Meet The Team
Intact Family Services Case Manager, Family Strengthening - Chicago
Melissa Dykema has been employed at Bethany Christian Services since January, 2011 first as Program Manager for Bethany Safe Families for Children in the Chicago Southland and now as a Case Worker with the Intact Family Services Team. She graduated from Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Melissa and her husband Chip felt God’s call to open their home to vulnerable children in 2009 with Safe Families Chicago before she came on staff to begin the Bethany SFFC Chapter of Safe Families in 2011. In 2021 a decision was made to close the Safe Family Chapter of Bethany in Chicago and she joined the Intact Team. She has a passion for helping families create a safe and healthy environment to raise their kids. Melissa is very proud of the ministry and the volunteers that have served in various roles within Safe Families for Children in the Southland of Chicago. She is now happy to be working with Families in Dupage and Kane Counties in Illinois with Intact.
Office Manager/Grant Writer - Chicago
Veronica Studnicka joined Bethany Christian Services as an office manager and grant writer, in order to help children find permanent and loving homes. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Loyola University Chicago and her master’s degree in English as a Second Language from Saint Xavier University. Veronica transitioned into the nonprofit sector over 11 years ago and has implemented programs, written grants, and helped execute fundraising events. She previously was a Grants Manager at Catholic Charites and Operations Director at Emmaus Ministries.