Our Leaders

Showing the Way

Good leadership is vital in guiding the vision, direction and culture of an organization. At Lifeline, we’re proud to have a leadership team that is passionate about their commitment to Christ, the teams that they serve, and their desire to help families and children in need.

Tim Smith


Tim Smith joined the organization in 2020 as Chief Innovation Officer and was appointed CEO in 2022. After graduating from IPFW (Purdue Fort Wayne), Tim and his wife, Angela, moved to Indianapolis where he attended the IU School of Law. Upon graduation and admission to the Indiana Bar, Tim and Ang returned to Fort Wayne where Tim joined MedPro Group. After 25 years and many different leadership positions, Tim retired from MedPro Group in 2019. His last position was as SVP of Operations & Technology where he led close to 350 employees and contractors who, together, were responsible for assuring all company stakeholders had a “best-in-class” experience. Tim has been active in local politics and has served on numerous boards. His passions include spending time with his family (five adult children and more than nine grandchildren…all under age 3), woodworking and hunting. He and his family have been active members at Grace Gathering Church for their entire lives.


EXECUTIVE Vice President

Kevin has been a staff member of Lifeline Youth & Family Services since September 2003. He holds a degree in Education from Ball State University. In his spare time, if you can’t find Kevin spending time with his wife and three children or coaching his sons’ youth sports teams, you can probably find him golfing, fishing or playing basketball.

District Managers

Jeremiah Brown

DM - Central (Regions 6-7, 10-12), Family Centered Treatment (All Regions)

Max Hochstetler

DM - South (Regions 8-9, 13-17)

Deb Johnson

Executive State Director

Jake Fawley

Director of HBS Programming

Shannon Posey

HBS Treatment Manager

Laura Bodinet

Family Centered Treatment (all Regions)

Jennifer Landis

Family Preservation Services - South (Regions 8-18)

Michael Patrick

Homebuilders (All Regions), Family Preservation Services - North (Regions 1-7)

Regional Managers

Nancy KoeDyker

Regions 1 & 2

LaShaunda Parker

Region 3A

Jeremiah Brown

Region 4

Shannon Kochensparger

Region 5

Laura Bivens

Region 6

Carla Castro

Region 7

Tina Kimball

Regions 8 & 9

Marlin Stewart

Region 10

Kayla Thompson

Regions 11 & 12

Kami Ross

Region 13

Niquita Albright

Regions 14, 15, 18

Shayna Jones

Regions 16 & 17

Board of Directors

Thomas Rhoades

Board PResident

James Houlihan

Board Vice President

Robin Strasser

Board Secretary

Chris Sherbahn

Board Treasurer

Jeff Cybulski

Dr. Ed McKaig

Andrea Copeland

Donna Buck

Ed Gillig

Fred Geyer

James Westerfield

Jim Miller

Kent Rice

Kolby Rutherford

Max Mock

Ron Wise