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EP7 Youth Outreach founder and former board members holding our banner.
Pictured in 2017: Allison Keeney, Steph Pauley, Cortnee Hale, Allyssa Sharp, Aimee Hall.        

EP7 Youth Outreach was named after the founder's son,

Ethan Pauley who was killed while sledding.

Read his story here: 


While grieving for the loss of her son, Stephanie observed the lack of resources for Ethan's friends and her own family in our area. 


This organization was created to fulfill the need for grief education and services. 

It is our mission to provide the opportunities for our youth and their families to grieve healthy.

        Board of Directors & Officer Bios
Stephanie S. Pauley, MA, LCMHCA, NCC holds a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University and is licensed to practice in the state of North Carolina. She is also an alumna of Bethel University in Mishawaka, Indiana with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. Stephanie is currently working at a Christian Counseling practice in New Bern, NC. Much of her work experience is in crisis intervention in which she earned her Social Service Technician certificate while residing in Michigan. Her past work experience was as a child welfare caseworker for Scioto County, Ohio, substitute teacher in a few of the area schools, and at the Corporation of Ohio Appalachian Development as a preschool specialist in Early Childhood Education. She has been a life-long volunteer in the public schools and for various non-profits such as the Heart of Phoenix Horse Rescue Inc and serves on the Ethan C. Pauley Memorial Scholarship Board. She is currently a member of Motion Church in Grantsboro, NC and leads GriefShare groups for the community. Stephanie is a Navy veteran who served in Operation Desert Storm. She founded the EP7 Youth Outreach to address the need for grief and educational services in the tri-state area after her son died. Stephanie is the President and serves in various capacities for the outreach.

Ann Berent holds a Master of Science in Public Administration with a health care specialty from Cleveland State University and a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from West Virginia State University. She is a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist with the Grief Recovery Institute, experienced in leading small groups and working with individuals one-on-one for grief recovery. She has over 25 years of experience working in health care in various management positions and was an instructor at Gallipolis Career College for several years. Ann also worked with teens, pre-teens and the community in drug prevention. She has served on non-profit boards including National Association of Health Unit Coordinators, Ohio Health Telecommunications Association and the Arts Council of Lorain County. Ann has years of service as a church volunteer holding positions of Treasurer, Finance Chair and Vision Team Chair. She is currently a coach for the Prayer Team at Life Point Church in Portsmouth, Ohio as well as a member of the Bereavement Team and Life Group Leader. She is a former American Red Cross volunteer assisting with shelters and providing support for first responder teams and a Lifetime associate member of the Marine Corp League providing services to veterans, seniors and other persons in need. Ann volunteers for the outreach as our Support Group Facilitator and Grief Support & Recovery Educator. 

Sydney Porter is in her senior year at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio. She is working towards her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood/Special Education. Upon graduation, she will be seeking a teaching position. Sydney works in the restaurant business as a server and in a childcare center. Besides the outreach, she also volunteers her time making hats for the newborns at SOMC in Portsmouth. Sydney serves in various capacities for the outreach. 

Mikayla Horton attends Ohio University-Southern in Ironton, Ohio. She is in her junior year and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. In addition to serving for the Outreach, Mikayla is a member of the Student Nurses Association where she assists in raising funds for adults and children in need. She is also working towards earning her private pilot licensure. Mikayla serves in various capacities for the outreach. 

Jim Pauley has worked in construction for 30 years as Crew Leader, Crew Foreman and as Owner/Operator. He is currently employed as a Construction Superintendent. He has volunteered for many organizations including numerous churches, as a soccer coach with the American Youth Soccer Organization, and with Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue. Jim volunteers for the outreach as the Director of Operations and co-facilitates the GriefShare groups in North Carolina. 

                   Advisory Board-OHIO 

Aimee B. Hall is the Elementary Guidance Counselor/ K-12 Special Education Coordinator at Wheelersburg Elementary School in Wheelersburg, Ohio. She is in her 20th year in education, with ten of those years spent as a classroom teacher and the past seven as guidance counselor.  She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Shawnee State University and her master's degree in School Counseling from Morehead State University.  Aimee volunteers her counseling services for the grief camp along with advising the general board on program implementation. 

Elaine Evans- is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with 32 years of experience in the field. She currently works with Shawnee Mental Health in Portsmouth. She is a member of the Scioto County Suicide Coalition's Speakers Bureau and Crisis Response Team. Elaine is experienced in Grief Counseling and Grief support groups. Elaine volunteers for the grief camp along with advising the general board on program implementation. 

           Young Adult Ministry Team
Jake Pauley- is a 2019 Wheelersburg High School graduate. Jake is working to obtain his ACBC accreditation as a Christian counselor. Currently, he is co-leading the teen bible group Fuel, along with co-facilitating GriefShare groups at Motion Church in Grantsboro, NC. He has previous experience leading a teen/young adult bible study and groups while residing in Ohio. Jake is dedicated in his walk with Christ and looks forward to how he can be used to serve the Lord and people.  He hopes to travel to Israel in the near future in order to further his biblical studies.  Jake volunteers for the outreach as our youth ministry mentor and board member in North Carolina. 

                 Soccer Advisory Team
Our soccer advisory team consists of Kevin Powell, Adam Sylvia, Scott Davies, Paul Holland, Tim Armstrong, and Jared Cunningham. 

               Scholarship Board Members
Our scholarship board members include Ruth Boll, Scott Davies, Amy Holsinger, Thomas Swisher and Stephanie Pauley. 
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