Our Team

EmberHope Youthville Executive Leadership Team

Nickaila Sandate

President & CEO

Nickaila Sandate has served with EmberHope Youthville for over two decades. She originally joined EmberHope Youthville in 1995, serving in various roles in the residential program and human resources. After a brief hiatus working in HR for Wichita State University, she rejoined EmberHope Youthville as Chief Administrative Officer, a role she filled for nearly ten years.

She then served the organization as Senior Vice President of Programs until January 2018, at which time she was appointed President and CEO. Nickaila holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Kansas State University and a Master of Business Administration and Management from Newman University.

Lori Gonzales

Chief Program Officer

Lori is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist, who has been with the agency since 2002. She has held a variety of leadership roles within the agency in the following programs; Case Management, Foster Care, Clinical Services, and Business Development. Prior to working at EmberHope Youthville, Lori provided therapeutic services to youth residing in a residential facility, families referred to family preservation and clients receiving care in a behavioral health hospital. Her current position as the Chief Program Officer allows her to utilize her experience, skills and knowledge to expand and enhance programming to better serve those in need. Lori oversees foster care, residential and clinical programming in Kansas and Texas.

Amy Engel-Hudson

Vice President of Kansas Foster
Care Services

Amy Engel-Hudson originally joined EmberHope Youthville in 2003, serving various roles in the foster care program. After a brief time working in the school district, she rejoined EmberHope Youthville in 2005. She has held various positions.

Brian Voth

Vice President of Data Services

Brian Voth has been a part of the EmberHope Youthville family since 1996. He started out as an Information Technology (IT) subcontractor before accepting a position with our agency as Director of Database Administration. Brian has also served EmberHope Youthville as Senior Systems Analyst and Director of IT. He is passionate about leveraging the latest technology to further our organization’s mission of helping vulnerable children. A graduate of Bethel College, Brian holds a Bachelor of Fine and Studio Arts degree.

Accreditations & Affiliations

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