Meet The Team
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.
Foster Care Supervisor - Southeast Michigan
Kimberly Jordan is a Foster Care Supervisor and has served in child welfare for over 16 years. She enjoys helping families overcome challenges and helping children be healthy and safe in a permanent home. Kim earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and her Master’s degree from Siena Heights University. Kim enjoys spending time with her family and friends, especially her children and granddaughter.
Licensing Supervisor - Southeast Michigan
Shannon Chatman has worked at Bethany Christian Services for over six years. She has over 15 years of experience in the child welfare field, serving children and families. Most of her work in child welfare has been spent as a licensing specialist. She enjoys working with foster families and matching children in need with families who can meet those needs. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Northern Michigan University.
Safe Families Coordinator - Southeast Michigan
Sheila Mounts has been employed with Bethany Christian Services since 2006. She has been the Safe Families for Children Coordinator since the program started in 2014. She has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Wayne State University and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Wayne State as well. Sheila started her career as a foster care worker and supervisor before working for a managed care company for 13 years. Sheila has a son and daughter in law who live in South Africa and are expecting their first child. Sheila has 2 grown stepchildren and 4 grandchildren whom she adores. Sheila and her husband recently became licensed to do refugee foster care. Sheila is committed to helping parents in crisis through the local churches.
Foster Care Supervisor - Southeast Michigan
Tarsha Gale is a foster care supervisor who has the desire to serve and encourage others to reach their full potential. She holds a Master’s degree in Human Development Psychology and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, as well as a certification in Infant Mental Health. She has been working alongside other professionals and with families for over 12 years in a variety of programming for child welfare. Her passion is in strengthening families through building connections, promoting empathy and diversity, and supporting her team.
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.