Senior Leadership Team

Eric Scharf

Chief Executive Officer

Employed at Wendell Foster since 2017

Hometown: Fair Lawn, New Jersey

Prior Leadership Positions: 

  • Chief Operating Officer of Community Systems, Inc.
  • Chief Executive Officer for the Becket Adult Services

Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice, Northeastern University
  • Candidate for a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Clark University 

Personal:

  • Married to Stacy Scharf
  • Two sons, Jake and Brandon
  • One daughter, Lexi

Hobbies and Leisure Pursuits:

  • Spending time with family, listening to music, live music, sports, dining out

Beth Shepherd

Chief Financial & Administrative Officer

Employed at Wendell Foster since 2007

Hometown: Sturgis, Kentucky

Prior Leadership Positions: 

  • Controller at Wendell Foster

Degrees and Certification:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting with a Minor in Criminal Justice, Kentucky Wesleyan College
  • Certified Public Accountant

Affiliations:

  • Kentucky Society of CPAs
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Impact 100 Owensboro

Personal:

  • Married to Wil Shepherd
  • Two sons, Parker and Wesley 

Hobbies and Leisure Pursuits:

  • Spending time with family, reading and doing crafts

Kelly Turnham

Chief Program Officer

Employed at Wendell Foster since 2003

Hometown: Owensboro, Kentucky

Prior Leadership Positions: 

  • Vice-President of Outpatient Services at Wendell Foster
  • Director of Social Services, Methodist Hospital Rehabilitation Center

Degrees, Licenses:

  • Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW), University of Louisville
  • Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSW), Murray State University
  • Licensed Social Worker

Affiliations:

  • Impact 100 Owensboro

Personal:

  • Married to Chris Turnham
  • One daughter, Ashley

Hobbies and Leisure Pursuits:

  • Fishing, boating, camping, scrapbooking, cooking

David Douglas

Vice President of Human Resources

Employed at Wendell Foster since January 2018

Hometown: Owensboro, Kentucky

Prior Leadership Positions: 

  • Human Resource Director at CRS One Source

Degree:

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government and Business Administration, Western Kentucky University

Personal:

  • Married to Margaret Douglas
  • Two sons, Mitchell and Bradley

Hobbies and Leisure Pursuits:

  • Fishing, jogging, youth sports, golf, reading

Sandy Hayden

Vice President of Outpatient Services

Employed at Wendell Foster since 2016

Hometown: Owensboro, Kentucky

Prior Leadership Positions:

  • Director, Patient Access, Owensboro Health Regional Hospital (OHRH)
  • Manager of Operations, Outpatient Imaging, (OHRH)
  • Director of Patient Financial Services, Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging, PSC.

Degrees:

  • Master of Science in Management with a Minor in Health Care Management, Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Mid-Continent University

Affiliations and Other Leadership Positions:

  • Board member, New Beginnings Sexual Assault Support Services
  • Active member of St. Pius X Catholic Church, Owensboro
  • Impact 100 Owensboro 

Personal:

  • Married to Steve Hayden
  • Two sons, Seth and Nathan

Hobbies and Leisure Pursuits: 

  • Boating at Rough River Lake, swimming, reading, walking, spending time with friends and family

Sarah Poole

Vice President of ICF/IID and SDA Person Centered Trainer

Employed at Wendell Foster since 2006

Hometown: Owensboro, Kentucky

Prior Leadership Positions: 

  • Education and Recreation Director at Wendell Foster
  • Interim cottage director at Wendell Foster
  • Assistant cottage director at Wendell Foster
  • Scheduling director at Wendell Foster

Degrees and Licenses:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, Brescia University
  • Masters in Teacher Leadership, Brescia University
  • Advanced National Coaching License, National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)

Personal:

  • Partner, three children

Hobbies and Leisure Pursuits:

  • Soccer Goalkeeping Coach, traveling, camping, soccer, hockey, concerts

Maggie Price

Vice President of Development and Community Education

Employed at Wendell Foster since 1998

Hometown: Owensboro, Kentucky

Prior Leadership Positions:

  • Marketing Manager at Messenger-Inquirer newspaper

Certifications:

  • Certified in Fund Raising Management (CFRM)      

Affiliations and Other Leadership Positions:

  • Association of Fund Raising Professionals,
  • Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonel
  • Third Baptist Church
  • Encore Musicals Board Member

Personal:

  • Two adult children, Ryan and Kerri

Hobbies and Leisure Pursuits:

  • Camping, music, cooking, spending time with family

Karen Rednour

Director of Administrative Services

Employed at Wendell Foster since 1981 

Hometown: Owensboro, Kentucky

Personal:

  • Two adult children, Jack and Kelly

Hobbies and Leisure Pursuits:

  • Bicycling, spending time with grandchildren

Rick Searcy

Vice President of Community Living Options 

Employed at Wendell Foster since 2017

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio

Prior Leadership Positions: 

  • Executive Director at H. L. Neblett Community Center, Inc.

Degree:

  • Bachelor of Science in Communication Arts, Kentucky Wesleyan College

Personal:

  • One son, Geordyn

Hobbies and Leisure Pursuits:

  • Exercise, reading, sports, youth coaching, community involvement

Nathan Scott Sloan

Vice President for Technology

Employed at Wendell Foster since 1987 

Hometown: Philpot, Kentucky

Prior Leadership Positions:

  • Physical Plant and Maintenance Director at Wendell Foster

Degree:

  • Associate in Applied Science in Information Technology, Owensboro Community and Technical College 

Personal:

  • Three children, Holly, Janson and London

Hobbies and Leisure Pursuits:

  • Scuba diving, Canoeing/Kayaking, Sports, Outdoors, Poker, Aviation