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Staff & Associates

Picture of Kathy Nofziger Yeakey and Denise Reesor

 

Kathleen Nofziger Yeakey
Executive Director

 

Denise Reesor
Program Director

Kathy has served ADN as the half-time Executive Director since 2015. In 2018, the board of directors decided to seek an executive staff person to focus on church relations and fund development; Kathy will continue to serve ADN in office administration.

Kathy’s current responsibilities include donor development, office management, relating to the board of directors, and collaborative oversight of finances, communications, staff, and volunteers. She brings work experience from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) in Elkhart, Chain Reaction Bicycle Project, Inc. in Goshen, and Ten Thousand Villages. She is a member of North Goshen Mennonite Church.

Denise began serving as Program Director for ADN in 2016. Her responsibilities include writing and editing, consultation, website management, and oversight of the ADN field associate program.  She brings a passion for helping persons with mental illness and other disabilities to find full acceptance and accessibility in all areas of church and society. She is a member of East Goshen Mennonite Church.

Denise plans to pursue full-time graduate studies in the fall of 2018.




 

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Field Associates

 

ADN Field Associates are volunteers who work from their home location in partnership with ADN on program areas that contribute to ADN’s mission. Contact the ADN office to connect with any of our Associates.

Current Field Associates include: 

Katherine Dickson

 

Kathy lives in Bluffton, Ohio, where she attends First Mennonite Church of Bluffton. Her interests include the theology of disability and the gifts that people with disabilities bring to the body of Christ. She is Director of Vocational Discernment and Community Engagement for Methodist Theological School of Ohio, Delaware, Ohio. Contact Kathy through the ADN office.


Debbie Eisenbise

Debbie Eisenbise photoDebbie lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She first came to ADN as a board member in 2015, serving as staff liaison with the disability ministries of the Church of the Brethren. She pastored many years in a congregation with many persons with disabilities. She attends Prince of Peace Church of the Brethren, South Bend, Ind. Contact Debbie through the ADN office.


Deborah Ruth Ferber

 

 

A native of Ontario, Canada, Deborah Ruth has worked as a live-in assistant for people with developmental disabilities in several L’Arche communities in Ontario, Nova Scotia, and the United Kingdom. She is passionate about building friendships with people with developmental disabilities and supporting people living with mental illness. Deborah Ruth is a frequent contributor to ADN’s blog. Contact Deborah Ruth through the ADN office.
 

Rebekah Flores

Rebekah lives in Elgin, Illinois, where she attends Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren. She brings experience living and working with people with developmental disabilities and a strong interest in promoting disability awareness and inclusion in congregations. Rebekah serves as the Ombudsman for persons with disabilities at the annual conference of the Church of the Brethren. Contact Rebekah through the ADN office.
 

Chou Hallegra Gabikiny​
Chou (prounounced like "Shoo") lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where she offers person-centered counseling and consultation to persons living with disabilities and their caregivers. She attends West Shore Brethren in Christ of Mechanicsburg, PA. Contact Chou​ through the ADN office.


 Mark Pickens

Mark lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where he attends First Church of the Brethren, Harrisburg. He brings to ADN his personal experience as a blind person. He is interested in the ways our understandings of God and disabilities interact and influence personal faith and congregational practices. Mark can speak about many disability accessibility issues, including those related to low vision and blindness. Contact Mark through the ADN office.

Jill Stemple​


Jill lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster is her home congregation. Jill's interests include addressing the intersection of mental health/illness with church life and theology, helping churches learn to understand mental health struggles more fully and find loving ways to be in community with members living with mental illness. She is employed by the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Contact Jill through the ADN office.

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​Milt Stoltzfus

Milt
has been part of the ADN board from the beginning in 2004 until 2017. He works as coordinator of spiritual nurture and community life for Friendship Community in Lititz, Pa. He attends New Beginnings Brethren in Christ Church, Ephrata, Pa. ​Contact Milt  through the ADN office.

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