At A Step Ahead Adoption Services, we believe in helping families grow. If you have been considering adoption, you may feel overwhelmed with the process and paperwork ahead of you. Our consultants are here to help you every step of the way as you navigate through all the steps necessary to reach your goal. We guide you from the beginning, from the first phone call to meeting the adoptive family, late night emails, financing, and finalization.

Contact one of our adoption consultants when you’re ready.

Shannon Murphy-Johnson

comes to us after working in the world of professional Figure Skating as a young figure skater and an elite coach. Among Shannon’s many strengths is the passion she brings to her work, coupled with her knowledge of adoption, first and foremost as an adoptee and then as an adoptive parent. Shannon and her husband, Kenneth, have been married 25 years and live in Kansas along with their four beautiful children, two of which were brought home through the amazing experience of adoption.

Jessica Chappell

Jessica comes to us after working in the business world for over 25 years after initially starting out in Early Childhood Education. Jessica is a single mother with a beautiful daughter, whom she adopted through A Step Ahead in 2015.

As a single woman Jessica was blessed to become pregnant through fertility treatments in 2010 with her son, Truett. Sadly, Truett was stillborn. Jessica then pursued adoption.
Jessica came to A Step Ahead adoption after two adoption match failures.

Jessica recently moved from Colorado to Eastern North Carolina with her daughter and ginormous dog. She has an open relationship with her daughter’s first family.

“I would be so excited to talk with your family regarding your unique adoption journey, share encouragement, and make this process go smoothly and easily to help you grow your family.“

Heather Coddington

Heather has a BS in elementary education and French from Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania. For several years she worked as an elementary media specialist, followed by 8 years as a public children’s librarian and director of a small public library. Heather’s life long love of working with children naturally translated into a desire to help create families through the miracle of adoption. During their own adoption journey, Heather discovered a local adoption support group, and her passion for adoption was born. After bringing home their daughter through the help of an ASA consultant, Heather became very active with the adoption support group, encouraging others in their adoption journeys. This eventually brought Heather back to ASA to join her love of working with children with her love of adoption. Heather currently lives with her husband and two children in Orlando, Florida.

A Step Ahead Adoption Consultants

Donna Henson

Donna has been an Adoption Consultant for over 14 years. She and her husband adopted their son 13 years ago. John Michael is an active pre-teen and Donna is an at-home mom and consultant. Donna has a great commitment and desire to help others adopt and ensure their adoption journey is a positive one. Donna is very well versed in how adoption works, and will be with you until you have your baby in your arms. The Henson reside in Buford, GA, which is a suburb of Atlanta, GA.

A Step Ahead Adoption Consultants

Lora Holt

Lora has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work & Nursing. She has experience working as a drug/alcohol counselor in a women’s prison & a registered nurse. Lora lives on a ranch in South Dakota. She and her husband have been married for 15 years and adopted both of their children. Her daughter Ryan is 9 years old and son Zane is 5 years old. Their family utilized A Step Ahead’s services during their second adoption. Lora is passionate about the adoption triad and treasures the relationships with her children’s birth families.
Nancy Crouch

Lauren Muzzin

Lauren has a B.S. degree in Logistics and Intermodal Transportation, and worked for six years as a Senior Supply Chain Analyst for a large furniture retailer before becoming a stay at home mom and adoption consultant. She married her high school sweetheart, Derrick, nine years ago. They live outside of Athens, GA with their two sweet boys who they adopted as infants. Boone is four and Ledger is one. After her second adoption, she felt led to help other families through their adoption journey. She feels passionate about adoption and its role in helping build families, and can’t wait to guide and support you through your adoption experience.

A Step Ahead Adoption Consultants

Nancy Crouch

For over 30 years, Nancy has helped families grow through adoption. Nancy has a unique perspective of not only working with adoptive parents, she has also provided services to birth parents and adoptees from her previous years with adoption agency work. Throughout Nancy’s professional career, adoption has been her greatest passion. With Nancy’s wealth of experience with infertility and adoption, she has provided insight, compassion, and knowledge when working with families. Nancy has a master’s degree in counseling and is a licensed clinical professional counselor.

Nancy lives in Illinois with her husband Dave (married since 1992). Nancy and Dave adopted two of their children, Alexander from Russia and Catherine from Ohio. Jack, their youngest son, they had biologically through in vitro-fertilization.

A Step Ahead Adoption Consultants

Cady Laird

Cady has a BA in Drama and was a school teacher for nearly 15 years in California, Thailand, and Turkey, before she became a mother.  She brought home her two beautiful sons through the help of an ASA consultant.  After feeling immense gratitude for her boys, she wanted to share the gift of adoption with others to help create more families.  A good friend once told her, “If you trust the process, adoption works. It’s not IF you will become a parent, it’s WHEN!” Cady currently lives in Portola Valley, California with her husband and two young boys.

A Step Ahead Adoption Consultants

Lisa Cox

Lisa has a bachelor degree is sports management and journalism from the University of Dayton. After a nearly 20-year career in public relations and marketing within the sporting industry, which required extensive travel, Lisa and her husband Jason decided it was time to start a family of their own. They joined an adoption support group, which led them to A Step Ahead Adoption. They soon became clients and just a short time later were matched with their daughter.

Following a handful of years as a stay-at-home mom, Lisa reached back out to ASA. This time, she hoped to join the adoption consulting team and utilize her marketing background in a more meaningful way. And as they say, the rest is history!

Lisa and her husband have been married 26 years and have a seven-year-old adopted daughter, Carter Mae. They reside in the Lake Norman, NC area, just outside of Charlotte.