Our Team

Meet Our Staff

We’re here to help you.

The AIM Adoptions staff is made up of many who have been touched by adoption. We all take our responsibilities seriously and understand that our services must be handled in a sensitive and loving manner. Although we are qualified, educationally, to provide adoption services in Houston, we believe our true value is in our life experiences and how we relate to the people who seek our assistance. We’re real people who know how to laugh and have fun. We’re a family that takes the time to cry and laugh with each other. Each of us brings different attributes to this “family” and we are better for it. Take a minute to stroll through this section and meet our staff. Then, if you decide to contact us about services, you will know who you are talking to and feel less intimidated by the process.

Denise Sowders M.Ed.

Licensed Child Placement Administrator /Executive Director
Denise Sowders is the Executive Director. She has worked at AIM Adoptions for more than two decades. After adopting a daughter through the agency, she began to work as an intern. She started working in Maternity Services and has completed both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Psychology, and in Counseling and Development. For several years she was the Director of Family Services She also is the Licensed Child Placing Administrator. She is the mother of 4 — 2 adults adopted through an international adoption and 2 AIM baby girls also adults through transracial adoption. She has four granddaughters, the three oldest keep her busy with volleyball games. She spends her free time at church, bible studies, volleyball games, and spending time with family. She enjoys reading, music, and sports. Starbucks and Chocolate are her downfalls!

Sydney Yanez, B.S.

Maternity Caseworker
During our first conversation with Sydney, we knew she was the perfect person for this position. Her desire to serve and love Birthmothers is overwhelming. We believe she was called to this role. She graduated from Sam Houston State University, and is bilingual, speaking Spanish. She has a dog Biscuit who takes her for regular walks. We are excited to see what the Lord has for Sydney at AIM, and the birthmothers she’ll be led to meet.

Emma Batino, B.B.A.


Graduated with a degree in Finance and has used her degree to help and run startups as well as non-profit organizations. She loves the Lord and has a passion to serve. She serves at her local church as the children’s Director, volunteers at the Food Pantry, and teaches English to adults in her community. She is the wife of a Youth Pastor and mother of 3 beautiful girls.