Karen Schaefer, Executive Director, was an elementary teacher with the Mansfield City School District in Ohio where she taught developmentally handicapped children for 22 years. She has degrees from Ashland University in health and physical education and later received her degree in special education. She attended Torchbearers Bible School in Comfort, Texas, and has gone through the Life Exchange Internship program for Biblical counseling. Karen is a Certified Addictions Professional. She came to the Refuge in 2002 as the third person in her family to attend. Her sister, Paula Bogart, was already on staff and their mother had attended for five months. Karen’s family has reaped the benefits of what the Refuge has to offer and their lives have been forever changed. Karen completed the 2 year Internship program and came on staff in 2005. She has selflessly served in a variety of capacities including biblical counselor, public relations, fundraising, and support group facilitator. In 2014 she assumed the role of Executive Director from our Founder, Donna Lee Robart.
Karen L. Schaefer, Executive Director
Board of Directors
Donna Lee Robart - President & Founder JoAnn Staszewski - Vice President Roy Wiley - Treasurer Lucy Marine - Secretary Ann Murray - Luncheon Coordinator Ted Robart - Cottage Industry Director
Langie Mannion - Public Relations Assistant Barbara Gardner - Biblical Counselor & Advisor Pat Marine - Becky Oliver - Event Coordinator Kit Fields, Honorary Member
Advisory Board of Directors
Dr. Wayne Creelman, Psychiatry Jennifer VanHoose, Attorney Jim Davis Gene Lafaro
Karen Schaefer - Executive Director, Biblical Counselor Cheryl Wood - Administration Director, Biblical Counselor Paula Bogart - Biblical Counselor Melody Christensen - House Manager Judy Fitzgerald- Finance Manager Barbara Gardner - Biblical Counselor Pat Gruzenski - Office Manager & Biblical Counselor Diane Ludwig, Public Relations Sue Sargent- Grounds Keeper