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

Brad Keller

Brad Keller

VP Regional Operations - Southwest Michigan

Brad Keller, VP of regional operations in Michigan, has supervised teams at Bethany for more than 26 years. Brad enjoys helping teams build on their individual strengths, negotiating outcomes so everyone knows their role and what is expected of them, moving things in a positive direction, and using humor and joy to fulfill Bethany’s mission of serving vulnerable children and families. He earned his master’s degree in social work and has worked in child welfare, foster care, and adoption since 1995.

Chelsea Hill

Chelsea Hill

Branch Director - Traverse City

Chelsea Hill has held numerous positions since joining Bethany Christian Services in 2011. She is passionate about serving children and families in Traverse City and the surrounding areas. Chelsea earned her master’s degree in community practice and social action from Wayne State University and her bachelor’s degree in social work from Saginaw Valley State University.

Alicia M. Howard

Alicia M. Howard

Parenting Time Specialist - Traverse City

Alicia Howard joined Bethany Christian Services in 2017 as a Parenting Time Specialist. She has also taken on the role of Foster Care Office Assistant but continues to work with families and children in her original role. Alicia received her associates degree as a legal professional from Kirtland Community College. She worked as a victim’s advocate which helped her find her passion being a Parenting Time Specialist at Bethany Christian Services. Alicia enjoys working one on one with parents helping them to find the resources and tools to enrich their lives and the lives of their children.

Allie Burritt

Allie Burritt

Foster Care Licensing Specialist - Traverse City

Allie rejoined Bethany Christian Services in September 2020 as a foster care licensing specialist. She previously worked in domestic and refugee foster care as well as in our refugee resettlement program. Allie is an ESL teacher, and she works at a local high school helping youth who struggle with housing insecurities. Allie received her bachelor’s degree in social work and international studies from Northern Michigan University. She received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Denver. She enjoys spending time outside gardening and boating and hanging out with her partner Justin and their three cats.

Angela D. Mawson

Angela D. Mawson

Regional Director of Philanthropy & Domestic Infant Adoption Specialist - Traverse City

Angela Mawson joined Bethany Christian Services in 2018 as the domestic infant adoption specialist. After taking time off to raise her children, Angela comes to Bethany to advocate for adoptive couples, providing them support throughout their adoption journey. Angela earned her bachelor’s degree in human services from Oakland University, via three previous years at Michigan State University. She has worked with high risk teens in the Royal Oak area. Angela admires Saint Theresa of Calcutta and tries to live a life that emulates her famous words, “Not all of us can do GREAT things, but all of us can do SMALL things with GREAT LOVE.”

Christine O'Keefe

Christine O'Keefe

Foster Care Adoption Specialist - Traverse City

Christine O’Keefe originally joined Bethany Christian Services in 2017 as a Foster Care Case Manager. After a short break in 2018, she rejoined the team in 2019. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a specialization in religious studies from Michigan State University. Christine also earned a master’s degree in mental health from Capella University. She is a national certified counselor and a limited licensed professional counselor. Christine has a passion for working with children and families with a goal of keeping families together. She enjoys spending time with her own family as well as being outdoors.

Dawn M. Smith

Dawn M. Smith

Foster Care Adoption Specialist - Traverse City

Dawn Smith joined Bethany Christian Services in 2018 with around 10 years of child welfare experience in foster care and adoption. Dawn has a Bachelors degree in social work from Ferris State University. She is passionate about helping families.

Kaylene Whitaker

Kaylene Whitaker

Safe Families for Children Coordinator & Refugee Resettlement Case Manager - Traverse City

Kaylene Whitaker joined Bethany Christian Services in 2019. Prior to coming to Bethany, she served at two non-profits as a marketing and communications manager. Kaylene received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Cedarville University and her master’s degree in counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary. She loves the opportunity to help families in crisis through our Safe Families program.

Kristy R. White

Kristy R. White

Foster Care Case Manager - Traverse City

Kristy White joined Bethany Christian Services in 2018 as a foster care case manager. She earned her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Northern Michigan University. Kristy is passionate about helping children and their families.

Michelle Brunner

Michelle Brunner

Foster Care Supervisor - Traverse City

Michelle Brunner joined Bethany Christian Services in 2014. She has served as a foster care case manager and foster care adoption specialist. Michelle has a passion for working with families to ensure that all children have a safe and loving home. She earned her bachelor's degree in psychology, with a focus on child development, at Grand Valley State University.

Neala J. Smith

Neala J. Smith

Foster Care Case Manager - Traverse City

Neala Smith joined Bethany Christian Services in 2018 as a foster care case manager. She earned her bachelor's degree in social work from Western Michigan University. Neala enjoys all that Northern Michigan has to offer, including golfing or spending a day at the lake. She loves to travel and make new friends along the way.

Roy L. Franklin

Roy L. Franklin

Foster Care Licensing & Adoption Supervisor - Traverse City

Roy Franklin joined Bethany Christian Services in 2018 as the foster care licensing supervisor. Previously, he held numerous positions within residential centers and group homes, and was a former foster care licensing complaint specialist. Roy and his wife are also foster parents, which helps him bring a unique vision to foster care licensing. Roy holds a bachelor's degree in social work from Olivet Nazarene University.

Sarah Schmude

Sarah Schmude

Pregnancy Counselor - Traverse City

Sarah Schmude joined Bethany Christian Services in 2016. She received her registered nurse license as well as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Hope College. Sarah worked as an RN in several different hospitals including Florida, Ohio and Michigan. She worked as a labor and delivery nurse and found a deep passion for helping women during the difficult time of an unplanned pregnancy. Sarah likes to support, educate, and encourage expecting moms and dads. She has lived in Traverse City for the past 17 years, has been married for 20, and has four children. She loves the outdoors, especially spending time on the lake.

Jordan Taylor

Jordan Taylor

Foster Care Case Manager - Traverse City

Jordan Taylor joined Bethany Christian Services in 2019 as a Foster Care Case Manager/Refugee Resettlement Coordinator. She is a recent graduate of Ferris State University earning her bachelor’s degree in social work. Jordan also completed a nine-month internship at Bethany prior to joining the team. As well, she worked as a Behavior Analysis at The Autism Centers of Michigan providing one-on-one therapy. She has a passion for working with refugee families to ensure a warm and comfortable environment.