Our staff at Lifeline is comprised of passionate and experienced ministry leaders and professionals who desire to share their knowledge and expertise with you, your church staff, other network professionals, etc. Below is a picture and brief bio for staff that you may wish to invite to share with your congregation on the needs of, and ministry to, orphaned and vulnerable children. In addition, you will find several professionals who are available for specialized trainings relating to: caring for children from hard places, wrapping around families who are adopting or fostering, and a host of other trainings focused on attachment and/or medical special needs.

Herbie Newell

President/Executive Director

Chris Johnson

National Director of Church Partnerships

Jeremy Simpson

Director of Operations

Sonia Martin, LICSW, PIP, TBRI® Practitioner

Director of Central Alabama Engagement

Tim Crist

Manager of Church Partnerships

Blake Wilson

Vice President of Operations

Rick Morton

Vice President of Engagement

Karla Thrasher, LBSW, TBRI® Practitioner

Director of International Adoption

Jana Lombardo, LBSW, TBRI® Practitioner

Senior Program Director, International Programs

Christie Mac Segars, LICSW

Vice President of Domestic Programs

Jessa Swearingen

Center Manager & Outreach Coordinator

Lynn Beckett, LBSW, TBRI® Practitioner

Education Specialist

Levacy Smith, LMSW, TBRI® Practitioner

Regional Director, Eastern United States

Traci Newell, LBSW, Master Trainer, TIPS-MAPP, TBRI® Practitioner

Education Specialist & National Program Director, Families Count

Angela Mains, MA, LPC, TBRI® Practitioner, Theraplay® Practitioner

Program Director, Lifeline Counseling

Hope Mackey, LMSW, TBRI Practitioner

Casework Supervisor - North Alabama

Cathy Leeke

Director - South Carolina

Sherry Starling, LBSW

Social Worker - South Alabama

Michelle Wright, MSW, TBRI® Practitioner

Director/Casework Supervisor - Tennessee

Whitney White, MEd, LPC, BC-TMH

Education Specialist & Family Therapist - Georgia

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