SKSL  Board Members

Our Loving Children

Founded in 2012 by a group of compassionate friends whose whose children and personal lives have been touched by autism. Our Loving Children is governed by a prestigious Board of Directors and operates as a fully licensed 501(c)(3).

Victoria Ries
Director, Co-Founder

Inspiration: Josiah Ries - Age 10

Victoria has over 30 years of experience in education, leadership, and helping children and families. Victoria is a First Grade Teacher at Newman Catholic School, Elementary Technology Coordinator at Newman Catholic Schools, Technology Curriculum Leader/Instructor through Archdiocese of Dubuque and Clarke University, BA: Elementary Education, MA: Instructional Leadership, Currently finishing graduate program to obtain BCBA Graduate Certification, Wife and Mother of 4 children- Josiah age 6 with Autism.


Lacey Carpenter
President, Co-Founder

Inspiration: Jackson Carpenter - Age 7

Lacey has years of experience in the cooperate/business world. Lacey is the Chair for the Kansas City Walk Now for Autism Speaks.  Previous corporate position held: Quality Analyst for Fireman's Fund Insurance Company, St. Louis, Mo., B.A.: Business Administration, M.B.A: Master of Business Administration, Wife and Mother of 3 children- Jackson age 4 with Autism. 


Kathy Steenblock

Inspiration: Taylor Steenblock - Age 10

Kathy has over 15 years of experience in education and helping children and families. Kathy is a Third Grade Teacher at Newman Catholic School, BA: Elementary Education, Wife and Mother of 3 children- Taylor age 7 with Phelan McDermid Syndrome.


Amanda Waddington
Treasurer, Co-Founder

Inspiration: Lucas Waddington - Age 8

Amanda has years of experience with community building activities and organizations. Amanda is currently the Order Coordinator at Curries Manufacturing, Wife and Mother of 3 children- Lucas age 5 with Autism.


Jessica Dodge
Marketing/Public Relations

Inspiration: Niece...Taylor Steenblock 

Jessica has 10 years experience  working in hospitality, marketing and communications. She currently works​ as an account manager specializing in incentive and meeting services. BA:  Communication Studies and Art from the University of Iowa.  Jessica joins Our Loving Children to help promote quality support and services for children and families struggling with disabilities. Wife, mother of 2,​ and has a niece with special needs.