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Our Staff

Kelsey Bohlender, Associate Director

Kelsey and her husband Randy, have lived in Kansas City since 2004.  Prior to moving to Kansas City, they served as staff pastors in east Tennessee and then church planters and staff pastors in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The Bohlenders have five sons and five daughters.  Six of their children came into the family through the miracle of adoption. In addition to adoption work, they are active in ministry endeavors and are rabid fans of Major League Soccer.



Nikki Pauls DeSimone, Director of Social Services

Nikki Pauls DeSimone, LMSW, has been enjoying preparing families for adoption since 2004. She started out as a social work intern and just never left. In addition to her work in adoption, Nikki has had various other jobs in social services which include working with homeless veterans, financial literacy for at-risk youth, and Spanish-speaking immigrant families. Most recently, Nikki spent a school year as a Professor of Social Work and the Director of Field Education at Avila University. Nikki is passionate about educating adoptive families about grief and loss issues, transracial parenting, and sharing their adoption stories. A native of Kansas City, Nikki lives in Prairie Village with her husband Brian and daughter Yiyi, who was adopted from China in 2014. Nikki always can make time for baking, musical theater, traveling to Latin America, and cheering on the Royals. 


Christina Styles, Expectant Mother Coordinator

Christina is a native to the midwest, who after spending brief stints living on both the West and East Coast has settled down in the heartland. Being part of a family that was actively engaged in both non-profit and ministry work, it was natural for her to pursue both of these directions. She has spent the last 12 years working a variety of roles that allowed her to grow in helpful office skills while learning how to love and serve people in all aspects of life. Outside of the working day, she enjoys an active life and dotes upon her tiny dog.  Most importantly, Christina lives and breathes for her morning cup of coffee. 



Joanna Eitel, 
Office Manager

Joanna and her husband, Tyler, live in Kansas City with their two ever-joyful kiddos, Jimmy and Grace. Joanna, a Kansas City girl since a young age, has worked as an event coordinator and office manager within ministry for the past ten years. She enjoys combining her love for people and all things organization. In addition to working with Zoe’s House Adoptions, Joanna enjoys life as a young mother and wife of a firefighter.  She battles a weekly urge to visit the new Ikea.




Angela Kopplin, 
Compliance Director

Angela and her husband Paul have been married for 18 years.  They are proud parents of two biological daughters and one adopted son. Angela is also an adoptee in full contact with her birth and adoptive parents as well as a birth mom with a young adult birth son she recently re-connected with. In addition to her passion for adoption, Angela and Paul homeschool their children on their mini urban homestead in Kansas City.



Whitney Sipp, Social Worker

Whitney Sipp, LBSW, earned her social work degree from the University of Kansas and is a devoted Jayhawk. Whitney has experience working with survivors of domestic violence, and worked as a case manager for children and families. Whitney is passionate about Jesus, family, strong coffee, houseplants and her labradoodle.