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.

Danielle Amrine – Chief Executive Officer

Danielle Amrine has a passion for nonprofit work and making the world a better place, for humans and creatures alike. Throughout her career she has worked with several nonprofits, bringing social service programs to life and bettering overall client and program outcomes. Danielle earned a BSW from Mount St. Joseph University, MSW from the University of Kentucky, MBA from Thomas Moore University, and the CORe Business Certification from Harvard University.

Danielle is the Chief Executive Officer of The Welcome House of Northern Kentucky where she focuses on providing a continuum of services that end homelessness in the Northern Kentucky region. She is a member of the National Association of Women MBAs, Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society in Business, and a board member for the Leadership Council of Greater Cincinnati and The League for Animal Welfare.  Danielle enjoys reading, volunteering with several different animals rescues, and spending time with her two daughters (Mallory and Lydia), five rescue dogs (Chewie, Dixie, Lucy, GusGus, and Roscoe), along with being an avid baker.

To contact Danielle- her email is


Senior Leadership Team

  • Amanda Couch, VP of Program Operations
  • Elizabeth LaPash, Compliance & HR Director
  • Kelly Rose, Development & Marketing Director
  • Brian Van Arsdale, COO

Management Team

  • Kirsten Auch, Account & Payroll Supervisor
  • Jenna Gurren, Director of Homeless Solutions
  • Evan Hennessy, Supervisor of Homeless Solutions
  • Bilal Jones, Supervisor of Housing & Supportive Services
  • Bev Merrill, Director of Homeless Solutions
  • Julie Schatz, Shelter Services Supervisor

Administration & Development

  • Natalie Endres, Development & Marketing Coordinator
  • Brandy Lovensheimer, Compliance Coordinator
  • Paul Klein, IT Specialist
  • Jasmine Murdoch, Accounting Specialist
  • Brian Theis, Accounting Specialist

Homeless Solutions

  • Melissa Blanton, Shelter Peer Support
  • Taylor Bray, Shelter Service Coordinator
  • David Clark, VA Shelter Advocate
  • Kevin Dorning, VA Program Coordinator
  • Billy Frederick, Nurse Navigator
  • Jessica Godby, Shelter Adovcate
  • Samantha Goldsberry, Assessment & Resource Coordinator
  • Stella Hall, Service Coordinator
  • Yolanda Hamza, Social Security Outreach Specialist – Team Lead
  • Bruce Hill, Street Outreach Service Coordinator Buffalo Trace – Team Lead
  • Heather Honan, Shelter Advocate
  • Alyson Hubbard, Receptionist
  • Troy Harper, Outreach Peer Support Specialist
  • Shari Hays, Family Promise Program Coordinator
  • Beth Johnson, Shelter Advocate
  • Lisa Kutz, Street Outreach Service Coordinator – Team Lead
  • Misty Lester, Shelter Advocate
  • Emily Ricket, Shelter Adovcate
  • Mark Singleton, Mental Health Service Coordinator
  • Bridnee Smith, Intake Services Specialist
  • Andrew Spurlock, Service Coordinator
  • Candace Wenger, Outreach Peer Support Specialist
  • Carrie Wynn, Shelter Advocate

Housing & Supportive Services

  • Simone Balkema, Payee Account Manager
  • Jerrilyn Bryant, Payee Service Coordinator
  • Tanesha Johnson, Housing Nagivator – Team Lead
  • Andrea Price, Payee Account Manager – Team Lead
  • Tasha Ross, Housing Service Coordinator
  • Jennifer Rugg, Permanent Supportive Housing Service Coordinator
  • JoAnn Shockney, Housing Navigator
  • Gabby Short, Rapid Re-Housing Service Coordinator Buffalo Trace
  • Monica Smith, Rapid Re-Housing Service Coordinator

Board of Directors

  • Chris Bauer
  • Laura Canter – Secretary
  • Elisahia Chamberlain
  • Chris Francis
  • Corey Foister
  • Emily Heidt, Treasury
  • Alyse Hoffer, Chair
  • Ellee Humphrey
  • Connie Kremer
  • Lucy Lane
  • Amanda Meeker
  • Karen Oswald
  • Paula Rottinghaus
  • Marie Schenkel
  • Katherine Simone
  • Jason Spaulding
  • Travis Taylor
  • Lauren Vogel – Vice Chair
  • Randi Wise