Our Staff

Interim Executive Director

Shenille Engelhart-Skopik

Shenille Engelhart-Skopik currently lives in Fulshear, TX with her husband of 24 years, Chris. They have four children and seven grandchildren. Shenille was first introduced to the ministry 29 years ago as a LifeHouse resident. In 1992, she moved into the LifeHouse home as a naïve, pregnant teenager. After considering both adoption and parenting, she ultimately chose to parent her daughter. Her LifeHouse baby is now a first-grade teacher in Lubbock, TX. She is married to a pediatric flight nurse and together they now have a son and daughter of their own. Before joining the LifeHouse staff, Shenille was the CEO of CLS Technology from 2010 to 2021. She also served on LifeHouse’s Board of Directors from 2016 to 2021. Shenille is excited to give back to the organization that blessed her 29 years ago and is looking forward to what God has planned for the ministry in this next season.


Director of Non-Residential Services

Zainab Ntaamah

Zainab was introduced to LifeHouse in 2017 through a partnership with the Council on Recovery’s Cradle Project. While volunteering as a Parenting Educator, she decided to make the switch to minister to the ladies full time in 2018. Zainab’s career history spans from marketing, to early childhood education, to being a budget analyst at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. While working there she began volunteering at a Crisis Pregnancy Center and found her heart’s passion. Knowing that there was much more that God wanted to do in her life she left NASA to work in child welfare and as an adoption coordinator. Her experiences there motivated her to return to graduate school where she obtained a Masters in Social Work at the University of Houston. Zainab’s heartfelt passion align with LifeHouse’s mission and vision as she has ministered to pregnant women and women with children for many years. Her time at the Crisis Pregnancy Center propelled her to begin educating and supporting women through their pregnancies in her personal life for years before transitioning it into a career that she loves. Zainab and her husband Bode, along with their teenaged son, Abeck, belong to Dominion International Center in Houston, TX.


Director of Residential Programs

Esther Escoto

Esther joined the LifeHouse team in the spring of 2019 as the full-time Residential Program Manager. From running a family business to managing shelter operations at Bay Area Turning Point, her skills made her the perfect fit for this new ministry position. Even before coming to the ministry, Esther’s desire was to walk with God in her personal life as well as her professional life. Her passion is to love the woman who comes from trauma and abuse. In turn, she is excited to serve the unborn child and make an impact for generations to come. In this role, she desires to give each woman and child a home where they feel secure and safe. Esther is a mother to five and a grandmother to four beautiful grandchildren. She lives in Deer Park and is an active member of Grace Church.


Director of Marketing & Development

Katie Madden

Katie is a Texas A&M graduate with a B.S. in Political Science and a B.A. in Women’s Studies, with a minor in history. Her studies empowered a perspective that desires for women to know their worth and embrace their stature as daughters of the King. Her non-profit experience began in college as an intern for Scotty’s House, a child advocacy center in Bryan, TX. It was here that she knew the Lord placed a distinct call to advocate for the needs of women and those who were suffering. She is for the neglected and abused, and for the healing that can only come from the Grace offered through Christ. Prior to joining the LifeHouse family, Katie worked in Treasury Operations. She hopes to use her financial foundations to serve the marginalized communities the Lord wrote on her heart early in life. Katie and her husband Phillip belong to Bayou City Fellowship in Houston, TX.


Manager of Volunteer Services

Hayley Kosel

Throughout her career, Hayley has served in a variety of roles in both the non-profit and education fields. Hayley graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies and went on to teach middle school, as well as work for Big Brothers Big Sisters in the Dallas area. After a brief stint abroad, Hayley settled in Houston and began working with volunteers at a local non-profit. Her combined passion for service and vulnerable populations drew Hayley to the role of Manager of Volunteer Services at LifeHouse. It is Hayley’s desire to come alongside volunteers to help them identify how their gifts can be used to serve at LifeHouse and to advance the kingdom of God. Hayley is an active member at her church, Seven Mile Road Houston.


Executive Assistant

Meg Baumgarten

Meg is a native Houstonian and a proud Baylor bear! She studied elementary education and spent her first few years out of school teaching kindergarten and 1st grade students. Her experiences with families from different backgrounds motivated her to look for an opportunity to pivot and use her love of children and gifts of creativity, organization, and administration in new ways. After keeping an eye out for awhile, she realized the opportunity was right in front of her! Meg’s family has been involved in LifeHouse for 25+ years. When she realized the position was a fit for her skills, it was a no-brainer that she wanted to be a part of the LifeHouse family. Meg is passionate about the ministry of LifeHouse and is so grateful to be a part of this Kingdom work.

Meg and her husband, Stephen, are big time “foodies” and can be found scoping out the city’s newest and best eats. They are active members of their church, Seven Mile Road Houston.

House Parents

Quinn & Derek Moy

Quinn and Derek met in college at Texas A&M while serving on the same YoungLife team, which is a high school outreach ministry. It was during their time serving on that team, that they fell in love with getting to disciple and care for those around them. After graduating and getting married, Derek and Quinn moved to Houston where Derek began a job with an accounting firm and Quinn began a graduate program in Biblical Counseling at Dallas Theological Seminary – Houston. After a little under two years of being in Houston, the Moy’s begun to feel a call from the Lord to step into the House Parenting role at LifeHouse. At the same time, Derek decided to leave his accounting job and accept a position with their church, Seven Mile Road, as a Pastoral Resident. The Moy’s are passionate about making the Lord’s redemptive story known to every Houstonian and consider it an honor to know and serve the women at LifeHouse. In their free time, they love to play with their puppy Hank, be in the outdoors, play board games with friends and eat good food with their families.