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Covenant Care Staff

Stephen P. Story

Executive Director

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Stephen is a Georgia native and has been with Covenant Care since 2011. He is married to his high school sweetheart and together they have three children, all of whom were adopted. He studied Family and Church Education at Columbia International University and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Nebraska. He and his family live in Augusta where they attend Crawford Avenue Baptist Church. Outside of work Stephen enjoys baseball, home repair projects, and running.

Char-La C. Fowler

Director of Development

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Char-La grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish from Emory University and her Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia. She is married to Calvin, the Lead Pastor at Bull Street Baptist Church in Savannah, and they are the proud parents of three sons and two daughters, ranging in age from 22 years to 4 years. Char-La joined Covenant Care in 2017.

Elle Garrison

Business Manager

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Elle received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Rhetoric from Georgia College and State University in 2007. As Business Manager, she ensures the efficient and professional functioning of the State Administrative Office on a day-to-day basis and provides support to other staff members. Elle has 1 adopted daughter and is a Bibb County foster parent to 4 children. She is a member of Ingleside Baptist Church.

Debbie Ver Steeg

Administrative Assistant

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Linda Cozart

Financial Secretary

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Linda has been with CCS for 15 years. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting from Georgia College & State University. She is married to Dr. David Cozart, Chair of the Computer Science Department at Mercer University. They have four children and five grandchildren.

Birthmother Caseworkers

Lyn Shults

Casework Supervisor

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Lyn earned her Master of Social Work degree from UGA. She came to CCS in 2014 with 13 years of experience in foster care and adoption through the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS). As Casework Supervisor, she oversees our birthmother caseworkers and provides training and education in issues related to birthmothers, birthfathers, and adoption.

Jennifer Adams

Middle/West-Central Georgia

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Jennifer graduated from Brewton Parker College in 2010 with a degree in Human Services. She serves pregnant clients considering adoption and walks with them through the adoption process. Jennifer travels to wherever clients are in the Central Georgia area and counsels them about the adoption process and their life circumstances. Learn more about Jennifer.

Meg Boedy

North Metro Atlanta

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Meg loves doing Zumba and studying theology. She has been with CCS since 2010. Before joining us, she received her Bachelor of Social Work degree from North Carolina State University and her Master of Social Work degree from East Carolina University. She worked for two years as a case manager for families of children with special needs, and she served birthmothers and adoptive families in North Carolina for eight years.

Callie Chartrau

Athens/Northeast Georgia & Augusta

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Callie received her B.S. in counseling-psychology from Toccoa Falls College and her M.A in professional counseling from Columbia International University. She is certified in Critical Incident Stress Management, a certification used in the field of crisis counseling. Callie has been with CCS since 2012. Before coming to CCS, she counseled women at the South Carolina Department of Corrections, was a foster care case manager for DFCS, worked with the Columbia Urban League, and volunteered at a pregnancy center. Learn more about Callie.

Leah Hayes

Valdosta/Southwest Georgia

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Leah earned her Masters of Sociology degree from Valdosta State University in 2012. She is married with no children yet. Leah has volunteered for six years with a campus ministry at Valdosta State University mentoring young women. Before joining Covenant Care she spent three years serving women at the pregnancy resource center in Valdosta. Learn more about Leah.

Maria Stewart

West Metro Atlanta & NW Georgia

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Maria has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Georgia Southern University. She has worked at pregnancy centers and a maternity home and has a passion for adoption that stems from her personal journey with the adoption of two daughters. Maria is a wife and mother of three. She counsels clients in the west metro Atlanta area and Northwest Georgia.

Lisa Tweed

Savannah/Coastal Georgia

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Lisa received her M.A. in Human Services Counseling in Marriage and Family from Liberty University in 2016. She serves birthmothers in the Savannah and Coastal Georgia area. Lisa is a wife and mother. Learn more about Lisa.

Adoptive Family Caseworkers

Christie Lader

Adoptions Supervisor

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Christie oversees our adoptive family caseworkers. She began working with CCS in 2008 after 16 years with DFCS. She is married and has three children. Her family attends Northway Church in Macon.

Tricia Paulin

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Tricia works with adoptive families by assisting them through the post-placement process. She received her bachelor’s degree in child and family development from UGA and has been with CCS since 2011. She and her husband Erik have two children and attend Ingleside Baptist Church.

Katie McGee

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Katie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Family Ministry from Toccoa Falls College. At CCS, she walks adoptive families through the adoption approval process, from home study to pre-placement counseling and placement. She is married to Luke, and together they are the parents of two children adopted through Covenant Care.

Covenant Care Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors meets bi-monthly and provides broad leadership and oversight to Covenant Care.

  • Jana Abbott
  • Sharon Anderson
  • Kevin Bridges
  • Shelley Elliott
  • Bruce Jones
  • Jo Betsy Kinser
  • Jenny Ledger
  • Bruce Leicht
  • Bailey Mitchell
  • Susan Mitchell
  • Rebekah Griffis
  • Cindy Scott
  • Christopher Steele
  • Jason Shearer
  • Shane Gottwals
  • Janet Newman


Why do you serve on the CCS Board of Directors?

I love the Lord and have a passion for babies and their forever families. I serve on the Board of Covenant Care because God is at work here in a way that so clearly connects with that passion. This is a ministry in which Godliness, community, and service come together with fervor and with love.

Jana Abbott

I serve on the CCS Board because God has given me such a burden for unborn children and for couples who are unable to have children for whatever reason. I praise the Lord for the work that God is doing in Christian adoption through Covenant Care!

Sharon Anderson

I have a personal testimony of being a young birthmother many years ago faced with my own unplanned pregnancy, but I did not have any counsel or a ministry like CCS to come alongside me. Because of this personal experience I was delighted to serve on the Board of CCS when I was asked. Most importantly, I serve on the Board because God is the one who opened these doors, having clearly called me when He saved me. He gave me a compelling passion to serve young birthmothers with the love, hope and promise of a new life in Christ, and to help them see God’s plan and purpose for the life of their unborn babies.

Susan Mitchell