DCFS Program Manager

Marty Shannon

Department of Human Services Division of Child & Family Services


DCFS Adoption Workers

Eastern Region

Fred Butterfield

Uintah and Duschesne Counties Post Adoption


Katie Eberling

Kinship and Adoption Specialist Blanding and Moab Offices

Greg Daniels, LCSW

Carbon, Emery and Duschesne Counties Post Adoption


Northern Region

Anna Whisler

Adoption Worker

Erma Hawker

Erma Hawker


Linda Rickenbach


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Jeanna O’Connor, LCMHC

Weber, Box Elder and Cache Counties Post Adoption


Aubrey Meyers, LCMHC

Clinical & Subsidy Supervisor


Salt Lake Region

Faye Pilcher, LCSW

Post Adoption Serving Zip Codes:84006,84065, 84081, 84084, 84088, 84095, 84096, 84118

(801) 755-7336

Ryan Packer, ACMHC

Post Adoption

Adoption Helpline Salt Lake Region

All Post Adoption questions are answered through this number


Frances Smith, LCSW

Post Adoption Servin Zip Codes: 84020, 84047, 84070. 84092, 84093, 84094, 84107, 84117, 84121, 84124


Royce Webb, LCSW

Post Adoption and Permanency Supervisor


Southwest Region

Destry Maycock

Clinical and Subsidy Supervisor


Shandra Powell


Gwendolyn Fund, ACMHC

Washington County Post Adoption


Angela Morrill, LCSW

San Pete, Wayne, Paiute, Beaver, Kane and Garfield Counties Post Adoption


Western Region

Megan Hess

Adoption Specialist


Jeannie Warner

Adoption Specialist


Danielle Blauer, LCSW

American Fork Post Adoption

Peter Johansson, LCSW

Provo Post Adoption

Rachel Jones, LCSW

Clinical and Subsidy Supervisor

The Adoption Exchange Staff

Brittany Fielding

Operations Specialist


Brittany Fielding was born and raised in Murray, UT, but has lived in Ephraim, UT and all over British Columbia, Canada. She is currently working on earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. Working for The Adoption Exchange has given her wonderful exposure to foster care adoption and she is excited to continue learning in her time at The Adoption Exchange!

Brittany loves to travel and has enjoyed cruises to Mexico, the Caribbean, Alaska, and a honeymoon cruise to the Bahamas! She also enjoys reading, and finding new places to eat. She loves to spend time with her husband, and they are dreaming of an epic trip to Europe!

Kathy Searle, CSW

Director of Programs


Kathy Searle has worked in the field of adoption for over 25 years, with experience in international, private and special needs adoption. She is currently the Director of Programs for the Utah office of The Adoption Exchange.  Kathy is passionate about finding homes for children waiting in foster care and providing services to families after adoption.  Kathy has worked with Refugee populations and is licensed as a school counselor.   Kathy serves on the Valley Behavioral Health Children’s Advisory Board and Allies with Families Board.  She served on the State of Utah Social Work Licensing Board from 2009 - 2013. Kathy has a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Utah.  Kathy and her husband Ned are the parents of 11 children. Eight of their children joined their family through adoption.

Lindsay Kaeding

Director of Development

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Lindsay Kaeding is the Utah Director of Development for The Adoption Exchange.  She graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and a Certificate in Criminology. She has been employed with The Adoption Exchange for 14 years and works full time in order to raise sufficient funds for the organization. In addition to fundraising for the Utah office, Lindsay manages all social media accounts and coordinates all design work for The Adoption Exchange. She has also worked as the Design Director for Utah’s Adoption Connection magazine since its first edition in November of 2002.   Lindsay currently resides in South Jordan with her husband and two kids.

Brandie Naylor, SSW

Utah Northern Region Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiter

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Brandie Naylor graduated from Weber State University in Social Work and Family Studies in 2001. She has been working in child welfare for almost 20 years. She has been employed at residential treatment facilities and facilitated respite care for Davis Behavioral Health. She also assisted in the classroom and school counselor offices for the Ogden School District.
She was employed with the State of Utah Division of Child & Family Services for six years at the children’s shelters and Child Protective Services. Brandie has also worked with at-risk children in Oregon, the Tlingit and Haida Tribes in Alaska, and with an elementary school in the Maui Hawaii School District. She currently works in the Northern Region as Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Adoption Recruiter.

Tasha Huffaker, CSW

Utah Southwest and Western Region Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiter

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Tasha is a Utah Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Adoption Recruiter with The Adoption Exchange for the Southwest and Western Regions of Utah. Tasha received both her Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work degrees from the University of Utah and is also a licensed school social worker. Prior to becoming a Utah Wendy's Wonderful Kids Adoption Recruiter, Tasha worked as a Permanency Caseworker for the Division of Child and Family Services, in private adoption, and as an elementary school social work intern. Tasha enjoys adventures and traveling. Some of Tasha’s most memorable trips include fishing for piranhas on the Amazon River, hiking Machu Picchu, riding elephants in Thailand, walking along the Great Wall of China, diving with sharks and skydiving in Hawaii!

Alba Cabrera, MSW

Utah Eastern and Western Region Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiter


Born in Guatemala, Alba came to the United States at the age of five, living in California for some time and has now been living in Utah for 18 years. Alba received her Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work degrees from the University of Utah. Prior to becoming a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiter, Alba worked as a program coordinator at Centro de la Familia de Utah, a non-profit organization that serves the Latino community in the state. Alba enjoys traveling, the outdoors, and spending time with family and friends. Alba and her husband have been married for seven years and have a one year old daughter. Alba is new to the adoption world, but is excited to immerse herself in her work and learn as much as possible to find forever families for the children on her caseload. Alba’s favorite part of being a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiter is spending time with the children and teenagers.

Chelsey Winegar, SSW

Utah Salt Lake Region Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiter


Chelsey Winegar has worked as the Utah Salt Lake Region Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Adoption Recruiter with The Adoption Exchange for over six years. Chelsey has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Utah. As a Utah Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiter she focuses exclusively on finding permanent homes for children in foster care. She conducts comprehensive searches for potential adoptive families and identifies life-long connections for the child, prepares each child for adoption and assures that the adoptive family is prepared to meet the needs of the child, and provides support to the child and family throughout the transition process to finalization. She loves working with the amazing kids on her caseload and is passionate about finding permanency for all of our children in care. Chelsey and her husband have been married for nine years and have a one year old daughter who constantly keeps them on their toes. In their spare time they enjoy spending time in the outdoors.