Lisa Plunket

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Lisa Plunket

Training Coordinator

Lisa is one of the founding members and original prayer warriors of Empower. She has served in international missions, was a church-planter, and now leads as Pastor of Spiritual Life at Risen King Alliance Church with her husband, Mike. They live in New City, NY and have 2 grown children, Joseph and Anna.

Becky Daniels

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Becky Daniels

Operations Coordinator

Becky is a 2013 Empower Graduate. With a background in education and church ministry, she is now on staff with the Metro District while actively serving her local church. She lives in Morristown, NJ with her husband, Tim, and 3 children. “What I learned through Empower has changed my perspective on life. I am more confident in all aspects of my life. It is a joy to be a part of Empower as it grows and develops each year.”

Valerie Nash

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Valerie Nash

Livestream Site Coordinator

Valerie courageously entered the Empower Program in 2013 after the birth of her ninth child. As a graduate, she has remained connected with a network of leaders that have assisted her in women’s ministry. She is a pastor’s wife, involved in international missions, and a church planter in South Jersey alongside her husband Bob. “Knowing those I was leading would only go as far as I would go, I chose to take Empower to go deeper with Christ and confidently lead others to do the same.”

Catherine Cha

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Catherine Cha

Development Coordinator

Catherine has served as an Empower Mentor since its inaugural year. She has a diverse background in law, higher education and program management, and has served in missions and women’s ministries. Catherine lives in Westchester County, NY, with her husband, Danny, and two daughters. “Empower gave me a fresh perspective of God, others and my place in this world.”

Heather Garcia

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Heather Garcia

Administrative Coordinator

Heather was part of the design team for Empower. She has served in non-profit para-church ministry, church ministry and currently works in the Office of Spiritual Formation at Nyack College. Heather lives in Nyack, NY with her husband, Paul, and their four sons. “Empower has been instrumental in affirming my identity and calling and I love partnering with the Lord to see others’ destinies unfold.”

Sandy Kang

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Sandy Kang

Proclaim Coordinator

Sandy received her B.A. in Social Welfare at U.C. Berkeley and her M.A. in Religious Studies with an emphasis in Missions at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. In 2002, she and her husband joined San Jose Christian Alliance Church as missionary candidates and now serve as senior leaders (with their four daughters). Since 2011, she has been the founding director of Gateway Preschool Academy. Sandy joined Empower in 2016 as the first live stream student. Her ministry passion is to develop and empower courageous leaders of all ages to be powerful ambassadors for Christ.

Anne Reis

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Anne Reis

Engage Coordinator

Anne participated in EmpowerOne during the 2019/2020 year. She lives in Jersey City with her husband Pedro, and two children, Ryan and Paige. Anne is extremely passionate about pursuing Christ in community in order to see kingdom transformation. “My Empower experience allowed me to take an honest look at who I am and in doing so move from a predominantly intellectual knowledge and love for the Lord to a new depth of intimacy and freedom.”

Ashley Tringale

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Ashley Tringale

Mentor Coordinator

Ashley has been involved with Empower since it’s start in 2012. She has served as a mentor since 2013 and loves walking alongside women in their Empower journey. She works full time as the Executive Pastor at Risen King Church and spends the rest of her time being mom to her 4 crazy wonderful children. “God moved powerfully in my life through Empower- and I love to see that take place in the lives of others- God is using empower to build his church and engage his people in their gifts and calling”

Melissa Singfiel

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Melissa Singfiel

International Livestream Coordinator

Melissa is a 2018 Empower Graduate. With a background in church ministry and international missions, she has served as a missionary with the Christian and Missionary Alliance since 2002. She and her husband, Jeff, have two grown children and currently live in Prishtina, Kosovo. Melissa works in community development, leadership development, and directs women’s ministry for the national evangelical alliance in Kosovo. “Empower gave me a safe place to grieve losses, find healing and reignite my dreams for ministry. I love being able to offer that safe place to others.”

Vanessa Castor

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Vanessa Castor

Events Coordinator

Vanessa graduated from Empower in 2019. Through Empower, Vanessa heard and answered God’s call to full-time ministry and enrolled as an MDiv student at Alliance Theological Seminary. She lives in Hewlett, NY, with her husband Teddy and daughter Hannah. “Empower transformed my life, and I am excited to be a part of a movement that empowers women around the world.”

Wendy Gierhart

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Wendy Gierhart

Communications Coordinator

Wendy completed Empower in 2017. Following Empower, she followed God’s call to attend Alliance Theological Seminary. She has served in education, non-profit ministry, and church ministry, and currently serves in Family Ministries at West Side Alliance Church. Wendy lives in Cleveland, OH with her husband, Mike, and their two children. “God met me through Empower and transformed my life. I love being able to help share the stories of what God is continuing to do in others through Empower!”