Our Staff

 

 

Christian Johnson, Executive Director

Christian joined CWC as the Executive Director in 2017 after retiring as a lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Army.  He comes with the unique perspective of having been conceived in rape and exists today because of a pregnancy-help ministry that came along his mother’s side during a time of crisis.  She could have taken the culturally acceptable easy way out with an abortion, but instead, she chose to see the pregnancy through, giving Christian the gift of life.  He says, “Were it not for my biological mother’s courage and the support she received, my adoptive family would not have had a son and brother, nor would my own two children exist today.  I believe God gave me this life story to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others.”

Christian holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish Education from Liberty University and Masters of Quality Systems Management from the National Graduate School.  His diverse professional experience includes sexual assault victim advocacy, strategic partnership development, marketing/advertising program management, family support programs, and high school teacher/coach which all uniquely prepared him for this position.  Christian is married to his wife Amie of 22 yrs and they have two children currently attending college.

Sarah Dunford, Client Services Director

Sarah came to Choices Women’s Center as the Client Services Director in 2016. Her passion to help others facing the same difficult circumstances she once encountered was the driving force behind her decision to join the CWC team. Sarah became a mother at just sixteen-years old and understands perfectly the struggles of being a teen mother, a single mother, and making a blended family thrive!

She credits the grace of God as well as good people willing to help young mothers like herself, for the ability to finish her education. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University as well as her masters degree from Liberty University. She comes to the center with experience in the field of education. She is currently writing a book addressing the needs of young women that find themselves in frightening & seemingly impossible situations!

Sarah and her husband have been married 17 years. They have two children and a crazy dog.  She loves reading, writing, and a beach. Not in that order. A few of her favorite things are travel, photography, and all things family.

Gloria Whitley, Nurse Manager

 In 1974, Gloria was the Nursing Supervisor for Rappahannock Health District where she referred several girls for an abortion. Soon after, she became pro-life. Since then she has dedicated her life to the pro-life movement. Her favorite aspect of working at CWC is being able to share Jesus’ love, purpose, and plan these babies’ lives. She also loves seeing new life, a beautiful, miraculous, creation of God. It never gets old. When asked how this experience has changed her, Gloria responded, “I am full and blessed to minister with so many lovely, passionate, Godly women. Their unique impact has increased my joy, made me more grateful, and encouraged me to aim higher. The clients also have demonstrated great strength and hope in the midst of tragic life circumstances. And even the clients who choose abortion renew my commitment to life. Seeing lives healed and changed gives me encouragement to see God’s grace on display. One of our consultants always says, ‘When we do the difficult, God does the impossible.’ When I am weary, burdened, or full of mistakes, I experience grace.”

Carol Albright, Staff Nurse

Carol is an RN, LPN, and Certified Holistic Health Coach with over 10 years of experience in the areas of nursing, health and wellness. She began volunteering at Choices Women’s Center in September 2016. Carol completed her nurse sonography training through NIFLA in February 2017 and has been volunteering at the center ever since. In June 2018, she accepted the staff nurse position at CWC. Carol recently retired from a 22-year career in home education and tutoring. Carol comes from a large family of 10 and grew up in Wisconsin. She and her late husband Frank have six children and seven grandchildren. Her hobbies include cooking, hiking, kayaking and traveling. Some of her favorite trips include the Grand Canyon, Mount Desert Island and the Panama Canal.

When Carol attended volunteer training in September 2016, she was introduced to Heartbeat International’s Love Approach model. This model resonated with her and her desire to use her nursing and motherhood skills to help and encourage others. She knew from the start that she wanted to be ready and available for whatever work God had for her through this community resource center. Carol loves working in an environment where the goal is to share God’s love and the hope that comes from believing and trusting in him. One of her favorite things among many about Choices Women’s Center is their vision to, “Offer hope and life-affirming choices.”

Ashley Duff, Director of Operations 

Ashley was born in Fredericksburg and has lived here her whole life. She gave her life to the Lord when she was 3 and she has been active in church ever since. Her hobbies include, playing guitar, singing, camping, and spending time with her husband.

Ashley began getting involved in the pro-life movement by volunteering with Rock-for-Life in middle school. God brought her to Choices Women’s Center in July of 2016. Her favorite aspect of working at CWC is being able to see lives being changed. Ashley says, “Every morning when I walk into work, I can feel God’s presence. Every week I am amazed by the new stories of God answering prayers.”

Machelle Edivan, Finance Manager

Machelle Edivan began working at Choices because she has a “passion for babies” and her “heart aches for women who have abortions and struggle with the guilt.” She says her favorite part of working at Choices is the people. She says the staff and volunteers, “truly care about the clients that walk through the door.” Because she works “behind the scenes,” she does not talk to the clients directly but does get to see how God moves to change the life of a client.

Machelle believes that working at the center is a constant reminder of how great God is.

Machelle’s favorite activities include reading, scrap booking, mission trips, spending time with her family and working with the youth group at church. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business, has been married for 24 years, and has four children. She and her husband are also foster parents.

Laura Echevarria, Communications Director

Laura has lived in Fredericksburg since she was 9 years-old. She was always pro-life but was greatly influenced to be more involved on the issue after a friend considered having an abortion but changed her mind when she received help from Laura and others. Laura became active in the pro-life movement to help change the way women in desperate situations were given the “solution” of abortion instead of real help. 

For ten years, Laura worked for a national pro-life organization until the birth of her third child. Since then, Laura has written for various publications—both locally and nationally—about pro-life and political issues, media criticism, and raising children with special needs. Laura has taught English on the high school and college level. She holds a bachelor’s degree in speech communications and has completed some work towards a master’s degree in English. 

She and her husband have three children, two of whom are on the autism spectrum. Laura and her husband have been married 24 years.

Krissy Hinton, Events Coordinator

Krissy has had a camera in her hand since it had to be loaded with film, and in 2011 she launched her own photography business named Depiction. Last year, she followed God on a mission’s journey around the world, serving in YWAM bases in Uganda, South Africa, New Zealand, Cambodia, Germany, and Switzerland, as well as stopping in Swaziland and Israel. She  also helps lead in youth ministry and loves doing it. 

She says, “My family has always been involved in the fight against abortion and I’m proud to be a part of that even from a young age. I feel like it’s always been something I’ve fought for. I wanted to join the team at CWC because I wanted to use the gifts God gave me to help with the work close to His heart. I’m here because He’s here.”

Katie Hinton, Receptionist

Katie Hinton was born near Marion, Indiana and raised along with her 9 siblings surrounded by Indiana cornfields until her family moved to Fredericksburg in 1999.  She was born in the middle of all 10 children, which she says is her favorite place to be. She works at a pottery shop part-time and enjoys creating and selling pottery along with teaching wheel-throwing classes. 

Katie volunteered with CWC as she had time in her high school years, but began volunteering weekly in 2015 and was then hired as CWC’s Receptionist in February of last year.  She has always been encouraged to be involved in the pro-life fight, even from a young age watching her father co-found the first pro-life policy advocacy group in their county in Indiana.

 

 

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