ZMI Team

ZMI Family Ministries International wouldn’t be possible without the incredible team of ladies God has brought together for the purpose of reaching women. Several of them have been with ZMI International from the beginning and are impassioned to see God bring Hope, Help and Harmony to Women’s Hearts and Homes!

Madison Robertson

Administrative Assistant

Madison Robertson, a pastor’s wife and mom of two beautiful kiddos, has an Undergraduate Degree in Molecular Biology and a Master’s Degree in Public Health. She has an athletic background in gymnastics, a passion for baking, a love for travel, but more than anything else, enjoys spending quality time with her family.

Alongside her husband, she has been actively involved in ministry at Life Community Church since 2013 serving as a Pastor’s wife, youth ministry leader, and ambassador for her local pregnancy care center. She has a heart for international missions – having served in both the Dominican Republic as well as Peru. However, as a mom of young children, she’s enjoyed spending this season of life disciplining youth and mentoring young women at her church and in her local community.

Since 2016, she has thoroughly enjoyed working as ZMI’s Administrative Assistant. She is privileged to help coordinate the ministries international missions’ trips, manage the organization’s bookkeeping, plan fundraising events, and juggle the daily administrative tasks. She feels truly blessed to be a part of such a dynamic team that constantly seeks to see the lives of people all around the world changed by the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and she’s humbled to be used by the Lord in this capacity.

Sabine Brown

Promotion & Advertising

Sabine Brown, a wife to Mike and mother to a daughter Landis, has a degree in Communications from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has recently gained another family member by marriage, her son-in-law Joe. She has a passion for teaching, especially children, and has answered God’s call to open and run a Christian Childcare from her home. In His Care Preschool has operated for 20 years now and God is faithfully still providing children for this ministry. She enjoys cooking, storytelling, travel, and the fellowship with friends.

She has been actively involved in ministry at Life Community Church serving in various Awana clubs for 17 years (including time at Hunter Hills), as an elementary Sunday School teacher, a youth Sunday school teacher, nursery worker and has assisted with Vacation Bible Schools and Backyard Bible Clubs. She currently is a mentor for the Titus 2 program with her local Pregnancy Care Center and serves also on a women’s ministry team. In the community, she volunteers for Greensboro Urban Ministry, serving the homeless and striving to share the love of
Jesus while doing so.

She serves in missions – her mission field is local by serving the daycare children and their parents and sharing the love of Christ in various ways. Being a storyteller to children, she tells them that “Jesus Loves You” (a song she sings almost daily), and reads Bible stories to them. She loves encouraging others of all ages that our loving Lord is sovereign and a God we can put our trust in.

Many years ago, Sabine took Brenda’s Zookeeper class and later found herself in her own zoo with a fulltime childcare while homeschooling her daughter. As a recent empty-nester parent, she has prayed specifically for what path or ministry the Lord wants her to serve where she can encourage, share information and/or offer administration help. God answered that prayer in the next few days with Brenda Lancaster contacting her to join the ZMI team…wow God is so good! She is excited to help with promotions, and to offer encouragement and any administrative help to the team that may be needed so the team can share the GREAT news of the Gospel…the sacrifice and love Jesus gave us all!

You may contact Sabine at : sabine@zmiinternational.org

Maria Gonzales

Spanish Ministry Administrator

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Maria came on board with ZMI Family Ministries International in 2009 during the publication process of the Spanish version of Living in a Zoo? and boy was she a God-send! It has been amazing to watch how the Lord has brought team members at exactly the right time!

Her sweet sprit and love of the Lord and Kingdom work is contagious to all around her. She had a heart to bring the message of Living in a Zoo? to Spanish speaking women all around the globe.

She was an editor and proof reader for the Spanish Version translated for the Spanish website, Daily Dose of Encouragement devotionals, emails from Spanish speaking countries, and will travel with us on our mission trip to El Salvador in the spring of 2010 where the Zoo will be introduced for the first time.

She was born in Brazil and moved to New Orleans with her parents and three sisters when she was 14 years old. Both parents are Greek. Maria speaks 4 languages – all spoken at home (Greek, Portuguese, Spanish and English).

She has been married to Carlos for “26 wonderful years”, having met him in New Orleans after his family moved to the US from El Salvador during the Civil War in that country. They have a son – Lucas Gonzalez who is 20 years old. They have lived in Greensboro, NC for 14 years.

Aside from her work with ZMI International, Maria has worked with VF Corporation (Wrangler) for 10 years as Sales Coordinator to Hispanic retailers.

She has taught Sunday school classes to children and adults and coordinated children’s church. For the past 8 years she has been teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) at Life Community Church. At the time she moved to America her parents could not speak English, which is why she now has a heart to teach others the language to better equip them with daily life in America.

After years of feeling God’s call on her life, she and Carlos accepted an invitation to the Hispanic Church in New Orleans, and on that Sunday, she knew where she belonged. Two Sundays later they both accepted Jesus into our hearts and lives and got baptized. One month later she was teaching second graders Sunday School and continues teaching children to this day.

When asked what drew her to ZMI Family Ministries International, she says, “Besides Brenda begging…. (just kidding!!) What drew me to ZMI International is that – I love the Lord and it’s very hard to tell Him ‘no’. Philippians 3:10 says My determined purpose is that I may know Him, that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His person. Also anything that has to do with women interests me.” Reach the Moms, reach the children!

For questions concerning our Hispanic Ministry, you may email Maria at: maria@zookeepersministries.com

Faithe Thomas

Book Publisher

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Faithe Thomas joined ZMI Family Ministries International in 2010 to help with the publishing of books and online classes.

After serving for 6 years in Africa as a missionary and managing director of an indigenous publication center, she returned to the USA and continued her publishing efforts. The Master Design (est 1986) publishes books for churches and ministries. Brenda contacted The Master Design in order to publish some of the material for ZMI International. This began the growing relationship between the two ministries.

Faithe married later in life in 2004 to Kirk. They both run businesses from home. One of Faithe’s favorite parts of life is homeschooling their daughter who was born in 2006. The Thomas family makes their home on 7th generation family land in Kentucky.

You may contact Faithe at: faithe@zookeepersministries.com

Traci Huff

Traci was introduced to Zookeepers in 2010 while attending a women’s ministry event. Soon thereafter, she began attending Brenda’s Bible study, Living in a Zoo?. She quickly fell in love with the ministry and mission of Zookeepers and joined the team in 2014.

As a full-time “zookeeper” to five children, Traci knows firsthand the importance of applying biblical principles to your home and marriage.

With a passion for serving the Lord, Traci is active in her local church and has served with mission teams in Nicaragua and Honduras. Her heart’s desire is to not only see people come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, but for their relationship with Him to be strengthened through studying God’s word and discipleship.  

Traci serves as Director of Virtual Mission Teams, is a writer for Daily Dose of Encouragement, and is on the Board of Directors. If you have questions about how you can get involved, contact her at traci@zmiinternational.org.

Jackie E. Perry

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Jackie E. Perry, MS, LPCS, NCC is a North Carolina Licensed Professional Counselor who has been in practice with Cornerstone Counseling Center in Hickory, NC since 2003. For the past 20 years her primary focus has been working with adolescents and families to address a myriad of problems typical of this season in development. Jackie is also a frequent speaker and writer who is passionate about using her experience to equip and encourage parents and professionals through her seminars, articles and blogs.  You can follow her weekly blog, LifeGiving Streams, check out her next speaking engagement or learn more about her work atwww.jackieperry.net.  You can also read her monthly column directed toward parents of teens in Sophie Magazine at www.sophiewomansmagazine.com. She is married to John and together they are parenting three teens of their own.  They both love the outdoors and consider a family hike culminating with a view of the North Carolina Mountains to be an absolutely perfect day.

Enjonea Anderson

Counselor, Blog Writer

Enjonae Anderson is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in North Carolina. She is also a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCASA) and is in the process of earning her National Certified Counselor (NCC) certification. More information about these credentials can be found on the resources page.

She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has been in the human services field since 2006 when she began working at the department of social services. Because she wanted to help people on a more personal level, she earned her Master’s of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University.

Enjonae specializes in working with women during their reproductive and mothering years. Her areas of focus include perinatal mood disorders, including prenatal and postpartum depression, anxiety, panic disorder and OCD. She also has professional training and experience in facilitating group therapy which is beneficial to those coping with issues related to postpartum mood disorders, infertility, as well as child loss. She has completed the Postpartum Support International Certificate Training in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders.
Mrs. Anderson believes in the uniqueness of each individual, and that counseling should be tailored for each person’s specific needs/goals. Her theoretical approach to counseling is eclectic, incorporating cognitive-behavioral, narrative, and family systems. These therapies are well established, researched, and respected within the profession. Enjonae is committed to providing support and empathy as individuals work to release hurt and revive hope.

Enjonae is a member of the American Counseling Association. She is also a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina.

She lives in the Triad area with her husband of 10 years, their two children and some “furry friends”.

WRITERS FOR DAILY DOSE OF ENCOURAGEMENT

Starr Ayers

Writer for Daily Dose of Encouragement

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Starr Ayers is a third-generation artist, writer, amateur photographer, and speaker residing in Asheboro, North Carolina. As the mother of a daughter with Down syndrome, she has personally experienced the heartbreak of children labeled as “different.” Her heart is to encourage the acceptance of those with life-challenging disabilities and to inspire others to embrace their own uniqueness in Christ. Her love for God and his Word set her on a path of mentoring and inspiring women to listen for the still, small voice of God. Starr writes for several online devotion sites and her inspirational works are included in the book, Hopelifter: Creative Ways to Spread Hope When Life Hurts. She is married to her husband, Michael, and they have two daughters.

Visit Starr at Bringing Life Into Focus2

Beverly Lussi

Writer for Daily Dose of Encouragement

Beverly Lussi, a homemaker by choice for most of her 39 years of marriage, loves studying and teaching the truths of God. She has been actively involved in women’s ministry for many years where she encourages, teaches, and models how to have an exciting, vital, and intimate relationship with God. Serving in Missouri and Wyoming as a pastor’s wife for over 15 years, Beverly’s journey changed drastically when her husband became a Navy Chaplain in 2001. She is certainly no stranger to frequent moves, packing, unpacking, and readjusting. Beverly joined ZMI in 2009, began writing for the Daily Dose of Encouragement in 2010, and has made several trips to Nicaragua with the team.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Noree Wegmeyer

Writer for Daily Dose of Encouragement

Noree Wegmeyer is a Midwest, sweet-corn loving girl at heart. At the age of 11 she followed her parents over to Israel where they served as missionaries in an international school for 7 years. Noree moved back to USA where she pursued her Bachelor’s of Art in Political Science and International Relations. After working for the International Christian Embassy of Jerusalem for two years, she married the prince of her heart and began her journey as a military wife. After being raised as a missionary kid, Noree has a heart for traveling and experiencing new cultures, which has served her well in her role as a military wife. She and her husband recently moved from Hawaii to Georgia with their one year old son Jackson. Noree has remained active in missions and military ministries and has a passion for digging deeper into the rich mysteries of the Bible. She plans on challenging that passion by returning to school in January 2017 to begin her Masters in Theology.

Stephanie Miller

Writer for Daily Dose of Encouragement

Stephanie Miller is a personal and spiritual growth coach, also known as a Christian life coach. Her coaching ministry, Butterfly Beginnings partners with women who are ready to transform into the person God has called them to be! Learn more about her ministry at http://www.butterflybeginnings.net. There she also has her own blog encouraging women and challenging them to grow closer to God and in community with each other. Her heart’s desire is Hebrews 10:24, And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”

Stephanie is the mother to two adorable golden doodle pups, the wife of a busy army dentist, and an uprooted Buckeye transplanted in the “deep south”.

She serves at her local church as a pastoral caregiver, small group leader, and discipleship coach. When she is not chasing her dogs around or writing or reading she enjoys coffee or lunch with friends, being active outdoors and baking.

The verse that changed her life is Jeremiah 29:11, unsure of what her purpose was after moving away from family and starting a new life, this verse gave her hope and promise that God has kept to her by empowering her to boldly step out of her comfort zone to encourage others through her writing and coaching. You can also follow her on https://www.facebook.com/stephaniemillercoach.

Amy Horton

Writer for Daily Dose of Encouragement


Amy Horton’s life has been characterized by varied travel and health experiences. Both have given her a unique perspective. Born in Savannah Georgia to a military family, Amy has lived in Germany (as an Army Brat and later an Air Force wife), Republic of Panama, and various United States locations. She’s also traveled to Ukraine, Nicaragua, Mexico, and extensively throughout Europe. Amy loves to travel and connect with people from other countries. She has done several mission trips to Spanish speaking countries and taught English as a second language as part of a ministry. She obtained her degree in Family and Child Science from New Mexico State University. She is an amateur in speaking Spanish, German, French, Italian, Russian, and Chinese.

Amy relates to those with ongoing chronic following painful health issues diagnosed as a child, several surgeries over the span of eleven years for endometriosis, a struggle to conceive, and finally giving birth to a premature baby boy. In all these circumstances, Amy has discovered a full realization of God’s sovereignty in all aspects of life. She is very excited to have her new body in heaven! She also leads praise and worship at a local Bible Study. Amy, husband Ernesto, and baby Carson reside in Augusta, Georgia. She survives off sweet tea and coffee, the nectar of the Gods. You can catch her food blog at https://www.Cooking1Handed.com where she shares innovative recipes with a touch of humor.

Erin Tabor

Writer for Daily Dose of Encouragement

Erin was born into the military at Fort Riley, KS and grew up an army brat. She is now married to a soldier and continues to live the army life, having lived in Kansas, Kentucky, Arkansas, Missouri, Japan, Maryland, Colorado, and now Georgia. She and her husband Tom have two teenagers of their own, Ethan aged 15 and Emma aged 13, and also parent foster children. Erin has a BA in English as well as an MS and a PhD in Education and has been a college English instructor for the past 8 years. She currently teaches ESL classes at the local library as well as teaching Bible Studies at her church with her husband. For fun, she likes to collect books (until she runs out of space) and enjoys writing a history blog on interesting word origins that can be found at http://www.thevintageworddetective.com




Don Lively

Writer for Daily Dose of Encouragement

Don Lively is a native of Georgia and a retired police officer from the Lakewood, Colorado Police Department. He is currently the Downtown Development Director in his hometown, Waynesboro, Georgia. He is the father of three adult children and has five grandchildren and four bonus grands. Don and his wife Carolyn live in the country on old family land. Don is a freelance writer and is a featured columnist for the Waynesboro True Citizen where he appears weekly. Don and Carolyn attend Botsford Baptist Church where he sings in the choir and on the praise team, and teaches adult Sunday School class.