Administration & Staff

The people behind Lifehouse

Lifehouse Founder & Executive Director

Joan Smith

Joan is the Founder and Executive Director of Lifehouse, Inc., a residential maternity home offering a full range of programs to young pregnant women — the only home of its kind in Kentucky.  Joan was the visionary founder and executive director of two other non-profit organizations, St. Elizabeth’s Regional Maternity Home in New Albany and Noah’s Ark Children’s Village in Jeffersonville, Indiana.

“I put my experiences to work,” explains Joan. “I was able to draw support from many individuals, businesses and organizations that shared a common vision. This enabled me to turn the vision into reality.”

Joan is a registered nurse and specialized in Labor & Delivery and Emergency Nursing. She and her husband, Jim, are members of St. Louis Bertrand Catholic Church.

Email Joan (502-897-1655)

Lifehouse Development Director

Shannon Zimmerman

Shannon is the Development Director for Lifehouse. She received a B.S. from Murray State University and has a background in Photography, Advertising and Marketing. Her first contact with Lifehouse was several years ago when she offered to take pictures of Lifehouse residents and their babies.

“We are each given spiritual gifts to bless and make a difference in the lives of others”, Shannon commented. “I hope to use my gifts to achieve a larger support network for Lifehouse, in hopes of increasing the number of lives we touch. Lifehouse is a place to live, laugh and love! I can’t imagine not sharing.”

Shannon and her husband Rob have three children and are members of Second Presbyterian Church.

Lifehouse Program Manager

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Nani Singleton

Nani is the Program Manager for Lifehouse.  She has a diverse background:  waiting tables, administration assistant, exercise instructor, worship dancer, actress, and Bible teacher.

“Being a part of changing residents’ lives motivates me; when information becomes revelation, that’s exciting.  I also love laughing and crying with all the fabulous ladies that minister here.”

She has been married for 31 years to Phil Singleton.  They are members of Valley View Baptist Church where they teach a life group.  Phil and Nani have 2 sons who are married, and 4 grandchildren.  Nani enjoys writing Bible studies and stories.  She’s also a published author.

Lifehouse Trustees

Lifehouse is honored to have such professional and prestigious leaders of the community to serve as our Trustees.  Each of these individuals bring valuable experience and insight to the table, and their dedication to the mission is commendable … all for the ultimate benefit of Lifehouse residents, our women and their precious babies.  We are very grateful for the leadership and involvement of our trustees:

Financial Counselor; Retired – Served as Chief Financial Officer and Stewardship Pastor
at Southeast Christian Church

Executive Director of Lifehouse

Owners, Henson Construction founded in 2002

Sr Account Manager, CBTS

Executive Assistant – Edumedics

Founder, Hardt Financial Services

Senior Engineer, E. I. du Pont, Retired

Pharmacy Clinical Manager, Norton Healthcare

Business Development Manager, Siemens Industry, Inc


Owner, Jim Ray Consulting Services