HopeNet Speakers

Jo Lynn Bright, LCMFT, CST

Perry Malzahn, LMSW

Michele Meinhardt, LSCSW

Charity Schaulis, HopeNet Executive Director

Roxi Sheeran, LMFT

Community Speakers

Jennifer Armstrong, LSCSW, is Certified Therapist in EMDR Therapy and is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant. She also is in her advanced year of training with the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. Traumas can be large or small disturbances and can distort one’s understanding, experiences, behaviors and relationships. Jennifer’s therapeutic approach assists her clients in decreasing these disturbances and distortions and increase their capacity for clarity, direction and alignment for a purpose driven life.

Carissa Bowers is the Recruiting Coordinator for Apprentice Institute. She graduated from Friends University with a B.S. in Psychology Human Services and Christian Spiritual Formation. She is currently pursuing her M.A. in Christian Spiritual Formation and Leadership at Friends University. Carissa is passionate about helping individuals learn about and experience life in the Kingdom of God, teaching others how to tell their story and journey towards Christlikeness, and connecting and unifying people groups from different cultures and countries.

Eddy and Laura Hall’s lifelong passion has been to help the church become healthier. They have lived this out through youth work, urban ministry, denominational staff work and pastoring. Eddy has lived this out through writing and editing, and consulting through the US and Cananda.  In his current season, he is living out his calling to help churches become healthier by focusing on helping church leaders become healthier and more fruitful.

Dr. Joyce McEwen Crane is the Strategic Development Coordinator for the Community Engagement Institute of Wichita State University. She is also a coach and teacher at the Kansas Leadership Center and works as a professional consultant and coach for businesses, foundations, community coalitions and nonprofits across the state of Kansas, for which she provides multiple organizational capacity-building strategies. Having owned two successful businesses, managed two counseling centers, and provided corporate training and curriculum development for several relationship-based programs in Kansas, Joyce brings a wealth of experience and dedication to her work with organizations on becoming more trauma-informed.

David Rogers, J.D. is a trial lawyer with experience in a wide variety of litigation over the past thirty years. He has tried product liability, medical malpractice, insurance, employment, and business cases and has arbitrated construction and labor disputes. He routinely practices in federal and state courts in the Midwest. Mr. Rogers enjoys Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory’s highest “AV” rating for lawyers and has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America©. In 2016 and 2019 he was recognized by Best Lawyers® as the Wichita Product Liability Litigation – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year.” He has also been selected to the Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers® list. Benchmark Litigation named Mr. Rogers a “Local Litigation Star” for 2014, 2015, and 2018. His peer memberships include the Product Liability Advisory Council, Defense Research Institute and the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel.

Kristen Spear is founder of Kristen Spear Consulting and has made a name for herself as an HR innovator. She understands how business goals and HR management go hand in hand, helping companies with complex issues like compliance and creating healthy company culture. She lives in Wichita with her husband and children.

Sheersty Stanton has a BA in Business Administration from WSU and a MS in Family Therapy from Friends University. She has worked in marketing, communication, program management, adaptive leadership development and civic engagement. She is a Level-II Certified Leadership Coach through the Kansas Leadership Center.

Dennis and Cathy Turner planted what is now Christ Church in 1993. Their mission is to lead people to become fully-devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

Stacy Winter, LCMFT is the CEO of EMPAC, a Wichita non-profit employee assistance program. She has been counseling, training, coaching and consulting for over 25 years. Throughout her work, Stacy has focused on organizational health, building and maintaining effective teams and how trauma impacts individuals and organizations. Stacy and her husband have served as foster parents since 1999.

Damon Young, is Vice President at Mahaney Roofing Company. He and his wife Kate Young created Mayday Group, a coaching and training business where he serves as a mentor, motivational speaker and trainer. He has a BS in Organizational Management and Leadership from Friends University. He and his wife live in Wichita with their 5 children.

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