Meet our Community Resource Specialists

Tammy Bartels

Tammy has been with KVC since 2005 serving as a Quality Assurance Family Support worker in Douglas and Shawnee Counties, working with Permanency, Aftercare, and Adoption teams. She is currently completing her BA in Public Relations and Marketing through Ashford University. Tammy has extensive experience in nonprofits, event planning, and recruiting through her work in the Kansas Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and American Red Cross. She will be focusing on building relations in the communities she serves, recruiting and training foster families, and garnering donations to help support the children and families KVC serves.

Serving Douglas, Leavenworth, Atchison, Doniphan and Brown counties.

(785) 331-4200 or

Jennifer Comes

Jennifer Comes is a master-level social worker who comes to KVC from another agency, where she was a permanency specialist in the Wichita area. Her experiences in child welfare have convinced her that keeping children closer to their relatives, friends and schools is the best situation for them as they transition out of their parents’ home.  Because this option requires a strong and growing network of foster parents statewide, Jennifer’s focus will be on foster parent recruitment, resource development and teaching TIPS-MAPP classes to prospective foster parents in areas of Kansas not directly served by KVC.

Serving Sedgwick, Sumner, Cowley, Butler, Harvey, Reno, Kingman, Harper, Marion and Saline counties.

(316) 847-6312 or

Dawn Cubbison

DawnDawn Cubbison came to work at KVC as a Community Resource Specialist in 2013.  Dawn has had several years of experience working with children and their families in previous positions including Area Manager for Head Start.  She particularly enjoys involving the community in KVC’s mission to “enrich and enhance the lives of children and families” through foster parenting, contributing clothing or back-to-school items for children in foster care, and becoming a volunteer with KVC.

Serving Osage, Franklin, Miami, Coffey, Anderson, Woodson, Allen, Wilson and Neohso counties.

(785) 242-8965 or

Samantha Daniels

After graduating with a bachelors in psychology from Missouri Southern, Samantha knew she wanted to work with children and families.  With her mother being a 911 dispatcher and two siblings working as law enforcement officers, she grew up wanting to make a difference in the lives of people, just like her family. Samantha Daniels has worked for KVC since 2015 where she started in the child placing agency working with foster homes and placing children. She enjoyed bonding and making connections with the wonderful homes and children.  Now taking on the CRS position, Samantha is looking forward to the community outreach and recruiting more foster homes!

Serving Linn, Bourbon, Crawford, Cherokee, Labette, Montgomery, and Chautauqua counties

(620) 717-4460 or

Alex Eichman

AlexPrior to graduating, Alex dedicated a semester interning at KVC. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Family Studies & Human Services at Kansas State University, she decided to take the route in placing a job with KVC as a Community Resource Specialist. Alex has a passion for children, as well as helping others, and is dedicated to strengthening existing families and creating new ones.

Serving Shawnee county.

(785) 409-6980 or

Kerry Hamel

KerryKerry Hamel has been a member of the KVC family since April 2011.  After obtaining a degree in Family Studies and Human Services from Kansas State University, she continued taking graduate classes in secondary education to provide her with new skills to work with youth. Since leaving K-State, Kerry has worked as a Family Support Worker for KVC as well as a case manager for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities at an outside agency.  Kerry especially enjoys working with the people and organizations that help KVC serve thousands of children and families in the community.

Regional Community Resource Specialist

(913) 956-5370 or

Jackie Harwig

JackieAfter graduating from Pittsburg State University with a bachelor’s degree in Individual and Family Management, Jackie began working for KVC as a Family Support Worker. Over her four years as a Family Support Worker, she specialized in working with teenagers who are aging out of foster care and helped them plan for their future.  Jackie has really enjoyed working as a Community Resource Specialist since 2011.  Her favorite part of her job is engaging companies and local organizations by asking them to help shop for holiday presents for children in foster care.  She would not be able to deliver all of these gifts without the help of the local staff and she admires their hard work.

Community Resource Specialists Supervisor

(913) 956-5319 or

 Karre Schaefer

KarreKarre Schaefer received her Master’s in Political Science from Kansas State University in 2013, with her emphasis on Political Thought and Human Rights. She also has her Master’s Certificate in Public Administration, Nonprofit. Karre’s prior experience in business ownership, as well as her leadership in the anti-human trafficking efforts of Kansas, led her to KVC, where she could utilize her skills as a Community Resource Specialist. Karre firmly believes in the KVC mission and believes that helping children is the key to their success and the success of the community in which they live.

Serving Jackson, Marshall, Nemaha, Pottawatomie, Jefferson, Brown, Doniphan and Wabunsee counties.

(785) 409-6854 or

Nancy Snyder Killingsworth

NancyNancy Snyder Killingsworth has been with KVC for 15 years as a volunteer manager, grant writer, foster family recruiter, resource family training manager, and now as a Faith-Based Community Resource Specialist.  Nancy recently celebrated her 30th Ordination Anniversary at Centerville Community Church where she serves as Pastor.  As a part of her current position, Nancy enjoys hosting trainings on many different topics for foster parents and writing the KVC’s newsletter for foster families.  As the Faith-Based Community Resource Specialist, Nancy works with churches and faith-based organizations across the state of Kansas who wish to host foster parenting classes or informational meetings about foster care and adoption on their campus or want to get involved through donating items or their time to children in foster care.

Serves Wyandotte, Atchison and Leavenworth counties.

(913) 890-7513 or

Campbell Vobach

CampbellCampbell joined our team as a Community Resource Specialist in October 2016. She previously worked with foster families as a Foster Care Specialist at KVC Nebraska for nearly a year. After graduating from KU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Behavioral Science, she knew she wanted to work with children, but did not know in what capacity, so she was excited to find KVC and join in their mission of serving youth and families in the community. She is looking forward to continually finding new foster parents to partner with KVC so they can change the lives of foster youth in Johnson County.

Serves Johnson and Douglas counties.

(913) 956-5326 or