Protecting our clients and staff during COVID-19

Coronavirus Announcement

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

Mark Unger

Mark Unger

Regional Branch Director - Lancaster

Mark has over 20 years of experience working in Child Welfare. He has been a Branch Director Bethany since January of 2009. Mark has a Master’s Degree in Ministry Leadership; a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work; and an Associate’s Degree in Chemical Dependency Counseling. Prior to coming to Bethany, Mark served in various positions relating to Foster Care over a 10-year period including roles in recruitment; writing Family Profiles for Foster Families and providing Case Management for children in Foster Care. More recently, Mark has also served for nine years on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Council for Children Youth and Family Services (PCCYFS); Other board and organizational leadership committees include Ambassadors for Hope and The Grape Leaf Empowerment Center. Mark’s guiding verse is Matthew 6:33. Seek first His Kingdom . . .

Jamie Minick, MA, LPC

Jamie Minick, MA, LPC

Assistant Branch Director, MA, LPC - Lancaster

Jamie Minick serves as the Assistant Branch Director for Central Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Jamie holds degrees in Psychology and Counseling and is a licensed professional counselor. She has been serving in child welfare for over 20 years. Jamie also cares for clients in Bethany’s Counseling Services Program. She values Bethany’s ability to bring faith into the services being provided and ensuring that all those she encounters recognize their value.

Elaine Shenk

Elaine Shenk

Satellite Office Director - Harrisburg

As the director of Bethany Christian Services’ Harrisburg office, Elaine oversees all the programs and staff. She and her husband are adoptive parents of four children and have served seven years of their married life working in missions in East Africa. She is passionate about strengthening relationships and building community – in an international school setting, in adoptive families, in church ministries, and even staff meetings.

Alexa N. Mayernick

Alexa N. Mayernick

Foster Care Case Manager - Harrisburg

Alexa Mayernick joined Bethany Christian Services in 2018 as the foster care case manager. She earned her bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies from Pennsylvania State University, Capitol College. In her role, Alexa supports children and families throughout the foster care process.

Angel Elicker

Angel Elicker

Permanency Specialist - Harrisburg

Angel joined Bethany Christian Services in 2012, bringing with her 15 years of experience in child welfare. As a permanency specialist in the SWAN program, Angel helps children work through the difficulties that can often become barriers for them in finding a permanent home. She also has the privilege of providing support to foster children and their resource families in finalizing adoptions. Angel believes that “there are no unwanted children, just unfound families.”

Bethany L. Davis

Bethany L. Davis

Permanency Specialist - Harrisburg

Bethany serves as a permanency specialist in the Harrisburg office. She has been a member of Bethany Christian Services since 2019. Bethany holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and has been serving in the child welfare field for over 6 years. Prior to coming to Bethany Christian Services, Bethany was a county children and youth caseworker in the reunification and permanency department. Bethany enjoys working with both children and parents to ensure families have the proper support and education to continue their growth. Bethany was drawn to Bethany Christian Services due to the vast services that are provided to individuals and the abilities of staff to always remain strength based and empower clients.

Chanell A. Harris

Chanell A. Harris

Office Coordinator - Harrisburg

Chanell Harris joined Bethany Christian Services July 2019. She received her college education from West Chester University. She serves as the Office Coordinator for the Harrisburg Branch. Chanell also provides administrative support for the Safe Families for Children Ministry. Chanell’s passionate heart for serving people is one of the many gifts that God blessed her with. Her home church is Victory Outreach Fellowship where she serves in the Children’s Ministry as a pre-school teacher. Chanell lives by verse Matthew 19:26, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Deanna Figueroa

Deanna Figueroa

Therapist & Post-Permanency Case Manager MSW/MA - Harrisburg

Deanna currently serves as Harrisburg’s Therapist and one of their Post-Permanency Case Managers. She has earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Denver and has her License in Social Work as well. Deanna has felt a calling to serve broken families in foster care and adoption, and help clients find healing from trauma. She is passionate about helping to produce change through building strong, nurturing attachments between parents and children. Deanna also serves as a Mentor Coach and is on the Board of Directors at the Cracked Pot Coffee Shop nonprofit, helping youth pursue their goals and find a strong support system as they age out of the foster care system. She is honored to be working at such a God-honoring agency like Bethany since May of 2018.

Jin Erdman

Jin Erdman

Foster Care Case Manager - Harrisburg

Jin Erdman joined Bethany Christian Services in 2017, bringing with her five years of experience in child welfare. As a foster care caseworker, she supports children and families throughout the foster care process. From a young age, Jin felt a calling to work in this field. She feels blessed to serve the Lord alongside a great team.

Kathryn Kirkpatrick

Kathryn Kirkpatrick

Training and Recruitment Specialist BSW - Harrisburg

With a spiritual calling to advocate for children and their need for safe and loving families, Kate has dedicated more than 20 years to foster care, adoption, and post-adoption services, including national and international work on behalf of children. Kate states about her work, “My motivation is from the Lord; my reward is in knowing that children are being protected, guided, and loved in His name.

Laura Helman

Laura Helman

Permanency Specialist MA - Harrisburg

Laura joined Bethany Christian Services in 2017. She began as a Post Permanency Caseworker, working with children and families during the post-adoption stage. In 2019, she transitioned to the role of a Permanency Specialist, composing Child Profiles for children in foster care. Since graduating from Messiah College, Laura has worked in a variety of roles with children in foster care, children with disabilities, and pre-adoptive families.

Nicole D. Jackson

Nicole D. Jackson

Resource Family Development Specialist BS - Harrisburg

Nicole serves as the Harrisburg Family Worker in July 2019. Nicole believes that God created families and designed them to be permanent. When families are separated by necessity, children need families to make sure they are safe and loved. As a Family Worker, Nicole is dedicated to meet with potential resource parents on an ongoing basis to approve, guide, and train them as temporary or permanent resource parents. She comes with an abundance of experience in Child Welfare since 2011, a Bachelor's degree in Human Development & Family Science at Messiah College, and an Associates in Early Education at HACC. Nicole is passionate and honored to work along with families to bring her holistic experience and compassion for children and families within the foster care system and providing guidance and support to our Bethany families.

Nikki Condon

Nikki Condon

Outreach Coordinator - Harrisburg

As a Safe Families for Children Outreach Coordinator, Nikki supports a national movement of compassion that gives hope to families in need of temporary care for their children, as they work through critical life circumstances. As a former teacher to at-risk youth, Nikki is familiar with the struggles many of the children in our communities are being faced with. She feels honored to work for an innovative program that protects and enhances the lives of vulnerable children and families, while bringing honor and glory to God.

August Ney

August Ney

Post-Permanency Supervisor - Harrisburg

August has over 15 years of experience working with children and families. She has experience working in after-school programming, mental health, and adoption/foster care. She has a passion for serving families after permanency. August is also Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI) Practitioner.

Danielle Minner

Danielle Minner

Administrative Assistant/Case Aide BA - Harrisburg

Dani joined Bethany Christian Services in 2019 and she serves as a foster care administrative assistant and case aide. Dani graduated from Messiah College with a degree in Human Development and Family Science. She is involved with worship ministry and youth ministry at her church and strives to serve adoptive and foster families to the best of her ability through her administrative role at Bethany!