Jessica was hired in October 2018 as the Executive Director of TouchPointe. Prior to joining TouchPointe, she was employed for 16 years at Knox Community Hospital. In her previous position she was an “Employment Specialist” within the Human Resources Department; helping to fill the employment vacancies in a health network that employs over 1350. These employment skills make her a natural to work with the KnoxWorks program.
Jessica is from the Mount Vernon area originally; prior to KCH, she worked at Interchurch Social Services and attended the adult education Computerized Office Technologies class at the Knox County Career Center. She currently lives in Fredericktown with her husband, Parker, and is mother to her two children, Harley and Chance, and to her step-children, Zoe and Zane. She and Parker are active members of the NewLife Community Church in Fredericktown and Jessica takes an active role in service opportunities within the church including being a part of the “connection crew,” small group leader, and nursery worker.
As Executive Director she will become the “face” of TouchPointe in the community and will collaborate with various agencies and organizations. She is available to speak to a variety of groups including service organizations, church groups, community clubs, as well as agencies. Because of her employment background, Jessica will work closely with the KnoxWorks program. She will also be very active in recruiting and training volunteers.
Dale retired from the Mount Vernon Developmental Center and was hired October 2018 by TouchPointe to be an Advocate that works one-on-one with individuals as well as teaches some of the Relational Healing classes offered by TouchPointe. He handles some of the day-to-day operations of the TouchPointe office and also works with the participants of the KnoxWorks classes.
He and his wife, Janet, are TouchPointe volunteers and facilitate the Parent Talk classes. The have three biological children, eight grandchildren, and previously, were foster parents to 27 children. Dale serves on the Elder board of NewLife Community Church and he and Janet are small group leaders as well as teach in the Sunday School program of the church.
Dan & Barb Humphrey
Dan & Barb have been married for over forty-five years and have a passion for helping couples have a meaningful relationship together. They have taught several marriage classes, worked with engaged couples, and have coached couples who have gone through a crisis in their relationship. They have three children, all married, and they enjoy their ten grandchildren. Over the years, Barb & Dan have participated in World Wide Marriage Encounter, a variety of marriage retreats and conferences, and are trained as Prepare/Enrich facilitators. Barb has had extensive training in Marriage and Family relations through the American Association of Christian Counselors and has a diploma in Biblical Lay Counseling. They are marriage coaches and not professional marriage counselors or therapists.
Ron graduated from OSU in 1970 with a BS in Civil Engineering and spent his whole career in the construction industry. He retired from Kokosing Construction Company in 2014 after 37 years of service there. Ron is married to Viki Cochran, and they have two married children and 10 grandchildren. He is a member at NewLife Community Church in Fredericktown where he shares in the teaching of the Adult Bible Fellowship class. Ron has been actively involved in the ministry of church planting and the training of pastors in Russia and the former Soviet bloc countries since 1993. His role with TouchPointe is Workforce Development Coordinator with the KnoxWorks program. He makes personal contact with potential “Core Employers.” These are employers who understand the philosophy of KnoxWorks and are willing to hire KW graduates.
Tim & Pam Hughes
The Relational Healing materials are best shared one-on-one with a trained volunteer, but TouchPointe also works with the Knox County Common Pleas Court to offer the classes to some of the men and women on probation. The class is called “Get on Track.”
Tim and Pam Hughes have taken the lead responsibility of working with men and women at the Alpha & Omega House, teaching the materials in small group settings. The AO House is the Common Pleas Court’s Adult Probation Department and a variety of classes are offered to men and women in lieu of serving time in prison for lower level felonies. There are separate classes for men and women.