Our Team

Founders

Jennie Owens
Co-Founder & Speaker

Jennie has worked with children of all ages for over 20 years and is the author of Dancing with a Porcupine, a real life parable about living successfully as the parent of special needs children.. In addition to her MA in Education, Jennie has received extensive training in therapeutic parenting, trauma, and attachment in adoption. She has worked in multiple group home settings with abused and abandoned children and in several settings providing support for foster and adoptive parents, including doing foster parent Recruitment and Retention through Fostering Together and working as a foster parent trainer for the state through the Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence.

Most of Jennie’s experience, however, comes from the fact that she and her husband adopted three deeply wounded foster children nine years ago, who were 8, 10 and 10 when they came to live with them. All of her children have progressed leaps and bounds further than professionals ever expected, and now as teenagers they continue to provide her with on-the-job training every day.

Along with training foster parents, Jennie provides coaching services through Canyon Lakes Family Counseling for parents wanting to find more effective ways to parent challenging children, as well as parents who have experienced their own trauma through parenting them. Jennie is currently working on a book called “Dancing with a Porcupine.” It chronicles her challenging experiences in parenting their children and her journey back to health and sanity after being told by a medical professional, “If you don’t get rid of your stressors, you’re going to die.”

Jennie speaks at adoption and foster care conferences, retreats and workshops and leads foster and adoptive mom retreats. If you’d like to contact her about speaking at an event, please email her at [email protected]

Co-Founder

Lynn is a Tri-Cities native. He graduated from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago in 1994 and studied at the University of Wisconsin before beginning his ministry to at-risk youth at Rawhide Boys Ranch in New London Wisconsin. After five years doing residential care, Lynn accepted the call to become the youth pastor at Appleton Alliance Church, where he lead one of the largest ministries to Jr. High Students in that state . It would be only four years however, before he felt the tug on his heart to return to residential care for some of the neediest children in the world…those without Parents.

In 2005, Lynn and his new wife, Jennie, moved from Wisconsin to Florida where they lived in & opened a new emergency shelter for boys. Their second resident was a six year old boy that had been in and out of shelters his entire life. One year later Lynn and Jennie moved to Washington State to raise pursue their passion of adoption and that boy and his 10 year old sister became Jennie & Lynn’s first children. Just 2 days after their adoption was finalized, they welcomed their third child into their home, a 10-year-old boy from Washington.

Combined, Jennie and Lynn have lived with and worked closely with over 100 children in foster & group care over the past 20 years. Their passion to help abused and neglected children prompted them to found Forever Homes. As adoptive parents to three older foster children, They continue to receive on-the-job training in helping children heal every day. Their vision is to make sure that every abused, abandoned and orphaned child in the world will have a permanent safe and loving home.

Currently Lynn is the co-owner of Canyon Lakes Family Counseling Center and the Director of the Forever Homes Child Trauma Treatment Center, a collaborative effort between Forever Homes and Canyon Lakes Family Counseling Center.

Training and Certifications

Lynn received his Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Regent University. He completed an 84 hour Post-Graduate Certificate in Attachment-Focused Therapy taught by Deborah Gray, MSW, MPA sponsored by Cascadia Training and Nurturing Attachments.

Additionally Lynn studied under Dr. Bruce Perry, MD and the Child Trauma Academy to receive Phase 1 certification in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics. The ChildTrauma Academy acknowledges that Lynn Owens has completed NMT Training Certification through the Phase I level. For more information on NMT Training Certification and the NMT Assessment Process, Click Here.

As a member of the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, Lynn has received advanced training in the treatment of sexual assault and abuse.

Lynn is a Child Mental Health Specialist (CMHS) as defined under the Washington Administrative Code  388-865-0150.

Lynn is Board Certified (NCC) by the National Board of Certified Counselors.

 

Rejuvenate Retreat Speakers

Jennie Owens
Co-Founder & Speaker

Jennie has worked with children of all ages for over 20 years and is the author of Dancing with a Porcupine, a real life parable about living successfully as the parent of special needs children.. In addition to her MA in Education, Jennie has received extensive training in therapeutic parenting, trauma, and attachment in adoption. She has worked in multiple group home settings with abused and abandoned children and in several settings providing support for foster and adoptive parents, including doing foster parent Recruitment and Retention through Fostering Together and working as a foster parent trainer for the state through the Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence.

Most of Jennie’s experience, however, comes from the fact that she and her husband adopted three deeply wounded foster children nine years ago, who were 8, 10 and 10 when they came to live with them. All of her children have progressed leaps and bounds further than professionals ever expected, and now as teenagers they continue to provide her with on-the-job training every day.

Along with training foster parents, Jennie provides coaching services through Canyon Lakes Family Counseling for parents wanting to find more effective ways to parent challenging children, as well as parents who have experienced their own trauma through parenting them. Jennie is currently working on a book called “Dancing with a Porcupine.” It chronicles her challenging experiences in parenting their children and her journey back to health and sanity after being told by a medical professional, “If you don’t get rid of your stressors, you’re going to die.”

Jennie speaks at adoption and foster care conferences, retreats and workshops and leads foster and adoptive mom retreats. If you’d like to contact her about speaking at an event, please email her at [email protected]

Kristen Berry
Speaker

Kristin is an author, blogger, speaker, adoptive mother and former foster parent. She is the co-creator, along with her husband Mike, of the blog www.confessionsofanadoptiveparent.com which is read by more than 25,000 people around the world, every month. In 2015 she co-authored the book The Adoptive Parent Toolbox along with Mike. They have been married for 16 years and have 8 children, all of whom are adopted. They reside in the suburbs of Indianapolis, Indiana. You can connect with Kristen on: Her Blog – www.confessionsofanadoptiveparent.com

Speaker

Michele serves as the orphan care pastor at Overlake Christian Church near Seattle and is the founder and emcee, along with her husband Andrew, of The Refresh Conference (www.therefreshconference.org).  Michele and Andrew built their family through adoption and reside near Seattle, WA with their three children

 

Rejuvenate Retreat Staff

Jennie Owens
Co-Founder & Speaker

Jennie has worked with children of all ages for over 20 years and is the author of Dancing with a Porcupine, a real life parable about living successfully as the parent of special needs children.. In addition to her MA in Education, Jennie has received extensive training in therapeutic parenting, trauma, and attachment in adoption. She has worked in multiple group home settings with abused and abandoned children and in several settings providing support for foster and adoptive parents, including doing foster parent Recruitment and Retention through Fostering Together and working as a foster parent trainer for the state through the Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence.

Most of Jennie’s experience, however, comes from the fact that she and her husband adopted three deeply wounded foster children nine years ago, who were 8, 10 and 10 when they came to live with them. All of her children have progressed leaps and bounds further than professionals ever expected, and now as teenagers they continue to provide her with on-the-job training every day.

Along with training foster parents, Jennie provides coaching services through Canyon Lakes Family Counseling for parents wanting to find more effective ways to parent challenging children, as well as parents who have experienced their own trauma through parenting them. Jennie is currently working on a book called “Dancing with a Porcupine.” It chronicles her challenging experiences in parenting their children and her journey back to health and sanity after being told by a medical professional, “If you don’t get rid of your stressors, you’re going to die.”

Jennie speaks at adoption and foster care conferences, retreats and workshops and leads foster and adoptive mom retreats. If you’d like to contact her about speaking at an event, please email her at [email protected]

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At CSz Seattle we do funny. Our comedians specialize in improv comedy, meaning our shows are based entirely on your suggestions. Our trained comedy professionals have no plan and willingly dive headfirst into almost any challenge the audience will throw at them, resulting in unforgettably hilarious moments. For those reasons, no two CSz shows are ever the same.

Fitness Instructor

Kim Miller practiced Yoga for strength, confidence, and a sense of peace and balance within. RYT-200 training in 2013 awakened a passion for teaching Yoga. SilverSneakers Yoga training in 2015 directed that passion towards the age 65+ community and surprisingly, school-age children, who have very similar needs for stability in both body and emotion.

She has a special love for helping beginners of all ages feel comfortable and enjoy practicing in their first few classes and for helping experienced students return with patience and grace after a break from practice.

Massage Coordinator

Laura began her massage therapy career in 2008 in Indianapolis, IN. She moved to Washington in 2013 for both professional and personal growth. In June 2017 she competed in the World Championship of Massage in Denmark. Since returning home she has partnered with her mentor and two fellow colleagues and opened a practice, Massage Reimagined, in Fremont. She also works independently as a mobile therapist traveling to local businesses to provide chair massages.

www.massagereimagined.com

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Kristen Berry
Speaker

Kristin is an author, blogger, speaker, adoptive mother and former foster parent. She is the co-creator, along with her husband Mike, of the blog www.confessionsofanadoptiveparent.com which is read by more than 25,000 people around the world, every month. In 2015 she co-authored the book The Adoptive Parent Toolbox along with Mike. They have been married for 16 years and have 8 children, all of whom are adopted. They reside in the suburbs of Indianapolis, Indiana. You can connect with Kristen on: Her Blog – www.confessionsofanadoptiveparent.com

Site Director

Melissa lives on a small farmette in PA. She will be married for 14 years this summer, and currently has 4 kids…2 bio, and 2 foster. She and her husband have been fostering 4.5 years and have had a total of 11 foster kids in their home. She loves hiking, cooking and baking, spending time with her family…including dates with her kids, and serving other foster/adoptive moms.

Melissa is very excited to bring Rejuvenate to the Pennsylvania area!

Hello! My name is Abi Dougherty. I have been married to my husband Sean for almost 13 years now. We have been blessed with four beautiful children and one daughter in heaven, who we were blessed to carry for five months, and we are expecting our 6th child in May! I feel so undeservedly blessed to be living my dream as a wife and mom. It takes a lot of sacrifice and dedication, but it is so rewarding. I am passionate about leading women in worship, singing and songwriting. I love serving the women at the Good Samaritan Shelter in Ephrata by leading worship once a month. Last year I was given the joy of writing a song specifically for their benefit banquet. My single, I Belong, is about the life of many of us. It’s about finding a place we belong. I believe that place is in Christ! I am so excited about the opportunity to lead you-an amazing group of sacrificial moms who give so so much of yourselves day in and day out to serve the children in the foster care system, as well as, for many of you, your biological children, as well. I admire your sacrifice and service and applaud the gift you offer this world through your loving parenting

Fitness Instructor

Kathi has a real passion for Praisercize because she has a real passion for the Lord. To her, Praisercize is a form of worship. When she was headed to India in 2006 for a short term missions trip, the Lord directed her to “dance.” In obedience, she created a dance to a song that portrayed her testimony. Then the Lord spoke again to her, and said, “Don’t stop now!” Praisercize was thus created!

Praisercize is a high energy exercise class done to contemporary Christian music. If you want to learn more about what she does, click here.

I currently work at Refreshing Mountain as the Animal Program Manager and Riding Instructor. I’ve lived in Lancaster, PA my entire life and although I’ve traveled quite a bit, there is just no place like home. I love working with horses and dabbling in cooking, music, photography, and artsy things…just to name a few. 🙂

One of my favorite quotes is Proverbs 3:5-7 – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and don’t lean on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.”

Art Instructor
Krista Hahn runs Paint Night, an “art parties to go” business. She provides paint parties and quilling parties for adults and everything from paint to clay creations to pinata parties for kids. Krista is a stay at home mom who homeschools her two boys. She runs Paint Night In part time and also teaches art classes for kids at her co-op and at Kent Commons. Check out her website at paintnightin.com and feel free to email her with any questions at [email protected]
 
Krista will be offering paint and quilling options during the retreat complete with instructions on how to continue these art forms in your own home.
Massage Coordinator

Hi my name is Wana and I have Serenity Therapeutic Massage. I was asked by members of this group to gather therapist to bless the women that are coming to this retreat and in much need of TLC because like any moms know, you put everyone first before yourself. As massage therapist not only is it our job to relax and help you in any way we can but it’s something that’s instill in us from day one not only in our hearts but in our Gifted Hands.

What the group of ladies didn’t know is that I myself was adopted by a Miracle at the age of 6. As I’ve gotten older and look back on life and see what it took to bring me here and see what the sacrifice that not only my parents but my other two siblings did to make us feel part of the family is something that no one could ever describe the feeling of. Just like some of you moms are probably going through right now and or in the future when your child gets older and starts asking the questions WHY it becomes very difficult and you feel disconnected. Know that it’s not anything you’re doing right or wrong, answer the questions to the best of your ability and always be honest.

My team and i are very excited to meet and interact with all. And give you the much needed time to your self to

Relax-Breath & Escape

Sincerely

Wana

Serenity Therapeutic Massage

Retreat Coordinator
Comedy Sportz
Improv Troupe

A ComedySportz® Match is an awesomely exciting comedy show played as a sport!

If you come to see ComedySportz®, you’ll see one Referee and two teams of Players, one red and one blue– competing against each other in improv games based on the suggestions of the fans watching the match!  There are seven to ten games per match, with the occasional willing volunteer joining us up on the field to help the hilarity ensue!

Everything is made up totally on the spot.  Nothing is rehearsed.  Our Players are trained to be quick-witted, funny and compete as hard as they can to make sure the fans in our audience are laughing.”

Trauma-Informed Yoga Instructor
I love the way God brings beauty from ashes, and I want to be someone who partners with Him in that work

Abby practices trauma-informed yoga, and will provide moms an opportunity for healing movement!

I love the way God brings beauty from ashes, and I want to be someone who partners with Him in that work. I’m a foster mom (and hopefully one-day, will be an adoptive mom as well!) In 2011, I received my Masters in Social work and after studying trauma, I’ve realized that yoga and creative expression have a unique role to play in the healing process. I started Flourishing Hearts and currently work with incarcerated youth providing trauma therapy via yoga. I also lead classes and workshops for trauma survivors in Colorado Springs and all over through online workshops. You can read more about me and my work at www.flourishinghearts.org.

Each mom who attends the Rejuvenate Retreat is assigned at least one person to pray for them. Beth will be coordinating prayer warriors for the Pennsylvania Rejuvenate.

Beth is a “city mouse” living in Lancaster County, PA. Born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, she fell in love with a country boy- and married him 7 years ago! They live on his family’s farmette with their toddler son. She’s got some great stories about goats, chickens and cows from a city girl’s point of view!

Beth and her husband became foster parents in 2015 and adopted their son in 2016. They feel God’s call to continue in foster care and adoption as a lifelong ministry. They are excited to see who else God will bring into their family! For now, she is enjoying her dream job as a stay-at-home-mom.

Beth is looking forward to the Rejuvenate Retreat, with hopes of expanding her foster/adoptive mom circle of friends. It is a joy to be able to serve as the Prayer Director! “Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.” Ephesians 6:18 (NLT)

Angie is a Licensed Professional counselor and holds a Master’s Degree from Lakeland College. Angie currently is employed at Rawhide Youth and Family Counseling working in the Appleton and New London Offices. Prior to starting her work as a counselor, Angie was a special education teacher for 9 years. Angie’s passion is working with individuals and families ages 4 through adult. She has experience working with PTSD, RAD, depression, anxiety, life adjustment issues, behavioral challenges, difficult family dynamics, self-esteem issues, ADHD, and grief/loss. Angie enjoys integrating biblical truths and principles into her work as a counselor. She enjoys using creative and interactive treatment modalities including equine assisted psychotherapy, Brainspotting (a trauma processing technique), and play therapy. Angie integrates positive psychology, trauma informed care, cognitive behavioral therapy, client-centered therapy, DBT skills, and other techniques into treatment.

Angie is excited to be a part of the Rejuvenate retreat. She has had a heart for foster care and adoption since she was 9 years old when her family was blessed with their first foster child who was then adopted. Angie considers it a privilege to be able to offer counsel and Brainspotting to moms at the conference.

Maggie is an artist, first and foremost, who has been able to integrate her passion into her career. She has a Masters in Art Therapy and currently works as the Art Therapist for a therapeutic day school in Brookfield, WI. Maggie is compassionate about helping those that need it the most. She works with children under the Autism Spectrum and other behavioral disorders. Maggie fully understands the struggle that these misunderstood children deal with on a daily basis and can only admire the hard work and stamina the families have for these children. Art, in many ways, gives these children a voice that they may not always be able to utilize.

Maggie is excited to bring the creative process to the lovely women at the Rejuvenate Retreat. Art can be more than busy work or a distraction. It can be forever inspiring and give breath to a new life that awaits.

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” – Pablo Picasso

Art Coordinator
Thora attended California State University in Chico, earning dual purpose teaching credentials in the graduate school program.  She and her husband adopted daughters, first a baby, then a five year-old with multiple disabilities. She left public school teaching and taught their girls at home between many surgeries, recoveries and the necessary but demanding weekly therapy.  Now, their oldest adopted child is 19 and in college. Their youngest at 18, reads and writes as a kindergartner, happily doing her best. The girls names are Grace and Joy. Truly God loves beyond measure! It is with great delight Thora shares her passion mentoring other adoptive and foster mothers with art and craft relaxation. See you soon at our upcoming retreat!
Retreat Staff

Melissa Drew was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has been happily married for nearly 7 years to her husband, Brian. Melissa & Brian have had a strong desire to start a family of their own since early on in their marriage, but the Lord has had different plans of what their family would look like. After years of trying, and enduring two ectopic pregnancies, the Father has recently blessed them with becoming Foster Parents for a beautiful little girl. Fun Fact: Melissa’s husband, Brian, is Jennie Owens’ brother!

Melissa is a stay-at-home wife and foster mother, as well as an Independent Distributor for Young Living Essential Oils. She also enjoys party planning, decorating, arts & crafts, and is a die-hard thrift shopper! With a knack for aesthetics, Melissa brings her savvy style to the Rejuvenate events, along with her nurturing spirit & gift of hospitality.

Retreat Staff
Retreat Staff
Retreat Staff
George and Wendi Miller
Worship Leaders

George and Wendi Miller, from Maple Valley, WA, are a husband and wife team. They have been married for 14 years in March, and have 3 kids. Together they have held various ministerial positions such as Young Adults/Young Married’s Pastors, Small Groups Leaders, Worship Leaders as well as holding various church staff positions. Wendi, who is a graduate of Northwest University, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music. She has been actively involved in leading worship for the last 17 years. George has 3 year of Bible Collage for Pastoral Ministries. George has experience of 29 years of worship ministry, as well 23 years of various Pastoral positions.

George and Wendi are very passionate for what God has called them too. They have a passion to speak life and healing into those in need. George and Wendi have an extended passion to see people free; to experience God’s presence, love, and restoration through the power of the Holy Spirit in worship and teaching as well all the ministries that they put their hands too.