BOARD OF DIRECTORS

JenniferJennifer Walker, MA, LPC – Chairman
A Master’s graduate of Grace College and Seminary in Winona Lake, IN, Jennifer Walker maintains a private practice in Franklin, TN. Specializing in the areas of addiction, trauma, abuse and eating disorders, Jennifer has trained with such noted counselors as Dan Allender and Larry Crabb. Her grace-based approach to the therapeutic process, combined with her seasoned perspective on life, relationship and recovery work are valuable assets in her service to FINDINGbalance. An avid horse-woman, Jennifer can be found most Saturdays participating in a regularly scheduled fox hunt. 

karen-new-170x170 Karen Amos – Secretary / Treasurer
Karen has served FINDINGbalance in some capacity since 2009, first as staff, and now as a board member. In addition to her work with FINDINGbalance, her professional background includes the Texas Attorney’s General’s Office, intelligence work for the US Air Force, training intelligence officers for British Aerospace Engineering, or supervising parolees for the VA Department of Corrections. She she resides near Richmond, Virginia with her husband and two children, and is a school teacher for 8th grade students.

Michael Bianchi 
Michael Bianchi has worked in marketing, artist development, and donor acquisition within the music industry for over 20 years, first at a record label and then running artist programs for NGO World Vision in the US and Australia. During that time, he has gained experience developing and growing the careers of artists, worked with artists to leverage their platforms to help others, built cohesive and effective teams, developed, refined, and implemented onsite activation techniques, and produced multiple events. Throughout his career, Michael has always been driven by the knowledge that he is contributing to providing hope to people in some way, which is the reason he is so excited to now serve on the board of FINDINGbalance.  Michael lives in the Nashville area with his wife and two sons.

Lee Wolfe Blum
Lee Wolfe Blum is an author, energetic passionate speaker, and mental health practitioner working in the field of eating disorders and addictions. She loves to help women find hope and healing from perfectionism and addictions. She is the author of Table in the Darkness: A Healing Journey Through an Eating Disorder and Brave Is the New Beautiful: Finding Courage To Be the Real You. Lee lives in Edina, Minnesota with her husband and three teenage boys in what she calls “The Frat House”. She also Lee also freelances as a Recovery Coach and a Writing Coach. Learn more about Lee at her website.

Laura LeemasterLaura Leemaster, LCSW
Laura is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked in the field for over 28 years addressing a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, addiction and sexual abuse on an inpatient and outpatient level. Laura is Level Two certified in Eye Movement Desentization Reprocessing (EMDR), a proven therapy for trauma and related issues. Laura has had a private practice for ten years and currently resides with her husband Ted and two of their seven children in St. Joseph, MI. Laura is a faith-based therapist, believing that to be the single most important aspect of the healing journey with her clients.

4. 1G2A7906-RA.J. Rhodes 
A.J. is Vice President of Technical Services at Capitol Christian Music Group in Brentwood, TN, where he has worked since 1995 managing hundreds of users and millions of dollars worth of technical systems and equipment. He is also an accomplished musician, and regularly serves on the worship team at his church in Franklin, TN as well at Fb events such as Hungry for Hope. The husband of founder Constance Rhodes, AJ has served FINDINGbalance since its inception in 2001, guiding and working in various capacities over the years, particularly when it comes to the technical side of things but also with respect to vision and mission integrity.

STAFF

Constance Rhodes – Founder & CEO. FINDINGbalance is a ministry borne out of Constance’s own struggles with food and weight, as well as her mom’s. Constance is the author of Life Inside the Thin Cage: A Personal Look into the Hidden World of the Chronic Dieter, The Art of Being: Reflections on the Beauty and the Risk of Embracing Who We Are, and Finding Balance with Food: A 12-Week Guided Journey to Greater Health and Freedom. A former marketing director for what is now Capitol Christian Music Group, Constance’s experience in the entertainment business has had a strong influence on the shaping of FINDINGbalance as a media-based resource for those seeking freedom from eating and body image issues. It has also informed her approach to presenting on these topics, and she has become a frequent and respected speaker on themes of eating disorders, body image, recovery, and life/spiritual balance. Constance lives in Franklin, TN with her husband AJ and their three children. 


Jeanette-henriques-no-textJeanette Henriques – Director of Member Services, Lasting Freedom.
Jeanette conducts consultations and one-on-ones with our Lasting Freedom members, manages member communication, and advises our staff team on other related aspects of the program. She also mentors our facilitators (see below) as well as facilitates groups as needed. Jeanette previously served as Director of Member Services and on the Board of Directors for MentorCONNECT, an online eating disorder recovery community.Jeanette achieved full recovery after a 15 year battle with anorexia, bulimia, depression and post- traumatic stress disorder. Her remarkable story of recovery and redemption demonstrates hope for individuals to find the ability to walk in complete freedom from disordered eating as well as how not to live in the identity of an abuse victim. Jeanette challenges individuals to take ownership of choices and find their identity outside of struggles. Her passion is to help others see that recovery is possible and encourage them to seek that freedom for themselves. Jeanette lives in the DFW area in Texas.

156Samantha Davis – Bookkeeper and Records Manager. Having spent her childhood in Texas, Samantha relocated with her family to Richmond, Virginia as a teenager, and attended college there. She worked her way through school, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Information Systems. Her past work experience includes corporations such as Capital One and Circuit City, and a government position with the City of Richmond’s Police Department. For the past 10 years, she has been managing and organizing the lives of her husband and three young kids as a stay-at-home mom, as well as volunteering in church and her children’s schools. She is excited to use her God-given gifts to further His mission through FINDINGbalance.

CORE VOLUNTEERS

Social Media Moderator

amy schaller 2015Amy Schaller has been a long-time supporter of Fb, including serving as co-leader of a pilot group for the Finding Balance With Food curriculum and hosting an Fb Gathering in California. Through active engagement in FINDINGbalance programs, Amy has gone from isolating herself as a disordered eater to playing an active part in the Lasting Freedom recovery community, Hungry for Hope, and other volunteer roles. She’s been in the fitness industry for 24 years and owns her own personal training business working with seniors & special populations. Amy lives in California with her husband of 31 years, and has a son, Trace, who is her pride & joy.

Group Facilitators

In addition to groups being run by staff, the following volunteers are currently leading groups for our Lasting Freedom online support program:

Teresa Fukumoto is a Branch Office Administrator for Edward Jones Investments. As a former member of Lasting Freedom for over two years, Teresa has gone through the Facilitator in Training Program in order to become a Facilitator. Teresa can relate to many members as she too is using the tools and coping skills she has learned in LF in order to walk this journey to freedom. She is passionate about coming alongside other members by encouraging them to honor God with their lives and experience freedom. Teresa is a proud aunt that enjoys spending time with her niece and nephews as much as she can. She resides in Scottsdale, AZ. (Teresa also serves as Guest Satisfaction Specialist for Hungry for Hope 2018)

BethanyBethany Kirk is a stay at home mom. A former member of LF, Bethany is the first peer-leader to be mentored through the program into a Facilitator role. Her story is not unlike that of many we serve, in that she seemed fine on the outside, but felt frozen on the inside by her fears about food and weight. Today she continues to learn and grow and lean into this next season of leading others toward the same hope she has found. She lives in Washington with her husband and children.

Mallori V.Mallori Vogelpohl is a Project Advisor for TRIO Student Support Services at Southeastern Community College in Iowa. As a former member of LF, Mallori understands firsthand the journey toward freedom from eating issues, and is passionate about equipping others to find that freedom in the context of community. She and her husband Derek live in Burlington, Iowa.