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
Bridgette is a Licensing Supervisor who has the heart and desire to help and motivate others. She hold a Master’s degree in Counseling and a Bachelor’s degree in Community Development. She has been working in Child Welfare for the past 12 years. She has been blessed with opportunities to have worked with numerous parenting programs and preservation programs, but child welfare is where her heart lies. Her love for helping families and children keeps her motivated to always go the extra mile.
Foster Care Case Manager - Southeast Michigan
Quinette is a Clinical Mental Health Therapist. She received her master’s degree from Spring Arbor and is currently a foster care supervisor with Bethany Christian Services located in Madison Heights. She has worked in Child Welfare for over 5 years; She works with children, young adults, individuals, and families using an eclectic approach tailored to the unique needs of each new client. Quinette is certified in Trauma Informed therapy and Theoretical approach is “Mindfulness”. She has over 9 years of experience in a variety of settings and with diverse clients, including both long-term and brief interventions. It's her belief that change happens when people are given the guidance, they need to draw on their own strengths and realize their potential to live fulfilling, happy lives. Quinette provides an environment of compassion and support to help individuals and families overcome obstacles to move forward and thrive.
Shania S. Merriweather
Foster Care Case Manager - Southeast Michigan
Shania has been employed with Bethany since 2017 and holds her Bachelor of Science in psychology from Madonna University. She has always had a passion for people, a heart to serve, and a desire to affect positive change in the lives of others. Her experience includes working with at risk youth in a residential setting and substance abuse, within school districts servicing those with disabilities, family preservation worker, Foster Care worker, and most recently Foster Care supervisor.
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.
Child Welfare Program Manager - 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.
Sally R. Smith
Quality and Certification Program Manager - Southeast Michigan
Sally is the Quality and Certification Program Manager. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Western Michigan University and Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from The University of Toledo. She joined Bethany of Southeastern Michigan in 2017 and has worked in Social Services including Quality Assurance over the last 17 years in several capacities and a variety of programming. Her passion is to support children and families in her local community and the State of Michigan in providing safe and loving homes for children while also ensuring quality programs and services. Her favorite quote is “Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.” Henry Ford