Meet The Team

Starr Allen-Pettway

Starr Allen-Pettway

Branch Director - Southeast Michigan

Starr serves as our Branch Director in Madison Heights, Michigan. Born and raised in Detroit, Starr has always had a passion for people and a desire to affect positive change in the lives of others. Starr is married and the mother of five boys. She also holds a bachelor’s in psychology from Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina. She received her Master of Social Work degree in 2001 from Howard University in Washington, DC. Starr is a licensed social worker in the State of Michigan and has served in management for most of her career. For about 15 years, Starr has had varied experiences with AIDS Service Organizations (ASO), delinquency cases, therapeutic foster care treatment, substance abuse treatment, the homeless, and general health care. Starr has executive leadership experience, having served as the chief operations officer for a federally qualified health center in the Northern Macomb/St. Clair County area, and she is passionate about quality improvement and planning for organizational growth. Starr’s belief is consistent with Bethany’s mission of every child deserving to have a place to call home, and as brothers and sisters in Christ, we have a responsibility to attend to that need. As a social worker at heart and by profession, Starr has committed her life to serve for the sole purpose of giving God the glory.

Dawn Baker

Dawn Baker

Michigan Pregnancy Counseling & Adoption Service Line Director, LLMSW - Southeast Michigan

Dawn M. Baker, LLMSW is the supervisor of the Pregnancy Counseling, Infant Adoption, and Post Adoption programs at Bethany Christian Services in Southeast Michigan. She considers it a privilege to come alongside women who are struggling through an adoption decision. Since 2009, MTV has followed the story of one of Dawn's clients, documenting her counseling and the pregnancy and adoption placement of birthparents Catelynn and Tyler in two reality shows, 16 & Pregnant and Teen Mom. Dawn speaks around the country on university campuses, sharing information about adoption and life-affirming choices. In 2013, Dawn was honored to be a presenter at the National Student for Life Conference in Washington D.C. Dawn holds a Master of Social Work degree from Eastern Michigan University. She has worked in the field of unplanned pregnancy and adoption for the past 28 years. Outside of Bethany, Dawn serves in both music and women's ministries. She and her husband are the proud parents of four sons.