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Covenant Care Staff

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.

Debbie Ver Steeg

Director of Outreach

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Debbie joined the staff of Covenant Care in 2017. Prior to that she worked in the hospitality industry both in sales & management. She and her husband, Luther, both grew up in Missouri and moved to Macon in 1993. Debbie has three sons and three grandchildren and enjoys cooking and reading in her spare time.

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.

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 Counselors

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.

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.

Jocelyn Calhoun

Savannah/Coastal Georgia

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Jocelyn earned her M.A. in Pastoral Counseling: Marriage & Family Therapy from Liberty University. She joined our team in 2018 after completing internships with both Covenant Care and The Living Vine Maternity Home. She and her husband live in the Savannah area with their four children.

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.

Katie McGee

Metro Atlanta/West Georgia

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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.

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.

Amy Bennett

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A native Texan, Amy earned her M.A. in Counseling from Covenant Theological Seminary after receiving her B.A. in Special Education Focused Child Development from Texas Christian University. She is married to Chris, who is a youth pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Macon. Amy joined our team in 2017 and is honored to have the opportunity to walk adoptive families through the pre-placement process, from home study to pre-placement counseling and placement.

 

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
  • 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