JOSIE VALLEY- FOUNDER & VISIONARY
Josie is the founder of Minutes Matter, a ministry that God put on her heart back in 2011. Her desire is to journey alongside women and help them live intentionally, discover their unique purpose, link arms with other women, and lead lives that bring glory to God. Over the past ten years, the Lord has used her Bachelor’s degree in hospitality management and her Master’s degree in Biblical counseling to adequately prepare her for serving women as either project coordinator, counselor, mentor, Bible teacher, and friend. Although she enjoys serving under those titles, her heart is most satisfied in being wife and mama. Josie resides in Cleveland, Ohio with her best friend and husband Jason, and their children Noah, Clara, and Hannah. She believes that women who make their Minutes Matter know what it is that matters most: loving Jesus, honoring family, fearless faith, authentic relationships, and living a life of great purpose!
JACKIE PABST- ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATORJackie is a wife to her sweet husband, Chris and mommy to their precious 5 year old daughter, Lydia. Jackie has spent the last 17 plus years working for a major financial institution where her coordination/administration skills have greatly sharpened. She volunteers her time at different organizations, such as the Cleveland Food Bank and Salvation Army. Jackie loves knowing that she can give back to the communities she grew up in! She looks forward to giving back even more and sharing the love of Jesus through Minutes Matter. Her life verse is:‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’Philippians 4:13
JOY TRACHSEL– MENTOR & ACCOUNTABILITYIn March of 2010 Joy’s life became unrecognizable. On a journey that only God could orchestrate, she found herself working in a homeless shelter for women and children. In 2016, Joy’s passion for women in crisis and the Gospel took her on a new adventure. Joy currently serves women at Pregnancy Solutions, in Akron, walking with them through their pregnancy decision. By God’s grace she serves as a voice for the unborn. She has been speaking to women for over 10 years both nationally and internationally. Joy can be heard on Moody Radio (WCRF) as part of the Pause For Prayer Team. She is an advocate for Compassion International and the author of “The Great Cover Up.” Joy is married to Wally and is the proud mom of Ashley, Ally, Austin and Alex and grandma Jo Jo to Emma and Addie. You can get to know Joy better by visiting her blog at www.joytrachsel.com.
LEIGH-ANN BRISBIN- COUNSEL & PRAYER
Leigh-Ann is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and the author of My True Reflection; Freedom from Eating Disorders. She is a graduate of Ashland Theological Seminary and has been leading/teaching/mentoring women for 25 years. She is currently the Director of Women’s Ministry at her church where she counsels, coordinates women’s events, equips and mentors leaders of lifegroups, and encourages women to move into their calling and purpose. Leigh-Ann has a heart to walk with women in their faith journey and help them discover the love and truth of Christ so that they are able to walk freely, obediently and joyfully in Him. Learn more about Leigh-Ann’s ministry here: www.free-to-be.org
KRISTI M. STOKES- CONTENT CONTRIBUTOR & VISIONARY
Kristi was born and raised on the West Side of Cleveland. At the age of 18 she began traveling as a missionary. Shortly after moving back to the States she migrated to Florida where she met and married her husband David of now, fifteen years. They currently reside in the state of Ohio. Having a passion for all things ministry Kristi has served as a Worship Leader, Church Admin, Pastor’s Assistant, Co-Youth Pastor and Associate Pastor during her ministerial career. She is currently working on her Doctorate in Pastoral Counseling and will be Board-Certified in Addiction Counseling. She has a passion for the lost and His broken people; she desires to be an instrument that leads Gods people to being healed and revived in order to fulfill their God given passions and purpose. Kristi loves to write, read and walk and has two male bi-blue Shelties, Koda and Fritz, who keep her very entertained.
MELISSA ERIKSON- EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
With a degree from Baldwin Wallace University and nearly a decade of video work under her belt, Melissa has been passionate about using her gifts in visual storytelling to share about the incredible things God is doing all around the world. She’s excited to support and lend whatever assistance she can to the ministry efforts and team at Minutes Matter! When not at work, Melissa can most often be found outside, out of the country, quality timing it up with friends, running, or simply curling up with a good book and cat…or two!
MARLIA BRYONNE- CONTENT CONTRIBUTOR & VISIONARYEvery second of every day we are blessed with another opportunity to make the most out of our lives. Because our Minutes Matter, Marlia Bryonne believes that the greatest decision anyone will ever make is accepting Christ as their Lord and Savior. In Him there is fullness of joy. It is her desire to see women embrace His love and peace so that they can live lives free from shame, regret, and other negative mindsets. Marlia is a passionate writer and a speaker. She uses her gifts daily to service God’s people. Marlia is joined by her loving husband that supports her in ministry. Together they have total of six children. Their story is truly one of God’s grace where He took what was broken and made it whole. This is a message that she believes many can relate to. Please allow her transparency to assist you in valuing the moments and minutes of your life. Connect with Marlia on Instagram @marliabryonne Facebook as Marlia Bryonne or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. She would love to hear from you!
JEN OCHWAT- PHOTOGRAPHER & VISIONARY
Jen is a wife, mama to two beautiful girls, and a wedding photographer. She has always loved photography and art. Jen doesn’t consider herself an artist but she is thrilled and thankful to use the talent God gave her to capture his masterpieces. Her love of photography and her enthusiasm to see His fingerprints in all that He creates through her work, can be seen here: www.jlynnephotos.com
ANDREA PETIT- WORSHIP & VISIONARY
Music has been a part of Andrea’s life for as long as she can remember. And while singing has been something she’s always enjoyed, she is humbled that God has a desire for her to serve others in this way. As a profession, Andrea is a freelance project manager and has worked in the advertising, PR and marketing field for over 15 years. She is the momma of two beautiful and rambunctious children (Silas, 5 and Wren, 2), and wife to her adoring husband, Jeff. Andrea is thankful for grace daily and that God doesn’t expect us to ‘fix ourselves’ before coming to Him. God calls us to him just as we are. We are a messy people, with a Savior who loves us and desires to make us whole.
MIA ELIZABETH POWE- PHOTOGRAPHER ASSISTANT & SOCIAL MEDIAMia loves picture taking, going on missions trips, loving Jesus, going to college and spending time with friends. She started taking pictures when she was in high school. She taught herself the basics and challenges herself to learn new things about photography on a regular basis.One of her favorite things to do with her gift of photography is to take photos on missions trips. Over the last year, Mia has been on mission trips to Mexico, Haiti, and Los Angeles as part of the social media team. Mia loves that she is able to use her skills in a way that helps shed light on missions and Jesus, two things closest to her heart. She is thrilled to use her gift to bring God glory through partnering with Minutes Matter and can’t wait to see how God will raise up this amazing group of women to be fearless leaders of Christ. You can follow her on Twitter at mia_knowsbest or on IG @mia.elizebeth
AUDREY OCHWAT SHIMP- HOSPITALITY & EVENT MANAGEMENT
She loves sharing her talents and gifts God has blessed her with by planning, coordinating and hosting parties and events. She is passionate about creating memories that will last a life time. She works for their family owned construction business as the office manager. She resides in Akron with her husband Mike and their three amazing children Joseph, Elizabeth and Benjamin. Her heart is full of love by spending time with her family. She looks forward to seeing how God will use her and what plans He has in store with Minutes Matter.