WELCOME NEW STAFFERS
Tara, Heather & Corina
Tara Schnakenberg, Director of CVEC |
I started working at the SOS Child Visitation & Exchange Center on June 20, 2016. Prior to w
orking for SOS, I was employed at TFI Family Services, Inc. as a Family Support Worker a
nd also as
a Human Resource Specialist. The past 1 ½ years I worked as a legal secretary at the Lyo
n County Attorney's Office.
Several years of experience working directly with children and families, developing community partnerships, knowledge of the Court System and HR laws, will allow me to apply those skills and knowledge in my new position as Director of CVEC.
I was born in Aurora, CO and my family moved to Olathe, KS when I was in 4th grade. I grew up in Olathe, KS and moved to Emporia to attend college in 1999.
I attended Emporia State University from 1999-2004. I majored in Psychology and minored in Rehabilitation, and played on the ESU Varsity Tennis team for 4 years. I have been married for 11 years and have a 2 yr old son, Jaxon, who is my entire world. I have a compassion for animals and have 2 big dogs who have been a part of our family for almost 13 yrs. I am proud to call Emporia my home, and to be a part of such
a wonderful community.
I am very excited and honored to have the opportunity to become a part of SOS and to be able to serve families in need of visitation services in our community. It is wonderful that our community has a Child Visitation and Exchange Center because it allows children to have contact with both parents in a safe, neutral environment without conflict or violence.
I look forward to serving families again, and hope to make a positive impact on the Center and provide new insight and ideas to continue to allow the Center to succeed and grow. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or if I can introduce myself to you!
Heather Wedel, Community Relations Coordinator |
What a winding path it has been that led me to SOS! I am originally from
Americus and a graduate of Northern Heights High School. After graduating fro
m KSU, I enjoyed the many amusements of Manhattan for a number of years (Go Cats!). Recently, my husband, daughter and I decided it was time to put down roots in our hometown so we packed up and moved back just last November.
My professional history is an eclectic collection of experiences ranging from wine tasting hostess to veterinary diagnostic lab client care to website project manager. The last was where I really started to grow into my professional skin and discover my strengths. I have a pretty wide geek streak and love to proofread, format, and organize. If you're looking to debate the merits of the serial comma, I'm your girl!
I love this community and am honored to be a part of an organization providing services so noble and imperative in the town I call home. Stop by Admin and say hi!
Corina Sanchez, CASA Advocate Coordinator |
I would like to introduce myself as the new Advocate Coordinator at SOS CASA of the Flint Hills. I am new to Emporia and have only lived here since January. Prior to moving to Kansas, I resided in Austin, Texas. In Austin, I worked for over 15 years in the Banking Association field.
After relocating to Kansas to be near my family, I wanted to use my talents in a field that did good works and that I would be proud to represent. I found that match at SOS CASA of the Flint Hills. I look forward to working with the people of Emporia as I work with my current CASA volunteers and recruit new ones who watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children.
Watch for more staff updates and profiles in our next newsletter!