Kelly Head is founder of iflourishonline and seeker of gems of Wisdom hidden amongst crusty earth along the pathway to ‘The Promised Land.’ She is wife to her “Weetie,” Jason and stay-at-home mama to three fantastic littles ages 2, 4 and 6. The ‘fam’ recently packed up from Virginia and headed to Dallas, Texas, where they are learning deep and out loud what it means to live by faith in pursuit of a God dream. Kelly is kind of a mighty mouse of sorts; small on the outside yet, bursting at the seams inside with holy passion to leave the world and those around her better than she found them.
Never forgetting what her Savior did for her, she wildly clings to grace. From that, she loves to find the ‘ jewels’ in others, help polish them off with encouragement and watch them shine radiant for God’s glory.
Kelly began her writing career as a journalist in the United States Air Force in the early 90’s and has dabbled in (and out) of writing, producing and media management ever since. She has an educational background to include practical theology, business administration and writing. Always eager to fan the flames of others’ God-sized-dreams, you may find more of Kelly’s musings at her blog Designed to Flourish. Or read part of her testimony at Who is Beautiful.
Cresta Shawver is one of our Lead Editors. Cresta is mom to five gorgeous and messy little boys, ranging in age from 8 years to 4 months. As if her hands aren’t full enough, she is also the fellow “life giver” and senior editor of iflourishonline.com. She often says that life in her household is usually chaotic, but the love and cuddles more than make up for it!
Cresta is the heart of hospitality and all things “girly.” If you’re one of the many who graces her home for a visit where true Southern charm resides (or, most likely, to her table for tea) you will notice her love of china, good ol’ home-cooking and DIY crafts. Also, you’ll see that her latest “good book” is never far from reach.
A self-described grammar Nazi, Cresta has spent many years as an editor in the world of publishing. After years of helping others develop their writing, she’s finally taking the time to do a bit of her own. Cresta feels that God has called her to encourage women to bloom wherever they’re planted, even in this crazy season of motherhood! Follow Cresta at www.musingsofaqueenbee.com.
Nicole Pertillar is the manager for iFlourish. She has worked as a counselor for over ten years. Most of her work has been with children and families. Through those experiences, Nicole gained great empathy for parents, mothers in particular. She found that assisting parents in knowing who they are, why they are, and giving them solutions to the issues they faced in life was the most effective way to help children. However, she found that many agencies were not set up to give the assistance that parents needed. Nicole knew she wanted to make a positive impact. She discovered the field of coaching. Coaching was something that seemed to fit Nicole and the ways she intended to help people who were struggling.
Nicole has coached friends and clients through marital difficulties, parenting issues, questions about purpose and vision, and major life decisions. One of Nicole’s best friends, Lisa Zader said, “There were times I wanted to tell Nicole, I couldn’t be her friend because she was so good I needed her as my coach!” Nicole is also a creative spirit who loves photography, art, writing, and mentoring. “My passion is to help people identify purpose in their lives, teach them to believe that it is possible, assist them in setting goals to complete, and celebrate their successes with them.”
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Kristin Reeg assists with management for iFlourish. She is passionate about exhorting, equipping and encouraging others to move forward in their personal walk with Jesus Christ. She has obtained a B.A. in Communication from Malone University as well as an M.A. in Journalism from Regent University. Her first book titled, Pressing On Hope for the Weary, is currently available on Amazon.com. Kristin also writes adult Sunday School material for Union Gospel Press. She resides in Cleveland, Ohio, and is a faithful member of Church on the North Coast.
Born and raised in snowy Pennsylvania, Kristin Cooney was only too happy to move to warmer southern Virginia in 1997, where she soon became well acquainted with both the oceanfront and sweet tea. Prior to her big move, she received a B.A. from Grove City College and directly after moved to Spain for a year to study Spanish in post-graduate work. After completing her M.A. from Bowling Green State University, she hightailed it to the warm weather to work for Regent University and, later, The 700 Club features department. It was there she met and married her co-worker, Damien, and the two have since celebrated over a decade of marriage and added two boys to their family.
Kristin and her family have recently moved to the Nashville area, where she continues on-call work for The 700 Club and has launched head first into the new rewarding, yet terrifying, arena of homeschooling a very curious first grader. She currently writes as a hobby and has published devotionals with the national magazine Sports Spectrum. She has a passion to see women truly know the Scriptures and walk out their lives under the full counsel of God’s wisdom and guidance. She’s also pleased to report that the sweet tea is just as refreshing in Tennessee.
Belinda has been writing since age 10 when she crafted poems and shared them with her church and any other crowd who would listen. Since then her writing has consisted of magazine articles, devotionals and blogs. She began her professional writing career as a newspaper reporter and worked as a web editor/writer for The Christian Broadcasting Network after earning a master’s degree in Journalism from Regent University.
In her head she is a gourmet chef, but in reality, she spends more time watching cooking shows on television than she does working in the kitchen. When she isn’t obsessively following her favorite cooking or writing blogs, she volunteers at her local library and co-directs the women’s ministry at her church.
In 2009 God launched her into a new ministry by way of a job loss. Now she coaches job seekers on resume and interview skills while helping them navigate the rough waters of unemployment—encouraging them to listen for God’s reassuring voice and trace His hand of provision in the midst of the journey. Her favorite editor is her best friend and husband of eight years, Matt.
CAROLYN B. FRAISER has loved writing stories and poetry since early elementary school, but it wasn’t until she wrote for her high school Yearbook staff when she realized her passion could become a career. With a BA in Mass Communication from UNC-Asheville and an MA in Journalism from Regent University, Carolyn spent 15 years helping non-profits reach their audiences through newspapers, magazines, websites, radio, television and social media. Today, she writes for The Journey Christian Newspaper in Western North Carolina as a Local News and Education Reporter and has published several stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul books.
In addition to her own writing, Carolyn enjoys helping youth find a passion for writing. She teaches Journalism and Photography to high school students enrolled in a local homeschool network. Her passion for orphans and children has taken her around the world as a photojournalist for several churches and non-profit organizations. Carolyn and her husband are currently being trained to become foster parents and hope to adopt someday. When she is not teaching or writing, Carolyn loved playing the piano, cooking and photographing waterfalls in the beautiful North Carolina mountains.
Carolyn helps us organize our talented photographers.
Amidst multiple moves up and down the east coast, Crystal received a bachelor of arts in mathematics from Messiah College in Pennsylvania, married her exact-opposite in upstate New York, and returned to Virginia to complete a master of divinity from Regent University, where she has worked in the Accounting Office since 2005. Halfway through her masters, one of her professors spoke a life-giving word over her life: “You are a writer.” A year later, Crystal not only had written a contemporary new adult fiction trilogy, she discovered what it meant to flourish in the calling God had designed for her life.
Jenny Avis is the second of four children. She has a music degree, an M.Ed. and a post graduate degree from the Institute of Children’s Literature with various published articles. She is the author of the children’s book Morty the Meerkat Has Autism.
Always a kid at heart who actually believes she is an artist, she plays with paper, paint, crafts, words, decorating, and the occasional revival of old furniture. She then dips her fingers into cooking gourmet meals, while singing arias in the company of her husband, her three children, and her golden dog named Spirit.
Lauren Holmes is a mother, wife, writer and Jesus lover with a passion for seeing marriages restored and building relationships. A graduate of Regent University, she is a Professor and Faculty Chair of Communication at a local university and a Network Developer/Publicity Coordinator for Mothers of Preschoolers International, serving both on the local and state levels. She has two small children, a loving husband and an adopted Beta named Buddy. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys Zumba, “date nights” with her husband, spending time with friends and family, healthy eating and relaxing at the beach. Lauren blogs on marriage, relationships and motherhood, (just to name a few,) and be on the lookout for her first book soon to release. You can follow her blog at lholmes79.wordpress.com or Facebook.
Married to her husband, Doug, for 20 years; together, they have four children: Brittany (21); Tre’ (18); Chaya (16) and Jeremiah (15). Felicia was born in Washington, DC and raised in Clayton, NC. For most of her adult life, she has lived in Nashville, TN or Hampton Roads, VA. Presently, her family resides in a south side Atlanta surburb. Felicia is an itinerant speaker, life coach and minister of the gospel. Often expressed through her writings, teaching, and coaching, her hearts passion is to equip and empower believers to live consistent, sustained lifestyles as sons and daughters in right relationship with Father God empowered by the Holy Spirit. Felicia says, “I’ll give my life to bring a revelation of the Father’s love to others and to demonstrate Father’s love by displaying His goodness through signs, wonders, miracles, and prophetic insights.
To enjoy Felicia’s musings and poetry, visit her blog at http://feliciamurrell.blogspot.com/
Lori West desires to be a passionate conduit of God’s love with a huge heart especially for women and the issues they struggle with. She loves to connect God’s heart with theirs through the prophetic, encouragement and just showing His love to them!
She has expressed her passion in various capacities – as a Labor and Delivery/Postpartum nurse, Doula, Childbirth Educator. She has also been active in ministry, working with Mother of Preschoolers (MOPS), the women’s ministry, Bible study and adoption.
Lori’s passions range far and wide – from photography, travel, adventure, prayer, worship, writing, blogging, movies, and even skydiving once! Above all she is passionately in love with Jesus, her heavenly Daddy, & the Holy Spirit. She totally loves and adores her husband Jeremy and their five awesome kids.