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Women in Christian Leadership Advisory Board and Leadership Team

The Women in Christian Leadership Advisory Board and Leadership Team have a passion for the mission and work of Women in Christian Leadership, they possess the highest personal and professional integrity and values, and are thought leaders with strategic insight in their respective fields. 

We steward Women in Christian Leadership with the goal of spiritual transformation. Our prayer is, “May Your Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven,” as people in our community are changed through our organizational activities.

This calling is birthed—and bathed—in prayer. Our business manual is the living, breathing Holy Spirit—His written and spoken words. What a Guide!

The Holy Spirit is actively involved in every area of the Women in Christian Leadership. God is the CEO and exclusive owner of the organization. We are the stewards of what He has given us, not the owners. This subtle difference changes everything.

The purpose for the advisory board is to provide support and advice regarding the Women in Christian Leadership events and leadership development programs, assist in the development of new programs, and identifies best-practice standards. The Advisory Board and Leadership Team also serve as ambassadors, providing a connection within the community.

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Jeanne Porter is a proponent of Women helping Women! As the founder of both Women in Business Networking (WiBN) and Women in Christian Leadership, Jeanne applies her creative energy and natural tendency to be able to create meaningful connections.

Cindy Gaboury is the connection of all. She is the VP and co-owner of Audio Etc, in business for 37 years. Her talents are shared among the Dayton, Ohio community, on the Board of Trustees of the Dayton Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors of the Kettering, Moraine and Oakwood Chamber of Commerce, an Advisory Board member of Women in Business Networking (WiBN) and is a certified trainer, speaker, and coach for the John Maxwell Team.

Debra Ghysels is truly a delight and has a list of gifts and talents, she is the Executive Vice President at Millennium Metals, Inc., Skilled in Coaching, Sales, Team Building, Management, and Leadership. Strong business development professional, speaker, and co-author of two books, a Director of Women's Ministries, and an active supporter of the development of women.

Robin Brun of Robin Brun Career Consulting is a known speaker and Christian Life Coach and Career Counselor. Her gifts are certainly evident as she guides each one she coaches to find success as she encourages and helps find the talents and gifts we are blessed with. She brings the gift of discernment, along with her many other talents to the advisory board.

Dr. Rhonda Smith is the CEO at Divine Core Transformation and is amazingly talented, she is an international keynote speaker and author of four books. Doctor of Naturopathy, Board Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner, Certified Life Coach, and a Behavioral Health Specialist. She is also skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), team building, public speaking, and program development, along with Strong business development.

Pamela Cone is a multi-talented woman and always amazes me. She is often described as an authentic and visionary leader! She is a business professional with experience leading, growing, and promoting local, national, and international organizations. She is the owner and CEO of Curated Spaces, a board member of the Women's Department, and the Dayton Human Relations Council. Pamela is an interior designer and minister along with a phenomenal speaker and author.

Karen Colonna Carter is VP of Development for the Alzheimer's Association in Dayton, Ohio. Her talents amaze me, she is a gifted keynote speaker and presenter and soon to be an author. I have found Karen to be visionary and passionate with a steadfast commitment to organizational growth and excellence. What a great asset she is like each of these women, to Women in Christian Leadership.

Melissa Cutcher is the Executive Director at Technology First. She is a driven, ambitious, and results-oriented leader with numerous years of experience and holds a track record of success. What we love about Melissa is that she is a passionate, creative and collaborative change agent. She brings many talents to the Women in Christian Leadership Advisory Board.

Abby Pytosh is an ambitious, insightful and trustworthy leader and woman of faith with many abilities. She possesses the qualities of a true leader and adds an extraordinary dynamic to the Women in Christian Leadership advisory board. She brings to the table her talents in strategic communication, with the ability to educate, motivate, and drive results.

Julie Belden is an accomplished financial professional that has held various CFO and treasurer positions and holds the designation of CPA. Her service to community and causes which advance the common good is above and beyond. She truly cares about people, her organization and making the world a better place. She has served on several boards and has functioned as a real champion. She is a grounded thinker, enthusiastic, and brings the gift of seeing the big picture to the board. 

Melissa Jones is our Director of International Support. Residing in Christchurch, New Zealand, Melissa was our first international member. In addition to her passion for Christ, Melissa is effective at growing instructors and teachers in their professional practices as a development provider and instructional designer. 

Cassie Barlow serves as the President for the Strategic Ohio Council for Higher Education, which follows a decorated 26-year career in the United States Air Force. Cassie is an exemplary leader, enthusiastic mentor, avid volunteer and true friend to many. With more than 26 years of successful leadership and management experience, Cassie has a proven track record of leading and motivating organizations to produce results and exceed expectations. Her extensive background in human resources, strategic planning, budget development, and workforce development will be a great asset to our Strategy Committee.


Marla Halley is an Event Planning and Marketing Professional. Years of creative agency life shines in her specialties such as marketing strategy and event planning and management and the importance of client service. Marla serves Women in Christian Leadership as Event Coordinator on the Leadership Team. She has an eye for combining events and marketing that equals great success. We're excited to have Marla on the team!  

Dr. Rhonda Reagh is the founder and CEO of Reach and Associates, she shines in areas of leadership development, personal/executive and group coaching, and change management. She serves on the WiCL Leadership Team, as Director of Mentorship for Women in Christian Leadership. Over the years, Her dedication and commitment add to her personable leadership. I have had the opportunity to watch Rhonda utilize her gifts to make things happen, including a successful mentorship program. We certainly are most grateful for her taking the initiative to build the virtual Women in Christian Leadership Mentorship program.

Beth Gully is the founder and owner of BT Graphics, author, illustrator, and speaker. She serves on our Leadership Team, as Host for the Women in Christian Leadership virtual Coffee & Conversation event. Beth's level of creativity and professionalism is truly her talent. She is such a pleasure to work with. She has a way of making people feel welcome and valued. Just what we like at Women in Christian Leadership.

Betsy Westhafer is the CEO of the Congruity Group. She has a relationship art and skill to help B2B C-Suites tap into the undeniable power of strategic customer advisory boards. Betsy is one of those rare individuals who can envision a process that can move a company forward but can also build the right team to make it happen. It has been said by many, Betsy is professional, smart, and executes with high integrity.

Lisa Thamann is the Member Engagement Leader for the Mason Deerfield Chamber. She is a networker for sure and enjoys helping people and business thrive. Lisa brings great knowledge to the table of Women in Christian Leadership. One of the key items of membership for our members is that they feel connected and valued. We believe this is where Lisa shines! 

Terra Pernell is a wife, mother, and Grandmother. Terra was recently recognized as a Women in Business Networking (WiBN), Woman of Impact, (2021), and serves on the leadership team of Women in Christian Leadership, Intercessory Prayer Circle. Terra believes that prayer is more than an activity, it is a way of life. She brings to us her attention to detail, her gift of encouragement, and the ministry of prayer. Terra is an employee of Wright-Patterson AFB where she serves as a procurement contracting officer. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from Park University, Parkville, MO. Terra is the CEO and Co-owner of The Backhouse, YOUR Hospitality Venue, in Dayton, Oh, A certified Encouragement Coach and CEO of A-firm Foundation Life Coaching, LLC.

Mary Miller is an author and speaker. Her passion is to learn, create, and solve problems in order to help others become successful, however they define success.

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Women in Christian Leadership gathers to Encourage, Educate, and Elevate women to live for Jesus Christ in God's glory.


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