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

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.

Alaina A. Kirk

Alaina A. Kirk

Administrative Assistant/Case Aid - Lancaster

Alaina Kirk has been serving children and families of diverse backgrounds in the Lancaster County area for three years. She has worked as a toddler teacher, and a preschool teacher while pursuing her degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Pennsylvania State University.

Ariana M. Sequino, BSW, MS

Ariana M. Sequino, BSW, MS

Foster Care Case Manager - Lancaster

Ariana serves as a Foster Care Case Manager based in the Lancaster office. She has been with Bethany since 2020. Ariana holds a Masters degree in Nonprofit Leadership, Bachelors of Social Work, and Bachelors in Bible from Cairn University. Prior to coming to Bethany, Ariana spent time serving and advocating for female survivors of human trafficking. She also has experience providing case management for underprivileged adults living in urban Philadelphia. In the last 8 years Ariana has worked with children of all ages as a child care professional, volunteering as a camp counselor in Cairo, Egypt, and through various involvement in Children’s Ministry as a Nursery Director. She is certified in Urban Ministry and is passionate about nonprofit work. Ariana values the impact Bethany has on society in creating a safe space for children to experience real love through real families. Her desire is for God to work through her and for individuals young and old to recognize their value and know that they are both seen and heard.

Candace R. Reynolds

Candace R. Reynolds

Outreach Coordinator - Lancaster

Candace joined the team at Bethany Christian Services in April of 2019. She has always had a passion for helping children. She appreciates the mission of Safe Families for Children and what they do for families in our community. Candace has 2 sons. When she is not at work she enjoys spending time with her children, volunteering with the Junior League of Lancaster, working out, and spending time with friends.

Carol Hess

Carol Hess

Executive Assistant - Lancaster

Carol has worked at Bethany more than 10 years, and she provides a broad scope of support to the regional director. She devotes much of her time to raising funds through grant writing, enabling Bethany to serve more children and families.

Cheryl Walters

Cheryl Walters

Psychologist, MS - Lancaster

Cheryl is a licensed psychologist, certified Theraplay therapist, and a registered clinician with ATTACh (Association for Training on Trauma and Attachment). She has designed, implemented, provided services, and fulfilled the role of supervisory/consulting psychologist in a specialized treatment program for children/adolescents and their parents/families with diagnoses associated with reactive attachment disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and developmental trauma disorder. At Bethany since 2013, Cheryl is providing outpatient psychotherapy, parent support groups, parent consultations, and trainings for parents and professionals. She is also the consulting psychologist for attachment and trauma issues for clinical services.

Dawn L. Tluczek

Dawn L. Tluczek

Church & Donor Relations Liaison - Lancaster

Dawn has worked for the past 30 years in a variety of positions, all culminating with the position she recently accepted with Bethany Lancaster as the Donor and Church Relations Liaison. She has worked in operations, sales and customer engagement while producing creative and lasting events like the Lititz Fire & Ice Festival. She worked recently for the Lancaster Barnstormers and created the very popular Faith on the Field program that incorporated the baseball players and guests that enjoyed chapel together and a variety of activities to create a life-changing experience. Dawn and her family live in Hempfield and are very involved in their community, schools and church. They enjoy time visiting with family & friends and working on their home together. Their family are members at Mission Church and Dawn volunteers with several committee's and boards including: The Executive Team for Leukemia/Lymphoma Society Light the Night/Big Climb; Lancaster County Career & Tech General Advisory Committee; Lancaster Bible College Sports Advisory Team; Lancaster Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Team; Red Rose Connections; Lancaster Networking Group; VP of Marketing & Communications with ABWA-LAEN; the Mission Church Leadership Team for Go Beyond; Polka Dot Powerhouse; Northern Lancaster Chamber; Volunteer Coordinator/Event Chair for Centerville Elementary PTO; and the Lancaster Liederkranz.

Doreen Bishop

Doreen Bishop

ADOPTS Therapist - Lancaster

As a therapist, Doreen supports families in their adoption journeys and creates a safe place for children who were adopted or in foster care to grow and heal. At Bethany since 2011, she feels blessed to work in an organization where she can combine her Christian faith with her professional career. Doreen and her husband are joyfully raising three children.

Heather Johns

Heather Johns

Therapy Supervisor, Domestic Foster Care, MDiv - Lancaster

Heather has served as a foster parent and worked with families through foster care and pastoral ministry for over ten years. She is driven to see brokenness restored and healing released in anyone God brings her way through trauma-informed therapy and prayer. Heather and her husband have three biological children and love exploring cultures.

Jennifer F. Strasenburgh

Jennifer F. Strasenburgh

Women's Advocate BA - Lancaster

Jennifer has worked with high risk families for over 12 years, connecting them to community resources and helping them navigate life's obstacles. She is trained in Motivational Interviewing and has extensive experience working with Lancaster County Prison, children with an incarcerated parent, and providing community training's regarding trauma and trauma-informed care.

Julia Fueyo

Julia Fueyo

Post-Adoption Services Case Manager, MSW - Lancaster

Since 2012, Julia has provided hope, healing, and post-adoption services to adoptive families at Bethany. She deeply understands the unique challenges adoptive families face. She celebrates family strengths, works with families to build stronger relationships, and teaches trauma-informed parenting. Julia also facilitates a monthly support group for adoptive parents.

Kyra D. Gonzalez

Kyra D. Gonzalez

Foster Care Supervisor MSW - Lancaster

Kyra serves as a Foster Care Adoption Supervisor. She has received her Bachelors and Masters in Social Work. Kyra has experience in mental health, counseling, and hospital social work with a various range of populations. Kyra is passionate about providing the love and hope that God has shown to her and doing so in serving youth and families.

Missi Buhay

Missi Buhay

Office Coordinator - Lancaster

Missi has been with Bethany since December 2017. She had previously worked with the Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network for 9 years in various roles. She is now the Office Coordinator for the Lancaster office. In this role, Missi will continue doing intake, handle day to day operations of the office, provide some technical support, and work with the donor engagement team on various events. She is very excited to learn her new role and continue to support those on the front line who provide care for vulnerable children and perspective foster/adoptive families.

Danielle Minner

Danielle Minner

Administrative Assistant/Case Aide BA - Lancaster

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!

Jessica Armato

Jessica Armato

Adoption Worker, MPA - Lancaster

Jessica has been working in the field of adoption for Bethany Christian Services since February 2001. She is also an adoptive mother, having adopted her daughter from China in 2005. 

Kiley Fisher

Kiley Fisher

Parent Advocate, BA - Lancaster

Kiley has worked as a pregnancy counselor for over 12 years and it’s been an honor to walk through the decision-making process with so many men and women. She is humbled by the loving and unselfish choices these individuals make for their children and is passionate about her work and helping people in need.

Lea Denlinger

Lea Denlinger

Adoption Specialist BS/BA - Lancaster

Lea is an adoption caseworker in the domestic and international adoption programs who has been working at Bethany since 2010. She enjoys hearing her clients’ life stories during the home study process, educating on adoptive parenting and trans-racial family dynamics, and supporting her clients during the uncertain wait. Lea is an adoptive mother, with a son and daughter adopted from African countries.