Tracy Baird, MPH, 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 21 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.
Katie Dent, Regional Manager – Northwest Georgia & Metro Atlanta | [email protected]
Katie joined the staff at Promise686 in October 2018 as a Regional Manager. She graduated from Georgia Southern University with a degree in Child & Family Development. God began to soften her heart towards working in foster care and adoption through prayer and volunteering in this field. Katie worked as a Case Manager at Carroll County Division of Family & Children Services for two years. She enjoyed training foster & adoptive families and finding resources to support families through her role there. Katie has a passion for connecting churches to care for vulnerable children. Katie is looking forward to getting married in December and moving to Newnan, Georgia.
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.
Sabrina More, Regional Manager – South Georgia | [email protected]
Sabrina is passionate about Jesus and being the hands and feet of Christ to those in need! She is wife to Lt. Firefighter Brandon More for more than 20 years, and mother of two, Destinie and Brandon. Before joining Promise686 in early 2018 as a Regional Manager for South Georgia, she was a business owner for 11 years. Sabrina also serves as the Director of City Cares, Hope City United’s Outreach Center in Albany, Georgia. Sabrina’s joy in life is watching the hand of God move in the situations of others. As a Regional Manager, bringing greater awareness and hope to Georgia’s foster care crisis is a perfect fit!
Jean Rector, Regional Manager – Northeast Georgia | [email protected]
Jean became familiar with Promise686 as the first matching grant recipient for the adoption of their son Jenya from Russian in 2010. She is a Church Advocate for Rising Church with “Live the Promise” and has been involved in foster and adoptive outreach for the last ten years. She joined Promise686 as a Regional Manager in 2015. Previously Jean served at Sugarloaf United Methodist Church as a volunteer coordinator in children’s ministry. Jean has an accounting degree from Missouri State University and has also worked alongside her husband in his businesses. Jean and Joe have four boys and a 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, Adoption Grants Manager | [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 sons.
Julie Sawyer, Director of Communications | [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 a morning women’s Bible study group at her church for two years. Johnna and her husband, Frank, have two adult children and serve as respite parents.
Colin Sylvester, Director of Strategic Growth | [email protected]
Colin joined the staff of Promise686 in July 2018 as the Director of Strategic Growth. He holds a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Southern California and a Masters of Arts from Wake Forest University. Colin’s professional background is in digital media and strategic development. He is passionate about leadership through mentorship and enjoys volunteering as a youth tennis coach. Born and raised close by in Johns Creek, Colin currently attends North Point Community Church.
Catie Todaro, MSW, Regional Manager – Coastal & Central Georgia | [email protected]
Catie joined the staff of Promise686 in September 2015 as a Regional Manager. 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 and her husband Brandon live in Savannah where Catie is focused on working with churches in Coastal Georgia to build foster care ministries within their congregations.