Biography

Education

  Christian Life School Of Theology, Columbus, GA
October 1997 – Doctor of Ministry
March 1995 – Master of Divinity/Theology
  Whitworth College, Spokane, WA
June 1989 – Elementary Education Endorsement, K-8 Certification
  Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA
June 1981 – Master of Social Work Degree
  University of California, San Diego. San Diego, CA
June 1977 – Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Professional Experience

  March 1986 – Present: Private Consultant/Trainer, Communication Plus. Provide workshops/consultation services in conflict resolution, motivation, behavior strategies. Speaker for churches, retreats, conferences, businesses. Provide behavior plans and support for individuals with developmental needs.
  June 1995 – June 2003: Associate Pastor, Harvest Christian Fellowship, Spokane, WA.
  September 1984 – August 1995: Behavior Intervention Specialist &Teacher, Spokane Public Schools, Spokane, WA. I provided services to behaviorally/emotionally disturbed students (K-12), consulted with administrators, teachers and families to provide effective programming. Also worked with children with special needs (specifically Autism Spectrum Disorder). As a teacher, I taught elementary school (6th grade) and middle school (7th/8th grade) students.
  August 1980 – August 1984: Director, Special Services/School Social Worker and Coordinator, Educational Support Services, Educational Service District #101, Spokane, WA. Director of Special Education for Grand Coulee Dam School District and provided social work services. As Coordinator of Educational Support Services, I provided consultation to school districts (behavior management/staff inservices) and supervised E.S.D. staff.
  July 1978 – June 1979: Counselor/Supervisor, Youth Service Center (State Correctional Facility for Juveniles) St. Anthony, ID.

Additional Experience

  March 2004 – January 2005: Student Teaching Supervisor, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA.
  August 1999 – June 2004: Adjunct Professor, Christian Life School of Theology, Columbus, GA. Dean of Spokane campus school.
  June 1999 – Present: Consultant, provide behavioral support to group homes and families who are involved with children and adults with developmental needs.
  April 1987 – June 1997; January 2005 – Present: Developmental Disabilities Administration, Spokane, WA.
  May 1985 – Present: Adjunct Professor, Eastern Washington University (Spokane, WA) and The Heritage Institute (Seattle, WA)
  Sept. 1983 – June 1986: State Trainer in Autism, national Personnel Training Program, University of Washington. One of six state trainers.
  Sept. 1981 – July 1983: Mental Health Professional, Grant County, State of Washington.

Continuing Education

  1984 – present: Administrative/Educational courses through local Universities
  February 1987: Prosocial Skills Inc., Social Skills Training Program, Vancouver, WA
  March, 1984: Crisis Prevention Institute, “Certification Program” Milwaukee, WI, (Trainer)

Volunteer Experience

  January 2012 – May 2016: Consultant, content provider. Doing Family Right. Abbotsford, BC, Canada.
  October 2005 – 2011: Consultant, content provider, marriage speaker. Family Life Canada, Campus Crusade for Christ, Canada. Langley, BC, Canada.
  June 1996 – June 1997: Dynamic Christian Academy (K-12 School) – School Board Member.
  September 1988 – August 1989: Spokane Education Association – Collective Bargaining Commission.
  September 1985-86; September 1987-88: Washington Association of School Social Workers – Board Member/Liaison to National Organization and Program Unit.
  February 1985 – November 1986: Friend to Friend (organization serving people in Nursing Homes) – Greater Spokane Board Member/Vice-President.
  August 1984 – June 1995: Harvest Christian Fellowship – Provide individual/family/marriage counseling.
  September 1983 – present: Provide weekend marriage seminars and retreats to churches.

Honors

  Speech and Interview Trainer/Coach for Miss Arizona. Third runner up in Miss America pageant, 2012.
  Nominated for 1988 School Social Worker of the Year, State of Washington
  Who’s Who Among Human Service Professionals, National Reference Institute
  Who’s Who in the West, Marquis Who’s Who

Published Works

  What To Do When Words Get Ugly, book, Revell Books, June 2016
  When to Speak Up (over 300,000 copies sold), book, Revell Books, Jan. 2006
  One day marriage seminar (Fusion 2:1), Doing Family Right, Langley, BC, Canada, September, 2009
  Real Life Marriage Manual, Family Life Canada, Power to Change (Campus Crusade), Langley, BC, Canada, 2007
  Resource Guide for Educators, manual, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Olympia, WA, 1983
  Multi-Disciplinary Team Resource Guide, manual, Educational Service District # 101, 1982