An Open Door Adoption : Our Staff

There are 153 million children in the world who have lost one or more parents, while some 8 million children live in institutions. At An Open Door, our heart is to serve these children with the love of Christ through adoption. Looking for a career with a life changing mission? Call us today and consider being a part of our team!

Careers

 


Walter Gilbert
Chief Executive Officer

Walter earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill following a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech.  He has forty-two years of business management experience including three years as business consultant to An Open Door Adoption Agency and as CEO since 1996. He initiated the International Adoption Program for the agency and continues to initiate and oversee all international and humanitarian programs as well in his role as CEO.

 

 


An Open Door Domestic Adoption Program Staff

Jane Gilbert, MPA
Executive Consultant

Jane holds a Bachelors degree in Clinical Psychology and Master’s in Public Administration. She has worked with the agency for 25 years in both international and domestic departments.  During these years she has served as Adoption Consultant, Director of the International Program and Director of Domestic Adoption Services. Prior to her work with An Open Door she was Director of the Community Treatment Center in Thomasville associated with Youth Services (DHR)


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Victoria Eades
Domestic Social Services Coordinator

Victoria started with the agency in 2013 as a Domestic Adoption Consultant.  Prior to that she had been working for another agency in international adoption for a year and a half. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Furman University and is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Richmont Graduate University.


Debby Mobley
Domestic Administrative Assistant

Debby joined An Open Door in June 2012. She is an Administrative Assistant for the domestic adoption program(s). In addition, her roles include the Agency’s newsletter; coordinating the Adoption Consultant’s and Caring Home’s (interim foster care) annual trainings, and assisting with the Agency’s fundraising efforts. Debby’s passion is to serve Jesus, her family and others. She believes her purpose at An Open Door is to love and serve those whose lives are touched by this ministry.


 

Amber Childs, M. Ed.

Director of Domestic Adoptions

Amber has a Master’s degree in Education and worked in the school system from 2000 until joining An Open Door in July 2018.  Amber has served as adoption consultant for Southwest Georgia as well as coordinated The Suitcase Movement program helping Georgia foster children find forever families. She is currently serving as the director of the domestic adoption program. Amber believes God planted her at AOD to grow in the ministry of serving others here by supporting birth mothers and the consultants that work closely with them and in encouraging adoptive families as they look to build their family through adoption.

 


 

 

An Open Door International Program Staff

Debbie Tinsley
International Administrative Assistant

Debbie has worked for over 16 years as a domestic and international administrative assistant for our agency. She is very knowledgeable in both the domestic and international adoption processes. She handles file management, assists families through the home study process, as well as gracefully managing any other duty she may be assigned. She is a minister’s wife and mom to two boys. She has always loved children and truly believes that God brought her to An Open Door.


Amy Burger, LMSW

Director of International Social Services, International Adoption Consultant: Peru

Amy has a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and joined An Open Door Adoption International team in January 2020. Along with her role as Director of Social Services she is also a consultant for the Peru program and provides supervision for international home studies. She has years of experience working in child welfare. She has a passion for supporting families and advocating for the best interest of vulnerable children. She is driven by our agency mission to find loving, permanent, Christian families for orphaned children.

 



Cathy Sawyer
International Operations Director

Cathy holds a BBA degree in Marketing and has been working with An Open Door Adoption Agency since 2002. She is responsible for the operations of the international program, new  program development and is the consultant for Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico and El Salvador. Cathy has experience preparing home studies, counseling birth mothers and adopting families, helping families navigate the international adoption process and new country program development. She believes that every child deserves a loving family and has a passion for helping orphan children find the forever family that God has chosen for them.

 


Olga Klatt
International Coordinator, Bulgaria, Poland, and Ukraine

Olga holds BBA degree in Management. She was born in Russia and speaks Russian fluently often serving as a translator for many of our international cases. She assists families through the adoption process for traditional Ukraine adoptions and Bulgaria, and Poland. She loves children and helps orphans find their forever home in the US.

 


An Open Door Administration Staff

 

Dominique Waldrep
Paralegal

Dominique has worked as the paralegal for our agency since 1999 in the domestic program. Prior to joining the agency, she worked with the agency’s attorney for six years.  As the paralegal, she coordinates ICPC (Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children) between the State of Georgia and the adoptive couple’s state of residence; files and attains the termination of parental rights of biological and legal fathers; and assists the adoptive couple with the finalization process of their adoption.


Debra Frisbie
Bookeeper

Debra joined An Open Door in September, 2000.  She has thirty years experience working with non-profit organizations. As a mother of five children and grandmother of five, she has a real love for children and a desire to be part of a ministry that places orphans with loving, Christian families.

Debra oversees the financial accountability and responsibilities of the agency. She also oversees the agency’s Caring Home families. Her family accepted a foster baby that lived with them for almost three years. Due to this experience she holds a special place in her heart for all of the wonderful foster families that care for An Open Door children waiting for their forever families.

 

Amanda Burt
Family Coordinator Assistant

Amanda joined the agency in 2021 as a Family Coordinator Assistant. Amanda works with Adoptive family’s step by step in their adoption journey as well as connecting birth moms to their caseworker. Prior to working at the agency, Amanda was the Patient Resource Manager at a pregnancy care center advocating for life while loving every woman God brought to her. She also gave several years of her life to specifically praying for our nation and the ending of abortion as a missionary in Washington, DC. She has always wanted to be a missionary and mother orphans, but God showed Amanda that her physical mission field was the orphans in America while knowing in prayer every orphan around the globe can be reached. Amanda is passionate about life and those who are living it.