Stephanie Potter – Executive Director
Stephanie is co-founder of Rob’s Kids, Inc. She has served for years in leadership roles in local organizations, BNI – Business Networking International, WBN -Women’s Business Network & SBOA – Small Business Owners Association. Because of her involvement with these and other volunteer opportunities, she was named ‘Citizen of the Year’ for 2012 by Florence Rotary.
Her passion is driven by which the foundation was started. As a wife, mother and grandmother, Stephanie found an opportunity to help her family recover from an unexpected tragedy. After her son-in-law “Rob” died by suicide, her granddaughter Sam became ill and thought about taking her life too. Sam received care from mental health professionals and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Sam presented an idea to GMA – Stephanie, ”I want to help other kids like me and those who are so much worse off than me” Sam told her, and so the foundation was created. Stephanie believes that the work that the foundation has been able to do has been one of the best therapies for Sam and the family. “God has provided the vision and the power to make it become a reality” says Stephanie.
From a tragedy to a reality, Rob’s Kids, Inc. was born.
“My passion is Rob’s Kids – Sam and Emma and my passion is Rob’s Kids, Inc.”
Sam Potter – Spokesperson/Co-Founder
At just 13, Sam was the inspiration behind Rob’s Kids, Inc. Sam became ill after her Dad died by suicide and has been diagnosed with Depression and PTSD. She spent time in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital which is where she received the treatment that turned her life around. Sam discovered that there are children that are worse off than her. She was determined to get better so that she could help other kids like her. Sam along with her family, made Rob’s Kids, Inc. a reality. The foundation not only provides the healing that this family so needed, it provides funding to professionals that can help kids get back up again.
Sam does public speaking engagements and has no fear of the stage. She is equipped with her life story that will penetrate the hearts of her audience. Sam’s goal is to save lives. She tells her story so that others who suffer silently will know that they are not alone and there is help out there for them.
Sam’s desire; “I want to help kids get back up again! They are not alone. I am here and I love them.”
Now at 16, Sam is an honor student carrying all AP classes as a sophomore. She is active in Robotics Club, Leadership League, First Priority Christian club, Drama Club Court, Character Counts Court, Winter Guard and Color Guard Marching Band.
On April 3,2014 Sam won the prestigious award “Making A Difference” presented to her by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital – Patient Advocacy Council.
Emma Potter – Administrator/Co-Founder
Emma is our amazing power house. She is a co-founder of Rob’s Kids, Inc. and is the behind the scenes administrator. At 12 years old, her organizational skills are well utilized. Emma helps with all the events in every stage, from planning, distributing materials, working the events and thank you notes. Every organization needs a solid administration and Emma shows her passion for this foundation by sharing her skills with us. After Sam got sick, Emma became the gatekeeper for Sam. The family depends on her in more ways than one….she is strong beyond her years. Emma sees the vision the entire team shares, to own a building one day.
Emma’s vision: “We want to provide a home away from home, a safe place so kids can get the help they need.”
An honor student, Emma excels in all levels of her education. Her GPA exceeds 3.5 at every grade period. Emma was inducted into the Junior National Honor Society in March 2014.
Tammi Potter- Riddell – Vice President/ Co-Founder
Tammi received her BA in History with a Music minor from Northern Kentucky University in 1996. Her work experience varies from working in the publishing industry, accounting administration in the fast food industry, to many years in the banking industry. In 2012 she returned to NKU to complete a BS in Accounting with a Business Administration minor while working part time in an accounting position.
Tammi is Mom to Sam and Emma (Rob’s kids) and also the behind the scenes support this organizations needs. She secures financial support and event venues, while maintaining the stability at home. It has been a road paved with challenges that Tammi has been able to hurdle. Her consistent review of Sam and Emma emotionally, gave her the insight to seek help for Sam at just the right time. She is dedicated to this organizations success. She believes that your kids will talk to you, if you just take the time to listen.
This organization has provided the needed healing for Sam, it has helped all of us realize that we were not alone. ”It is a scary place to be when you are totally helpless and your child is sick. I want others to know that they don’t have to be alone! Don’t be afraid to step out of your own comfort zone to help your kids.”
Karen J. Veneris CPA – Treasurer
Karen is a graduate of Marywood University where she received a B.S. degree in Accounting and Computer Information Systems. She has been in the accounting profession for more than 22 years. After working for other companies, in May of 2001, Karen opened her own business KJV & Associates, PLLC. She worked for 15 months out of her home building her business from the ground up; and then in August 2002, she moved her business to Florence, Kentucky.
Karen serves as treasurer of the English Language Learning Foundation, Houston Commons Condominium Association and volunteers as the accountant for Our Daily Bread. Having served as treasurer and VP for the Small Business Owners Association of Northern Kentucky, Karen’s other professional affiliations include Business Networking International, Women in Networking, The American Institute of CPAs, The Kentucky Society of CPAs, and The Ohio Society of CPAs.
Karen has known this family for years. She knew Stephanie before Rob died and has remained supportive and a friend to this family ever since. This chain of events and tragedy has touched Karen deeply. Because of past tragedies similar to this, Karen feels a personal connection to Sam and her struggles. Karen admires the determination of this young girl and her family.
Karen has volunteered countless hours to the development of the non-profit status for this foundation. She is dedicated to the success of Rob’s Kids.
Barbara Keeling – Secretary
Barbara is in retail management for JCPENNEY. She has been with them for 33 years. She is actively involved with her community through Rotary International, Women’s Breakfast Network, American Cancer Society and Rob’s Kids, Inc.
Barbara believes that if you supply the correct tools to people, they have the ability to grow and achieve their goals. She is dedicated to the development of youth. She implements many fund raising events to support local community non-profits.
Stephanie Kae Sutter
Stephanie Kae Sutter graduated from NKU with two degrees, Organizational Communication and Fine Art, with a minor in Marketing. She was Director of several Art Galleries before she switched her focus to Insurance and raising her 8 year old son, Spencer.
Stephanie is a small business owner under the umbrella of Kentucky Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company. In her 7 years in insurance, she has built and retained $1M book of business. Stephanie is an award winning insurance agent including the 2011 Multiline Sales Award from NAIFA.
Serving as current and past President of NAIFA, Northern KY, she also has served as Membership VP on the PTA at Erpenbeck Elementary. She is current and past President of her BNI chapter. As well as volunteering in the community passing out DNA kits and other volunteer opportunities.
She attributes her success to honestly, integrity and persistence.
An artist by nature, Stephanie has her own line of jewelry which she sells under the company “Lady MoonGem Jewelry”. “My mission is to create powerful objects that enhance the beauty of women and through the gifts of nature, provide a source of empowerment, strength, hope and healing to the wearer.”
Stephanie has been volunteering with Rob’s Kids for several years and is honored to sit on the Board of Directors. She has a passion for helping people especially children. Rob’s Kids does so much good in the community to raise awareness about Depression and PTSD. She has seen first-hand how challenging it is to overcome this disease. “I am proud to be part of an organization that helps kids “get up again!”