Your Team Of Experts

Your Team Of Experts

Kirk Zeppi, LMHC

Executive Director

Our founder and Executive Director has over 35 years experience in working with children and families in private practice and in the human services field. Kirk has been actively involved with children and adolescents in residential settings, foster care and shelter care.

His strong desire to see children and families succeed, coupled with his vast experience, makes Kirk a strong advocate for the children and families we serve.

Kiah Staib

Adoption Care Coordinator

Kiah Staib joined Family Creations Adoptions, Inc. as an Office Assistant in January 2010 and was later promoted to Adoption Care Coordinator. She assists with birth mothers and adoptive families handling their day-to-day needs, building their adoption plan, offering support and peace throughout, communication and overall well-being. Kiah assists in all aspects of the adoption process and offers a hand to hold throughout. Kiah builds long lasting relationships with all of our clients and is a true asset in various ways.

In addition to Kiah’s Adoption experience, she has personal experience with the Foster Care system, Community outreach programs, has hosted Groups for troubled youth, Addiction recovery for loved ones and more. Kiah’s heart is worn on her sleeve, she is truly passionate about helping others and naturally acts as a caretaker to all who cross her path.

Alyse Walton, BSW

Operations Manager (pictured left, daughter pictured right)

Alyse was born in a small midwestern town in Illinois. She moved to Bradenton in 2012. She went to SCF for her Associate’s in 2015, she then graduated with her bachelor’s in social work in 2017 from USF. Alyse is a Birth Mom herself; her daughter was born in 2001.

She currently has a wonderful co-parenting relationship with her daughter’s adoptive parents. Alyse has been a social worker for ten years. She has a history in Child welfare, child protective investigation, anti-human trafficking, and sexual trauma. Before Alyse started Family Creations, her lifelong goal since she had her beautiful daughter was to work with an adoption agency. She found finally found Family Creations in 2021

Caitlin Walker, AA

Office Administrator (pictured left, sister pictured right)

Caitlin was born and raised in Bradenton Florida. She graduated from Manatee School for the Arts and went to SPC for her AA and is currently working on her Bachelor of Microbiology. She was raised partly by her mom, and later her grandparents who obtained full custody of her and her much younger little sister. She and her little sister still have an amazing relationship and Caitlin continues to help raise her with her grandmother. She also enjoys working in the community to help people who are in need. She started


Legal Counsel

Our attorney has been an adoption lawyer for more than 20 years. A graduate of the University of Florida School of Law, she is a fellow of the prestigious American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and a member of the Florida Adoption Council.

Cheryl has broad adoption experience, both domestic and international, and is a certified adoption mediator. She has twice been awarded for her pro bono work on behalf of abused and neglected children.

She is an adoptee herself, and the adoptive parent of two grown sons.


Family Creations is governed by an active Board of Directors, who are devoted to helping and strengthening families through the services we provide. Our board consists of a dedicated group of professionals and child advocates..