Tracy Baird, Research Associate | [email protected]
Tracy joined the staff of Promise686 in June 2012 as the Director of Ministry Operations. In January 2015 she transitioned to the role of Research Associate. Tracy has a professional background in research and teaching and holds a Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and dual degrees in Psychology and Education from Duke University. Tracy has volunteered extensively in Christian ministry and in her local public schools. Tracy and her husband, Paul, are the parents of three children. Since 2010, she and her family have hosted 19 children in their home – initially through Safe Families for Children and currently as approved foster parents.
Ty Bryant, Vice President | [email protected]
Ty joined the staff of Promise686 in March 2014 as the Director of Foster Care Strategy. For the previous 15 years, Ty served as a staff pastor in Children’s Ministry at Perimeter Church. Ty has a Bachelor of Arts in History and Secondary Education from Lenoir-Rhyne University, a Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation from Wheaton College (IL), and a Master of Science in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University. Ty was himself adopted as an infant; thus, the call to raise up loving homes for vulnerable children is personal to him. Ty and his wife, Kristen, are parenting six children, including a sibling group of three from foster care – two whose adoptions are final and the other in process.
Andy Cook, President and CEO | [email protected]
Andy began his leadership of Promise686 in 2013 after serving as a founding board member of Promise686 for the previous 5 years. He attended Washington and Lee University, receiving a Bachelor of Art in English, and he received a Master of Arts in Religion from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, with a concentration in ethics. Before coming to Promise686, Andy served in various leadership roles at Wesleyan School, a K-12 independent Christian school. During his ten years at Wesleyan he was the Director of Development and the Director of Admissions. He and his wife, Martha, have ten children and have adopted both domestically and internationally.
Kelly Gordon, Accounting Manager | [email protected]
Kelly holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Boston College and in 2017 transitioned back on staff at Promise686 as Accounting Manager. Kelly and her husband, Matt, first entered the world of foster care and adoption as a Safe Family in 2008 (until 2010) and soon after joined the fledgling Promise686 team in 2009 as Director of Volunteers (2010-2012). For the next five years the Gordon’s served as foster parents, hosting 18 children in their home until they adopted their two daughters from foster care in 2014. Along with their three sons, the Gordon family stays on the move with children’s ministry and adult discipleship at Perimeter Church, and the various activities of five children.
Catie Mudd, MSW, Regional Manager | [email protected]
Catie joined the staff of Promise686 in September 2015 as a Regional Coordinator. Catie has a professional background in foster care and domestic infant adoption. She holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Birmingham-Southern College. Catie is an active member of her church, Saint Brigid, and enjoys serving with the Respect Life Ministry.
Jean Rector, Regional Manager | [email protected]
Jean has joined the Promise 686 staff as both a Regional Coordinator and Business Manager. Her family was the first Promise686 matching grant recipient in the adoption of their son Jenya from Russian in 2010. She is a Church Advocate for Rising Church with “Live the Promise”. She has been involved in foster and adoptive outreach for the last ten years. Her last position was with Sugarloaf United Methodist Church as a volunteer coordinator in the children’s ministry. Jean has an accounting degree from Missouri State University and works alongside her husband in his business. Jean and Joe have four boys and a new daughter-in-law.
Matthew Reisdorph, Director of Business Operations | [email protected]
Matthew joined the staff of Promise686 in July 2016 as the Director of Business Operations. He has a professional background in Public Health Systems Administration and holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Management with a minor in Strategic Entrepreneurial Planning. He enjoys volunteering in community outreach activities through church and is increasingly passionate about men’s ministry. Matthew and his wife, Cassie, moved to Georgia (from Maryland) in 2015 and currently attend Woodstock City Church.
April Rodell, Grant Coordinator | [email protected]
April has served with Promise686 for four years and is the primary manager of the Adoption Grant process. She received a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Georgia Southern University and studied Political Science at American University. She has a wide range of professional experience including tour guide, lobbyist, event scheduler, and camp director. April has enjoyed volunteering with various ministries at her church, is involved at her children’s school, and is a radKIDS instructor for the community. April and her husband, Jon, have three young sons. They hope to open their home to provide respite care for foster families in the Johns Creek area.
Julie Sawyer, Director of Communications and Special Events | [email protected]
Julie has joined Promise686 after various chapters of professional and volunteer roles in worship service and event production. Both as an expat and here at home, she has served as church musician, urban missionary, youth leader, and group home houseparent. Julie earned her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Wheaton College (IL). Presently, she and her husband, Ben, are prayerfully guiding their three children into purposeful adulthood. Julie considers it a great privilege to work on behalf of vulnerable children.
Johnna Stein, Director of Training | [email protected]
Johnna received her Bachelor of Arts in French from The College of William & Mary. She has worked as a teacher, reading specialist, and tour director. Johnna is a free-lance published writer. She served six years as the Children’s Ministry Director at Trinity Church in the Netherlands and co-led WOW in Women’s Ministry at her church for two years. Johnna and her husband, Frank, have two adult children and a delightful foster daughter.
Jessi Williams, LMSW, Regional Manager – Central and South Georgia | [email protected]
Jessi joined the staff of Promise 686 in April 2017 as Regional Manager for Central and South Georgia. Jessi formerly practiced social work in the areas of birthparent counseling, foster care, and hospice care. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Development and a Master’s degree in Social Work. Jessi went on to obtain her licensure in social work. She is passionate about seeing the local church engaged and equipped to meet needs surrounding foster care and family preservation in our communities. Jessi is an active member of First Baptist Church, Vidalia, and enjoys serving high school girls through her church’s student ministry.