Our Team

Our Founder and Executive Director is Theresa Barbier. Theresa has been surrounded by adoption for her entire life. Theresa herself was adopted, as were her siblings. She is now the mother of four internationally adopted children, 3 from Russia and one from China.She has always embraced adoption do to her personal experiences, and now feels it is a blessing and an honor to help unite children with loving parents.

Our Home study Director and Administrator is Mary Marrs, MSW, LCSW. Mary brings to our agency over 20 years of experience in the wonderful world of international adoption. Mary has completed thousands of home studies for families adopting from different countries. Mary’s high standards and integrity have made her an important part of our agency and a valuable part of our entire adoption community.Mary works directly with our team of social workers. Monika Carter, Paulette Rodehorst, Juliet Granger, Kimberly White and Kelly Matherne. With this amazing team, Grace International completes homestudies for Hague I800a and Non-Hague I600a countries for agencies in all 50 States.

Our Family Coordinator is Tatiana Yurovich. Tanya brings over 20 years experience in all aspects of international adoption. She has assisted families from the first step of the adoption process to the last. Helping to place hundreds of children over the years, Tanya’s experience, work ethic, and intelligence are unparalleled.

Our Lead Social Worker is Monika Carter, MSW, LCSW. Monika brings 15 years of experience in the field of social work. She completes  home studies for our Louisiana families and families adopting from China and Africa. Monika’s attention to detail and thoroughness helps make the home study process less stressful.

Our Director of Family Services is Mary Jelmberg.
Mary is usually the first person families talk with when calling Grace International for information. Mary Graduated from the University of Florida with a Masters Degree in Education.
She was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2009 and the Exemplary Educator Award in 2011 one of only two awards for the entire county.
Mary and her husband adopted their beautiful daughter Alison trough Grace International Adoption Agency in 2012.
After her adoption was finalized she joined our Grace team so she could share her adoption passion with future families.
Mary’s goal is for all families to feel the same love she feels every day for her daughter Alison.
We are honored to have Mary as a part of our adoption team and know you will enjoy her love and enthusiasm.