About Us

Leadership Team

Meet Our Management Team

Julie Sather

Executive Director
Julie is the Executive Director and has served at Bethshan since 2014. Julie is responsible to ensure that residents of Bethshan are provided with excellent, faith based services and that each person is valued. Julie believes it has been a great blessing to be a part of the resident’s lives and to share friendship, joy, sadness, and challenges with the people whom Bethshan is privileged to serve.

Laura Kirchhoff

Program Director
Laura is the Program Director and has worked at Bethshan since 1986. She oversees all of Bethshan’s 16 homes, ensuring that there are excellent trained staff providing services 24/7 and the residents receive quality supports and services in well maintained homes. Laura says the best part of her day is the love she receives from the residents and how much she learns from them.  She appreciates the family environment, the dedication of the staff and the opportunity she has had for growth over all the years she has served at Bethshan.

Steve Goudzwaard

Director of Finance
Steve is the Director of Finance and has served at Bethshan since 1991. Steve supervises all of the financial activities and records of Bethshan Association and Bethshan Foundation including, but not limited to, general ledger, payroll, human resources, budgets, government reporting, donor records, and resident accounts. In his many years of service at Bethshan he has appreciated the dedication to love and care for each individual as God’s image bearers. This dedication is shown at all levels of the organization and makes Bethshan a loving home for all who live and work here.

Sandy Schutt

BI Administrator
Sandy has worked at Bethshan in many roles since she started as a DSP in 2001 at Bethshan.  She currently is the administrator of the 45 bed ICF and oversees day-to-day operations, supervises staff and scheduling.  It is important to her that the residents always feel Bethshan is first and foremost their home and we are guests.  She strives each day to work as a team for a positive home for the residents and work environment for her coworkers.

Frea Mars

Tibstra House Administrator
Frea has served Bethshan since 1983. Currently, she supervises the day to day operations of Tibstra House, ensuring quality services for those living in the Intermediate Care Facility in South Holland, IL. Frea appreciates that through the seasons of our lives, Bethshan is always about the people.  Residents and staff experience an atmosphere of support, growth, sorrows and triumphs; sharing those joys and burdens together. We walk as a family. Bethshan - finding where we belong in this world. Striving to become our best. Believing that we are beloved by our Maker and each other.

Kasie Dusk

CILA Administrator
Kasie is the CILA Administrator and has worked at Bethshan since 2014. She oversees Bethshan’s 14 CILA homes and the 76 residents who reside in them. She ensures all residents receive the absolute best quality of care by the highly trained staff in each home. She says the greatest part of the position is spending time with the residents and being part of their lives each and every day. The residents are full of such love and joy, they always make her smile. She feels truly blessed to be at Bethshan.

Christine Konior

Director of Nursing
Christie is the Director of Nursing and has worked at Bethshan since 2005. Christie oversees the health and medical needs of all Bethshan residents and supervises an extraordinary team of Bethshan nurses.

Michelle Podewell

Director of Administrative Support
Michelle is the Director of Administrative Support and has worked at Bethshan since 2020. She assists the administrators in many different roles such as planning staff and resident events, recording charitable donations and memorials, serving as coordinator for Bethshan’s Board of Trustees and Women’s Service League, admissions coordinator, assisting nursing with infection prevention, and facilitating promotional literature and newsletters. She is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Bethshan family that provides such excellent care for residents and that encourages each resident and staff member to become the best of who God created us to be.

Nicole Oskilanec

Employment and Training Coordinator
Nicole is the Employment & Training Coordinator and has worked at Bethshan since 2010. She meets with every new employee, volunteer, and intern to ensure they have the tools, information, and training they need to provide quality services and supports to the residents we serve. What excites Nicole most about her role is recruiting and training people to provide excellent services and supports to our beloved Bethshan residents.  

At Bethshan, we believe every human being deserves to be cared for, treated with dignity, given the opportunity to try new things, and encouraged to reach their potential. At Bethshan, each resident discovers a home where they can safely become their best, discovering new possibilities, making new friends, and share new experiences. At Bethshan, each resident is beloved simply because they are here, because they are unique, because they are respected.

We believe every person deserves a place to belong, to know that they are truly beloved.