Occupational Therapist since 2008
Anne is the Executive Director of the Little Light House, a Christian developmental center providing services to children with special needs birth to age six. Anne attended Oral Roberts University for her general studies and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Colorado State University. She has provided pediatric occupational therapy in several settings in the Tulsa Area, including owning and managing her own occupational therapy company for ten years before coming on staff to LLH in 2008. Anne is a woman of faith; she has taught in several Christian settings. She has served in ministry-related positions for years and also served on the Jenks Public School Board for a decade.
Senior Director of National and Global Impact
Linda received a B.S. degree and certification in Physical Therapy from the University of Oklahoma in 1974. She has been a licensed Physical Therapist since 1974 and at Little Light House since 1996. Linda was inspired to pursue a PT career by her father, a polio survivor who faced many challenges and lived a successful life. Working with children with special needs in an orphanage in China in 1995 and a trip to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in 1996, where she worked with children with special needs and their families, motivated Linda to serve the students at LLH as a member of the transdisciplinary team and delivering physical therapy services. She was also a foundational leader in developing the LLH’s Global Impact program. She has led 18 trips to teach about working with children with special needs in 6 countries outside of the U.S.
Senior Director of Children and Family Services
Lauren Gebhard completed her Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma State University in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Following that, she attended the University of Tulsa, where she earned her Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology in 2013. Ever since, Lauren has served as a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) at Little Light House. Lauren specializes in augmentative communication (AAC) and is a LAMP Certified Professional. She has training in the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding and has a passion for helping problem feeders learn and grow in their personal and professional lives. Lauren adores the students at LLH and also has a huge heart for the families and mission of LLH, “glorifying God by improving the quality of life for children with special needs, their families, and the community.”
Senior Director of Development
Georgia completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational and Corporate Communication from Oral Roberts University. She was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and is thankful to have been raised in a city where giving is a primary focus. She joined the Little Light House staff in 2020 and has served as the Director of Events and Director of Development during her time here. Georgia has been in the non-profit world for over eight years. Before serving as Senior Director of Development, she served as the Executive Director for the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Oklahoma and Arkansas. Georgia is honored to be a part of the Little Light House team. She is passionate about demonstrating the mission of Little Light House, which is to “glorify God by improving the quality of life for children with special needs, their families, and the community.” Georgia’s goal is to represent Little Light House students in our community while connecting our donors to the mission of Little Light House.
Director of Finance & HR
Katie Vinyard completed her Master’s in Business Administration from Cornell University where she graduated in the top 10% of her class. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Tulsa with a specialization in theoretical mathematics. Her professional experience includes work at JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Hilti, Inc. in both finance and supply chain. Katie is originally from Tulsa, OK and became connected with Little Light House as a volunteer in high school and college. She believes all humans are inherently valuable and is passionate about Little Light House’s mission of “glorifying God by improving the quality of life for children with special needs, their families, and the community.”
Director of Therapy
Brittany completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2013 from Arkansas State University. Before joining Little Light House, Brittany gained incredible experience in the outpatient pediatric setting where she received special training in orthotic management, seating and equipment! She served Little Light House as a Physical Therapist for 5 years before transitioning into the Director of Therapy role. Brittany has a love and passion for children with special needs and for parent education. She believes all children deserve to be celebrated and that all parents deserve to be confident, empowered caregivers. She loved her time as a classroom therapist and is excited about following the Lord’s call to move into this leadership role to serve our students and families in a new role.
Director of Family Learning Center
Jodi Howe graduated from Rhodes College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and then received a Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of North Carolina in 2014. Prior to Little Light House she worked as an occupational therapist in pediatric outpatient clinics and home health settings. She then worked for five years as an occupational therapist in the developmental center at Little Light House. Her focus and training include sensory processing, positive behavioral supports, and using children’s passions and interests to fuel their visual and fine motor development. In 2021 she followed the Lord’s call to the position of Director of Family Learning Center and is humbled and excited to continue to serve families and students at the Little Light House from this role.
Director of Volunteer/College & Career & Jr Board
Kimberly Kite received a degree in journalism with emphasizes in PR and advertising from The University of Oklahoma, and a master’s degree in Education from Oral Roberts University. As the Director of Volunteers, College and Career, she uses all of skills she has developed to help connect people to the perfect volunteer experience at the LLH. As a sibling of a LLH graduate, she is passionate about the program and is excited about being able to serve the children and families of LLH in this capacity.
Director of HR & Finance Support
Michelle received a Bachelor of Social Science from Northeastern State University. She has worked for large manufacturing companies for most of her corporate career, starting with General Motors for 12 years and most recently, Nonni’s Foods for 9 years. While her background includes leadership roles and responsibilities in the Supply Chain and Operational areas, she is most passionate about the opportunities she has had to lead and develop people and teams. Michelle believes that strong team members are a company’s number one asset and should be developed and nurtured. Michelle is so happy to be here at the Little Light House serving the Human Resource & Finance functions. She believes that all children are special and inherently valuable and supporting them through the work here at the Little Light House is such a special opportunity.
Director of Education
LeaAndrea graduated from Texas A&M with a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Development. She began her education career by teaching Kindergarten and received a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas. LeaAndrea continued to teach Kindergarten while serving as the team leader and developed several leadership skills during this time. She was involved on the district curriculum team and contributed to the development of initiatives to integrate curriculum in schools. She has a passion for helping teachers and working alongside them to create positive, inviting classrooms where all learners have the opportunity to experience growth and success within their school year. She feels called to work at Little Light House and encourages classrooms to be as enjoyable, inventive, and individual as God was when he created each of us.
Director of Events
Kenna holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel and Hospitality Management. She joined the Little Light House in October of 2021 as the Director of Events. She has worked in the non-profit sector for four years and Human Resources for the last three years. Kenna is thrilled to work with our community by showcasing how incredible our students are. Kenna is empowered by our students reaching their milestones every day and hopes to change the paradigm of children with Special Needs.
Lucas joined the Little Light House team in July of 2020. The Lord led Lucas from being a professional musician and educator, with a Masters of Music, to help transform Little Light House’s public appearance. He has worked with many non-profits providing marketing consulting, photography/videography, branding, and more. Lucas is excited to help spread special needs awareness and help Little Light House become an internationally recognized authority.
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The Little Light House is committed to hiring individuals who are committed Christians dedicated to glorifying God in their individual life through utilizing their gifts, talents, and expertise to further His kingdom.