Protecting our clients and staff during COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and in protection of our community’s health, we’ve made alternative arrangements for many of our services, info meetings, and events. Please see our events and meeting tab for details on each specific event, some of which are changing to an online format. Please contact our office with questions on office hours, services, or events.

Meet The Team

Emily Schab

Emily Schab

VP Regional Operations- Grand Rapids and East Lansing - Grand Rapids

Emily (Emma) joined Bethany Christian Services in 2009 as a case manager in our Unaccompanied Children’s programs. She is currently the Vice President of Regional Operations for the Grand Rapids and East Lansing region. During her time at Bethany, Emily held various positions in the Refugee and Immigrant Services branch and was an integral part of growing the programming for Unaccompanied Children in Grand Rapids and expanding services to other branches across Michigan. Additionally, Emily spent 4 years as the Branch Director for Child Welfare Services in Grand Rapids prior to her current role. Emily received her Bachelors in Spanish and Social Work from Calvin University and her Masters in Social Work from Western Michigan University. Emily serves on the Board of Directors for the West Michigan Partnership for Children and the Michigan Federation for Children and Families. She is also on the Advisory Board for Calvin University’s Social Work Department and is on the Parent Board for her children’s school. Emily is passionate about serving children and families in the community by ensuring access to meaningful and quality services that will set them up for a successful future.

Beth Caldwell

Beth Caldwell

Associate Director of Refugee and Immigrant Services - Grand Rapids

Beth returned to Bethany in 2019 as the Associate Director of Refugee and Immigrant Services in Grand Rapids. Previously Beth served as the program supervisor in Bethany’s Transitional Programs working with Unaccompanied Children for nearly five years. Beth received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 2012. Beth is responsible for directing quality services throughout the extensive program continuum that Bethany operates with refugees and immigrants in Grand Rapids. She is passionate about creating a climate of welcome for newcomers in West Michigan that connects our community with those arriving and illuminates the dignity present in all of us.

Eric Desantis

Eric Desantis

Clinical Program Director - Grand Rapids

Eric joined Bethany Christian Services in 2012. He currently serves as the Clinical Program Director for the Grand Rapids branch. Previously, he held positions providing clinical supervision for both residential services and outpatient therapy and also led the development of Bethany’s trans-disciplinary trauma assessment team. Eric earned a Bachelor’s degree in Family Ministry from Moody Bible Institute and a Master’s degree in Counseling from Cornerstone University. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a certification in Trauma-Focused CBT.

Justin Beene

Justin Beene

Branch Director of Youth and Community Services - Grand Rapids

Justin joined Bethany in 2007. He is currently the Branch Director of Youth and Community Services. Justin received a Bachelors of Social Work and Family Studies from Western Michigan University. A Masters of Social Work in Management of Human Services from University of Michigan. A Master’s of Ministry Leadership from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, and Doctorate of Transformational Leadership in Entrepreneurship and Organizational Transformation from Bakke Graduate University. Justin is married to Karianne and is the father of 3. He is passionate about new models and frameworks that change cities in an equitable way. He loves to travel and enjoy new places.

Susan Kragt

Susan Kragt

Branch Director of Refugee and Immigrant Services - Grand Rapids

Susan joined Bethany Christian Services in Spring 2020 as Branch Director of Refugee and Immigrant Services in Grand Rapids, MI. She has worked in refugee services in the Grand Rapids area for over ten years, including time as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Bethany’s Adult and Family Refugee program. Most recently, she served as Executive Director of the Refugee Education Center. Susan has a Master’s degree in Public Administration and Non-Profit Management from Grand Valley State University.

Jennifer Klein

Jennifer Klein

Pregnancy Counselor, LBSW - Grand Rapids

Jenny Klein has been working at Bethany Christian Services for over 20 years. She is dedicated and compassionate to those experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and serves her clients well. She is gifted in ministering to marginalized populations and has a special passion for meeting the needs of expectant parents.