Mary Beth Schultz joined The Caring Place in 2000 as the Executive Director handling administrative duties for Porter, Lake and Starke Counties and providing services relative to domestic violence and sexual assault, including community outreach and safe shelter. Mary Beth is a Registered Nurse whose career highlights includes working as a clinical nurse specialist and preceptor for new employees for two Chicago area hospitals. A Northwest Indiana native, Mary Beth returned to Porter County in 1989 and was the supervisor for the Psychiatric Crisis Team, Employee Assistance Program, and Community Mental Health Referral Services for Porter-Starke Services. In 2004, she received an award for substantial contributions to the mental health community and well being of Porter County residents. In 2007 Mary Beth received the distinguished United Way of Porter County Outstanding Professional of the Year Award. To further a greater understanding of domestic violence in the local church community, she completed a course in Faith Community Nursing and obtained certification for Parish Nursing from Valparaiso University. Mary Beth attended Holy Cross School of Nursing, which matriculated with St. Mary’s College at Notre Dame Indiana, and in May of 1996 she graduated from the College of St. Francis with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science. She is the proud mother of Maggie, a social worker for Fairbanks in Indianapolis, and Lindsey, a Structural Engineer in Phoenix, Arizona.

Contact Mary Beth at 219.464.0840 ext. 101 or

Mary K. Isaacs has been a member of the Caring Place team since 1998.  Previously, her career was in the corporate sector, working for many companies including a local truck dealership, Canonie Environmental Services Corporation, and Willowcreek Lumber. Mary K. holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an Accounting concentration from Indiana University. For the past 26 years, Mary K. and her husband, Craig, have been living “It’s a Wonderful Life” in Liberty Township. In their spare time they enjoy fishing, boating, gardening and bird watching. Mary K. is also a very proud parent of their son, Oliver, a graduate of Chesterton High School and Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is currently working for one of the Big 4 accounting firms in Chicago.

Contact Mary K. at 219.464.0840 ext. 102 or

Debbi Reynolds has been the Director of Client Services since 2010. Her passion is leading and providing a supportive learning approach with all staff and residents of The Caring Place. She believes that providing shelter residents and community clients with a strong support system and promoting positive change is the responsibility of all staff at The Caring Place.

On a personal level she has been married to David for 42 years and considers her three adult children (All IU Graduates) and spouses along with her six grandchildren her greatest joy. She currently serves as President of Portage Tri-Kappa Zeta Mu Chapter and is a member of Impact Porter County. In her free time, Debbi enjoys gardening, creative outlets and traveling.

Contact Debbi at (219) 464-2128 or


Sara Heinold joined The Caring Place in 2012 as the Office Coordinator and currently serves as the Development Coordinator. She graduated from Indiana University in 1989 with a B.A. in Advertising and minor in Studio Art. Throughout her career, she has specialized in marketing, writing, public relations, and graphic design. Helping others has been a big part of her focus. She was a foster parent for several years, volunteered as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for children, worked as a substitute teacher, and fosters kittens for the Independent Cat Society. She is the co-founder of “Chicks for Charity”, a group created to help women and children at local shelters. Sara is a member of Valparaiso Nazarene Church, where she has attended and volunteered for the past 21 years. Her most important job has been raising her three kids, Macy (22), Drew (21) & Emma (17). Macy and Drew attend IU Bloomington and Emma attends Wheeler High School. Sara has been married to her husband, Mike, for 25 years. She enjoys exercise, sports, and traveling. Sara is proud to be involved with such a great organization.

Contact Sara at (219) 464-0840 ext. 100 or


Rachel Watson recently joined The Caring Place as a project assistant.  Rachel has been in a variety of client service industries over the last twelve years including work as an international flight attendant for ATA airlines, a professional makeup artist, and an educator for Sephora inside JCPenney. She is excited to embark on this new journey into the not-for-profit community.

She is currently working toward a degree in business administration at Ivy Tech Community College in Valparaiso, Indiana. On a personal level, Rachel loves to read, travel, explore new places, as well as spend time with family and friends.

Contact Rachel at (219) 464-0840 ext. 103 or


Denise Koebcke, The Amanda Forum’s youth outreach coordinator, is a new addition to The Caring Place staff.   As a youth professional in the Porter County area, she has partnered with The Caring Place for various initiatives over the last twelve years. Denise is a Team LEAD consultant and an expert in the field of school climate, student empowerment and leadership, and peer aggression. Most importantly, however, Denise is an educator and a parent of two adolescents. A teacher for over 20 years, she began consulting nearly ten years ago at the request of schools in other communities. She continues to teach part time and coordinate her own Team LEAD program in her home school in addition to her work with the Amanda Forum. She was recently inducted into the Northwest Indiana Society of Innovators and has been honored with several community impact awards, including the Prevent Child Abuse Hero for Children Award. She has presented at many national conferences, including the DARE Alaska Student Safety Summit , the Indiana DOE Drop-out Prevention Summit, the 2nd Annual National Conference on Relational Aggression, Mean Girls, and other Forms of Bullying, and the Illinois School Safety Conference, to name a few. Denise is also a contributing author to the 2013 Handbook of Pro-Social Education.

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Sarah Jackovich joined the Caring Place in 2013 as the Teen Outreach Assistant Coordinator as part of The Amanda Forum. She is excited to continue in this role and help the community. Sarah was involved in the L.E.A.D. mentor program for four years while a student in the Valparaiso Community School System. This has given her valuable experience in working with kids, presenting, and mentoring. She hopes to pass down the knowledge she has gained and continue to help others. Sarah is a dynamic, engaging presenter and is dedicated to helping young people develop healthier relationships. Sarah currently attends Purdue University North Central and is working toward a degree in nursing. On a personal level, she enjoys sports, spending time with her friends and family, and exercising.

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