Who We Are

The Executive Team

Shellie White Witschger

Shellie is our CEO and Founder. She’s the one who began this whole thing on December 28, 2012. She has been in this field since 2005 from working private homecare with a few of our current clients to being a program assistant at UCP. Prior to that, she also gained valuable experience in Human Resources working for Phoenix Presentations, Inc. Her most rewarding experience came from being a stay at home mother to her daughter, Samantha. By starting the agency, she has been able to change many lives including her own and has become an inspiration to all. She owes some of her success to her amazing staff that she says are the cream of the crop. Shellie is also blessed to be part of the family of many of our friends who do not have a family of their own. Seeing their faces light up when they arrive to the program and see some of the caring staff is the highlight of her day and makes this job feel like home. When not at work, Shellie enjoys spending time gardening, reading and spending time by the pool surrounded by her family and friends. She is also very busy and excited preparing to welcome her first grandson in June! Her favorite quote is “Get to know someone by their abilities not their disabilities.”

Justice Wilhelm

Justice is our Vice President of Operations. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Northern Kentucky University. Justice has been in this field for 9 years and has been a part of the A4L family for 8 of those. Growing up, she was immersed in this population as her aunt worked in the field. Her favorite thing was going to work with her aunt to hang out with all of the people at the day program. She spent countless hours beginning her passion at a very young age. In college, everything aligned and she accepted a job at a local summer camp for children with developmental disabilities. After falling in love all over again, she began to work in the day program and homes at Angels 4 Life. After graduation, she began working in the office. When not at work, Justice enjoys spending time with her husband and furbabies, crocheting and binge watching on Netflix and Hulu. She likes working for A4L because she found her family and true friends at this agency. She loves making a difference in their lives and all of the new experiences she has gained from working here. Her favorite quote is “Feed your dreams and starve your fears.”

Megan Colwell

Megan is the Director of our Adult Day Services. She has been with us for over 5 years. She’s been in this field her whole life beginning with her experience of attending Wildey school for preschool and kindergarten in their inclusive program. Her mom worked at Wildey for nearly 30 years which inspired her true passion and allowed her to grow in this field. Megan attended Morehead State University for Special Education Learning and Behavioral Disorders. She continued to volunteer throughout her life at Wildey until she began working there after college eventually moving on to the Genesis Center. She has experience working with high school age students with severe behavioral challenges and people with all types of disabilities. When not at work, Megan likes playing with her Cricut making beautiful cups and hanging out with her boyfriend and family. Megan likes working for A4L because of the friends and her coworkers. Everyone has the same interests at heart. She loves how independent the friends are and how staff and Shellie help to advocate for them to live their best life. There is so much passion and care here. Megan’s favorite quote is “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game!”

Emily Cole

Emily is our Director of Residential Services. She has over 11 years of experience with 6 years of that being with Angels. She was inspired to change careers from working in a daycare when she began helping her grandmother after she had a stroke. Emily began her experience working in a local group home and later began working for the Clermont County Board of DD. She has the most experience working for individuals with behavioral challenges. When not at work, she hanging out with friends, playing cards, reading and listening to music. When she can, she spends time with her mother in North Carolina. Emily enjoys working for Angels because it is more than just a job. She truly cares for our friends. She said they make it so much fun and it’s important they get out in the community and do everything that typical people can do. Emily’s favorite quote is “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

Jessica Hall

Jessica is our Office Manager and keeps things running smoothly. She has been with Angels 4 Life for 1.5 years. Jessica has lived in Hillsboro most of her life until recently she relocated to Mariemont. She has an associate’s degree in elementary education and worked as a preschool teacher and STNA in the past. She also enjoyed being a stay at home mom to her two daughters and caring for her stepdaughter with an autoimmune disorder requiring the use of a G-tube and tracheotomy. When not at work, she likes spending time with her daughters, family and friends playing games and watching movies together. When asked why she likes working here, she said she loves being able to help our friends live their most independent and joyful life as possible. Her favorite quote is “If nothing changes, nothing changes!”

Jessica Bates

Jessica is our Residential Manager and takes care of scheduling and is the first point of contact with our families. She has 12 years of experience in this field and has been with the Angels family for 3 years. She began her career working with Empowering People when she turned 18. Growing up in Batavia, she has held many positions in private duty home care including working for notable families and members of her own family over the years. She takes an intense level of responsibility for all that she cares for. Later, she worked for CLW and the Epilepsy Foundation working in homes with up to 8 individuals with extensive medical needs and behavioral challenges. She originally started out as a program assistant in our day program and was promoted after a short time. When not at work, Jessica enjoys spending time with her friends and family, playing cards, going to the casino, traveling and practicing self care. She makes sure to share that passion with her friends here at Angels, too. Jessica enjoys working at A4L because this company is different than any other and has a feeling of family she has never felt before. She notes that whenever someone is in need, our family gets together and provides. She also said that this isn’t work to her because she loves it so much. Jessica takes great pride in advocating for those who can’t advocate for themselves. Her favorite quote is “You only live once!”

Samantha Diedrichs

Samantha is our Public Relations Manager. She has over 10 years of experience with 7 of those years being with Angels. Her passion started with babysitting a family friend’s daughter with Down Syndrome. She started volunteering at UCP with her mom when she was 15 years old. When she was able to work herself, she chose a job as a camp counselor at a well known camp for children with developmental disabilities. Through these opportunities her passion grew. When not at work, Samantha enjoys spending her time with her 3 stepchildren and her plethora of fur babies. She’s also preparing to welcome a new addition to the family, her own son in June! Samantha loves working for Angels because our friends here are truly her best friends and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Her favorite quote is “Everything happens for a reason.”

Linda Griffin

Linda is our Registered Nurse on staff. She makes sure all of our medication certifications are current, completes our nursing delegation as well as providing valuable medical advice to our staff and individuals. She has over 40 years of experience as a nurse and in this field including working with Clermont County DD. She’s been with A4L for 1.5 years. Linda grew up in Goshen and is very active in her community. One of her most notable endeavors is Happy Feet, an organization that provides shoes to children in need as well as advocating for veterans and creating the Bruce Griffin Memorial Scholarship. When Linda is off work, she enjoys spending time with her granddaughter, going to church and helping others. When asked why she likes working for Angels, she said she enjoys educating others and raising public awareness. Her favorite quote is “Life is a journey, not a destination. Believe!”

Karen Morris

Karen is our Quality Assurance manager and handles all medical supports. She has 14 years of experience in the field and 5 years of experience with Angels. Growing up in Bainbridge, Ohio with her grandparents, Karen was around many children with and without disabilities whom were fostered by them. She was inspired by wanting to assist others live their best life. Before coming to A4L, Karen worked in other agencies as a house manager and assisted with drug and alcohol recovery of people with disabilities, as well. She also studied human services and social work at Southern State Community college. When not at work, Karen likes to spend time with her family especially her daughters and granddaughters. When asked why she likes working for A4L, she said because her coworkers are amazing and the friends teach her something new everyday. She also said that Shellie is an amazing and kind boss. Karen’s favorite quote is “This too shall pass.”

Our Day Program Staff

Betty Krusling

Betty is one of our Supervisors in our day program as well as a house manager in our residential homes. She has over 10 years of experience in the field and has worked for A4L for 4 years. Betty grew up in New Richmond and used to be a cafeteria manager for a local school. She also used to provide services to an elderly woman and work at a consulting firm where she met her husband. When off work, Betty enjoys spending time with her family and traveling. When asked why she likes working for Angels 4 Life, she said because “we are a family and our friends are family.” She also says “this is not a job if you love what you do. I love what I do, therefore it’s not a job!”

Lacey Brown

Lacey is a Supervisor in our day program and a house manager in our residential homes. She has 15 years of experience in group homes and day programs. She’s been with Angels for 2.5 years now. However her experience dates back to being a child and watching her mom work in this field. When she’s not at work, she enjoys spending time with her wife, daughters and other friends and family. Lacey likes working for A4L because we believe there is no limit to what a person can do. She loves making a difference in someone’s life. Her favorite quote is “It is what it is.”

Trisha Korczyk

Trisha works as a Program Assistant in our day program as well as a Direct Support Professional in our residential homes. She has been with A4L for just under a year and has many years of experience in a non traditional way, her family. Her mother and cousins with disabilities inspired her to get into this field. Trisha is currently going to school for applied behavioral analysis and hopes to work with individuals with autism in the future. When she’s not at work, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family and her two sons visiting the zoo and having game night. When asked why she likes working here, she said “this company is a big family. We support and look out for each other. The job is very rewarding and I love seeing the smiles on our friends’ faces.” Her favorite quote is “Be stronger than your excuses.”

Elexis Sanchez

Elexis works as a Program Assistant in our day program. She is new to our family and new to this field with just over 6 months of experience. However, her mother has been in this field for as long as she can remember and she grew up around the people she cared for. So getting involved was a no brainer for her! Elexis grew up in New Richmond and heard about the job through a friend when she came home from college. She ended up falling in love with the job and the amazing friends that came with it and hasn’t left! When not at work, Elexis enjoys fishing, painting and hanging out with friends and family. She enjoys working at Angels because it shows how people with disabilities are just like everyone else. Her favorite quote is “You will always have good sunsets before good sunrises.”

Brittany Bates

Brittany is a Program Assistant in our day program. She has 6 months of experience with Angels 4 Life but has gained more experience by taking psychology courses at the University of Cincinnati. Growing up in Batavia, Brittany has worked as a Lead Teacher at the daycare her children attended. She wanted a job where she could make a difference in someone’s life and she found that with us. Working for Angels has brought her nothing but joy. She comes to work with a great attitude and our friends’ smiles give her purpose. She is quite the jokester and loves making our friends laugh. When not at work, Brittany enjoys staying active and spending time outdoors with her son and daughter. They enjoy visiting various Cincinnati points of interest including the zoo and aquarium. Brittany’s favorite quote is “Life is like the ocean. It can be still or calm, and rough or rigid, but in the end, it is always beautiful.”

Tabetha Henson

Tabetha works as a Program Assistant in our day program as well as a DSP in our homes. She’s new to our family but her mom got her passionate about this field. Growing up in Williamsburg and Goshen, she was a stay at home mom for the past few years gaining valuable practical experience in taking care of others. When not at work, Tabetha enjoys spending time with her children and her family. When asked why she likes working for Angels, she said because she loves the friends and her coworkers. They are so sweet.

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