Board of Trustees
Our ministry is blessed with a variety of men and women from across Alabama who serve on our Board of Trustees. These individuals are recommended by ABCH staff and approved by the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions. The ABCH Board of Trustees provides "big picture" guidance, accountability, and oversight to the ministry we do.
Serving through 2017
- Mrs. Laura Graham (Tuscaloosa)
- Mr. Phillip A. Padgett (Cragford)
- Mr. Marc Ivey (Valley Grande)
- Mrs. Leah Stephens (Montgomery)
Serving through 2018
- Mrs. Charolette Hamby (Vestavia) — Secretary
- Dr. Ray Hammock (Fairhope)
- Rev. Jim Tate (Dothan)
- Mr. Winston Wilks (Henagar)
Serving through 2019
- Mr. Allan Neill (Florence)
- Mr. Paul Huckeba (Hoover) — Vice Chairman
- Mr. Terry Wilhite (Cullman)
- Mrs. Kelly McMurry (Trussville)
Serving through 2020
- Ms. Lana Hawkins (Arab) — Chairman
- Mr. Les Myers (Vestavia)
- Mr. Randy Winton (Brewton)
- Mrs. Derry Johnson (Fultondale)
- Dr. Rick Lance (Director/Treasurer, Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions - Montgomery)
- Dr. John Thweatt (President, Alabama Baptist State Convention - Pell City)
Honorary Life Member
- Dr. E. Grace Pilot (Mobile)
President & CEO
Rod began his service with Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes & Family Ministries (ABCH) in 1995 as a counselor. He oversaw the development and growth of Pathways Professional Counseling, helping it become the great ministry it is today. He began serving as President/CEO of ABCH on February 1, 2012.
Rod earned his BA from Samford University in religion and human relations. He has both an MA and an Ed S in agency counseling from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has done additional post-graduate academic work at Mississippi State University and at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He is currently a student at Regent University, where he is working toward his Ph. D in counselor education and supervision. He is a licensed professional counselor. Rod has been working in the mental health field for more than 20 years in diverse settings, including hospitals, residential treatment settings, community mental health agencies, therapeutic foster care and private practice. For much of his career, he has specialized in working with children and families. He is available to lead workshops on a variety of topics related to mental health, families and children.
Rod is an experienced presenter whose sense of humor and laid back presentation style keeps him in demand. He has presented throughout the southeast, at professional conferences, at workshops and retreats and in churches. He has also presented internationally in Spain and Honduras. Rod has been married since 1988 and is the proud father of two young adult children. He and his family are members of Shades Crest Baptist Church, Birmingham, AL. Rod enjoys riding his motorcycle and is a published author and photographer. He also enjoys spending time with his family and extended family and looks forward to the too-seldom trips to the Emerald Coast of Northwest Florida, where he grew up.
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VP for Administration
Dr. Chip Colee began as Vice President for Administration at Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes & Family Ministries (ABCH) in September, 2016. Chip is a graduate of Samford University (1990), The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. (1993), and earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, Tn.
Growing up in Tuscaloosa and Prattville, Ala., Chip is a lifelong Alabama Baptist who served First Baptist Church Decatur, Ala. for 10 years and First Baptist Church Montgomery, Ala. for 12 years. In addition to conference leadership, as well as other boards and leadership roles, he has served as a key leader with Children’s Hope, a ministry of FBC Montgomery which operates an orphanage, medical, and ministry center in Jacmel, Haiti.
His wife, Christy Choyce Colee, earned degrees from Samford University, Birmingham, Ala. and The University of Alabama at Birmingham. After more than 20 years teaching high school, she is currently employed by myON, a division of Capstone Publishing, assisting schools with a digital reading platform. Chip and Christy are members of Hunter Street Baptist Church, and they have two children, Christopher and Caroline, who are both students at Samford University. Chip’s hobbies include hunting, fishing, and Crimson Tide sports.
Chief Operations Officer, North Alabama
Dr. Michael Smith has served with Alabama Baptist Children's Homes & Family Ministries in northern Alabama since 2006. Michael has been practicing social work for 20 years in a variety of settings. His efforts are focused on maintaining strong residential care, shelter care, and foster care programs in the northern Alabama area. He is available to speak to churches and groups on topics related to child welfare, program development, and organizational change.
Michael’s education includes a Bachelor of Social Work, Master of Social Work, and Master of Business Administration from the University of Alabama. Michael also earned the Doctor of Philosophy in Management from Walden University. He is a licensed certified social worker (LCSW) and holds a private independent practitioner certificate (PIP) with endorsements in clinical social work, social work administration, social work research, social casework, and community organization. He has served as an item writer, exam reviewer, and content reviewer for social work licensure examinations for the Association of Social Work Boards since 2003.
Michael and his wife, Lisa, have two sons. They attend of Central Baptist Church in Decatur. He enjoys being involved in local volunteer activities that have an impact on young lives, such coaching youth sports.
Chief Operations Officer, South Alabama
Dana served with Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes & Family Ministries as a development associate from 2003-2006. He then worked with Mobile County Department of Human Resources as a senior social worker from 2006 to 2008. Dana returned to the Children’s Homes ministry in 2008 to serve as supervisor of social services on the Mobile campus before being promoted to his current position of Regional Vice President (South Alabama).
Dana holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala.; master’s degrees in Christian education and ministry-based evangelism from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas; and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Mobile. In addition, Dana is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Eastern University. He is also a licensed graduate social worker.
Dana is married to Ashleigh Zirlott from Irvington, Ala., and they have four daughters. He and his family attend First Baptist Church, Tillman's Corner, in Mobile.
Area Director for Southeast Alabama
Kim McGainey has served with Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes & Family Ministries since 2003. In 2005, she began serving as the Area Director for Southeastern Alabama. Kim received both her masters in agency counseling and bachelor of arts in social work from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Ala. She has since also received her masters in social work.
The Lord has given her a heart for children, and she has fulfilled that call by working with abused, neglected children for more than 13 years.
Kim is also active in the children’s ministry of her church, WireGrass Church, Dothan, Ala. Kim and her husband, Michael, have been married for 14 years and are the proud parents of three children.
Area Director for Northeast Alabama
Amber Albright has served with Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes & Family Ministries since 2008. In 2016, she began serving as the Area Director for Northeast Alabama. Amber holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala.; and a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of North Alabama, Florence, Ala. She is also a licensed master’s social worker. From a young age, Amber has always felt a calling to work with children. By working at Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes & Family Ministries, she has been able to fulfill this calling that the Lord has placed on her life. Amber and her husband, Jeffrey, have one daughter. Jeffrey is currently on staff at First Baptist Church in Hartselle, Ala. As Amber and Jeffrey transition to the Oxford Area, they will be actively seeking a new church within the area.
Director of Social Services, Birmingham
Elise has worked with Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes in the Birmingham area since 2012. She first served as a child case worker before moving into her position as Director of Social Services, Birmingham, in 2017. Elise received her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of North Alabama and her Master of Social Work from the University of Alabama. She is a licensed, certified social worker (LCSW) and holds a private independent practitioner certificate (PIP) with endorsements in clinical social work and social casework. She holds a Trust-Based Relational Intervention® Practitioner certification from the TCU Institute of Child Development.
Elise surrendered to ministry when she was in high school and has always had a heart for helping the vulnerable and “outcasts” of society. She is very thankful that the Lord made clear the path to take, that led to her ministry work here at ABCH.
Elise has been married to Clay Vincent since 2012, and they reside in the Birmingham area. They are actively engaged and serve in several ministries within their church, Valley Creek Baptist in Hueytown, Ala. Clay and Elise enjoy spending time with friends and family, and they frequently travel to Ensenada, Mexico, where Elise’s parents are missionaries in the deaf community.
Vice President of Counseling Ministries
Ross Hickman is a Licensed Professional Counselor licensed by the Board of Examiners in Counseling of the State of Alabama. His License number is #1459A and he was licensed in February, 2008. Mr. Hickman was also promoted to the role of Program Director at Pathways in 2012.
Mr. Hickman earned his Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in history from Grand Canyon University located in Phoenix, Arizona. He earned his Master of Arts (MA) in Community Counseling from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Mr. Hickman is in the process of completing additional graduate studies in Counselor Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Mr. Hickman is certified to administer the PREPARE/ENRICH battery of pre-marital and marital inventories. Mr. Hickman utilizes a prescriptive pragmatic approach that involves tailoring interventions to fit a client’s specific needs, in hopes of maximizing positive results. His work usually involves some cognitive-behavioral interventions. Mr. Hickman has experience working with children, teens and adults.
Mr. Hickman has worked at Pathways Professional Counseling since 2007.
Clinical Director of Marriage and Family
Lisa Edwards Keane is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) licensed by the Board of Examiners in Counseling of the State of Alabama. In 2012, Mrs. Keane earned her License Professional Counselor Supervisor credential as well. She is also a Registered Play Therapist - Supervisor and National Board Certified Counselor (NCC). She has been the Clinical Director of Pathways Professional Counseling since March 2012. Ms. Keane earned her Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a focus in adolescent development from Auburn University. She also earned her Master of Arts (MA) in Marriage and Family Counseling from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Ms. Keane has completed additional graduate studies in Counselor Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Ms. Keane is also trained in utilizing Theraplay to work with children who have attachment challenges. She finds this to be an area of particular interest. As foster and adoptive families work through the challenges associated with their situation, she can be used as resource to help guide the family down the path of attachment and healing. Ms. Keane is certified to administer the PREPARE/ENRICH battery of pre- marital and marital inventories. Ms. Keane is also an administrator of the Achenbach System of Empirically Based Assessments (ASEBA). Ms. Keane has also been trained in Critical Incident and Stress Management (CISM) in the school, community, or individual setting. She has utilized CISM in school and communities settings after a traumatic event has occurred. She utilizes a brief-solution focused framework while pulling also from many different schools of counseling. This allows her to tailor her counseling and be eclectic in her approach toward individual client’s needs. Ms. Keane has experience working with children, teens and adults. Ms. Keane also believes it is very important to integrate faith into her counseling by using prayer, scriptures, and theological studies. Ms. Keane is a speaker and trainer on a variety of topics. She has presented at national professional conferences as well as national adoption/foster care conferences. She enjoys speaking to a wide variety and sizes of groups. Feel free to contact her if you have a speaking request need.
Ms. Keane has worked at Pathways Professional Counseling since January of 2007.
Clinical Director of Children and Adolescents
Kristin Lowrey has worked with Pathways Professional Counseling since 2010. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LiCSW) and is certified for Private Independent Practice of Social Work (PIP) in the areas of social casework, clinical social work, and social work administration. She is also a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Harding University and her Masters of Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore with a concentration in Clinical Work with Families and Children. Kristin has over 15 years of clinical experience working with adults, children, couples, and families. She is trained in utilizing Theraplay techniques and the Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) model to work with children who have attachment challenges. She specializes in working with foster and adoptive families. Her clinical interests include childhood trauma, attachment struggles, and parenting. She enjoys working alongside families in order to help guide them to a place of healing and appreciates the opportunity to share her knowledge about helping children with attachment challenges. Kristin has presented at national and international professional conferences as well as national adoption/foster care conferences.
Director of Accounting & Finance
Sam joined the ABCH staff as the Director of Accounting & Finance in 2013. He holds a BSBA degree in Accounting and a MBA from Troy State University. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) as well as a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA).
Sam has been passionate about ABCH for a long time and previously served the ministry as an external auditor as well as a Trustee. He felt called to join the staff full-time and when asked why he is so excited to work at ABCH, Sam said he enjoys being able to "come to work each day to serve children and families in our care and see the eternal Impact of our ministry’s work."
Sam is married to Paige and they have three children, Noah, Leah, and Caleb. They are actively involved at Hunter Street Baptist Church and live in Vestavia, AL.
Michelle Drashman Glassford
Director of Communications
Michelle joined our leadership team in September 2014 as the Director of Communications. Before joining ABCH, she served for several years at national WMU in Birmingham, Ala., as marketing strategist for age-level resources and corporate communications. Prior to moving to Birmingham in 2007 from Mobile, Ala., she spent five years working at her college alma mater, University of Mobile, as their first Director of Alumni & Parent Relations. And before finishing college, she was able to work and interact with people from all over the world as a cast member for the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. Her educational background includes degree work towards a master of fine arts in graphic design with Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Cal., and she has a Bachelors of Science degree in Communication and Art from University of Mobile, Mobile, Ala. Michelle's diverse work background and educational experiences have provided her with unique insights and opportunities in developing programs and brands with excellence. In joining our team, she says she is, “Very excited to use the gifts God has given me to invest in little (and big) lives all around Alabama. The ways ABCH helps children and families is beautiful, and I’m so happy to be a part of this healing, Christ-centered work.” Michelle is a newlywed, as she happily married Mark Glassford in October 2016.
Director of Development
Jay began working as a Development Officer for ABCH in 2013 after having worked for two other Baptist Children’s Homes ministries in nearby states—Florida Baptist Children’s Homes and Baptist Children’s Homes of Illinois. On January 1, 2017, he was promoted to his current position, Director of Development.
Jay holds a Master of Arts degree in Leadership from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. and a bachelor’s degree from Samford University, Birmingham, Ala. He earned his Credentialed Certified Nonprofit Leader (CCNL) certification from Christian Leadership Alliance in 2016 and has been an active member of CONNECTIONS (The Association of Baptist Children’s Homes Professionals) since 2009. Jay is an active Samford University alumnus, having served on the Young Alumni Board for three years, one of which he served as President of the Board.
Jay grew up in the shadow of the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes where his mother retired as the VP of Development, fulfilling a 20-year career. This gave him the unique opportunity to see the vast needs of foster children in a personal way as he volunteered and spent time around the Tallahassee Children’s Home campus throughout his childhood, eventually working his first job at that location.
Jay and his wife Lauren live in Trussville, Ala. with their two children, Brayden and Isabella. He enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, CrossFit, watching college football, and spending time outdoors.
Director of Legacy Planning
Bob Dewhurst has served with Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes & Family Ministries since 1992, focusing on consistently communicating and attracting the resources needed for the work of the ministry.
Bob holds a doctor of education in organizational leadership as well as a master of arts, a bachelor of science and an associate of arts.
He is available to lead workshops on a variety of topics including child protection, estate planning and Christian stewardship.
He strives to live out the virtues of service, and has served or is serving on the governing boards for a variety of organizations, from private schools to international relief groups. He and his wife, Sonja, have been foster parents for 36 abused, abandoned and otherwise needy children during the past 20 years. They are members of Hunter Street Baptist Church, Birmingham, Ala.
One of Bob’s greatest areas of satisfaction is in his role as a father. He is a stepfather, birth father and adoptive father. Bob and Sonja have five children and four grandchildren.