Meet The Team
Executive Branch /Upper Midwest Regional Director - Plymouth
Lynn has previously worked at Hennepin County as an area manager for Child Protection Service operations for more than 10 years. She was responsible for screening and investigations, children’s case management, family assessment, permanency, Indian Child Welfare, foster care, adoption, and children’s mental health. Prior to her time at Hennepin, Lynn served as the senior director of community services for the Professional Association of Treatment Homes, which included foster parent education, federal projects, and youth transition programing. She was also director of family services at the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery. Lynn has an undergraduate degree in business and computer technology, from Cameron University, a master’s in social work from Augsburg, and she has completed PhD coursework at the University of Minnesota. Lynn is happily married and the proud mother of two children and a loving grandmother.
Foster Care and Adoption Specialist - Willmar
Noel has been a part of the Bethany Christian Services MN team since 2009 as an Adoption and Foster Care Social Worker in the Willmar office. She has a degree in Social Worker from St. Cloud State University and has completed the Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate post-graduate program through the University of Minnesota, as well as SAFE training. Noel and her husband, Jason, have been married for 24 years. They have been blessed by three children who have all joined their family through adoption. She has a passion for creating forever families for waiting children and supporting them through their adoption journey.
Social Worker MSW/MA, Family Counseling - Willmar
Sara Barber, MA, LPCC, earned a B.A. in psychology from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and M.A in Counseling from Denver Seminary in Littleton, CO. She is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Sara has specialized training and experience in working with children and adults with foster care and adoption in their history, which often centers around issues related to attachment, attunement, and grief/loss. Sara works with many adoptive families on the challenges related to parenting children that have gone through significant trauma and works to collaboratively identify trauma-informed parenting strategies in a judgement free atmosphere. Sara is the mother of three children with adoption in their history, which has helped her have both a personal and professional understanding of the joys, heartaches, and challenges involved in foster-care and adoption, which often involves beauty juxtaposed with pain.