Claire Schulz Bergman Executive Director, Adoption Social Worker

Claire Schulz Bergman
Executive Director, Adoption Social Worker

My name is Claire and I have been working for Adoptions of Wisconsin since 2005 first as an adoption social worker and then in 2010, I added the tasks of the Executive Director. Prior to working at Adoptions of Wisconsin, Inc. I worked in the field of medical social work in both hospital (Meriter Hospital Birthing Center and UW Hospital Infectious Disease Clinic) and community settings (AIDS Network). I received my Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1998 and shortly after received my license in clinic social work in the State of Wisconsin and recently added a certification in grief counseling. I enjoy working with birth and adoptive families in creating a mindful adoption plan that best fits the needs of all individuals. Adoption has been some of the most enjoyable work I have done throughout my career and I feel privileged to be involved in such an important time in the lives of our families. I am passionate about helping people build their families through adoption as I was raised with two adopted siblings (and am a proud aunt of my nephew) and am thankful for the gift of adoption everyday.

Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, I have lived in Wisconsin for over twenty years and enjoy calling Madison home. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband, two children and dog (who can often be seen sleeping under my desk in the office). If I’m not in the office, I can usually be found doing other things that feed my soul such as teaching a spin class, running, biking or practicing yoga.

EMAIL: claire@adoptionsofwisconsin.com

Megan Vickers advanced adoption social worker

Megan Vickers
advanced adoption social worker

My name is Megan and I have been with Adoptions of Wisconsin, Inc., (AOW) since 2011. I started as an administrative assistant and then was hired as an adoption social worker after completing my undergraduate degree. I conduct home studies and screenings for adoptive parents and work closely with them to ensure they are ready and prepared for all that comes with being an adoptive parent. In addition, I provide guidance and options counseling to expectant parents who are considering adoption for their child. Working with birth parents and adoptive parents comes with challenges and rewards but it is the best part of my job. I love seeing the relationships that are created along the way and supporting birth parents while they make a decision that they feel is best for them and their child. I received my Bachelor's degree in Human Services and then went on to receive my license as a Certified Social Worker. I am currently pursuing my Master’s of Social Work (MSW) degree in the part-time MSW program at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and will graduate in May 2020. Working for AOW has been an amazing experience and I am truly grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the lives of the individuals and families I work with.

I was born and raised in a small town in West Virginia and moved to Wisconsin in 2010. I love Madison and it finally feels like home. In my spare time I enjoy traveling, playing tennis, hiking and rock climbing, practicing yoga and spending time with my husband and our two dogs.

EMAIL: megan@adoptionsofwisconsin.com

Hollie blum Adoption social worker

Hollie blum
Adoption social worker

Hello! My name is Hollie and I have been with Adoptions of Wisconsin Inc. since January 2017. I was promoted to the position of Adoption Social Worker in August of 2018 after working for a year and a half as the Administrative Assistant. I work with expectant birth parents and adoptive parents providing counseling, conducting screenings and writing up lots of paperwork! I love the work I’m doing now!

I graduated from Lakeland University in December of 2016 with my Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, and came to AOW originally because of my interest in adoption law. I have since decided to pursue my Master's degree in Social Work and have discovered a love for assisting others in the child welfare and mental health fields. I began my first year in my Master’s program at UW-Madison in the fall of 2018. I am so happy to be a part of this organization because it’s a great way to start my career, I have great co-workers and I feel fully supported to chase my dreams.

I have lived in Wisconsin all my life and grew up in a small town near Madison. I am the oldest of 8 children in my family and enjoy visiting with my parents and playing with my siblings as often as I can. In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing, cooking and baking, and spending time with my family and friends.

EMAIL: hollie@adoptionsofwisconsin.com

kerry cavanaugh office manager

kerry cavanaugh
office manager

My name is Kerry and I am the Office Manager for Adoptions of Wisconsin, Inc. Since I retired from teaching high school history in the spring of 2017, I have been looking for a job where I can contribute to meaningful work, where my skills and experience are needed and appreciated, and where I can have some flexibility in my schedule to allow me to spend time with my grandchildren. Serving as the AOW Office Manager meets all my criteria and I am happy to be here.

I am a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Wisconsin Law School.  I practiced law for 9 years at the CUNA Mutual Insurance Group before I decided to make a career change and pursue teaching.  I completed my teaching certification at Edgewood College and accepted a position at Edgewood High School where I taught U.S. History, World History, and Humanities to 9th and 10th graders for 20 years.

I am fortunate to have both my daughters living in Madison. Greta and her husband, Eddie, have two children, Ena (age 3 ½) and Bram (age 4 months).  Anneke and her husband, Levi, recently were married in a beautiful ceremony at the Central Library in downtown Madison. I enjoy traveling, singing with my grandchildren, watching college football and basketball, taking walks and sharing meals with family and friends. 

EMAIL: kerry@adoptionsofwisconsin.com