Meet Our Team

Executive Director

Mariah Bundrick, MA, LPC

Hillsboro, MO

Mariah is a Licensed Professional Counselor and served seven years as a Client Services Director for a Southwest Missouri crisis pregnancy center. Prior to that, she taught in elementary and middle schools. Mariah works with women in Southwest Missouri who are facing unplanned pregnancies and also conducts home studies for prospective adoptive families.

Mariah has a ministerial degree from Zion Bible College, a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Southeastern University, and a Master of Arts in Counseling from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. She enjoys music, baking, exercise and hanging out with her family. She and her husband have three biological children and make their home in the Springfield/Ozark area.

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Office Manager & Domestic Coordinator

Lara Kelso, BA

Hillsboro, MO

Lara’s role is to make sure that all of the details of operating Love Basket flow together seamlessly. She oversees the tracking of all paperwork involved in the adoption process for adoptive couples. She also handles the accounting and book keeping. Lara fills the role of back-up support for the international programs as well.

Lara holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. She is the mother of two adopted children, who were both adopted through Love Basket prior to her working for the organization.

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International Adoption Coordinator

Stephanie Miller, BS

Hillsboro, MO

Stephanie maintains all International Placement and Home Study only programs as well as Love Basket’s internet, social media and marketing endeavors.

Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Kansas State University and has worked in the non profit sector for 6 years. She lives in the St. Louis area with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys working alongside her husband co-leading the young adult ministry at their church as well as their non-profit organization, Endless Opportunities Worldwide.

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Adoption Counselor

Sharon Bass, MA, LPC

Hillsboro, MO

Sharon works with birth parents and adoptive parents in all phases of the adoption process in the greater St. Louis area.

Sharon holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication Arts from James Madison University, and a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Lindenwood University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Missouri, and is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.

Prior to joining Love Basket, Sharon worked full time as a counselor in private practice. She currently maintains a part time practice in St. Charles, Missouri. She and her husband have two children, and live in the St. Louis area.

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Adoption Caseworker

Margaret Gibson, BS

Louisville, KY

Margaret works with birthparents and adoptive couples in Kentucky. She works to educate adoptive couples and birth parents about the adoption process. She provides home study and post-placement services for adoptive families as well as manages Love Basket’s Kentucky office location.

Margaret holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. In her spare time, Margaret enjoys walking, snow skiing, and spending time with her family. Margaret and her husband, Rob, reside in Goshen, KY a suburb of Louisville.

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