Meet The Staff

Our staff has unparalleled compassion with decades of experience.


The founder and staff of A New Beginning Adoption Agency are adoption professionals with personal adoption experience as adoptive parents, adult adoptees and/or birth parents. We are a non-profit, licensed adoption agency with extensive experience supporting, preparing and educating adoptive families and birth families. Our goal is not to only match children with their families but to also provide essential post-adoption services to everyone involved; adopted children, birth parents, and adoptive parents. Adoption is a journey, we guide families through theirs.

A New Beginning Wellness Center Staff

Stephanie Pearl, LSW

Founder & Executive Director

Cara Walsh, BSW

Infant Program Coordinator & Birth Parent Support

Amber Kidd, BSW

Foster-Adopt Program Coordinator

Christy Franz, BA-Psychology

Adoption Specialist

Kaitlyn Judy, BSW

Adoption Specialist-Infant Program

Amy Longchamps, LSW

Adoption Specialist


A New Beginning Adoption Agency offers an incredibly rewarding career opportunity.  We currently do not have any opportunities available.  If you wish to learn about upcoming opportunities, please plan to revisit this page for updated status or email

Quincy Budell, BS-Health Sciences, CHES

Foster-Adopt Program Assistant & ANB Wellness Center Coordinator

Megan Bryant

Birth Parent Support Group Coordinator

Laraine Merrill, MSW

Laraine Merrell, MSW
Adoption Specialist – Northern Idaho

Available Internships

A New Beginning has Social Work interns most of the time, but available positions fill up fast.   We currently do not have an internship opportunities available.  If you are interested in inquiring about upcoming opportunities, please click here.

Kara McAfee, LSW

Adoption Specialist – Eastern Idaho

Tina Kierce, BS-Education

Marketing & Communications

Keri Walsh

Administrative Assistant

Nehemiah Gremmel


Jenna Pearl

Adminastrative Support

Chris Maynard

Administrative Support

A New Beginning Wellness Center Staff

Becky Marquez, MFTI, LPC, TBRI Practitioner

A New Beginning Wellness Center Counselor

Quincy Budell, BS-Health Sciences, CHES

Foster-Adopt Program Assistant & ANB Wellness Center Coordinator

A New Beginning Surrogacy Staff

April Thorndyke, MSW

A New Beginning Surrogacy Agency Coordinator

Quincy Budell, BS-Health Sciences, CHES

Surrogacy Center Support Coordinator