Amber has always enjoyed volunteering. She has been with The Kids Place since college, and upon graduating with a degree in Psychology she has grown to love The Kids Place even more.
In her free time she is involved in various activities at her church, and she loves reading, all things fitness, and sharing her love for God.
As a full time mother who raised our 5 children, along with my husband Jack and as a grandmother who opened her home to home childcare, Cheryl has always been in the midst of children, which was a priority. She believes in nourishing and guiding children, to help raise them up to be functional adults.
When her son Jack III was killed in the military in 2009, she realized she needed to help children learn how to grieve and mourn losses in their lives.
Darrell Jones, known fondly as “Mr.. Darrell “, wished for place like The Kids’ Place when he lost his wife suddenly and tragically when his sons were 9 months and 3 years old. He later met and married Kay Jones and started at The Kids’ Place baiting fish hooks at Camp Comfort, where he later co-directed the camp.
He continues to be an important member of The Kids’ Place Team as a facilitator in a variety of groups.
Hope is currently finishing up her degree at the University of Central Oklahoma. Her major is Family Life Education: Child Development with a minor in Grief, Death, and Dying. Hope has been with The Kids’ Place since January 2016 and serves as a facilitator for whatever group she is needed. Hope works at Hayes Funeral Home and Mary’s Flower Shop, both in Guthrie. With a passion for helping families through heartbreak and their grief journey her drive and compassion benefits all age groups. When not at The Kids’ Place, school, and work, Hope enjoys spending time with her husband, Robert and her basset hound, Barney.
Jen started working with The Kids’ Place as a greeter after the death of her infant son in January 2006. She has been in her current role as ministry leader for the past 5 years. Jen is an electrical engineer that works with Northrop Grumman. She has 4 young children and has been married to her husband, Josh, for 14 years.
Jen attends Edmond Church of Christ and feels blessed to be able to help families who are journeying through grief. She believes that The Kids’ Place has been a gift in her life, and has aided her own walk through loss.
Kacy has been volunteering with The Kids Place since 2012. She serves as a facilitator for the “Younger’s” group. Kacy loves being with the kids and feels blessed to be a part of The Kids Place. Kacy and her husband Clint have two boys that keep them very busy.
They are members of the Edmond Church of Christ. Kacy works part time as a sonographer (Ultrasound). She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, traveling, and gardening.
Karen recently moved to Edmond following the death of her husband after a brief illness. Having seen the impact on her grown children and her five grandchildren she wanted to be able to offer help and comfort to other children facing the loss of a loved one.
Karen grew up in St Louis and has lived in various states. She received her degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Missouri Institute of Science and Technology. After starting a family she stayed home to be a full time Mom to her three children.
Karen has volunteered with many different organizations throughout the years, school booster organizations, her national sorority and served with a TWIG group which operated a free medical clinic for young children.
Kay Jones, M.EDHas been with The Kids’ Place since the start, serving as planner, trainer, facilitator, coordinator, camp co-director and journeyman in grief.
She continues to work in the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OKC communities and beyond, in administration, suicide prevention, grief in the society, emergency management. She is an educator with heart and a life long learner.
She loves The Kids’ Place!
As a Veteran, former police officer, and volunteer for numerous other agencies, Rex has been with The Kids’ Place since its inception. He currently serves as the coordinator of our family group, and, with his wife Micki Carney, facilitates our Young Adult (18-25ish) group.
Having lost many family and friends over the years to both natural causes as well as criminal acts, his broad range of experience has proven to be an asset to The Kids’ Place.
Rich Walts is a former Fire Chief, EMT, law enforcement officer, Field Agent for the State Fire Marshal, and was in the Air Force for over 6 years during the Vietnam era flying on a rescue helicopter crew. Rich has been at the Kid’s Place for over 12 years as facilitator in the “middles”, the “olders,” and currently with the adults.
Rich currently serves as president of the Board of Directors for UR Special ministry in Edmond, Deacon at the Edmond church of Christ, numerous committees with the Oklahoma State Firefighters Association, member of the Oklahoma Fire Chief’s Association, charter member of the Oklahoma Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, as well as being a registered minister.
In his career he has seen the loss of many individuals to include family and friends, even having to providing death notifications to the deceased family. He also served on a Critical Incident Stress Debriefing team assisting with assistance of first-responders after the Murrah building bombing. Rich is married and has one son and daughter-in-law. Rich’s ability of listening and responding to comments is noteworthy.
Stacy began working as a greeter at The Kids’ Place in fall 2013 and has also served as a substitute facilitator. She loves the children and families she has met at The Kids’ Place over the past two years. Stacy and her husband Shannon have one daughter. They attend the Edmond church of Christ.
Stacy works from home as an internal auditor for a bank. She enjoys spending time with her family, hanging out with friends, and reading.