Meet The Team
Laurie Stern MPA
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. Her passion has always been helping families. Laurie 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.
Assistant Branch Director - Central Florida
Nichol Brown joined Bethany Christian Services because of her conviction to serve others the way she has been served. Nichol is adopted and wants to be able to share her adoption experience with other children. She earned her Bachelor and Master of Social Work degrees from Howard University in Washington, DC. Nichol has been working in the mental health field and educational field with children and their families since 2003.
PRS Supervisor - Central Florida
Alejandra joined Bethany Christian Services in 2019. She graduated in 2003 with a bachelor’s in psychology, and some years later she completed her master’s degree in clinical and family psychology. Since starting her career, she has had the opportunity to work in different fields but working with immigrants by being part of this agency has been one of the most rewarding experiences. She feels truly blessed serving in Bethany’s UC program because she has had the privilege to use her knowledge as an immigrant in favor of very vulnerable children and families. She feels, without a doubt, that this opportunity is one of God’s important plans for her life.
Diana R. Mendoza
PRS Case Manager - Central Florida
Diana joined Bethany in 2021 as PRS Case Manager. Diana has experience working with vulnerable children in Colombia, her country of origin, to promote and implement public policies for the protection of children and the prevention of child labor. Diana is currently pursuing a master's degree in Mental Health Counseling. Diana decided to move permanently to the United States in 2013. Her experience as an immigrant has been a strong motivator for working with immigrant families in the Bethany’s UC program. Diana likes to spend her free time with her family and friends. Her favorite places are either in the middle of nature or at the top of a mountain contemplating the landscape.
Pregnancy Counselor - Central Florida
Hollie Farrell joined Bethany in 2017 and currently serves as the Pregnancy Counselor for the state of Florida. She received her bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Central Florida. Hollie has worked with children and families in a variety of settings including in-home counseling, children’s ministry, and a children’s home overseas. Hollie is grateful for the opportunity to work with expectant parents as they journey through pregnancy, empowering them to make a decision that is best for themselves and their baby.
Ileana B. Perez Martinez
Quality Assurance and Intake Coordinator - Central Florida
Ileana joined Bethany in 2019 after working in the immigration field for almost 5 years. Although she earned a BA in Spanish from the University of Havana, Cuba, since her arrival to the US, her passion has been helping immigrant families. Ileana considers herself a resourceful and policy-driven person, therefore case management became her profession by excellence, leading her to ultimately becoming a board certified behavioral case manager in the state of Florida. In her free time, she likes to read, visit new places, and spend time with her friends and family.
Kimberly A. Langlais
Regional Director of Donor Engagement - Central Florida
Kim joined Bethany Christian Services in July of 2019, as the Regional Director of Donor Engagement. For over 21 years, Kim has extensive marketing, development, fundraising and capital campaign experience. Her expertise includes major gifts, feasibility studies, annual appeals, and capital campaigns. Kim is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. In addition to her professional work, Kim has spent years volunteering and serving her community for various endeavors. Kim lives in Harmony, Florida with her husband Darryl and young son Landon.
Safe Families for Children Coordinator - Central Florida
Megan has served as the Safe Families Coordinator, since December 2020. She has previously served children, teens and families through foster care, church ministries, the juvenile justice system and domestic violence intervention. Megan enjoys communicating through public speaking and writing. Her two children, Dalen and Cola, are the highlights of her life. Together, they enjoy college football, days by the pool, and playing with their family pet, Penelope, a tri colored guinea pig.
Adoption Specialist - Central Florida
Nedra Messenger is the adoption specialist for the state of Florida. She has been in this role since 2014 and has over 16 years of experience working in foster care and adoption. She received her BA in Psychology from the University of South Florida. She also helps with marketing and recruiting for all of our programs. Nedra has a passion for reaching those in the community and helping build families through adoption.