Our Staff

Malcolm Young

Malcolm Young

Co-Founder/Executive Director

Malcolm has served as the Founder and Executive Director of 3 licensed adoption agencies and has worked in the human services field for over 17 years now. He has a B.A. and B.S. from Kennesaw State University.  He has also served as a Senior Pastor and has over 10 years of church leadership experience.  To read more about the Young’s personal adoption story, click here!

E-mail: malcolm@christianadoptionconsultants.com
Phone: (888) 833-1114 ext 9


Amy YoungAmy Young

Co-Founder/Administrative Director

Amy has served as the Founder and Administrative Director of 3 licensed adoption agencies and has worked in the adoption field for over 15 years.  As a business major, Amy attended Gordon College and she comes from a background of over 7 years of corporate management and marketing experience.  She has served in church leadership for over 10 years.  As an adoptive parent, her passion is to present hope to those couples whose hearts have been longing to adopt by guiding them through their adoption journey.  To read more about the Young’s personal adoption story, click here!

E-mail: amy@christianadoptionconsultants.com
Phone: (888) 833-1114 ext 9


Susan VanSyckle, LBSW

Adoption Consulting Director
Susan and her husband, Jamy, are proud parents of two beautiful children. Susan earned her Bachelors of Social Work from Olivet Nazarene University and is a licensed social worker in multiple states. Susan has been working with birth and adoptive families for over fifteen years and has a heart for birth parents who choose life and adoptive families willing to open their hearts and homes. She is also a Certified Lactation Counselor and counsels adoptive mothers desiring to breastfeed. In addition to her professional experience, Susan has a passion for equipping and training families on their journey towards adoption. 
E-mail: susan@christianadoptionconsultants.com
Blog: My Grace Filled Mess
Susan’s Photo Gallery: Flickr
Phone: (888) 833-1114 ext 6 Direct Line: (616) 881-2257

Karalee Alvey

Karalee Alvey

Senior Adoption Consultant

Karalee and her husband Troy are also former clients of Christian Adoption Consultants. Karalee has a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Louisville. Prior to working in the adoption field she spent five years in the classroom as an English teacher.  In addition to consulting with Christian Adoption Consultants, Karalee also writes home studies in the state of Kentucky for a licensed adoption agency.  Karalee and Troy are proud adoptive parents of three amazing kids and she loves being able to assist other parents on their adoption journey.

E-mail: karalee@christianadoptionconsultants.com
Blog: A Path of the Heart
Karalee’s Photo Gallery: Flickr
Phone: (888) 833-1114 Direct Line: (574)527-7049


Dawn and Jason Wright

Senior Adoption Consultants

Dawn and Jason are the blessed parents of nine adopted children, and also former clients of Christian Adoption Consultants. They have an obvious passion for children and spent more than eleven years as directors ministering to kids at church camp year round. Dawn and Jason have really enjoyed working together over the years which makes them well suited as a husband and wife consultant team. They have a depth of personal adoption experience having brought their children home through domestic, international, special needs, transracial and foster/state adoptions. Dawn and Jason have walked through infertility and two failed adoptions and can relate to families who have experienced loss. Dawn earned a degree in education from Simpson College, Iowa. Jason holds a diploma in hotel and catering management from Croydon College, England. Having been greatly blessed as a family through adoption, it brings the Wrights immense joy to encourage other families on their adoption journey! They have both loved being part of the team at Christian Adoption Consultants since 2012. 

E-mail: wrights@christianadoptionconsultants.com
Blog: Adoption Shaped Heart
Dawn and Jason’s Photo Gallery: Flickr
Phone: (888) 833-1114 Direct Line: (813) 360-7368


Katie Fenska

 Senior Adoption Consultant

Katie and her husband, Josh, are the grateful parents of five children. Their youngest two children came home through the gift of adoption, with the assistance of Christian Adoption Consultants. Katie has a B.A. in Elementary Education and worked as a teacher before caring for her children full-time at home. She loves God’s relentless heart that has adopted people of all nations and races into His family, and longs to see the Church more vibrantly reflect that heart. Katie has a passion to educate and encourage families as they work through their fears and questions about transracial adoption.

E-mail: katief@christianadoptionconsultants.com
Blog: Trusting God At Home
Phone: (888) 833-1114  Direct Line: (630)788-2484


193_11161498042_3951_nGretchen McWhorter

Senior Adoption Consultant
Gretchen and her husband, Justin, were one of Christian Adoption Consultants’ first clients, and they are now the proud parents of three young children, ages 8, 5 and 3, all through domestic adoptions.  Gretchen’s passion is in coaching families through the emotional roller coaster that is adoption, and helping them build their forever family. A former corporate communications specialist, Gretchen now provides families with a wide range of pre- and post-adoption services by working as a Senior Adoption Consultant with CAC.  She currently resides in the metro Atlanta area, where she and Justin are actively involved in the young adult ministry at their church, as well as the crisis adoption center in their community.  
Blog: Building Beautiful Families
Phone: (888) 833-1114  Direct Line: (770)289 -3310


 Casey Zaruba

Senior Adoption Consultant

Casey and her husband, Tyler, have two boys who have both joined their family through domestic adoption! The overwhelming need was evident during Casey and Tyler’s trip to Uganda in 2013 while serving in an orphanage for a month.  They were forever changed and will spend their life advocating and being a voice for the voiceless.  Casey’s passion is seeing children set in families where they belong. Casey has served over 100 families since joining the CAC team in 2014.  She is excited to be a part of the CAC family and have a career that brings her heart so much joy.

Blog:Coffee Cup of Thoughts
Instagram:  @zarubalife
Phone: (888) 833-1114  Direct Line: (512)230-5313


Leah Braly

Senior Adoption Consultant
Leah and her husband, Ben are former clients of Christian Adoption Consultants.  After having a wonderful experience working with CAC for their daughter’s adoption, Leah left her career as a Speech Pathologist and joined CAC’s team.  She loves having a front seat as the Lord faithfully builds families through adoption.  Her family has since grown again through the blessing of domestic adoption.  Leah resides in the Jacksonville, FL area where she serves alongside her husband in youth ministry.    
E-mail: leah@christianadoptionconsultants.com
Blog:Faithfully Ever After
Phone: (888) 833-1114  Direct Line: (843)906-3385 


Cheri Denmon

Cheri Denmon

Adoption Consultant

Cheri and her husband, Keith, are proud parents of 3 children. Cheri holds a B.S. in Management from Jacksonville State University. She has over 7 years experience in Human Resources and over 13 years ministry experience. Her love for children and families is evident with each couple she assists through the adoption and home study process. Cheri is Executive Director of Hope for Adoption, a licensed adoption agency in Georgia.

Agency Website:Hope for Adoption
Phone: (888) 833-1114 Direct Line: (678) 923-1019


katie_manuel2Katie Manuel

Adoption Consultant

Katie and her husband Michael are the proud parents of five children. Three are biological and their younger two joined their family through adoption.  Carter was adopted with the assistance of Christian Adoption Consultant’s Special Needs Program and Eli came home from China last year.   Katie is a wife and mother who has a huge heart to see every child find their forever home. Katie especially has a desire to see those children with special needs come to find their forever family. As a Domestic and International Consultant, she has a special place in her heart for children all around the world. It is Katie’s desire to be used in any way possible to assist families in their journey to bringing home their precious son or daughter.

 E-mail: katiem@christianadoptionconsultants.com
Phone: (888) 833-1114  Direct Line: (337) 304-8089

Jonnilyn Spinks

Adoption Consultant

Jonnilyn has such a strong passion for adoption, as she is an adopted child herself! She believes that adoption is of the Lord and within His plans completely. Jonnilyn has had the joy of making a very personal part of her life a profession. She has worked in adoption for several years serving all aspects of the adoption triad. Her passion, truly, lies in helping couples build their forever families through adoption. As an Early Childhood Development major, she attended the State College of Florida and comes from an extensive background in administration and marketing. Ultimately, Jonnilyn finds it such an honor and a calling to walk alongside of families in their adoption journey.   She and her husband Joel are very involved in their local church and have a huge heart for children and families. Their joy is sharing Christ with the fatherless and encouraging them to run after Him. Jonnilyn is committed to supporting you with compassion through your adoption journey.

Phone: (888) 833-1114  Direct Line: (813) 816-1137

Kelly Todd

Adoption Consultant
Kelly and her husband, Obbie, are former clients of CAC and are the proud parents of twins. Kelly holds a Masters degree in Professional Counseling. Prior to joining the team at CAC, she was a counselor at a mental health clinic.  Having walked through adoption before, she understands some of the thoughts, concerns and questions that may arise throughout the process. Kelly loves connecting with families, hearing their stories and encouraging them along the way. She feels honored and grateful to be a part of something that she is so passionate about and considers it a joy to help guide families through their own adoptive journey. Kelly lives near the Atlanta, GA area and serves alongside her husband in ministry.

Email: Kelly@christianadoptionconsultants.com
Blog: www.somethingbeautifulhere.com
Phone: (888) 833-1114 Direct Line: (225) 369-7746



Elizabeth Noel

Adoption Consultant

Elizabeth has been married to Bryan for 11 years. Their precious son, Dex, was adopted at birth with the help of Christian Adoption Consultants. Elizabeth has a background in teaching, and once Dex was born, she became a stay at home mom. She is passionate about helping families on grow through the miracle of adoption.

E-mail: Elizabeth@christianadoptionconsultants.com
Phone Number: 404-783-0793

Fallon Palacios

Adoption Consultant

Fallon and her husband, Mingo, have been married 11 years and live in sunny Southern California. They have two children, the youngest who was added to their family by the gift of adoption through Christian Adoption Consultants in 2017. Fallon has 12 years ministry experience working with youth and intercity outreach. She has two bachelors’ degrees in Biblical Studies and Communication. She has traveled to over 16 countries where the heart for adoption started walking through orphanages in Africa. Knowing how overwhelming the adoption process can feel she is passionate about walking alongside families in their own journey by caring, supporting, and guiding them through every single part of their individual story. Fallon finds it such an honor to be apart of helping others build their forever families. She believes that trusting in the Lord and saying yes to adoption is one of the biggest faith walks and also one of the most beautiful blessings one can experience. She cannot wait to be your advocate in the season ahead.

Phone Number: 619-244-7306 (pacific time)
Email: Fallon@christianadoptionconsultants.com

Meg Weston

Adoption Consultant Assistant & Information Specialist

Meg and her husband Tim are proud parents of three children.  Adoption has been close to her heart since fostering and adopting her oldest son and five years later adopting her daughter. Meg holds a Bachelors of Social Work from Olivet Nazarene University. She is honored to be coordinating information for the CAC staff and assisting Susan with families on their journey towards adoption.

Email: Meg@christianadoptionconsultants.com

Libby Hostetler

Adoption Consultant Assistant

Libby and her husband, Eddy, have three children.  Their youngest son joined their family through domestic adoption with Christian Adoption Consultants back in 2015.  God worked mightily in their hearts and lives through the process and they feel so blessed by the guidance and care their consultant gave them as they filled out paperwork and waited for their son to come home.  Libby is a stay at home mom, and works as Leah’s assistant creating family profile books.  She loves having the opportunity to help other families in their adoption journey and prays for each family and their future child as she works on their profiles.  Libby believes God calls families to adoption and works every detail to place each child in the family He created them for.