GA interdisciplinary team comprise of Torah observant and ruach-filled professionals from various disciplines who work in collaboration to address GA mishpacha with multiple physical, spiritual, emotional, financial, marital, family, social, and psychological needs. Our interdisciplinary team is not just a group of awakened experts implementing separate care and treatments of a person(s). They complement one another's expertise and actively coordinate to work toward shared treatment goals.
Our team of interdisciplinary professionals are nurses, physical therapists, physicians, therapists, social workers, morehs (spiritual practitioner), family counselors, and other specialists all working together for the shared goal of the mishpacha healing, deliverance, treatment and recovery.
Our Interdisciplinary Team focuses on Mental Health, Fitness & Nutrition, Torah-based Spiritual Care, Financial Stewardship, Family Counselling, and Health Care needs. This team take an approach to healing and deliverance that integrates multiple disciplines through collaboration of teams within the Great Awakening. These teams help ensure that the Mishpacha of GAI receives the best care by implementing an integrated approach to inner healing.
RHONDA JONES, MS, BSN, RN, CCM, CHES
Rhonda has been a registered nurse for 30 years and holds a Bachelor of Science of Nursing from Michigan State University. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist with a master’s degree in the Science of Health Behavior and Health Promotion from the University of Michigan.
Rhonda is also an American Council on Exercise (ACE) Certified Personal Trainer and Health Coach. She is also certified nutrition consultant.
Rhonda infuses her knowledge and skills of medicine, wellness, health and fitness in her presentations and workshops making them fun, interactive, inspiring and educational.
She uses her gift of motivation, and humor to motivate people to engage in healthier lifestyles. She believes once you obtain the right mindset, your behavior and then good health will follow..
Lisa Wilson is a Licensed Practical Nurse with 20 years of experience working in various health settings. She has worked in skilled nursing homes, memory care units, adolescent special needs school, triage nursing and currently works as a respiratory nurse in home healthcare. Lisa was inspired to become a nurse after the death of her grandmother which left her with many unanswered medical questions. The knowledge gained has helped to raise her 2 children into being compassionate and health conscious adults. She is a strong believer that since we all have a body then we should know how it functions.
Angela Jett is a long-time natural health enthusiast. Ever since she was 9, she had hopes of helping people heal their bodies and souls. Having started her college career in pre-med and pre-nursing, she strengthened her love of biology but soon found the medical field wanting. Eventually, she learned of herbal medicine and began relearning nutrition from a holistic approach. Angela is working toward her bachelor’s degree in Integrative Health Science at the American College of Healthcare Sciences, where she has obtained a certificate in Natural Product Manufacturing. She also holds a certificate in Aromatherapy from Penn Foster College. Angela looks forward to continuing her education in the fields of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture as well as Functional Medicine. When she’s not blending teas or playing in her garden, you can find Angela homeschooling her two children or laughing with her husband Salim.
Tera Young has a love and a passion for Yah and for Yah's people to be set free mentally. She has a Master of Science in Studies in Human Behavior and is a certified Biblical Counselor. Tera has worked in the Mental Health/Substance Abuse, Educational, and Correctional Fields for over 10 years in various leadership and face to face Human Services positions in addition to her own personal experiences and one common theme has been revealed to her that people's childhood affects and shapes their mind in ways that sometimes they don’t realize, but Yah can restore peace of mind. Tera is the author of a book "The Broken Image", which speaks to the need for healing from our childhood and intimacy with Yah. She has created several workshops and presentations on healing and identity that have been utilized at schools, shelters, and various community organizations. Tera is currently a Mental Health Supervisor for a crisis center program that provides intermediate counseling, resources, and support for individuals struggling with Mental Health and Substance Abuse. She believes that Mental Wholeness can be restored through Torah and Ruach HaKodesh based counseling. She loves to dance, spend time with her kids, and go to the beach.
Juana’ King one who keeps and obeys the commandments of Yahuah’s Torah by honoring His Shabbat and Feast Days; she’s a Rauch filled daughter of The Most High! Juana’ has been awaken to YAH’s truth since 2011, and experienced immersion on Shabbat, June 15, 2019 in the name of Yahshua Ha’Mashiach. Juana’ has been in fellowship with Great Awakening-Indy since March 2020.
Juana’ has a history of working in the staffing and recruiting industry. Skilled in Criminal Justice and Nonprofit Organizations over the past 25 years she’s held positions of Department of Corrections Intake/Transportation Head Supervisor; Program Director in Mental Health Facilities; Program Coordinator for Adult Day Programs; Case Management; Quality Assurance Coordinator, and recently promoted to Director of Quality Assurance. As Director of Quality Assurance in Indiana, Juana’ reassures her department provide services at the highest level of quality and compliance. By ensuring the quality and outcomes for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities are satisfactory, and the resources in the community that support them are available with a goal of having a meaningful life.
Juana’ is an experienced leader with extensive management, strategic planning, program development and implementation capabilities. She’s knowledgeable with IN Federal & State Regulations, CARF Accreditation; Medicaid Policy & Procedures, Fundraising, Employee Development & Training, Incident and Risk Management, Customer Satisfaction Surveys, Community Outreach, and Adherence to Human Rights Standards. Strong community and social services professional with certifications in LifeCourse Ambassador; CPR/First Aid Instructor, DDRS Case Manager with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) focused in Sociology.
Deandra Poythress is a Jamaican native that values the pursuit of knowledge. She brings more than 8 years of field experience to her role on the interdisciplinary team. Ms. Poythress is currently pursuing a PhD in General Psychology but comes from a social work background. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Florida Memorial University and her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Barry University with a specialty in providing trauma informed care. Most of Ms. Poythress’ experience has been providing mental health counseling, case management and consultation services to underprivileged populations ranging in age from early childhood to geriatric populations in the hospital, non-profit, community and school-based settings.
With certifications in Trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy and trauma informed care, Deandra hoped to deepen her understanding of trauma out of a personal desire, but later found meaning in her unique abusive trauma narrative. This experience birthed in her a heart of compassion for people impacted by childhood trauma. She aspires to help individuals and families find overall healing, wellness, and balance.
As a business woman, Deandra provides freelance writing and editing services to developing authors and businesses while also working on her first book about redemption. Apart from her professional and entrepreneurial pursuits, Deandra finds great joy in her roles as mother and wife.
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TFCBT Allegheny Health Network
CPR/FIRST AID Current Certification
NONVIOLENT CRISIS INTERVENTION Current Certification
PhD- General Psychology Capella University, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Masters of Social Work Barry University, North Miami, Florida
Bachelor of Social Work Florida Memorial University, Miami Gardens, Florida
Summary of Certifications and Skills
- Licensed Social Worker
- Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor III
- Former Addiction Therapist and a Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist for the Department of Veterans Affairs
- Former Social Worker for the State of Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections and Department of Mental Health
- Provided a variety of didactic social service classes to a diverse audience
- Over 10 years of case management in a variety of settings
- Administrative positions include Chief of Prosthetics and Chief of Veteran Satisfaction
- Veterans Affairs Certified Mentor
- Six Sigma Green Belt
- Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers (FAC-P/PM)
- Federal Acquisition Certification for Contracting Officer Representative (FAC-COR)
- Mid-level manager of three supervisors and over 20 front line employees
- Transformed three underperforming departments into productive units
Payne Theological Seminary
- Master of Divinity (Awarded 2019)
Central Michigan University
- Graduate Certificate in Human Resources (Awarded 2009)
Central Michigan University
- Master of Science in Administration (Awarded 2008)
- Bachelor of Social Work (Awarded 2004)
Sinclair Community College
- Associate of Applied Science in Mental Health (Awarded 2003)
LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS
Federal Acquisitions Certification for Program and Project Managers (FAC-P/PM)
Federal Acquisitions Certification for Contracting Officer Representative (FAC-COR)
- Level two
Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
VA Certified Mentor
Licensed Social Worker
Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor III
Hi my name is Kahaita (Ky-ee-tuh) Fenderson. I go by Kai. I live in Indianapolis, Indiana. I am married to Jaylen Fenderson and we have a little bundle of fire named Rushelle Jaye-Marie Fenderson.
I have been a member of the great awakening assembly for the past 2+ years and loving it! I have been awakened for about 3+ years. As I am a true believer in Yah’s mandate and promises, I am elated to leverage my skill set for His glory in the Great Awakening Assembly capacity.
My skill set revolves around nursing and practical care. I have been a Registered Nurse for about 7 years or so. I’ve experienced a lot of family members suffering from illnesses and that fueled a fire that was already in me. My primary area of practice was in medical surgical with a specialty in bariatrics and GI/GU. All that means is that I specialize in gut health issues on pretty much all levels. With that speciality I’ve prepped patients for surgery and also provided after surgery care. I have most of my experience with the middle aged and geriatric demographic. To be clear, I have experience with all types of patients from renal(kidney) issues to cardiac as was the requirement for me early in my career (ultimately, lending me expertise for most issues). I also have done some private nursing for families. I have a passion for teaching. I started to get my degree in Nurse Education and stopped to do life's circumstances.
This is my passion. I am a very passionate and caring person emotionally, which I do not refrain from showing in the nursing field. My patients tend to say that I am efficient, that I take my time and that I care. When I am caring for others I often remember one of my favorite quotes by Maya Angelou “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” One of my favorite things to do is answer n-clex questions for fun with my husband. The love I have for nursing goes beyond the hospital, beyond my family. I especially extend my expertise to you, mishpacha! To Yah be the glory!
From a young age, Lakisha has always had a desire for helping others and connecting people with the resources they need. This is what led her to a career in Social Work.
Lakisha is Licensed Master Social Worker. She obtained her Masters Degree from Western New Mexico University. She currently works as a 'Clinical Therapist' in a community based program that provides behavioral health services for children and their families. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) modalities and is trained in Trauma Focused (TF)-CBT During her internship, she worked in a domestic violence shelter providing individual counseling and case management for survivors of domestic violence.She also served 18 years in the Air Force Reserve. During her time in the military she served as Volunteer Victim Advocate for survivors of sexual assault.She is passionate about helping people on their journey towards healing while doing the work of the Most High Yahuah.
Wife, mother of 5 outstanding children, grandmother of 18 beautiful grandchildren.
Chicago, IL born, Fort Wayne, IN raised, Fishers, IN resident, just transitioned from Alpharetta, GA.
Teena is a retired nurse, after 25 years, last position held as GE Occupational Medical Nurse, where she received awards for meeting and exceeding global metrics. Teena also had an appearance on MSNBC regarding her ability to return employees to work after injury. Her other nursing background includes Holistic and Mental health, fitness and nutrition, orthopedics, gynecology and obstetrics, and internal medicine.
Currently she is living her life’s dream as she is the owner of Kateen’s Floral Designs where she is a master floral designer and event planner. Planning and designing upscale events and weddings. She has designed for many known politicians, entertainers, and athletes.
Teena’s early biblical knowledge came from her parents who were diligent in her knowing and having a relationship with The Most High.
Teena has served as Bible study teacher, facilitator of the Women’s ministry, and intercessory prayer leader at her former congregation. When the Priscilla Shirer tour came to Fort Wayne, IN, Teena was tapped to not only bring together the hundreds of women in her ministry, she was also personally selected to be a part of Priscilla’s intercessory prayer team, praying for women as they presented to the stage with personal, individual, prayer requests. There were over 3,000 women in attendance.
Teena has completed theological courses from Dallas Theological Seminary under President Dr Mark Bailey.
Teena has taught biblical studies for 6 years, Women’s Ministry Leader for 5 years and part of the intercessory prayer team for 5 years with a congregation of over 800.
Teena considers it a great honor, as her goal is to foster a Torah filled, Torah observant environment while serving the Mishpicha with their spiritual, mental, physical, or emotional needs.
Sonya Cooke is a wife of 18 years, a mother of two adult children and recently became a first-time grandmother to Nasir Alexander Butler. Born and raised in Indianapolis, Sonya without a doubt understands that her life is truly BLESSED!
With the many hardships that Sonya has had to overcome she knows that it couldn’t have been possible without the love, protection, and guidance of The Most High.
By using her life as an example, Sonya shows young women that their past mistakes don’t have to determine their future. With a desire to want to succeed, a strong foundation in faith, and the encouragement of friends and family, Sonya was able to realize her dreams and life’s mission to empower others to do the same.
Although Sonya has had many challenges throughout her life, she has persevered through it all.
Sonya is a graduate of Indiana Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s in business management and the Founder and President of Girl Talk Incorporated, a nonprofit mentor and empowerment program for girls in the Indianapolis, IN community. Sonya is a certified Life Coach from the Fowler International Academy and a proud recipient of the Jackie Kennedy Onassis Jefferson Award for Public Service.
Sonya has worked in the Healthcare industry for over 20 years.
Newly awakened, 2020 under the leadership of Moreh Rick Marlin. Sonya’s life mission is to be obedient to Yah’s Word, Laws, Statutes, and Commandments making them a part of her everyday lifestyle. Sonya also wants to serve others and make sure that they know with Yah’s guidance and following his TORAH instructions; we all can live the life of abundance (health & wellness, mentally, emotionally, and physically) that he has set forth for Israel.
In Sonya’s spare time she enjoys hanging out with her husband Chip, listening to music (Jazz specifically) and visiting her grandson in Arizona.