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

Christine Corcoran

Christine Corcoran

Regional Director - St. Louis

Christine Corcoran, MSW, LCSW serves as regional director for Bethany Christian Services, working with Missouri, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska. Christine brings 26 years of child welfare and advocacy experience where she had the opportunity to develop new programming and shape policies, procedures, and legislation pertaining to children in the foster care system. Christine earned her Master’s degree in social work from the University of Missouri- Columbia and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 1997. In her community, Christine has served on the board of the Central Missouri Dream Factory, an advisor to Kappa Kappa Gamma, was the President of the Downtown Optimist Club and most recently coordinated the Putting Kids First Campaign in Boone County which provides $6 million dollars for children’s mental health services.

Kristen Zelle

Kristen Zelle

Director of Programs - St. Louis

Kristen joined Bethany Christian Services in 2018 as a clinical supervisor and now serves as the Director of Programs. She has 13 years of experience working with pregnant and parenting women, as well as assisting families in need of crisis care for their children. She is passionate about adoption and has walked alongside women making adoption plans throughout her career. Kristen earned her master’s degree in social work from the University of Missouri-Columbia and became a licensed clinical social worker in 2011. She loves living in South City and trying new restaurants in the area

Aimee Travers

Aimee Travers

Director of Branch Operations - St. Louis

Aimee has served on the Bethany team for more than a decade. She has a Master of Arts in Counseling from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis, a heart for adoption, and a passion for serving the vulnerable in our community. She is a wife and mother of three young boys.

Anna Franz

Anna Franz

Greater St. Louis Area Adoption Specialist and Church Engagement Coordinator - St. Louis

Anna holds her bachelor’s degree in Human Services and Psychology from Missouri Baptist University and her master’s degree in Counseling from Missouri Baptist University. She has been working in the social services field for over ten years providing services to children and families in crisis in various roles. Anna has a heart for helping people to navigate the adoption process as well as for vulnerable children and families in our region. She lives in south city where she loves taking her dog Francine for a run or staying in and trying out new recipes.

Madison Witte

Madison Witte

Safe Families for Children Coordinator - St. Louis

Madison Witte joined Bethany Christian Services in 2016. She has a bachelor's degree in child and family development and has experience working with low-income youth and families. Madison's favorite part of her job at Bethany is helping volunteers serve the St. Louis community and share God's love with their neighbors in need. When she's not working, you can probably find her exploring parks and coffee shops in South City with her husband and dogs.

Kelly Kennison

Kelly Kennison

Child and Family Therapist - St. Louis

Kelly is a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPC) and has been counseling children and families since 2005. She is especially interested in helping children from "hard places" find safety and security within their loving adoptive families. Kelly has been a classroom teacher, school-based counselor, children's ministry director, summer camp director, and mom.

Karlita Blackwell

Karlita Blackwell

Adoption Specialist - St. Louis

Karlita is a St. Louis native and holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and sociology from the University of Missouri and a master’s degree in counseling from Webster University. She has a heart for walking alongside potential resource families as they navigate the adoption process.

Andrea Reynolds

Andrea Reynolds

Regional Specialist serving mid-Missouri - St. Louis

Andy Reynolds joined Bethany Christian Services in 2012. She earned her bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Missouri, Columbia and her Master's degree in social work from the University of Illinois Chicago. She lives with her husband and son in Jefferson City.

Chelsey Robertson

Chelsey Robertson

Pregnancy Counselor - St. Louis

Chelsey joined Bethany in January of 2021. She graduated from SLU in 2019 obtaining a Master’s in social work. She has worked with families in the St. Louis area for many years by providing respite services and case management services. She is excited to continue to serve and watch families grow at Bethany. When she is off the clock she enjoys exploring parks and trails in the St. Louis area with her husband and dog.

Libby Shea

Libby Shea

Pregnancy Counselor - St. Louis

Libby is a provisionally licensed professional counselor (PLPC) who joined the Bethany team in 2020. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Mississippi and her master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Maryville University. Since graduating in 2019, she has been working with pregnant and postpartum women in St. Louis providing case management, counseling, and parenting education. In her free time, she loves spending time with friends and family and cheering on the Blues!

Bailee Helton

Bailee Helton

Intact Family Services Worker - St. Louis

Bailee joined BCS in 2020. She earned her bachelors in psychology from Monmouth College in 2015. Bailee volunteered in South America once she graduated helping families and children in a variety of ways. Bailee resides in Central Illinois.