Refresh Kansas City Speakers
Kristin Berry is an author, blogger, speaker, adoptive mother, and former foster parent. She is the co-creator, along with her husband Mike, of the award-winning blog www.confessionsofanadoptiveparent.com which has a global audience of more than 100,000 people around the world, every month. In 2015 she co-authored the books The Adoptive Parent Toolbox and The Weary Parent’s Guide To Escaping Exhaustion along with Mike. Her most recent book is entitled Born Broken: An Adoptive Journey which chronicles her and Mike’s journey in raising children from extreme trauma. They have been married for 17 years and have 8 children, all of whom are adopted. They reside in the suburbs of Indianapolis, Indiana.
Mike Berry is an author, blogger, speaker, adoptive father, and former foster parent. He is the co-creator, along with his wife Kristin, of the award-winning blog www.confessionsofanadoptiveparent. com which has a global monthly audience of more than 100,000 followers. They also co-host the The Honestly Adoption Podcast. Mike travels extensively throughout the U.S. every year, with a passion to reach foster and adoptive parents with hope and encouragement. He is the author of several books including, The Adoptive Parent Toolbox, The Weary Parent’s Guide To Escaping Exhaustion and the #1 Best-Seller Confessions Of An Adoptive Parent: Hope And Help From The Trenches Of Foster Care And Adoption. Along with blogging, podcasting and books, he’s also a featured writer on Disney’s babble.com. Mike and Kristin have been married for 19 years and have 8 children, all of whom are adopted. They live on a farm outside of Indianapolis, Indiana with their 2 dogs, a cat, 7 chickens, and 3 miniature horses.
Born and raised in Long Beach, California, Dan came to Kansas City in 1989. Soon after, Dan began attending Heartland Community Church. He joined Heartland's staff in 2000, transitioning into he role of Senior Pastor in 2004. Dan and his wife, Elise, have three daughters - Mia, Brianna, and Hadley - one of whom is adopted. The Deeble dogs, Keiffer and Bower, round out the family. When he has free time, Dan enjoys playing sports (he plays an ugly round of golf, but a mean game of wiffle ball).
Dr. Gregory E. Ealey, Th.M., Dmin.
Gregory is a native of Austin, Texas. He is married to Selena Ealey, and they have two children, Elias and Emmanuel. He attended Texas State University where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a focus in Accounting. He received a Master of Theology degree with a focus on Pastoral Leadership from Dallas Theological Seminary. He has also earned his Doctorate of Ministry from Western Baptist Bible College. Gregory has worked with The Urban Alternative, a ministry of Dr. Tony Evans. He was a chaplain for Marketplace Chaplains, USA, serving as an Area Team Leader. He served as the ninth pastor of Paseo Baptist Church in Kansas City, MO for eight years. He now serves as the Campus Pastor for Colonial Presbyterian Church, at the Wornall Campus in Kansas City, Mo. He is Executive Director for Elevate KC, a city-wide collaboration seeking to bring people together around the issues of education, human trafficking, fatherlessness and racial healing. Greg and Selena have also had the privilege of serving as foster parents for two children who have now been reunified with their family. Above all, Gregory just wants to be known as a servant of God who lives to bring God glory.
Cindy R. Lee, LCSW, LADC
Cindy specializes in providing counseling services for children, adolescents and adults as well as crisis intervention services and substance abuse treatment. In an effort to better serve families struggling with attachment issues, Cindy completed the TCU Institute of Child Development’s professional training program of the Trust-Based Relational Intervention Model (TBRI ®) developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross. Since her completion of the TBRI ® training, Cindy has conducted numerous trainings to clinicians as well as foster parent groups and serves as a TBRI Mentor at TBRI® trainings. In addition, Cindy is trained to administer the Adult Attachment Interview.
Cindy is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the HALO Project. HALO (Healing, Attachment, Loving Outreach) is a 10-week intensive intervention program for children in foster care and/or children who have been adopted experiencing attachment or behavioral difficulties. Due to the success of the HALO Project, Cindy was asked to collaborate with the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development (KP ICD) to create the TBRI Counselor’s Manual which will be available to TBRI Practitioners at the completion of the research.
In collaboration with Dr. Karyn Purvis & Dr. David Cross, Cindy has published a series of children books based upon the valuable lessons on TBRI ®, including Baby Owl Lost Her Whoo, It’s Tough to Be Gentle: A Dragon’s Tale, Doggie Doesn’t Know No and others.
In addition to TBRI, Cindy has received training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Seeking Safety, Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model (TREM), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Theraplay® and Circle of Security ™. Cindy has experience treating a wide variety of issues including child abuse and neglect, trauma, anxiety, eating disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Dissociative Identity Disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorder and addiction.
Cindy graduated with honors from Arizona State University with her Masters in Social Work in 1999. Cindy is licensed by the Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Social Workers as well as the Oklahoma Board of Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors.
Daren Jones is a Training Specialist with the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development (KP ICD) at TCU. As training specialist, Daren’s main focus is instructing professionals working with children who have experienced trauma, in Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®). Since Daren joined the Purvis Institute in 2014, he has been an integral part of teaching and spreading TBRI® across the U.S. and throughout the world.
Daren earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He began his career as a behavior instructor of a therapeutic day treatment program serving children and youth who could no longer function in a regular academic school setting.
After serving as a behavior instructor, Daren decided to obtain his Master’s in Social Work from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. Daren spent 12 years serving youth and families within residential and foster care settings as a direct-care worker, residential group home supervisor and trainer, before beginning his work with the KP ICD.
Daren is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Counseling & Counselor Education at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX, where he resides with his wife Katie Jones, daughter Ruby, and son Finn.
Amanda Purvis is a Training Specialist with the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development (KP ICD) at TCU. As training specialist, Amanda’s main focus is instructing professionals working with children who have experienced trauma, in Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®). TBRI, a holistic, attachment-based, and trauma-informed intervention designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children, offers practical tools for caregivers to help those in their care reach their highest potential.
Amanda earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Metropolitan State University in Denver, CO. She began her career working in Child Protective Services as an intake worker. She then transitioned to foster care and post-adoption support, where she spent a decade of her career before beginning her work with the Purvis Institute in December 2017.
Amanda lives in Castle Rock, CO with her husband and five children, and their dog, Scout.
Speaking nationwide at conferences, support groups, culture camps, churches, schools, and beyond, social worker Tara VanderWoude educates and challenges parents and professionals on various adoption and race-related topics. She has experienced and studied the many complexities of adoption and has had countless conversations with other adoption-competent professionals but more importantly with fellow adopted persons and their families. Tara, a Korean-born adopted person and adoptive parent, is able to look beyond her own experiences, and teaches with expertise and reality balanced with humor and grace.
Ed Wiley is a comedian who weaves spot-on impressions and music into a traditional stand-up act.
A native Georgian, Ed lives on a south Georgia farm with his wife, six children, eight cats, a dog, umpteen goats, two rabbits, and a healthy supply of antacids. In other words, it's a homeschool paradise.
Ed blends just the right mix of stand-up, crowd work, guitar, and impressions to bring a clean, relevant show with something for everyone. His act reaches across generations and backgrounds to connect with people of all ages.
Whether it's his awkward attempts to keep marital romance alive, his spot-on impressions of public figures, or riffing on the behavior of his children and goats, Ed's act is a blend of smart and zany that brings everyone on board for a hilarious ride.