Meet The Team
Branch Director - Richmond
Jana McDermott is an enthusiastic leader in the field of child safety and social justice, bringing with her ten years of leadership to the child advocacy center movement whose mission is to reduce trauma to children and families during coordinated physical and sexual abuse investigations. She earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the College of Charleston and her master’s degree in social work from the University of Buffalo. Jana is married to Mac, her love of 38 years. They have four children, three “daughters in love,” and one granddaughter.
Administrative Assistant - Richmond
Brenda has been the administrative assistant since April 2012. On any given day, Brenda is at the front desk waiting to greet clients and guests—assisting anyone who enters our doors. She loves the fact that she gets to meet new families with their adopted children. Brenda has her certificate in early childhood education and manages the office in its daily operations.
Pregnancy Counselor and TVAP Advocate - Richmond
Kelly joined the Bethany team in 2020 as a bilingual pregnancy counselor and advocate for victims of human trafficking. Kelly graduated in 2019 with her Master’s degree in Social Work from Florida Atlantic University. She has over 6 years of experience working in social services with families to achieve housing and financial stability. She advocates for her clients and is passionate about supporting you as you make a choice for the future of your family.
Pregnancy Counselor - Richmond
Laura joined Bethany Christian Services in September 2019, after relocating to Virginia from Connecticut. She began her career in child welfare, assisting waiting children in finding forever families, supporting foster and adoptive families through foster care and adoption services, and counseling young adults through transitional care. Laura works primarily with expectant parents in exploring their options and assisting parents with navigating any unmet needs. She is passionate about providing individuals in crisis with support and tools to empower them in making the best decision for them and their child.
Lisa Marie P. Beckwith
SFFC Church Engagement Coordinator - Richmond
Lisa joined Bethany in March 2020. She is our Safe Families for Children Church Engagement Coordinator and her passion is bringing ministry from the church to the community. Lisa's background includes a decade of youth ministry, Christian education, and Christian camp management. She has served from the local church classroom up to managing state-level youth retreats and facilitating youth leader mentorship programs. Lisa is a passionate volunteer in the Virginia 4-H horse program. She has coached youth in Virginia to many national championships in public speaking and horse judging.
Pregnancy Counselor & Adoption Specialist - Richmond
Ashley joined the Bethany Christian Services team in March 2020 after working as an intensive community-based mental health counselor in the Richmond area. Ashley is currently a resident in counseling and holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in counselor education from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is dedicated to offering supportive and compassionate counsel to expectant mothers and families experiencing unplanned pregnancies. As a pregnancy counselor, she walks alongside expectant parents in the decision-making process and ensures their needs and the needs of the child are being met.