Northern Oklahoma Youth Services
Northern Oklahoma Youth Services

About Us

Northern Oklahoma Youth Services (NOYS) has been in continuous operation in Kay County since 1972. Over this forty year period we have operated an emergency youth shelter and dozens of preventive programs designed to support families and children by decreasing the occurrence of child abuse and neglect, family violence, teen pregnancy and juvenile delinquency.


NOYS' primary service area is Kay, Noble, and Pawnee Counties, with the primary facility and youth shelter located in Ponca City, Ok. Services are provided free of charge to our clients. Local funding is used to match and enhance State grants and contracts that supply major funding for our programs.



James Carter

Executive Director


Bonnie Kelly

Administrative Assistant

April Goodwin

Financial Officer


I have a BA from University of Central Oklahoma.  I've worked at NOYS since November 1998 so almost 20 years. I have held the following positions: child care worker, financial assistant, WIA youth coordinator and as the financial officer for the past 5 years.  I have 2 daughters, a dog and a cat. 

Jennifer Haney

Shelter & Housing Coordinator

Emergency Solutions Grant/HMIS Coordinator


I am also an active board member of: 

Save the Kids Blackwell, Systems of Care- Kay County, Continuum of Care- County Partnership, FRICH, and  Elevated Staffing fo Shelter Youth 


Tammy Mayden, LPC

Youth & Family Counselor II

Jill Valgora

Youth & Family Counselor II


I provide individual and family counseling services. I also co-facilitate SFP classes and attend juvenile municipal court. 

Sharon Macobee-Sisco

CASA Director

Kelli Morgan

Advocate Coordinator

CASA Kay & Noble County

Milynda Wade MS, LPC

Youth and Family Counselor


Yamel Payan

Youth and Family Counselor I


I co-facilitate Life Management Classes, Anger Management Classes and Stregthening Families Program classes. I facilitate BOTVIN life skills. 

I hold a Bachelor's degree and I am a student at Northern Oklahoma College to continue my                                               studies in Psychology.

Melanie Gartside

Youth and Family Counselor


I graduated from Oklahoma State University with a BS in Psychology and Minor in Child Development. I currently attend Wichita State University pursuing my Masters In Clinical Mental                                          Health Counseling.

                                      I co-facilitate First Time Offenders Program and Life Management Classes. I facilitate BOTVIN                                            life skills. I also do the observation/interaction visits for our PAC program.

                                      I am an active CASA volunteer for Kay Co. and a Certified Behavioral Health Case                                                              Manager II. 

Kyrie Crippen, LPC

Youth & Family Counselor

I am a graduate of Northwestern Oklahoma State University where I obtained my Masters of Counseling Psychology. I have extensive history working with children and adolescents, as well as families and those battling substance abuse. I facilitate Life Management Class, a group therapy modality for adolescents to help establish boundaries with others, make better decisions, and control impulsive thinking. I also facilitate Anger Management classes. In the near future, I plan on                                      returning to school to take the few classes needed in order to obtain my alcohol and drug license. 

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