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Kim Broadnax

Kim Broadnax is Echoing Hills’ new Southwest Ohio Regional Director, bringing over 26 years of experience working with individuals with disabilities. She started in direct care but, over the years, has served in roles of management, executive leadership, and, most recently, as the Superintendent of Operations for the state of Arizona.

Kim knew early in life she wanted to serve individuals with disabilities. It was during a sixth-grade class trip to a local nursing home that she discovered her calling. Going in to serve lunch and socialize with the residents, Kim walked away forever changed.

“That experience, the joy they had from our time together,” shares Kim, “I immediately knew this was my passion.”

Beginning her career in a faith-based non-profit, Kim was excited at the opportunity to join Echoing Hills. She was considering other job opportunities; however, she continued to come back to this one.

“My faith is important to me; the mission, purpose, and values of Echoing Hills spoke to me.”

PERSONAL LIFE
Family is at the heart of everything for Kim. She is one of seven children and finds herself talking to her mother and siblings every day. She also has several nieces and nephews that are a big part of her life. Kim jokes, “I play the aunt role well, maybe even more than they need or want me to.”

Kim enjoys reading about science and research and likes sports. Football, basketball, and baseball – you will find Kim at games, cheering for her favorite teams.

Traveling for work as a consultant and personally, Kim has enjoyed her travels around the United States. Boston, Chicago, and New York are her three favorite spots for the diversity and culture these locations offer. She is eager to plan trips outside of the states and hopes to visit Paris, Africa, and Australia.

LOOKING FORWARD
Looking forward, Kim is eager to find ways to provide further opportunities for the individuals Echoing Hills serves. She is excited to work with her team to accomplish great things together.

“Everyone has been so kind during this transition,” shares Kim, “I am glad to be a part of the ministry and look forward to working with everyone to provide the best supports and opportunities to those we serve.”

Avalene Neininger – Staff Development Director

When you look at Avalene Neininger’s resume, you see common themes – working with individuals with disabilities, teaching, and training. These skills make her the perfect fit as Echoing Hills’ new Staff Development Director.

Avalene, or Avy as she is known to many, had not been looking to make a career change, but after researching job opportunities for her son and his girlfriend, she came across the posting for this new position. She was immediately intrigued. Avy quickly went on-line to learn everything she could about the organization.

“I was on the website and became deeply moved by a video of a father talking about the impact of Echoing Hills for his son,” recalls Avy. “I then saw a student I had in preschool had recently won the OPRA Volunteer of The Year Award for her work with the organization. In my heart, I knew I was supposed to apply for the position, and I did that night.”

Personal Life
Avy spent her early years moving around as her father was in the military. Her family returned to Ohio upon his retirement the summer she was going into 9th grade. It was while babysitting her cousins one day that summer Avy would meet her future husband, Bob. They immediately hit it off and began dating, marrying one week after college graduation.

Unexpectedly, Avy lost her husband five years ago. She considers this loss one of the most defining moments in her life. She credits her son, Nick, for helping her through this time. After the loss of his father, Nick began to check in with his mother throughout the day. Sending text messages and making phone calls to see how she was doing or paying a compliment – messages like Bob would deliver.

Avy enjoys reading and is writing a book, Grief Lessons From the Toy Box. The book explores different toys discussing their history, reviews what the toy can teach about grief, and provides a Bible verse.

The idea for the book came to her after a conversation with her niece, Kaytee. After losing her husband, Avy asked Kaytee why one of her Barbie dolls was on the floor, naked. Kaytee shared she wasn’t naked, “she was in transformation.” It hit Avy that she was in transformation herself, and the inspiration for the book was born.

Looking Forward
Since starting, Avy has enjoyed visiting Echoing Hills’ locations throughout the state. She is looking forward to continuing to meet team members and individuals and jumping into her new role.

“I see this position as a way to blend my passions,” says Avalene, “the role of education and training, working with individuals with disabilities, and making a positive impact.”

Mary Ann Anderson

Echoing Hills is happy to welcome Mary Ann Anderson, our new Director of Finance.
Mary Ann brings a wealth of knowledge to her new role, carrying a Bachelors of Arts with a major in accounting, a Master’s degree, and as a Licensed CPA in the state of Ohio. She has many years of experience in finance, but this is her first involvement with nonprofits and the IIDD field. When asked what her new role will entail, Mary Ann joked, “accumulating all the knowledge John [Swanson] has been able to over the last 34 years.”

Mary Ann shared she was drawn to Echoing Hills due to, “connection and community.” She heard Cordell Brown speak at her church when she was young and remembers doing service projects here for 4H growing up. Her mother also worked in the kitchen in residential living and Mary Ann recalls, “she loved working here.”

Growing up on a farm four miles from Echoing Hills, Mary Ann later moved in life for work to St. Charles, Missouri and then San Francisco, California, where she spent the last 15 years. Little did she know that this new opportunity in California would also lead to meeting her husband, Harry.
Mary Ann shared the plan was always to return to Ohio to be closer to family. She had purchased her grandfather’s house prior to moving to California, and hired contractors in 2019 to complete renovations, returning home earlier this year. She and Harry spend as much time as they can with her family, including great grandnephews and nieces – 12 in all with eight belonging to one family and one more on the way!

When not working, Mary Ann enjoys reading, still belonging to a church book club in California. They meet via Zoom and take turns picking books to read. She shares this is good in that it “allows you to read things you may not have picked yourself.” Mary Ann also enjoys art quilting and traveling. She recalls a trip to Kathmandu in Nepal and a three-month trip she took to the Philippines with her church, working in the business office of the seminary. Mary Ann has also traveled to South Korea, China, Germany, and Sweden for work.

We are glad for the connections that led Mary Ann to Echoing Hills and look forward to all that she will bring to our community!

Jennifer Massaro

Empathetic and caring with a great sense of humor – this would describe our newest team member, Jennifer Massaro.  Jennifer joined the Echoing Hills team on October 5th as the Corporate Communications Specialist, bringing experience in Marketing, Sales, and Development, as well as positive energy for her new role.

Jennifer was drawn to Echoing Hills as “God has given me a servant’s heart, and this organization is one that serves, putting others first.  The mission spoke to me, and the ministry has such a variety of programming that can meet the needs and desires of so many.”  She is eager to begin experiencing first-hand all the ministry does and sharing those stories with others.

Jennifer is married to Michael, sharing they had an arranged marriage of sorts (be sure to ask her about it!).  Together they have two children, Lilly and Dominic, who are 11 years old and into volleyball, scouting, choir, and band collectively.  When asked what she enjoys doing, she said, “antiquing on those rare occasions I’m not with my kids.”  Usually, however, she will be found enjoying anything outdoors with her family – camping (they just purchased a camper this summer), kayaking, hiking, swimming.  The family took a trip to Hawaii last summer, partaking in many nature adventures.  Their favorite was an intense 2.5-mile hike to Papakolea Beach, one of only four green sand beaches in the world.  Being one who enjoys nature, Jennifer can’t wait to explore the 94 acres available on Echoing Hills’ campus and seeing individuals experience and enjoy camp, and the great outdoors, next summer.

Jennifer is most looking forward to getting to meet and form relationships with those who make Echoing Hills so special – both those who she will work beside and the individuals served.  She shares, “On my second day, I was able to meet two individuals, Ron and Jeff.  We were having a great conversation when out of the blue, Jeff asked me if I lie, confused I shook my head no.  Jeff went on to say ‘then how do you sleep,’ delivering great comedic timing.”   She walked away from that conversation laughing, and with a sense of peace and joy, expressing “that interaction, beginning with a smile and ending with a laugh, was what I needed at that moment in time and confirmed I am where God wants me to be.”  And we are glad her heart was led to Echoing Hills!

Christopher Setser

I am SO EXCITED to be the Program Director for echoingU of Southwest Ohio!

Having been in both ministry and connected with my wife’s learning differently classroom, I have a passion to help the students grow in their faith and knowledge at the same time! I am truly blessed to be a part of their journey. It is exciting to be part of improving and enriching the lives of the individuals we serve!

I have been married to my beautiful wife Andreana for almost 19 years, and we have 2 sons, Andrew and Ryan. They are a Junior & Senior in High School at Troy Christian High School. My youngest son Ryan has connected us to many amazing experiences as he serves as Children’s Champion (ambassador) for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. We are blessed with a great home, family, and church family.

Some of my favorite things are great food like Fettucini Alfredo, amazing movies like Moana and vacationing in Costa Maya, Mexico. My “go to” Bible Verse is: “If you humble yourself before the Lord, He will lift you up and give you honor.”  James 4:10

Heather Woolum

Welcome Heather Woolum, Human Resource Generalist. Heather is a graduate of Strayer University with a major in Business and Human Resources. She has spent the last 12 years of her career in Human Resources. Heather has four grown children and lives in Springfield, OH with her dog Jack. Heather says she chose Echoing Hills for the same reason she chose a career in Human Resources, she loves helping people and looking for ways to make their lives better.

Angie Jordan

She’s BAACCKK! After seven years, Angie Jordan has returned to Echoing Hills in full force with enthusiasm and eagerness as the Director of Development and Marketing for the Corporation. With over 20 years of experience in Marketing, Sales, Public Relations and Development in both the profit and non-profit arenas, Angie’s innovative and visionary approach blends impeccably with that of Echoing Hills President and CEO Tim Neville’s strategic leadership style.

So what has Angie been doing over the past seven years besides watching the story of her life unfold? Her 21-year-old son Logan is now a senior at The Ohio State University (her alma mater), her daughter Macy is now a senior in High School, and Angie and her high school sweetheart Jason just celebrated 25 years of marriage. We won’t forget her baby Harley – a 55 lb. English bulldog – who starts her day on her momma’s lap during coffee and devotions time! Additionally, her never sleep personality (literally) allows her to be instrumental in strategizing with businesses in many industries to consider the value of ‘looking’ at the bigger picture not just the Marketing Plan. She feels very strongly, every area of the business one way or another impacts the outcome of the marketing initiatives and fundraising goals which is why it is imperative to have the business integrated from every standpoint.

What does Angie enjoy most in her downtime? She laughs, “What’s downtime?” She quickly rebounds, and explains how she really tries to take time to see the beauty in each day. Something she easily learned from her amazing mother. Appreciate the simple things, which is something often overlooked. The calm in the bright blue sky. The warmth from the cheerful sun. The serenity in the depths of the dark night sky and the wonder in twinkling stars.

What drew Angie back to Echoing Hills? Her love for making a difference – with her co-workers, those she’s serving and ensuring an organizations’ sustainability. Whether it’s a smile, a kind word or a new innovative idea – she simply wants to make a positive impact! When considering a move to Echoing Hills, she prayerfully put it in God’s hands. He clearly opened the door that no man could close – giving her peace in knowing this was the plan He had for her. Angie said, “It’s so wonderful to be a part of a ministry that puts our Lord and Savior at the center of it all!”

Kris Sims

Kris has her Bachelors degree from The University of Akron and has worked in Human Resources for 25 years in a variety of fields.
Kris has one daughter who recently graduated from college and is working in the Finance field. Coming from a fairly large family, Kris finds herself surrounded by family on a regular basis. Take for instance the monthly “cousins dinner” where most times 25 of the 63 cousins attend. Kris told us she loves being a part of a big family. As a matter of fact, Kris finds time spent with family in the great outdoors is extremely relaxing for her.
Some of her hobbies include researching family history, reading and photography.
When asked why she chose Echoing Hills, Kris said she has great admiration for the Echoing Hills culture and values.
Welcome to the Echoing Hills team Kris!

Doreen Peterson

I enjoy helping individuals and families get everything in order for for their camp adventure. I think I enjoy the campers the most. I have known several
of them for years, and a few since I was a counselor in 1980. Many of them feel like family.
Echoing Hills has been my home for the past 39 years. I met Dan while working as a counselor and we married the next spring. We began our family here, and it is such a great place for children. Together we raised our four children and we were blessed with two grandchildren. We always felt like this is where God wanted us to be. And my part was to help Dan in any way I could so he could do what he felt called to do. And maybe that’s why I was a good fit for Camp Secretary position, I had come to know the campers and families so well and could have a part in helping them come to Camp. Both Dan and I loved it here so much, it’s where we began. It holds such a special place in my heart and I will be forever grateful for listening to God’s calling to come and serve in any way I could. And even though Dan is gone now, I feel his urge to keep going until God leads me elsewhere.
Secretary – Camp Echoing Hills

Lauren Unger

I started serving at camp as soon as I was allowed. I had always wanted to be a part of the ministry it was just a matter of when. I was volunteering at seven and when I was old enough to be hired on Support Staff I jumped at it. I remember filling out the staff application worrying my dad wasn’t going to hire me.

I have had almost all the jobs camp has to offer. I started in my teens and have worked almost every summer since 2002. I have had the opportunity to grow into my role as Director of Camp Echoing Hills, by serving and working with some of the best people on the planet.

I am married to my wonderful husband, Justin. We have two cats Ophelia & Pierce Brosnan.

My husband and I are real big movie buffs. We love to watch all the classics and tend to enjoy movies off the beaten path. I also enjoy reading and attempting to write.

Camp has always been in my blood and since it has always been in my life I have been able to meet many people and and have learned so much from many of them. One of the biggest impacts on my life was our nurse Dan Peterson who always served with compassion. He taught me what love and service should look like. His dedication to this ministry and the people inspires me to keep going even with “Murphy’s Law”.

Lauren Unger – Director, Camp Echoing Hills

 

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