Ministry Team and Board Members

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.

Jim Jackson

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.

Lynne Jackson

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.

Anna Braasch

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. 

Chad Heyenga

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.

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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.

Sharon Meschke

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.

Stacy Bellward

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.

Jen Berge

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.

Lanell Plath

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.

Sarah Donatelle

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.

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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.

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COPYWRITER

Dawn Geurink

Dawn is a freelance writer and homeschool mom to three girls. She loves adventuring with her kids, exploring nature, and finding inspiration in the seemingly ordinary.

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GOOGLE MARKETING SPECIALIST

Chris Barlow

Chris loves to help parents find Connected Families through Google ads. Why? Through his own struggles as a dad of 6, he truly appreciates the God-given grace and wisdom he has received through the ministry, and that he gets to help parents discover the same.

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SEO CONTENT STRATEGIST

Kara Skarda

Kara wants Connected Families to be the first resource that pop ups when you search your problems in Google. She combines data and solid content to get us there—while living overseas in Thailand with her husband and three kids. She also bakes a lot of bread, even when there's not a pandemic.

Our Board Members

These faithful members use their skills and knowledge to guide Connected Families toward longterm success.

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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.

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TREASURER

Jay Allsup

Jay and his wife, Debi, have two daughters who’ve now flown the nest. They were blessed with an introduction to Jim & Lynne through their church small group and it transformed their parenting paradigm. Jay is a fractional CFO for numerous companies in various industries. He has served on the Connected Family Board since inception and provides leadership in the areas of financial management and strategic direction. When not working, Jay enjoys traveling, especially to visit his daughters in Phoenix and Nashville, boating and escaping with some sci fi.

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MEMBER

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.

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MEMBER

Trevor Thurling

With over a decade of experience helping multinational companies identify and manage foreign currency risks, Trevor is a strategic thinker who leverages the power of human connections to build deeper relationships. He is a vocal proponent of the Connected Families framework, having experienced the impact his own children firsthand. Trevor and his wife Stephanie live with their three elementary aged children. He enjoys outdoor activities and travel in his spare time.

WE’RE FOLLOWERS OF JESUS

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!