Great Plains Youth & Family Services, Inc.

​​​IMPROVING FAMILY LIFE, ​KNOWLEDGE, AND UNDERSTANDING

Julie Funkhouser

Healthy Living Program Co-Coordinator

julie@gpyfs.org


Julie began her work at GPYFS in August, 2016. She is currently working as a Healthy Living  Program Co- Coordinator. Julie grew up in Burns Flat, OK and earned her Bachelor’s degree in General Business from Oklahoma State University. She is married to Flint and has a Golden Retriever named Moose. Julie enjoys spending time with family, volunteering at church, watching movies, cooking, and crafting. 

Donna Davilla
Healthy Living Assistant Program Coordinator
donna@gpyfs.org


Donna began her work at GPYFS in November 2016. She is currently serving as the Healthy Living Assistant Program Coordinator. Donna was born in Anadarko, but raised in Lawton. Donna graduated from Anadarko High School and received her associate degree in Applied Science from Redland Community College. She enjoys spending time with her three children Gary, Toby and Tiana. Donna’s hobbies are creating Native American cultural art and crafts for family and friends also attending cultural events. She enjoys spending time with friends, and her favorite family activity is cooking, watching football and Thunder basketball.

Emmy Stricker

Host Home and Foster Care Specialist

emmy@gpyfs.org


​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.


Kaye Weaver, M. Ed.

Healthy Living Assistant Program Coordinator

kaye@gpyfs.org


Kaye began her work at GPYFS in 2010.  She is currently working as a Healthy Living Assistant Program Coordinator.  Kaye grew up in Roosevelt before earning a Bachelors of Science in Business Education and a Masters in Education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University.  She has two sons, Joe who is married to Tanae, and Jace who is married to Michelle.  She is also the proud grandmother of twin girls.  Kaye also has two basset hounds named Nellie and Ladybird.  Her hobbies include reading, crocheting, and learning how to work her smart phone.  Kaye's favorite family activities are watching and playing golf, traveling, watching movies, and eating out.

Debbie New

Healthy Living Program Co- Coordinator

debbie@gpyfs.org


Debbie began her work at GPYFS in March 2018 and is currently working as a Healthy Living Program Co-Coordinator. She is from Altus, OK and attended Western Oklahoma State College. Debbie is married to Kevin and they have two children Dustin Fixico and Brandi Adams. Debbie and Kevin also have 12 grandchildren. In her spare time, Debbie enjoys crafting, DIY projects, quilting, watching Netflix, attending grandchildren activities, Rv-ing, and spending time with family. Debbie had 2 chihuahuas and 1 old english bulldog. Her favorite activity to do with her family is camping and Christmas. 

Kristie Jackson

Administrative Secretary/Human Resources Officer

kristie@gpyfs.org


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 and associate's  in Medical Office. She is currently enrolled at Wayland Baptist University obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a specialty in Human Resources.  Kristie has a three year old son named Zayden. In their spare time Kristie and Zayden like to watch Netflix and Hulu, hang out with family and friends, and dance to all kinds of music. 

Emma Shandor

Outreach Specialist/ First Time Offender Program/Positive Lifestyles Coordinator

emma@pgyfs.org


Emma began her work at GPYFS in the fall of 2007.  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 traveled much of the central and east coast of the United States. While residing in the State of Michigan, she continued her education from Ann Arbor State College, Michigan State University, and Grand Valley State University. Emma has a cat named Blueberry that keeps her busy. Her favorite hobbies are arts and crafts, cooking, the great outdoors, and family time. Emma’s favorite family activity includes spending time with her mother and sitting down for dinner at the table. 

Rachel Myrko

Child Care Consultant

rmyrko@gpccrr.org


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.  Her family has two dogs, a lab named Boomer and a Cock-A-Poo named Willow, and a leopard gecko name Sooner.  Rachel enjoys anything creative and watching baseball, basketball, and football.  Her favorite family activity is to play any sport, especially baseball.

Heather Headrick

Business Manager

heather@gpyfs.org


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. Her family also has a black lab named Missy.  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

acuyler@gpccrr.org


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; a son named Jax and daughters Baylee and Carlee, AKA the Twin Tornadoes.  Her family also includes Hollee and Jessee, yellow lab puppies nicknamed Double Trouble.  Amber’s hobbies include scrapbooking, cooking, and DIY/upcycling projects for her home.  Her favorite family activity is going for nature walks around Medicine Park and the Wichita Mountains Wild Life Refuge.

Lindsey Bottom, MS LPC

Behavioral Outpatient Counselor/Foster Care Specialist 

​Licensed Professional Counselor 

lindsey@gpyfs.org


Lindsey began her work at GPYFS in 2012.  She currently works in the Behavioral Health Program and Foster Care Program.  She grew up in Mountain View, OK and earned a Bachelor in Social Work and a Masters of Science in Community Counseling from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. She has a son named Graydon, and a cat named Daisy.  Lindsey loves to find crafts on Pinterest, paint, and bake and her favorite family activity is to have a movie night.

Lia Adams, MS LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

lia@gpyfs.org


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 is married to Darrel and has 4 cats.  Her hobbies include landscaping, pet photography, painting, making herbal bath products, crafting jewelry, reading, listening to music, and helping animals.  Her favorite family activity is story making.


Kody Suanny, M.Ed

Executive Director

kody@gpyfs.org


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.

Meet the Team of GPYFS!