The Team



Ingrid Slikkers, Executive Director
(269) 471-6677
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Charity Garcia, Director of K-12 Initiatives
(269) 471-3436
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David Sedlacek, Director of Pastoral Initiatives
(269) 471-6375
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Dustin Young,

Director of Strategic Initiatives
(269) 471-6249


Current Affiliates


Jenica Joseph    

Jenica is an assistant professor of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, graduated from Andrews University with an undergraduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology in 2007. She received her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2009 from Loma Linda University. She has worked in a variety of settings such as: private practice, skilled nursing/acute care rehabilitation, school-based speech-language pathologist, travel speech-language pathologist, and as a bilingual assessment team member for a school district.

Lara Malabrigo


James Mello

 James is the District Pastor for LaGrange and Carrollton Seventh-day Adventist Churches in Georgia. He graduated from Andrews University with an MDiv as well as an MSW. He is currently pursuing licensure as a therapist. He has experience as a pastor, chaplain, teacher, and social worker (including foster care and the juvenile justice system). He has given numerous presentations on creating trauma-informed churches and schools.


Sarah Reidel


Ricco Ruiz 

Ricco specializes in supporting the development of leaders who help hurting people. His background includes teen refugee resettlement services, children's grief counseling, and pastoral ministry- 10 years of which have been with Relove Church in Garden Grove, CA. He holds a Bachelor of Communication from Saginaw Valley State University, a Master of Social Work from Andrews University, and a Master of Youth and Young Adult Ministry from the S.D.A. Theological Seminary. Currently, Ricco is a program manager for Holy Cross Services, where he is pursuing a license for clinical social work while overseeing a community intervention for youth transitioning out of foster care and the juvenile justice system.

Emma Vanderwaal (22-23)

Not Pictured:

Laia Burgos
Willis Byas (22-23)
AJ O’Carey
Maci Chen 
Jasmine Johnson
Abi Martin
Erick Pena
Naissa Ndiaye 
Leslie Rodriguez 
Angel Smith
Alvin Waite 
Katelyn Weakley
Jasmin Wilson

Advisory Board

Tara Bailey
Torben Bergland
Judy Bitzer-Rowe
Nestor Bruno
AJ O’Carey
David Faehner
Ann Hamel
Angela Pechero
Jennifer Jill Schwirzer
Mary Slikkers
Evelyn Sullivan


2023-2024 Interns 
Yailin Contreras  
Serika Charles Delfish 
Isai Ramirez