March 4: Men’s Panel

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We are so excited to have these three men with us this Friday, March 4. They are from varying ages, stages of life, and backgrounds. It is always interesting to hear about parenting, marriage, and life from the perspective of the opposite sex. Please bring your questions as these men are prepared be open, honest, and real with us. Let’s get to know our panel.

Sean Boyce has been married to his beautiful wife, Ashley, a first grade teacher at Batesville Primary School, for six years. They both graduated from NKU. Sean grew up in Southeast Indiana and has lived in Batesville since 2006. He has worked for Young Life, an outreach ministry to disinterested middle and high school kids, for 7 years. He is passionate about Young Life because he has seen kids’ lives transformed, and because it drastically altered the direction of his own life. Sean is an extrovert who loves connecting with new people, drinking too much coffee, and technology. He also enjoys both playing and coaching basketball. We look forward to hearing from Sean and learning about life from the perspective of a young, married man before the stage of fatherhood.

David Chakranarayan was born in Dubai, UAE and moved to the United States at the age of 10. He was saved as a teenager and grew up in a home where both parents were followers of Christ. In high school, he surrendered his life to full-time ministry at a youth conference in Detroit, MI. David is a graduate of Liberty University where he majored in Biblical Studies and has been in ministry since 2004. He served as an associate pastor for three years before following God’s call to plant a church in Indiana. He is an International conference speaker with Answers in Genesis. He is also a Senior Pastor of Cross Point Church in Southeast Indiana. David and Kristen have been married for eleven years and have five daughters named Ava, Maya, Jada, Kate, and Camdyn. David brings a unique perspective to our panel with five young children still under his roof. We look forward to learning from him.

Todd Cook was born in England and grew up in Western Wisconsin. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. While an assistant buyer at Milwaukee Boston Store for 2 years, Todd met his future wife, Roberta Kreuser. For 2 years, Todd served as a professional fire fighter for the city of Milwaukee before joining the US Navy in 1983. Todd was a Naval Aviator for 7 1/2 years and married Roberta in 1985 during final pilot training. During their first 3 years of marriage, Todd was deployed 20 months. For the past 25 years, Todd has been a pilot for Delta Air Lines. Todd and Roberta have three children. Ruth, born in Portland, Maine, is 28 and lives in Park City, Utah, Chelsea, born in Ventura, CA, is 26, and lives in Indianapolis. Wes, born in Milwaukee, is 24 and resides in Bloomington. Todd and Roberta have been married 30 years, have lived in Batesville for over 20 years, and have no intention to leave. There is much to be learned from Todd, our empty nester on the panel.

We hope all of you can join us this Friday to learn from these gentleman and are so thankful they are spending time with us sharing from their experiences.

 

February 19: Count the Kicks

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Please join us Friday morning to meet Kari Davis and learn more about her story and her mission. Kari Davis resides in Lexington, Ohio with her husband Marc, her busy 17 month old son Colton, and lots of pets. She works full time on night shift as a Registered Respiratory Therapist at Ohio Health Mansfield Hospital and has been there for over fourteen years. Kari also works within her community to raise awareness about stillbirth, one of the least talked about pregnancy complications, and volunteers her time working as the Ohio Ambassador for a public health campaign called called Count the Kicks (countthekicks.org). Count the Kicks teaches expectant mothers the importance of monitoring and tracking their babies movements every day in the third trimester of pregnancy.

Kari became involved with Healthy Birthday (healthybirthday.org), the nonprofit organization behind the Count the Kicks campaign, after her daughter Harper was born still on March 5th, 2013.

Kari was honored as the winner of the 2014 PRISM Award for Compassion for her work within the community and was a nominee for the Health Care Worker of the Year in 2015 by the Ohio Hospital Association. Harper’s story is one of several featured on the Center for Disease Controls new stillbirth resource webpage

When Kari isn’t busy working or chasing after her son, she enjoys shopping for bargains, trolling the Internet for free samples and has a not so secret addiction to coupons and beauty subscription boxes. Kari and Marc are also very passionate about helping forlorn felines and have fostered and found great homes for over 26 stray cats over the years. Kari is currently six months pregnant with her third and final child and is trying not to eat too much ice cream, her favorite nutritious pregnancy snack. We are looking forward to meeting Kari this Friday and hope you come out to join us.

February 5th: M2M Leadership team panel

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Come out on Friday morning and get to know your Mom2Mom leadership team better.  You will have the opportunity to ask them questions about themselves, motherhood, marriage, as well as, their heart for Mom2Mom and vision for the future of Mom2Mom.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Melissa Hanley is the founder and director of Mom2Mom.  Melissa graduated college in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Ministry.  She married her high school sweetheart that same year and had their first child in 2004.  Melissa moved to Batesville in 2011 as her husband began working in the family flooring business.  She began Mom2Mom in the fall of that year.  Melissa established a leadership and has since grown the Mom2Mom organization impacting over 500 women locally and helping establish two additional Mom2Mom chapters in other communities.  In addition to Mom2Mom, Melissa has experienced great success with her photography business.  Aside from her portrait photography, Melissa has traveled to several different states and outside the country to shoot weddings and capture incredible images.  Melissa’s latest achievement is having her artwork purchased by Hobby Lobby and sold in their stores nationwide.  Melissa lives in Batesville with her husband Patrick and their three beautiful children: Maddie, Jackson and Mason.

Tiffany Vanderpool, Care Coordinator, was born and raised in a small village in North Central Ohio. She lived around that area until her and her husband, Eric, moved to Batesville in 2008. She worked in the insurance industry with both individuals and employers for over 10 years. The last 5 years in the insurance industry she specialized in: marketing, home insurance, client reviews and banking. She has always had a passion for helping others. More recently she has been blessed to be able to stay at home with her 4 year old daughter, Presley. She finds this time of life the most challenging, but also the most rewarding! With these new changes in her life she knew she needed to remember to take care of herself too which is what led her to become a lifestyle and fitness coach in March. This has pushed her out of her comfort zone, but has been very rewarding as she helps others take back their lives and find a healthy lifestyle!

Emili Uden, Childcare Coordinator, is a Chicago native with a degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. She has been passionate about art since a young age and has taken several art courses including facilitating art experiences for young children. Emili is also on the Board of Directors for Kids Discovery Factory, and the Sunday School Director at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Greensburg, IN. Her most rewarding job, however, is being a mother to two wonderful children (with the third one on the way) and a wife to her high school sweet heart and oldest friend.

Abby Coffey, Hospitality Coordinator, is a mom of four kids: ages two, five, six and eight. She and her husband Nate lived in California and Hawaii when he was serving in the Marine Corps. They have been living in Batesville for four years now.   Abby currently home-schools her girls and also works part time as the Children’s Director at the Community Church of Batesville.

Elizabeth Miller, Publicity Coordinator, was born in Batesville, Indiana, having only left for a short time to live in Charleston, South Carolina. She and her husband, Jeremy, live on their business property (Batesville Monument Company) and enjoy spending as much time together with their family as possible. Elizabeth is the mother of five children, Emma (7), Cora (6), George (4), Duke (2), and Huck (5 months). After Duke was born, she left her job as a second grade teacher at Batesville Primary School to be a full time mother and has never second guessed her decision. She began regularly attending Mom2Mom gatherings as soon as she started staying home to find the support she needed to learn how to succeed at her new and very challenging occupation. She is passionate about helping the M2M group grow and reach as many Batesville mothers as possible.