Kevin and April Powell come to Kansas from Northwest Ohio. April was born and raised in the Toledo, Ohio area. From the age of 5 through high school graduation, April was in foster care. Because of this experience, she developed a calling of wanting to help people and give back. In the past 12 years she has either worked in the assisted living community, developmentally disabled field and as a houseparent. She met her husband Kevin and they were married on May 18th 2013. Kevin grew up in south east Michigan and grew up in the adult care foster care environment. At an early age, Kevin’s mother worked or managed adult foster care homes, until the year before he graduated from high school. As a Senior in high school, Kevin was called to the Mission field. After graduation he teamed up with Teen Missions and spent the summer on a mission trip to Israel. Later that fall he enrolled at Central College in McPherson, KS majoring in Service Missions and Construction. Most of his adult life he has either worked or volunteered in some capacity with the developmentally disabled or geriatric field. Kevin also honorably served our country in the early 90’s in the USMC. April and Kevin met working in a group home, and knew right away that serving others together was their priority. Kevin and April have together worked as houseparents, taken care of the elderly in assisted living and taken care of the developmentally disabled. Kevin and April are joined by Bryan, their 21 yr old son and Oscar, Olivia and Sassy their dogs.
Margaret has spent much of her working life as a pediatric nurse. She has worked in various settings, including acute care, home health and hospice, and as a case manager, manager, and nursing instructor. Margaret is married to John, an ex-Silicon Valley engineer who still loves all things technical and is the proud MOM (Mother of a Marine) of a great son. Margaret and her family spent much of their lives in California but moved to Kansas several years ago. After the years of raising their son, homeschooling, and maintaining a small family farm, Margaret decided to return to the work world when her son graduated high school. The opportunity to work at OYR fulfills her passion to continue working with children and adolescents and allows her to apply her combined life experiences as nurse, mother, educator, homemaker, and manager to the role of House Manager at House 2.
Joe Randolph holds a special tie to O’Connell. Joe spent his early life in and out of foster care because of abuse and neglect by his biological parents. He was eventually placed at OYR at age 14 and he was placed here at House 3 where he met his now adoptive parents, Ryan and Hanna Randolph. He remained as a resident here for nearly 3 years before aging out of the system at 18. Once Joe aged out of the system, he consented to an adult adoption by his former house parents. Joe now is the live-in manager for house 3, he credits Jesus, his adoptive family and OYR with providing a foundation of security, stability and meaning.
Joe attended Ottawa University before landing a full-time driving position at UPS. He later felt called to work with children after volunteering at the local job training program Van Go Mobile Arts. He later co-ran a emotional regulation group for youth with the Elizabeth Layton Center in Ottawa Kansas part time. In seeking full time work with children, he left his position at UPS and began working with youth at the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center, and later the Johnson County Juvenile Detention Center for a total of 8 years of experience.
He served on the Kansas Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice and Authority, the Youth Committee, and the Governors Social Services Policy Council. He also volunteers with the youth at Grace Evangelical Presbyterian Church here in Lawrence where his parent’s are prominent leaders. He brings a rare disposition to the ranch in his experiences that serve our clients well.