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Gena McCown is the Co-Founder of the Women’s Ministry Council, serving Women’s Ministry Leaders and their teams throughout South East Florida. She is an author, speaker, and ministry coach. Gena has a Bachelors in Divinity, Women’s Ministry Professor at Christian Leaders Institute, and volunteers with several ministries in her free time.
Jay Sharpe, a Certified Life Coach, Professional Corporate Trainer, Freelance Writer and Author, is a native of Jamaica West Indies who migrated to the USA during her teen years. Her career background is in the airline industry where she has travelled globally lending her talent in training and coaching to numerous cultural groups. You can enjoy many of Jay’s original quotes and lyrics of inspiration, on her official Facebook page Operation S.W.O.A.C-Strong Women Of All Colors.
Ava Pennington is a writer, Bible teacher, and speaker. She previously worked as a Human Resources Director and has an MBA from St. John’s University and a Bible Studies Certificate from Moody Bible Institute. Ava currently teaches a weekly Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) class in Stuart, FL. Her publications include Daily Reflections on the Names of God: A Devotional, endorsed by Kay Arthur. Ava also co-authored two children’s picture books and her contributions have been published in many magazines as well as more than 25 Chicken Soup for the Soul books. For more information, visit http://www.avawrites.com
Sheila Thomas was born in South Carolina while her parents were attending Bible College. Upon their graduation, her parents moved to Alabama to pastor a church. When she was 11 years old, her parents moved to Hobe Sound, Florida to teach at Hobe Sound Bible College. After graduating from High School, she went on to earn a BA in Music, majoring in piano, with a minor in voice. She has spent her adult life as a voice and piano instructor. She also has many years of experience as a church pianist, soloist, choir and praise band director, as well as Director of Women’s Ministry, a mentor with MOPS and the public elementary school. She has also been the guest speaker and soloist at women’s retreats. She has had the honor of singing The National Anthem at many business/church functions, one of which was in the presence of the then Florida Governor Jeb Bush. However one of her greatest honors was being the guest soloist and worship leader in Israel with a touring group. She has been a licensed realtor in the state of Florida and spent several years as an active realtor in Lake County, FL. She has been married to her husband, Orlan, for 45 years, has three grown children and ten grandchildren.
Amy Oliver has a bachelors degree in psychology from Taylor University and a dual masters degree in both marriage and family therapy and community mental health from John Brown University. Having a wealth of experience in counseling, Amy has been invited to speak at the American Association of Christian Counselors world conference and facilitated a wide variety of workshops/university level classes on counseling related topics across the country. In addition, Amy continues to be a featured speaker at M.O.P.S and other groups for moms throughout Palm Beach County.
Aimee Nelson is the Co-Founder of YouMoms.org, a ministry for women who have chosen life when faced with unexpected pregnancy. She serves alongside her husband, Daryl Nelson, who Pastors Calvary Chapel of the Palm Beaches. In addition to leading the women of Calvary Chapel of the Palm Beaches, Aimee is an event speaker, and part of the Women’s Ministry Council family.
Mallissa Newton is a blessed wife, mother and grandmother. As a 23 year veteran educator, her experience is in K-12 school counseling and school leadership. Mallissa is a certified life coach specializing in spiritual coaching resilience and restoration. She is also a speaker and soon to be author. Mallissa is the CEO/Owner of Mallissa A. Newton Enterprises, LLC. She is the founder of the “The Hope in You” ministry and coaching services. She offers individual and group coaching services. Mallissa is on a mission to use her God given purpose, to empower others and lead by example.
Trish Jones has served in various ministries spanning over 45 years. Trish has a heart for deep understanding of the Word through expository study, and helping women grow in their faith.
Jenny is the founder of a women’s discipleship ministry and was the co- director in her local church. She now trains other ministries how to start their own discipleship ministries. She has years of experience teaching Bible studies, developing leaders and mentoring women. She has shared on the radio, at conferences, in schools, in small groups and in the prisons on a variety of biblical topics. She serves in missions to Native American reservations across America. She is proud to be a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and an Army Veteran.
Bonnie Jo Daniels is the Project Director for Hope for Freedom, a faith-based initiative to fight human trafficking at Christ Fellowship Church. She is a committed speaker and activist with a passion to see people walk in freedom. Her experience includes: First Care Pregnancy Crisis Center, Human Trafficking Coalition of the Palm Beaches, and international missionary work in China, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Bonnie Jo is a community relations specialist trained in the field of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST) and certified in Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) who has built a strong network of law enforcement, service providers and non-governmental agencies that are committed to the prevention and restoration of victims of human trafficking. The Hope for Freedom Team works directly with parents on intervention programs like, Not O My Watch and the student prevention programs for middle/high school called Be the Differece which is certified by the Palm Beach County School District.
Gianina G. Knoth, AP, LCPC, PhD is a nationally board-certified Acupuncture Physician and Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor with the National Christian Counselors Association. She holds a PhD in Clinical Christian Counseling with a focus on temperament therapy, and advanced certifications in integrated marriage and family therapy and sexual therapy. Dr. Knoth is in private practice and homeschools her two daughters with her husband on their small family farm.
Dorothy Logan leads worship at Florida Gardens Baptist Church and is the Coordinator of Online Programs for the MacArthur School of Leadership at Palm Beach Atlantic University. With her graduate degree in political science, she started teaching at PBAU in 2002. And as worship in Palm Beach County churches became more and more performance driven, she and her husband went on mission to bring back congregational praise that focused on Scripture and the congregation’s participation. Through her work with such NGOs as Middle East Christian Committee (MECHRIC), World Council on the Cedars Revolution (WCCR), and Middle East Americans for Democracy, Dorothy has developed perspectives on culture and learning that reside outside mainstream thought. Her experience teaching in face-to-face and online environments, with adult students and traditional undergraduate day students, with Christian culture in one of the least churched counties in the nation and her ties to Washington, D.C.’s secular environment – not to mention her speaking experience and interactions in venues that include churches, synagogues, and lifelong learning organizations – all give her additional wells from which to draw insight.
Some of our Speakers are authors and will have books available in our Exhibition Room. Before the event, and during breaks, you will also have opportunities to have these books signed.
A special thank you to our event photographer, Jenna Huttula.