her helpful demeanor and friendly personality. Carrie resides in Westerville with her husband and three sons.


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Kelly OrrAdministrative Assistant

Kelly became a staff member of the Adoption Circle in 2011. She is a graduate of Bishop Hartley High School and attended Columbus State and Ohio Dominican Universities. Kelly and her husband, Brian, live in Columbus, with their “furry child” Josie. Prior to joining the staff of Adoption Circle she was employed in the office of a veterinarian and senior citizens rehabilitation center. It comes as no surprise that Kelly loves animals and people of all ages. Kelly and her husband enjoy traveling and working together on “home improvement projects”. Adoption is very much a part of the Orr family as Brian’s oldest brother was adopted. Kelly is doing a wonderful job as she stepped up to take over the full time position that was opened by Barb’s retirement.


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Jennifer Estep, MSWAdoption Caseworker

Jennifer graduated with her Masters degree in Social Work in 1998. She is a certified Adoption Assessor for the State of Ohio. Jennifer resides in southern Ohio with her husband and three daughters. Adoption is very close to her heart, as she and her husband have two daughters from the adoption process.


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Amy Hokaj, LISW, MSSAAdoption Caseworker
Amy started her professional career with the Child Welfare Department of Cuyahoga County, Department of Children and Family Services. She then worked as a hospital social worker focusing on women and children’s services. She earned her Masters Degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1991. Amy now performs a wide range of services for the Agency’s Birthparents and adoptive families.