Women’s Healing and Empowerment Network (WHEN), a faith-based, non-profit organization, was founded in 2008 as a response to the growing need for programs and services to address the issues of domestic violence and sexual abuse in the faith community.
The escalation of emotional and mental disorders resulting from unresolved issues are increasing in Christian families and relationships. Counselors, teachers, pastors, and church members agree that there are many Christians dealing with issues that negatively impact their lives. They also agree that there are limited resources and services designed to provide safety for victims, education for perpetrators, and address the causes, effects, treatment, and prevention of family violence and related abuse concerns.
There is a need for Scripture to be interpreted rightly so that the true meaning of the roles, privileges, and responsibilities of each family member can be addressed from a Christian perspective. Because of the escalation of emotional and mental disorders resulting from unresolved issues, and dysfunctional family systems, many families are at risk of disintegrating.
WHEN helps to provide healing and empowerment to individuals, families, homes, churches, schools, and other organizations through education, counseling, healing centers, resources and other support services in the areas of domestic violence, sexual abuse, and related abuse. We consult with and assist religious and secular organizations in establishing policies and procedures that can help prevent child abuse, protect victims and hold perpetrators accountable for their actions.
Mable C. Dunbar, Ph.D. is Founder and President of Women's Healing and Empowerment Network. Mable has a Ph.D. in Family Mediation, MA in Education and Counseling Psychology, is a Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, and Clinically Certified Domestic Violence Counselor. Mable is the author of “The Truth About Us”, a contributing author to “Intimate Violence”, “Peace and Healing”, “We Suffered in Silence” , “Empowered” and co-author of “Domestic Abuse: How Will Your Church Respond to the Crisis?.” She has also written numerous booklets and articles on the topics of domestic violence and sexual abuse. She travels extensively (nationally and internationally) to raise the awareness of domestic violence and sexual abuse in the Christian as well as secular communities. She also conducts educational programs to help end the intergenerational cycle of abuse. She has been married to Dr. Colin A. Dunbar for over forty years. They are proud parents of 3 adult children and grandparents of three boys. Mable enjoys meeting people, cooking, gardening and walking.
Tom Bartridge has over 40 years of experience helping companies achieve business objectives through re-organization, implementing change and nationalization efforts with 25 years in the Middle East focusing was on the Oil & Gas Industries, Renewable Energy Sector, Manufacturing and Real Estate Development.
Laura Lindsay is the owner of “Laura Lindsay Insurance Agency/American Family Insurance” located in Airway Heights, Washington. Prior to her arrival in the Spokane region Laura served as a Legal Assistant with the Carmen Law Office in Walla Walla, Washington. She has always been a strong advocate for serving the community.
Shannen is an award-winning reporter with The Cheney Free Press, covering a variety of issues affecting the West Plains. Prior to her work in Spokane County, Shannen wrote for multiple publications in Western Washington and her work has been featured in The Seattle Times, The Washington Times, TulalipNews, The Spokesman-Review and the Inlander.
Musician, artist and business owner, Seth brings a variety of skills and experience to the WHEN board. He is currently the Assistant Branch Manager at the First Interstate Bank branch in Airway Heights. His passion for the nonprofit world started in 2005 when he moved to Kansas City, MO to help start a drop-in center for the kids who lived in the city and did not have after school activities. He was a volunteer with AmeriCorps as a Vista which gave him the ability to work on the project.
Dennis is a highly sought after, dynamic, sensational, celebrity speaker and emcee! He delivers keynote presentations, student activity lecture programs, and talks to thousands of students each year on self-empowerment and success.
Lorenda hosts the midday show on Shine 104.9FM in Spokane and Coeur D'Alene as well as hosting a Christian morning show in California for The Promise FM. Lorenda has been in the broadcasting business for over 30 years. She started out with a love for music and has played piano since she was 8 years old.
Nina is a passionate HR Professional with extensive experience in all aspects of recruitment, identification of needs assessment, creation of personalized training material, training & development, employee engagement, and customer service operations. Her portfolio includes managing large-scale training projects, providing support for specialized training teams, implementing strategic talent acquisition plans, developing retention tools and supporting organizational succession planning.
Laura Bracken owned Design Spike, Inc., a Spokane, Washington, web design and development company, for almost 16 years. Prior to owning a business, Laura was an English professor who taught English, American and World literature; composition; argumentation; and communications courses. She was the managing editor of Today’s Dallas Woman in Dallas, Texas, as well as wrote for local publications including the Journal of Business, Spokane Woman and The Spokesman Review. Laura sits on the board of Northwest Mediation Center, is a member of Inland Northwest Business Association, and of Public Relations Society of American Spokane Chapter, and was a 12 year member of Rotary Club 21. Laura is the past board chair for WHEN.
Cheryl works in the Family Life Department at Upper Columbia Conference in Spokane, Wash. She is married to David and is mother to Joshua, Steven and Noah. While her work experience includes assisting women in crisis, she thrives on being a helper to all of God’s children.
Jon is a practicing physician in the field of nutritional or functional medicine with offices in Cornell, Wash. and Spokane, Wash. He has been practicing medicine since he graduated from Loma Linda University Medical School in 1973. He is a member of the American College for Advancement in Medicine, The American Academy of Environmental Medicine, and the International College of Integrative Medicine. In addition to his focus on nutritional therapies, he specializes in immune system disorders and clinical toxicology. He enjoys the challenge of treating chronic health problems that are unresponsive to conventional therapies. He and his wife, Eloyce, have been married for over 40 years and have 7 children and 12 grand children. He is the Medical Consultant for WHEN.
John has served as a Pastor, Teacher and community leader for 20 years, helping those with difficulties to lead a more abundant life. He has helped local churches serve seniors at assisted living facilities, challenged children, families of divorce, widows, and those with alcohol/drug problems. While a teacher, he was a school counselor, encouraging high school and junior high students to make better choices and helping them through challenges. He is currently a police chaplain in the city of Spokane and helps families and those in uniform through difficult circumstances. He is dedicated to fostering healthy people and families through stronger community support. He is honored to support WHEN.
Following a long career as a sales & marketing professional and brand-builder in the commercial real estate and private club industries. In 2016, Jon shifted gears to realize his life-long entrepreneurial dream to own and operate his own business. Jon conceived and opened Retro Donuts in north Spokane and in two-and-a-half years has built a following of loyal "fanatics' and a burgeoning brand that is fast setting a "Classically New" standard for what a donut experience should be, and that he remembers as a child growing up in San Jose, CA.
Tamara Schreven is President of Haven of Hope Ministries, a ministry for abused women and children. Having survived an abusive marriage, she has a heart for women and children living in abuse, in silence and behind closed doors. Personally experiencing the journey of healing, she comes along side those who have lost their identity, their dreams, and their soul and shares how victims can find their buried dreams and amazing value in Christ. Tamara is the bookkeeper for WHEN.
Cheri Moore is a native of Portland, Oregon and has resided in Spokane, Washington for over 30 years. She is an active volunteer with many local non-profits and causes. A teacher with theater and debate experience and a passion for community service, Cheri has worked with thousands of young people helping them learn new skills, find their spark and achieve their dreams. Cheri’s hobbies include reading, cooking, clothing design and crafting. Cheri and Greg, her husband of 40 years, have raised 2 children and fostered numerous children. They have five grandchildren ages 12-19 whom they adore and who all identify as LGTBQ+ community members! She is a first aid and CPR trainer, a deacon in her Church and the administrative assistant to Mable Dunbar, President and CEO of Women’s Healing and Empowerment Network.
Tiffany Reynolds aka Wildflower, is an Alaskan bush pilot’s daughter. She describes herself as mother, poet, Jesus follower, humanitarian, and domestic violence advocate and survivor. She is passionate about random acts of kindness, creativity and speaking out about the things that really matter to her heart! She chose a small rural community in northern Washington, surrounded by wilderness, to raise her five children. During this time she introduced them to hiking, kayaking, photography and snowshoeing. She also joined the local fire department for wildland fire fighting. As a creative homemaker and divorced single mom, her passion became that of creating a home that was a nurturing and safe place for her family. Tiffany has housed and mentored a number of foster children and women who needed safe shelter and support. She has also hosted many healing creative workshops, established an art gallery and operated a farmer’s market. For many years she has been a researcher of wellbeing, woman’s empowerment and the healing power of creativity, especially from trauma. Tiffany is the House Manager for Frieda’s Healing Center.