OLC  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, Founder

Inspiration: Josiah Ries - Age 11

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.



Raeann Shimak
Director  - OLC...at play 

Inspiration: Josiah Ries - Age 11

Raeann is a biochemist/geneticist that specializes in making life better for everyone. Raeann has lived with a sibling on the autism spectrum and has volunteer many hours providing support, along with working and organizing special needs events. Raeann is an avid supporter and sister of her brother Josiah, age 7 with Autism.


Jessica Dodge
Marketing/Public Relations

Inspiration: Taylor Steenblock - Age 11

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.



Kathy Steenblock
Vice President

Inspiration: Taylor Steenblock - Age 11

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.