Meet The Team

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.

Misty Spencer

Misty Spencer

Central Illinois Adoption Specialist - Southern Illinois

Misty Spencer is an adoption specialist who earned her master's degree in social work from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Misty has experience in crisis work, foster care case management, mental health, and adoption work. She and her husband recently started fostering a child in their home and have also hosted children through Safe Families for Children. Misty enjoys partnering with ministries focused on bringing God's hope and restoration to hurting people.

Monique Phillips

Monique Phillips

Intact Family Worker - Southern Illinois

Monique Phillips joined Bethany Christian Services in 2017. She earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Lindenwood University. Monique has experience in mental health case management, working with low income families, and children who suffer from intellectual disabilities. She is a native of the metro east area and she is committed to serving her area.

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.