Founder, President and Administrative Director
In spite of years of miscarriage and infertility, Julie gave birth to a daughter, Lindsey. She adopted a second daughter, Lauren, through a private adoption and then co-founded the Adoption Support Center two years later, in 1986. The Center is based on all the things Julie wished she had had in her experience with Cayman’s mommy. She wished she could have helped her birth mom in labor and delivery, shared pictures and letters over the years, and known Lauren’s medical history as she grew up. With Julie’s help, Lauren was reunited with her birth mom a few years before Phyllis passed away in 2003, then Lauren followed in 2004. Julie was always grateful she gave Lauren the gift of reunification and that she had the chance to thank her birth mom for the privilege of raising her daughter.
Today, Julie hopes to help adoptive families put themselves in a birth mom’s shoes and feel the power of the decision she is considering. She also wants birth moms to put themselves in the scared family’s shoes, and understand how hard it is to give their hearts to a birth mom with the hopes she will choose them as parents for her baby. She wants the “Golden Rule” of adoption. Honesty, compassion, comfort, and excitement. The true meaning of adoption at ASC.
Julie is married, having raised two daughters – Lindsey who is a Pediatric Registered Nurse, and Lauren, who passed away in 2004. She is happily raising Lauren’s son, Cayman, and spoiling her new granddaughter, Samantha.
Visit Remembering Lauren to read the memorial to her daughter.
Marllys joined the Center in 1996. She has a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Butler University. She had previously worked as the director of Goodwill Industries’ Muncie office and in private practice marriage and family therapy. She has a passion for helping people. Ten years earlier, Julie had met her when Marllys’ husband, Jim, worked with Julie at the Garfield cartoon studio. His art talent, and the fact he was an adoptee, prompted Julie to ask him to design the ASC letterhead, brochures and is the webmaster of the ASC site. They have two grown children; a daughter, who married in 2013, and a son who has recently become engaged.
As Executive Director, Marllys leads the home study team and oversees the social workers on staff. She is in charge of all of our adoption files, making sure we meet state licensing requirements. Marllys also handles all interstate coordination. She teaches the Home Study Class each month at the Adoption Support Center. Marllys creates the family biographies and helps set corporate policy.
Amanda Hammond, Carol Leiting, Alli Mohler, and Leah Roller
Amanda, Carol, Alli, and Leah are involved immediately. We think they are four of the best coordinators in adoption! They are available to their birth moms for support. They come to the girls, working around their schedule and include the family and friends that give them support. As problem solvers, they look at their birth moms’ lives and set budgets, advise them on their birth fathers, and more. They know that helping them choose the perfect match in a family is everything. It gives birth mothers comfort and confidence in their adoption plan, knowing they have a family who will talk of them with love and keep their promises.
Amanda came to us fresh from college in 1998 with a passion for adoption. She has touched every part of the Center, from birth mother support to home studies, marketing and more. After the birth of her son, she even experienced infertility with its stress and disappointment. She now also has two lovely little girls.
Amanda provides supervision and support for our adoption coordinators. As part of our Home Study team, Amanda conducts the Office Interview, the final meeting in the Home Study process. In addition, she leads our marketing and outreach team.
Carol joined ASC with a background as a translator and family liaison for families in an English as a second language program. Carol is bilingual, so will provide support with both English and Spanish-speaking birth mothers and translation services between Spanish speaking birth families, the adoptive parents, doctors, and hospitals. In addition, Carol is in charge of ASC’s social media outreach, monitoring and coordinating our Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram sites. She has a young daughter.
Alli is an MSW and comes to ASC with a background working with young women and their families during pregnancy and after. She has provided services through both school-based and home-based programs. Alli is passionate about providing support for women and families specifically in the area of adoption.
Leah comes to ASC fresh out of college with a degree is Social Work. She has a passion for adoption that stems from her personal experiences and is excited to be able to support those going through the adoption process. She has been so inspired by the strength of the birth moms she has met and by the endless love and care of our adoptive families. She is thrilled to be a part of the ASC team.
Adoption Assistant and Phone Duty Support
Who do you get when you call our Center? Whether you are a scared birth mom or a nervous adoptive family, night or day, you’ll get Kathryn. A friendly, helpful and enthusiastic girl. She can relate. No intimidation here…just a gal who will give you all the time in the world. Ask your questions, tell your story, let her help. Birth moms can call anytime, because this wonderful young woman will answer the phones 24 hours a day. Kathryn is a problem solver. No emergency is too big or too small. Calling from the hospital? Emergency delivery at home? Homeless in the cold? She is authorized to take action, then bring a coordinator up to speed, if necessary.
Kathryn has four children- two boys and two girls. Her children have been a daily fixture at the agency with seven “aunts” enjoying them throughout the day. Kathryn joined the Center in 2007 and assists adoptive parents in maintaining their home study documentation. She also processes correspondence between adoptive parents and birth parents, helping families continue the relationship they started during the adoption process.
Diane was with ASC as a birth mom coordinator and home study provider for ten years before moving into school-based counseling services. She returned to ASC in 2009 as Clinical Director, providing domestic home studies. She is the adoptive parent of two little girls, adopted as siblings in 1995. In addition, Diane is providing “Kid Counseling” at the center, providing individual therapy, family therapy, play therapy, bonding and attachment therapy, adoption-related therapy and behavioral therapy.
Diane is an L.C.S.W. and very highly qualified.
Kelsey Vander Vliet
Director of Marketing
Kelsey comes to ASC with a passion for adoption. Using her personal experiences as a birth mother and her knowledge of adoption law, she has endeavored to make an impact on the world of adoption by supporting birth mothers through her writings (fromanothamotha.com), through support groups, and lobbying for positive adoption laws in Indiana. Kelsey is the Indiana representative for the Talk About Adoption organization. She is responsible for ASC’s outreach, education, and marketing efforts across the state.