Our Staff

Meet the Team

Anne McCoy
Executive Director since 2019

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.

Leadership Team
Linda Steed

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.

Lauren Gebhard

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.” 

Georgia Canady

Director of Development

Georgia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational and Corporate Communication. She joined the LLH staff in 2020 as the Director of Events. She has worked with children and families with neuromuscular diseases for the last five years by providing families with tools and resources. Georgia is honored to be a part of the LLH team while demonstrating the mission of LLH, which is to “glorifying God by improving the quality of life for children with special needs, their families, and the community.” Georgia is passionate about connecting the community to our children, their families, and our mission.

Katie Vinyard

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.”

 

Brittany Gartner

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.

Jodi Howe

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. 

Kimberly Kite

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. 

Michelle Talbot

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. 

LeaAndrea Otto

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.

Kenna McCully

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 Alexander

Creative Director

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.

Administrative Staff
Sharon Keenan

Receptionist

Tracy Goins

Executive Director Assistant and Board Liaison

Ann Chinworth

Outreach Coordinator

David Strickland

IT and Building Engineer Assistant

Shawna McClung

Enrollment Coordinator

Meg Einer

Volunteer Assistant

Brianah Dodson

Gift & Records Coordinator

Jordan Merrill

Family Network Manager

Sara Massey

Development Coordinator

David Birky

IT Systems Administrator

 

Emma Blystone

Creative Coordinator

Teri King

Finance/HR Coordinator

Julie Wilson

NGI Academy Developer & Trainer

Therapy Team
Chris Staub

Nurse

Paula Brice

Health Associate

Jamey Fox

Physical Therapist

Nikki Oakes

Physical Therapist

Alyx Calvert

Physical Therapist

Brooklyn Smith

Occupational Therapist

Courtney Hollingsworth

Occupational Therapist

Jordan Miller

Occupational Therapist

Lynda Crouch

Assistive Technology Coordinator

Clarey Sharum

Speech Language Pathologist

Riley Horton

Speech Language Pathologist

Lindsey Kehr

Speech Language Pathologist

Jessica Sullivan

Coral Class Associate Teacher

Educational Services
Molly Willis

Children Services Coordinator

Mindy Cash

Connected Learning Manager 

Kristen Neary

Green Class Lead Teacher

Kyla Beasley

Aqua Class Lead Teacher

Hannah Sluka

Aqua Class Associate Teacher

Rebecca Woeppel

Aqua Class Associate Teacher

Michelle Morris

Blue Class Lead Teacher

Susi Cochran

Blue Class Associate Teacher

Gabby Finley

Blue Class Associate Teacher

Madi Fielder

Jade Class Lead Teacher

Haley Taylor

Jade Class Associate Teacher

Devin Estrem
Yellow Class Lead Teacher
Lauren Sicka

Orange Class Lead Teacher

Elana Aguilar

Yellow Class Associate Teacher

Heather Sluka

Purple Class Associate Teacher

Maddie Donohue

Purple Class Associate Teacher

Faith White

SKIPPERS Associate Teacher

Cheryl Chamberlain

SKIP & SKIPPERS Coordinator

Monica Cohea

Coral Class Lead Teacher

Shawn Schwier

Coral Class Associate Teacher

Emily VanDyk

Red Class Lead Teacher

Kellie Grasich

Red Class Associate Teacher

Hannah Bell

Red Class/SKIP Associate Teacher

Lesley Scott

Pink Class Lead Teacher

Madison Smith

Pink Class Associate Teacher

Taylor Cobler

Early Childhood Learning Specialist

Blair Brown

Early Childhood Learning Specialist

Marsha Fritz

SKIPPERS Associate Teacher

LaShondia Horn

SKIP Associate Teacher

We strive to bring out the best in you.

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.

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