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Covenant Care Staff

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.

Carol Gledhill

Assistant 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.

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.

Shirley Duncan

Ministry Assistant

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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.

Amy Bennett

Central Georgia

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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.

Millie Durden

Central Georgia

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Millie was born and raised in Macon, GA. She graduated from Covenant Academy, and attended Samford University in Birmingham, AL where she received a B.A. in Human Development and Family Life Education with a minor in Communication Studies. At CCS, Millie comes alongside birth parents as they navigate through the adoption process, and she faithfully serves birthmothers from the first meeting to post placement. Millie attends Northway Church where her family is active members.

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 along side birth families and lovingly serves birth mothers from the first meeting through post placement. She is married to Luke, and together they are the parents of two children adopted through Covenant Care.

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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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
  • Shane Gottwals
  • 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