Angel McDonald
Executive Director

Angel has been with Mother’s Refuge since 2002. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. As Executive Director, Angel writes and submits grants, oversees the implementation of all programs, staff, and donor relations. Her expertise in grant writing, speaking, and her compassion for homeless young women are a great asset for the organization. Angel is married and enjoys spending time with her adult children, grandchildren, and family.

Kelsi Green
Assistant Executive Director

Kelsi holds a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from the University of Central Missouri and a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has experience in program development, evaluation, management, coordination, and supervision. Kelsi is passionate about helping young mothers find hope in their future and create healthy attachment with their infants. Kelsi is married with one son and one daughter, and in her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, baking, crafting, reading, and being outdoors!

Lindsey Toohig
Development Director

Lindsey has a Bachelor's Degree in Business-Marketing from the University of Iowa. She has several years of experience in marketing, coordinating, and community development.  She has a heart for serving people, especially those in need.  She first started partnering with Mother's Refuge in 2017, and after her first tour of the home she fell in love with the mission. One year later, she joined the team! She is married with 5 children. Her family is the second most important thing, with her faith being first.

Julie Johnson
Case Manager

Julie received her Bachelor’s Degree from Southern Missouri State University in Joplin, Missouri. She joined our staff in 2009. She provides individualized strengths-bases case management for our residents.Julie assists each young woman with planning her educational and parenting goals. Her objective is to challenge each resident to make thoughtful and wise decisions for themselves and their babies. Julie is a dedicated case manager, passionate about helping pregnant, young women improve their lives and achieve success.

Eraina Buie
Houseparent Supervisor

Eraina began her journey with Mother’s Refuge as a Houseparent in October of 2019. That role has allowed her to bring firsthand experience to her current position as Houseparent Supervisor. Her passion for helping young mothers become more productive, resourceful and informed on how to be the best parent they can be for their children, truly shows in her work. Because of her personal experience as a teen mother, she exudes great compassion and support to the young mothers she works with. Eraina is married with 4 adult children and 3 grandchildren. Her faith and family keep her motivated to continue in what she was truly called to do here at Mother’s Refuge. 


Kelsey Smith
Program Coordinator

Kelsey came to Mother’s Refuge for her graduate internship while completing her Master’s Degree in Social Work at The University of Kansas. Kelsey has a passion to work with young women and children and has previous experience working with families and survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking. Kelsey graduated in the Spring 2021 and was hired as the Program Coordinator. She is responsible for developing in-house curriculums and creating partnerships with outside community members and agencies to further educate our residents over topics in parenting, pregnancy, finance, nutrition, healthy relationships and more. Kelsey grew up in Wichita, KS and is engaged to be married this fall. She loves to spend time with her family and her cat, Louie. Kelsey and her fiancé love to be outdoors and are often camping, hiking, paddle boarding and spending time at the lake.

Kate Beem

Kate holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. After a career as a newspaper journalist and an eight-year stint as a court-appointed special advocate in Jackson County, Kate returned to school and received a master's degree in social work from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. As a licensed clinical social worker, Kate has provided psychotherapy to children in foster care and parents working to regain custody of their children, as well as teaching parenting classes to parents in the family court system. Since joining the Mother's Refuge staff in 2019, Kate has provided therapy services to residents and participants in the after-care program, as well as teaching a weekly class on healthy relationships. Kate and her husband have three adult children and many dogs and cats.

Jessie Thompson
Program Assistant

Jessie received a Bachelor's degree in Communications from Ottawa University. She also attended a leadership program centered upon urban ministry within the inner city of Los Angeles, California. It was here where she found a deep passion for serving others through helping provide lasting resources and breaking cycles of poverty. After touring our home, Jessie fell in love with the core values and beliefs that Mother's Refuge is founded upon. Now, she is a part of our team! Jessie is currently engaged and in the middle of wedding planning. She loves spending time with family, friends, and volunteering at church. She also enjoys dancing, running, hammocking, or anything else that you can do outdoors.