About Ann

possible blog headshotHello! And thanks for stopping by. It’s really an honor to share a little about myself with you.

I am an encourager, writer, and former-corporate-executive-turned-teacher, who shares the joy of a life found in Christ with the world. Through the power of words, I remind the doubtful, discouraged, and disheartened of all they were created to be, and give them both the hope and the tools to achieve it.

As a woman of faith, I believe in the importance of a healthy relationship with Christ. As a child of an abusive, alcoholic father, I know that we are not defined by what has happened to us. As an imperfect wife and mother, I am committed to using failures as stepping stones instead of stumbling blocks.

I hold a Psychology degree from McNeese State University, a master’s degree in Counseling Education from Sam Houston State University, and a certificate in substance abuse counseling. I also have my Associate in Claims and Senior Claim Law Associate designations.

I have nearly two decades of corporate leadership experience leading both small and large teams to achieve extraordinary results. An experienced trainer, I have created and led numerous corporate workshops covering such topics as the power of attitude, customer satisfaction, time management, employee satisfaction, organizational skills, and stress management. An inspirational teacher, I love speaking with people of all ages about enhancing relationships, overcoming the past, resolving conflict, facing hardships, and personal growth, all from a faith-based perspective. It would be my honor to speak at your event.

I’m the author of the devotionals Lessons for the Journey and Hope from the Pit and am a freelance writer for both radio and print media.

As an adventurous introvert, I relish the chance to hike in the mountains, ski, or scuba-dive, but I’m most content simply spending time at home.

I’ve been happily married to my college sweetheart for 33 years. For almost half of our marriage we lived as the sandwich generation, raising our family while caring for my ailing mother. I currently work part-time in the corporate world while answering God’s unexpected calling to become a Christian communicator

I love books, pizza, waterfalls, and animals, though not necessarily in that order.



I’m a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Writers on the Storm, and Faithwriters.

 

Awards received- 2011 1st Place Mystery/Suspense Category- WOTS-ACFW


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TESTIMONIES

Ann is a gifted teacher and thorough Bible student. Her work is wise, approachable, compassionate, and edifying. I hope to work with her a good deal more in the future.

-Christopher Kusiak, Owner CEK Industries

Ann uses a gentle technique to guide people toward wholeness and health: she’s kind, but always has a strong take-away. Her counselor’s heart points people toward real issues. In other words, she “goes there.” But in such a kind/gentle way that we don’t realize we’re being taught.

-Janice Hanna Thompson, Author

Ann is wonderful. She is very insightful and I love the way (she) takes ordinary, everyday occurrences and turns them into spiritual lessons
-Alpha Bible instructor, Betty Sarver

Ann is very articulate, and her meaning is clearly expressed. She does a great job using daily personal experiences–which are easy to relate to–as the object lessons in her teachings. She makes her points, backing them with accurate Scripture, without sounding sententious.
-Private school teacher, Alice Letlow

What readers are saying:

That was an amazing read. I love real life pictures of Biblical principles. Thank you for bring that to life!

What a great way to explain our relationship with Christ! I absolutely love this!

Beautiful words. Very timely and exactly what I needed to hear today. And, I’m reposting it because I believe that others need to hear it also.

You are such an inspiration. This is EXACTLY what I needed to hear today. I’m sure that others need it just as much! Just want to say, thank you for allowing God to move through you to minister to others.

Sharing these powerful words that spoke directly to me in a big way today.

Thank you, Ann. You have an amazing gift! Thank you for using it for God’s glory and blessing others. Your writings encourage me daily!

I keep coming back to this post. It has really spoken to me today. I was feeling like a huge failure. This REALLY opened my eyes. Thank you so much.

Goodness gracious! I am reposting this one and I hope my friends read it. Ann, I can’t tell you how much your work/ministry reaches my heart. Thank you for answering the call.

I needed to read this today. Thank you!

I am a better man for having read your writings.

I love reading what you have to say everyday.

Thanks for the uplifting thoughts to carry me through the day!