Empower
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Empower

The leadership team. 

  Dr. Wanda Walborn   Empower Director   Wanda led the team that designed the Empower Program. As a church planter, she created curriculum for both children and women’s ministries. Wanda has a background in education and is the Director of Spiritual Formation at Nyack College. She lives in Nyack, NY with her husband, Ron. They have 4 grown children and 2 grandchildren. Training, equipping and releasing strong leaders to advance the kingdom of God is her passion.

Dr. Wanda Walborn
Empower Director

Wanda led the team that designed the Empower Program. As a church planter, she created curriculum for both children and women’s ministries. Wanda has a background in education and is the Director of Spiritual Formation at Nyack College. She lives in Nyack, NY with her husband, Ron. They have 4 grown children and 2 grandchildren. Training, equipping and releasing strong leaders to advance the kingdom of God is her passion.


  Lisa Plunket   Proclaim Coordinator   Lisa is one of the founding members and original prayer warriors of Empower. She has served in international missions, was a church-planter, and now leads as Pastor of Spiritual Life at Risen King Alliance Church with her husband, Mike. They live in New City, NY and have 2 grown children, Joseph and Anna. 

Lisa Plunket
Proclaim Coordinator

Lisa is one of the founding members and original prayer warriors of Empower. She has served in international missions, was a church-planter, and now leads as Pastor of Spiritual Life at Risen King Alliance Church with her husband, Mike. They live in New City, NY and have 2 grown children, Joseph and Anna. 

  Cortesia Norman   Financial Coordinator   Cort is a 2015 Empower Graduate.  She serves in women’s ministries and has served on her church board for over 20 years. Cort is a business owner and entrepreneur for over 25 years. She lives in Westchester County with her family.  “Because of Empower I have a much deeper relationship with our Lord. Empower has changed my life and prepared me for life changes.”   

Cortesia Norman
Financial Coordinator

Cort is a 2015 Empower Graduate.  She serves in women’s ministries and has served on her church board for over 20 years. Cort is a business owner and entrepreneur for over 25 years. She lives in Westchester County with her family. “Because of Empower I have a much deeper relationship with our Lord. Empower has changed my life and prepared me for life changes.”
 

  Dr. Amy Davis Abdallah   Faculty Advisor   Amy was part of the design team for Empower. She is an Associate Professor of Theology and Bible at Nyack College and the founder of  Woman , a rite of passage program for women in their senior year of college. She is the author of   The Book of Womanhood.   She lives in Sparkill, NY with her husband and two sons.  "I love witnessing the unity in diversity as women come together to learn and be transformed through Empower."

Dr. Amy Davis Abdallah
Faculty Advisor

Amy was part of the design team for Empower. She is an Associate Professor of Theology and Bible at Nyack College and the founder of Woman, a rite of passage program for women in their senior year of college. She is the author of The Book of Womanhood. She lives in Sparkill, NY with her husband and two sons. "I love witnessing the unity in diversity as women come together to learn and be transformed through Empower."

  Becky Daniels   Administrative Coordinator   Becky is a 2013 Empower Graduate. With a background in education and church ministry, she is now on staff with the Metro District while actively serving her local church. She lives in Morristown, NJ with her husband, Tim, and 3 children.   “What I learned through Empower has changed my perspective on life.  I am more confident in all aspects of my life. It is a joy to be a part of Empower as it grows and develops each year.”

Becky Daniels
Administrative Coordinator

Becky is a 2013 Empower Graduate. With a background in education and church ministry, she is now on staff with the Metro District while actively serving her local church. She lives in Morristown, NJ with her husband, Tim, and 3 children.  “What I learned through Empower has changed my perspective on life.  I am more confident in all aspects of my life. It is a joy to be a part of Empower as it grows and develops each year.”

  Heather Garcia   Edmodo Coordinator   Heather was part of the design team for Empower.  She has served in non-profit para-church ministry, church ministry and currently works in the Office of Spiritual Formation at Nyack College.  Heather lives in Nyack, NY with her husband, Paul, and their four sons.   "Empower has been instrumental in affirming my identity and calling and I love partnering with the Lord to see others' destinies unfold."

Heather Garcia
Edmodo Coordinator

Heather was part of the design team for Empower.  She has served in non-profit para-church ministry, church ministry and currently works in the Office of Spiritual Formation at Nyack College.  Heather lives in Nyack, NY with her husband, Paul, and their four sons.  "Empower has been instrumental in affirming my identity and calling and I love partnering with the Lord to see others' destinies unfold."

  Maribel Quintero   Mentor Coordinator   Maribel completed Empower in 2016. She has served as a mentor and assistant mentor for Empower. Maribel is married to Dan and has 3 adult children. She resides in New City, NY and attends Risen King Alliance. She has spent most of her career as a community health nurse and educator in the inner city, working with women who are often marginalized. "Empower affirmed the Lords call on my life to challenge the lies women believe so that they can be set free to be who God created them to be!"

Maribel Quintero
Mentor Coordinator

Maribel completed Empower in 2016. She has served as a mentor and assistant mentor for Empower. Maribel is married to Dan and has 3 adult children. She resides in New City, NY and attends Risen King Alliance. She has spent most of her career as a community health nurse and educator in the inner city, working with women who are often marginalized. "Empower affirmed the Lords call on my life to challenge the lies women believe so that they can be set free to be who God created them to be!"

Kim Valenzuela
Live Stream Coordinator

Kim is a 2013 Empower Graduate. She has served in international missions, church ministry, and now works with the C&MA Metro District for communications. Kim lives in Manhattan with her husband, Andres, and their two daughters. "Empower is what God used to transform my life and I love to be a part of that transforming work in others."

  Catherine Cha   Communications Coordinator   Catherine has served as an Empower Mentor since its inaugural year. She has a diverse background in law, higher education and program management, and has served in missions and women's ministries. Catherine lives in Westchester County, NY, with her husband, Danny, and daughter, Sasha.  "Empower gave me a fresh perspective of God, others and my place in this world."

Catherine Cha
Communications Coordinator

Catherine has served as an Empower Mentor since its inaugural year. She has a diverse background in law, higher education and program management, and has served in missions and women's ministries. Catherine lives in Westchester County, NY, with her husband, Danny, and daughter, Sasha. "Empower gave me a fresh perspective of God, others and my place in this world."

  Valerie Nash   Alumnae Coordinator   Valerie courageously entered the Empower Program in 2013 after the birth of her ninth child. As a graduate, she has remained connected with a network of leaders that have assisted her in women's ministry. She is a pastor's wife, involved in international missions, and a church planter in South Jersey alongside her husband Bob.  "Knowing those I was leading would only go as far as I would go, I chose to take Empower to go deeper with Christ and confidently lead others to do the same."

Valerie Nash
Alumnae Coordinator

Valerie courageously entered the Empower Program in 2013 after the birth of her ninth child. As a graduate, she has remained connected with a network of leaders that have assisted her in women's ministry. She is a pastor's wife, involved in international missions, and a church planter in South Jersey alongside her husband Bob. "Knowing those I was leading would only go as far as I would go, I chose to take Empower to go deeper with Christ and confidently lead others to do the same."

  Darlene Terpstra   District Women’s Ministry Committee Chair   Darlene is one of the founding team members of Empower and a 2013 graduate.  She has a passion to minister to women.  Darlene is the wife of Bruce Terpstra, District Superintendent of the Metro District, C&MA.  Together they have three children, David, Stephen and Ashley, and four grandchildren.  Darlene works full time as a paralegal.  In her spare time, she is the Coordinator for Women’s Events in the Metro District, small group leader, mentor and children’s leader.   "Empower has transformed me to take risks and follow His Spirit!"

Darlene Terpstra
District Women’s Ministry Committee Chair

Darlene is one of the founding team members of Empower and a 2013 graduate.  She has a passion to minister to women.  Darlene is the wife of Bruce Terpstra, District Superintendent of the Metro District, C&MA.  Together they have three children, David, Stephen and Ashley, and four grandchildren.  Darlene works full time as a paralegal.  In her spare time, she is the Coordinator for Women’s Events in the Metro District, small group leader, mentor and children’s leader.  "Empower has transformed me to take risks and follow His Spirit!"