Julie and Dale Harrah - Co-founders, CEO
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Ashley and Jonathan Harrah - Co-founders, Treasurer/COO

Our Philosophy

We believe in person centered and positive creative service approaches to individual challenges. Our focus is on the whole person, his/her abilities, desires, and feelings.

All activities, meals, conversations, social events, and etc. should revolve around the needs and wants of the person served. We are dedicated to operating in a manner that is respectful, responsible, and resourceful.

Living with Purpose is a company dedicated to providing qualified and compassionate staff,  and other supports, to individuals with Developmental Disabilities.   

Our Story

Living with Purpose of Missouri, Inc. was established in 2015 and is a family owned private business based in Saint Charles, Missouri.  We are licensed and certified by the Missouri Department of Mental Health as a provider of community-based services to individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. We offer residential and personal assistant services to individuals and their families in the Greater St. Louis area.  

The Harrah family started Living with Purpose after many co-workers, individual’s families and guardians suggested they should start their own agency.  The Harrah’s have many years of combined experience working with individuals with disabilities.

Our Passion

We are driven by a desire to see others grow, achieve their goals and live life with purpose and fulfillment.

Meet the Team
Dale Harrah

Founder, President & CEO

Dale is an advocate for individuality, growth and a person’s full potential to accomplish their dreams. He began working as a Direct Care Professional in 2011 and has served many management roles within the field before starting Living With Purpose.  He believes that everyone should have the opportunity to live purpose filled lives and that people can overcome anything that keeps them from that goal… sometimes it might require a little help and encouragement.

Dale has a BA in Business and Marketing Management from Concordia University. He is an ordained minister with over thirty years of ministry experience and recently served as Distance Learning Director for the United Pentecostal Church International’s publishing house.

Dale lives in Saint Charles with his wife Julie and their Golden-Doodle named Wrigley.  He is a pannapictagraphists, collects Superman memorabilia and is a native of Chicago.  He has lived in the Saint Louis area since 1995, and has learned you can’t wear a Cubs hat within 100 miles of the Arch.

Co-founder, Vice President & COO

Jonathan Harrah is a licensed minister that has worked with individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism in home settings his entire career.

When not at work, he loves spending time with his wife, Ashley (who is expecting); children, Scarlet, and Knight; and dogs, Krypto, and Indiana Bones. Jonathan feels just as comfortable conducting a business meeting as he does working in construction, cleaning a bathroom, leading a church service, painting a canvas, dressing up at comic-con, or playing board games… although he isn’t a fan watching sports. He feels no job is above or below him and is willing to help in any way he can.

Starting as a Direct Support Professional while in college, he worked his way up through various agencies primarily focused on individuals with physical aggression and other high-risk behaviors.  He believes that if we look passed the problem behaviors we can see the real person and inspire that person to live a full life with purpose.

Jonathan Harrah

Program Director

Letitia was born and raised in St. Louis, MO.  Letitia received her Bachelor of Science in Business administration with an emphasis in Management Organizational behavior and Marketing from the University of Missouri St. Louis. After graduating Letitia hired and trained individuals with developmental disabilities while working in Restaurant management for several years.  While working with individuals with disabilities Letitia realized that her passion was standing up for those individuals served who cannot always stand up for themselves. Letitia started off as a staff member in 2010 and has worked every position in some aspect for the past decade. Outside of working Letitia enjoys spending time with her family and decorating.

Letitia’s long-term goal is to get her MBA/MHA along with learning as much as possible about helping those with disabilities.  Letitia believes that although life brings uncertain times, in the end all things work for the good of those that love the Lord. 

Behavior Services Director

Shannon was raised in the St. Louis area and attended Wentzville High School (Holt) and earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Missouri- St. Louis. Shannon is blessed with a wonderful husband, Mark, and two boys: Trenton and Trevor. This summer an addition was added to the family when Trenton married Saige. Shannon has spent 20 years in the service of disabilities in all ages.  Shannon started in Early Intervention and over the years has worked all the way up to serving adults with dual diagnoses.  She earned her Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from Southern Illinois University.  Shannon serves us as Behavior Service Director and admits she nerds out to behavioral data and graphs.  If not working at Living with Purpose, she continues to work with her dog Liberty Belle and training her in plans for her to become a therapy dog.  You may also find her attending or watching her favorite sports teams:  St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, Pittsburg Steelers, and the Iowa Hawkeyes. Shannon loves to serve others and enjoys worshipping Jesus.  She is most exited to continue her work here at Living with Purpose of Missouri.


Human Assets Generalist

Born in Nashville Tennessee and lived in Nashville and Memphis before moving to Missouri.  Attended Bishop LeBlond Memorial High School in St. Joseph Missouri.  I spent 19 years out of 30 years in the food and beverage industry.  Favorite Food and Beverage job was a trainer for the Lt. Robert E. Lee on the St. Louis riverfront.  I was married for almost 40 years before becoming a widow. We owned the Redwing Shoe store in St. Charles that was in the Hollrah family for almost 70 years. Our lives were full of children, school activities and church for over 20 years.  When I had children at home, I was either at home or at church/school with them.  Photography was my “thing” then. 

I have 2 daughters, Leslie Leanadias and Priscilla Ophelia.  Leslie is married to my son in law, Ryan Magrew and they have three daughters and a son. She is an RN at the infusion clinic for SSM.  Priscilla and her boyfriend live in the Phoenix area and are surrounded by mountains everywhere you look. They have a Pug and two black cats.  The cat’s names are King and Queen and the dogs’ name is Grace.  Any guesses what they do for a living?  Look at their pets’ names and that’s a huge clue. I used to scrapbook and stamp.  I have enough supplies to open a store!  Still!  But for the past 20 years I have been an avid quilter.  I have sewn since I was 12 years old, but quilting became my passion.  I run a quilting group that meets once a month at the St. Charles Police station. I love to travel within Missouri and throughout the nation.  I have developed a new love for New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Montana. I plan on visiting as much as possible.   Meanwhile,  I love having a purpose here at Living with Purpose of Missouri.


Finance Manager 

Julie has been in administrative work for most of her career.  The most rewarding experiences have been her service in the United States Marine Corps and her current position at Living with Purpose. 

Her days are spent handling bills and budgets, so when she gets home, she tries to turn work off. She enjoys time with her husband and her new puppy, Wrigley, and reading books on her patio.  She has also served in ladies ministry and children’s ministry, and it is her passion to see lives changed for the better.  She believes everyone deserves a chance for a better life.


Nursing Director

Bio coming soon.


Community Nurse

A Christian, RN with 18 years of experience, and mother of 5 (2 kids and 3 dogs). Karissa is hoping to make a difference, bring a smile to people’s faces, and stay out of trouble if possible.  She truly desires to improve the health and well-being of our population.


Program Coordinator

Bio coming soon.


Service Manager

Amy began her career path as a graphic artist for many years while raising her 3 children. She served in an international ministry for over 10 years and lead in the areas of hospitality, woman’s groups, and event/wedding planning. Her heart to serve lead to an unknowingly career path to direct care support at Living with Purpose of Missouri, Inc. in 2017. The opportunity of advancement to program manager has been both challenging and rewarding helping guide our individual’s achievements on their everyday journey of successful independence.


Training Manager

David is an ordained minister and licensed educator from Louisville, KY. In 2015, he moved to the Saint Louis area to serve as the Dean of Student Services at Urshan College, where he continues to serve as an adjunct history instructor. 

He currently holds a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Indiana Bible College, an M.A.T. in Secondary Education from Liberty University, and an M.A. in History from Adams State University, but hopes to one day earn a doctorate in history as well. 

In his spare time, he enjoys reading books on the life of Abraham Lincoln, watching Kentucky basketball, and buying his kids Lego sets so that he can play with them.


Board Certified Behavior Analyst  BCBA

Bio coming soon.


Board Certified Behavior Analyst  BCBA

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Registered Behavior Technician    RBT

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Registered Behavior Technician    RBT

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Registered Behavior Technician    RBT

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Finance Manager

Bio coming soon.


Personnel Coordinator

Ryan is a native of St Louis with quite a diverse job history; from bounty hunter to an associate at a bookstore.  He is always ready for a new challenge and plans to make any event as fun as possible.

It would be difficult for you to find someone in a one-hundred-mile radius that he doesn’t know… or at least their brother.  His laid-back manner and quick wit makes his office (closet) the place to find a laugh when you might be stressed or need a break.

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Communications Director

Tim joined the Living with Purpose team June, 2020. His job assignments consist of promoting LWP via social media and various websites.  He is heavily involved in marketing and is helping LWP establish an online learning presence.

Tim comes from a 20 year corporate background in Insurance where he managed multiple teams through a variety of projects.  One of his many passions is audio, video and multi-media technology; he’s served  in many church and conference events.  He is the Director of the sound and media department at Lighthouse Church, O’Fallon.


Administrative Assistant

Linda is a mother of two great children and a fur-baby, Jake.  She loves to travel, spend time with her family, and enjoys trying new foods.

She has been with Living with Purpose for 2 years. When you enter the office, she is the first face you see and she is always smiling.  Visit her desk and you’ll likely leave with candy and new story from her adventures.


Asset Manager

Bio coming soon.


Property Manager

Bio coming soon.


Executive Assistant

Jeremy is an integral part of the Living with Purpose team. He is always behind the scenes, so you might not even notice he’s there. He was born with an intellectual disability, but has never let that slow him down and uses his differences to help others. He knows the words you say can make someone’s day better and leave them with hope for a brighter tomorrow.  

He believes in his family’s mission of helping everyone find purpose. God is the most important person in his life and everyone and everything comes after.

We are driven by a desire to see others grow, achieve their goals
and live life with purpose and fulfillment.