Our Staff

Adoption Bridges of Kentuckiana has an experienced and dedicated team of professionals on our staff.  We are committed to provide support and assistance to those who have made the loving choice of adoption.

Julie Barkley earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Bellarmine University and her Master’s of Social Work from Spalding University.  Julie has more than twelve years experience in crisis and mental health work.  She has an additional ten years of experience focused solely on adoption.

Nicole Cardwell earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Louisville.  Nicole has been devoted to assisting birth parents, adoptive families, and children at Adoption Bridges since 2009.

Linda Davis earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Spalding University and a Master’s degree from California Pacific University.  Her professional career has been focused on non-profit agencies, particularly those assisting women and children in crisis.  Linda has extensive experience in program development, grant acquisition, and non-profit management.

Emily Baumann, MSSW, LCSW   Emily earned her Masters of Science in Social Work with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work in 2011. Emily has worked with children and families in various mental health settings for the past six years.

In addition to our staff members, we have contract counselors throughout the region that assist with birth parent counseling and adoptive parent support groups.  Current contract counselors include:

Sharon Sapienza Sharon provides pregnancy counseling and adoption planning services throughout Louisville and surrounding areas.  She is very dedicated to walking birth parents through every step of their adoption experience.

Natalie Shafer, MSW, CSW Natalie works with birth parents and provides pregnancy counseling services in the Lexington area and as well as Northern and Eastern Kentucky.  She also facilitates the Central Kentucky area Adoptive Parent Support Group.

Tammi Miller Based out of Bowling Green, Tammi serves birth parents all throughout Western Kentucky including Henderson, Owensboro, Paducah, and Hopkinsville.  She also leads the Western Kentucky adoptive parent support group.    

Cecil Williams, MSW, CSW Cecil leads an adoptive parent support group that meets in the Pikeville area.