Marsha Illback, Psy.D.

Chief Operating Officer, SCL Executive Director, Licensed Clinical Psychologist


Marsha Illback holds a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Spalding University, and is licensed to practice psychology by the Kentucky State Board of Psychology (she also holds the Health Service Provider endorsement).  Her undergraduate degree is from George Peabody College with a double major in Special and Elementary Education.  Prior to her arrival at REACH, she was the Program Director of substance abuse treatment services at the VA Medical Center in Louisville, KY. Her pre-doctoral internship was served at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Marsha has also worked as a special education teacher and substance abuse prevention specialist for the police department. Her professional and research interests center on therapeutic foster care, community-based services, family support, and training for integrated services. She is a member of both the American Psychological Association and the Kentucky Psychological Association. At REACH, Marsha serves as the Executive Director of the SCL program and Chief Operating Officer for the entire organization.  She is married to REACH’s founder, Bob Illback and together they have  five grown children and five grandchildren.

W. Sheppard Sanford, Psy.D.

Director of Clinical Services & Licensed Clinical Psychologist


Shep Sanford serves as a Clinical Director with REACH. He holds a PsyD from Spalding University in Clinical Psychology (2000), and a license from the State Board of Psychology with the Health Services Provider endorsement. He is a member of both the American Psychological and the Kentucky Psychological Associations. He has worked in the mental health/human services field for over 35 years and has been with REACH since 1999.

Dr. Sanford completed his doctoral internship at the Vanderbilt University-Veterans Affairs Medical Center Consortium with a focus on individual/couples therapy, psychological assessment and behavioral medicine. His doctoral dissertation focused on the evaluation of a community-wide initiative for the prevention of child abuse and neglect (Children First in Louisville, KY). His professional interests include therapeutic foster care, child and family behavior therapy, community based interventions, and health and sport psychology. Dr. Sanford is an avid endurance racer and regularly participates in triathlon, marathons and open water swim events.

Steve Stratford, MSW, CSW

SCL Program Coordinator


Steve Stratford holds an MSW from Spalding University and has been with REACH since August 2001. Steve has extensive experience as a child protective services and family services worker at DCBS in Jefferson County.  Steve oversees the SCL programs, as well as serving as a case manager and liaison with other agencies around services for individuals with special needs.  He has been an advocate for youth and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a variety of initiatives. His interests revolve around systems change, adolescence, transition to adulthood, and independent living.

Terry Scott, BA

REACH Cardinal Crew Program Manager


Terry Scott has been employed at REACH of Louisville since 1996 in a variety of capacities.  Presently his responsibilities include the following: Programming Coordinator at our adult day training program (RAP), Case Management, and Crisis Intervention Specialist.  Terry is certified as a trainer in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention by the Crisis Prevention Institute and has provided trainings since 1999 to both new and established foster care and adult foster care providers within our agency.  Terry is a graduate of Earlham College, and is a former intercollegiate basketball player and coach. He is married to Dede Wohlfarth, PsyD  and Psychology professor at Spalding University.  Terry and Dede have four children: Zach, Naomi, Gabrielle, and Quentin.

Linda Rice, MSSN, MA, RN, PsyD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist


Dr. Rice serves as a Psychologist and Clinical Coordinator at REACH of Louisville. She holds a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Spalding University and a Master’s Degree in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing from the University of Washington. In addition, Dr. Rice has a private practice specializing in children and families. She also provides counseling and consultation services to a college of nursing in the Louisville area. Dr. Rice has been a Registered Nurse for over 34 years, specializing in community and mental health care of adults, children and families. She came to REACH with a wide-variety of experience, including teaching in university nursing programs, serving as a Flight Nurse for the Wyoming Air National Guard, implementing a family advocacy program for the Department of Defense in the Netherlands and developing educational programs for the International Academy of Health Care Management in Wiesbaden, Germany. Since entering the field of psychology, Dr. Rice has focused on working with children, adolescents and families who present with unique and complex mental, developmental and behavioral health needs. As a parent of an infant who, nearly 25 years ago, spent over a week in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, she understands on a personal level the dreams that parents have for their children when those little ones have developmental issues. Dr. Rice’s doctoral dissertation focused on studying the effectiveness of the urine alarm in the treatment of bedwetting in severely emotionally and behaviorally disordered children who are receiving treatment in community mental health care systems.

 Drew Shryock, BA, M.Ed

RAP Site Manager


Drew Shryock has been employed with REACH of Louisville since 1998 in a variety of capacities. Drew began working in REACH’s Summer Social Skills and Recreation Program for youth and continued in that role while attending college. His current duties include Service Coordination for the youth therapeutic foster care program, providing community support for adults in REACH’s SCL Program, and Crisis Intervention Specialist. He has also participated in the Research and Evaluation team’s Ireland project in conducting needs and resource evaluations. Drew is certified as a trainer in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention by the Crisis Prevention Institute and has provided trainings to both new and established foster care and adult foster care providers within our agency. Drew graduated with honors from the University of Louisville in 2008, and is currently completing his master’s degree in Special Education, with an area emphasis in Autism. Drew is an avid cyclist and also enjoys home renovation.

Nancy Irvin

Bookkeeper/Benefits Manager


Nancy Irvin serves as Bookkeeper/Benefits Manager at REACH where she is responsible for accounts payable/receivable, payroll, employee benefits, & building management. Prior to coming to REACH in August of 1991 she had extensive business experience in retail management, apartment management, banking, construction and health care industries. Nancy is a high school graduate with college courses at Indiana University Southeast. She has also completed training in office management and accounting, and is certified as a Group Preparation Leader by the Child Welfare Institute.

Debbie Leake

Compliance Manager & Records Clerk


Debbie Leake serves as Compliance Manager at Reach of Louisville. She has been with REACH since 1997. Debbie serves as the point person for all regulatory and clinical documentation. She is responsible for all the records for youth and adults in REACH programs, as well as foster family records. As Compliance manager, she assists in overseeing Licensing and Regulations with the Cabinet, SCL Medicaid requirements and CARF accreditation standards.

Laurie Birkby

IT Support


Laurie Birkby serves as part-time IT support at REACH. She began working at REACH in 2000 as a part time family support staff for the therapeutic foster care program. When she completed her degree in Information Technology she moved into her current position, where she oversees the daily performance of computer systems, answers user inquiries regarding computer software or hardware operation to resolve problems, sets up equipment for employee use, performs or ensures proper installation of cables, operating systems, and appropriate software, and installs and performs minor repairs to hardware, software, or peripheral equipment, among other duties.