Andrea is a recent graduate of the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare and has earned her BSW. Andrea is continuing onto the Accelerated Master’s Program to earn her MSW. Andrea got into this work on a complete whim to find a social work oriented job in her junior year at KU. She had no experience working with youth in foster care or child welfare. Since then, Andrea has quickly fallen in love with this work and the incredible resiliency of these youth. She now serves as the Case Coordinator for House 1 and House 2 at O’Connell Children’s Shelter. Andrea likes to recharge her batteries by playing with her two beloved parakeets–Ellie and Louie, spending time with friends and family, bird watching, and collecting vintage clothing.
Ryan is the current Case Coordinator for House 3 at O’Connell Children’s Shelter. Ryan and his wife have been working with children in some capacity since they have been married, 17 years this June. They have worked with youth in schools, church, and most recently house parenting. Ryan comes to O’Connell with several years of experience working with kids from hard places. He and his wife have 4 children currently, 1 by birth and 3 by adoption/guardianship and have raised over 60 children in their years of child care. Ryan is glad to be a part of O’Connell Children’s Shelter and hopes he can help raise up this generation of young men.