Vivian Koob founded Elizabeth’s New Life Center with her husband Steve in 1989. Vivian holds a Master of Education degree as well as a Master in Rehabilitative Counseling. Before founding Elizabeth’s New Life Center she taught high school and spent 12 years working for the State of Ohio Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation. She also spent years as a stay-at-home mom for her large family of natural, adopted and foster children. The Koobs’ blended family includes 12 living children and 16 grandchildren. Vivian and Steve have been married for 29 years.
Vivian’s pro-life convictions led her to get involved with pregnancy resource centers and prayer in front of the abortion clinic on North Main in the early ’80s. Elizabeth’s New Life Center was born out of that concern. She remains a volunteer for pro-life ministry and prayer groups through her church and is also a lector. Vivian spends her hours away from the office keeping up with her kids and grandkids.
Her favorite quote comes from the Bible: “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts” (Hebrews 3:7-8 NIV).
Rosie Prier started as a volunteer at Elizabeth’s New Life Center before she became its first paid employee in 1995. Since that time she has introduced her family to the work of ENLC. Her four children and siblings have all participated in the ministry of ENLC either as volunteers or with financial support.
Rosie’s concern for protecting the unborn began early. In the seventh grade she organized a sewing party to make newborn layette items for a pro-life organization. “As an adult, I remember praying that God would help me act on my pro-life resolve.”
Rosie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in consumer science from Xavier University and still enjoys sewing and crafting. When she worked part-time for ENLC she made and sold crafts with her sisters. Rosie has been happily married to her husband Mike for over 31 years, and loves being a new grandparent to 3 grandchildren with a fourth on the way.
Her favorite quote comes from the Bible: “May these words of my mouth and this meditation in my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my rock and my redeemer!” (Psalm 19:14 NIV).
Debbie Nieport has worked at Elizabeth’s New Life Center since 1999. After attending the University of Albuquerque, she spent years as a stay-at-home mom raising her two children. Her son, her first child, was born in 1977 at 28 weeks and weighed 2 pounds, 1 ounce and was 12 inches long. Two years later she saw a poster of a newborn baby that read, “Kill her now, and it’s called murder. Kill her three months ago and it’s called choice.” Seeing that poster changed something for Debbie. “While I was pro-life in my thoughts and beliefs, that poster convicted me to be pro-life in my actions by volunteering and financially supporting pro-life ministries.”
Debbie has been married to Mike for 12 years. Together they have five adult children and three grandchildren.
Her favorite quote: “…Do not be afraid to engage in the good fight of the faith. We preach the liberating message of Jesus Christ; we are offering words of life to the world…” ~Pope John Paul II.
Melissa Guzman serves as manager of Women’s Center-Sharonville as well as director for all other ENLC women’s centers. She graduated as an RN from Christ Hospital in Cincinnati and also earned a Diploma of Missions through Tyndale. Her previous work experience includes Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Hospice of Northwest Florida.
Melissa has always had a desire to minister to women facing difficult circumstances, but God began to challenge her to actively participate in the pro-life ministry after a mission trip to Kenya. In 2008, she began her journey with ENLC at Women’s Center-Lebanon, where she served as a volunteer, staff member and manager.
Melissa and her husband, Matt, have been married for 17 years and are relishing the teenage years with their two daughters. She also enjoys zumba, yoga and sewing.
These verses are her source of strength and encouragement: “Whom have I in heaven but thee? And there is none upon earth I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever.” Ps. 73:25,26 KJV
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After a long history of serving children’s hospitals as chief financial officer, Jim Pruitt joined the Elizabeth’s New Life Center team in 2009. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Wright State University and is a retired CPA.
After retiring as Chief Financial Officer for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville, Jim and his wife moved back to Dayton, where he also worked for several years at Children’s Medical Center. “I was looking for an opportunity to contribute to a meaningful cause. ENLC not only fit the bill but fit nicely with my history of involvement with children’s causes.”
He and his wife of 43 years Linda have one daughter and five grandchildren. Jim enjoys old cars, his grandkids and golf—“not in that order.”
He quotes two favorite verses from the Bible: “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.” (John 14:1 KJV).
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28 KJV).
Kathleen Mayer serves as Development Supervisor, a position she has held since June 2012. Kathleen came to Elizabeth’s New Life Center as a former local business owner seeking a new outlet for her passion and faith. “I needed to be involved in something that was more than a job; it needed to be a vocation, something bigger than myself.”
Kathleen brings with her education experience as well as strong marketing and business skills. She has an education degree from Indiana University and taught in a parochial school for three years before becoming a stay-at-home mom and business owner. She and husband Dan have been married 19 years and have three children, Hannah, Rebecca and Alex, who range from college-age to middle school student.
A favorite Bible passage is Psalm 34:18-19: “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all (NIV).”