Meet The Team

Kenneth Smit

Kenneth Smit

Regional Director Donor Engagement

Ken and his wife, Kim, have four children and six grandchildren. Ken felt the calling to help “every child find a loving family” back in 2013 and joined Bethany after a long career with Procter & Gamble and the Sioux Center Hospital. He is a regional development director working with the Eastern South Dakota office and the Northwest Iowa office in Orange City, Iowa and Omaha, Nebraska. Ken has been a volunteer EMT for more than 30 years and considers EMT work as his second ministry.

Trista Hodgson

Trista Hodgson

Expectant Parent Advocate

Trista Hodgson joined Bethany Christian Services in 2016. She has a passion for walking alongside people experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. She also wants to ensure that all children have a safe place to go during the struggles of life. Trista graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota. She and her husband, Chris, have three children and a puppy named Sage. Trista enjoys the outdoors, spending time with her family and friends, and coaching her children in basketball and softball.

Heather Jackson

Heather Jackson

International Adoption Social Worker, LBSW, CSW

Heather has a passion for seeing children of all ages being placed in loving families, and she has been with Bethany Christian Services since 2007. She and her husband, Jason, have five children and have personally been blessed by the gift of adoption.

Jean DenOuden

Jean DenOuden

Social Worker

Jean DenOuden works in Bethany’s Safe Families for Children program. She earned her bachelor’s degree in human services and psychology. Jean and her husband have been blessed with three adult children and four grandchildren. They enjoy camping, boating, hiking, traveling, and cooking.

Kari Johnson

Kari Johnson

Administrative Assistant and Post-Adoption Coordinator

As a birthmom, Kari’s passion is post-adoption support, and she enjoys connecting adoptees and their birthparents. An administrative assistant with Bethany since 2015, Kari finds that no two days are the same. She is the point person for all of the office’s phone calls, incoming mail, guests, and staff questions.