Pam Osborne, LIMHP, LCSW (NE); LISW (IA); LCSW-PIP (SD)
Branch Director | IA, NE & SD
Pam has 20 years experience working with children and families. Before becoming a Branch Director for Holt in 2015, she worked as a Holt social worker for over four years, and in 2005, she helped recruit Holt families in Florida. Pam has her Master's degree in social work from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. She has three children, the oldest adopted from Thailand, and the youngest adopted from China. Through her personal and professional experience, Pam is aware of the joys and struggles of international adoption. "I've always had a heart for adoption," she says. "I am very excited to be back working with Holt again."
Branch Assistant | IA, NE & SD
Brenda has over 20 years of experience in a professional office environment in the nonprofit industry. She is an adoptive parent of two, one adopted through Holt, and has a niece and nephew who are Holt adoptees. She loves sharing how multi-cultural adoption and Holt International have positively impacted her entire family. Brenda is passionate about Holt’s mission and looks forward to supporting families pursuing international adoption and helping children find their forever homes!
Social Worker | NE & Eastern IA
Catherine (Cat) received her bachelor's degree in arts and science from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and her master's in social work from the University of Nebraska in Omaha. She has over 20 years of experience working with children and families including seven years of assessing families and writing homestudies. Her experience includes training, individual and family therapy, attachment and trauma, working with high-risk youth, and domestic and special needs adoption. Cat is a wife and a mother of three and feels she has always had a calling to work with children and families. "I am so excited to be working for Holt and assisting families in bringing their children home!" she says.
Jodi Dumler, LCSW (NE); LISW (IA); LSCSW (KS)
Social Worker | Eastern IA, Western NE & KS
Jodi is originally from Nebraska and currently resides in Hoxie, Kansas. She is a licensed clinical social worker with a master's degree from the University of Washington. Prior to joining Holt, Jodi worked with children and families in a number of capacities. She has experience counseling individuals and families of all ages, assessing and finding homes for children, and helping families find the resources they need throughout the adoption process. As the sister of a Holt adoptee, Jodi is very excited to be working with Holt International and helping others experience the joy of adding to their families through adoption!
Nicole Van Ginkel, LISW (IA); LCSW-PIP (SD)
Social Worker | Northwestern IA & Southeastern SD
Nicole has worked with Holt for three years and in the child welfare field for ten years. She has a clinical background working with children and families and works as an outpatient mental health therapist in her other employment. She received her Master's Degree in social work from the University of Iowa. "I love working at Holt because I love helping find forever families for children." She works with families in northwest Iowa, where she lives with her husband and three children.
Social Worker | Central IA
Cindy has worked as a mental health professional for over 30 years. Her focus has been on working with children and families, as well as a bereavement coordinator for Hospice. Although she is the newest member of Holt's Midwest Branch, she has been involved with Holt for many years as an adoptive parent and aunt. She has also been an airport greeter helping carry escorted children to their new parents. In the past, Cindy had the honor of hosting Bertha Holt in her home during an Iowa picnic and hearing her stories in person. Cindy has a master's degree in social work from the University of Iowa and is a licensed independent social worker. " Working for Holt is my dream job and I look forward to being a part of helping children have a forever family", she says.
Danielle M. Smith, MSW, LMSW
Social Worker | Eastern IA
Danielle joined Holt International in 2016 after working in the adoption field for more than 26 years. Her experience includes international, domestic and special needs adoption. Danielle has a bachelor's degree in social work from Illinois State University and a master's degree in social work from the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana. A married mother of two sons, Danielle also has personal experience in international adoption as she has a sister who joined her family through adoption from India and a niece who joined their family through adoption from China. Danielle loves working with children and families, especially in adoption. "Working with children and families in the adoption field has always been a passion of mine," she says. "I am excited to work with Holt International and assist families in their adoption journey."