Lilyfield Christian Adoption and Foster Care

Lilyfield Staff



Holly Towers, LCSW, Director

Email: htowers@lilyfield.org


Holly Towers has been with Lilyfield since 2008. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Holly has a passion for helping children find loving, Christian families through adoption and foster care, and empowering families to provide the care needed to raise the children who come into their homes. Holly manages the day to day operations of Lilyfield, as well as working with strategic partnerships within the community to mobilize faith families to engage in the issues of adoption and foster care. 

Holly has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Family Studies and Child Development from Oklahoma Christian University and a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Oklahoma. Before coming to Lilyfield, Holly worked at the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. While there, she worked with infants and young children who were prenatally exposed to alcohol and drugs and their biological mothers. She also has experience as a therapist working in the areas of child trauma, substance abuse recovery, post traumatic stress disorder, and child abuse and neglect. She is trained as a therapist for the Seeking Safety Model, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Parent Child Interaction Therapy.

Holly is the past President of the Board of the Oklahoma Adoption Coalition, a statewide coalition of licensed adoption agencies focused on promoting ethical adoption practices in Oklahoma. She serves as the Vice President of the Board of Shine! Honduras, a non profit organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities for underprivileged children in Honduras. She also serves as the Vice President of the PTA at her children's elemtnary school. 

Holly is married to Lance and has a daughter, Olivia, and two sons, Lewis and Hudson. In addition to their young children, Holly and Lance have a "Honduran daughter," Mariela, whom Holly met while staying in Honduras in 2003. In her spare time she loves traveling, reading, writing, spending time with her friends and family and playing with her children.



Robert P. Elliott, Director of Development

Email: relliott@lilyfield.org


 

 

Robert is a retired CPA and Financial Advisor. He recently joined the Lilyfield staff as the Director of Development in November of 2017 after being on the Board for 18 years. He is one of the founding Board members of Lilyfield .

 

He also works in real estate with Paragon Realty. Robert is an alumnus of Oklahoma Christian University.
He has served on the Board of Trustees of Cascade College, the Oakdale School Foundation, the Edmond Memorial Football Foundation.and is the founder and President of the Board of Shine! Honduras, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities for underprivileged children in Honduras.

 

Robert is an active volunteer at his church. He has been married to Kathy for 38 years and they have three children, Emily, Evan and his wife Carly, and Elizabeth.

 

 



Jordan Sanchez, MSW, Director of Community Programs

Email: jsanchez@lilyfield.org


Jordan Sanchez has been with Lilyfield since 2011. She loves working with children and families and is very excited to be working for us. She is working with our Christian foster families to provide loving and safe homes for our foster children. She learned about Lilyfield in high school and has been interested in it since. She feels honored to be a part of our agency and the families with whom we work.

Jordan completed her Master's of Social Work Degree at the University of Oklahoma. She received her Bachelor’s in Spanish from Oklahoma Christian University in 2009. She worked in special education with Edmond Public Schools for 2 years. She also completed an internship at Rose Rock Academy, an in-patient treatment facility in Oklahoma City for children with Autism. These experiences served to strengthen Jordan’s desire to work with and for families and children with a broad range of needs.

Jordan is married to Trey Sanchez and they have three daughters. In her spare time she loves watching sports with her husband, working out, reading, spending time with family and friends, and playing with her 3 dogs and cat.



Amy England-Smith, MA, LMFT, Adoption Coordinator

Email: aenglandsmith@lilyfield.org


Amy England-Smith joined Lilyfield in October 2015 as the Adoption Coordinator.  Amy has a Bachelor’s of Liberal Arts from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Master’s of Arts from Southern Nazarene University. Amy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and is currently working towards dual licensure as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor.

Amy previously worked as the Mental Health Coordinator for OKC Educare and has experience working with children in therapeutic foster care. She has also practiced in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Amy has extensive training in trauma related issues, substance abuse and co-occurring disorders, and early childhood development.

Amy is happily married and has three teenage children. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, and cheering on the OKC Thunder.



Ashley Melson, LCSW, Oklahoma City Foster Care Coordinator

Email: amelson@lilyfield.org


Ashley Melson joined Lilyfield in May 2018 as the Oklahoma City Foster Care Coordinator. Ashley has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, and a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Oklahoma. Ashley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Trust Based Relational Intervention Practitioner.

 

 

 
Prior to coming to Lilyfield, Ashley worked at White Fields Boys’ Home in the Deer Creek area, first as a therapist and later as the clinical coordinator. During her 6 years at White Fields, Ashley became passionate about working with children and adolescents who have experienced complex trauma. She enjoyed learning about how complex trauma affects development and finding interventions to help these children succeed. Ashley is a TBRI Practitioner and has extensive training in the treatment of complex trauma. She also has experience with home- and school-based counseling for at-risk children, as well as school social work.


 
Ashley is married and lives in Oklahoma City with her husband and their husky. She loves spending time with friends and family, cooking, trying new restaurants, and traveling to explore new places and cultures.

 



Courtney Sunderland, LMSW, Tulsa Foster Care Coordinator

Email: csunderland@lilyfield.org


Courtney Sunderland has been with Lilyfield since October 20, 2014. She is the Foster Care Coordinator for our Tulsa Office. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker and received her Master of Social Work from Saint Louis University in December of 2011. She also received her Bachelor of Social Work from Oral Roberts University in May of 2010. Her prior experience includes providing case management, parenting and prenatal education, and adoption services to pregnant adolescents. She has also served adult women struggling with life-controlling issues by providing individual and group counseling.

 

Courtney’s life verse is found in Isaiah 61:1-3 and she believes serving in the field of Social Work is her ministry. She has a strong desire to advocate, support and empower those who are in need. She has a strong devotion to helping families, individuals and children experience the unconditional love of their Heavenly Father, and obtain a life of abundance. Courtney is very thankful for the opportunity to be a part of Lilyfield and serve in the Tulsa area.

 

Courtney is married to Joshua Sunderland and they are fur-parents to their dog, Lucy. They enjoy attending and serving in their church, The Assembly of Broken Arrow, serving in the community through local organizations, traveling, seeing movies, and spending time with family and friends.



Jennifer Kelly, LCSW, Care Connect Counseling Coordinator

Email: jkelly@lilyfield.org


Jennifer Kelly has been on staff with Lilyfield since October of 2014. She is our Care Connect Counseling Coordinator. Jennifer has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Oklahoma. She has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2005. She is a Trust Based Relational Intervention Practitioner. Her prior experience includes working as the Wellness counselor at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School with students of all ages dealing with a wide range of issues. She also has a background in Inpatient Substance Abuse Treatment, Trauma work with Project Heartland, Hospice Care, and in private practice. These experiences have all impacted her desire to help those who are struggling. Jennifer currently sees clients age 3 and older. Jennifer works with individuals, families and couples who are seeking assistance and guidance within their own journey.

 

Jennifer works with children and adults with a variety of issues. She works from a trauma informed perspective for those with PTSD or trauma related experiences. She enjoys working with clients from all backgrounds and experiences. She works with clients who are on their own path of healing. Jennifer’s conviction that anyone can grow and learn shows in her commitment to her clients. She is motivated by the change she observes in her clients emotional well-being and their excitement as they see themselves healing and changing. She feels privileged to be a part of this process.

 

Jennifer believes God has set her on a path to help serve others in their time of need. She is continually learning and growing to expand her knowledge and expand her knowledge that will best help her clients. Jennifer has three teen-age children. In Jennifer’s free time she enjoys spending time with her children and spending time with friends and family.




Natalie Bergstrasser, BA, Independent Living Coordinator

Email: nbergstrasser@lilyfield.org


Natalie Bergstrasser joined Lilyfield in November 2013 as a foster care specialist and is now coordinator of Lilyfield’s Gateway Independent Living Program. Natalie is passionate about investing in the lives of foster children and youth worldwide, having previously worked with young adults in England, Kenya, and Ukraine.  Natalie is a proud alumnus of the University of Central Oklahoma and currently serves on the Oklahoma County Transitional Post Adjudication Review Board and as executive committee chair for the R is for Thursday Fund through the It’s My Community Initiative.


Since 2008, Natalie has worked as an independently contracted speaker and facilitator, collaborating with the National Resource Center for Youth Services, Oklahoma Foster Youth Advocates, OKDHS Independent Living program, and other youth and social work organizations, facilitating trainings for teenage and alumni foster youth, foster care advocates, and community members on the topics of higher education, body image, child abuse prevention, and self-advocacy. 


Natalie enjoys engaging in her church, running, and mentoring younger women. She and her husband, Michael, love exploring new cities, hosting events, and trying new restaurants as self-proclaimed, “foodies.”



Tiffany Ramirez, EmpowerOKC Coordinator

Email: tramirez@lilyfield.org


Tiffany Ramirez started working for Lilyfield in April 2018. She is the EmpowerOKC Coordinator at our new program that partners with Oklahoma City Public Schools to prevent circumstances that lead families to enter the child welfare system. She was hired to empower families to overcome life's obstacles and have stronger families. Specifically, with Westwood Elementary School.

 

In her free time, she spends time with her family and church family, whether that be going to church events, planning church events, or just hanging out with them. She also tries to make time in her tight schedule to take pictures. It is one of her passions, to capture everyday beauty through a lens!




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