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Ministry Team and Board Members

Ministry Team and Board Member s.
THE PASSIONATE PEOPLE SPREADING THE MESSAGE OF CONNECTED FAMILIES .
We help you lead your family with grace.

The team at Connected Families wakes up everyday to care for

inspire, and equip parents to receive and pass on God’s grace and truth by imparting a memorable and transformational biblical framework for parenting.
Our Leadership Team .
This committed team pours itself into seeing you parent with confidence and lead your family with grace.
CO-FOUNDER.
Jim Jackson.
As a former director of ministry to high-risk teens and their families, .

Jim’s seen all kinds of parenting

As a father of three, he found mainstream wasn’t helping in his own parenting journey.
Read his story here.
CO-FOUNDER.
Lynne Jackson.
As an occupational therapist, .

Lynne has helped many children and parents learn calming techniques

As a mom of three, .

She realized she wanted her parenting to reflect both research and the Gospel

Read her story here.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & SPEAKER.
Anna Braasch.
Anna loves to encourage parents who are struggling.
She brings her own “in the trenches” experience with infertility, adoption, attachment struggles, and loads of grace.

Read her story here.  DIRECTOR OF CHURCH PARTNERSHIPS & SPEAKER

Chad Hayenga.

As a License Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Life Coach

Chad has spent over 20 years ministering to teens and families.
He desires to see creative, faith-filled families living out their purposes.

Read his story here.  Our Support Team

This passionate part-time crew spends its energy keeping CF running and reaching out to families like yours.

WORKSHOP & OUTREACH COORDINATOR

April Walker.
April relishes introducing other families to a ministry that has impacted her own family so much.
April brings with her a decade of classroom experience as a former elementary teacher and a love for all things purple.
FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATOR .
Sharon Meschke.
Sharon wears various hats: payroll, bookkeeping, HR, office logistics, .

And generally keeping the CF team running

She enjoys biking, crafting, coffee with friends , exploring new places and spending time with her adult children.
PROJECT MANAGER & SPEAKER.
Stacy Bellward.
Stacy loves to be the cheerleader in online courses .
She is also an author, speaker, and certified leadership coach.
But most of all she is soaking up all the moments of motherhood, knowing time passes so quickly.
CONTENT & SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER.
Jen Berge.
Jen has been married for a over twenty years and has six children, four biological and two added through adoption from Haiti.
She loves her big family and in her not-so-abundant “free time” she enjoys running, attending sporting events, and spending time as a family.
OPERATIONS MANAGER.
Lanell Plath.

Lanell enjoys handling the behind-the-scenes details of Connected Families

From graphic design and podcast editing to mailing out resources, variety brings her joy.
She and her husband are preparing two teenage daughters to soon leave the nest, which leaves free time to play volleyball, mountain bike and read.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.
Sarah Donatelle.
As the moderator for the DTC alumni Facebook group, Sarah revels in the chance to support and learn from other families.
She is in her dream job, staying home to care for her 4 children.
If there’s a quiet moment, she loves to grab a good book to read.
DATA MARKETING SPECIALIST.
Mike Gale.
Mike loves using data to help tell a deeper story.
Mike is a dad of 3 and when he isn’t running around with the kids or chasing the dog he spends his free time playing in his “old guy” hockey league or BBQing in his homemade smoker.
Our Board Members.
These faithful members use their skills and knowledge to guide Connected Families toward longterm success.
BOARD CHAIR.
Dave Scouler.
Dave has been married for over 30 years and has 2 amazing boys who were adopted from Russia.

He has been a champion of Connected Families since its founding

He has worked in a diverse set of consulting environments and has over 40 years of experience helping clients respond to changing realities.
He has served on multiple non-profit Boards and gets excited when given the chance to think strategically.
When not working he enjoys doing projects with his boys, being with the 4 dogs in the family, swimming, and sailing.
SECRETARY.
Debi Allsup.
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Jay Allsup.
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Suz Feely.
Suz brings more than 20 years of experience in leadership coaching, team/group effectiveness, change management, organizational design/succession, and talent management.
She has served on multiple boards and coached both organizations and families.
Suz and her husband have three children, who give Suz ample opportunity to put her parenting coach certification to good use.
She also enjoys cooking, fitness, reading, traveling, and volunteering.
MEMBER.
Trevor Thurling.
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We believe the Gospel, lived out in your family, is transformative and life-giving.
WE’RE PASSIONATE.
Because we believe what happens inside your home changes the world.
WE’RE PARENTS.
Each of us has lived out parenting struggles.
Each of us knows what it means to receive grace in our mistakes.
WE LOVE HEARING FROM YOU.
CONTACT US.

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