Community Outreach Specialist
Meagan joined GPYFS September 2018 as a Community Outreach Specialist. She is from Denton, Texas. Meagan went to college at Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie Texas, and obtained her B.S. in counseling with a minor in Marriage and Family Therapy, She also has an A.A. in Psychology and in Biblical Studies. Meagan is married to Scott Harris and they currently don't have children. Her hobbies include Pinterest, reading, DIY projects, cooking, and baking. Meagan doesn't have any pets yet but is trying to convince her husband for a puppy! She enjoys visiting new places, going to the movies, watching football and baseball, and working on projects.
Hope began her work at GPYFS in 2019 and is currently working as a Parenting Educator for proPAT. She grew up in Hobart and graduated from Western Oklahoma State College in 2015 with an Associate of science in Early Childhood and in 2017 from Southwestern Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. Hope enjoys reading, writing, watching movies, baking, and DIY projects/crafting. She has one fur child a cat named Ella. Hope also loves working on her photography business and spending time wither friends and family.
Host Home and Foster Care Specialist
Emmy began her work at GPYFS in October 2015 in the Healthy Living Program. She is currently working as the Host Home and Foster Care Specialist. After growing up in Wiggins, Mississippi, Emmy earned an Associates Degree of Applied Arts in Fashion Marketing from The Art Institute of Dallas. Emmy has four children; twin daughters Taylor and Kenzie, and sons Tyler and Cortlend. Emmy enjoys crafting, painting, DIY projects, doing CrossFit, coaching CrossFit athletes, cooking, baking, and spending time with family. Her favorite family activities include watching her kids play sports and cheer leading, showing pigs, doing CrossFit with her family, eating out, and going to the movies.
Infant & Toddler Specialist
Lisa began her work at GPYFS in 2018 but previously worked here in 2005. She is currently working as the Infant & Toddler Specialist. Lisa grew up in Hobart and obtained her bachelors degree in Mass Communication from SWOSU . She is married to Derek and they have five children. Callie, Avery, Boedey, Presley, and Dillen . Lisa spends most of time with the kids sports (football, baseball, basketball, wrestling, and gymnastics). Her family has a boxer named Max and an inherited Lab mix named Zeus Lisa's favorite family activities include going golfing and fishing and of course anything sports related.
Administrative Secretary/Human Resources
Kristie began her work at GPYFS in May 2017. She currently serves as the Administrative Secretary/ Human Resources Officer. She was raised and has lived in Hobart most of her life. Kristie graduated from Western Oklahoma State College in December 2016 with an associate’s degree in Business Administration and an associate's in Medical Office and in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a specialty in Human Resource Management from Wayland Baptist University. Kristie has two boys named Zayden and Canaan. In their spare time they like to watch Netflix Hulu, and Disney + hang out with family and friends, and dance to all kinds of music. Their favorite family activity is cooking and baking together.
Meet Emma Shandor, Supervisor of parentPRO PAT-Great Plains Program. Emma began her employment at Great Plains Youth and Family Services, Inc. (GPYFS) on August 2008 as a Family Support Worker, which later changed title to Parent Educator. Emma grew up in the nearby community of Roosevelt. She attended one of the few classes to graduate from Roosevelt High School. Emma got her bachelor’s degree in education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Emma has a strong passion for the most vulnerable beings on earth. She loves animals, children, and the elderly. Emma currently has a spicy little cat named Deffany. Emma adopted Deffany for her uniqueness. Deffany is a polydactyly cat. Emma says, “My 25 years of teaching Special Needs children comes in handy when dealing with Deffany. She has a unique personality.”Emma taught special education for 25 years. She not only taught in the state of Oklahoma, but also in the state of Michigan.”Emma was the primary caregiver for her mother who passed away in May 17, 2018. Outside of work, there was not a time or place that you did not see Emma without her mother.Emma has a lot of spike and it carries on to her daily job and home duties. Things get done!Fun Facts: Other then her love for animals, children, and the elderly, Emma loves to try different challenges. Emma loves the outdoors. She loves flowers and gardening, mowing with a pusher lawn mower, walking , and ride bikes with her best friend Phil. Emma likes to make things pretty. She loves crafts, painting, wood projects, making jewelry, and so much more! Emma loves food, much of what is not good for her, but the end of a hard week, Emma relaxes by making a good home cooked meal. Emma also loves country and western music. She says, “ George Straight has kept me awake during much of my travels!” Emma also loves movies. Comedy are her favorite. She says, “They make me laugh and I love to laugh!”
Child Care Consultant
Rachel began her work at GPCCRR in 2005. She currently works as a Child Care Consultant. Rachel grew up in Newcastle, OK and earned a Bachelor degree in Family Life: Child Development with a Minor in Psychology from the University of Central Oklahoma. She is married to Jason and has two children, Nolan and Jayci and a beagle named Ruby. Rachel enjoys being creative, watching sports, and being with her family.
Heather began her work at GPYFS in 2004. She currently serves as the Business Manager. Heather grew up in Hobart and earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree with a minor in Finance from Oklahoma State University. She is married to Jeff and has four children; Jessica, Sarah, Kensey, and Ryne, and three grandchildren; Trinity, Dillan, and Jackson. The family also has a pet fish named Flitterick J Swimmington. Heather enjoys reading, playing computer games, and hunting. Her favorite family activities are going to the movies, attending her children’s school activities, hunting with her husband, and going on vacation.
Amber Cyler, M.Ed
Child Care Resource and Referral Program Manager
Amber first worked at GPYFS from 2004-2007 as a Child Care Consultant. She returned in 2010 to work as the Great Plains Child Care Resource and Referral (GPCCRR) Program Manager. Amber grew up in Blanchard before earning a Bachelor of Communications and Public Relations degree from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma and a Masters of Education/Training & Development degree from the University of Oklahoma. Amber is married to Deedra and they have three children; son Jax and daughters Baylee and Carlee (the Twin Tornadoes). Her family also includes 2 Labrador Retrievers, Hollee & Jessee & Goldendoodle, Stevie. Amber’s hobbies include reading, cooking, and DIY/upcycling projects for her home. Her favorite activity is taking nature walks around Medicine Park and the Wichita Mountains Wild Life Refuge with the family.
Lindsey Bottom, MS LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor/Counseling Referral Coordinator
Lindsey began her work at GPYFS in 2012 as a Behavioral Outpatient Counselor while she obtained her Masters. She currently works in the Counseling Program focusing on adolescents. She grew up in Cordell, OK and Mountain View, OK. Lindsey earned a Bachelor in Social Work in 2011 and a Masters of Science in Community Counseling in 2013 from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. She obtained her License Professional Counseling in 2018. She has a son named Graydon, and a cat named Daisy. Lindsey is an avid reader and enjoys Pinteresting and baking. Lindsey's favorite family activity is to attend her sons sporting events or have a movie/game night.
Lia Adams, MS LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Lia began her work at GPYFS in October 2013 as a Licensed Professional Counselor. She earned an Associates of Arts in Journalism degree from Western Oklahoma State, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology-Criminology/Juvenile Corrections from Oklahoma State University, and a Masters of Science in Psychology degree from Cameron University. She has been in the counseling field for over 20 years working with a variety of clients. She is married to Darrel and has a daughter from another mother named Lilly as well as very spoiled cats. Her hobbies include writing books, photography, making herbal bath products, reading, cooking, music, and helping animals. Her favorite family activity is story making. She hopes to start a charity in the name of her grandmother to donate inspirational pencils to all of the local schools.
Kody Suanny, M.Ed
Kody began her work at GPYFS in 2005 as a Child Care Resources and Referral Specialist. She then moved to the Counseling Department in 2006. In 2012 Kody was named Executive Director of Great Plains Youth and Family Services and in 2015 celebrated her 10th year at GPFYS. She grew up in Hobart and earned a Bachelor degree in Human Development and Family Sciences from Oklahoma State University and a Masters degree in Education with an emphasis in Community Counseling from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Kody is married to Steven and they have two boys, Koy and Kree. Her hobbies include anything that her boys want to do including wagon rides, bicycle races, watching Koy play t-ball, and playing tractors with Kree. She also loves to play on Pinterest. Her favorite family activity is camping out at the lake.
Healthy Living Program Coordinator
Julie began her work at GPYFS in August 2016 with the TSET Healthy Living Program. She is currently working as the Program Coordinator. Julie grew up in Burns Flat, OK and received her B.S. in General Business from Oklahoma State University in 2015. She is married to Flint and they welcomed their twin girls, Sheridan and Saige, in September 2018. They also have a Golden Retriever named Moose and a Yellow Lab named Holly. Julie enjoys spending time with family, volunteering at Church, going to the movies, crafting, and anything Disney.
Kim began her work at GPYFS in January 2019 as a program director. Kim formerly worked for the State Department of Health for 15.5 years until a reduction in force terminated her position as parentPRO supervisor. Prior to being a parentPRO supervisor Kim served 13 years with the Immunization Division of the State Dept of Health. Kim’s hometown is Altus. She graduated from Navajo High School, received her Associates degree from Western Oklahoma State College, her Bachelors of Business Administration and Masters of Science degree in Community Counseling from SWOSU. Kim is very involved in the community where she currently serves on the Salvation Army Advisory Board as well as the Altus Animal Welfare Association. Kim is married to Gerry Rumschlag, who works in the Emergency Department of Jackson County Memorial Hospital. Kim and Gerry do not have two-legged children, but currently have three 4-legged rescue kids. Kim works with two Oklahoma Pug Rescues as well as advocates for shelter animals. Kim and Gerry have rental property and spend a lot of their time remodeling homes, attending auctions and estate sales. Kim is also very involved in the care of her Godmother. Helping people and animals has been Kim’s life work.
Mona began her work at GPYFS in 2018 and is currently working as a Parent Educator for PAT. She grew up in the Hobart/ Sentinel area and obtained her degree in Social Work from SWOSU. Mona is married to Jon and they have two children Jonathan and Laci. She is also the proud grandma to Emma, Ella, and Kelton . Mona and Jon have 5 dogs: Itchy, Scratchy, Beetle, Lefty, and Kona. Their favorite family activity is camping with their grandkids.
Krystal Warnes, MS
Community Outreach Specialist
Krystal Warnes began her work at Great Plains Youth and Family Services, Inc. in January 2019 as a Community Outreach Specialist. Krystal earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Oklahoma Christian University in 2016. In 2020, Krystal graduated from Cameron University with a Master of Science in Behavioral Sciences, obtained her Licensed Professional Counselor Candidacy and is working toward becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor. Prior to working for GPYFS, Krystal worked at Southwestern Behavioral Health Center as a Mental Health Technician. Krystal is originally from Lawton but moved to Altus after marrying her husband, Andrew Warnes, in November of 2018. Andrew and Krystal currently have no children but have a very spoiled pup named Midge. Krystal’s favorite activities are hanging out with friends and family, playing card games and board games, avidly watching movies, reading, and baking.
Foster Care & Host Home Specialist
Chandra began her work at Great Plains Youth and Family Services, Inc. in February 2019 as a Foster Care & Host Home Specialist. She is from Sentinel, OK and has a Bachelors in Family and Child Studies from Cameron and is currently working on a Masters in Human Relations at OU. Chandra's hobbies include watching The Office, going to the movies, and napping. Her favorite activity to do with family is to sit on the porch with her parents and sibling's reminiscing or just talking about life.
Healthy Living Assistant Program Coordinator
Hannah began her work at Great Plains Youth and Family Services, Inc. in September 2019 as a Healthy Living Assistant Program Coordinator. Hannah is also an employee at her family's business McCollom Market. She is a Hobart native and obtained her degree at OSU finishing with a B.S. in Agricultural Communications. Hannah says her hobby is coffee! She is a crazy cat lady and proud of it. Hannah's favorite family activity is anything as long as they are all together!
Community Education Coordinator
Sarah began her work at Great Plains Youth and Family Services, Inc. in September 2019 as a Healthy Living Assistant Program Coordinator. She is from Bartlesville, OK. Sarah has a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Science, with a focus in Child and Family Services from OSU. She is married to Brian and they have three boys. Huck who is 10 and in 4th grade, Jett who is 9 and in 3rd grade, and Knox who is 6 and in Kindergarten. Sarah's hobbies include being a boy mom :), reading ALL of the time, attending OSU football and wrestling events, and watching movies on the weekends. Her favorite family activity is attending sporting events with her boys, especially when they are the participants, as well as family movie nights with popcorn bar on Friday nights.