Mentors 4 Kids Staff

Governing Board of Directors

Katharine Bovenkerk
White County

Matt Businaro
Saline County

Jeff Cain
Saline County

Dr. John Cooley
Saline County

Tracey Clark
Saline County

Dr. Michael Handwerk
Saline County

Sara McClusky
Saline County

Judge David Overstreet
Jefferson County

Stacia Penrod
Saline County

Kelly Phelps
Saline County


Vickey Taake – Executive Director

Vickey joined M4K in December of 2011 as Office Manager in the Benton location.  She has a passion for children and feels that every child needs to know they are valued, special and important.  She is the mother of two grown children, married for 33 years and has two year old golden retriever siblings.  In addition to being a mentor, she enjoys, golf, early morning exercise, reading and crafts.

Katharine Stewart – Program Coordinator

Katharine Stewart joins us from Carmi, Illinois where she has lived for the past ten years. In 2015 Katharine graduated from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri with her Bachelor’s Degree in Social work. Since then, she has worked in various social service settings with adults, children and families in some of their toughest life moments. While in college, Katharine was part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program where she was matched with her “little.” They are now entering their sixth year as a match and keep in touch despite the distance! When she moved to Carmi and heard that there was an agency locally that matched caring adult roll-models with kids in need, she knew she wanted to be a part. Katharine says “this program is excellent and definitely worth the investment- I can personally attest to that. I believe in Mentors 4 Kids and am so excited to see lives changed by simply being involved six hours a month- even that makes a difference.”