Leadership

Main Place Youth is governed by a Board of Trustees, caring volunteers who have the responsibility for seeing that the mission of Main Place Youth is carried out and that the programs are soundly financed. The staff consists of an Executive Director, Program Director, Family Coach, and 24-hour direct care teaching parents. We are also blessed to have volunteers to help support our mission.

 

Main Place Youth Staff

 

Executive Director, Kimberly Becker

kimberly@mainplaceyouth.org

Kimberly Becker is not only a wife, mother to four daughters, grandmother to nine, an ordained minister, but she is also a life coach credentialing with the ICF. After years of working with individuals from all walks of life and circumstances, Kimberly considered herself a resource junkie; however, until several years ago, she was unsure of how God would use this knowledge. Six years ago, Kimberly made the dream of Central Ks Dream Center a reality in Great Bend, Kansas. After overcoming several mountains such as an eating disorder that almost took her life in the year 2000 and the pain of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, she feels honored to be a part of empowering men and women to move mountains in their lives that prevent them from being the best they can be. Kimberly also uses her giftings and talents to facilitate a Jiu Jitsu self-defense and anti-bullying program for women and children.  Through these programs, she finds great reward in empowering both women and children with the truth and loves watching the transformation from victim mentality to victory mentality occur. Kimberly became Executive Director of Main Place Youth in June 2019 and is excited about expanding on their current program.  She finds it a real honor that God has allowed her to be a part of what God is doing in and through Main Place Youth, their board and the rest of the leadership.

Program Director, Melanie Robison

melanie@mainplaceyouth.org

Melanie has a heart and desire to serve teens and their families; she desires to bring restoration to the family through the transforming power of Christ. Melanie obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Wichita State University in 2005, and has worked in many facets of public service. She has had the opportunity of working with women, children, and teenagers affected by addictions. She has served adults and children with developmental disabilities, and has taught early childhood education. Melanie is a Kansas native as she grew up in central Kansas. Melanie and her husband, Aaron, enjoy serving others through community outreaches and serving in church ministry.

Family Coach, Kim Craig

Kim’s calling is to spread the love of Christ and to help others find the hope and joy that comes once in relationship with the Father. She has a heart for missions, whether that be overseas or right in her own backyard. She feels called to work with girls and women struggling with life controlling issues, addictions and self-destructive behavior. She is passionate about seeing others chains be broken and see them step into freedom in Christ like she did many years ago. Kim was born and raised in Maryland, and moved to Springfield, MO in 2009 to attend James River Leadership College. After completing the program, she continued living in Springfield to serve at James River Church. During her time there she faithfully continued her journey of growing and trusting in the Lord while waiting on Him for her next direction. God has lead Kim to MPY as a Teaching Parent and Family Coach, to come along side hurting girls to show them and teach them about the redeeming love and hope of Jesus Christ.

Teaching Parent, Melissa Brooks

Melissa knows the faithful, redemptive and healing power of Jesus Christ’s love and desires others to experience the same. Over the years, Melissa has served in both supportive and leadership roles in the teaching profession as well as in the church. She has also served on mission teams providing relief to areas in response to natural disasters. Melissa earned a BA degree in Religion from Meredith College—and has since been a life-long learner, completing certifications, several master’s degree courses, and church discipleship/leadership trainings. Melissa also holds a K-12 Exceptional Children’s teaching license and over the course of many years has worked with children, youth, and adults across many different environments including public, private, preschool, primary, college/universities and treatment facilities. Melissa is trusting God to both grow her and use her mightily at MPY as He pleases–with the girls, staff and others she encounters here.

Teaching Parent, Laurel Chapelle

I have felt God’s call on my life to bring restoration to the broken, addicted, and downtrodden and freedom to the captives from a young age. I want to bring joy and beauty where there was none, like it says in Isaiah 61:1-3. I spent two years in Master’s Commission (a Christian discipleship program), and then pursued a degree in social work graduating with my BSW in May of 2018. I volunteered as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters for 6 years and volunteered for 9 years with the children’s ministry at Lifehouse Church in Hagerstown MD. For the three years while in school, I worked closely with the Anti Human Trafficking Task Force that was a part of my school and the community; doing trainings, and spreading the word through mini conferences, films, and discussions. I have a passion for helping people that are in need, especially young girls.

Teaching Parent, Rosie Snavely

My calling is to help those who feel hopeless; to help people realize that there is always an answer–and that answer is Jesus. I was born in Kansas and moved to FullCircle Disciple School for more ministry opportunities. While at FullCircle, our group traveled around KS sharing and showing the love of Christ. After FullCircle, I stayed in Wichita helping at churches and outreaches whenever I could. In the year of 2018, I moved to the East Coast to intern at a Teen Challenge in New Jersey for 6 months. Being involved in ministry is something I’ve always had a passion for. I have a heart for showing people that God does save and calls us HIS beloved.

Teaching Parent, Peggy Shepherd

Telling Bible stories, sharing smiles, lending a helping hand, learning to walk in God’s love while enriching young lives under the Holy Spirit’s leading is my heart’s desire. I felt God’s calling at a very young age to serve. I helped start a bus ministry in the 70′s at my local church, became a Sunday School teacher, taught in children’s church, led a Christian Scout program (Caravans) for several years, and joined an outreach program in Mexico to build churches. I was born and raised in Kansas and moved to Kingman in 2012. God has led me to MPY, and it is my 4th year volunteering in teaching crafts to the girls. I love the interaction with these young girls. They are so talented. I am proud to stand in the gap of “grandma”. I have an associate degree in social work. God is the ever-living God who changes us and He brings these young girls into their full potential. It is an honor to witness his healing power and to serve.

Teaching Parent, Krystin Exley

My calling is to bring thoughtful care because seeing the small details in life is important, to be real, because it’s our responsibility to be true, be apart, because creating an atmosphere of unity and acceptance is key, and lastly I am called to be a bridge, because my love provides an avenue to connect people together. I am in the process of getting my pastoral license through the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. I am the Missions Care Pastor for the Foursquare Gateway District and I am the Kansas Missions Rep. I love learning peoples love language and loving them in that language. I have worked with Next Generation Ministry for 10 years, and with hurting girls for 8 years. I believe we are all called to walk through life with the people we are loving and ministering too as well as being an example of what a Christ centered life should look like. I believe the church is not a hotel for Saints but a hospital for sinners. It’s ok to have hurts, habits and hang-ups just as long as you are pushing toward the cross to find freedom, allow change, and keep having growth. I love all things coffee, thunderstorms, worship, family, and smiles. My favorite thing to do is have quality time with the people I love and am loving. My favorite quote is “Let the one who created you be the one who defines you.” My favorite scripture is, Psalms 46:10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Teaching Parent, Chelsea Walters

I have a passion and a desire to help others and show them the love of Jesus. I desire to encourage, empower, and walk beside people as they endure the pain that life sometimes throws their way. From the age of 16 years old, I have served in youth ministry and loved every minute of it! Teenagers lay heavy on my heart because I know what I had to endure growing up. It was not until I felt the love of God and His overwhelming presence that I was then delivered from anger, past hurts, cutting, and so much more. Encountering my Heavenly Father has forever changed my life. I desire every teenager to KNOW GOD and have a personal RELATIONSHIP with GOD! People are lost and hopeless in a broken world, but when they find Jesus, they find their hope. Hebrews 6:19…Jesus is our HOPE and an ANCHOR for our souls.

 

Board of Directors

 

President, Kerry Sell

 

Vice-President, Ronda Eisenhauer

 

Treasury, Danny Satterfield

 

Board Member, Jess Myers

 

Board Member, David Snodgrass

 

Board Member, Candye Daughhetee

 

Board Member, Abigail Turner