Rebekah Lyons

rebekahlyons.com

Rebekah is the author of Freefall to Fly: A Breathtaking Journey Toward a Life of MeaningShe is a mother of three, wife of one, and dog-walker of two living in Franklin, TN. She's an old soul with a contemporary, honest voice who puts a new face on the struggles women face as they seek to live a life of meaning. Through emotive writing and speaking, Rebekah reveals her own battles to overcome anxiety, depression, and consumer impulses - challenging women to discover and boldly pursue the calling God has for them. As a self-confessed mess, Rebekah wears her heart on her sleeve, a benefit to friends and readers alike. Alongside her husband, Gabe, Rebekah serves as co-founder of Q Ideas, a nonprofit organization that helps Christian leaders winsomely engage in culture. Her favorite pastime is spent with her nose in a book and a discriminating cup of coffee in hand. You can find Rebekah on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

 

Talisha Sutton

http://naturalisin.com

Talisha Sutton is a mother, consultant and coach. She grew up in Grand Rapids, MI. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Michigan Technological University and Master’s degree from Michigan State University. Talisha maintained chemically straightened hair until the age of 24 when she cut her hair to be natural. Overcoming struggles with beauty and confidence inspired Talisha to create Natural Is In, providing information, guidance and resources to help parents and/or guardians meet the beauty needs of all children.

 
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Stephanie Grant

 

Stephanie Grant is a foster and adoptive parent who is also trained as a Developmental Psychologist and licensed as a Professional Counselor. She currently works as the Director of Infant Mental Health and Trauma Informed Communities at Developmental Enhancement Behavioral Health in Holland. She has a masters degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy and Psychology and a PhD in Lifespan Developmental Psychology. Her interests focus on working with infants and children with attachment concerns and trauma histories.

 
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Kyle Ray

 

Originally from Detroit, Kyle Ray earned a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and formerly worked in the automotive industry as a mechanical engineer.  Upon sensing a call to seminary in 2003, he left his engineering job to earn his Masters of Divinity degree at Asbury Theological Seminary.  

Kyle joined the staff of Kentwood Community Church as the Outreach Pastor in 2006 and then as Lead Pastor in 2010.  Kyle is passionate about Christ-centered leadership development and continues to look for ways to equip congregants to live out the vision that God has for them.

Married to Petra since 1999, Kyle and Petra have adopted two boys, Malik (19), and Matthew (17).

 
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Donna Nicholson

 

Donna Nicholson has worked with children and families for more than 25 years. She is a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPC) with a master’s degree in psychological counseling from Southeast Missouri State University. She has served with Bethany more than 12 years.  She has a history of working with kids from hard places.  She also has a special spot for walking with mothers making an informed decision about adoption and parenting. She is the parent of 2 grown children and has been married for 27 years to David.

 

 
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Kristin Berry

www.confessionsofanadoptiveparent.com

Kristin Berry is an author, blogger, speaker, adoptive mother, and former foster parent.She is the co-creator, along with her husband Mike, of the award-winning blog www.confessionsofanadoptiveparent.com which has a global audience of more than 100,000 people around the world, every month. In 2015 she co-authored the books The Adoptive Parent Toolbox and The Weary Parent’s Guide To Escaping Exhaustion along with Mike. Her most recent book is entitled Born Broken: An Adoptive Journey which chronicles her and Mike’s journey in raising children from extreme trauma. They have been married for 17 years and have 8 children, all of whom are adopted. They reside in the suburbs of Indianapolis, Indiana.

 

John and Jilian Burden

http://www.addingaburden.com

College sweethearts Jillian and John Burden have been married since 2008. When they wanted to bring a baby into their family they found themselves facing infertility. Together they walked the roads of adoption and infertility treatments which led to their three sons: Arie (7) through international adoption and twins Ira & Roman (1) through embryo adoption. As a blogger (Jillian) and a pastor (John), they share their story to provide encouragement and support to other couples facing similar challenges.

 
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Carissa Woodwyk

 

Carissa Woodwyk is a Korean-born adoptee, writer, speaker, therapist and advocate for the human heart. In each of these roles, she offers her story and voice and heart in ways that invite people to connect with themselves, with others, with God. She is co-author of Before You Were Mine: Discovering Your Adopted Child’s Lifestory. She and her husband have two children and live in Hudsonville, MI.

 

 
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Tara VanderWoude

http://www.taravanderwoude.com

Social worker Tara VanderWoude educates and challenges parents and professionals on topics relating to adoption, race, and identity at conferences, support groups, culture camps, and churches nationwide.  Tara, a Korean-born adoptee and adoptive parent, worked for an adoption agency for several years, sits on the board of Korean Focus - Indiana, travels to Korea as a homeland tour volunteer, and regularly spends time with adoptees. She also serves as an Assistant Dean of Students at a school in Indianapolis.