Desiree Huffnagle MSW, LSW Executive Director
Desiree received her Masters of Social Work degree from Rutgers University in 2001. Desiree has a wide ranging perspective on adoption derived from her varied experience within the field. She has worked for a nonprofit behavioral health agency and assisted new foster parents with the transitions of children being placed in their home. She has provided pre-adoptive training and completed home studies for potential foster and adoptive parents throughout New Jersey. She has provided counseling to families during the adoption process.
Desiree has both professional and personal connections with adoption. Her older son’s adoption was completed through the state of New Jersey. Her younger son’s adoption was international through the country of Guatemala. Her unique combination of personal and professional experience gives her the added insight into the important and delicate relationship between both sets of parents before, during, and after the adoption.
Paris Gilchrist MSW, LSW Supervisor of Social Work
Kristi Zanghi MSW, LSW Adoption Specialist
Kristi graduated from Fordham University with her Masters in Social Work in 2015. For two years, she worked in a group home for adults with severe, persistent mental illness. Over the last year she worked as a therapist providing counseling and support to children and their families. Though new to the field of adoption, Kristi’s personal and professional experiences have given her extensive knowledge on the adoption process. Her therapeutic background has strengthened her ability to work with compassion and has given her an understanding of the emotional process of grief and loss.
Tanya R. Boswell, A.A.S Accounting Specialist
Tanya came to Golden Cradle in 2017 and in her short tenure has initiated positive change and system upgrades to the agency. Tanya efficiently and effectively manages our financial accounts and works with our vendors to insure a positive business environment. Tanya’s positive, enthusiastic manner keep “all systems running” at Golden Cradle.