Sandy McKeown

Writing Your Story

Saturday at 1:30 pm

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Are you interested in writing about your life experiences but aren’t sure where to start? This hands-on workshop will provide encouragement and tools to begin brainstorming and writing your story, along with tips on journaling and how to start sharing your story with others.

Everyone starts life with Once Upon a Time, but we can end our stories with Happily Ever After. This breakout will teach you how.

Sandy has been published in several anthologies, including Chicken Soup for the Chocolate Lover’s Soul, One Year Life Verse Devotional, and Laundry Tales to Lighten Your Load.

Renee Clanton

Dating as a Single Mom

Saturday at 11:00 am

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Together we will look at the joys, the challenges, the cautions, and the hopes of dating as a single mom. God’s plan is for good and for joy for your life!

Renee Clanton loves to proclaim the faithfulness of our amazing God and to encourage others to experience the power of God in their own lives. Renee, an ordained Assemblies of God minister, has worked overseas and stateside, ministering to women, single moms, children, survivors of human trafficking, and individuals seeking hope online.

Faith Fitzgerald

Reinventing Your Career

Saturday at 11:00 am & 1:30 pm

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Do you find yourself in a job that doesn’t use your God-given gifts and talents and doesn’t give you the fulfillment you are longing for? Allow yourself to “Dare to Dream” about the plans God has for your life and your career. Recruiter & business owner Faith Fitzgerald is all about reinventing your career for the better! This session will cover five essential tips to reinvent your career.

Faith is very passionate about helping others find careers that utilize their gifts and interests. She has over 20 years of experience in Recruitment Management working in both large corporations and recruiting vendor firms. She owns her own Recruiting firm in Bloomington, MN, and has many clients across the US. Faith has a BSBA in Management from the University of ND.

For a few years, Faith was a single mom and reinvented her career during that time. She remarried six years ago, and her blended family includes three beautiful children ranging from ages 22-26.

Jim Otremba

Christian Parenting Through Ages and Stages

Saturday at 11:00 am & 1:30 pm

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Single parenting is very hard. In this workshop, veteran Christian therapist Jim Otremba shares effective parenting strategies that are based on the Word of God and 21st century brain biology. You will walk away with specific tips and truths that you can implement right away, making your parenting journey much easier.

Jim Otremba has been married since 1995 and has been a part-time stay-at-home dad since 1999. He holds a Master of Divinity from St. John’s, a Master of Applied Psychology from St. Cloud State University, and is currently finishing his Doctorate in Psychology. He is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Minnesota and owns a state licensed mental health clinic in St. Cloud: www.healinginchrist.com.

Jim and his wife, Maureen, bring their professional teachings to thousands of Christians each year throughout the U.S. through workshops, workbooks, and retreats. He is a dynamic speaker who uses high energy and humor.

Kailee Soderlund

Leveraging Income With Intention

Saturday at 11:00 am & 1:30 pm

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In this breakout, Kailee will cover how to create and implement a values-driven financial plan to pay off debt, save for the future, and mitigate risks specific to single motherhood. She will also address how to foster a healthy relationship with money as well as to share tips for teaching your children to do the same!

Kailee Soderlund owns a financial planning practice in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and specializes in helping single women create financial security for themselves and their families. The revenue from her practice funds a savings match and grant program for women rebuilding their lives after fleeing domestic violence.

Sandy McKeown

Parenting a Child With Special Needs

Saturday at 11:00 am

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Have you been granted the privilege of raising a child with special needs? This workshop will discuss the stages you experience as a parent before you can reach the level where you can optimally help your challenging children. Are you where you need to be to help yours? Come learn how to help your child become what God had planned all along.

Sandy, along with her traveling (often absent) husband, raised five children, three with extra challenges. One child with attention deficit disorder and a mood disorder; one with epilepsy, a reading disability, depression, and oppositional defiance; and one with autism. All of their children are functioning in society independently. Discover how you can have these miracles in your children’s lives, too!

Sonja Bindert

Design on a Dime

Saturday at 11:00 am & 1:30 pm

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Feeling inspired by the Magnolia display by Joanna Gaines at Target? Does it leave you thinking “If only”? Come learn design basics to help you create your families space while keeping in mind that time and money are a hot commodity.

Sonja Bindert is a wife, homeschooling mama of two beautiful girls, designer and advisor for Bridging the Gap, where she manages and designs The Bridge Shop, a nonprofit that raises money for missions and anti-human trafficking efforts. She loves living life with Jesus because “His plans are so much better than mine!”

Lois Breit

Managing Conflict

Saturday at 1:30 pm

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Lois Breit is a U.S. Missionary to Single Moms and has over 25 years of experience as an ordained minister, pastor, and missionary with the Assemblies of God. Because she raised 5 children as a single mother, Lois understands the emotions, fears, and hopelessness single moms face today—but also the faithfulness of God!

She speaks at events across the country, bringing a message of hope, love and practical helps to single mothers—and all women. The Bible study, articles, and devotionals she’s written provide practical resources; and her Leadership Guidebook prepares and equips churches to better reach single parent families.

Darlene Cook

Unstuck - Overcoming Shame and Grief

Saturday at 11:00 am & 1:30 pm

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Pain, loss, and change can greatly impact our lives; yet, Jesus offers healing, hope, and a future beyond our past. Join Darlene as she share biblical truths and practical tips for becoming “Unstuck” from the weight of shame and grief.

Darlene Cook is the Associate Director at Door of Hope Ministries in Blaine, Minnesota. Door of Hope is a ministry that is bringing God’s healing from trauma and abuse to all people through safe housing, educational conferences, support groups, trauma recovery counseling and prayer ministry. Darlene has also served at Emmanuel Christian Center in a variety of staff roles, is the Prayer Advisor at Bridging the Gap, and is a credentialed minister through the Assemblies of God Minnesota District.

Darlene was a single mom for 8 years when her four children were very young. They now have families of their own and she has 14 grandchildren. Darlene’s 2nd marriage was to Mitch Cook from 1996 until 2015 when he went to be with Jesus after an eight-year journey with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Terri Fedorenko

Boundaries

Saturday at 11:00 am & 1:30 pm

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  • Where do you end and I begin?
  • How much is too much when it comes to helping others, including our children?
  • Is saying ‘no’ mean?

Women are often draining themselves taking care of others, both physically and emotionally. We often desire to please everyone and to be ‘nice.’ In the end, what we are is worn out…and somebody’s not happy.

In this session, Terri will answer the above questions and show how to establish boundaries in the most effective way with the least amount of resistance. Healthy boundaries make room for you to be you. You are enough!

Terri is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has a history of single parenting and has been remarried and part of a blended family for 17 years. She has 5 children ranging in age from 27-15, one son in law, and one amazing granddaughter.

Kandyce Behnke

Self-Protection, Awareness, & Overcoming Insecurities: Practical Self-Defense for You and Your Children

Saturday at 11:00 am & 1:30 pm

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What would you do if…? If I had a dollar for every time I have been asked that? The truth is…most women have no idea WHAT they would do if put in a dangerous situation.

In this session, we will discuss facts versus myths, real statistics, awareness of your surroundings, avoidance practices, and overcoming mental hang-ups. We will cover basic, practical self-defense techniques that can be used regardless of size or abilities. This will be a fun, relaxed session while we cover very serious topics. Those who would like can participate in some easy, hands on activities, and we will offer a question and answer time, as well as some take-home material. Age, body size, and physical abilities are no factor; this session is for all women!

Kandyce Behnke is the owner and Chief Instructor of Vision Taekwondo in Becker, MN. She teaches martial arts to students ranging from toddlers to senior citizens as well as “Ladies Only Self-Defense” classes. Her martial arts resume includes hundreds of awards, including being an Olympic Trials qualifier in 1988 and 1992 as well as the European Championships gold medalist in Moscow, Russia.

As a single mom and grandmother, Kandyce has held strongly to her faith in Christ. Her goal is to help individuals realize their own strengths, build the confidence they need to fulfill God’s purposes for them, and understand that through Christ we are all worthy!

Dwayne Ostrem

Car Care

Saturday at 8:00 am

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How do you check vehicle fluids, tire pressure, change a tire, and know the necessities for keeping your vehicle maintained, cost-effective, and safe to drive? Come to learn, refresh your car care knowledge, and ask questions.

Dwayne is a husband, dad, and grandpa whose life experience has allowed him to work on many vehicles and farm equipment throughout the years.

Katrina Phifer

Child Behavior: What's ``Normal?``

Saturday at 11:00 am & 1:30 pm

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In this session, participants will have a brief overview of typical child development from birth through the teenage years. We will answer questions such as: What can a mom expect at each age and stage and what developmental tasks are the children working through at each age? How can a caregiver support this development? What resources can I use to help me better understand my child?

Katrina joined Anna Marie’s Alliance in January, 2019 as the Manager of Prevention and Education and Trauma Informed Care. She graduated from St. Cloud State University with a Bachelor’s of Elective studies with concentrations in Early Childhood, Parent Education and Special Education. Previously, Katrina was the Program Coordinator for the S.M.A.R.T. Kids after school and day camp program at the St. Cloud Salvation Army. In this role, she worked with children and families experiencing homelessness, building a healing environment and connecting children with academic, art and recreational opportunities in the community.

Katrina is passionate about building healing communities that address individual and community trauma and has led trauma informed care trainings for hundreds of people in Minnesota, Milwaukee and Chicago. In her work with Anna Marie’s Alliance she strives to create a safe place for women and children experiencing domestic violence and to create systems change that reduces violence.

Katrina Phifer

Child Development: When Trauma is Part of the Story

Saturday at 11:00 am & 1:30 pm

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This session will cover childhood trauma and how toxic stress affects a child’s development, behavior and relationships. Strategies for working with the sometimes difficult behaviors all children exhibit will be discussed, emphasizing strategies to heal trauma and empower a child toward self-regulation.

Katrina joined Anna Marie’s Alliance in January, 2019 as the Manager of Prevention and Education and Trauma Informed Care. She graduated from St. Cloud State University with a Bachelor’s of Elective studies with concentrations in Early Childhood, Parent Education and Special Education. Previously, Katrina was the Program Coordinator for the S.M.A.R.T. Kids after school and day camp program at the St. Cloud Salvation Army. In this role, she worked with children and families experiencing homelessness, building a healing environment and connecting children with academic, art and recreational opportunities in the community.

Katrina is passionate about building healing communities that address individual and community trauma and has led trauma informed care trainings for hundreds of people in Minnesota, Milwaukee and Chicago. In her work with Anna Marie’s Alliance she strives to create a safe place for women and children experiencing domestic violence and to create systems change that reduces violence.