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Every member of our team shares a vision for the heart, character and educational achievement of Shelterwood students. We have a dynamic team of professionals, many considered at the top of their field. This team lays the firm foundation for our incredible success as a leading residential treatment center.

Shelterwood teens are surrounded by remarkable young adult role models at all times in every setting, offering a community driven approach to treatment. Professionals with top credentials lead our counseling, therapeutic and educational efforts — even our groundskeeper is a professional therapist. Caring adults also interact regularly with our students, pursue relationships, counsel and encourage . . . no matter what.

Jim Marvine, President and Chief Executive Officer

Behind The Walls  Jim 221 revised e1571234360631 LeadershipAs Shelterwood’s President/CEO, Jim Marvine has a rich history with Shelterwood and our founder Richard Beach. He came to Christ in his late 20’s during a family weekend when his brother was at Shelterwood in the early days of the ministry. Richard Beach lived with Jim and his family when our current campus was first acquired and launched. Jim was actively involved in Richard Beach’s Sky’s the Limit inner city camp in Kansas City for two years and has spent most of his career serving Jesus in some capacity. Jim’s daughter was a mentor at Shelterwood, which led to her career as an addiction counselor.

Jim is a well-respected ministry and business leader with a long track record of success. Most recently, Jim was CEO of Behind the Walls, Bill Glass evangelism training and prison ministry in Texas since 2012. Jim also has over 20 years of healthcare experience in physician practice management and medical sales. He is an ordained minister and spent two years on staff at Grace Community Church in Arlington, Texas as Director of Men’s Ministry.

Jim and his wife Sue have been married for forty years. They have four children and five grandchildren. Jim is a graduate of Kansas University, and they have deep ties to Kansas City and to the Shelterwood community, including a vast network of ministry and business relationships.

Leadership Team

Michael Gromer
Michael Gromer
Executive Director Facilities/Operations
Fred Timberlake
Fred Timberlake
Executive Director of Finance

Ken DeBlock , MA, LPC, MCB Clinical Supervisor // Executive Program Director

As the Executive Program Director Ken desires to shape the Shelterwood experience in a way that creates for each teen and their family an opportunity for healing, restoration and hope that is found in a relationship with Christ. Ken is licensed as a Professional Counselor with the State of Missouri and joined the Shelterwood team in 2014 as a therapist with a focus on bringing addiction education to the Shelterwood program. Ken established and supervised the Substance Abuse Prevention and Recovery Program. Ken particularly enjoys working with the mentor teams and younger professionals helping them learn how to develop healing relationships, implement therapeutic interventions and integrate their faith into daily life at Shelterwood.

Ken received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Rutgers University. During his senior year, Ken became an assistant chaplain at the Morris County Juvenile Detention Center in New Jersey. Over the next two years, he completed a family life ministry internship at his local church and discovered his passion for working with at-risk teens and their families.

Ken earned his master’s degree in counseling at Dallas Theological Seminary. Ken and his wife, Janelle, moved to Kansas City in 2011, where he worked as both a case manager and a therapist in residential, transitional and intensive outpatient substance abuse programs. Ken enjoys spending time with his wife Janelle, his two small children and their dog. When not working you can find Ken playing golf, hunting and fishing.

Melissa Winston
Melissa Winston , MSMFT, LMFT
Chief Operations Officer Bio

Melissa Winston , MSMFT, LMFT // Chief Operations Officer

Melissa received her bachelor’s degree in Christian education with an emphasis in youth ministry. Melissa has served adolescents for her entire career in various ministry and public-sector capacities (they’re kind of her thing). Over time, she discovered a great need for ministers and youth-service professionals who not only understood the unique dynamics of teens and their families, but who had the clinical skills to help them with life’s toughest issues.

Melissa went on to earn her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from CACREP & COAMFTE accredited Capella University. Since then, she has worked in public education, a Level IV residential facility for adolescents, private practice with teens and their parents, and a therapeutic boarding school for adolescents before coming to Shelterwood.

Melissa is passionate about helping teens and their families find wholeness and healing. She appreciates that Shelterwood offers the unique opportunity to integrate the latest evidence-based therapeutic practices with the truth of scripture. Outside of Shelterwood, Melissa loves to decorate and spend time with friends and family.

Chad Smith
Chad Smith
Executive Director of Admissions/Outreach Bio

Chad Smith // Executive Director of Admissions/Outreach

For the past 25 years, Chad Smith has worked with teens, the last 10 at Shelterwood. Chad began his journey at Shelterwood as an English teacher, then expanded into the role of Academic Dean. Moving from the school into program administration, he has spent the last several years serving as the organization’s Program Director.

Chad’s highest goal is to see teens find their incredible and unique identity and loves seeing families restored in the process when wounds and relationships are healed. Chad has a passion to see struggling teens heal through unconditional love and encouragement and looks forward to leading and equipping the incredible Shelterwood staff to serve students and families well.

Chad has four kids and is a Kansas City native. He holds a Bachelor of Biblical Literature from Ozark Christian College and is a certified ELA teacher with ABCTE. In his spare time, he loves following Kansas City sports teams, cycling and playing bass guitar.

John Lawrence
John Lawrence , M.S. Ed.
Executive Director of Education Bio

John Lawrence , M.S. Ed. // Executive Director of Education

To John, Shelterwood’s family retreats fuel his passion for his work. “During these times, I see the impact that we make as a team on these families. We get to see families come back together — it’s really a time to see the fruits of our labor,” he says.

John Lawrence received his Bachelor of Arts in Administration from California State University and his Master’s in Education from Walden University, with a focus on integrating technology into the classroom. He brings more than 20 years of experience in education, having taught in both public and private school settings.

Getting “sent to the principal’s office” takes on new meaning at Shelterwood: John welcomes students to his office frequently, for academic mentoring and more. As Principal, John manages the teaching staff, oversees curriculum development and manages classroom technology. He’s proud of Shelterwood’s accreditation through AdvanceEd, and John is also certified to serve as a lead evaluator for AdvancEd to assist in accrediting schools in and around Kansas City.

John isn’t the only Shelterwood team member in his family: his wife, Jane, works in the school office as Executive Assistant to the President. Outside Shelterwood, John enjoys spending time with Jane and their two daughters. An avid sports fan, John especially enjoys cheering on Kansas City’s soccer team, Sporting KC.

Jessica Wood
Jessica Wood , Psy.D.
Executive Clinical Director Bio

Jessica Wood , Psy.D. // Executive Clinical Director

Dr. Jessica Wood earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in the Chicago-land area and is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist for the state of Missouri. Since becoming licensed, Dr. Wood has focused her practice on working with children, adolescents, and their families. She has focused her continuing education on developing a deeper understanding of and incorporating effective therapeutic methods for treating adolescent trauma, self-harm, attachment issues, anxiety and depression and other emotional, behavioral, and family system issues.

Prior to becoming the Executive Clinical Director on the Shelterwood team, Dr. Wood worked in an outpatient community mental health service center, an outpatient substance abuse treatment center for families and adolescents, spent 8 years working as a therapist providing individual, group, and family therapy services in a residential center for children and adolescents in the foster care system, and served for 4 years as the Clinical Director at Shelterwood.

Dr. Wood has a passion for working with adolescents and their families and loves seeing relationships and lives restored. She was initially drawn to Shelterwood because of the opportunity to integrate faith with evidence-based therapeutic treatment approaches in working with adolescents and families toward healing and restoration.

Outside of Shelterwood, Jessica enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 kids, as well as being active, traveling, and relaxing with friends and family.