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Our Staff

Brandy Aschliman

Executive Director & Founder

In your own words, what do you do at Helping Hands?
Invest in the staff to do their best work in serving our communities; problem-solve and advance the organization.

Why is your position at HH a calling and not a job?
I often say that I am just a teacher who was asked to start a pregnancy center which has grown to serving our community in a wide variety of additional ways. I never in my wildest dreams thought God would ask me to do this, but I love it. I am far from equipped, but my obedience to what God wants has paid off.

Best part of your job:
There are several, but one of my favorite parts is knowing that investing in parents means we are indirectly helping the lives of their children.

Funny Fact about you:
I absolutely love glitter, hearts, unicorns, and stickers. Oh, and of course, the color pink!

Favorite Quote:
“If it’s pink, it’s perfect!” or “Well-behaved women rarely make history.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

What do you want people to remember you for?
That I loved people first and asked questions second.

Linda Ellet

Administrator

What is your role at HH:
I am The Administrator. I handle most of the operational processes.

Why is your position a "calling" and not just a job:
I would do this job for no pay. I am a support person, but I know I am making a difference in the lives of clients, volunteers, and coworkers.

Best part of job:
Tackling a challenge and learning new things.

Funny Fact:
I enjoy Nerf gun wars and have my own supply of PINK bullets.

What is a favorite quote?
“Don’t be known for talking, talk to be known.”

What to remember me for:
That God was always my refuge and my strength

Alexa Reed

Client Interventions Specialist

In your own words, what do you do at Helping Hands?
Here at Helping Hands, I work to serve the vulnerable people group who more than likely live within miles of you. I meet them wherever they are at in life, encourage them through Christ’s love, and work to walk alongside them as they face the hardships passed down to them from generation after generation, in hopes to build a transformative relationship with them while instilling some sort of sustainable life change. And through Christ, a heart change.

Why is your position at HH a calling and not a job?
At HH, I build relationships with the families that walk through our doors, work with them to identify their severe and immediate needs and strive to connect them with relational and community assistance to equip them to sustain and meet their own needs. In addition to serving these families, I supervise all client relations staff and support them in their efforts to successfully serve our client families by providing them with Client background training, professional development resources, and one on one encouragement/support.

Best part of your job:
The best part of my job is knowing God is at work and that all I am doing to serve is done through Him and will glorify Him. Knowing I’m not in control strengthens me to push harder and harder at successfully serving these families. All glory goes to Christ and it pleases me that He continues to equip me to serve.

Funny fact about you:
I have an irrational fear of spiders and act like you set my entire world on fire if I’m less than a few feet away from one.

Favorite Quote:
“Be the kind of woman who knows that her confidence comes from who she is in Christ.”

What do you want people to remember you for?
I want to be remembered for the person I became in Christ and when people look at me, they see a woman Christ used to glorify Him.

Nick Boratenski

Advancement Director

In your own words, what do you do at Helping Hands?
Here at Helping Hands, my goal is to invite people into our family. Donors, volunteers, and more. Our ministry is about the family; therefore, I want to give our partners in the mission the experience of a loving family.

Why is your position at HH a calling and not a job?
I build awareness and support for Helping Hands. My goal is to expand the mission and bring it to as many people as possible. With our mission being what it is, that means bringing Christ to others. Christ in the community, and Christ in the family. What better calling is there?

Best part of your job:
Relationships and community. I am surrounded by great people doing even greater things.

Funny Fact about you:
Swallowing pills gives me anxiety.

Favorite Quote:
“Don’t let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.”

What do you want people to remember you for?
That no matter where you are or what you need, I would be there for you.

Erin Claghorn

Volunteer & Programs Coordinator

What do you do at Helping Hands?
Helping Hands has a whole “staff” of people who do their jobs voluntarily; they are the not-so-small village that it takes for our non-profit organization to accomplish what God has called us to do. I manage those people, and I make sure people see what we’re all about on social media!

Why is your position at HH a calling and not a job?
I think you’ll here a similar answer from any of us who “work” here - what I do is not something I initially sought out to do. We all had “jobs” that were actually jobs, something you train for, apply for, work at, for purposes such as interest/skill/pay. God prepared me to HIS liking, and in HIS timing, opened this door while closing the other door behind me. I often feel unqualified in many ways, but that is precisely why God called me, so that in my obedience HE could equip me. He “trained” me through my prior experiences, His guidance and blessings that come from my obedience to Him provides me with the necessary skill and pay.

Best part of your job:
This place thrives on relationships. Our relationship with Jesus, relationships with those we serve, with those who serve, with each other as a staff-family, with our own families at home. Nurturing the relationships in your personal life as well as in your work, all while nurturing your foundational relationship with Jesus, brings such growth and meaning into your life, and that’s contagious to anyone you know. This job is like “paying it forward” but with relationships!

Funny Fact about you:
Navigationally handicapped - you put me in charge of directions, we WILL get lost, but we’ll have a fun adventure together as a result!

Favorite Quote:
I have two, both from my mom: “They didn’t make you mad, YOU made you mad.” & “The same amount of time is going to go by, whether you do it or not.”

What do you want people to remember you for?
That I loved them

Kristin VanDeman

Staff Registered Nurse

In your own words, what do you do at Helping Hands?
Ultrasounds and all things medical.

Why is your position at HH a calling and not a job?
Because it's everything I have always wanted to do, that I never thought I would be able to do, all rolled into one!

Best part of your job:
Viewing God's miracle of life within a mother’s womb.

Funny Fact about you:
I have an extra cervical rib.

Favorite Quote:
But first, COFFEE!

What do you want people to remember you for?
The things that are most important to me that I’m remembered for are that I try to use my experiences in life to help other people, that I exhibit kindness, I am always willing to listen and be a safe place, and that my faith is important.

Kylie Tomlin

Parenting in Progress Coordinator

In your own words, what do you do at Helping Hands?
I'm not going to lie; I have a pretty cool job. I get to work with parents from all different walks of life and teach them parenting/life skills that hopefully impacts or even changes the trajectory of their and their children’s' lives. We offer a program at Helping Hands that teaches unknown or lacking parenting skills to any and all parents; some of the parents fall on a spectrum of risk for child abuse and neglect, some are DCS clients, some are simply looking to better their parenting. Then I get to work one-on-one with a lot of my clients to ensure they are making progress throughout the program! They’re a lot of fun, and I love the relationships I get to build with the parents and see them build with other parents.

Why is your position at HH a calling and not a job?
I think it's really easy to believe that a small town is immune to "outside world problems," and since I grew up in Bluffton, I think I had that mindset for the longest time. But throughout my time away at college, my eyes were opened to the horrific, but honest truths of poverty, abuse, neglect, and addiction; some of which inhabits Bluffton. In coming back to Bluffton, I've been challenged to ask, "How are they supposed to know any better?" And so I feel called to TEACH parents to know a better way of life, and through that, break the cycle of child abuse, neglect, and generational poverty.

Best part of your job:
Honestly, some of my workdays are super heavy and pretty hard, and without the team at Helping Hands, I don't know if I could do it. They are incredibly uplifting, they point me to Jesus, and not to mention they make me laugh ALL the dang time.

Funny fact about you:
I tend to sing sentences throughout conversations.

Favorite quote:
“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” Mother Teresa

What do you want people to remember you for?
I want to be remembered for giving empathy freely and always having a listening ear. I want people to know that I cared.

 

 

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