MEET OUR SPEAKERS

We are excited to announce our 2017 Speakers!  

  • Kristin Berry General Session/Seminar Speaker

    Kristin Berry is an author, blogger, speaker, adoptive mother, and former foster parent.  She is the co-creator, along with her husband Mike, of the award-winning blog www.confessionsofanadoptiveparent.com, which has a global audience of more than 100,000 people around the world, every month. In 2015 she co-authored the books The Adoptive Parent Toolbox and The Weary Parent’s Guide To Escaping Exhaustion along with Mike. Her most recent book is entitled Born Broken: An Adoptive Journey, which chronicles her and Mike’s journey in raising children from extreme trauma. They have been married for 17 years and have 8 children, all of whom are adopted. They reside in the suburbs of Indianapolis, Indiana.


  • Lisa Qualls General Session/Seminar Speaker

    Lisa is the mother of twelve by birth and adoption - six boys and six girls. She lives in north Idaho with her husband Russ and their youngest five (and sometimes more) children. They celebrated their 33rd anniversary by becoming foster parents.


    Lisa’s adoption journey has been marked by joy as well as challenges of trauma and attachment. She earnestly believes in the power of Jesus to heal children's broken hearts and wounded minds. Her life has also been marked by grief following the loss of her daughter, Kalkidan, who went to be with Jesus nearly three years ago.


    Lisa believes with all her heart that God is faithful, he is good, and her life is entirely in his hands. You can find her website, One Thankful Mom, at www.onethankfulmom.com


  • mary beth dragoun worship leader

    Mary Beth grew up in Tennessee and sang regularly in church. She met and married her husband, Jared, over 14 years ago while receiving her degree in Communications at Middle Tennessee State University. She continued her love for singing and leading worship through music while serving at Cornerstone Church. Currently, she, Jared and their two dogs, Calvin and Izzy, are church-planters in North Hollywood, CA. She also joins her friend and business partner, Ali, in celebrating all kinds of motherhood through their company, Moss. www.jaredandmarybeth.com

  • LISA NIGHSWONGER Seminar speaker

    Lisa is one of the founders of Mosaic.  She has been married to her husband Todd for 22 years. They have been foster parents for the last 12 years and have had 17 children in their home during that time.  All four of their children were adopted out of the foster care system.  Lisa is passionate about caring for foster moms.  She loves shopping, laughing and helping friends design their homes. 

  • SHAUNA VAUGHAN Seminar Speaker

    Shauna is one of the founders of Mosaic. She has been married to her high school sweetheart Justin since 1998.  They have seven children together by birth and adoption ranging from eighteen to six years old.  Shauna loves going to the beach, being with her family and photography.

  • Mariana Abarta seminar speaker

    Mariana and her husband Steve have been foster parents for 31 years.  She is an R.N. and worked in the OB departments of three different hospitals for several years. Due to her background in nursing they take medically fragile and special needs infants.  They have taken in about 108 babies in their time as foster parents. 

  • Sheila Earwood seminar Speaker

    Sheila and her husband, Terry, live in Simi Valley where Terry serves as the Family Pastor at Cornerstone Community Church. The Earwoods have been married 28 years and have 1 biological daughter who is 24 years old and 2 adopted children ages 14 and 11. They are natives of Georgia where they were on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ for 12 years. They have been in Southern California the last 10 yrs.

     

    Sheila describes herself as a simple woman who has, by God’s grace, been seeking to walk with God and live on mission with Him for the last 34 years. She loves her Lord and family, and has a passion for encouraging others in their walk with God, beginning in her own home. She says, "Life is always messy and I live with a heart of praise that HE is the Everpresent One in the midst of it with me". Sheila has an incredibly compassionate heart and her Christian walk is one characterized by a life of prayer.


  • Kerri Pomarolli comedian

    Kerri has been performing in churches, retreats, outreach events for over 12 years to sell out crowds. She's known as Hollywood's Favorite God Girl and isn't afraid to stand up for her faith. She's one of the top Christians working in comedy today and hits audiences of all ages with her humor from dating to motherhood and everything in between. She's hosted the Gospel Music Awards and been on tour with Extrordinary Women: Thelma Wells from Woman of Faith, Joni Eareckson Tada, Laura Story, Plumb, Danny Gokey, The NewsBoys, Tim Hawkins, Candace Cameron Bure, Stephen Baldwin, Nancy Stafford, Shepherd Rose to name a few. Kerri is the kind of Christian that everyone can relate to no matter what their background. From 8 to 80 audiences fall in love with her clean comedy. 


"God seldom calls us for an easier life, but always calls us to know more of him and drink more deeply of his sustaining grace" 
-John Piper