Meet The Team

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.

Craig Bultsma

Craig Bultsma

Quality Assurance Director - Traverse City

Craig Bultsma joined Bethany Christian Services in 1985. Craig graduated from Calvin College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and, later, from Georgia State University with a master’s degree in counseling. Craig is married with five children, two of whom were adopted internationally. He counts it a privilege to work with a group of dedicated professionals who deeply care for the families and children of Northern Michigan.

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.

Amy M. Reed

Amy M. Reed

Foster Care Adoption Specialist - Traverse City

Amy Reed joined Bethany Christian Services in 2019 as a Foster Care Adoption Specialist. She received her bachelor’s degree in social work from Ferris State University in 2018. She is working toward her master’s degree in clinical social work. Prior to college, Amy served in the Marine Corps (active duty) from 2010-2014, with two deployments. She has previous experience working in inpatient mental health and is passionate about bettering the lives of children and families.

Angela D. Mawson

Angela D. Mawson

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.”

Brittany A. Moen

Brittany A. Moen

Foster Care Licensing Specialist - Traverse City

Brittany Moen joined Bethany Christian Services in 2018. She graduated from Central Michigan University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Previously, she worked for Spectrum Health Hospital in Grand Rapids before relocating to Traverse City. Her goal in life and in work is to improve the lives of those in her community. Brittany enjoys the outdoors, water sports, reading, movies, and spending time with her husband, son, and pets.

Christine O'Keefe

Christine O'Keefe

Foster Care Case Manager - 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.

Emmy S. Hendry

Emmy S. Hendry

Parenting Time Specialist - Traverse City

Emmy Hendry joined Bethany Christian Services in 2018 as a Parenting Time Specialist. Emmy received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Ferris State University. She is currently obtaining a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work, with a focus on childhood sexual trauma. Emmy has experience working with children, and domestic violence/sexual assault survivors. Emmy has a passion for the safety and well-being of children, and strives to create a thriving environment for children in need.

Jodie E. Annis

Jodie E. Annis

Post Adoption Specialist - Traverse City

Jodie Annis joined Bethany Christian Services July 2019. She earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Wayne State University and is currently working toward her master’s degree through Spring Arbor College. During her undergraduate program she completed her internship here at Bethany (in the Post Adoption Resource Center program). Jodie also is an adoptive parent.

Kaylene Whitaker

Kaylene Whitaker

Safe Families for Children Coordinator - 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. Kaylene also serves on the board of Hope Anew, a ministry to families with special needs children.

Kimberly Waldie

Kimberly Waldie

PARC Supervisor - Traverse City

Kim Waldie joined Bethany Christian Services in 2016. She has worked as a Post Adoption Specialist in the Post Adoption Resource Center for the past year. As a former foster parent, and now an adoptive parent, she possesses a special passion for helping and equipping adoptive families for success. She earned her bachelor’s degree in social work from Ferris State University.

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.

Linda Zick

Linda Zick

Support Staff - Traverse City

Linda Zick joined Bethany Christian Services in 2009 as support staff for the foster care adoption program. She also provides support to the post-adoption resource center in Northern Michigan. Linda previously worked as a legal secretary in South Florida and at a crisis pregnancy center before becoming a stay-at-home mother for 16 years.

Maire Lajko

Maire Lajko

PARC Case Manager - Traverse City

Maire Lajko joined Bethany Christian Services in 2018 in the Post Adoption Resource Center. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a focus on child development from Grand Valley State University. Previously, Maire spent time working as a foster care specialist, a preschool teacher, and an intern in Bethany’s refugee resettlement program. Maire has a passion for helping children and families reach their full potential through education, support, and compassion.

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 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.

Jeanne Molter

Jeanne Molter

Office Manager - Traverse City

Jeanne Molter joined Bethany Christian Services in 2019. She served as a Youth Director for eight years where she was blessed to take part in multiple mission trips and create a Sandwich Run Ministry for the less fortunate. She served many families working in the funeral industry for 13 years. As a former preschool teacher and private music instructor, Jeanne has a passion for enriching the lives of children and families. Her greatest joy is being the mother to five beautiful children and one granddaughter. She earned her bachelor’s degree in english and journalism from Western Michigan University.

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.