Meet The Team
Executive Director - Central Florida
Laurie Stern joined Bethany in 2018 after working in child welfare for over 16 years. She comes to Bethany after six years working within Juvenile Justice reform as well as 9 years within the local child welfare system. Laurie’s passion has always been helping families. Stern earned a master’s degree in public administration from Troy University and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. Laurie resides in Winter Garden and in her free time enjoys being a boy mom to two boys and spending time with her husband.
Adoption Specialist - Mobile
Holly Kern joined Bethany Christian Services in 2016 as an adoption specialist. She has worked as a clinical social worker for over 20 years in Louisiana, North Dakota, and Alabama. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Alabama and her master’s degree in social work from Tulane University. Holly currently lives in Spanish Fort, Alabama with her husband and two children.
Satellite Branch Director - Mobile
Lindsey Gurley is a social work supervisor for Bethany Christian Services. She obtained her master's of social work from the University of Alabama. Lindsey has experience providing post-adoption services to families and training professionals to provide therapeutic services to foster and adoptive families. Lindsey has also worked as an adjunct instructor for social welfare courses at the University of Mobile. She enjoys recruiting promising students to the social work profession.
Director of Family Services - Central Florida
Brittany Friis joined Bethany Christian Services in 2009. She earned a BS in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences from the University of Florida and has been working in social services for the past ten years. Brittany served as the Pregnancy Counselor for the Central and North Florida regions for seven years before becoming the Adoption Supervisor and now operates as the Director of Family Services. She currently oversees the Safe Families for Children, Domestic Infant Adoption, Intercountry Adoption, Pregnancy Counseling, and Post-Adoption Services programs.