Montgomery Office (Main Office)
Jimmy Dobbs, LICSW, Executive Director
Jimmy received his Master’s degree in social work from the University of Alabama in 1974 and has been Executive Director of Agape of Central Alabama since 1985. He has spent over 40 years as a social worker helping children find healing and permanency. Jimmy is active at his church in teaching young children and in supporting foreign mission efforts.
Steve Duer,LICSW, Director of Community Relations
Steve joined the Agape team in 2016 as the Director of Community Relations. Steve has a long history with Agape. As a teen, his mom and dad were foster parents for Agape. He then worked for Agape from 1995-2002 in the Birmingham office. Steve’s focus is on stregnthening exisiting relationship with Agape’s supporters and connecting new supports with Agape.
Carol Esco, LMSW, Adoption Specialist
Carol has served hundreds of families over the 25 years she has worked with Agape. She has vast experience counseling pregnant women on their adoption options. One of her favorite aspects of her job is working with adopted children who have decided with their parents to have a relationship with their birth parents. The evidence that these decisions promote healthy long-term relationships overshadows any possible heartache. She truly loves her job!
Buddy Renahan, LICSW, Director of Out of Home Care
Buddy has over 20 years’ experience working with families, children and pregnant women. Over the years, Buddy has striven to reach each of his clients’ needs by respecting the child’s best interest in every situation. This means that everyone involved – birth parents, adoptive parents and child – is best served through a common goal.
Marlea Johnson, Business Manager
Marlea has worked with Agape since 2007. After moving to Montgomery, she prayed for God to send her a job. And He did. He gave her more than she could’ve ever asked or imagined. He’s given her an opportunity to develop her gifts in a wonderfully caring, supportive environment with colleagues who desire to be led by His Spirit to help children and families. This grandmother loves her family. And she loves Agape’s focus on seeking “what’s best for the child.”
Amanda Gunn, Outreach Coordinator
Amanda has supported Agape for years in multiple ways especially by selling pecans in the annual fundraiser. After being a stay at home mom, Amanda prayed for opportunities to go back to work and Agape called! She is a graduate of Auburn University in Mass Communications. Amanda and her family have a heart for orphans having traveled to Malawi, Africa many times to serve children.
Megan Malinoski, Director of Permanency Planning
Megan has always known that she would be a social worker and that her career would involve serving children and families. She has over three years of experience working in child welfare, specifically in the field of international adoption. She is wholeheartedly committed to Agape’s mission and believes that working in adoption is not only her passion but the Lord’s calling for her life.
Natalie Chambers, Social Worker
Natalie graduated with a BSW from The University of Montevallo. She has since used her skills to help people from all walks of life. Natalie says, “God has led me here and I’m looking forward to serving his purpose through joining the Agape ministry.”
Kelly Curry LICSW, PIP, Child & Family Therapist
Since the beginning of her professional career, Kelly has been devoted in her work with vulnerable children and their families. Prior to coming to AGAPE of Central Alabama, Inc., Kelly was trained extensively by Leigh Anne Harrington, LCSW, PIP and worked as the Family Therapist within an interdisciplinary team of specialists at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s International Adoption Clinic and has also been involved in developing a curriculum to help troubled youth. Additionally, Kelly is a Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Practitioner which was developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross at the TCU Institute of Child Development, a Prepare & Enrich Facilitator (a Pre-Marital and Marital Assessment tool) and utilizes Theraplay® informed practice in her therapeutic work.Most notably, Kelly has both a personal and professional passion in helping vulnerable children, specifically, orphan care, and she specializes in working with foster and adoptive families. In her work at AGAPE, Kelly assesses and educates families prior to adoption to promote healthy and positive long-term outcomes, provides therapeutic support before beginning the journey of adoption or fostering, works abroad to help develop best practices for permanency goals, assesses a family’s overall needs post adoption, provides clinical interventions and counseling to address the emotional, mental, educational and spiritual needs of children and their families, and provides crisis intervention. She looks forward to hearing your story and finding ways to help in your own personal journey!
Caitlin Inman, LMSW, Adoption Supervisor
Caitlin began her work in adoption in 2012 and also has experience working in foster care, reunification services, and in-home therapy. Caitlin’s passion and dedication for domestic adoption comes from her own experiences as an adoptee. Her desire is to see adopted children placed in the care of adoptive parents that are educated and attuned to the unique needs of adopted children and fully prepared to respond to those needs with sensitivity.
Sandra Spillner-Martin, Administrative Assistant
EmailSandra gets a kick out of organizing paper work, and having all her ducks in a row. She is a mother of four and loves working with children in her home, in her neighborhood and abroad.
Linda Sanders, Social Worker
Linda’s passion is serving children. She thoroughly enjoys foster care and adoption and says the most wonderful thing about her job is serving children and Jesus at the same time. Being the lone social worker in the Wiregrass area means Linda wears a lot of hats: Social Worker, Secretary, IT guru, PR representative. She loves them all, maybe some more than others.