Staff

Kate Bradley joined the LBB family in 2012 and is our Executive Director and Child Placement Supervisor.  Her passion for adoption was sparked while completing an internship at an adoption agency during college.  Kate earned a Master of Social Work degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 2005.  Over the course of the past 8+ years, Kate has worked in many areas of the adoption field.  She began her career as a pregnancy counselor and in 2007, shifted to assisting eager families to achieve their dreams of becoming parents through adoption. Kate and her husband recently welcomed their son Kallum into the world. In addition to Kallum, Kate is the adoptive mom of 2 huskies. She enjoys travel, cooking, books, and the active Colorado lifestyle. “For a long time there were only your footprints & laughter in our dreams & even from such small things, we knew we could not wait to love you forever.”   Brian Andreas.

You may contact Kate at Kate@bbinternationaladoption.com or 303-333-1572 ext. 113.

 

Kelly Carmody is the founder and Director of International Programs at A Love Beyond Borders. She has been providing support and guidance to adoptive families in a variety of ways over a decade.  As Director of International Programs, Kelly contributes to the strategic vision for the agency, development of international programs and management of the program staff in the US team and abroad.

Kelly is a single parent and adopted her daughter Hope from Kazakhstan when she was 11 months old, and her son Kevin from Colombia when he was 11. They plan to welcome a 15-year old Colombian girl into their family in 2017.  Kelly also experienced post adoption blues after completing her first adoption and is always happy to talk with and support any adoptive parent who is struggling with similar issues.   She recommends reading “The Post-Adoption Blues: Overcoming the Unforeseen Challenges of Adoption” by Foli and Thompson.  Favorite quote: "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined." Henry David Thoreau  You may contact Kelly at Kelly@bbinternationaladoption.com or 303-333-1572 ext. 102.
 
 
Rachael Daugherty joined the LBB staff in 2013 as a social worker and provides our home study services for Colorado families. She has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and has worked in the field of adoption as a pregnancy counselor, international adoption case worker, and community relations coordinator. Rachael is originally from Georgia, and has recently moved to Colorado with her husband and two children. Rachael has a little girl who loves all things pink and princessy and a son who loves to pretend to be a dragon. One of her favorite poets in Rainer Rilke so one of her life quotes has become: “Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.”

You may contact Rachael at Rachael@bbinternationaladoption.com or 303-333-1572 ext. 114.

 

Karsten Fisher serves as LBB's Manager of Information and Technology Services and is responsible for keeping the office technology systems running smoothly. Originally from Crestline California, Karsten attended the University of Colorado at Boulder. He now resides in Denver with his wife Debbie, children Robbie and Karley, and Jack, their tree-climbing dog. Karsten enjoys all that Colorado has to offer and when not cooking fabulous meals can be found skiing, hiking and camping with his family.

You may contact Karsten at karsten@bbinternationaladoption.com or 303-333-1572 ext. 117.

 

 

Anney Grossberg-Morris  is an adoption coordinator on the international team and works tirelessly to educate and inform prospective clients about our agency, services and adoption programs. She has 12 years of experience in the adoption field and has been on staff at LBB since February, 2011. Anney keeps the office entertained with her singing and dance moves, her thrifty ways and her ability to find the best deals in town. Anney has grown her family through adoption, first with Alex, adopted from Kasnoyarsk, Russia in 2001 and Madelyn, adopted from Tomsk, Russia in 2003. 

You may contact Anney at anney@bbinternationaladoption.com or 303-333-1572 ext. 106.

 

Kim Kirgis joined the agency in July 2013 as the client service manager and is also in charge of Hague compliance. Kim is from Iowa but has lived in Colorado for about 4 years and loves all the opportunities it allows including visiting museums and going to the Symphony whenever possible. Kim's degree is in Management and Human Resources and plans to utilize that degree to continue her career in adoption. In her free time, Kim most enjoys taking photographs and loves a good challenge with someone at movie trivia. Kim and her husband are new parents to an energetic puppy.

You may contact Kim at Kim@bbinternationaladoption.com or 303-333-1572 ext. 110.

 
 
Susy O’Connell is a dossier coordinator as well as Haiti adoption coordinator.  She was born and raised in Washington State. “My family has been blessed with 2 beautiful daughters and our incredible son. We have been blessed with 11 grandchildren. Together, they make up the reason I am me. I think God’s best teachers are our children regardless of how they come into the family. Every relevant bit of knowledge I have is a direct result of interaction with all of these people. Big, little, tall or short they are my teachers.” Family is the root from which the “tree” grows.

You may contact Susy at susyo@bbinternationaladoption.com or 303-333-1572 ext. 105.

 
 
Kareen Shapiro joined LBB in 2009 as a licensed clinical social worker and qualified Placement Supervisor.  Kareen has worked in the adoption field for the past 7 years. She has experience working with children and families in a variety of settings including hospitals and the child welfare system. Currently, Kareen works with families during the home study process and post adoption process. “I love working in the adoption field. I feel very fortunate to be able to watch and help families be created! I have been married for 10 years and I have 2 children. We love to spend time outdoors and enjoy all that Colorado has to offer!”

You may contact Kareen at Kareen@bbinternationaladoption.com or 303-333-1572 ext. 112.

 
 
Lynne  Smith-Grivette joined LBB in 2009 as office manager and bookkeeper.  Lynne is responsible for keeping the office organized, financial records and business transactions.  She works directly with clients on financial matters pertaining to their adoptions. Lynne is the mother of three awesome young adults and enjoys spending time with them, her friends and her extended family! Lynne was first touched by the joy of adoption when her niece was welcomed home from Kazakhstan. Lynne is passionate and committed to personally having a strong, healthy family dynamic and enjoys helping our clients grow their own families through adoption.

A favorite quote: “When your mother asks, ‘Do you want a piece of advice?’ it’s a mere formality. It doesn't matter if you want a yes or no. You are going to get it anyway.”

You may contact Lynne at Lynne@bbinternationaladoption.com or 303-333-1572 ext. 103.

Stephanie Thoet joined LBB in 2008 as a manager on the international team.  She is the blessed and busy wife and mother of eight. “Our family is a mixture of adopted and biological children-each one a unique individual. Stephanie began her adoption journey with mission trips to Haiti that resulted in the adoption of three. She and her husband also adopted through the foster system. Stephanie states, "Adoption is a part of who our family is. My husband and I are also large supporters of child sponsorship and have five children through sponsorship programs. We love these kids and are having such a great time watching them grow!” "Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.” Mother Teresa

You may contact Stephanie at Stephanie@bbinternationaladoption.com or 303-333-1572 ext. 104.