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Covenant Care Staff

Carol Gledhill

Executive Director

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Carol Gledhill was born and raised in Macon, Georgia and graduated from First Presbyterian Day School. She received a Master’s of Arts in Teaching and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology from Georgia College and State University. Carol is married to Clay Gledhill and they have one son Hobson. They are members of Lizella Baptist Church where they are active in the music ministry. Carol has years of leadership experience and a passion for serving women, children, and families.

Iris Archer

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Iris was the founding Executive Director of Covenant Care Services and served in that capacity for twenty-two years. She has a Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling from the University of West Georgia and a Biblical Counseling Certificate from Westminster Theological Seminary. She brings a wealth of experience in adoption ministry and has been recognized for her contribution in promoting adoption by many organizations, including being honored as the 2012 Angels in Adoption recipient by the 112th U.S. Congress.

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 4 adopted children and is a foster parent in Bibb County. She is a member of Ingleside Baptist Church.

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.

Amy Hilliard

Administrative Assistant

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Amy resides in Gray, Georgia where she was  raised. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Valdosta State University. She has 2 young adult sons. Amy is a member of Ingleside Baptist Church and you can often find her volunteering at the church bookstore. She loves fishing and spending time outdoors. She retired from GEICO after 17 years and brings a wealth of administrative experience.

Shirley Duncan

Ministry Assistant

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Shirley Locklear Duncan was born and raised in Lumberton, NC.  She is an American Lumbee Indian.  Through a series of God-events, she came to live at Hephzibah Children’s Home in Macon, GA.  She graduated from Central High School and then from Southern Wesleyan University in Central, SC with a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education and a minor in Early Elementary Education. She is married to Rev. David Duncan and they are the parents to three adopted daughters, Jamie, Aimee and Halley (sisters)  They have three grandsons: Blake, Thomas and Ayden.  Shirley is an author of her own life story, “I Will Go On!”  She travels extensively speaking in Ladies Retreats and Conferences proclaiming the healing power of God’s Touch and new life after abuse.  Shirley served as Director of Church and Public Relations Director for 30 years for the ministry where she grew up before coming to Covenant Care..  She and her husband David are Co-founders of a neighborhood children’s ministry called The Hotdog Club. Shirley’s favorite scripture verse is Proverbs 3: 5-6 NIV  Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding, in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight..

Birthmother Counselors

Kristen Burke

Northwest Georgia

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Kristen graduated from Georgia Southern University in 2006 with a degree in English, and lived in Statesboro for 12 years. She now lives in Calhoun with her husband Justin and their three children. Kristen was the Director of Client Services at Choices of the Heart Pregnancy Resource Center in Statesboro before joining Covenant Care in 2018. She enjoys reading, running, listening to music and podcasts, and watching baseball.

Paula Maxwell

Central Georgia

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Paula graduated from Georgia College & State University in 1999 with a degree in Early Childhood Education.  She taught general education and special education for 15 years. Paula lives in Bonaire with her husband Jason and their 3 children.  Having been a birthmother herself, Paula has always wanted to work with other women considering making an adoption plan.

Laura Shaver

Eastern Georgia

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Laura was born and raised in Tennessee where she graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B.S. in Psychology and Child & Family Services. She now lives in Statesboro GA with her husband George and two children. She is a birthmother herself and feels it is a privilege and honor to walk along other expectant mothers and fathers who are considering making an adoption plan. 

Kristi Cox

Coastal Georgia

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Amy Wheeler- Sullivan

Northeast Georgia

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Amy lives in the Athens area with her 3 daughters and husband.  She graduated from the University of Georgia and served as the GED Chief Examiner with Athens Technical College for around 10 years.  She has been the director of International Friends, a faith-based volunteer-staffed English as a Second Language ministry since 2014.  She and her husband often host international students and families who need a safe place to stay for an extended time. Amy feels privileged to walk with expectant mothers and fathers as they consider making an adoption plan and is happy to join Covenant Care as the Athens Area Client Counselor.

Lauralee Ussery

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Lauralee Ussery grew up in Gray, Georgia and graduated from Jones County High School. She graduated from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master’s Degree in Christian Education and Middle Georgia State University with Bachelor of Science in Public and Human services. Lauralee is married to Austin Ussery. They attend church at First Baptist Church of Gray where Austin is on staff. Lauralee enjoys traveling, listening to podcasts, drinking coffee, and being with people!

Adoptive Family Caseworkers

Christie Lader

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Christie works with our adoptive couples from the beginning of the adoption process until after placement. She has a Masters in Public Administration from Georgia College & State Univerisity.  Christie 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 from the start of the home study process through post placement. 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.

Telecia Turner

Contract Caseworker

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Telecia earned her BS degree in Human Services from Atlantic Christian College now known as Barton College, Wilson, NC and her Master’s degree in Social Work from Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA.  She has previously worked at Covenant Care as both a Birthmother Caseworker and Adoptive Family Caseworker and is returning to assist with recruiting adoptive families. She is married to Charles, and they have a daughter and twin sons.  They are active members of Overcoming By Faith Ministries, Savannah, GA.  Adoption holds a very special place in her heart as it has blessed and impacted her family and many very special friends. She is honored to be a part of God’s plan in making “forever families” through the love of adoption.


Covenant Care Board of Directors

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

  • Sharon Anderson
  • Adam Blakely
  • Kevin Bridges
  • Bruce Jones
  • Jo Betsy Kinser
  • Judy Kornegay
  • Jenny Ledger
  • Bruce Leicht
  • Bailey Mitchell
  • Susan Mitchell
  • Rebekah Griffis
  • Janet Newman


Why do you serve on the CCS Board of Directors?

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