Program Staff

Rebecca Boone, LCSW, Program Manager

Rebecca Boone holds a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Troy University. She is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), a Trust Based Relational Interventions (TBRI) Practitioner, and also a Board Certified Biblical Counselor through the American Association of Christian Counselors. She came to work for CGA in May of 2001. Born and raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Rebecca was an active member of her church from a young age. After gaining experience with several social service organizations and advocacy groups, Rebecca’s passion for ministry grew. That’s why she loves working at CGA, where she is able to do be a part of an organization that equips young people through a Christ-centered approach. Rebecca is happily married and lives with her husband and adopted son in the local area. Others describe her as hard-working, compassionate, and family-oriented. In her free time, she enjoys being with friends and family, walking her dogs, and taking up new projects such as making jams and gardening.

Christina Hayes, Assistant Program Manager

Christina Hayes is a graduate of Georgia College and State University and earned a B.S. in Psychology. Throughout college Christina volunteered for Young Life, a ministry that mentors and disciples adolescents. During Christina’s time in Young life the Lord developed a passion in her to disciple teenage girls. Christina said, “I always knew the world was broken, anyone can see that but it wasn’t until The Lord brought healing to my life that I began to realize that I was able to help lead others to Christ so that they may find healing as well.” Christina interned at a behavior health center during college and discovered there her desire to be a counselor. After college Christina served as a youth director in southeast Georgia. Christina enjoys being outside, reading, hiking, playing the guitar and writing her own music. Her friends would describe her as someone who is intentional, caring and outdoorsy.

Shanelle Lashley, Assistant Program Manager

Shanelle grew up in Columbus, GA in a Christian family and a dad who was a Pastor. It was in her junior year of high school when she realized she wanted to do something with her life to help hurting people. After High School, Shanelle attended Columbus State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Minor in Spanish. After graduating college Shanelle served on the Youth Staff at North Highlands Church where she organized youth events and small groups. Now with CGA, Shanelle is able to utilize the gifts and passion to help hurting teen girls. Shanelle serves as a residential counselor at CGA and is most passionate about showing students the love of God. Shanelle loves people and wants to share God’s love with as many people she may reach.

Sarah Gibson, Lead Counselor

Through close friendships in college, Sarah was learned about the ministry of Teen Challenge. In 2002 after college graduation, she relocated to devote her passions to the CGA family. Sarah holds a B.A. in Psychology and has earned multiple certifications for child development through ongoing training and classes. Sarah learned how to trust God through early childhood illness, and has served Him since youth. She wants others to experience the same joy and peace she has enjoyed through the blessing of serving Christ. Sarah most enjoys helping students relate their life experiences with God’s reality through group and individual counseling. She is known to be sociable and gentle, with an eagerness for truth and wisdom. These traits have served her well in her role at CGA as a counselor. Sarah most enjoys her free time spent with family and friends, especially her husband and sons.

Monica Ford, School Principal

Monica Ford grew up here locally in a Christian home and was always active in church, school, and the community. Monica attended The University Of Alabama where she obtained a B.A. in psychology and a minor in Social Work. During her junior year in college, the Lord revealed to her that part of her calling would be to work with the youth. Monica worked as a counselor for 4 years and then went into teaching. She has been teaching for the past 14 years. Monica likes making learning fun for her students and tries to set an example of Christ to all by having a good attitude. Her favorite saying is “Keep a smile on your face and a song in your heart”. Monica likes spending time with her family, traveling, hiking, reading, and writing books.

Candace Williams, School Administrator

Candace Williams comes to CGA after 25 years as a missionary in Europe. Her profession before her missionary career was Math Education and she has taught High School math for 15 years. Candace is certified to teach math in four states and internationally. Her last teaching position was at Evangelical Christian Academy in Madrid Spain. Candace has been acquainted with Teen Challenge since 1965 when a group of Teen Challenge men shared their testimonies in her father’s church. Candace’s husband joined the Global Teen Challenge team in August 2011 and she joined our team here at CGA in October 2011. Candace enjoys teaching math at every level. She says, “Math seems to be challenging for most, yet with encouragement and skilled instruction, the girls complete their courses successfully.” If her students could use one word to describe Mrs. Williams, it would be “inspiring”. Candace likes to spend her free time enjoying family, church, photography, and gardening.

Emorie Galliher, Counselor

Emorie was born and raised in Fayetteville, Georgia where you can be sure to find a Chick-fil-A on every corner! God has always been a big presence in Emorie’s life. She received a Bachelors of Science in Child and Youth Development from Point University and a Masters Degree in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University. Counseling youth is a passion and calling for Emorie and she is excited to be a part of all the amazing things God is doing in the lives of students at Columbus Girl Academy.

Teresa Bowman, Counselor

Teresa earned a B.A. in Health and Physical Education from Albany State University, a M.A. in Organizational Leadership, from LaGrange College, and an M.S. in Psychology and Counseling from Troy University. Teresa is also a Licensed Minister and serves as the lead counselor at her local church.  She has worked with youth who face life challenges in the capacity of director of a Group Home for at-risk youth, as an educator in an Alternative High School Program, serving youth who were expelled from all traditional educational settings, as a Vocational Employment Specialist, and as a therapist for youth in the foster care system, as well as counseling in the private sector. Teresa’s goal is to assist youth with making changes by the renewing of the mind and healing of the soul from the effects of trauma. She believes it is with the extension of the love of Jesus that all people can be made whole.  Teresa is the mother of four amazing children and has two grandchildren.

Charlie Williams, Teacher

Charlie Williams grew up overseas as a missionary kid in Europe, and learned in his high-school years that he had a knack for taking complicated concepts and breaking them down into simple, easy-to-understand bits and pieces. Taking this skill, Charlie went to university with the express purpose of becoming a teacher. Earning his bachelor’s in teaching, Charlie now strives to help students in any way he can. Using his eclectic knowledge of science, math, english, and history, he now helps the girls here improve themselves through their academics. His work helps students to learn about the fascinating parts of God’s world, as he always hoped he would.

CeeJae Fowler, Equine Specialist

We are excited to introduce you to our new equine specialist CeeJae Fowler. CeeJae is an U.S. Army Veteran and Founder/Director of CherAmi Farms Horsemanship Program, a non-profit organization in Seale, AL that uses Equine Education and Peer-to-Peer interaction to uplift and encourage at-risk girls. She holds a Criminal Justice Bachelor’s (B.S.) degree with an emphasis in Juvenile Delinquency from Columbus State University and is currently working on her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree. CeeJae has a daughter who is currently enrolled in college. In her free time, CeeJae enjoys crafts and woodworking. We are so glad to be partnering with CeeJae and CherAmi Farms.


Kaitlin Vied, Program Assistant

Kaitlin is a CGA Teen Challenge graduate and went through the program in 2010. After surrendering her life to the Lord, God gave her a passion for missions and discipleship ministry. After completing Teen Challenge, Kaitlin went to Emerging Leaders College where she earned her Associates Degree in Bible and Theology, and received hands on ministry training. While in college, she felt the call to come back to the Teen Challenge ministry. One of Kaitlin’s greatest passions is walking through the daily process of life transformation with people. She enjoys being outdoors, reading, and playing music with her friends. Her friends would describe her as fun-loving, energetic, and strong willed.

Brooke Shewman, Program Assistant

Brooke is from the small town of Fitzgerald, Georgia, but has moved throughout the states of Georgia and Florida as her family has dedicated years to serving in various roles within the Teen Challenge ministry. Having spent most of her life growing up on Teen Challenge campuses, there was no question that Brooke would one day officially join the TC family. Through the University of West Florida, Brooke has earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Social Work minor focusing on Substance Abuse. In her free time, Brooke enjoys reading, working on creative projects, and spending time with her family. However, her favorite way to pass time is lending an ear to listen and easy conversation to whoever may be in need to it.

Marissa Raibley, Residential Staff

Marissa Raibley was raised in a Christian household and has been a part of leadership in youth ministry since 2012. She attended Corbin University getting degrees in business and ministry. One of Marissa’s passions is travel. It was during a six month trip in Guatemala that Marissa felt confirmation that the pursuit of youth ministry is God’s direction for her life. Originally from Oregon, Marissa packed up her car and drove the 41 hours to join the CGA team. Her passion for youth is that they might come to a true understanding of Jesus and have the confidence to live out and share their faith. Marissa loves spending time with friends and family, hiking, traveling, painting, gardening, and learning languages.

Bailey Jones, Residential Staff

Bailey Jones was born in Misawa, Japan and grew up in a Christian family, the youngest of five kids. She was raised in Portland, Oregon and Knoxville, Tennessee. Bailey has been working in youth ministry since 2015 with experience as a youth director and camp counselor prior to joining the team at CGA. Bailey is finishing her degree in Christian Leadership with an emphasis in counseling through Lee University’s online program. Bailey enjoys in her free time photography, painting, singing, and spending time with her nieces and nephew.

Alexandria Prell

Alexandria Prell was born and raised in Arizona and Florida. The oldest of three, Alexandria grew up in a Christian home and was surrounded by the love and care of her family. During high school, Alexandria volunteered with Covenant Hospice and helped organize activities with the nursing home patients as well as other events. After high school, Alexandria pursued her calling to missions and completed two years of Bible college at Teen Missions Bible Mission and Work Training Center. While she was there she received a certificate in Biblical studies. Alexandria completed a nine month internship in Honduras with Teen Missions, and at the beginning of 2022, she returned to overseas ministry for two months volunteering at a Christian orphanage located in Marcala, Honduras. Alexandria’s heart and passion is for others to know Jesus and experience His love in their lives. She takes joy in helping others and being a servant of the Lord wherever He leads her in ministry. In her free time Alexandria enjoys spending time with friends and family, listening to music, and creating art and music through piano, ukulele, crochet, and other spontaneous DIY projects.

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