Meet Our Staff
Meet Our Staff
Co-Founder, Executive Director
Kelly Weidner grew up in Alexandria, VA with her parents and two sisters. Kelly found her calling in social work after working on a homeless teens project with the Covenant House in Washington, DC when she was a junior at Bishop Ireton High School. She headed to Pennsylvania to attend Villanova University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Human Services in 1999. After graduation, Kelly began her social work career at Carson Valley School, a residential treatment facility, working with adolescent boys with behavioral difficulties for 5 years. She then became a teacher and taught for 5 years. Both of these positions played a key role in her transition to adoption. Kelly had extensive experience in adoption as a caseworker and supervisor at a previous agency and worked with hundreds of adoptive families as well as biological parent families. Kelly is a strong leader for Haven and a well respected advocate in the adoption community.
Kelly Weidner is a co-founder of Haven Adoptions, Inc and shares her passion for adoption with her co-founder, Sarah Magarity. Haven Adoptions has worked to create a new standard in the field of adoption and two years ago started their foster care division. In 4 years Haven has completed 29 adoptions, 22 foster care placements, and 32 assisted adoptions.
Kelly is a member of the National Association for Professional Women, on the Executive Committee of the Our Lady of Mercy Board of Jurisdiction and lives in Ambler, PA with her three children.
“After playing many different roles in social work over the last 19 years, I have found where I belong in the field of adoption. Every day I look forward to going to work, making new relationships and best of all, helping children find homes. It is truly a blessing to love what you do and I am so thankful for being a part of the foster care and adoption process for each and every one of our families.”
Co-Founder, Director of Family Services
Sarah Magarity grew up in Oreland, Pennsylvania with her parents and brother, Kevin. From a young age, Sarah envisioned her adult life to be working with children. Sarah completed her undergraduate degree at Penn State University in Human Development and Family Studies which led her to her first social work experience through an internship before graduation. Sarah interned at Carson Valley School, a residential treatment facility for children with behavioral difficulties. Upon graduating, she accepted a full-time social work position and continued as a social worker at Carson Valley. While working full time, Sarah completed a two-year graduate program. Sarah graduated with a Masters in Education from Chestnut Hill College and then moved on to pursue a teaching career for the next six years, working closely with students and their parents. After taking 2 years to stay at home to care for her family, Sarah began working for a local adoption agency. A few of her major achievements were creating the Embryo Adoption and Donation Program and starting a Surrogacy Matching Program.
Sarah Magarity is the co-founder of Haven Adoptions, Inc. and works hard to make the adoptive parent program the best it can be. Sarah’s warm and inviting nature helps make all of our new families feel welcome into the Haven family. Sarah has supported countless adoptive families throughout the adoption process and has ongoing relationships with many of them. Sarah has a passion for helping families reach their ultimate dream; completing their family. She feels lucky every day to work with close friend Kelly and their incredible staff to make dreams come true. Sarah lives in Oreland, PA with her husband and three children.
“There are many reasons why I love my job. The overall feeling of helping adoptive families fulfill their dream of being parents has to rank highest. There are many adoptive parents who start the adoption process because they want to complete their family. Being a part of that process is incredibly rewarding and fulfilling. My passion for adoption stems from my experience and love of social work and education. Through years of being a social worker and educator, I have formed many meaningful connections with people. Adoption allows me to continue to connect with so many wonderful families and children. It’s the best of both worlds. There are many adoptive families with whom I continue to have a relationship with beyond the finalization of their adoption. When you travel through an adoption journey with a family, you experience very meaningful and intense emotions. You become close to the families you work with. I love receiving emails, phone calls and/or pictures from families I’ve worked with. The friendships and connections that I have through adoption are invaluable.”
Biological Parent Case Manager
Kayla Mazzotta has 8 years of experience in the adoption field. Kayla had the chance to explore the many different realms of adoption and found her place working directly with biological parents. Kayla’s warm and friendly nature helps make the people she works with feel comfortable and cared for. The individuals with whom Kayla works know that she is always looking out for their best interest. Kayla lives in Philadelphia, PA.
“I have the opportunity to impact the lives of individuals in my community by helping them make the best plan they can for their family. The experiences I have working with birth parents are intensely emotional yet highly rewarding. The people I have met along the way have taught me invaluable lessons about love and sacrifice. I am lucky to meet and connect with so many different people and I appreciate what I have learned from each one of my clients. Every day I learn something new from the brave women and men who pursue adoption.”
Adoption Case Manager
Meghann Chiappa has a long history of working with families in many different capacities. For five years, Meghann worked at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), helping the families of military personnel to access and utilize any benefits for which they were eligible. While working at Veterans Affairs, Meghann obtained her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She worked as an outpatient therapist at the Lenape Valley Foundation, providing counseling services to individuals, couples, and families. She truly enjoyed being a part of her clients’ journey to a healthier and more fulfilling life.
After having children, Meghann transitioned into the field of adoption. She worked for over two years at a local adoption agency and found it to be a rewarding and meaningful experience, which has helped her excel in her role as Adoption Case Manager at Haven. Meghann puts the needs of her adoptive parents first and is always looking out for their best interest. Meghann lives in Ambler, PA with her husband and 2 children.
“In my time working in the field of adoption, I have met truly amazing families. I consider it an honor to be a part of a family’s adoption journey. I am constantly inspired by families and their honesty, bravery, compassion, and resilience.”
Biological Parent Counselor
Brie McMullin is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor with over 7 years of experience in the behavioral health care field. Brie received her Master’s in Clinical Counseling Psychology from LaSalle University and has worked with a diverse population of people, varying in ages from children to adults, who struggle with mental health and/or addiction disorders. Brie is certified in cognitive therapy and has training in dialectical behavioral therapy. By utilizing an eclectic approach to therapy, Brie strives to provide adequate support to birth mothers to aid them in effectively coping with the challenges that pregnancy and adoption can bring.
“Since working with Haven Adoptions, I have learned how important it is to have a supportive and collaborative team to help all individuals, including birth mothers and adoptive families, throughout the adoption process. Since recently having my first child, I have developed a passion for helping create happier and healthier families. I want to thank all of my clients that allow me to be a part of such an amazing process!”
Foster Care Case Manager
Robyn has many years of experience working with children and families. Before Haven Adoptions, Robyn was a full-time nanny and worked in a daycare as their Lead Infant Teacher. Robyn recently graduated from Pennsylvania State University (World Campus) with an associate’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Robyn is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She has an immense passion for helping children find their forever homes, whether through adoption or foster care. Robyn is a huge asset to the Haven team. Robyn enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, traveling, and exercising.
“I am honored to be a part of Haven. There is something so inspiring about working with a passionate group of women. I have always had a desire to help others, especially children, and Haven has given me that opportunity. I look forward to learning all I can and helping build new families through foster care and adoption.”
Adoptive Parent Case Manager
Tara Atchison comes to Haven Adoptions with a deep and personal passion for adoption. She and her husband are the parents of two amazing daughters by way of domestic infant adoption. Through her experiences – including adopting her youngest daughter through Haven. Tara has become a strong advocate for open adoption, coming alongside families experiencing infertility grief, and the care and support of birthparents.
Tara earned her B.A. in Elementary Education from Arcadia University in 2004 and brings a variety of professional experience to her role at Haven. She has worked as a curriculum specialist at a daycare center, taught 5th grade at a Philadelphia charter school, been a nanny to kids of all ages, and has served in leadership positions at her church mentoring women and college students. She plans to pursue a Masters in Counseling with hopes of opening her own counseling practice. Tara enjoys spending time with her family, exploring the city, and connecting with friends over coffee and meals. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Philadelphia, PA.
“Working for Haven Adoptions is a dream come true. I love how my role perfectly blends my heart for adoption and my desire to listen to and support families during often vulnerable and painful times. Additionally, I feel so honored to work with a team of such strong, intelligent, inspiring, and compassionate women who teach me valuable skills and lessons just by working alongside them.”
Adoptive Parent Case Manager
Alaina Mitros has been working in fields that center around children and their families for several years. She grew up in Glenside, Pennsylvania with her parents and three brothers. As a young person, Alaina knew that she would pursue a career in education or social work, seeking to benefit the lives of children. In college, Alaina worked full time as a manager in a local grocery store, growing her communication skills and “people skills” in ways that would have long-standing effects. She worked as a nanny as well, which kept her love of education and care-taking active. In 2012, Alaina graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Secondary Education.
Alaina immediately went to work after college as a Managing Director in a remedial learning center in Abington, Pennsylvania. This gave her hands on experiences with a vast array of students and their families, all of whom came to the center with different backgrounds socially, economically, and educationally. This role challenged Alaina and helped her to grow professionally in leaps and bounds. Although this experience was invaluable, Alaina knew that she wanted to move on from it to teach in a classroom of her own.
Today, Alaina teaches middle school English Language Arts at Queen of Angels, a private school in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. Her interest in working in the adoption field comes from so many years of experience strengthening her ability to connect with people and to serve families in need of an advocate. Alaina lives in Abington, Pennsylvania with her husband and her dog.
“I am so passionate about the work that I do as a caseworker at Haven Adoptions because it allows me to fulfill my dream of bonding with people on a daily basis and helping to serve others. I feel blessed to be able to meet so many special people seeking to open their lives and hearts to adoption. The staff at Haven are incredible, supportive, and professional women. Most importantly, they CARE.”
Adoptive Parent Case Manager
Kristen grew up in central Pennsylvania with her parents and brother. She graduated from the University of Maryland with an undergraduate degree in Family Studies and then went on to complete her Masters of Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Kristen received her certification to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and worked for a private agency as a psychotherapist. She joins Haven after having several years of home study and post placement experience in the Washington, D.C. area. Kristen now resides in the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania area with her husband and four sons.
“Throughout my social work career, I have always had a special place in my heart working in the adoption field. It is a true gift to witness families being brought together and I am grateful to be a part of that journey. I am thrilled to join this special team at Haven. It is a joy to be connected with others that share the same passion for finding safe and loving homes for children while making sure that all parties involved have access to the support and resources that they deserve.”
Adoptive Parent Case Manager
Erin Troup is a Licensed Professional Counselor and the owner of Sprout Center for Emotional Growth and Development, LLC, a private practice in Pittsburgh, PA. The Sprout Center specializes in infant/early childhood social and emotional needs, including, attachment, grief & loss, trauma and anxiety. Erin is currently board secretary for the Pennsylvania Association of Infant Mental Health and teaches in the area of Early Childhood at the University of Pittsburgh. Erin was born and raised in Schuylkill, County PA but now calls Pittsburgh home where she resides with her husband and their two dogs. In her spare time, Erin enjoys being outdoors, biking, going to the beach and spending quality time with her ten nieces and nephews.
Lauren grew up in Montgomery County and discovered her love for helping those in need when she was in her teen years after her cousin was born with special needs. She comes from a caregiver background working as a Home Health Aide for several years and is currently taking courses in Human Services at Montgomery County Community College. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and practicing yoga.
“The women at Haven welcomed me with open arms and gave me this wonderful opportunity to assist in the rewarding field of adoption and foster care. My position at Haven allows me to utilize my compassion for children and passionate interest in the human services field. I’m so honored and excited to be part of such a warm and enthusiastic team who truly go above and beyond what is expected to make a difference in the lives of children and families. I look forward to growing with Haven, making new connections with families, and learning more everyday about the field of adoption and foster care.”