Meet the team
Leadership is defined by the ability of an individual to influence and guide others with great purpose and accountability. When picturing just that, there is no other that comes to mind than our Executive Director Kate Houck. With a kind heart, determined mind, and focus like you wouldn’t believe, Kate seamlessly leads David’s Refuge like a Mozart conducting a masterpiece. Armed with at least one healthy smoothie and a detox tea Kate gracefully navigates the art of being an amazing mother, wife and friend to all she meets.
Director of Philanthropy
As our resident “Friendraiser” (aka Director of Philanthropy), Christine brings her passion for making a difference and impacting the lives of caregivers to her role on our team. Whether she is jamming out to Phish or rocking her snakeskin heels, Christine is a fireball of energy mixed with a tender heart as deep as the ocean. She brings years of experience in the fundraising world and inspires everyone she meets to remember that small acts of kindness make the biggest impact on our world. She is sassy and sincere, compassionate and complex, a true powerhouse in every sense…but if you ask her, she will tell you that her truest legacy lies in hands of the three beautiful girls she and her husband Dave are raising.
Director of Guest Services
Rory…she has a God-given blend of grace, love, passion and fire. She will inspire you with her words and her example to lead with purpose. Two things are sure to bring out the passion in her; God, her family, serving our DR community, and nametags. She has two incredibly adorable twins, Grace and Hugo. Hugo has cerebral palsy, but he also has a smile that will pull you out of a mood. Grace is a warrior like her mom. Her husband Mark; the exact balance God knew Rory would thrive with! Rory leads with grace and is ready to take on any mountain. Her poise, kindness and incredible style make anyone want to befriend her. However, the fire inside her; the side that comes out when someone crosses her healthy boundaries, or her family, well; it makes anyone want to stand WITH her, not against her.
Doyen of fun and celebration, Sarah creates beautiful events year after year for the David’s Refuge community – parents, families, supporters and volunteers! From simple ticket giveaways to our huge Taste of David’s Refuge fundraiser, DR’s events are as impactful as they are memorable thanks to her skill and creativity. While the magic happens with apparent ease, it belies all of the thoughtful, precise, behind-the-scenes planning she brings to everything she does. A “doer’ by nature, Sarah’s belief in DR’s mission is unwavering. With a style that’s open, calm, sunny and engaging, she builds warm and lasting relationships with staff, volunteers and vendors. A loving wife, mom, daughter, friend and colleague, Sarah simply lights all the places up!
Meet our Respite Manager, Liz Conklin. A woman of warmth and wit, Liz has the ability to make people comfortable within seconds of meeting them! A proud mom, Liz is always listening attentively with love and compassion, and she can bring comfort when needed or lighten any situation with ease. Her loving and kind presence doesn’t negate the calm strength and grit within. As a disabled vet, Liz isn’t afraid of a challenge and is creative and thoughtful in her approach to find solutions. While she’s the newest member of our team, it feels like Liz has been our friend for years, moving this mission forward from the start!
Meet Kim Hunn, our wonderful Office Manager. Kim is one of the most genuine, kind and compassionate people you will ever meet. She brings years of experience and a true passion for service to her role. She is the “glue” that holds all of our many pieces together. We are grateful for her peaceful energy and for all the ways she provides excellent service and attention to the caregivers we serve.
As our Philanthropy Associate, Anne brings her passion and excitement amongst her many talents to the David’s Refuge team. She is a highly skilled member of our team who leads with warmth, empathy and friendliness. She is a true team player who is willing to jump in and help wherever she can to move our mission forward. Committed to her family and friends, she is a genuine person who fills any room with love and her beautiful smile!