Morningstar’s staff realizes that our mission can only be accomplished through teamwork. The team is highly qualified and dedicated to the mission of the organization. The staff show enthusiasm in caring for the children and youth with love and hope. A stated theme, “ Where love & hope welcome children and youth just as they are,” is displayed daily by the staff as they interact with these most in need children.


Chief Executive Officer – Beth VanDerbeck

Chief Operations Officer – Wells Kilgore, M.P.A. Health Administration

Admissions Coordinator – Janet Newton, B.S. Resource Management

Financial Consultant – Wendi O’Connor

Residential Services Director – Vernon Andrews, M.P.A.

Residential Services Coordinator – Josh Johnson, B.S. Criminal Justice

Mental Health Services Director – Robin Robinson, LCSW, DCSW, MSW

Therapeutic Foster Care Services Director – Cara Burban, M.Ed. and Ed.S. School Psychology

Director of Education for Morningstar Academy – Jeffrey Metzger, B.S. Special Education, M.S. Educational Administration

Finance Director – Melinda Massey, B.S. Accounting

Maintenance Supervisor – Mike Davis

Training Coordinator – Gary Brown

Development Coordinator and Social Media – Katie Morse, B.S. Psychology