Leadership Team

    Leadership Team

  • Steven
    Tracy, M.Div., Th.M., Ph.D.

    Founder & President

    Steve oversees the curriculum and research of Mending the Soul Ministries and serves on its board of directors. He uses his training and expertise to insure that the curriculum and services of MTS are biblically grounded and scientifically sound. Steve has served MTS from its inception. He received a B.A. from Arizona State, a M.Div. and Th.M. from Western Baptist Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from the University of Sheffield (England) with a research focus on New Testament ethics.

    Steve brings unique theological, ecclesiastical, and community expertise to MTS. He served for almost eight years as the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Phoenix Seminary, where he has taught since 1995. He is currently Professor of Theology and Ethics at Phoenix Seminary. Steve’s professional academic focus has been on sexuality, gender, and abuse. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society where he presents at the annual meetings and serves on the Executive Committee of the Gender Study Group. He is also a member of the Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect and is a member of the American Bible Society’s Trauma Healing Advisory Council. Steve is the author of Mending the Soul: Understanding and Healing Abuse (Zondervan), co-author with Celestia Tracy of Marriage at the Crossroads (InterVarsity Press), Forever and Always: The Art of Intimacy (Wipf & Stock), Mending the Soul: Student Edition (Zondervan/Youth Specialties), and Princess Found: A Guide for Mentors of Sexually Exploited Girls. Steve has authored over fifteen academic book chapters and journal articles as well as numerous booklets and workbooks.

    Steve served as a pastor for fifteen years and has extensive pastoral counseling experience with couples and singles, as well as with victims and perpetrators of physical and sexual abuse. Steve uses his abuse expertise extensively in the broader community. In addition to speaking frequently to community agencies and at conferences, in 2005 he was appointed by Janet Napolitano to The Governor’s Commission for the Prevention of Violence against Women. He has also served on The Fatality Review Team for the City of Phoenix. Steve has conducted extensive seminars for the Christian leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He provides training, curricula, and encouragement to the broader faith-based community of church and civic leaders in eastern Africa. Steve enjoys conducting much of his sexuality and abuse/trauma work with Celestia, his wife of thirty years. Steve and Celestia are grateful for their three grown children, Elizabeth, Luke, and Abby, who share their passion for the broken, abandoned, and abused.

    Due to the expanding nature of their ministry, Steve and Celestia only teach in the fall at Phoenix Seminary. The rest of the year they live and work (creating new ministry resources) in Portland, Oregon. They are particularly involved in outreach to sex trafficked youth and children and families in the foster care system in Portland. Steve also spends up to two months a year ministering in east Africa.

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  • Celestia
    Tracy, M.A.

    Founder & Director of Resource Development

    Celestia received her M.A. in Counseling/Psychology from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon in 1994, and has worked as a professional child and family counselor for eighteen years. Celestia is currently the artistic director of resource development for Mending the Soul Ministries. Together, with her husband they co-founded and co-direct Mending the Soul Ministries, Inc., a Christian non-profit dedicated to equipping and resourcing community and church leaders in an informed and compassionate response to those impacted by abuse.

    Celestia serves on the adjunct faculty of Phoenix Seminary where she co-teaches with her husband. Steve and Celestia mentor and supervise collaborative teams of writers, artists, musicians, educators, students, and mental health providers who together create sustainable, healing models and curricula for regions of the world that have experienced high levels of trauma with few mental health resources. Celestia draws from 25 years of professional experience, teaching and training both domestically and internationally in areas of: abuse & healing, secondary trauma, intimacy & bonding, biblical sexuality, singles & sexuality, and soul care. She is available for consultation to churches, clinics, and not-for-profit organizations.

    Since 2007, Steve and Celestia have conducted extensive abuse and sexuality seminars in East Africa including Rwanda, Uganda, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo for rape survivors, caregivers, prostituted women, pastors, and civic leaders. They have assisted various domestic and international ministries including: Food for the Hungry, PASCH (Peace and Safety in the Christian Home), Congo Initiative, Door to Grace, Radio Bible Class, Volviendo, Africa New Life, ALARM, American Bible Society, Overseas Council, and Frontiers.

    Steve and Celestia have authored several books and workbooks on abuse, marriage, and trauma healing, including:

    • Mending the Soul: Understanding and Healing Abuse (Zondervan)
    • Mending the Soul: Student Edition (Youth Specialties)
    • Marriage at the Crossroads (InterVarsity)
    • Forever & Always; The Art of Bonding (Wipe & Stock)
    • Mending the Soul Workbook for Men and Women
    • Mending the Soul Healing Art Handbook (published with a grant provided by Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold, Inc.)

    Celestia and Steve have three beautiful grown children who, with their families, partner with them in ministries of justice and mercy.

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  • Doug
    Terpening

    Director of Donor and Partner Engagement

    Doug’s passion is to see individual experience a mended soul in community. His heart’s desire is for each person to realize they can live a whole life and that God can redeem all their hurts and pains. He brings his extensive experience raising funds and building non-profits to help more individuals experience the transformation healing found through Mending the Soul.

    Doug earned his undergrad degree in Industrial Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and his Masters of Divinity from Multnomah Seminary in Portland, Oregon. Work Experience includes NapTech, Dravon Medical and the Luis Palau Association. Plus Doug has run his own companies, like a tree cutting service in High School to a house painting business to an online business. At Naptech, he won the largest contract for the company his final year there.

    While with the Luis Palau Association he worked on festivals in North Dakota, Connecticut, Seattle and Minneapolis, Washington DC; Orlando, Florida; Omaha, Nashville, Inverness (Scotland); Tampa, Florida; Portland, Oregon; Houston, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia; Bend, Oregon; Dallas, Texas; Jamaica; Bucharest, Bulgaria; Myrtle Beach, SC; New Castle, Australia; Phoenix, AZ; San Diego, CA; Vietnam; Little Rock, Arkansas; Manado, Indonesia; Anchorage Alaska and more.

    He and his wife Andrea, live in Portland, Oregon with their 4 children. On their small farm you will find chickens, ducks, turkeys and pigs. If you swing by their place on a Friday night, you can join in a ruckus board game or sit back and enjoy a movie with the family over the largest bowl of popcorn. In addition to his work, Doug and Andrea love helping married couples get healthily or provide pre-martial counseling.

    If you are ever in Portland, Oregon, please give him a ring and he would gladly get a cup of coffee with you or invite you over to their house  doug.terpening@mendingthesoul.org

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  • Dagny
    Mallory

    Director of Operations

    As a staff member of Mending the Soul, Dagny adds her gift of administration through the day to day operations of the ministry. She previously worked as an administrator in the corporate world for over twelve years. She took several years off to spend at home while her children were young.

    In addition to being on staff with MTS, Dagny is also one of our trained facilitators and loves to facilitate groups when her schedule allows her to do so. Her heart for Mending the Soul comes out of her own healing from abuse as the Lord first guided her through a MTS Small Group.  She stands in awe of what God has done in the lives of those she has met through Mending the Soul and loves to hear their amazing stories of God’s redemption of the abuse they have experienced.

    Dagny is grateful for the healing that has taken place in her life which, among many other things, allows her to be a better wife and mother. She loves spending time with her husband Shawn and their three children. She also enjoys the quiet moments provided for her to read, write, and be with the Lord.

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  • Roxane
    Thorstad, PsyD

    Clinical Director

    Roxane has worked and studied in the mental health field for over 14 years, gaining experience across the continuum of psychological care. She received her undergraduate degree from Arizona State University and went on to pursue graduate work in clinical psychology at Biola University, Rosemead School of Psychology in southern California. She completed her internship at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego and served as a Navy psychologist for three additional years, gaining an expertise in post-traumatic responses and treatment. The culmination of these experiences and her desire to follow the heart of God has fostered a deep passion to work with those who have experienced trauma or abuse.

    Roxane and her husband, Terry, are co-founders of Journeys Counseling Center in Mesa, Arizona, a growing center dedicated to holistic mental health care. Roxane works primarily with adolescents, adults, and families who have experienced trauma and abuse. In addition, she has worked with Mending the Soul Ministries in implementing professional support groups, providing compassion fatigue training to the Congo team, and assisting in various writing projects, including a workbook on Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.

    Roxane and Terry have three energetic young children.

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  • Tanya
    Harris, M.A., L.A.C.

    Director of Small Group Training

    Tanya Harris is a Licensed Associate Counselor in the state of Arizona. Tanya received her advanced degree in Counseling through a collaborative program between Ottawa University and Phoenix Seminary, both in Phoenix, Arizona. She graduated with a Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Christian Counseling.  She is currently working under the supervision of Dr. Roxane Thorstad.  At Phoenix Seminary and through her internship at Scottsdale Bible Church Counseling Center in Scottsdale, Arizona, Tanya received training in theology and Christian faith integration in professional counseling.

    Her practice consists of individual, marriage, and group counseling. Specializations include trauma/abuse issues, depression, anxiety, spiritual issues, grief, and dating and relationship issues.

    Tanya has been involved with Mending the Soul Ministries since 2003 when she attended the original MTS training. She since has been involved with leading lay and professional groups, speaking at MTS events, and educating churches, para-church organizations, and other agencies on abuse issues. Tanya’s coursework at Phoenix Seminary and involvement in MTS has provided her with additional training and experience in the area of the nature of abuse and abusive families, effects of abuse, and healing from abuse.

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  • Jody
    Noon, R.N., J.D.

    NW Regional Coordinator

    Jody Noon was looking for a way to utilize her experience as a Registered Nurse and   health care regulatory lawyer to assist Oregon’s youth when she was introduced to Mending the Soul and Door to Grace.   Currently, Jody is the Executive Director of Door to Grace and the Northwest Regional Director for Mending the Soul Ministries.  Through her thirty-year career, Jody has practiced as a Public Health Nurse (1977-1982), a health care regulatory lawyer (1987-2000), and health care business consultant (2000-2010).  After retiring as Deloitte & Touche LLP’s National Practice Leader of Health Sciences Regulatory Consulting, Jody returned to her roots in Oregon and began working with Mending the Soul and Door to Grace.  Jody has a passion for children, health care and arts & crafts.  Jody graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Nursing in 1977 and Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

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  • Savannah
    Sanders

    SW Advocate

    As a survivor of devastating hardships in her youth, Savannah is now living a full life as a victim’s advocate, wife, and mother of four beautiful, bright children.  Savannah is pursuing a Masters in Social Work with a Minor in Nonprofit Administration. Through the Mending The Soul Community Model of Healing, Savannah is facing and overcoming such hardships and abuses as; childhood rape, child sex slavery, homelessness as a teen, and severe drug addiction. Stepping out with new-found healing, courage, and strength, Savannah is sharing her story with a passion to educate, mentor, and empower people who have been traumatized from the dehumanizing acts of sexual abuse. Savannah’s compelling story of abuse and recovery is a source of inspiration and education to all who have the privilege of hearing her speak.

    The cycle of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse began when Savannah was raped by a family member at six years old.  This early abuse led to a teen experience filled with depression, attempted suicide, and abusive relationships. This cycle manifested, when at the age of 16, Savannah was sold to a pimp and held for 8 months, against her will.  After fleeing this captivity, Savannah was again molested by yet another family member.  These experiences were the catalysts that thrust her into a life of drug addiction, which, ultimately led to a year of homelessness as a teenage girl.

    Savannah met her husband-to-be in the midst of these hardships, and with his love and support, she was able to leave the life when she was 18 years old.  In 2009, Savannah received her GED and immediately enrolled in college.  Motivated by a desire to empower and educate others who have experienced abuse, Savannah received a full scholarship to obtain her Associates.  She graduated with honors in 2012, and received another full scholarship to Arizona State University, to finish her Master’s Degree.

    Working with the organization Mending the Soul, Savannah has helped to develop and implement the Princess Lost curriculum.  Princess Lost is a healing curriculum specifically created to help survivors of sexual abuse and exploitation.  As Savannah began her personal journey of healing, she began speaking with others about her experiences in 2010.  She has since traveled around the country, speaking at various events, and schools about the ravaging aftermath of sexual abuse and exploitation.  Her speaking has been lauded for its “vivid and emotional portrayal of her past experiences,” by those who have worked with her.  Savannah has appeared in Emmy nominated television news segments, in sex trade documentaries, and has spoken on talk radio.  “What I loved so much about Savannah was her beautiful spirit that created a gentle breeze in a very difficult topic,” says author Vicky Kress.

    Savannah currently resides with her husband, and four children, and is continuing her education while working with abuse victims and helping to promote awareness and prevention in and around her community.

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    Board of Directors

  • Alisa
    Schmitz

    Board Chair

    Executive Director for non-profit agency

     

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  • Peter
    Kinkel

    Board Vice Chair

    International business owner

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  • Roxane
    Thorstad, PsyD

    Board Member

    Psychologist and local business owner
    Director of MTS Partnership for Professional Development

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  • Jim
    Harris

    Board Member

    Business executive

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    Rebecca
    Bloomfield

    Board Member

    Executive Director for non-profit agency

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