Our Board

In addition to Ron and Geri Swingle, our Board of Directors includes:

Toni Fammartino

Toni brings over 20 years of experience from her various roles in non-profit leadership including Department Chair, President, Chairman and Trustee. These roles were in a number of local organizations such as the Cultural Center for the Arts, Canton Country Day School, Stark County Medical Society Auxiliary and Family Services. In all of these ventures, Toni has demonstrated her ability and passion to support those in need.

Toni has also spearheaded a number of fundraising events. She’s been the Chair of the Development Committee for the Chairedible Fundraiser which raised $225,000 for the Family Services organization. Family Services, now called Trillium, provides an array of counseling, psychiatric and care solutions to children and adults in need from the community. She also Co-Chaired the Silent Auction Display for a local high school. And, she developed and Co-Chaired the Great Escapes Fundraiser.

For the past 15 years, Toni has also been a volunteer with the Medical Ministry International team which provides eye surgery and care via short term mission trips to those in need in the Honduras, Ecuador, Jamaica, Myanmar and Colombia. These mission trips hold a special place in her heart as she is privileged to literally be present when “the blind see”.

Toni has a love for music and is an accomplished pianist. She completed the Franz Liszt International Master Class in Budapest in 2000. She was also a former elementary music teacher.

Toni has been married to Joe for 36 years and they raised 3 outstanding daughters.

 

Jeff Jernigan

As an ordained minister, missionary, licensed counselor, and human resources professional, Jeff has pursued bringing the best out in people and organizations for more than thirty years. This success has been recognized by numerous awards including national recognition for excellence in change management and business practices.

Jeff has served in executive roles in business and ministry working in thirty-eight countries around the world creating or co-founding the Hidden Value Group, LLC, Peopleworks International Incorporated™, Olive Branch International, and Life Purpose Coaching Centers International® where he continues to serve as President.

He has also served in executive-level roles in many of today’s leading Christian organizations such as The Navigators, Focus on the Family, Minirth Meier New Life Clinics and Saddleback Community Church.

Jeff is a licensed Vocational Counselor and completed his Post-Graduate Certification in Counseling from The Crabb Institute. He is also a Master Teacher with the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC).

As an author he has published more than fifty articles, seminars, and books including The Power of a Loving Man and a TILT: Small Shifts in Leadership that Make a Big Difference due on bookshelves February 2010.

With his wife Nancy he has created the I Choose Us® marriage enrichment program that is rapidly growing in popularity in the southwest. Jeff and Nancy minister together in southern California where he serves as senior pastor for a vibrant growing church.

 

Jennifer Keeton

Happily married for over 16 years, she is a mother of two children ages 10 and 13. With a bachelor’s degree in business management, she has over 20 years of business experience in the areas of Customer Service, Sales Planning and Demand Planning. A 15 year veteran of the Kellogg Company in Battle Creek, Jennifer brings critical thinking, creativity and project management skills to the table.

Her most recent assignment at Kellogg’s included a participating as a process lead on a large system implementation project that included resources from IT, consulting and business function. The project tasks ranged from blueprint design to system configuration, testing, training and implementation.

As an active Christian for the last 25 years she has been involved as a volunteer in several church ministries such as music, children’s church, Awana and youth. Her passions and interests include music, cooking, reading, investing time with family & friends and building relationships. Her unique skills include problem solving, analysis, being well organized and resourceful.

She has been engaged in a mentoring relationship with Geri Swingle since 2006 completing the Pathway to Purpose course as well as The Call. Through this process God has laid on her heart to seek a ministry opportunity that would best use the talents and abilities that she has gained through both business experience and church ministries over the years.

 

Heidi Meares

Heidi’s been married for nearly 15 years to her best friend Brad. Originally from Ohio, she worked in the areas of marketing and technical writing for a number of years as both an employee and independent contractor. Heidi discovered her passion for ministry in 2008, after joining the staff of a large church in the DC metro area. In April 2010, she left that role to become a stay-at-home mom but continued active involvement in women’s ministry as a Bible study facilitator and speaker. During that time Heidi also attended seminary at Liberty University in pursuit of a Masters in Theology until Brad’s job necessitated another move. Now located in Houston, Texas, she’s in the process of pursuing life coach certification and looks forward to resuming her seminary studies when her family’s life season permits.

The journey to having a family took Brad and Heidi a heart-wrenching nine years. As difficult as it was, watching the Lord bring wholeness to their broken places and joy into their home has changed them both forever. Heidi’s passionate about testifying to God’s ability to restore wounded hearts and masterfully weave amazing stories with our lives, and shares that message whenever given the opportunity.

In addition to running after her now 3 ½ year old son and 6 month daughter Heidi enjoys fly-fishing, raiding library book sales, pretending to be crafty, reading, and anything involving food.

 

Julie Voorhees

Julie Voorhees has been a listener, asker, and clarifier for decades as a mother, wife, educator, volunteer, and friend. Julie is a seasoned Christian life coach who asks and listens for the lessons that God and life present. Her passion continues to be connecting Christian women into dynamic growth groups where their desires matter, where they belong, where they find collective energy to confront obstacles, and where grace and truth come together to spur them on. She also challenges others to declare their word for the year. And she blogs about life’s adventures with people and words at http://www.invitingconnections.blogspot.com/.