Sandy Cove Staff Members

Kevin Bitler – Director of Guest Services

Kevin has been working at Sandy Cove since 1990, serving in capacities from dishwasher to director and everything in between. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Liberty University in 1997. Outside of work, Kevin volunteers at his church in the media center. He also enjoys golfing and playing church softball. Kevin and his wife JoLynn have a daughter, Ciara, and a son, Jackson.

1 Peter 4:10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. (NIV)

Jennifer Comfort – Director of Human Resources

Jennifer moved into the position of Director of Human Resources in December 2013. She completed her BA degree at Samford University, before going on to complete her MBA at Duke University. After selling copiers and managing a travel agency, Jennifer found her true calling in the study of law. Her JD is from the University of Georgia. In addition to years of practicing law, Jennifer has served as Mayor of Terrace Park, Ohio, taught paralegal studies, and volunteered in many legal service programs. She enjoys traveling with her husband, George, and laughing at good jokes. Her greatest desire is to fully love the Lord.

Susan Sharp – Director of Development

In October 2013, Susan joined the Sandy Cove team as Director of Development. She and husband David are the parents of 3 daughters and a son-in-law. A graduate of Indiana University with a degree in communications, Susan is currently completing work on a Master’s degree in Philanthropic Studies. She has enjoyed a rich career in faith based non-profit development and volunteer management. For fun you will find her engaged with women’s Bible studies, cooking and entertaining, or just hanging out with friends and family.

Vonnie Stemen – Director of Business Services

Vonnie has twenty-five years of for-profit and non-profit financial experience prior to joining the Sandy Cove team in 2008. She has an accounting degree from Ohio Northern University, a CPA license and is a member of the AICPA. Before coming to Sandy Cove Ministries, she was the Director of Accounting for Hupp Aerospace/Defense in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Vonnie’s husband John also serves on the Sandy Cove team. They are blessed with two grown daughters, Adel and Cori.

Tim Nielsen – Director of Camp Sandy Cove

Tim has been the director of Camp Sandy Cove since 1989. He has a Master’s Degree in Christian Education from Columbia International University. Tim is the President of the Keystone Regional Council of Leaders of the American Camp Association (ACA). Tim has also helped to start and operate camps in Russia and Australia. Tim’s wife, Adina, works with him at camp and runs the riding program. Tim and Adina have one daughter, Tilba.

Stephen J. Weaver – Director of Program Ministries

Stephen has a long history with Sandy Cove dating back to the 1990s, and after serving as our 2008 Summer Staff Coordinator, stepped into the role of Director of Program Ministries. He has managed Nashville recording artists and traveled as a tour manager for Sandy Patti, Chonda Pierce, and 4Him, and was the assistant to the producer of the Purple Door Christian music festival. Stephen has a Bible degree from Lancaster Bible College. Stephen and Beth were married January 2011.


Sheatiel Harris – Accountant and Cashier

Sally McGuigan – Accounts Payable and Payroll


Carol Lee Lynch – Executive Administrative Assistant


Shelley Wise – Bookstore Manager


Morgan McRay – Residential Coordinator


Abigail Planck – Dining Room Manager

Woody Carter – Executive Chef


Nick Christine – Event Ministries Manager

Deanna Clear – Event Coordinator

Kathy Gleason – Event Coordinator

Rebecca Head – Guest Relations Manager


John Whited – Building Maintenance Supervisor

Thomas Walker – Grounds Supervisor


Sharon Gallagher – Sales Manager

Darryl Myers – Outside Sales Manager

Karen Thompson – Sales Manager

Virginia Peirce – Group Ministry Sales Assistant


Katie Jones – Housekeeping Manager


Ranelle Groth – Human Resources Assistant


Craig Sabo – Information Systems Manager


Lisa Crouse – Marketing Manager

Evelyn Ransil – Marketing Assistant

Elaine Rea – Mailroom/Purchasing Supervisor


Jenny Welte – Director, The Marsh


Sue Sabo – Aquatics Manager


Candy Davison – Women’s Ministry Coordinator

Nate Ransil – Assistant Director of Program Ministries


Emily Owens – Reservations Agent