Staff

For general information, please call our main number at (513) 444-2033 or email us at info@familypromisebutlercounty.com. 

Linda Smith

Executive Director

Linda Smith is a lifetime resident of Butler County. She has worked with the homeless, mental health, and substance abuse populations since 1995 in the following counties: Butler, Warren, Clinton, Preble and Hamilton. She has worked at Transitional Living, Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority, New Housing Ohio, and the Talbert House. She has vast experience working with all areas of housing resources including transitional housing, HUD subsidized housing, permanent supportive housing vouchers, Returning Home Ohio vouchers, SSVF (homeless veterans) program, and homeless shelters.

Linda shares her thoughts on homelessness.
"I never really thought much about homelessness until I took a job working with adults with mental illness. It was at that time I realized that for many being homeless isn't just a choice or about being lazy, but that life can be hard and sometimes it throws us a curveball that we just don't get to overcome. I love working with the families because it gives me an opportunity to not only help the parents, but we can show kids alternatives that will break the poverty cycle that they live in. I also feel this line of work is what God called me to do."

Linda lives in Hamilton with her husband Glenn and their 3 dogs. Linda has 2 adult children, a son and a daughter.

Michelle Payne

Family Services Coordinator

Michelle has been a volunteer for Family Promise since we opened and
was Lord of Life Lutheran Church's coordinator. Michelle has degrees in
Education and Sociology as well as a Master’s degree in Elementary
Education. Michelle taught in the public schools, was the Director of Youth
Ministries at Celebration ELCA church, and has worked in social services for
​the last few years. Michelle is very passionate about outreach and service to others.

Michelle states, “I was happy to hear Family Promise was hiring a family services coordinator. I feel like God brought me the perfect position at the perfect time! I love seeing the transformation made by our guests as we help them find their way back to being stable and see them go from being discouraged to seeing them smile!”

Michelle has been married to her husband Dave for 16 years. They have 3 daughters and a dog and live in Liberty Township.

Sherry Lind

Family Services Coordinator

Sherry has been interested in housing since she worked with a Habitat for Humanity team in NYC. She and a group of friends were converting a manufacturing/commercial building into artists’ lofts so they could live there. During the day she worked at a law firm, but because of her deep belief in service, she volunteered at her church, assisting homeless guests with dinner and overnight accommodations, as well as working with hospice patients in a local hospital.

After moving back to Ohio, she spent 20 years volunteering in her local school district up until her children graduated. After that, she decided to go back and get her graduate degree in gerontology, with a focus on housing, for the other end of the age spectrum. As a volunteer, she is currently working with the City of Oxford, to increase affordable housing options there.

Sherry is grateful to Family Promise for giving her this opportunity to work with such devoted and dedicated co-workers, and to practice her faith through service. “I find it extremely satisfying to see my clients working toward greater success and fulfillment as we help lift some of the day to day pressures and concerns from their lives.”

Sherry has two grown children and lives in Oxford.

Tommy Hurrell

Weekday Van Driver

Tommy began working for Family Promise of Butler County when we opened September, 2016. Tommy is a retired construction worker who wanted to give back to the community. Tommy thought with his love for children, FPBC would be a great fit for him, and it is!

Grady Cunningham

Weekend Coordinator/Van Driver

Grady has many years experience working as a group facilitator for substance abuse. He also works for the Fatherhood Project at Talbert House.

Zoe Shiparski

Weekend Coordinator/Van Driver

Zoe is currently a student at Miami University. She and her family has volunteered with another Ohio Family Promise affiliate. By working for FPBC, she knew she could continue her love of being a part of the Family Promise network.

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