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Dr. James Kok
Care and Kindness Is Infectious—Others Catch It and Pass It on!
An Unexpected Prescription
Thirteen Secret Behaviors
Dr. James Kok has been an ordained minister for 50 years and is the founder of Care and Kindness Ministries, which presents conferences throughout the United States to train and motivate people in the Vision of Care and Kindness. His book, The Miracle of Kindness is effectively a textbook for this vision. He speaks extensively throughout the United States and Canada.
Dr. Kok was Director of Care Ministry for the Crystal Cathedral Congregation of Garden Grove, CA for 29 years. As a certified Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor, he trained churches, pastors and telephone counselors in care methods.
He writes for the Care Capsule and is the author of six books. The most recent one, Transform Belief Into Behavior has just been released.
Dr. John Vawter
How to Be a Faithful Friend
Achieving High Performance Friendships
Dr. John Vawter, former President of Phoenix Seminary, has spoken in 18 countries and taught Doctor of Ministry classes at seven seminaries. His daily radio program was heard on 430 stations in the United States.
Dr. Vawter’s career has included serving as Regional Director of Campus Crusade for Christ and pastoring churches in Minneapolis and Tempe, Arizona. Most recently, he has authored three books: Uncommon Graces: Christ-like Responses to a Hostile World; Hit by a Ton of Bricks: You’re Not Alone When Your Child’s on Drugs; and Achieving High Performance Friendship.
A Laughing Matter
Kathleen Thoren’s diverse experience includes living in two third-world countries, enjoying a professional singing career, performing nationally and internationally, and founding a non-profit organization serving abuse victims. Kathleen earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling and has a private practice in Tempe, AZ. She has enjoyed sharing the gift of laughter with numerous organizations and conferences throughout the state.
The Arizona We Want
Elva Coor has discovered Civility, Collaboration and Compromise to be the keys to success, from “round-ups” to navigating the halls of the US Senate as a full time staffer to founding and cofounding three communications companies. In 1994 she married Dr. Lattie Coor, President of Arizona State University and became a full time volunteer for ASU. In 2007 she worked with her longtime friend, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, and the program SpeakOut AZ was conceived—its mission to create a civil, well informed and engaged electorate. That program is now part of Dr. Lattie Coor’s The Arizona We Want Institute with a commitment to focus on energizing and empowering people to become engaged at the grassroots level.
Hospice of the Valley
Caring for the Caregiver
Hospice of the Valley is Arizona’s leading provider of end-of-life care. They are the largest not-for-profit hospice in the nation—yet they remain true to their original mission: “Bringing comfort and dignity as life nears its end. One patient and family at a time.” And this professional caring team focuses on the caregiver as well as the care receiver.
Creating Positive and Productive Work Environments
Many of us spend our lives and careers gauging success based on our IQ and our technical skills and talent. Yet what really matters for success and relationships both at work and at home has to do with our emotional intelligence (EI). If we think about the people who have had the most positive impact on us, what makes that person exceptional is usually his or her emotional traits: Caring, Funny, Tough, Authentic, Positive, Driven, Patient, Kind Thoughtful. People with strong EI build the skill sets that include: Empathy—seeing things from another’s perspective; communication—articulating our points and non-defensive listening; and coaching—giving and receiving feedback. My grandmothers were right: People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
Joelle hadley, is founder of The Culture Coaches and The Southwest Institute for Emotional Intelligence. She is a columnist for the Arizona Republic.
Building A Community Of Inspiring and Inspired Individuals Through Transformative Mentoring
Christy McClendon is the President/CEO of New Pathways for Youth, a local organization that transforms lives through mentoring and life skill development. Her personal passion and efforts toward the well-being of children and families in our community are extraordinary and have resulted in numerous honors and recognitions including: being named the recipient of the 2014 Greater Phoenix ATHENA Award for the public sector, Top 25 CEO’s by the Phoenix Business Journal, 50 Most Powerful Women Business Leaders by the Arizona Business Magazine, and 20 Women Who Will Shape the Valley by 2020 by the Arizona Republic.
Dr. Julian Pickens
Gaining an Understanding For Ministry to the Addicted Person
Dr. Julian Pickens is licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist and a Substance Abuse Counselor by the Board of Behavioral Health, State of Arizona. He is also a nationally Board certified interventionist, having completed more than 2,000 interventions. He has been active in the alcohol and drug field for a total 46 years after feeling God’s call to be in a ministry to the addicted person. He has three advanced degrees from the Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans and is an ordained minister.