our staff 

"For the eighth year in a row, HATW has been recognized by the Human Rights Campaign's All Children All Families initiative as a leader in serving LGBTQ children and families. This growth and recognition is due, in large, to our incredibly passionate and caring staff who dedicate themselves to our mission and work that will impact lives for generations"

- Katie Page Sander, LMSW

Executive Director

Leadership 

KATIE PAGE SANDER, LMSW

Executive Director

Katie earned both her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology (1995) and a Master of Social Work degree (1997) from the University of Michigan. She has twenty-two years of experience in the field of child welfare, including direct practice, supervision, training, community organization, program management, and policy development. Her work spans across the fields of foster care, adoption, youth development, parenting education, Wrap-around programs, prevention services, and family and youth advocacy. 

 

In addition to adopting two children through Hands Across The Water (once internationally and once through the agency's Waiting Child program), Katie held numerous positions at HATW since 2002 before having the honor of becoming the agency's Executive Director in 2016. 

 

DONNA NAFZIGER, ABA

Senior Human Resources Specialist 

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JAYNE HUMBERT-ILES

Business Manager

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JILL DETTMAN, LBSW

Program Manager

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HEATHER GILBERT, BS

State Program Supervisor

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JENNIFER SCHULZ, BA

State Adoption Supervisor

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SARAH ELLERO, BS

Infant Adoption Supervisor

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JULIE ROESCH, LMSW

International Adoption Supervisor; Behavioral Health Supervisor

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BRITTNEY LEWAN, BA

Foster Care Supervisor

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DESIREE RICICA

Foster Care Supervisor 

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TONIA HAYES

Licensing Supervisor

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JESSIE-MAE SECORD

In-Home Parent Education Supervisor

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Hands Across The Water supports and empowers children and families through inclusive, strengths-based services.

         

We envision a community where every child is valued and has a safe home and loving family where they can thrive.

EIN #: 38-3167509

Contact Us today

T: 734-477-0135

F: 734-477-0213

E: info@hatw.org

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