Foster Care & Host Home Specialist and Community Education Coordinator
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.
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.
Foster Care & Host Home Specialist/ Community Based Youth Program Specialist
Emmy started her journey with GPYFS in 2015 in the Healthy Living Program. In 2016 she began working in foster care as a Host Home and Foster Care Specialist. Her passion has always been helping others, so she quickly realized she was right where she needed to be helping children. She was born and raised in a small town in Mississippi and later moved to Texas, where she received her applied arts degree in fashion marketing from the Art Institute of Dallas. Emmy has four children, twin daughters and two sons. She loves watching her children in any activities they have and watching them grow into young adults. A fun fact about Emmy is that she owns a small gym and has a passion for helping people achieve their health and fitness goals. She enjoys working-out, hiking, spending time with her family, cooking, and DIY projects.
Infant & Toddler Specialist
Lisa began working for GPYFS in 2018 but previously worked for the agency in 2005. She is currently working as the Infant & Toddler Specialist with Child Care Resource & Referral. Lisa grew up in Hobart and obtained her bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from SWOSU. She has five children; Callie, Avery, Boedey, Presley, and Dillen. Lisa spends most of her free time attending her children's sporting events (football, baseball, basketball, and softball). Lisa's favorite family activities include going golfing, fishing and of course anything sports related.
Information on Sarah coming soon!
PAT-Great Plains Supervisor
Meet Emma Shandor, Supervisor of the 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 last few classes to graduate from Roosevelt High School. Emma got her bachelor’s degree in Education at 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.” She also has a wiener dog name Susic, who has a high spirted 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 riding 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 her high school sweetheart,Jason and has two children, Nolan and Jayci. Rachel enjoys being creative, watching sports, being with her family, and playing with her two beagles, Ruby and Sydney.
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 many grandchildren; that continue to increase. The family also has a pet lab fish named Jagger that keeps them on their toes and always laughing. Heather enjoys reading, watching tv, and hunting. Her favorite family activities are going to the movies, , hunting with her husband, and going out to eat.
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 Communication and Public Relations degree from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (USAO) and a Master of Education/Training & Development degree from the University of Oklahoma (OU). 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 & a Goldendoodle. Amber’s hobbies include reading, cooking, and DIY/upcycling projects for her home. Her favorite activity is taking nature walks around her "backyard" of Medicine Park and the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge with her 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.
GPCCRR Business Consultant
Athena Jarvis is the Business Consultant with Great Plains Child Care Resource & Referral. She grew up in Ninnekah, Oklahoma and is raising her family in SW Oklahoma. Prior to joining, GPCCRR she worked with At-Risk HS students in the secondary setting. She has many years’ experience working in higher education. She was the PDSO-at Redlands Community College as well as an academic advisor. She also has fundraising experience serving as the Director of Advancement and Scholarships at Cameron University, and Coordinator of Advancement at Redlands Community College. Athena also proudly led the Scholars For Excellence in Child Care grant program at Redlands Community College for 11 years. She also has 17 years of experience teaching General Education, Child Development, Business, and Research courses at the collegiate level. She has an undergraduate in Communication a minor in Psychology as well as her MBA. As the Business Consultant for the SW Region Athena’s goals are to help expand the quality and efficiency of child-care centers and child-care home providers throughout the region..
Kim Rumschlag, MS
Program Director & Community Based Youth Services Coordinator
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 Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Science degree in Community Counseling from SWOSU. Kim also holds a license as an Assisted Living Administrator. Kim is very involved in the community where she currently serves as secretary of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, the president of Altus Animal Welfare Association, vice chair of Community Based Services, treasurer of Jackson County Community Health Action Team and a member of the Homeless Consortium as well as a member of the Western Oklahoma Opioid Consortium. 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.
Healthy Living Program Assistant Coordinator
Sarah began her work at Great Plains Youth and Family Services, Inc. in February 2022 as the Healthy Living Program Assistant Coordinator. She is from Hobart and has the following education: A.S. Business Administration from WOSC, B.S. Healthcare Administration from SWOSU, Accounting Certificate from NWOSU. Sarah is married to Lewis and her children are Stetson and Addison and 4 bonus kiddos, Georgia, Trinity, Lilli and Ethan. Sarah's hobbies include reading and making things with her Cricut. The Keefer family has 3 dogs; Gizmo, Boss, and Matti, and the family likes to go fishing together and play board games.
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 are currently foster parents and have a goldendoodle named Winston. Her hobbies include Pinterest, reading, DIY projects, cooking, and baking. She enjoys visiting new places, going to the movies, watching football and baseball, and working on projects.
Community Outreach Specialist
Jodi began her work at Great Plains Youth and Family Services, Inc. in January 2022 as a Community Outreach Specialist. She is from Hobart and has her bachelor's degree in business administration and her master's degree in school counseling. Jodi is married to Kirby and they have two children Cooper and Chase. Her hobbies include reading and watching her boys play sports. The Gray family is three dogs Douglas, Rocky, and Cujo. Jodi and her family love to travel to new places and love going to sporting events together.
Healthy Living 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!
Krystal Warnes, MS
Licensed Professional Counselor, Under Supervision
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.
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 with her friends and family.