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Master of Ceremonies - Dana Che

Dana Che Williams is an inspirational speaker, author, blogger, and relationship coach who is passionate about reconciling relationships. She is also an assistant pastor at a large, multi-ethnic church in Virginia Beach where she is focused on matters of racial justice.

On a lighter note, Dana Che is obsessed with reading, finding new vegan recipes, watching Jillian Michaels’s workout videos (and even participating sometimes), and going to the beach.

Dana holds a B.A. in Communication with a concentration in Rhetoric & Public Culture from Regent University. She shares her life with her husband and high school sweetheart, Shaun, their four amazing children (one of whom is an adult – I know right!) and their “multi-cultural” dog in beautiful Virginia Beach, VA.

For more information or to book Dana Che to speak at your next event, visit http://danache.com.


Speaker - Becky VanValin

Becky VanValin is a licensed clinical social worker. Becky and her husband Paul, created Eden Counseling and Consulting almost 25 years ago. She has encouraged hundreds of women through their counseling center, workshops and speaking events.

Becky is a preacher’s kid and has had the privilege of having a lifelong Christian faith. She is a wife, mom of 3 sons and 2 daughter-in-laws, Mimi to 3 grandchildren, counselor, teacher, author, speaker, and coach.

She enjoys exercising, decorating, baking cookies, shopping, playing games and spending time with friends in her spare time.


Speaker - Vernicia Eure

For over a decade and a half, Vernicia T. Eure has counseled hundreds of women, trained pregnancy center leaders, and managed counseling, medical and administrative staff. She is a trained counselor in human services and trauma. Vernicia has traveled to West Africa, South Africa, Haiti, and Nicaragua to host conferences, train pastors and counsel people who have experienced trauma in their lives. She is passionate about developing leaders to reach their fullest potential, helping single women set boundaries in dating, helping individuals build trust in relationships and counseling people out of fear and anxiety into purposeful living.

Contact Vernicia at vernicia@stepconsultinggroup.com to schedule a free consultation for leadership coaching or one-on-one personal counseling services.


Speaker - Katrina Askew

Katrina Askew works as a Center Manager at the Crisis Pregnancy Center of Tidewater, also known as the Keim Center. A great deal of her role involves patient advocacy and peer counseling. Her passion for supporting hurting women, marriage, and family lead her on a journey to pursue her license as professional counselor. Katrina is currently enrolled in the School of Psychology and Counseling at Regent University. She is seeking a M.A. in Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling in addition to a Clinical Mental Health Certificate. Katrina is a member of the American Counseling Association and the Virginia Counseling Association.

Katrina is a woman of faith and an encourager to many. Katrina and her husband embarked on 25 years of marriage this past year. Together, they have 3 children ages, 24, 21, and 17. She’s great advocate of self-care practices and enjoys family time, traveling, shopping, and time with her girls.


Speaker - Ruthie Coates

Ruthie Coates, 18 years old, recently graduated from First Colonial High School and currently attends Tidewater Community College. She is gifted with children of all ages and is also a volunteer with Wyldlife (middle school Young Life). Because Ruthie has personally experienced God’s deep love for her, she believes He has a special call on her life to share that same truth with others.

In her spare time Ruthie’s favorite thing to do is to spend time with her favorite people—her family. She loves adventuring with her sister, her friends, and walking through life with them. Besides Jesus, the love of her life is her new black lab puppy named Dallas.


DJ - Saulo Ortiz

Saulo Ortiz is a graduate of NSU and Liberty University. By day he is a bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker helping people with their mental health issues and addictions.

He also provides training and does motivational speaking on areas related to personal growth, mental health, and substance abuse.

By night and on weekends you can find him rappin at church, doing spoken word, volunteering at various ministries and pointing people to a real walk with a real God.

Most of all, you can find Saulo loving his 2 princesses, Marcella and Alicia and his Queen, Kelly. He’s got quite a story to tell and passionately shares how God has used a broken vessel to tell a healing story.