MINNESOTA FOUNDERS & BOARD MEMBERS
DEACON MARTY & JEANETTE MEYER
CO-FOUNDERS, BOARD MEMBERS, SPEAKERS
"At an early age for both of us, abandonment, violence, and trauma converged.
In pre-adolescence came sexual violation; and predatory experiences that threatened us, creating lies and false intimacy - a state of constant anxiety.
Though we tried to live an outwardly Christian life, we struggled internally with loneliness, shame, fear, and self-doubt - hope was elusive."
In 2005 Jeanette discovered trauma therapy that integrated spiritual and psychological care at Rachel's Vineyard©, a retreat for healing from abortion.
In 2007, she attended a Grief to Grace© Retreat which uncovered and healed some of her emotional wounds which led to spiritual and psychological injury. Due to the changes occurring in her, Marty attended the retreat in 2008.
With many of their secrets dismantled, they began to see that their wounds could be transformed, and they could become a great source of strength to each other and the community. In 2012 they became certified life coaches and Marty was able to pursue his desire to become a deacon, ordained in 2015. "We continue to thrive as 'works in progress' who want to share with others the hope and healing of Christ's mercy and love."
CO-FOUNDER, REGISTRATION ADVISOR, BOARD MEMBER
In 2012 after hearing Jeanette’s testimony, Diane attended Grief to Grace in Oregon.
As a young girl she had suffered abandonment and the sorrows of her parent’s divorce. She also experienced secondary trauma as someone close to her was being molested. After the retreat she experienced a new freedom and sense of purpose and began researching the possibility of bringing the program to Minnesota.
In 2015 she and Jeanette enrolled in Grief to Grace training in Philadelphia and after that invited Dr. Theresa Burke’s Team to Minnesota to begin the 3-year training process.
Diane is one of the first contacts for those looking to attend the retreat.
NANCY BLUME, MA Licensed Psychologist
Nancy is a practicing psychologist with expertise in helping individuals who have experienced complex/developmental trauma in their lives. She is certified in Accelerated Resolution Therapy, EMDR, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy.
Nancy has always deeply understood and believed in the interaction of the mind, body and spirit in healing from abuse which has influenced her in becoming a therapist for Grief to Grace MN.
In her spare time Nancy loves to read (two book clubs for the past 15 years), loves to hike in the wilderness and looking forward to more traveling.
Rebecca was originally drawn to the retreat program, Grief to Grace MN, to deal with the “second-hand trauma” she experienced parenting adopted kids who had survived complex early childhood trauma. The retreat provided her with an environment in which she was able to be honest and open about old wounds from her own childhood and the guilt and shame buried deep within, and she was able to experience new freedom away from those toxic feelings.
Rebecca is passionate about the integration of the Catholic faith with evidence-based mental health services and recently founded the “Elijah Institute” with the hopes to train more mental health professionals in the integration of faith into the therapeutic process.
Rebecca is a personable and pragmatic healthcare consultant with over 20 years of experience who has worked in planning, directing, and evaluating a variety of medical and mental health organizations. She works with the goal of boosting the economical and efficient performance of the organization while delivering high-quality clinical services. She has deep experience with workflow analysis, revenue cycle management, regulatory compliance, reporting, and professional ethics.
Anne is a Secular Franciscan (ofs) and is Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (BCTMB). She has specialized in providing massage for disabled and medically frail clients through nurturing touch and presence. She worked for Allina Health Hospice for over 12 years and is now retired. She serves on the council of the OFS Fraternity of Mary, Queen of Peace in Saint Paul.
Anne has been involved with the Grief to Grace Ministry since 2016, offering safe touch and “mindful grounding in the present moment" for those recovering from abuse. Anne enjoys singing in her Church choir. She loves connecting with her children and grandchildren both locally and in Alaska.