Meet The Team
Executive Branch Director - Omaha
Sarah joined BCS as the Executive Branch Director for Iowa and Nebraska in 2019 and began working with the South Dakota branch in 2021. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska Omaha in Criminal Justice and her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Wayne State College. Sarah has worked in the areas of Child Welfare, foster care and adoption since 2004. She has a passion for advocating for vulnerable children and families. Sarah serves as the President of the Nebraska Adoption Agency Association and has been involved in a number of associations and committees throughout Nebraska and Iowa. Sarah is married and has two young daughters. In their free time, Sarah’s family enjoys traveling, boating at nearby lakes and spending time outdoors.
Amanda L. Long-Stanley
Womens advocate/case manager - Eastern South Dakota
Amanda joined Bethany Christian Services in October, 2021. Amanda has an undergraduate degree in criminal justice from Dakota Wesleyan University and a Master’s in management with a concentration in criminal justice from Colorado Technical University. Amanda has been serving youth and families at Lutheran Social Services for the past 10 years and looks forward to expanding her professional experiences with ReNew as the Women’s Advocate and Case Manager. Amanda has a passion for providing advocacy and support to women with children who have a history of substance use disorders and looks forward to serving in this new role. Amanda is married to her wife, Sharlyse and they have two children together. They enjoy spending time together as a family, exploring the outdoors and loving on their dog and 3 cats.
ReNew Peer Support Specialist - Eastern South Dakota
Tamara joined Bethany Christian Services in October, 2021 as the ReNew Peer Support Specialist. Experiencing recovery in her own life, Tamara has been serving a valuable role in the community as a mentor and support to many individuals who have substance use disorders. It is her passion to walk along side women in their recovery journey. Tamara received her Associate of Science Degree in Medical Assisting in June of 2006. She has educational and professional experiences serving as a Medical Assistant and looks forward to connecting with women through our ReNew program in meaningful ways. Tamara and her husband have been married for 18 years and have 5 adult children together. Tamara enjoys spending time with her family and friends, listening to music, caring for her aging grandfather-in-law and continuing to grow in her own recovery process.