Staff & Board of Directors

Meet the team behind the mission.

Welcome House is more than a homeless shelter. It’s a place that inspires hope within our clients to have a better future. And it begins with the people working behind the scenes.

Linda M. Young

Linda M. Young – Executive Director


  • Christ Hospital School of Nursing, RN
  • Xavier University, BSSW
  • Case Western Reserve University, MSSA

Community Involvement

  • Action Council Board of No. KY United Way
  • Kentucky State Housing Policy Advisory Committee
  • Leadership Northern Kentucky Class of 1999
  • Leadership Kentucky Class of 2005
  • Continuum of Care Balance of State Advisory Board

I first came to Welcome House in 1988 to fulfill my student placement while attending Xavier University. After graduation I was hired as the Emergency Assistance Program and Volunteer Coordinator. In 1993 with the goal to gain broader knowledge and experiences, I worked in Therapeutic Foster Care at Beech Acres and began my graduate studies at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. I was hired as the Executive Director of Welcome House in 1995 soon after graduation.

I have two grown children; Troy who lives in Chicago and loves the backwoods of Wisconsin and Lauren who is currently living in Guatemala working for Catholic Relief Services. I have been a resident of Newport for 14 years.


Leadership Team

  • Candace Aulick, Service Coordination Director
  • Kristen Baldini, Development & Marketing Director
  • Justin Beale, Director of Income & Benfits
  • Elizabeth Gray, Compliance & HR Director
  • Dave Kasinicky, Finance Director
  • Bev Merrill, Housing Services Coordinator

Administration & Development

  • Kirsten Auch, Account & Payroll Supervisor
  • Jasmine Murdoch, Accounting Clerk
  • Kay Roberts, Data & Technology Specialist
  • Kelly Rose, Development Coordinator
  • Roseanna Yarnell, Receptionist

Income & Benefits

  • Alex Chamness, Housing Services Coordinator
  • Sarah Kearns, Payee Services Account Manager
  • Christina Koopman, Income & Benefits Team Lead
  • Robyn Mercer, Payee Services Account Manager
  • Susan Ostendorf, Social Security Outreach Assistant
  • Dayna Schambach, Social Security Outreach Specialist
  • Kashauna Shepherd, Social Security Outreach Specialist

Service Coordination

  • Amanda Couch, Service Coordinator Supervisor
  • Dan Clifford, Service Coordinator
  • Kristin Henry, Service Coordinator
  • Jenna Neuhaus, Service Coordinator
  • Delores Quevedo, Service Coordinator Assistant
  • Andrea Reed, Employment Specialist
  • Carrie Ward, Service Coordinator
  • Steven Withers, Service Coordinator

Housing & Shelter

  • Taylor Bray, Shelter Service Coordinator
  • Sierra Brown, ReserveShelter Staff
  • Yolanda Hamza, Reserve Shelter Staff
  • Mary Hutton, Part-time Shelter Staff
  • Beth Johnson, Part-time Shelter Staff
  • Misty Lester, Shelter Staff
  • Kenyatta Sims, Reserve Shelter Staff
  • Julie Walter, Staff and Facilities Supervisor
  • Emma Wilson, Part-time Shelter Staff
  • Carrie Wynn, Reserve Shelter Staff

Board of Directors

  • Neil Blunt
  • Melissa Bradley
  • Lynda Crossan
  • Michael Daugherty
  • Katie Davidson
  • Shauna Dynes
  • Tony Faeth
  • Diane Fritz
  • Tom Hausterman, Vice Chair
  • Stephanie Huhn, Treasurer
  • Katie Koch, Chair
  • Michelle Kolb
  • Daniel Linneman
  • Neil Leyshock
  • Chris Markus
  • Wayne Onkst
  • Claire Parsons
  • Deborah Perkins
  • Joe Schutzman
  • Elizabeth Stewart-Pirone
  • Ginny Tallent
  • Angie Taylor, Secretary
  • Grant Webster
  • Summer Wei