Covenant Creators is a
mentoring program offered by Women in Christian Leadership that addresses the
question, "How do I better lead as a Christian?" It derives its name
from the promises made by God to protect and nurture those who remain faithful
to Him. In this program, we strive to establish a covenant through an agreement
to align our actions with His word, symbolizing our commitment to serve both
God and one another. Our belief is that through encouragement, education, and
elevation of one another as Christian women, we can discern our strengths and
gifts, using them effectively in our homes, workplaces, and communities to lead
more people to God's saving grace.
- Duration: 6 months (February – July 2024)
- Group virtual kickoff meeting: February
20, 2024, 6:30pm-8pm
- Monthly 60-minute mentorship meetings
(virtual or in-person)
- Open sharing of goals, challenges, and
aspirations with your mentor
- Commitment to completing action items
identified in mentor sessions
- Emphasis on aligning personal growth with
- If you are a woman aspiring to lead as a
Christian, apply for this program.
- Limited slots available; first-come,
- No additional fees for program
- After program completion, you can choose
to donate to support future mentorship initiatives.
Deadline: January 3, 2024
here to apply online.
Week of January 22, 2024
- Lois: 937-673-6558
- Rhonda Reagh: 937-901-5612
Thoughts: The book of
Ecclesiastes (4:7-11) reminds us of the power of collaboration and mentorship.
Covenant Creators provides the opportunity for women to support and mentor one
another on their Christian journey, drawing closer to God, our ultimate mentor.
Join us and experience the positive impact mentoring can have on your life.
Amanda Banister, is a seasoned leader in the nonprofit sector. She passionately advocates for youth empowerment and social justice. She holds dual bachelor’s degrees from Southern Methodist University and is pursuing a Master's in Public Service and Administration at Texas A&M University. As founder and CEO, Amanda guides her organization with strategic vision, specializing in trauma-informed approaches and Trust-Based Relational Intervention. She empowers causes she cares about with her involvement in organizations like Women in Christian Leadership, the International Women's Club of Riga, and the Christian Alliance for Orphans, where she advocates family preservation and Former Foster Youth rights.
Cassie B. Barlow, Ph.D.
Dr. Cassie B. Barlow, President of the Strategic Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE), prioritizes collaboration among SOCHE’s 23 member institutions. Formerly the 88th Air Base Wing Commander at Wright-Patterson AFB, she oversaw a significant workforce. Retired as a Colonel in 2014, Dr. Barlow, a distinguished Georgetown University graduate, served in various global assignments during her 13-year military career. Currently, she focuses on SOCHE's programs for member colleges, faculty development, and meeting students' workforce needs.
Blanca Criner, born and raised in Chihuahua, Mexico, is a globetrotter and humanitarian with a passion for diverse cultures. A seasoned traveler, she explores cooking classes and culinary traditions. Engaged in global missionary work, Blanca leaves a positive impact on diverse communities. Locally, she serves on WIBN-BBB and WICL Boards, Optimist Group and actively fostering connections on different networking groups. In her personal life, Blanca shares adventures with husband David, son Joey in college, and Buddy, their Chiweenie. Professionally, as Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer at Abbey Credit Union, she showcases Abbey's impact and continuously mentor her peer Patty for community outreach on ways to add value to the community she serves.
Melissa, the Executive Director of Technology First, has dedicated her career to connecting and inspiring individuals. From leadership roles at BBB Dayton to fostering growth in Women in Business Networking, she prioritizes relationship-building and business expansion. Known for her strong character, integrity, and innovative spirit, Melissa thrives on turning ideas into reality through collaboration. Actively engaged in the Miami Valley community, she serves on various boards and contributes to multiple organizations. With a MBA in organizational leadership, Melissa enjoys golf, reading, and family time with her daughter Ashley, husband Jeff, and their dogs Bailey and Cooper.
Melissa Jones, residing in Christchurch, New Zealand, is dedicated to guiding others on their transformative journeys, emphasizing the power of connecting with love for divine inspiration. As a licensed public school teacher and facilitator, she contributed to computer science education at Canterbury University. Through MJ Consulting, her current venture, Melissa promotes holistic wellness, fostering connections with nature, creativity, and inner peace. Additionally, she offers solutions in nutrition, skincare, and cutting-edge wellness devices. Actively involved in Women in Christian Leadership, she also facilitates for the John Maxwell Leadership Foundation Transformation Tables, embodying her mantra of Connect, Love, Inspiration, and Transformation.
Carol Prewitt is the President of Prewitt Consulting, LLC. Prewitt Consulting provides civility training, etiquette, and business protocol to corporations, universities, schools, government agencies, religious organizations, community groups, and individuals.
Professional grant writer and fundraiser for non-profit organizations.
Provides board development training to non-profit organizations.
Dayton, Ohio native Abby Pytosh, a devoted family member and Strategic Communications Leader, connects people and ideas with a passion. Boasting 15 years of experience, she excels in enhancing leadership communication, fostering employee engagement, and building robust corporate cultures. Currently transitioning from full-time caregiving, Abby eagerly awaits guidance on utilizing her talents in the next chapter. Unveiling her inner lioness, she remains a positive force, giving more than she takes, and transforming life's detours into opportunities.
Owner, Wendy Roop Coaching
Wendy is a Professional Certified Coach and Certified Trauma Informed Coach who brings 25+ years of corporate experience in Human Resource Management and People Development to her work. Her background includes industries such as manufacturing, finance, technology, and healthcare, focusing on fostering team-building, a thriving culture, and leadership coaching.
Wendy is the owner of Wendy Roop Coaching and is passionate about holding space for leaders to process through all they are facing and to recognize their fullest potential as a leader.
Kim Vesey has served as a hospice nurse and executive for nearly 40 years. She describes her life’s work as deeply, intimately moving, and life changing. She recently retired as the Executive Director for Ohio’s Hospice.
She attributes her success to God’s many blessings and His ongoing guidance, incredible mentors, and her desire to inspire and positively impact others. Faith plays an important role in her work. Kim is a certified hospice nurse, and is certified in thanatology (study of death and grief). She is an author of children’s books on grief, national and TEDx speaker, a mom, and grandma.
“All of us need someone to help us think through what we’re going through so we can discover what’s getting in the way of real change." - Lois Elrich