Sama Alghali, MSS, LSW
Branch Director | NJ/NY/PA
My name is Sama Alghali and I began as the Holt New Jersey/New York/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.
Branch Assistant | PA & NJ
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.
Mallori Cain, MSW, LSW
Social Worker | Philadelphia & Eastern PA
Mallori holds a bachelor's degree in child and family development from the University of Georgia and a master's degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania. She has a passion for serving, educating and helping families and children, specifically in the area of adoption. One of Mallori's graduate-level internships included working with expectant parents and prospective adoptive families at a local domestic adoption agency. Upon graduation, she worked as a family-based mental health therapist and later as a bilingual family development specialist providing parenting education and kindergarten readiness support to Spanish-speaking families. It was during this time that Mallori had the opportunity to work as a contract adoption social worker providing post-placement services and SWAN case advocacy services to families that adopted internationally. For the past three years, she lived in Nashville, TN and worked at a comprehensive women's clinic specializing in services for clients experiencing unplanned pregnancy, pregnancy loss and postpartum depression. Mallori has always been drawn to the field of adoption, and moving back to the Philadelphia area provided a new opportunity to support families and children in this regard. Mallori is excited to be a part of Holt International and looks forward to supporting families pursuing international adoption and helping children find their forever home.
Marty Cardona, MS
Social Worker | Upstate New York
Marty has had the pleasure of being a part-time international adoption caseworker for 43 years. She has a bachelor's degree in speech pathology as well as a master's degree in education from the Nazareth College of Rochester. In addition to working part time in adoption, she has also held full-time positions as a speech therapist, director of special education and elementary school principal for more than 20 years. She has six children — now adults — two of whom were adopted at 3 and 5 years old from South Korea, and she has 13 grandchildren.
Cynthia Marrone, BA, CSW
Social Worker | NJ
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.
Joanna Mittereder, MSW
Branch Social Worker | Pittsburgh & Western PA
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!
Mia Diamond Padwa, LMSW
Social Worker | Downstate New York
Mia has been working in the field of adoption since 2005, and has experience with domestic newborn adoption, adoption of children in the foster care system, and international adoption. She is passionate about helping children join permanent, loving families! For 17 years, Mia has served as a leader for La Leche League, a nonprofit organization that helps mothers breastfeed, and has also served on the board of her local Jewish Community Center, the Riverdale Y and numerous synagogue committees. She enjoys recreational running and completed her first half-marathon in 2019. Mia lives with her family in Riverdale, New York.
Kaitlin Torrenzano, LSW
Social Worker | Northern NJ
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.