Tracy Baird, MPH, Research Associate | [email protected]
Tracy joined the staff of Promise686 in June 2012 and after serving in various leadership roles, she now serves as 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, Vice President of Promise686, joined our staff in March 2014. For the previous 15 years, Ty served as a staff pastor in Children’s Ministry at Perimeter Church, Johns Creek, GA. 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 parents of six children, including a sibling group of three from foster care who are finally and fully adopted!
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 Arts 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 in Norcross , GA. During his ten years at Wesleyan he served as 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 Rogers, 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 and her husband, Ethan, were recently married and have begun their life together in 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.
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 Live The Promise Church Advocate at Rising Church 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 the 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 are enjoying their roles as friends and advisors to four grown sons!
Matthew Reisdorph, Director of Systems Development | [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, like to spend their free time outdoors in beautiful places and enjoy all things fitness related.
April Rodell, Adoption Grants Manager | [email protected]
April has long served Promise686 in various roles including 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 strapping sons fast approaching adulthood.
Julie Sawyer, Communications Associate | [email protected]
Julie joined Promise686 after various chapters of professional and volunteer roles in event and church production. 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). She, and her husband, Ben, are parents and occasional advisors to three flown-the-nest children. Julie considers it a great privilege to labor 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, GA, Colin and his wife, Mary Ann, currently attend 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, her husband, Brandon, and their infant daughter, live in Savannah where Catie is focused on working with churches in Coastal Georgia to build FAMs (Family Advocacy Ministry) within their congregations.
Erin Blonshine, Operations Manager | [email protected]
Erin joined the staff of Promise686 in August 2019 as the Operations Manager. She earned her Bachelors degree in English Education from the University of Georgia, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Biblical and Theological Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. Erin has always had a passion for serving children and families, and she is excited to be a part of serving the mission of Promise686. In her free time, Erin enjoys relaxing on the lake and playing with her nieces and nephews.
Audrey Hayes, Creative Director | [email protected]
Audrey joined our organization in August 2019 as the Creative Director. She graduated from Shorter University with a Communication degree and has a background in digital media and design. Audrey is passionate about social good and is excited to help push forward the mission here at Promise686. She’s married to Jordan, lives in Norcross, Georgia, and enjoys community, outdoors, and creativity.
Annie Ayscue, Fellow | [email protected]
Annie is a current senior at Liberty University and has joined Promise686 as our Fall 2019 Fellow. Currently working toward a BS in Social Work, she’ll graduate in December 2019 and plans to pursue a Master of Social Work. Annie has a passion for serving vulnerable children and has spent past summers in Kenya and China doing just that. She loves traveling, hiking, and coffee, and is excited to spend a semester learning and investing in the mission here at Promise.