Meet Our Team
Dr. Karen Hutcheson is a trauma-informed Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She is a Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)® practitioner, professionally trained in Theraplay® and EMDR, and specializes in the assessment and treatment of kids from "hard places." Her work focuses on helping children and adolescents from foster care, international adoption, domestic adoption, as well as their forever families. Dr. Karen has served as a missionary in Uganda and is an adoptive mother and an orphan care advocate. She speaks regularly at national adoption conferences and provides clinical consultation and training in orphan care settings domestically and internationally.
Amber Lewis is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a master's degree in counseling psychology and is a trained as a TBRI© practitioner. She currently serves as a Clinical Supervisor with America World Adoption and has over 12 years of experience in international adoption, including being an adoptive mother herself. She is especially interested in helping families and their children work through grief and identity issues as well as teaching parents skills in connecting with, correcting, and empowering their children.
Leslie Knight has a Master of Social Work degree and currently serves as the Director of Social Services for America World's Washington and Oregon offices. She has several years of experience working with state adoption and foster care services as well as serving as the director of a domestic adoption agency. As a personal foster parent graduate of the TBRI-based© HALO project, Leslie brings a unique and in-depth perspective to helping children and families.
Ashly Taylor is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a master's degree in counseling. She has been working in the adoption field since 2005 and is currently also providing mental health counseling. She has worked as a birth mom social worker, domestic adoption agency director, and domestic and international home study and post-adoption service provider. She is especially interested in helping teens and their families cope with adjustment, relational, and behavioral issues, as well as prepare for independent living.
Samantha Fuhrman has a Master of Social Work degree and currently serves as the Director of Social Services for America World’s New York office and Home Study Coordinator for the New Jersey office. Samantha has been working in the adoption field since 2012 and before that worked as a child and family therapist. She is a mother of three children, and her family is in the process of adopting their fourth child. She is especially interested in coaching families who have children who are struggling with attachment and also leading support and educational groups for families.
Laura Callahan is excited to join the staff at America World as an ACT coach after first being acquainted with the agency through the adoption of her daughter from China in 2006. Laura received her MA in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University and her EdS in Counseling Psychology from Seton Hall University. She had been working as a child and family therapist since 2004 in residential and in home settings. Laura also has taught in the Psychology department of The College of St. Elizabeth in NJ. She currently has a private practice in NJ where her focus is on children, teens, and their families. Laura is also a certified adoption counselor.
For coaching and consultation related to developmental delays, sensory needs, and related issues:
Dr. Angie Lynch Fannon has a Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy and has been practicing for over 15 years. She has worked in schools, clinics, homes, as well as overseas orphanages, group homes and centers for adults with disabilities. Her specialties include working with children with sensory processing disorder, autism, and those adopted from international orphanages.
Referral Training Specialists:
Kim Cunningham is a Licensed Social Worker and Child Placing Agency Administrator in the state of Texas. Kim currently serves as the Director of Social Services for America World’s Texas office. She has approximately 20 years of combined adoption experience with Child Protective Services, domestic adoption, foster care, and international adoption. She has been trained in TBRI and enjoys sharing her insight and the experiences gained by working with adoptive families and children.
Abby Konyndyk - It is an honor to work for a Christian agency, where you can come together in prayer and fellowship, and play a small role in bringing families together. I have come to appreciate how blessed I am to grow up in a Christian family, and am pleased to work for an organization that is allowing other children the same opportunity. I received my Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan, and have previously worked in foster care and disaster response.
Diane Hood - Hello from the Peach State! My name is Diane Hood and I have a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Eckerd College and a Master’s degree from Florida State University. My husband and I became parents in 1993 when a beautiful woman named Mary chose us as the parents of her unborn son. We went on to have three children by birth: two more sons and a daughter.
Since 1995, I have been performing domestic and international home studies, working with women in crisis pregnancies, and advocating for orphans around the world. Adoption is a calling and a passion, and I seek to honor God in this ministry. He has adopted us as His children and I feel blessed that He gives me the opportunity to help children and parents come together in forever families.
Important Note: This is not a crisis intervention service. If you have an emergency, please contact 911.