LifeLyftsTM Pilot Lift

Mobility Equipment & Other Products

LifeLyfts from Life Essentials helps mobility-impaired individuals gain independence in life for work and recreation. We began manufacturing a lift specifically designed for agricultural equipment. Over 35 years, our custom-designed lifts have evolved and our product line expanded to provide safe, dependable, and quality-built mobility solutions for the mobility impaired individual and his/her family. We are manufactured in the USA. However, we have touched the lives of people in Australia, Canada, England, India, South America, and Sweden. Wherever you are, our team is here to help.

Our goal is to help you take back your ability to move freely and be self-reliant, enjoy the outdoors, and accommodate your ability to work.

Meet Our Team

The staff at Life Essentials has the experience to ensure your needs are met. Combining personal backgrounds with professional abilities is our key to efficiency. We will work to solve any barrier problem in the home, workplace, farm, or recreational area.

Kathleen Smith
Kathleen SmithCEO
“I have a passion for helping people whose lives have been turned upside down by an accident or illness. My goal is to help them get back as close to their former life as we possibly can.”

As the CEO of LifeLyfts by Life Essentials, she wears many hats. She works in all areas including but not limited to sales, purchasing, accounting, organizing, and phone operator. Due to her combination of backgrounds in both management and farming, she enjoys overseeing our operations in hardware, tools, and the mechanics of the Life Essential equipment. Kathy’s background has given her the tools she needs to carry the load here at Life Essentials. She began a career at Eli Lilly in HR and progressed onto Management at ACE and then Sears Hardware. She joined the team at Life Essentials in 1999. As it was still a work in progress, she quickly grew the company in a direction that was unstoppable. Kathy has a compassionate heart and enjoys helping people that are in need. She understands the value of putting someone back to work that might have had a life-changing event. Sometimes sudden change and sometimes slow progress. Either way, Kathy is there to help them through that transition.

Kathy enjoys speaking at public events about caregiving. She has been a caregiver to family members in the past and daily to her husband Hubert, the founder of Life Essentials. This family knows first-hand what living with a disability is like. Kathy knows first-hand the trials and the rewards of caring for someone who has limitations.

In her spare time, she enjoys gardening and spending time with her 5 grandchildren and her 2 children.

Karen Evans
Karen EvansAdministrative Lead
Favorite quote is … “You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth.”

Karen joined Life Essentials in December of 2020 as a Receptionist. She was promoted to Executive Administrative Assistant in March of 2021. Karen handles in-house sales and assists, Kathy, in various ways.

She has been married for 40 years and has one son. She has served on many nonprofit boards in Tippecanoe and White counties. Helping our clients live life to the best of their abilities is a natural high for her.

Marty Cotterman
Marty CottermanSales Lead
Favorite quote is … “Forgive younger self, believe in current self, create future self.”

Marty is our new Business Development person and will be helping people across the nation take back control and be able to do what they love or want to do after a major accident or illness, assisting caregivers and families as they live, care, and enjoy time together.

Marty and his wife Becky moved to White County In 1993 and live in Becky’s childhood home. It has been a great place to raise 5 boys and assorted 4H animal projects. Marty has served as a police officer for Lafayette and a fully sworn part-time officer for the Monticello Police Department making this his 41st year in Police Service. Marty also gives his time to his community in many ways.

Marty is also a Vintage Sign Painter and travels annually with the Walldogs. The Walldogs travel to a different community annually and paint 15 to 18 murals as an economic driver for those communities. Marty’s studio is at the Cotterman home where he hand paints signs and gifts.

Marty’s leadership and influence is complemented by his police service, business ownership, sales management, and general management experience along with Marty’s love for his community. He looks forward to working with each of you on your mobility needs.

Robin Wade
Robin WadePurchasing Lead
Favorite Quote… “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.”

Robin joined Life Essentials in November of 2016 as Finance Manager. She has more than 20 years of experience in Manufacturing.  Her responsibilities include Finances, Purchasing, Receiving, Invoicing, Shipping, and working with the Management Team to move our company forward.

She has been married for 22 years and has two boys and one adorable granddaughter. Robin has served as a volunteer firefighter and EMS for Monon, Indiana, for 11 years. She was also White County Deputy Coroner for 14 years. She loves working with people from all walks of life.

Words from Robin – I love what we do here at life Essentials. Nothing is more rewarding than helping others.

Bill Roy
Bill RoyProduction Lead
Favorite quote is … “For with God nothing shall be impossible.”

Bill Roy came to Life Essentials in September of 2015 as a floor tech, where he fell in love with the company and its products. He has moved up to the position of Plant Manager.

I started my working career in production as a laborer then moved to line coordinator, quality assurance, maintenance, and now management. He has taken classes in just-in-time manufacturing, one-piece flow, statistical methods for improving processes, team training, nondestructive testing, and supervision.

He’s the father of 6 wonderful kids and a grandfather to one. I love spending time with my family in the outdoors and all it has to offer. 

The Life Essentials Foundation of Hope, Inc.

Through this journey, we realize that families need support when a loved one has a mobility challenge. Therefore, the Life Essentials Foundation of Hope was established to provide education, resources, and support.

To learn more, contact us.

The Life Essentials Foundation of Hope, Inc.

Through this journey, we realize that families need support when a loved one has a mobility challenge. Therefore, the Life Essentials Foundation of Hope was established to provide education, resources, and support. Click the button below to contact us.