Cradle Adoption Counselors
  • Dana T. Mulhall

    LCSW, Clinical Supervisor of Expectant Parent Services

    Dana began at The Cradle in 2000, first as a birth parent counselor and then as an adoptive parent counselor. Dana now supervises the team of counselors who work with expectant parents considering adoption and birth parents. She enjoys supporting the work of the counselors as they support their clients. She is also a facilitator of adoptive parent educational workshops. Dana received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Catholic University in 1998 and Master of Social Work degree in 2000 from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Illinois.

  • Ashley Akiyama

    LCSW, Cradle Counselor

    Before joining The Cradle, Ashley earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from the School of Social Service Administration at The University of Chicago. During this time, Ashley completed internships within adoption and children’s grief therapy. Most recently, Ashley worked in a community mental health setting, counseling teens and young adults, and providing coaching and support in their transition to adulthood and independent living.

  • Arletta Barbel

    MA, Cradle Counselor

    Ever since her experience as a peer mentor in the Big Brother/Big Sister program, Arletta knew she enjoyed mentoring and offering support. Before coming to The Cradle, she worked as a Crisis Counselor at Chicago Youth Centers and as a respite worker at Metropolitan Family Services. Arletta received her Bachelor's Degree from Southern Illinois University and her master's degree from National Louis University.

  • Meg Hopps

    LCSW, Cradle Counselor

    Meg has been an expectant parent counselor at The Cradle since 2012.  Prior to coming to The Cradle she received her bachelor’s degree from Marquette University, with a double major in social welfare and justice and sociology and a minor in family studies.  She received her master’s degree in social work from Loyola University Chicago with a specialization in children and families.  In addition to Meg’s experience working with birth parents, she has experience in adoption through the foster care system, providing therapy to children who were adopted, and working with adoptive parents.  She is a licensed clinical social worker in the State of Illinois. 

  • Jennifer Rogers

    LCSW, Cradle Counselor

    Jennifer has extensive experience in a wide variety of areas, from providing clinical advice to attorneys to running parents' and children's support groups. She has also worked in private practice as a therapist and supervised child care programs. Jennifer received her Bachelors of Psychology and her Masters of Social Work from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

  • Pam Tancredi

    LCSW, Cradle Counselor

    Pam has many years of social service work, from helping children build self esteem to counseling young adults to reach their community and educational goals. As a Cradle counselor, Pam uses her experience to work closely with clients as they explore adoption for their child. Pam received her bachelor's degree from Miami University and her master's degree from the University of Chicago.