Sama Alghali, MSS, LSW
My name is Sama Alghali and I began as the Holt New Jersey/Pennsylvania branch director in 2015. I hold a master's degree in social service from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, with a concentration in social service management. I have worked in various fields of social work, including mental health, foster care, domestic violence and medical social work. In this work, I have always focused on permanency with families and children. I began working in domestic adoption and child welfare in 2006 and I love matching exceptional children with equally amazing families. I am excited to work in international adoption with Holt and to help you on your adoption journey.
Anne Taylor has had the pleasure of working for Holt since 2012. For 23 years, Anne worked in early childhood education as the director of an education center. She holds a Bachelor's degree from Temple University in child development and has a passion for helping children. Along with her experience, Anne also assists her family in the administration and fundraising for a foundation they started to help children and families in the local community. Anne enjoys helping adoptive families navigate through adoption paperwork, and seeing the process through until they come home with their new family member.
Cynthia Marrone, BA, CSW
Cindy earned a Bachelor's Degree in family and child studies from Montclair University. She graduated with a teaching certificate. After teaching for two years, she returned to Jersey City State College and earned a Teacher of the Handicapped certificate and began teaching in a high school for adolescents with special needs. After two years of teaching, Cindy obtained a bilingual social work position for the State of New Jersey-Division of Youth and Family Services. She was a field social worker for 8 years, and for 10 years following held a variety of positions including: supervisor, litigation specialist, and resource development liaison. While at the Division of Youth and Family Services, Cindy obtained her social work license. After leaving DYFS, Cindy obtained a social work position with Holt.
Deann Borkowski, MSS, LSW
Deann is a Licensed Social Worker, licensed in the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Deann earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, with a minor in Sociology from Villanova University. Upon completion, she earned her Master's degree in Social Work from Bryn Mawr College's Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. Deann has always possessed a strong desire to work with children and families. During graduate school, she was employed part-time as a Therapeutic Support Staff with special needs children and completed internships focused upon children and families. After graduation, Deann has held positions of an administrative and clinical nature, including as a Case Manager, Behavioral Specialist Consultant, and Early Intervention Social Worker. She continues to provide in-home early intervention social work services, which includes providing supportive counseling and resources to special needs children, ages birth to three, and their families, but her primary passion is adoption social work. Deann feels blessed and honored to help, guide, and support each family along their journey as they build their family. It brings joy and fulfillment to her every time she sees another child find a permanent, loving home.
Joanna Mittereder, MSW
Branch Social Worker
Hello! My name is Joanna Mittereder and I am the branch social worker for the western Pennsylvania region. I have a master's degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh with a concentration in health/mental health and a certificate in industrial social work. I am state licensed and my background includes over 25 years of experience as a counselor. Much of my experience has been in crisis counseling, critical incident debriefings and substance abuse. In addition to my experience as an adoption social worker, I have worked in the employee assistance field and with health and wellness programs. I am excited to work with Holt International and help children find their permanent, loving families!
Kaitlin Torrenzano, LSW
Kaitlin rejoined Holt after five years on the east coast, where she earned her master's in social work at New York University. While attending university, Kaitlin gained experience working with children and families in crisis as well as adults seeking mental health services. Kaitlin worked for three years at Holt International's headquarters in Eugene, Oregon, assisting families in the early phases of China's adoption process. Kaitlin says that being back at Holt and serving families in north New Jersey feels like coming full circle. It was through working with families in the adoption process that inspired her to pursue social work, and she is grateful for the chance to contribute to an organization she believes in. Prior to her life in Oregon and New Jersey, Kate went to Villanova University where she received a master's degree in political science, and a bachelor's in political science and peace studies. Kaitlin is passionate about the individuals and families she works with, as well as the broader policies that affect their lives.
Lisa Morra, MSW, LCSW
Lisa has worked for Holt International in various capacities since 2001. She earned her master's degree in social work from Kean University and is a licensed clinical social worker with a certification in school social work. She has worked with children and families for over 20 years in many different settings, including schools, mental health facilities and in long-term care. She is passionate about advocating for children and working with families throughout their adoption journey.