Brian, born in Kewanee, Illinois, was a rebellious child not unlike the youth at O’Connell. Him and his family moved to Missouri when he was 12. As Brian grew up he took on a passion for electronics. After graduating high school his passion changed, when he followed in his mother’s footsteps, and worked as a CNA. Brian moved to Kansas to be with family and found a new passion working as the full time staff at O’Connell Youth Ranch.
April, born in Missouri, had always been family oriented but was rebellious child . To stay out of trouble she joined the choir at school. Choir helped her stay in school and provided a safe haven. April moved to Kansas to be with Brian.
Brian and April met in High School. They instantly became friends and both have a passion for helping people. April and Brian have been a part of each other’s lives since 2009, and married in October of 2015. When the opportunity presented itself for Brian and April to become house parents they jumped at the opportunity. They hit the ground running and haven’t stopped since.
Perry Wade is a House Parent at O’Connell Youth Ranch. He does bookkeeping, provides transportation and teaches life skills for up to eight boys on a daily basis. He also provides feedback to other professionals in education, medical and staff at OYR. Perry received a B.A. degree in business from Mommouth College (Illinois) in 1985. He managed several retail outlets including a movie theater, a shoe store and two gas stations.
Perry and his wife, Terrie, wanted to try something where they could work together and help others. In 2012, they were given that opportunity as House Parents for troubled boys. They found that mentoring the boys has been a great learning experience for them as well.
Terrie Wade is a Teaching Parent along with her husband Perry at House #3. Terrie graduated with a A.A. degree from Black Hawk East in Kewanee, Illinois in 1985. Terrie has worked most of her adult like in nursing homes taking care of the elderly in one role or another. From doing laundry, dietary, activities, to being a certified nurses aide. Terrie has always enjoyed being a caretaker so taking a House Parent position at O’Connell Youth Ranch was a great fit for her.
Terrie, along with her husband Perry, raised two children of their own who had troubled friends who would stay with them from time to time. Terrie feels this really helped her to understand different family situations and helped prepare her for the rewarding job she now does with up to eight young men she cares for.
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 6 years ago this month, 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.