Gladys Bell

Gladys Bell Med, CFCS recently retired from Santa Maria Community Services after 19 years during which she served as a Center Director, Program Manager, Volunteer Manager and Human Resource Associate. Previously, she worked at a United Way home health care organization as case manager, supervisor, training coordinator and HR Associate....

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Mary Ellen Collins

Mary Ellen Collins, PhD, is the Founder, Executive Director, and Board Chair of the Motherless Daughters Ministry, Inc.  Prior to founding the ministry, Mary Ellen was CEO of People Power Consulting, focusing in areas of management, teams, and organizational development to businesses, industry, healthcare institutions, professional organizations, universities and nonprofit...

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Cestiny Crowther

Cestiny Crowther, (nee Beuerlein), is a mother of three and recently moved from Ohio to Arizona.  She first became involved in the Motherless Daughters Ministry (MDM) in college. Cestiny attended various MDM related events; including what she considers “the life-changing” Journey Retreat.  Her relationship with her mother had a rocky start, yet with God’s intervention through channels such...

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Cathy DiBella

My mother loss began at birth; she was there for me physically but emotionally left me empty. Because of this lack of emotional connection, I was very angry as a child and this continued as I became an adult. In 2004, I became so exhausted from being angry, I decided...

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Christine Fishel

Christine Fishel has been involved with Motherless Daughters Ministry since 2010. She and her husband Kevin have four school-age children who create a lively and loving home environment. Whenever she can carve out the time, Christine enjoys writing for the ministry’s newsletter and blog. She is passionate about sharing her...

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Jan Heller

A friend introduced Jan Heller to the Motherless Daughters ministries in 2018. Right away, she signed up for the Narcissistic Mothers class and went on the retreat the following Spring. As Jan learned the different types of mother loss, she felt called to become the blog editor for this ministry....

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Dottie Menkhaus

Dottie Menkhaus was 16 years old when she lost her mother to breast cancer in 2003. Dottie started attending a Motherless Daughters Ministry (MDM) support group in 2018. Since then, she has enjoyed attending various MDM events, sharing her story and listening to others. Dottie enjoys writing for the blog...

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Kristin Mitchener

Kristin Mitchener was raised by her mother who was emotionally absent with untreated mental illness. Kristin most identifies with daughters of Borderline mothers. She stumbled upon the Motherless Daughters Ministries website while searching for a support group in her city for daughters with emotionally absent mothers. While she wasn’t able...

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Marisa Saenz

Marisa Saenz (nee Alexander) started volunteering with the Motherless Daughter Ministry Staff in 2019. After her mom passed away in 2014, Marisa needed a connection, someone who might know what she was going through, what she was feeling. Writing has always been an important part of her life. Many times,...

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Julie Thompson

Julie was 26 years old when she lost her mom to a 9 year battle with breast cancer. “Since I lost my mom as a young adult, it can be easy for me to focus on all the life events that my mom will miss. However, the Motherless Daughters Ministry...

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Heather Wolper

I am Heather, a Christ follower, wife, mother, friend and orphan. I am on a journey to let go of perfect in order to find grace in each of life’s wonderfully messy moments.  I grew up in the South, the only child of an only child. These days, I call a...

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