Our Team

Founders

Jennie Owens
Jennie Owens
Co-Founder & Speaker
Lynn Owens
Co-Founder

 

Rejuvenate Retreat Speakers

Jennie Owens
Jennie Owens
Co-Founder & Speaker
Michele Schneidler
Speaker

 

Rejuvenate Retreat Staff

Jennie Owens
Jennie Owens
Co-Founder & Speaker
Michele Schneidler
Speaker
Comedy Sportz
Laura Brinkman, LMT
Massage Coordinator
Melissa Martin
Site Director
Tammy Becker
Eyebrows/manicures
Beth Lehman
Prayer Coordinator
Kathi Moyer
Fitness Instructor
Krista Hahn
Art Instructor
Wana
Massage Coordinator
Amanda Daniels
Retreat Coordinator
Comedy Sportz
Comedy Sportz Improv
Improv Troupe
Abby Mortenson
Trauma-Informed Yoga Instructor
Angie Konitzer – Counselor
Maggie Davis – Art Instructor
Thora Trumbo
Art Coordinator
Polly Lynch
Retreat Staff
Melissa Drew
Ellen May
Retreat Staff
Laurie Sheehan
Retreat Staff
Kathie Buck
Retreat Staff
George and Wendi Miller
George and Wendi Miller
Campus Pastors
Tishri Dobson
Break Out Leader
Joanna Martin
Speaker
Dana Reinke
Speaker
Christy Weitz
Speaker/Fitness Instructor
Amber Harris
Speaker

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]

Lynn Owens

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.

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]

Michele Schneidler

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.

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]

Michele Schneidler

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.

Comedy Sportz

As seen in People, E!, and The NY Daily News!

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.

Laura Brinkman, LMT

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

219-863-7416

Melissa Martin

Site Director

Melissa lives on a small farmette in PA. She will be married for 15 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.  This year her beautiful daughter Olivia will be joining her to help bless the moms as well!

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

Tammy Becker

Eyebrows/manicures

Tammy owns Martin’s hair studio in New Holland.  It is located inside Garden Spot Village.  She has been doing hair for 14 years. She is married to Darrell and a mother to 5 children.  Tammy loves to interact with people and enjoys friends and fellowship.  Her hobbies include scrapbooking, cooking, baking, canning, and most importantly, napping!  She also loves coffee!

Beth Lehman

Prayer Coordinator

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)

Kathi Moyer

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.

Krista Hahn

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.

Wana

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

Amanda Daniels

Retreat Coordinator

Comedy Sportz Improv

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.”

Abby Mortenson

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.

Angie Konitzer – Counselor

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 Davis – Art Instructor

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

Thora Trumbo

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!

Polly Lynch

Retreat Staff

Melissa Drew

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.

Ellen May

Retreat Staff

Laurie Sheehan

Retreat Staff

Kathie Buck

Retreat Staff

George and Wendi Miller

Campus Pastors

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.

Tishri Dobson

Break Out Leader

Tishri Dobson is the mother of seven. She and her husband Patrick, adopted a special-needs sibling group from Latvia. She attended 2 colleges receiving degrees in both Interior Design and Massage Therapy and currently runs a family Bed and Breakfast in Coeur d’Alene Idaho. But her greatest passion is to teach the Word of God and inspire women. She has taught many Bible Studies,  Marriage Classes and Hosted Home Groups. She continues to share with other adopted Mom’s special words of encouragement, hoping to lighten their load with the challenges she knows they face daily. God’s Word has been a proven successful tool for her as she parents her adopted children with FAS, ADHD, ODD, Anxiety Disorder and Autism. A firm testimony that even the toughest kid can be set free by the word of God.

Joanna Martin

Speaker

Joanna Martin spent years trying to survive as a foster parent before simply surviving wasn’t enough. Her journey of self-discovery and healing has slowly brought her to a place of thriving. Currently a mom to an 8 year old adopted son and 16 year old foster daughter, Joanna works full-time in a city municipality’s recreation department. It is common to find this curious lifelong learner researching and exploring different subject matter. She has a Masters degree in Public Administration and Bachelors degrees in Psychology, Communication and Recreation.

Joanna will be leading the following workshop:

Staying Present in the Whirlwind:
It is natural to get caught up in the whirlwind that is fostering and adoption. Learning ways to stay present and grounded even when your life is in chaos that can help your mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health.

Dana Reinke

Speaker

Dana is from Spokane, WA, and currently working on her Integrated Medicine Health Coach certification. She has dealt with autoimmune disease, been fat, fatigued and frazzled, super toxic, stumped doctors and almost lost hope.

By solving her own autoimmune puzzle, her mission now is to help and educate others on their journey back to health. Dana’s journey started 11 years ago, with a car accident during pregnancy, that put her in the hospital on a 60-day emotional roller coaster ride. Muscle atrophy, helplessness, emotional pain, abnormal tests results and exhaustion almost got the best of her. Dana began asking “Why is my body failing me?”

Making it her life’s mission to find answers, Dana was all in. With research and focus, she reversed her autoimmune disease naturally, and learned that the body is magnificent and when given the right fuel, has the energy to propel forward into a state of regeneration and healing.

Dana absolutely loves meeting new people and is energized each time she can help solve someone’s unique health crisis by getting to their root causes. Ready to take control of your health?

Dana will be leading the following workshops:

Self-care Routine for Daily Success: Do you know why self care is important? And more importantly, do you regularly do it? Dana will take the mystery out of self care, and provide solutions to properly fuel your lifestyle with simple daily self-care habits for optimal performance of your mind, body, and soul.

Essential Oils for the Stressful Mom Life: Learn how essential oils can lift your spirits and positively impact your health and mood.

Essential Oil Rollerball Workshop: Dana will guide you through finding the best blend for your busy life and walk you through the process of making your own essential oil rollerball.

Properly Support Your Stressed Out Body: Life happens. Therefore, stress happens. Learn how to lessen the negative impact stress has on the body. Dana will share what kinds of foods and supplements can be utilized to support the body during times of stress.

Christy Weitz

Speaker/Fitness Instructor

In addition to being a wife and mother to an awesome 8 year old son, Christy Weitz is a nutrition professional and group fitness instructor. She currently works full-time as Dietary Manager for long-term healthcare facility where she is responsible for meeting the daily nutritional needs of 91 residents. As a fitness instructor, Christy helps clients achieve toned bodies and peaceful minds while designing enjoyable and effective workout that promotes results. She is a skilled motivator with an energetic personalize who prides herself in being a healthy lifestyle role model. Christy’s credentials include: Bachelors of Science in Food Science and Nutrition, AFFA Certified Group Fitness Instructor, Zumba Zin Certified, Step-Strength Instructor and Zumba Gold Certified.

Christy will be leading the following classes/experiences:

Meal Making Strategies
Do you dread the “what’s for dinner” whining? Or find yourself continuously scrambling to get food on the table? With 10 years of experience as a Dietary Manager, Christy will share techniques for meal planning and food preparation that will help simplify the process and reduce the stress of feeding your family.

Zumba Dance Party
Shake off your worries and cares for at least a short while at this fun dance party. This easy-to-follow Zumba class is designed for to move your body while having fun. No matter your fitness level, join Christy and get your sweat on.

Amber Harris

Speaker

Amber Harris’ gift and passion is to bring healing, humor and joy to insurmountable difficulty.

At the age of 5 she contracted Legionnaire’s disease which permanently scarred her lungs leaving her with a fraction normal lung function. Her parents were told her condition would be progressive and she would likely not survive to graduate high school. Her childhood and teen years were marked by recurrent pneumonias, countless hospitalizations and medical tests. During those years, it crossed her mind numerous times how much easier it would be to end it all…but God was working. He was raising up a warrior and an advocate for women who struggle. The adversities she faced helped her to develop insight into overcoming the impossible and even finding profound joy using her sharp wit and humor.

Now at 44 years old, and married for 24 years, her greatest joy is to be a mother of 5 adopted children. She has learned to survive and work around her physical limitations but more importantly, has found joy in life’s absurdities. Just to keep her life interesting, three of her children have special needs and one is globally delayed with a “rare” genetic disorder…like 7 or 8 others in the world “rare.” At 9 years old, he weighs in at 190 pounds and enjoys chasing his cat around the neighborhood wearing nothing but a Batman cape and his infectious smile. Did she mention the 6 year old kleptomaniac? If not, you will not want to miss this truly unique opportunity to give yourself permission to…dare we say it? Laugh. Her disarming and palpable authenticity gives her the ability to connect with women from all backgrounds and invites them to share in her vulnerability.

Amber will be leading workshops that will focus on finding humor and joy in the midst of chaos and pain. She will explore what scripture teaches us about the topic and how to discern humor from mockery. You are invited to share in the healing power of laughter.

She has valuable experience in international, domestic, private and agency adoption. She is a fierce advocate for special needs children and those that care for them.