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 Adoption Agency Staff

Stephanie Pearl, LSW

Founder & Executive Director

Sally Guyer, MSW

Clinical Director

Cara Walsh, BSW

Infant Program Coordinator & Birth Parent Support

A New Beginning Wellness Center Staff

Amber Kidd, BSW

Foster-Adopt Program Coordinator

Kaitlyn Judy, BSW

Adoption Specialist-Infant Program

Amy Longchamps, LSW

Adoption Specialist


There are no open positions at this time.

Quincy Budell, BSHS

Adoption Specialist Support

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

Jenna Pearl

Cultural Ambassador

Richard Lucarelli

Peer Support Mentor

Maddi Ames

Peer Support Mentor

Tyler Lucarelli

Peer Support Mentor

Eli Smith

Peer Support Mentor

A New Beginning Surrogacy Staff

April Thorndyke, MSW

A New Beginning Surrogacy Agency Coordinator

Quincy Budell, BSHS

Surrogacy Center Support Coordinator

Cara Walsh, BSW

Infant Program Coordinator & Birth Parent Support

A New Beginning Wellness Center

Becky Marquez, LPC, TBRI Practitioner

A New Beginning Wellness Center Counselor