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!


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

 

Morgan Drake

Writer for Daily Dose of Encouragement


I was born in the beautiful state of North Carolina, appreciating the fact that sweet tea is a MUST where I was raised. I currently reside in Lynchburg, VA pursuing my Masters in Professional Counseling; with confidence that I will reach women in all seasons of life, helping shed Christ’s light to those who have known nothing but the darkness of this world.

My passions consist of family, REACHING women, friends, racquetball, the gym, the beach and shopping. I love love love to go on adventures, exploring new places and seeing God’s beautiful creation. I am a sister of two wonderful men, Cory; currently serving in the United States Army, and Tristin; a high school soccer star. I have a beautiful mother who is a wonderful role model, and I strive to be her like one day. The 3 of them are my best friends and encourage me to be a better person every day.

“She is clothed with strength and dignity and laughs without fear of the future” is a verse that I strive to live out daily. I want to be the woman that God has called me to be by being filled with the Holy Spirit and trusting the Lord with whatever my future may hold, walking in the path that He intended me to.

 

Rita Reid

Writer for Daily Dose of Encouragement

Rita’s heart’s cry is, “I love the Lord; He heard my cry.”

Her whole life is a testimony to the life changing power of Jesus Christ and His Word. Her desire is to share His love and grace to others far and near and to help bring hope, help and harmony to women’s hearts and homes.

Rita was first introduced to Brenda and ZMI in 2005 while she and her family were living in Jamestown, NC. They started attending Life Community Church where Brenda attends. Shortly thereafter Rita signed up for the Living in a Zoo? study. Soon she began to see the Lord use the nine principles taught in the study to do incredible things in her own heart and life, as a wife and mother, and she was hooked. Since that time it has been her heart to share those life changing principles with other women facing the incredible challenges of military life.

Since becoming part of the ZMI Team, Rita has traveled to Colorado, North Carolina, Nicaragua, and Honduras, with Brenda, helping to establish ministries and Bible study groups. While living in Hawaii, she traveled to Mongolia with the LCC 2014 Missions Team in order to minister the love of Christ to teens living there.

She has worked with base Chaplains and local Pastors to reach out to women and families in the military; set up a system where classes are done in small home group settings to offer privacy; and provided support and encouragement to women as they deal with the stresses of family life in the military. ZMI is excited about the opportunity to give back to those who give so much to our country.

Rita’s family is active in The Church at Covenant Park, in Ellicott City, Maryland, where she serves as an AWANA leader. She has served as Administrative Coordinator and Facilitator for various Women’s Bible Studies while serving with the EWOC in Hawaii.

She has worked with seniors at Assisted Living Communities in North Carolina, served with the PWOC in Pennsylvania, volunteered with homeless veterans in Hawaii, and volunteers with the American Red Cross in Baltimore, Maryland.

When time permits, Rita enjoys playing music on her clarinet. She is a natural organizer and brings her talent to ZMI with enthusiasm. Email her at rita@zmiinternational.org.

 

Noree Wegmeyer

Writer for Daily Dose of Encouragement

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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.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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!

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 http://CookingOneHanded.Wordpress.com where she shares innovative recipes with a touch of humor.