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Learning Never Ends is proud to field a diverse and dedicated team

to help create a safe, creative, and fun environment for each

individual we have the honor to serve.

Melissa GOURLEY, MSW, LSW

CEO & Co-Founder / Owner

While completing her Bachelors of Arts degree at Ohio Dominican College, Melissa began her journey working with individuals with disabilities by providing direct care services for a supported living agency. After finishing her Bachelor’s degree, she returned to college to receive her Master’s degree.

During Melissa’s second year in the Master’s of Social Work program at The Ohio State University, she was offered a fellowship at the OSU Nisonger Center. During the fellowship, Melissa helped to develop programs which benefit individuals with disabilities, provided counseling, facilitated groups, and taught a graduate level course at OSU.

Melissa received her Master’s degree in Social Work in June 2003. In August 2003, Melissa co-founded UPREACH LLC, and in 2006, co-founded Learning Never Ends LLC.

Beth HUNTER

Co-Founder / Owner

Beth attended the University of Cincinnati, where she majored in Psychology. Beth started her career working in a group home in 1989. Beth relocated to Columbus in 1994 and began a career as a Support Specialist.

Beth continued to advance within the agency as she was promoted to Support Specialist Coordinator and Program Director. As a Program Director, Beth was responsible for hiring, scheduling and training support staff, coordinating medical services, overseeing and managing finances, and maintaining quality living conditions.

Beth was also a part of a Quality Assurance Team which traveled to other states to monitor the quality of services provided to individuals with disabilities. In August 2003, Beth co-founded UPREACH LLC, and in 2006, co-founded Learning Never Ends LLC.

Kiearra MASON

Executive Director

kmason.lne@gmail.com

614-869-6551

Kiearra has spent most of her career finding joy in serving others. Kiearra started out in 2011 working for the YMCA of Central Ohio as a lead teacher in the after school program. In 2014 Kiearra reluctantly left the YMCA to become an Activities Coordinator at an Acute Care and Rehabilitation Center. During her time at the center, Kiearra got the privilege to focus on enhancing the quality of life for individuals with mental disabilities. Kiearra loved her role and the meaningful relationships that were built and became eager to learn more and work closer to those in the field. Kiearra started her journey with Learning Never Ends in 2015 as a Direct Care Staff. Kiearra quickly fell in love with the individuals and the company and in a short time knew that  working with people who have developmental disabilities was her passion. With serious dedication and hard work, Kiearra quickly began to grow within the company. Kiearra has occupied every position and established a wealth of  knowledge over the years to become the leader she is today.  In her free time, Kiearra enjoys hanging out with family, traveling, recreational sports and adventures with friends.  

Desi STRICKLAND

Director of LNE Central

dstrickland.lne@gmail.com

Graduating with a degree in Sociology, Desi has always gravitated towards helping and learning about others. Desi has been working and volunteering for years at both Upreach and Learning Never Ends. In college, she was the assistant director of a summer camp which provided services to adolescents with disabilities. Also while completing her degree, Desi worked at Upreach as both a Direct Support Specialist and an administrative intern. After graduating, Desi took on the position as the Manager of Quality at all four Learning Never Ends locations. After about two years, she was given the opportunity to make roots at Learning Never Ends Central as the Associate Site Director. Greeted with friendly faces daily, and consistently faced with new challenges, Desi loves her job. The work done at LNE is very fulfilling and she thinks it is a pleasure to watch the participants further their learning and development. Desi feels so grateful to have grown with these wonderful companies and is excited at the prospects of having a helping hand in the future of Learning Never Ends! 

Fallon VAN DYKE

Director of LNE West and Madison

fallon.lne@gmail.com

Fallon began working with individuals with disabilities during her college education at Ohio University while pursuing her degree in Recreation Administration. This included her Inclusive Recreation courses, internship with Expanding YOUR Horizons, and job at the Athens Community Center. Fallon started working at Learning Never Ends Central in January, 2019. She is now the Associate Site Direction for our West location and a new branch in Madison county. She truly enjoys spending her days helping our individuals learn, grow, and laugh - just like they help her. 

Taryn BAKER

Director of LNE Fairfield

tlfaust.lne@gmail.com

Taryn began assisting individuals with disabilities during High School and quickly realized she wanted to pursue a career in the field of Developmental Disabilities. Taryn began working in the field in 2005 and worked for three local agencies serving children with Developmental Disabilities between 2005 and 2014. Taryn joined the Learning Never Ends team in August 2014 as Associate Site Director at the Central Location, then became the Case Coordination and Intake Manager for Learning Never Ends Central, South and West locations from 2015 to 2017. In 2017, she became the Program Services Manager/ Associate Site Director at Learning Never Ends in Fairfield County where she remained until 2018.

In 2018, Taryn and her five children (now aged 16, 11, 9, 6 and 4) moved to Hawaii where they lived for two years. Taryn returned to Ohio and Learning Never Ends in June 2020, returning to her previous position as Associate Site Director at the Fairfield County location. 

Taryn loves working for Learning Never Ends and strives to implement the company's purpose; providing life-long learning, wellness, community inclusion and employment opportunities to individuals with developmental disabilities.

Taryn has a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology and is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in General Psychology. 

Tamara JOHNSON

Director LNE South

tjohnson.lne@gmail.com

Tamara Johnson holds an Associate’s Degree in Mental Health, Chemical Dependency and Developmental Disabilities from Columbus State Community College. Tamara began her career providing adoption and foster care to children with mental health diagnoses and developmental disabilities in her home, a service that she provided for over fifteen years.

Tamara also held the position of Independent Provider and Home Health Aide for over five years. After several years of in-home care experience, Tamara embarked on a new venture within the field when she accepted the position of Activity Leader with The Association for the Developmentally Disabled where she was responsible to facilitate community engagement and employment building activities for more than 100 individuals with developmental disabilities.

Tamara was later promoted to the position of Program Supervisor within her final role at the agency. Tamara later joined Learning Never Ends, LLC in August 2012 as a Day Habilitation Specialist and was quickly promoted to the position of Program Coordinator in November 2012. With the expansion of services and opening of the new Learning Never Ends program location in Southeast Ohio in September 2013, the opportunity was provided to Tamara to serve in the position of Assistant Director.

Nate KELLY

Director of Human Resources 

Nate is an Ohio boy, born and bred. He spent his youth in the Ohio River Valley and then headed south to the home of the Bobcats. After receiving his BBA from Ohio University’s main campus in Athens, Nate moved to Columbus and it has been home ever since. After many years in multi-unit Restaurant Management, his love for Human Resources grew. He found himself wanting more from his career and a more meaningful path and eventually found his way to Senior Care before arriving at Upreach. Nate has a passion for people development and employee satisfaction, however after coming to Upreach shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic, he has quickly strengthened his skill for policy and procedure. Nate is a dog dad to Dash and they can often be found at the dog park. They also enjoy camping, trying new restaurants/foods and long walks on the beach. Nate is so happy to have found his home at Upreach! He recently implemented the “Upreach All-Star” program and says "I want our employees to work for us forever!"

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