Intensive In-Home Team

Intensive In-Home Services Supervisor:

Karen Morgan, MEd

  • B.A. Mass Communication in 1986
  • M.Ed in Adult Education in 2007
  • M.A. in Sociology from SIUE currently in progress
  • Doctoral Candidate Ed.D Adult Education/Social Work; M.Ed Adult Education UMSL
  • Related Work Experience:
    • Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition
    • Associated Consultants and Trainers
    • Court Appointed Special Advocates
    • Missouri Children’s Division
    • Adjunct Professor, Lindenwood University Social Work Program
  • Other: Notary Public
  • Joined BFT in 2007

Intensive In-Home Service Workers:

Lori Phillips, B.S.

  •  Bachelor of Science in Corrections with a minor in Industrial Security from Central Missouri State  University in Warrensburg, MO
  •   Has been working with children and families since 1982 including:
    • Residential treatment
    • Foster care case management
    • Independent Living Programs
    • Work experience in Missouri and Rochester, New York
  • Joined Bringing Families Together in 2001

Joyce Dunn-James, B.S.W.

  • Bachelors in  Social Work/Minor in Sociology from Virginia Union University, Richmond Virginia
  • Post Bachelors Education: Family Development Credentialing/University of Connecticut
  • Family Relationship Counseling: UMSTL/St. Louis, MO
  • Urban Family Community Development: George Washington University/St. Louis, MO
  • Related Work Experience:
    • Bureau of Family and Children’s  Services/ Richmond, Virginia
    • Social Worker Kingdom House : Family Support and Childcare Case management,
    • Family Resource Center: Community Support Worker- School Based Programs
    • Bringing Families Together- Intensive In Home Specialist/Crisis Case Management
    • Director of Volunteers and Church Relations/Development/Fund Raising
  • Joined Bringing Families Together in 2012

Aquila Rives, Masters in Counseling

  • Bachelor’s from University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL.
  • Master’s in Counseling from Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis, MO.
  • Related Work Experience:
    • Crisis Intervention
    • Case Management
    • Special Education-Emotional Disturbance
  • Joined Bringing Families Together in 2015

Samuel Pilkinton, B.A., Masters Certificate, Licensed Minister

  • B.A. in Polictical Science from Mississippi University for Women (accepting men since 1982)
  • Master’s certificate in Special Education from Mississippi State University
  • Licensed Minister/Correctional Facility Chaplain with the United Pentecostal Church
  • Related Work Experience:
    • Chaplain-Missouri Restorative Ministries
    • Mississippi Department of Human Services-Child and Family Protection
    • Sally Kate Winter’s Children’s Shelter-After School Program Manager
    • Namido St. Louis-Head Judo Coach
  • Joined Bringing Families Together in 2016

Peggy Kohn, B.S.

  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from University of Central Missouri
  • Related Work Experience:
    • Options for Justice-Program Director working with individuals with developmental disabilities who encounter the criminal justice system.
    • 10+ years working with individuals with serious and persistent mental illness.
    • Extensive experience working with offenders and re-entry.
  • Joined Bringing Families Together in 2016

Michelle Dillon B.S

  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Alcohol and Drug Studies
  • Currently pursuing a Master’s in Counseling at Webster University
  • Has been working with children and families since 1997 including:
    • Residential treatment (Childcare counselor, Assistance Day Treatment Director, Assistant Recreation Therapist).
    • Independent Living and Crisis/Shelter Care of Youth
    • Foster care Case Management, Investigations and Family Centered Services
  • Joined Bringing Families Together in 2017