Stefanie shares her courageous story of life before and after her children’s diagnosis. She will have you laughing and crying with her raw and honest speaking style when addressing even the most difficult topics like, where is God when bad things happen? Or, how do you thrive when there seems to be no hope?
As a parent of a child with special needs, Stefanie offers encouragement, best practices, practical survival tips, like how to stay connected to your spouse or one thing every parent must do. She also provides encouragement and support to staff and volunteers working in the field of special needs.
WOMEN, MOMS, PARENT GROUPS
In addition to her daughter with special needs, Stefanie is a wife, woman of God, and mother to one neurotypical child. Specific topics Stefanie covers include surrender, patience, parenting, self-care, thriving, trusting God when He has different plans for your life, and finding beauty in brokenness.
In November 2017, Stefanie’s son, Jayden, passed away from Sanfilippo Syndrome at 11 years old. Stefanie offers encouragement to parents and best practices for navigating the end of life process, like how to talk to your other children about death. She also provides encouragement and support to staff and volunteers working in the field of palliative/hospice care.
YOUTH & UNIVERSITY STUDENTS
Stefanie spent nine years mentoring and leading youth as the Assistant Director of Youth Ministry. Her passion for youth, especially young women, is evident when she speaks about dating, self-esteem, trust, and perseverance, with topics like, how to tell a great story with your life or dreaming God-sized dreams. She also speaks in university classrooms to students interested in the medical or educational fields of study.
Using her unique experience as the Director of Environmental Design and building a special needs ministry at her own church, Stefanie has years of experience leading and training staff and volunteers alike. She also consults with churches on how to become more inclusive, how to start a special needs ministry, how to reach out and support special needs families, and how to create irresistible environments for guests and regular attenders. She has also shared her story of hope during Sunday morning services.