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Bob Lybarger



Bob is a humble and driven leader. Bob has served on non-profit boards for decades and loves to bring ideas to life that benefit kids throughout the Miami Valley. Bob also has a part of his heart in Nicaragua. He brings long-term relational care and transformation to that community over the 10 years and 30+ trips under his belt.  Professionally, he brings a wealth of organizational wisdom and experience, creating and selling 2 businesses in his career.  


Elisha Hicks

Director of Training &


Elisha is a child development college educator. She has been a teacher, administrator, and trainer in child development for the past 26 years. Elisha now administers our ever excelling training program and also provides training. She has 7 kids, 3 biological and 4 adopted. She praises TBRI for helping her get through it.  

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Jennifer Knisley


Program Director,

Child Advocacy Center 


Jennifer has been a social worker since 2004 and has worked primarily in the field of child maltreatment. She worked previously for Isaiah’s Place as a caseworker and again for several years doing licensing, recruitment and investigations. She lives locally with her husband who is a firefighter, 2 boys, chocolate lab and barn cat. She loves all things baking, dark chocolate and puzzles. 

Kim Eller


Director of Family Support

Becoming a foster parent in 1992, Kim has had countless children come through her doors while adopting 4 of her 6. Fostering in 3 states with private and public agencies, working at the county level in Ohio’s first treatment foster care program, a children’s home and group home, Kim serves as our Director of Family Support where she oversees our placement department and case management staff. Kim has a strong desire to see the next generation of foster and adoptive parents be encouraged and equipped to do the hard heart work of caring for children that have experienced trauma. Kim describes herself as a jazz lover, coffee and sushi connoisseur, OSU Fan, and Jesus Girl.


Robby Lybarger

Director of Operations

Robby is local to Troy, Ohio. He has background in teaching and working with youth. Robby assists Isaiah's Place in achieving their mission through grant writing and improving and expanding programming. He is married to his lovely wife Ketley and has a big goofy dog named Bodie. 

Shelley Stoltz  


Office Manager

Shelley is our versatile office manager all-star.  Shelley comes from a rich history of efficiently creating systems that benefit everyone in the organization from the top-down.  Shelley enjoys spending time with her family, learning new things, and making everything in the office as efficient and as effective as possible.

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Sherri Abbott, LSW

Licensing Specialist

Sherri is blessed to have 5 beautiful children that call her momma. She has navigated 2 adoption journeys of her own and helped over 100 families to adopt children throughout her 18-year career as a Certified Adoption Assessor. Her passion for helping others has allowed her to learn through her work experiences. Highlights include- teaching parenting classes to parents recovering from addictions, helping women that are incarcerated to make adoption plans, crisis work in multiple settings, and providing individual counseling services to children with parents that have severe mental illness and addictions. She has been a home educator for 20 years and a LSW for 29 years.. Sherri loves to travel, enjoys cooking, running and swimming. She has a 1-year-old house bunny named Marley.

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Penny Hoekstra

Outreach Coordinator 

Penny spent almost 15 years as the Director of Children’s Ministries at First United Methodist Church here in Troy.  She has a huge heart for kids and loves to interact with them and support them.  Penny and her husband, Jack, are both active in the community serving on multiple boards and being members of the Troy Kiwanis Club.  Penny loves to bake, read and is a huge, lifelong Chicago Cubs fan!

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Nathan Cregar, LSW

Case Manager

Nathan is originally from Southwest Virginia. He moved to central Florida where he attended Southeastern University to study social work. Upon graduating, he moved to Troy, Ohio. Nathan is a licensed social worker with previous experience in child welfare and foster care. Nathan enjoys tacos, books, podcasts, coffee, and Target/Starbucks dates with his wife.

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Stacey Scott

Case Specialist

Stacey served in the United States Air Force. She later began a career in long-term care. Stacey and her husband, John, launched a ministry in Piqua Ohio in 2008. Stacey went on to serve on the Board of Piqua Compassion Network, a local non-profit that provides basic needs assistance for community members. She has been there for almost 13 years and volunteers at the organization by Care Guiding.  Stacey has a strong background in case management, connecting community members with resources, and providing spiritual counsel to those in need. John and Stacey have been married for 30 years, have 4 children and 3 grandsons. Stacey enjoys spending time with family and friends, coffee, and going to the movies. She has a cat, Marley, and a turtle, Donatello. Stacey’s desire is to support the families and children at Isaiah’s Place by providing compassion, encouragement, necessary referral sources, and guidance.  

Scott Auxier

Case Specialist

Scott has worked with youth and families in this community for over two decades. During this time, he has been able to meet and partner with various community agencies, to help support others. He is excited about the opportunity to make a positive impact with the families he will get to serve while working here at Isaiah’s Place.

Macie Schaffner

Case Specialist

Macie is a local from Piqua, OH. She graduated from Wilmington College in Middle Childhood Education. From babysitting to teaching, she continues to explore new paths in the world of children's services. She plans to teach middle school math, and also work her way up here at Isaiah’s Place! 


Louise Burgess, LSW, M.S Ed

Family Coach

Louise is a Licensed Social Worker and graduated from University of Dayton with a master’s degree in education (family counseling). She is the director of the women’s jail ministry (Fully Pardoned) and loves teaching the women incarcerated about Jesus Christ. Louise was adjunct faculty at Edison Community College and has worked in many capacities of social work: Job and Family Services, Children Services and Schools. She enjoyed working as a school counselor, focusing on high-risk students. Louise loves working with families and teaching in-home parenting skills to families. Louise is married and has four children and four grandchildren (whom she adores.)


Jenny Lanese

Licensing Specialist

Jenny has been in social work since 2005.  Upon graduating from Cedarville, she worked as a caseworker for Montgomery County Children Services and then with a private foster care agency for twelve years where she enjoyed being a recruiter and licensing specialist and then a home assessor.  Jenny and her husband, Matt, have been foster parents for four years and have four biological sons whom they homeschool. 

Board of Directors

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Mike Cargill


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Kay Kaebnick


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Darla York



Kristy Holm


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John Jung


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Steve Ackley


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Bob Parker



Bob Lybarger


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