Meet the Staff

SHELLY BURKHART

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Shelly Burkhart is the Executive Director and she has held this position since the fall of 2013. Shelly was called into ministry over 17 years ago when she started working for her church. Shelly moved into the Pregnancy Center movement several years ago when she started working as Client Services Director. Shelly has a heart for women and the pre-born and she desires to see ALL post-abortive women healed. Something only Jesus can do.

Shelly and her husband (Bruce) reside in Weston, Ohio where they both have a passion restoring their 125 year old Victorian home. Shelly and Bruce have two grown married daughters and she feels blessed to have them both live close by. In her spare time, Shelly enjoys sewing, camping and loves to spend time with her family.

LEANNA VELASQUEZ

OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

LeAnna has been on staff at the BG Pregnancy Center since the fall of 2013 serving in the roles of office administration and client services. Upon graduating from BGSU in 2011, LeAnna has continued to have a heart for the campus and community of Bowling Green ever since. She personally came to know the Lord in college and also has a desire for other young women that age to find their purpose in Him. Prior to working at the center, LeAnna was involved with collegiate ministry work at BGSU.

LeAnna and her husband, Jaime, have lived in Bowling Green for a handful of years now. They are a part of LifePoint Community Church, here in BG.

CAROL SHOOP

NURSE MANAGER                                                                                                                              carol-shoop

I have been serving at BGPC  as a client advocate as well as performing ultrasounds for almost 4 years. I have been privileged to witness so many amazing ways that God is changing women’s hearts and minds as they receive hope through God’s message of love and forgiveness. Even  though I often feel inadequate, I have been blessed in countless ways and have been strengthened in my faith as I see God’s faithfulness to the Center.
My husband Dan and I live in Maumee and have 2 children and 3 grandchildren.  I am a retired critical care nurse having worked over the past 40 years in several hospitals in the US as well as overseas.  One of my great joys is spending time with my grandchildren.  I also love gardening, cross-stitch, and traveling.  I’m so thankful that the Lord led me to the Pregnancy Center.

KATHLEEN CLINK

BOOKKEEPER

Three years ago I felt God calling me to serve Him outside of my current administrative position at a local ministry. I waited about four months for clearer direction.  I was invited to BG Pregnancy kathleenCenter’s Spring Banquet. The speaker that year was Gianna Jessen, who shared her story of surviving an abortion. Attending the banquet encouraged me to volunteer at the center. I originally thought I would be an administrative volunteer but after the volunteer application and interview process I was asked to be a client advocate. I knew this must be God’s calling because it was completely out of my comfort zone. I served as a client advocate for two years working primarily with Earn While You Learn clients. When my schedule changed and I could no longer serve as an advocate, God opened the door for me to continue to serve on staff as the new Bookkeeper. I look forward to being a part of where God is taking His ministry.

 

BETH SNYDER

DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

My husband and I have been married for ten years and together we have three wonderful children.  After having to leave the veterinary field due to an injury I became a client advocate with encouragement from my pastor at Christ’s Church in Bowling Green while I was working as a secretary there.  I have always felt a strong calling to serve in ministry that helps women and promotes life.  God opened many doors for me and I’m so thankful to be at the Bowling Green Pregnancy Center where I can serve the women and children in our community.  I’m a huge Detroit Tigers fan and I enjoy coaching my sons’ baseball teams in the summer.  I also love figure skating and enjoy traveling with friends where we volunteer at shows to raise money for cancer research.

CRYSTAL GAVIN

CLIENT SERVICES COORDINATOR

I’m married to a wonderful man of fifteen years. I have three beautiful children, no grandchildren yet! I enjoy biking, refinishing throw away furniture, and my newfound hobby of growing pineapples. My relationship from six years of age with my Lord Jesus Christ has taken me through many opportunities and challenges and has allowed me the experience to understand the heart of the hurting and broken.