Dan and Holly Williams – Executive Directors
Dan and Holly Williams are Florida natives who have served in the Teen Challenge ministry ever since graduating the Teen Challenge location in Ft. Myers, Florida. They know firsthand how God can use Teen Challenge to transform lives for eternity. Dan and Holly have served in various leadership capacities with Teen Challenge that range from counseling, training, managing programs, and other capacities. They have been incredibly proud to serve as the Executive Directors of Lakeland Girls Academy since the fall of 2017.
Dan and Holly both have degrees in Bible and Theology from Global University, and Dan is a licensed pastor with the Assemblies of God. Dan also proudly serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Association of Christian Child Caring Agencies, or FACCCA.
Dan and Holly enjoy hiking, the outdoors, great coffee, and spending time with family and friends. They are, however, most passionate about seeing lives changed through the power of Jesus Christ, and seeing God restore lives and families through the Teen Challenge program. Dan and Holly are also proud parents of their daughter Avery, who is a tremendous joy.
Allison Lanier – Program Manager
Allison is a lifetime resident of Lakeland, Florida. God has taken her on many adventures around the world (attending a 600 year old university in Scotland, getting lost on the streets of Rome, and zip lining through the Guatemalan rainforest, just to name a few), but she always finds her way back home. When she’s not walking families through the admissions process at LGA, Allison serves on the leadership team at Love Haiti Partnership, helping to provide humanitarian aid and educational opportunities for children in Haiti. She loves breakfast food, fair trade fashion, and laughing loudly. Allison has a heart for people and desires to make everyone she meets feel worthy, no matter what their circumstances.
Cilicia Seibers – Program Assistant
Cilicia is from McMinnville, Tennessee and is a proud graduate Teen Challenge Fort Myers women’s center. After graduating Teen Challenge she felt God wanted her to just stay still and complete a year long internship with Teen Challenge. During this internship is where the Lord put a special call on her life to work with teenagers. Her heart is for helping people reach their potential but most of all sharing the love of Christ. She loves to encourage and build others up. Cilicia has two little girls Kadence and Kennadee. She has watched God completely restore her relationship with her children. She not only can tell them about the love of Christ and His transforming power, but she can show them. Her life verse is “For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord . They are plans for good and not disaster, to give you a future and hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
Debbie Provost – Counselor
Debbie Provost is from the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. She is a graduate of Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, TX majoring in Counseling. She currently resides in Lakeland with her husband Jimmy and their daughter Kaylee. In her spare time, Debbie enjoys planning fun adventures for her daughter and spending time with her family. Her life verse is: “Forget the former things, do not dwell in the past, see I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up, do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19
Lauren Straubel – Residential Counselor
Lauren Straubel is a Lakeland native. Following high school she studied for two years at Word of Life Bible Institute where she got an associates degree in biblical studies. During her time at Word of Life she gained a deeper understanding of who she is in Christ and was better equipped to live a life of ministry. After Word of Life she continued her education at Trinity Baptist College in Jacksonville, FL where she graduated with a bachelors degree in Christian Counseling. She has a passion for bringing the hope of the gospel to young people and is excited to be able to do what she loves every day. “There is nothing better than seeing lives transformed by the power of the Gospel.”
Kalyn Cambers – Teacher
Kalyn was born and raised in Miami, Fl. Graduate from Southeastern university, Kalyn received her bachelors degree in Social Work, and also has experience teaching in Polk County/Miami Dade schools. Her background consist of working with teen girls who have been sex trafficked in Florida. She also attended a three month internship with the “A21 Campaign” in Greece helping survivors of human trafficking. Her mission in life is to see young girls find their identity in Christ and be completely transformed, just as she was. Kalyn is recently married to the love of her life, has a passion for health and fitness, and loves to study God’s Word.
Debbie Vogel – Teacher
Debbie was raised in Orlando and has always had a sense of adventure. She lived in Florence, Italy while studying with FSU and Paris, France working as a bilingual secretary. She has 14 years of College and 3 degrees, graduating with honors. She and her husband Gary have been in full time ministry for over 25 years and have traveled and lived around the country. Debbie has extensive knowledge in organizing, training ministry teams to go into jails. She has been privileged to be a vital part of salvation and discipleship in the lives of hundreds of students through her private tutoring business for the past 15 years. Many of her students are impacting fields such as medicine, research, engineering and ministry. She works to instill confidence in the Lord and in each student’s God given abilities. She is excited and blessed to have been led to LGA to continue ministering through academics and God’s redemption.
Mariana McCombs – Admissions Coordinator
Mariana was born in Peru and raised in the Valrico area. She is fluent in Spanish and has worked at an academy for children on the Autism spectrum for the last 9 years. In her last three years at the academy, Mariana was in administration, where she helped enroll prospective students. Mariana is happily married to her best friend and is a proud parent to their greatest joy, Benji. She is passionate about making God’s love known through her interactions and also serves with Tampa Kids Camp, an organization that provides summer camp experiences to children in the foster care system. In her free time, Mariana loves traveling, trying new foods, supporting small and local businesses, and spending time with her family and dog.
Erin Lehr – Residential Direct Care
Erin was born and raised in Orlando, FL. She graduated from Southeastern University with a degree in Psychology. She has had a passion for helping teen girls since middle school and now gets to live out one of her dream jobs. She loves getting the opportunity to pour into our girls and seeing them grow into the women God has created them to be.
Lauren Del Frate – Residential Direct Care
Lauren is 30 years old, and grew up in Palm Harbor Florida. Lauren is a Teen Challenge graduate of the Ft. Myers Women’s Center. After graduating Teen Challenge, Lauren was called by God to do a one year internship and stay with the ministry that God used to change her life. Lauren is very passionate about what God did in her life through Teen Challenge and her desire is to help others find freedom through the power of Jesus Christ.
Lindsey Kidd – Residential Direct Care
Lindsey is from Jacksonville, Florida where she was raised in a loving Christian home and has been involved in the church throughout her life. She came to know the Lord as her personal Savior and surrendered her life to following Jesus Christ no matter the cost at 16 years old. She attended Word of Life Bible Institute in 2005, where she first fell in love with working with teen girls. This led her to continue serving within her local church and has been able to see God move in the lives of teens for the past 15 years. Lindsey has been a resident of Lakeland for the last 8 years. She has had a lifelong gift and passion for singing and you can find her often helping to lead the body of Christ in praise and worship at her church. In her spare time, Lindsey loves to spend time with her nieces, friends and listening to podcasts.