The Resource Team

Family Development Specialists:

Sarah Shands, B.A.

  • Lead Family Development Specialist
  • Bachelor’s in Human Services and Psychology with a Minor in Sociology from Missouri Baptist University.
  • Related Experience:
    • Missouri Baptist University-Student Activities and Event Planner
    • Missouri Baptist University-Assistant to the President’s Office
  • Joined Bringing Families Together in 2017

Holly Bennett, B.S.W.

  • Bachelors of Social Work from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri.
  • Related Experience:
    • Intern at Bringing Families Together
    • Family Service Worker at Bringing Families Together
    • Family Development Specialist/Adoption Specialist at Bringing Families Together
    • Member of Bringing Families Together Foster & Adoption Support group
    • Member of Bringing Families Together LGBTQ+ Foster & Adoption Support Group
  • Joined Bringing Families Together in 2018.

Carol Pine, B.S.W.

  • Bachelors of Social Work from Southeast Missouri State University
  • Related Experience:
    • Youth Specialist, Division of Youth Services
    • Intern, Division of Youth Services
  • Joined Bringing Families Together in 2020.

Rachel Ratajczyk, B.S.W.

  • Bachelor of Social Work from Lindenwood University
  • Related Experience:
    • Internship at Bringing Families Together in Intensive In-Home Services
    • Preschool Assistant Teacher
  • Joined Bringing Families Together in 2020