Best of 2020: The McKinney Family Brings Their Son Home during COVID-19


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Jana Lombardo is the Senior Program Director of International Programs. She has been with Lifeline since 1992 after she graduated from Auburn with a bachelor’s degree in social work. She worked for six and a half years as a domestic social worker/ birthmother counselor until the birth of her first son Eli. She became a TBRI Practitioner in 2017. Jana and her husband, Luke, are also proud parents of another son, Gideon. Jana has been serving Lifeline for over twenty-two years and serves Lifeline as the program coordinator for Ukraine, Poland, Romania and Kyrgyzstan. She helps to oversee the Bulgaria and Hungary programs as well. This encompasses all of Lifeline’s Eastern European Countries and Kyrgyzstan.

Brianna Thomas works as a social worker on Lifeline’s Eurasia team. Brianna graduated from the University of Montevallo in 2016 with a Bachelor’s in Social Work and received her Master’s in Social Work form The University of Alabama in May of 2018. She has always had a connection to Lifeline and was excited to join the team in January of 2016. Six years ago, the Lord confirmed her outlook on caring for orphans around the world and international adoption when close family friends adopted from Uganda and brought home a very special little boy that changed her life and heart forever. Brianna is thankful to be a part of the Eurasia team to serve families throughout their adoption journey! She is grateful for Lifeline and the opportunity to work for a gospel centered ministry who cares for vulnerable children all over the world.

Brian and Sarah McKenney live near Chattanooga, Tennessee with their seven children, two of whom are adopted. Sarah homeschools their children and is acting ringleader of their family circus and Brian serves on the staff of Calvary Chapel Chattanooga as the Communication Director and hosts their weekend services. Brian and Sarah have a passion for God's Word and absolutely love their wonderful, difficult, crazy, blessed life with a family of 9.

Herbie Newell is the President & Executive Director of Lifeline Children’s Services and its ministry arms.


The mission of Lifeline Children’s Services is to equip the Body of Christ to manifest the gospel to vulnerable children. Our vision is for vulnerable children and their communities to be transformed by the gospel and to make disciples.

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