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.

  • Meghan Hopps

    LCSW, Cradle Counselor

    Prior to joining the counseling team at The Cradle, Meg completed internships at two different adoption agencies and went on to work as an Adoption Specialist with children in the foster care system. After receiving a B.A. from Marquette University with a double major in Social Welfare & Justice and Sociology and a minor in Family Studies, Meg received her Masters Degree in Social Work from Loyola University in Chicago. Meg enjoys meeting new people and learning about the lives of people from all different backgrounds.

  • Beth Canning Lupo

    MA, Cradle Counselor

    Before joining the Cradle, Beth provided therapeutic services to foster families in crisis, and worked for a private practice which specialized in family violence. Beth received her Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University. In addition to her work at The Cradle, Beth also devotes her time as a board member for Rainbows, a non profit which provides support for children experiencing grief and loss.

  • 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.

  • Melissa Shikany

    LCSW, Cradle Counselor

    When Melissa joined The Cradle team as an Expectant Parent Counselor, she brought with her the experience and knowledge of her past fifteen years in the field.  Her love for working with people, especially in underserved communities, developed from her years as a foster care case manager and most recently from her time working as a social worker in a CPS High School.  Melissa received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development/Family Studies from Indiana University in 1999 and her Master of Social Work degree in 2005 from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Illinois.

  • 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.