Our staff members are enthusiastic, collaborative, & compassionate individuals who believe in the work they are doing. The Matthews House employs 37 full-time and 31 part-time dedicated staff members.


Administrative Staff


Jerri Schmitz, Founder & Executive Director


In third grade I organized my first nonprofit work helping children in Africa, I love road trips and all things outdoors, and at the age of 51, I became a drummer.” 


Nicole Armstrong, Executive Program Director


I have O negative blood (the universal blood type) and have donated over three gallons of blood.”       



Jenny Stetson-Strange, Operations Director


I have lived in Latvia, England, and Japan teaching English and have traveled the world on various mission trips. My favorite thing to do at home is cook and bake for my family. I am married to a wonderful man and am raising two amazing boys.”


Cicely Booton, Interim Development Director


Slalom skiing brings me joy, I often utilize my dress-up box, and eating all of the cinnamon rolls in a package is not a rare occurrence for me.”


Amy Stephens, Development Associate


“I love tennis, figure skating, and Kansas City Royals baseball. AND I want to hug every dog I see.”



Mariana Colorado, Administrative Assistant


“On a Friday night, you can find me cuddled up with my 18-month-old daughter watching any Disney movie, but my favorite is Finding Nemo. I am bilingual, and my favorite drink is coffee. ”


Ian Erickson, IT Technician


“I’m a huge fan of history, I’ve started my own book club, and fall is my favorite time of year.”



Program Directors


Shelley Bogus, Youth & Family Program Director


“I love the mountains and living in this beautiful state with my family! I enjoy hiking, biking and camping, and tend to turn the volume up high and jam when songs come on by my favorite artists – Toby Mac, News Boys, We Are Messengers, etc.”


Andrew McKnight, Youth & Family Program Director


I’m a true Southerner and a Clemson grad. I love to play golf, snowboard, and spend time with family and friends.”   



Shawn Keefer, Experiential Education Director


I’m the proud father of two adorable little hellions, if I could have any accent it would be Irish, and I’d gladly give up two of my toes to see Paul McCartney in concert before he stops touring.”


Lise Harwell, Education & Enrichment Director


“I can often be found cooking in my kitchen, exercising around my neighborhood, and lengthening my to-be-read book list. Also, participating in music fills my heart with joy!”


Natalie Vacha, Community Life Center Family Services Director


“My life is currently unplanned dance parties with my toddler (preferably in our pjs), desperately trying to find free time to have my nose in a book, or continuously cleaning up after making a mess in the kitchen while trying a new recipe!”