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Linda Fiore, M.A. Executive Director     Linda has a Masters Degree in Sociology and Social Work from DePaul University and she has eighteen years experience in the field of adoption. She has been active on several adoption counsels where she was involved in drafting adoption legislation. Her experience also includes working as a Supervisor and Program Director in Foster Care and providing search and reunion services for adoptees, birth parents and adoptive families. Linda oversees all financial and marketing services, supervises all clinical and administrative staff and counsels adoptive families.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        


Tobi Ehrenpreis, M.A, MPH,
Founder and Consultant

Tobi has a Bachelors Degree from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Michigan. She also holds a Masters Degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago and a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of Illinois. She started the Adoption Center for Family Building in 1996 and had been the agency Executive Director until she passed the torch to Ms. Fiore in February of 2020.. Tobi has two daughters by adoption.  In 2001, Tobi founded On Your Feet Foundation, an Illinois and Indiana not-for-profit that assists birth mothers following an adoptive placement


Maggie Gill Benz, LCSW, LMFT,
Founder and Consultant

Maggie holds Masters Degrees in Psychology and Social Work from the University of Illinois, and DePaul University. Maggie has over 30 years of experience in the adoption field and is both a licensed Clinical Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist. Maggie is co-founder of the Adoption Center for Family Building.  In her role as Clinical Director, Maggie was instrumental in setting the high standards for which the agency is known. Maggie has two adult sons and is a parent by adoption.


Counseling Team

Jill Greenwood, MA
Adoption Coordinator

Jill coordinates all home study and interstate services. She has been with ACFB as an adoption counselor for over 6 years. She came to this agency with over 15 years counseling experience in adoption and foster care services. She has worked with both birth parents and adoptees providing search and reunion services. Jill has a Master’s degree in Human Service Administration from Concordia University.  Jill is married with two teenage children.


Mary Seddon, MPH
Indiana Adoption Coordinator, Northern and Northwest Indiana

Mary works with birth mothers in Northwest and Northern Indiana, and coordinates adoption services throughout the state.  Mary has a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of South Florida and had worked in the counseling field for many years before joining the Adoption Center staff 10 years ago. Mary and her husband are parents by adoption. Their son and daughter are young adults.

Jaime Lockard, MSW,
Adoption Counselor, Metro Chicago Area
Jaime joins the ACFB team with several years experience in the field of adoption and foster care.  She has worked with all members of the adoption triad including birth parents, adoptive parents and adoptees. Jaime provides adoption counseling to expectant parents and conducts home studies with prospective adoptive parents.  She holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from Loyola University. 

Amanda Black, B.A
Adoption Counselor, Central and Southern Illinois
Amanda has over 10 years experience working in the domestic infant adoption field. She conducts home studies and works with birth mothers in Central and Southern Illinois. Amanda holds a bachelor’s Degree  from the University of Minnesota, and is a parent through an open adoption. She also has twins.

Andrea Jenkins, MSW, LCSW
Adoption Counselor, Central and Southern Indiana
Andrea has a Master's Degree in Social Work from Indiana University and a Bachelors Degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Purdue University. Andrea is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years experience working with families. She counsels birth parents and provides home study services to prospective adoptive parents. Andrea is married with two children. Her family of origin has been touched by adoption.

Susan Wilson, M.S
Adoption Counselor, Metro Chicago Area and Northwest Indiana
With over 20 years of experience in the adoption field, Sue conducts home studies in the greater Chicago area and Northwest Indiana. Sue is the past co-director of On Your Feet Foundation, an organization that offers support services and grants to birth mothers who have placed a child for adoption. She has a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Chicago State University, and has recently completed CTI, Life Coaching coursework. Sue is married and is a mother of six adult children. She is also a grandmother. 

Dana Ellenby-Bergeron, BSW, Adoption Counselor, Metro Chicago Area
Dana has worked with both birth parents and adoptive parents and managed intercountry adoption programs. She has been conducting home studies in the greater Chicago area for over thirty years.  Dana holds Bachelors Degrees in Social Work and Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Dana is marred with two adult sons.   


Administrative Team                                                                                                    

Colleen Klosa, BA
Administrative Assistant

Colleen has a Bachelors Degree in Business Administrative and has recently joined the ACFB office staff.  For the past ten years, she has worked as an administrative assistant in her family owned business. Collen joins our staff with a great deal of enthusiasm and a love for children.  She is the mother of four kids.


Brenda Flores, AA,
Office Manager

Brenda has an Associates Degree, and has been with ACFB for over 12 years. As Office Manager, Brenda handles most bookkeeping activities and bill paying and oversees the management of all office functions.  Brenda is also fluent in Spanish and functions as a translater, as needed.

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