Melissa Williams, Executive Director
Melissa has a tremendous vision for Adoption.org. With 20+ years of dedicated social work experience, Melissa’s passion for adoption began long ago as a medical social worker, caring for birth mothers and adoptive families during a pinnacle point in the adoption experience: the hospital stay. Melissa’s experience in adoption includes birth parent and adoptive family social work with domestic and international adoption. She was also the Executive Director of a Utah based adoption agency, and operated her own Home Study and counseling business. She enjoys working with both adoptive families and expectant parents, and has compassionate understanding for all sides of the adoption triad. She and her husband David have personal connection with adoption, as their 2 daughters were adopted at birth. Melissa lives in Rexburg, Idaho with her husband and their 3 beautiful children, Kayleigh, Ashlyn, and Luke.
Tamara Savai’i, Utah Director of Social Work
Tamara joined Adoption.org in October 2016, bringing with her a wealth of adoption experience, both personal and professional. Tamara was adopted from Pusan South Korea when she was three months old. She also has four adopted sisters. She has worked in the adoption field for the past 8 years, with both adoptive families and birth mothers. While she loves working with adoptive parents, she admits she has a special place in her heart for birth mothers, which stems from her love and respect for her own birth mother’s very difficult decision to place her at three months of age. She was able to find her birth mother in Korea and to have a beautiful connection with her. Tamara earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from BYU-Hawaii and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Utah. She is the mother of 2 beautiful children, Nainoa and Amaia.
Liz Correa, Utah executive assistant
Liz has been involved in the adoption world since 2004. She loves what she does and who she’s been able to work with along the way. She has enjoyed working with both birth parents and adoptive families a great deal and has been very involved in coordinating and assisting in the legal process as well. She is a very proud mother and enjoys spending time with her children.
Krystal Laeaetoa, Caseworker
Krystal started working in the adoption field in 2008 after graduating from the University of Utah with her Master’s of Social Work degree. (She earned her bachelor’s degree from BYU in psychology). She quickly learned that she loved the work, and has been doing it ever since! She worked for LDS Family Services, helping both adoptive parents and birth parents. When LDS Family Services stopped providing adoption services, she joined with three other women to create our her adoption business providing home studies and some birth parent services for private adoptions. She feels that adoption is truly a wonderful thing to be a part of.
Kim Sanft, Caseworker
Kim has over 6 years of experience working with birth parents. Prior to working at Adoption.org, Kim was a caseworker with the Division of Child and Family Services, working with families seeking to adopt through the foster care system. Before working at DCFS, Kim case managed birth parents at Adoption Center of Choice. Kim’s passion and understanding for birth parents has deepened over time. She enjoys gently navigating birth parents through the adoption journey and helping them nurture a relationship with the family they choose. As an adoptive parent herself, she also has a keen empathy and perspective of the adoptive parents’ experience.
Monica Hall, Caseworker
Monica Hall has worked with both expectant parents and adoptive families for almost 11 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Utah and found that her empathy and understanding of adoption increased when family members of her own adopted. She is married and a mother of three active boys. She loves spending time outdoors fishing, hiking, and camping.