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Meet The Team

Brittaney E. Warchol

Brittaney E. Warchol

Intact Family Worker - Southern Illinois

Brittaney currently serves as an Intake Family Worker at Bethany. She received her Bachelors degree in Social Work from Southern Illinois, and is currently working on her Masters in Social Work. Brittaney has several years of experience at working at a crisis nursery, as an educational advocate for sexual assault unit, and as an inpatient adolescent substance abuse counselor before spending the last several years as a nanny to multiple wonderful families.

Chancey Sturgeon

Chancey Sturgeon

- Southern Illinois

Chancey is an Intact Family Worker in Granite City. She received a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from MacMurray College and is working on her master’s degree in Psychology. Chancey has worked in child welfare since age 18 as a case aide, licensing worker, placement worker, and now moving to intact. Her passion has always been to help children and families and she is excited to help families under the focus of a faith-based organization. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family.

Elizabeth Ham

Elizabeth Ham

Intact Caseworker - Southern Illinois

Elizabeth joined Bethany Christian Services in 2020. She has her master’s degree in social work. Before becoming an Intact Caseworker with Bethany, Elizabeth worked as a Child Protection Intake Caseworker. She also has experience working as a Homeless Resource Case Manager at a homeless shelter. Elizabeth is passionate about being rooted in Biblical Truth, and endeavors to help others to excel in their faith walks, through learning their identity in Jesus Christ. She has a black lab named Duke and likes to travel to new places and experience local favorites.

Kristen Kinnear

Kristen Kinnear

Intact Family Supervisor - Southern Illinois

Kristen Kinnear joined Bethany Christian Services in 2017. She has ten years of experience in child welfare, community based mental health, and nonprofit management. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nonprofit management and her master’s degree in professional counseling. Kristen is a native of the Metro East Area, where she resides with her husband, Marc, and two children.

Lacquita Nixon

Lacquita Nixon

Intact Family Worker - Southern Illinois

Lacquita Nixon earned her bachelor’s degree in urban education/urban studies from Harris-Stowe State College and is working towards a master’s degree in human service from Webster University. She has experience in foster care case management and working with low income families. She is learning American Sign Language as a second language. Lacquita lives with her two daughters and her dog Onyx.

Michelle Massey

Michelle Massey

Intact Family Services Supervisor - Southern Illinois

Michelle obtained her Masters of Social Work and Masters of Pastoral Studies through a dual program at St. Louis University and Aquinas Institute of Theology in 2015. She also has a Bachelors in Social Work from Murray State University in Kentucky. She has 4 years of child welfare experience in foster care casework and licensing. She has previous experience working with adults with mental health diagnoses in various roles, including community case management in the Dallas TX area. Michelle is passionate about empowering others to know their dignity and worth as children of God. She is active at her church in Caseyville and lives with her husband, Tim and two adorable dogs, Scout and Zephyr.

Nathaniel Carlson

Nathaniel Carlson

Intact Family Worker - Southern Illinois

Nathaniel is an Intact Family Worker in Granite City. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Social Work in 2014 from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and has since worked primarily in the substance abuse treatment field. He also participated in internships with Epworth Children and Family Services and the Youth Exploring Science (YES!) program, and is excited at the opportunity to reflect the love of Christ in serving families in the surrounding areas through BCS.

Shae Lutes

Shae Lutes

Intact Family Worker - Southern Illinois

Shae Lutes earned her bachelor's degree in sociology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She has experience working in children’s ministry and is passionate about spreading the love of Christ through her everyday actions. She interned with Epworth Children and Family Services where she helped provide outreach and resources to youth in the surrounding communities. She lives in Belleville and enjoys spending time at home with her family.

Megan C. Donnelley

Megan C. Donnelley

Intact Family Worker - Southern Illinois

Megan Donnelley earned her master’s degree in social work from Saint Louis University, and her bachelor’s degrees in Latin American studies and political science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. A dual citizen of the U.S. and Brazil, she speaks Portuguese and Spanish, and has experience in nine Latin American countries.