Karla Sutter is the founder and CEO of Flutter Inc. and Elevate Her Life. She passionately brings hope through speaking. As a former Executive Director of a Pregnancy Center, she brings a unique perspective. During her tenure, the center more than doubled their budget using her direction and ideas.
She is a Bright Course Trainer with Heritage House. Her Elevate your Center training gives hope to pregnancy centers by providing proven strategic planning advice. Karla is the author of several hope filled books including, “Positive: A Story of Hope”, “Waiting: A Story About God’s Timing”, and “Flutter”, a children’s book.
She has created “Stop the Traffic “ training and resources for pregnancy centers, plus she volunteers for the Gallatin County Anti-Trafficking Task Force.
Melissa Heiland is the Founder and President of Beautiful Feet International, a mission organization that plants pregnancy ministries around the world. She is an international speaker and author who is passionate about mommies, babies and sharing the Gospel. She has written devotionals for pregnant moms, new mothers and short-term mission teams, as well as a children’s book based on Psalm 139. She and her husband Ken have 6 children and 5 grandchildren.
Learn more about Melissa at melissaheiland.com
Becky spent many years traveling around the world in the Air Force with her husband and two boys. Now retired, they get to call the beautiful Gallatin Valley their home. Becky is Cowgirl at heart with an entrepreneurial spirit, and a desire to help women see themselves as God does. Currently working with Venture Church in Bozeman, she is learning to see who she was, love who she is, and strive towards finding out and living who God wants her to be.
Master of Ceremonies & Worship Leader
ShawnMarie Aiken is the Studio Manager and host of Community Strong on KCMM 99.1 The One in Belgrade. Worship Leader at Springhill Presbyterian’s Legacy site. Wife (married for almost 25 years to Mike Aiken) and mother of 3 (23 yr old daughter Nikki, 19 yr old son Kevin, and 16 year old son Alex).
I believe that everyone has a story to tell. When I look at the life experiences (good, bad, horrific, and my huge mistakes), I can see God’s mercy and grace at work. My life verse is Philippians 1:6 (Amplified) “I am convinced and confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will [continue to] perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus [the time of His return].” I’m a work in progress. Someday I will be perfect, and then God will have to take me to heaven — For I will start bragging about it – AND we’ll have to start all over.
Wendy Giancola has served as the director of Past Abortion Transformation Healing (PATH) at the Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center in Washington, DC. since 2009. Wendy is also the author of Transforming Your Story: a Path to Healing after Abortion, an abortion recovery guidebook used in various pregnancy help organizations. Wendy is a lover of souls and has walked with many women, individually or in groups, on their paths to healing. She marvels at how God has transformed her wounded story into a story of His grace and restoration. Wendy seeks to inspire others to continually live a transforming story of hope.
Additionally, Wendy is a capable public speaker and provides educational seminars in public, private and non-profit settings. Wendy holds a master’s degree in family and individual studies from Kent State University and has received additional training from Stephen Ministry and the Lay Counseling Institute. Wendy lives in northern Virginia with her incredibly supportive husband, Nick.
Wendi is a Colorado native and has a loving husband and blended tribe of 8 children. During her volunteer time, serving at local crisis pregnancy center, as a patient advocate and Mom2Mom mentor, God nugded her into looking for ways to help women heal after abortion. Sharing the forgiveness and freedom God gives to all who sin has become God’s mission for her. She is a speaker and has a passion for helping women see themselves through God’s eyes.
Tera Bradham is a Christian author, speaker, and podcast host with a passion for helping people experience freedom in their lives. She loves watching God redeem her journey through years of pain by connecting with others struggling to carry the burden of agony alone. She can most often be found toying with triathlons or curled up with a good book.
Kathryn, Quinn McBee, Distinquished Toastmaster, is a passionate educator, who shares her time, talent, and experience and demonstrates that by volunteering with many organizations. As the owner of Alternative Care Services, an “in-home caregiver service”, she has educated seniors and their families to deal with the challenges of Aging, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s. She is a humorous educational speaker and memorable storyteller. She enjoys time with her family, is the mother of 2 grown daughters and a son. She has eight grandchildren, and is a great-grandmother. Kathryn is a recent widow. She loves road trips, camping, gardening and spending time with her family. In her spare time she sells antiques, vintage collectibles, and used books. For fun she is a therapuetic caring clown for the disabled and elderly. She prospects for gold, digs for crystals, and loves reading a good book in the sun, and sipping on a glass of cold sweet tea. She has two kitties to keep her company. Kathryn is an author of the book, Just Like Us–Conversations with the Homeless–Those people left in the Shadows. She has attended Abundant Life Fellowship Church for the past twenty years. She values her love for the Lord Jesus Christ, and has made many long-lasting Christian Friendships.
Stephanie Anderson is a survivor of childhood sexual exploitation with a background in neurodevelopment. Raising a child diagnosed with Autism, she found God’s road to healing. She is a wife, mother, grandmother, and author, and serves as an advocate for the Persecuted Church.
Her story, “From Unlikely to Unlimited”, is detailed online in the survivor gallery of Polaris.
Vonnie is a Sioux Native and born in Montana on the Flathead Reservation. She was adopted at six months of age and raised in the Gallatin Valley. Her current occupation is lunchroom playground aid at Saddle Peak Elementary school. For eight years she spent her summers as a camp chef for the Boy Scouts of America on Melita Island in the middle of Flathead lake. She has a chosen son who calls her “Mumpa”. During her volunteer time, she serves as an AWANA Leader, is on the leadership team of Celebrate Recovery and is a Deaconess at Belgrade Alliance Church. God has called her to share her story and in the process became a speech coach for a local home school group. She emanates kindness with a touch of humor. Vonnie has a love for people and a servants heart.
Laura Lynn Hughes is an author, international speaker, and teacher, and a human rights activist. She is a board member and volunteer at Alpha Pregnancy Clinic and co-founder of A Movement of Love post-abortive ministry. Author of Choose Zoe: A Story of Unplanned Pregnancy and the Case for Life, Laura speaks regularly about the sanctity of human life, pregnancy, fetal development, human trafficking, online sexual exploitation of children, and post-abortion trauma and recovery in community colleges, high schools, churches, and conferences. Laura is a short-term missionary for Liberty Church in Fairfield, California, and serves as a His Hands Support Ministries Coordinator for the Philippines, partnering with the CURE foundation. A mother of five and grandmother of eleven, she owns a photography studio and lives in northern California.