Branch Director | CA
With 25 years of experience working with Holt International, Ann Cleary serves as Director of Holt's California Branch Office. She received both a Bachelor's and Master's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and has a background in children's mental health. Ann is passionate about Holt's mission and dedicated to giving adoptive parents quality preparation and support.
On behalf of the California staff, we look forward to joining you in helping you build your family.
California Branch Assistant
Lisa has extensive experience working in the nonprofit realm. She realizes that each step in the process of finding forever families for children makes a difference. Lisa's goal is to provide excellent support to adoptive parents during the initial administrative stage of their adoption journey and then upon their return home.
Carolyn Cain, MSW
Social Worker | Central CA
For several years Carolyn studied at a Bible college before completing her Bachelor's degree in human services and receiving a Master's degree in social work from California State University Long Beach. Carolyn and her husband live in Clovis, California and have four girls, two of whom were adopted from China through Holt. Before deciding to become a stay-at-home mom, Carolyn worked for several years at Holt International. In addition to her experience in international adoption, Carolyn has also worked with a private foster care agency. In August 2009, Carolyn happily resumed her work with Holt International, helping families through the adoption process as a social worker.
Michael Guinn, MA
Social Worker | Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino & San Diego counties
With his background in intercountry adoption, foster care social work, and elementary education, Mike has helped Holt "find families for children" in Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties since 1999.
Social Worker | Bay Area
Deborah Ingram completed her bachelor's degree in social psychology from the University of California–Santa Cruz, and her master's degree in clinical psychology from Chapman University. Deborah has over 25 years of experience in social services, working within diverse populations in multiple settings including the field of mental health. She is passionate about working with families in her community and has extensive experience working with adoption and children in foster care. Deborah says, "Coming to work with Holt International allows me to participate in the joy of adoption. Holt's commitment to excellence is palpable. I am honored to be a part of our team, and to be a part of Holt families' lives as they embark on the amazing journey of adoption."
Social Worker | Los Angeles, Ventura & Santa Barbara Counties
Jennifer has 20 years of experience working with families and individuals providing mental health services and medical social work support. She received her master's degree in social work with a focus on family-centered practice from Dominican University and is excited to share her knowledge and expertise with Holt adoptive families. She has lived throughout the United States, most recently hailing from Wisconsin, and she is now happy to be back in her home state of California. Having traveled to China with friends adopting through Holt, Jennifer is eager to support families throughout the adoption process and especially looks forward to hearing families' stories about travel and meeting their children.
Sungeun Park, MSW
Social Worker | Southern CA, Korean-Speaking Families
Sungeun's broad experience in family therapy and parental counseling in both the United States and Korea make her a wonderful asset to Holt's team. With a Master's degree in social work, Sungeun has served adoptive families in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernadino and San Diego since 2004, specializing in Korean adoption. Fluent in Korean and English, Sungeun is uniquely qualified to assist adoptive families in the United States and Korea.
Social Worker | Greater Sacramento Area & Northern CA
Sam has over 10 years of experience working with children and families. She began her career as a middle school teacher and then earned her master's degree in social work from The University of Texas at Austin before moving to California. Sam has worked with Child Protective Services, private foster agencies and in community counseling. Sam loves helping families and children find stability and happiness.