Nancy is the Executive Director for Caring for Kids. She graduated from Creighton University in Social Work and worked in community mental health. She always had a passion for children to grow up healthy and whole. She worked for the Olathe School District and later joined Indian Creek Community Church staff as the Executive Assistant to the Lead Pastor. For the past seven years, she served in the Citywide Prayer Movement working in operations and administration. Nancy was part of the original design team for Caring for Kids and previously served as Director of Operations. Nancy and her husband Bob Mitchell have been married 43 years. They have two grown children and 13 grandchildren.
Pastor Gary Schmitz
Gary has served as pastor in the Kansas City, MO/KS area for over 30 years and is ordained in the Evangelical Covenant Church. He currently serves as the Board Co-Chairman and Founder of Caring for Kids. He facilitates retreats, teaches workshops and connects local churches, businesses and civic groups with public schools in partnerships that serve principals and teachers, thereby helping every child reach their full potential. He is also a leader and networker in the growing movement of prayer and community transformation both locally and nationally. Gary has been married to his wife Barbara for 44 years and they have one son, Luke, and two grandchildren. Gary loves fishing, hunting, biking, canoeing and the great outdoors.
Raquel Lara serves as a Partnership Director for Caring for Kids. Her degree is in Communications and Spanish. Raquel has served her local church as the Worship Director and Youth Pastor for the past seven years. She has been engaged in youth ministry for over 13 years in Texas, Missouri and Kansas. Much of her work is dedicated to training young leaders in the area of leadership and servanthood. She directs a cross-cultural network of emerging youth leaders through training seminars and counseling. She is Founder and Director of YO-VA Clubs and the Life Learning Center, after-school programs for students in the Kansas City metropolitan urban schools to experience and share their gifts in music, art and life enrichment classes.
Terry is a Partnership Director for Caring for Kids. Her degree is in education with two years teaching in a private school in Topeka, Kansas, and seven years teaching in the Shawnee Mission school district in Kansas. For six years Terry was the Children’s Ministry Director at Indian Creek Community Church in Olathe, Kansas. She is the founder of The Life Enrichment Program (an after school program for under-resourced children) and has served for the past three years as the director of that program. She believes her number one ministry priority is her family. She has been married for 34 years to Dave Geenens, and they have three grown children, Megan, Aubrey and Austin, and one grandchild, Skyler.
Meet our newest team member, Porsche Seals. Porsche is serving our Caring for Kids schools in the Kansas City, Missouri School District. She is native to Kansas City, MO, and currently resides in Raytown, MO. She and her husband of 13 years have four beautiful children. For the last 13 years she has focused on investing in her children and also her community by serving on the Norfleet Elementary PTA board. She serves as the Praise and Worship Leader, Sunday School Teacher, and Back to School Event Coordinator of River’s Edge Fellowship located in Raytown, MO. River’s Edge has been involved in a successful Caring for Kids partnership for two years. She just completed her undergraduate degree in Applied Organizational Leadership.
Cheryl is the Executive Assistant for the Caring for Kids team. She also substitute teaches part-time in the Olathe and Blue Valley school districts. Her degree is in English education, and she began her career teaching English and journalism in Missouri. She also has worked in community relations, publishing, and in the Children’s Ministry at Indian Creek Community Church. Cheryl has been married for 36 years to Charlie, and they have two adult children, Jessica, a piano teacher, and Daniel, an ESL teacher in South Korea.
Pastor Phil Kreiling
Phil pastored at Overland Park First Assembly for thirty years, as youth, associate, interim and Sr. Pastor for the last twenty-one years. In 2010 he resigned to start Pastors411, a leadership coaching ministry serving ministry and marketplace leaders in the Kansas City area. Phil is a certified leadership coach with Coachnet Global. He serves as pastor liaison with Caring for Kids and also KCK7Impact. He is currently working on his Masters of Organizational Leadership. Phil and Shary have been married 30 years. Their daughter Ashlee and husband Elijah are youth pastors in Kennett Square, PA, and have two children Zion and Aunee. Their son Jeff is a teacher and basketball coach in urban KCK. He and his wife Jessica have one son, Bronson. Hobbies: coaching, golf, snow-skiing and as much time with his grandkids as possible. Interesting Fact: Phil grew up in a family with eleven sisters and three brothers. (How does birth order come into play, when you are the 11th child?)
Pastor Leonard Davis
Leonard Davis serves as a Caring for Kids Church Connector. He has been a volunteer leader with Young Life in Kansas City since 2003. Young Life is a Christian organization that reaches out to adolescents. In 2006 Leonard began his teaching career as a math teacher at Center High School, where he taught for six years. He was ordained as a deacon at Friendship Baptist Church in 2007. Leonard’s job as a teacher and his work with Young Life intersected when he took on the role of Teacher Staff with Young Life in 2010. Leonard eventually resigned from teaching to pursue a full-time career with Young Life in 2011. Along with serving on the Caring for Kids team, Leonard is now the Area Director for Young Life in Kansas City and the Youth Minister at Concord Fortress of Hope Church.