Tim Gay, Founder & Executive Director
Tim recently left a successful career as a business executive in order to pursue his desire to become a social entrepreneur focused on helping youth make a successful transition out of foster care and into adulthood. His twenty plus years of business experience includes leadership positions in banking, business development, strategic planning, and customer experience. He has an accounting degree from Oklahoma State University and an MBA from the University of Virginia.
Tim and his wife, Suzanne live in Overland Park and have six biological children. They began fostering older teens in 2013, and in 2014 they adopted a 17-year old girl who was in the foster care system. Tim was a co-founder of Spero House, a church ministry providing transitional living support for young women aging out of foster care. He and his wife served as a Support Family for two of the young women living in Spero House.
Jackie Hodson, Transition Advocate – KC Area
Jackie began her career in child welfare in 2010 as an investigator for child abuse and neglect as well as a family support coordinator for foster families. As a result of this experience she decided to join Youthrive in 2015 and dedicate her career to helping equip and empower young adults who are aging out of the foster care system. Jackie holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Education and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Missouri. Jackie places an emphasis on her work being trauma-informed and has completed certification for Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Trauma Systems Therapy.
Jackie and her husband, Benjamin, have three biological children and have been a foster family since 2013. Fostering teenagers has provided Jackie with first-hand exposure to the challenges these young adults experience as they transition to adulthood. Jackie also served on the board of Spero House, a transitional living program for young women.
Emily Bullington, Transition Advocate – KC Area
Emily has dedicated the last six years to working with youth in various capacities. She has been a mentor in the Big Brother’s Big Sister’s program, a coach for youth in Special Olympics, and a foster youth advocate for CASA. Inspired by these experiences, Emily has decided to pursue her passion of empowering youth to reach their fullest potential as they transition out of foster care. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Kansas State University. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Social Work from the University of Kansas. Emily was born and raised in Kansas City and is committed to serving the community that she loves.
Megan Crabtree, Transition Advocate – Wichita Area
Megan has spent the last nine years working in the child welfare system in various capacities. She was a reintegration and adoption social worker and eventually an adoption supervisor in the Wichita community. Also during that time she trained, licensed and supported foster families. Megan recently left her position to dedicate her time working with young adults and empowering them to be successful as they age out of the foster care system. Megan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Fort Hays State University. She was recently married to her husband, Tim, in the summer of 2017 and they are expecting their first child in late spring of 2018.
Micca Foos, Transition Advocate – Central Kansas Area
Micca spent the last three years with the Kansas Department for Children and Families. She started as an investigator for child abuse and neglect, then worked with aged out foster youth in her independent living coordinator position. Realizing how much she loved working with teens and young adults, she decided to to become more involved with these youth as a Transition Advocate with Youthrive. Micca received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Fort Hays State University. Micca is very family oriented and likes to spend time with her family any chance she gets.
Sarah Neher, Program & Development Manager
For the last eight years Sarah has worked with a variety of youth programs across the country. After graduating with her Bachelors in Biology Education from McPherson College, she coordinated a national youth conference. Following the planning of the conference, Sarah started her Masters of Divinity degree with a focus in Youth and Young Adults at Bethany Theological Seminary. Sarah comes to Youthrive after two years as the Coordinator of Student Success at McPherson College. In this position she helped to develop and implement the first-year program assisting at-risk youth and other freshmen in their transition to college life. Sarah has always had a heart for advocating for the marginalized and is ecstatic to be working with the Youthrive youth, support families, and their communities. In her free time Sarah enjoys traveling the world, reading, a good cup of coffee, and an engaging conversation!