Speaker and Group Leader Bios

Please take a moment to get to know some of the leaders for the Empowered Women's Retreat.

Abigail Wallace - Keynote Speaker

Abigail is a Bible teacher, writer and work-in-progress with a heart to see women strengthened by God’s grace as they meet him in his Word. She works part-time as a speech-language pathologist and full-time at looking to Jesus while she runs her race. Abigail blogs at JoyfullyPressingOn.com and hosts an online Bible study called Wonders of the Word. Look for her first book, Strong Meek, next year.

Abigail enjoys bright sunlight, dark coffee, duo walks, solo jogs and Almond Joy ice cream. She lives in the woods outside Burlington with her husband Jim and two sons. One of her favorite Bible verses is 2 Corinthians 3:18, “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory.”

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Krissy Lindmark - Master of Ceremonies & Pep

Krissy enjoys traveling to visit friends and family, working at her family’s business, and winter adventures that involve speed. She is not a lover of ice cream and prefers salty snacks like chips and dip. Krissy lives in Hartland with her husband Joe and 3 kiddos. One of her favorite Bible verses is Hebrews 12:1, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles and run with endurance the race set before us.”

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Becky Melby - When Marriage Is Hard

Becky enjoys spoiling her 4 sons and 15 grandkids, camping, riding on the back of her hubby’s Gold Wing motorcycle, writing Christian fiction, and turtle sundaes with salted caramel. She lives in Burlington with Bill, her husband of 47 years. One of her favorite Bible verses is 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old is gone, the new has come!”

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Stacy Guanci - When Hardship Meets Fellowship

Stacy enjoys cooking and exercising, collecting sea glass with her husband and taking pictures of nature. She lives in Richmond Illinois with her husband John, daughter Hannah, son Adam and their dog named Cash and cat named Fidget. One of her favorite Bible verses is Psalm 16:11, “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

Stacy works with Safe Families for Children - of Wisconsin and it is a cause so near and dear to her heart.

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Hannah Filipiak - Through Battles with Body Image and Food

Hannah enjoys investing in relationships (preferably at a local cafe), running, baking, studying, and Heath ice cream. She lives in Beloit with her books and musical instruments. Some of her favorite Bible verses are in Psalm 121, including, “I lift up my eyes to the hills-- where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.”

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Marianne Davidson - When Loved Ones Fail You

Marianne enjoys traveling, writing, spending time with family and friends, and a generous helping of Half-Baked FroYo. She lives in Waterford with her sweet little dachshund, Bella. Her favorite Bible verse is Revelation 22:20, “He who testifies to these things says, ‘surely I am coming quickly.’ Amen. Even so, come Lord Jesus.”

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Jen Boucher - Through Parenting Pressures

Jen enjoys teaching and learning, reading and writing, knitting and crocheting and a turtle sundae from Adrian's. She lives in a 100 year old house with her husband of 21 years, 7 children, 2 dogs, and 2 cats. One of her favorite verses is Galatians 6:9, "And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up."

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Patty Bernau - Through Illness and Mental Illness

Patty enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, nature, birds, her 5 goats, dog and cats and loves Kopps raspberry ice cream. She lives in the country in Waterford with her husband. Their 3 sons are married and they have 6 grandchildren. One of her favorite verses is Romans 8:28, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for God to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

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Fay Tichy - As You Grow Older

Fay enjoys reading, Southern Gospel music, playing guitar for sing alongs, spending time with her husband and family (including her church family) and butter pecan ice cream. She lives in Waterford with Ron, her husband of 55 years. One of her many "favorite" verses is Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

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Cindy Sywyk - While You’re Waiting

Cindy enjoys cooking, kayaking, camping, sitting out on the deck with her husband, Mike, watching their big screen "TV," (where the programming always includes wildlife and sunsets) and butter pecan ice cream. She and Mike live in Wind Lake. Some of her favorite Bible verses are found in Proverbs 2:1-11, including verse 6, “For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding."