Melissa Biliter
Administrative Assistant

Melissa Biliter coordinates digital communication and platforms for LiKEN projects. She is an advocate and facilitator for educational and occupational opportunity who is delighted to join LiKEN, an organization built on core values compatible with her own heart.  Melissa’s education and experience span a broad swath, from the precision of laboratory tests to the wild spark of small children embracing engineering through LEGO. During her four years in the US Air Force, as an Engineering Assistant, she worked on projects in Bosnia, Hungary, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait, as well as Florida, Louisiana, and South Carolina. Creative expression holds a central place, and Melissa enjoys painting, drawing, recreational mathematics, sewing, knitting, and writing. Her family members are charter members of Red Oaks Forest School, and she has also gained certification in Project WET, Project Learning Tree, Project WILD, and Focus on Forests. Melissa lives south of Lexington with her husband, and five children.
Rachel Eppley
Office Manager

Rachel Eppley brings deep values of service and community to the work of LiKEN.  While she was a chaplain at the Nashville Rescue Mission in TN in the early 2000s, she assisted homeless women with a variety of needs including counseling, housing, and social security. In recent years, she developed a unique ability to integrate care-work with practical problem-solving while home-schooling her children and working in a family business. She received her B.A. and M.A. from Lipscomb University in TN where she specialized in theology. Her family has deep, multi-generational roots in eastern Kentucky. Rachel coordinates core systems in the day-to-day functioning of LiKEN and supports the administrative work of the Executive Director.  She ensures the smooth running of the office and helps to improve company procedures and day-to-day operation. She oversees central office functions, supplies, equipment, and maintenance.  She schedules meetings and manages accommodations for lodgers and visitors while they are in the LiKEN House in Lexington, Kentucky. She handles our weekly news bulletins and blogs. Her empathic gifts are helping us to listen to, and to communicate, the diversity of unique and rich stories emerging from our projects.
Sara Schmitt
LiKEN House Lodging Host

Sara Schmitt is lodging host for LiKEN House.  She handles communications and accounts for guests who are staying overnight, and works with the LiKENeer Team to make LiKEN House a vibrant community center. She brings to us a rich mix of skills gained from experience in the Sport Horse industry—ranging from working hands-on with horses, to customer service positions with competitors and owners, and, event management. Sara coordinated the Sport Horse Department at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute and developed and managed the inaugural Split Rock Jumping Tour CSI3***, an international show jumping competition in Lexington, KY. Recently, she has been operating Sara Schmitt LLC where she focuses on developing organic relationships and building connections with individuals of shared value who are in need of coaching and administrative assistance with their small businesses. Sara is a devoted yogi and practices daily meditation. She is passionate about outdoor adventuring and recently began as a Stand-Up Paddle Board Guide with the eco-adventure tour company, SUP Kentucky. Connecting with nature, especially water and mountains, brings her utter happiness and she loves sharing in explorations with her seven-year old son, dogs and any friends that are game to join in.