Meet The Team
Jan Lessard Peightell
Branch Director - Candia
Jan Lessard Peightell has worked for Bethany for over 30 years. She earned her master’s degree in social work from Syracuse University. It has been her privilege to provide counseling support women experiencing unplanned pregnancies. Jan believes she has been blessed by the strength and determination of these women and their partners as they seek to do what is best for their child.
Safe Families for Children Coordinator and Community Liaison - Candia
Cindy Thomas has a heart for orphans, children in foster care, and the homeless. Recently, she helped to launch Safe Families for Children™ in New Hampshire. She earned her master’s degree in management and accounting, with more than 35 years as a human resource manager. After experiencing infertility for many years, she and her husband were blessed to adopt two beautiful children. Cindy’s family is blessed to have an open relationship with both of their children’s birthfamilies.
Jolene K. Felix
Wendy's Wonderful Kids Recruiter - Candia
Jolene Felix joins Bethany Christian Services as the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiter. She has over fifteen years of experience in education and eight years of nonprofit experience working with five different Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies across America. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology, and two master’s degrees in education and special education.
Margaret J. Downey
Adoption Specialist - Candia
Meg Downey joins Bethany Christian Services, working in pregnancy counseling and adoption services. She has six years of experience assisting pregnant and parenting women and children. She earned her master’s degree in social work from the University of New Hampshire.