Meet The Team
Branch Director - Modesto
Believing that it is God’s desire to use Christians to protect and serve children, Sandi has a passion to honor God by helping children in whatever capacity He calls her to. She started her career with Bethany Christian Services in 1997 as a pregnancy counselor and has had the opportunity to work with families adopting through the domestic infant program, the foster care system, and internationally. She is motivated by God’s grace and loves having the honor of being a witness as God’s perfect plans for a child, who the world may see as “difficult to place,” join their forever family. Sandi and her husband Doug have four children (one that joined their family through adoption) and the most adorable granddaughter ever.
International Adoption Supervisor, MSW - Modesto
Cynthia began working with Bethany in Northern California since 2002. It has been her joy to work in both Bethany's domestic and international adoption programs. Her passion for finding forever families for children began more than 20 years ago when she had the opportunity to volunteer at an orphanage in Eastern Europe for a summer and saw firsthand the need for families. She has been blessed working with and advocating for children and families through the past 10 years, specifically in Bethany's international adoption program. She feels strongly about adoptive families being well prepared and for children and families to receive valuable support after placement.
Social Worker/Adoption Specialist, MSW - Modesto
Mona’s passion for working with children and families is evident through her 30 years as a social worker. She has worked with children in group homes and in foster care before coming to Bethany more than 20 years ago. Mona has a heart for adoption and feels blessed to be a part of Bethany’s ministry of partnering with families through their adoption journey.
Social Worker/Adoption Specialist - Modesto
Rhonda joined her family through adoption and is also blessed to be a proud adoptive parent. Her passion for adoption is very personal and she loves her role of walking alongside prospective and new adoptive parents as they experience the complexity and joy of adoption. Rhonda has been joyfully serving children for more than 30 years and joined our team in the summer of 1999. With a background in foster care, residential treatment, and school counseling, she understands the value of a loving and secure family. Rhonda counts it a privilege to be part of the life-changing ministry of adoption.
International Adoption Social Worker, MSW - Modesto
Christina loves seeing firsthand how God brings families together through adoption! Since 2002, Christina has worked in both the domestic program and more recently, the international program at Bethany Christian Services in Modesto, California. Christina counts it a privilege and an honor to work with families who are opening their hearts and lives to a child (or children) who are in need of a forever home. She is committed to Bethany’s vision that every child should have a loving family.
Office Manager - Modesto
Joyce has faithfully served the Lord through her office manager position here at Bethany Christian Services since 1986. She loves being able to come alongside the social work staff by providing administrative support. She counts it a privilege to be a part of a team that offers hope to vulnerable women and children. Joyce is happily married and the mother of two children.
Residential Youth Specialist - Modesto
Christina graduated in 2018 from California State University- Stanislaus with a degree in sociology. As a residential youth specialist, Christina forms meaningful relationships with refugee and immigrant youth while providing home-life training and developing therapeutic activities. Making it easy to connect with youth, she enjoys going to the movies, ice cream, and swimming.
Administrative Assistant - Modesto
Ashley Dawson joins the Bethany team as an administrative assistant supporting our transitional assessment center in Modesto. Ashley earned a bachelor of science degree in counseling and Bible and an associate degree in intercultural studies from Johnson University in Knoxville, Tennessee. Captivated by cultures, individuals and their unique identities, Ashley finds delight in seeing each person known and loved for who they are, and supported to their best potential.