Melissa is happily married to Andy Cimbala with whom she serves on the Mason-Dixon staff team of DiscipleMakers. Melissa's son James is approaching his second birthday and is a constant source of joy and delight to the family. Melissa loves cooking, eating, reading, and working with wood. She is so excited to spend the weekend at Women's Conference and to dive into God's Word with so many students!
Jesus captured Bonnie's heart in high school, but her passion to make disciples of women began through a campus ministry. She graduated from college with a Nursing degree. The Lord led her husband, Bill, to found DiscipleMakers in 1981. Having been married for 42 years, they continue to enjoy their three wonderful daughters and eight delightful grandchildren. Bonnie was diagnosed with a rare cancer 14 years ago and through it is learning much about God's love and faithfulness. Highlights of her week are time in the Word of God and date nights with her grandkids.
Sarah serves on the Lancaster Area Team with her husband Keith. She is a graduate of Gettysburg College. She loves anything to do with history, a good podcast, and a cup of steaming Earl Grey tea. Sarah loves to see the way God’s redemptive work is woven into the fabric of human history and how the resurrected Jesus is reversing the curse of sin and bringing hope to all peoples.
Shannon has been married to Mark for almost twenty-five years. They serve as team leaders and trainers with DiscipleMakers in the Lehigh Valley East. She graduated from Lafayette College. She loves and teaches chemistry, lacrosse, and the Bible. Frequently sharing her Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe, Shannon loves having a house full of people. Her motto is "Jesus Jams." "BEST MOMMY EVER!!!!" says Rebekah Fodale, the youngest of her four children.
Remember that bossy, self-absorbed, know-it-all in school, who thought she was better than everyone else? Yeah, that was Ali. By the time she reached college, she was sure she had it all figured out. But Jesus, in His mercy, showed her how very wrong she was. Ali came face to face with the only one who DID live a perfect life, and who died to pay for her foolish pride. Ever since, she has been captivated, convicted, and changed by the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus.
Jen leads the Lancaster Area Team with her husband, Joel. They have two daughters, Jazmine and Ainsley. Jen finds joy in many things, such as college football, Harry Potter, gardening, African-American history, music, and graphic design. Above all else, though, Jen turns to God, His Word, and His people as her source of joy.
Becky loves to bring groups together, especially to help radically different people know and love God and one another. This happens on a regular basis and is usually accompanied by food and coffee. She can also be spotted bargain-hunting and attending cultural events around State College with her husband Dan and their daughters Rosie and Deborah.
Maria Noyes thought she knew what she was going to be when she grew up—a librarian! But God had different plans for her life. After graduating from Kutztown University with a degree in library science, she now works for DiscipleMakers at Penn State University with her husband, Kevin. You can still find Maria curled up with a good book or exploring libraries when she travels. One of Maria's favorite things to do is go running outside (unless it's very cold!). She loves finding good deals at thrift stores, cooking and eating healthy foods, and learning to play strategy games.
Carin joined DiscipleMakers in 2003 after graduating from Bloomsburg University, and has served both on campus at Penn State and in DM’s Headquarters. She and her husband Brian have three beautiful girls, in whom they delight.
Megan Royes is a graduate of Lafayette College, where she studied English and Music. It was there that God showed her how people—not grades, possessions, or titles—would last forever. Megan now lives in Allentown with her husband, Dave and their four kids: Joanna, Luke, Karalyn, and Micah. When she’s not homeschooling or running after small children at Dorney Park, Megan loves shopping, sunny weather, reading, hosting people in her home, sipping hot beverages, and someone else cooking dinner.
Heather grew up in a small town in Northern Pennsylvania. She didn't really want to go to college, but somehow found herself at Lafayette College. It was a good thing she went, because it was at Lafayette that Heather learned about DiscipleMakers and grew in her walk with God more than she ever had. Heather works on the Penn State Team and lives in State College. She loves dogs, ice cream, and reading fiction. Heather recently got married and is still getting used to her new name.
Born and raised in a small PA town with an unpronounceable name, Faith later went on to attend Penn State University where she studied nutrition sciences. Captivated anew by Jesus in college, she joined staff with DiscipleMakers after graduation and now serves on the Lehigh Valley West team in Allentown. She is particularly passionate about leading Bible studies, drinking black coffee, cooking up new recipes, drumming, and boxing at the gym.
Tori works with DiscipleMakers at Kutztown University and Cedar Crest College. Women’s ministry is a large part of her life and she deeply desires to see women mature in love and knowledge for the Lord. Tori’s favorite hobbies include going to the movies, boxing, and writing poetry.