Deaconess Pregnancy & Adoption Staff
Heather Hails, LCSW
Heather originally joined the DPA family in 2011 and served as the Child Placement Supervisor for six years. After living out-of-state for a year, she was thrilled to re-join the team in 2018 as Executive Director.
Heather has long had a heart for children and families and became interested in adoption during college through an internship at an adoption agency. Throughout her career, she has worked in many areas of the field, including infant and older child adoptions as well as international adoption and foster care. Most recently, Heather served as a Clinical Manager for an intensive in-home therapy program in Colorado and designed an early intervention program targeted to increase attachment and parent confidence. Heather’s belief is that God created us for relationship and she desires to see relationships strengthened and valued through the work DPA does with our clients, staff, and our community.
Heather has a Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Family Services from Oklahoma State University and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Denver. Outside of work, Heather loves spending time with family and friends, being in the mountains, and cheering on her favorite sports teams, especially the OSU Cowboys.
Jena Collins, MS, ICS
Child Placement Supervisor
Jena joined the DPA team in October of 2019. Jena has a great love for children and families. She has spent most of her career advocating for children and families in foster care as well as working with parents on their communication skills and parenting journeys. Through her foster care career, Jena was exposed to love and joy of adoption and has wanted to work in adoption ever since.
Jena has her Master’s Degree and is an Infant Child Specialist. Jena enjoys spending time with her family. Jena is married with two small children. As a family, they enjoy family game nights, bowling, movies and going on trips.
Catherine Howe, CCLS
Adoptive Parent Supervisor
Catherine joined the DPA staff in May 2006. Her passion includes providing counsel and support to women and to assist adoptive families during their journey of adoption.
Prior to her position as an Adoption Supervisor, Catherine worked as an Adoption Specialist at DPA and as a Child Life Specialist at the Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center for eight years. In this position, she provided social, emotional and developmental support to hospitalized children and their families. One of her most difficult assignments included assisting families during the Oklahoma City Bombing.
Catherine has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Family Relation and Child Development from Oklahoma State University. She is a Certified Child Life Specialist. She enjoys shopping, going to the beach and spending time with family and friends.
Business & Financial Specialist
Becky began her employment at DPA in May of 2005 and is currently the Business & Financial Specialist. She is also an adoptive parent whose son has experienced reunion with his birth mother and grandparents! Their families have enjoyed many times together as 1 big family. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Southern Nazarene University, Becky has almost 40 years of experience as an office manager. She is involved in a plethora of activities ranging from fielding initial correspondence with potential clients to the billing and financial side of DPA. She knows many of our clients by name and is quick to lend an encouraging ear to all!
When away from work, Becky enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Married for over 35 years, she and her husband have 3 grown children and 3 granddaughters who fill their lives with love and laughter! Travel is always a welcome distraction, but home and church are her mainstays.
Michelle Hankey, LPC
Michelle joined Deaconess Pregnancy and Adoption in February 2020 as the new Counseling Supervisor of the Counseling Center. Michelle is an LPC with a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Southern Nazarene University. Michelle has always been passionate about her work with children and helping them navigate life’s journey.
Michelle and her husband have two adopted children and are currently foster parents. Michelle’s favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family, crocheting and watching football. Boomer Sooner.
Sarah is our Office Coordinator and started in that role in July of 2019. Her connection to DPA is through her mother, who was adopted through DPA (then, The Home) as an infant. Her mother’s adoption started Sarah’s curiosity with adoption and a yearning to one day adopt. Her father, was also the President of Butterfield Memorial Foundation, our Parent Organization, until 2018. Sarah loves that she gets the opportunity to help families, birth mothers, and children through working at DPA. Sarah has a bachelor’s degree in Ministry through Central Christian College of Kansas in McPherson. Prior to working at DPA, Sarah has been a Youth Director at her local church and a Booking Coordinator, vocalist, and keyboardist for a music ministry in Minnesota.
Sarah enjoys being creative through music and crafting. In her spare time you can find her creating unique home decorations while watching Netflix or playing the piano and singing. You might also find her cuddled up with her Australian Shepherd, Marcy, watching a movie. She also enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends. She has been to 11 different countries and enjoys learning about different cultures. From 2011-2012 she went to 23 states and 3 Canadian provinces sharing the love of Jesus through music with CTI Music Ministries at churches, schools, prisons, rescue missions, and even a hay ride.
Sarah’s favorite Bible verse can be found in Psalms 66:19-20; “God has surely listened and has heard my prayer. Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!” It reminds her of God’s loving and caring nature that she hopes to share with others.
Alyson Smith, MSW, LMSW
Aly joined DPA in January 2021 as an adoption specialist intern but transitioned to working in the counseling center as a therapist in June 2021. As the daughter of someone who was adopted at birth, she is passionate about the joy, restoration, and beauty that the Lord can bring forth through adoption. After graduating from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and Spanish, Aly earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Oklahoma and is excited to serve individuals and families in the counseling center.
Outside of the office, you can find Aly enjoying the outdoors, spending time with friends, cooking new recipes, or reading. Her favorite passage of scripture is from Isaiah 55: “For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress; instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle; and it shall make a name for the Lord, an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”
Brittany Herndon, MSW, LMSW
Brittany joined Deaconess Pregnancy & Adoption in April 2020 as an Adoption Specialist. Brittany has a huge heart for children and families, and she finds joy in having the opportunity to help families connect. God placed a calling on her life to work within the adoption field many years ago and she has been diligent to make it a reality ever since. Brittany is thrilled to work for a faith-based agency whose vision is to give a future and hope to children, women, and families.
Brittany graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor’s of Social Work in May 2019. She then went on to complete her Masters of Social Work from the University of Oklahoma in May of 2020. Outside of work, Brittany is either spending time with her family and friends, enjoying nature, or doing some type of crafting project.
David joined DPA in 2020 but has been part of the organization since 2012 when he and his wife Lea Ann adopted their daughter Hannah through Deaconess. David has almost 20 years in non-profit fundraising and is thrilled to be part of this team.
David graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1992 with a degree in journalism. He and Lea Ann live in Norman with their daughter Hannah. He loves family trips, reading, golf and cheering for the OKC Thunder and the Sooners.