Founder, Chairman of the Board of Directors
Annette Oltmans is a philanthropist and passionate human rights advocate. She is a survivor. Annette’s personal experiences of recovery and extensive field research into the topics of Original Abuse and Double Abuse® ignited Annette’s passion to founding The M3ND Project in 2016. Her discoveries and writings provide an array of instruction and knowledge to individuals and religious, institutional, and support communities regarding the correlation between unconscious and conscious abusive behaviors, the trauma they foster, and the generational liability they create. She conceptualized the term Double Abuse® naming the behaviors causing complex trauma (C-PTSD) to victim survivors. In working to prevent and remediate such harm, Annette developed protocoled models that are now being taught and implemented in churches and professional organizations across the United States. In addition to this work, she serves on the Board of Pepperdine University’s Boone Center for the Family and is a Trustee of Northrise University in Zambia. Her writing on these topics of abuse, domestic violence and bullying has been published in AACC, Teen Vogue, OC Register, and other publications.
Stephanie Byerly’s heart and long-time passion is in serving abused, neglected or abandoned children and their families by providing pro bono legal work, volunteering, and serving on various trustee and director boards. She is a philanthropist and advocate. She also is a trained community pastor and has pastored and mentored many women healing from various abuses and trauma. Stephanie is a litigator by trade and spent almost 15 years doing complex business litigation, along with a dedicated pro bono practice, with appearances in California State and Federal Courts, as well as the United States Supreme Court. As a passionate advocate and philanthropist, the M3ND Project vision and mission completely align with Stephanie’s experience and speak to her heart; she thoroughly enjoys watching people come into healing and a life of freedom through the education The M3ND Project provides.
Stephanie is married to her husband, Sean, and mother to their three children. She and her husband love hanging out at the beach together on the weekends and watching their kids play sports. A hallmark of their family life is a dry sense of humor and a lot of laughter!
Jill Rice is the Executive Coordinator at The M3ND Project. She has over 15 years of experience working in the nonprofit world, including Church ministry and serving alongside the Chaplain of a University. Her degree is in Family Systems and Child Development, with graduate courses completed in Marriage and Family Therapy. Jill is fervent about the unique mission of M3ND to reach all those impacted by abuse, especially the Church and other first responders on how to interface with victims of abuse. Based on her own life experiences this work is incredibly significant. Jill is devoted to spending her time identifying and building meaningful connections with impact partners for training, educating and serving the community regarding the effects of abuse and responses that heal.
Jill is a mom of two young boys and a native of Southern California. When she’s not at work, she can be found at the beach, enjoying time with her family and friends, or adventuring on bikes with her boys.
Social Media Content Manager
Lauren is The M3ND Project’s Social Media Content Creator and Manager. She also is the founder of Live Fearless Media, a media production company specializing in Social Media Strategy, Advertising and Content Creation. Lauren is a graduate of the University of Richmond with a BA in Communications and Rhetoric–specializing in political and visual rhetoric. She built her skills through a diverse professional background in communications, politics and finance. In June 2019, Lauren’s work in communications and social media reached over 5.5 million people. She has created hundreds of posts and captured thousands of followers to continue to spread the message of M3NDing worldwide.
Lauren is excited about contributing to The M3ND Project’s continued growth as we seek to end the cycle of abuse and Double Abuse®.
Founder and President, Every Man Ministries
Leadership Pastor, Crossline Church Laguna Hills
Director: The M3ND Project
Kenny Luck is the founder and president of Every Man Ministries, which helps churches to develop healthy men’s ministries with the goal of protecting women and children and ending social problems such as fatherlessness and child abuse. He is also the leadership pastor at Crossline Church in Laguna Hills, California. From 1997 to 2014, Kenny served as the men’s pastor under Pastor Rick Warren at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California and is a recognized expert on men’s issues. He also is the author or co-author of 21 books, including “Dangerous Good,” “Every Man,” “Every Young Man,” and “Sleeping Giant: No Movement of God without Men of God.” Kenny also authored the Every Man series of Bible studies and the “Sleeping Giant” program of videos, Bible studies and meetings, of which Saddleback’s Warren praised, saying it “gives you a local church blueprint for moving men from being an audience sitting in a seat to becoming an army marching on the field in your congregation.”
Kenny has contributed to many publications and websites, including The Christian Post, Charisma, Christian Mingle, Rick Warren’s Ministry Toolbox, New Man and Men of Integrity and frequently speaks at conferences organized by Every Man Ministries. He hosts the “Every Man Show” on KKLA radio in Los Angeles and regularly blogs at everymanministries.com. He earned a bachelor’s degree from UCLA and has served with Campus Crusade for Christ and the Josh McDowell Ministry. He was previously the CEO of New Life Clinics West.
Kenny enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife, Chrissy and their three children. Together, they like to travel and see the world and the beauty of all the people it holds.
Terri Ponce De Leon
Founder, Arise & Shine Transitional Living
Director: The M3ND Project
Terri’s passion is to inspire individual transformation and to help people steward God’s calling in their lives. Coming out of this passion, she and her husband, Randy, founded Arise & Shine Transitional Living for women who graduate from substance abuse recovery programs ready to take the next steps to relaunch their lives. Arise & Shine wraps its arms around the entire family providing them much-needed relationships and services to help them succeed. Terri is house “mom”, “grandma”, case manager and advocate, court monitor, mentor, and advisor to these women, their children, and their families.
Mrs. Ponce de Leon brings her expertise in charitable giving coming out of her 13-year career at the National Christian Foundation (one of the largest charitable giving foundations in the world) as a speaker, coach, and gift advisor. She currently serves as a Chaplain & Deaconess at Hosanna Christian Fellowship and leads in its Advocacy Program, Addiction Recovery Program, and Women’s Outreach Ministries. She is a CA state licensed facilitator for court-ordered Domestic Violence Programs, teaching The M3ND Project models to her teams. She served on the leadership team for Ruby Women, at Biola University, and has volunteered on multiple nonprofit boards. Currently, she is a student at the Sheriff Clergy Academy at Lakewood Sherrif Department, and in the Biblical Trauma Sex Trafficking training program to be able to minister in safe houses as well as to take part in human trafficking rescue missions in the Inland Empire and Orange County.
In her free time, Terri enjoys riding her Harley Davison motorcycle up the coast alongside her husband of almost 30 years and her family, including their extended family members from Arise and Shine.
Director: The M3ND Project
Corinne Spurrier brings a wealth of experience in both the private and nonprofit sectors. With a 12-year career in marketing and graphic design, Corinne designed corporate identities for Fortune 500 companies, worked on new product development and packaging, and led strategic market analysis. Matching her skills with her passion to end human trafficking and other injustices, Corinne has volunteered her expertise with churches, charities, and nonprofits such as Restore (NY), First Resort (San Francisco), AVAIL (NYC), Generosity New York, and Next Generation Nepal. Corinne has a particular gifting for event planning, chairing 800-person galas and helping organizations grow their fundraising events. Corinne is an advocate for generosity to better support nonprofit organizations. As a director for The M3ND Project, Corinne is grateful for the opportunity to expand M3ND’s reach as it educates the public on covert emotional abuse and Double Abuse®, equips first responders of all types on how to respond to abuse in a compassionate and healing manner, and to restore victims of abuse by providing clarity and encouragement during their journey toward healing.
Jeffrey R. Baker, J.D.
Director of Clinical Education and Associate Clinical Professor of Law, Pepperdine University School of Law
Advisory Board: The M3ND Project
Professor Baker is the School of Law’s Director of Clinical Education and is an Associate Clinical Professor of Law. He directs the clinical program which includes the legal clinics, externships and practicum courses. He is the school’s pro bono director and supervises and teaches at its Community Justice Clinic, to provide pro bono legal services to nonprofits and international nongovernmental organization dedicated to justice, human rights, and community empowerment among vulnerable, marginalized populations. In this capacity, he and his team serve clients in the areas of poverty, women’s rights, anti-slavery and human trafficking, and environmental causes related to sustainable agriculture, among other things.
Professor Baker graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School before returning to his home state of Mississippi where he had a diverse trial and appellate practice with Watkins & Eager law firm. From 2006-2013, he was an associate professor of law and Director of Clinical Programs at Faulkner University Jones School of Law in Montgomery, Alabama, where he was named Professor of the Year. He taught the Family Violence Clinic, and designed and launched the Elder Law Clinic, among other courses. Professor Baker is a mediator, and coached Faulkner Law’s national championship teams in the ABA Representation in Mediation Competition.
His scholarship addresses domestic violence and gender justice in families, including intersecting fields of moral philosophy, religion, legal history, social science, and multidisciplinary professional responses. Professor Baker speaks and writes regularly on clinical education, professional formation, public interest lawyering and social justice. He also edits the Clinical Law Prof Blog and is actively involved with the Clinical Legal Education Association and the Section on Clinical Legal Education of the Association of American Law Schools. In Alabama, he received the Montgomery Advertiser’s Martin Luther King Spirit Honors Award and the Justice for Victims Award from the area domestic violence shelter. He has served as co-chair of the Montgomery County Task Force on Domestic Violence, on the Pro Bono Task Force for the Alabama State Bar, and on organizing committees for the One Place Family Justice Center. He also is an honorary member of the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.
In California, he serves on the boards of nonprofits committed to access to justice and health care in vulnerable international communities. He is actively involved in church, local public schools, and youth sports.
Founder and Executive Director of A New Way of Life
Advisory Board: The M3ND Project
Susan Burton is the founder and executive director of A New Way of Life, a nonprofit that provides sober housing and other support to formerly incarcerated women. Nationally known as an advocate for restoring basic civil and human rights to those who have served time, Susan was a winner of AARP’s prestigious Purpose Prize and has been a Starbucks “Upstander,” a CNN Top 10 Hero, and a Soros Justice Fellow. She is the author, with Cari Lynn, of Becoming Ms. Burton, From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women (The New Press), a winner of an NAACP Image Award and named a “Best Book of 2017” by the Chicago Public Library. Her book, life, and nonprofit come out of her personal life story, which speaks to “the breathtaking resilience of the human spirit.”
After tragically losing her five-year-old son when a police cruiser struck and killed him, grief overtook her and she became drug-addicted and impoverished. She was incarcerated for crack cocaine and went in and out of jail six times over approximately a ten year period. Each time, she was released with limited money, no photo ID and no social security card. She finally found the CLARE Foundation in Santa Monica where she was treated for substance abuse and addiction, turned her life around, and founded New Way of Life where she has helped more than 3,000 formerly incarcerated women get a home and lead a healthy life.
Additional awards and accolades: 2007 appointment to Little Hoover Sentencing Reform Commission and the Gender Responsive Strategies Commission by former CA Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger; 2010 Citizen Activist Award from Harvard University Kennedy School of Government; 2011 CNN Hero for her extraordinary work and impact in Los Angeles; 2012 Purpose Prize Winner and Community Fellow for the California Wellness Foundation, Women’s Policy Institute Fellow through the Women’s Foundation of California and the Open Society Foundations; 2014 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award; 2015 named one of United State’s 18 New Civil Rights Leaders by the Los Angeles Times; 2018 Honoree for Women’s History Month by the National Women’s History Project; 2019 bestowed honorary degree in Doctor of Humane Letters from California State University, Northridge.
Jennifer Ponce, MSW, CHES
Prevention & Education Manager, Laura’s House
Advisory Board: The M3ND Project
Jennifer Ponce is the prevention education manager with Laura’s House, a nonprofit that offers education and comprehensive services to domestic violence survivors in Orange County, Calif. She obtained her Master of Social Work from Boston University and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. For the last 15 years Jennifer has implemented community outreach and education programs internationally and domestically. She is passionate about social welfare and providing education and resources to disadvantaged communities and victims of violence. Jennifer has been instrumental in the creation and expansion of Healthy Emotions and Attitudes in Relationships Today (H.E.A.RT.), an effective teen dating violence prevention program, and has also developed other successful prevention programs addressing intimate partner violence, inclusivity, healthy masculinity, and restorative justice practices. Jennifer has been featured as a guest expert on “The Doctors”, talk radio, as well as in The Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register. Jennifer is a highly sought expert on the topic of intimate partner violence and is frequently a guest lecturer at high schools, colleges and universities, and a guest speaker at national conferences.
Dr. Kay Ramsey
Regional Executive Branch Director, Southern California, Bethany Christian Services
Advisory Board: The M3ND Project
Dr. Ramsey currently serves as the Executive Branch Director for Southern California, Bethany Christian Services, a national nonprofit organization helping abused and neglected, and other vulnerable children and refugees by providing social services such as foster care and adoption. Kay is a published author for the LA Times and Fostering Families Today magazine. She has been interviewed on CBS Morning News, Spectrum News 1 and various podcasts As a former foster youth and adoptee herself, Kay has a personal commitment to God in being a good steward of His work as she has triumphed beyond adversity throughout her life. As a transformational leader and visionary, Dr. Ramsey brings 20+ years of experience in social services. Kay successfully completed her Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration with a concentration in Non-profit Leadership. She also has a dual Masters receiving her Masters of Art from Pepperdine University in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, and a Masters of Business Administration.
In Fall/Winter 2020, Dr. Ramsey will be releasing her first book entitled Persevering Beyond Adversity: The Blue Print, in which she shares the gritty story about being born from sexual violence in a prison, growing up in foster care, and later experiencing homelessness after the death of her adoptive mother, and gives you tools to create a blueprint for success on how to turn pain into passion and persevere beyond adversity with faith, vision and a mentor.
Glenn W. Rhodes, J.D.
Founder & Partner, Rhodes LLP
Advisory Board: The M3ND Project
In a career spanning more than thirty years, Mr. Rhodes has successfully represented clients in numerous matters before state and federal trial courts across the United States, courts of appeal and the U.S. Supreme Court. He also has extensive experience in international litigation. Glenn specializes in federal patent law, prosecuting patents before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and litigating patent infringement and intellectual property suits, but also holds great experience in various general litigation matters. He is a frequent speaker and lecturer on patent issues, and has taught law school courses on trial advocacy and legal research and writing. He is the past co-author and editor of the Patent Law Handbook (West Publishing). Glenn has been listed in Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Guides to the Worlds Leading Patent Law Experts, the International Who’s Who of Patent Law Experts, and in Intellectual Asset Magazine as a top Global IP Strategist.
One of Glenn’s passions in the law has been in successfully representing numerous asylum seekers in the U.S. immigration courts, focusing his representation on victims of domestic violence and abuse. His range of representation included women asylum seekers from multiple Asian and Latin American jurisdictions. He has received numerous awards for his pro bono efforts, including being named Pro Bono Partner of the Year.
Glenn enjoys fly-fishing, cooking and spending time with his kids and grandchildren. He is an avid hiker and bicycler. In 2014, Glenn and his son completed the Waves to Wine ride of 150 miles to support the work of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. He travels extensively, including to the North Pole and he hopes to make it to Antartica eventually. Glenn is a member of the National Eagle Scout Association.
Educator and Public Speaker
Advisory Board: The M3ND Project
Beth Schwartz is a nurse, pastor and teacher who’s life purpose is to bring healing and freedom by leading and empowering the world towards awakening and health. She stepped down as the Women’s Pastor at Saddleback Church in Orange County CA to teach students in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Masters in Public Health programs at Azusa Pacific University and West Coast University. She oversees public health students in homeless shelters, schools, home health, hospice and wound care centers. She is an educator and public speaker on Leadership and Spiritual Healthcare Analysis.
Beth has a Masters of Science in Nursing and will finish her Masters of Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in June 2020. She loves yoga, thrifting and creating abstract art. She is a wife to Scott, and mother to two wild teenagers, Maren and Ethan.
Gwyneth Kerr Erwin, Ph.D., Psy.D.
Gwyneth Kerr Erwin, Ph.D., Psy.D., is a Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst in private practice in southern California, working with adults, couples, families, adolescents, and children. Her areas of expertise include infant and child development, the repercussions of trauma upon development and its assessment and treatment, unresolved trauma and its assessment and treatment, and the use of creativity in the healing process.
She is the Past President of the Newport Center for Psychoanalytic Studies and its Training Division, the Newport Psychoanalytic Institute, and its Board of Directors. In addition to being a Faculty member at NPI, ICP, and LAISPS, she is an active keynote and contributing presenter at conferences. She is a Member of the Newport Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, The Association for Autonomous Psychoanalytic Institutes, the International Forum for Psychoanalytic Education, and the American Counseling Association. As a professional writer, book doctor, and editor of twenty-five years, she conducts private professional writing groups and is a dissertation consultant.
Dr. David Hawkins – MBA, MSW, MA, PhD
Dr. Hawkins is a Christian Clinical Psychologist who is a speaker for the American Association of Christian Counselors and has been writing an Advice Column for Crosswalk.com and CBN.org for several years and is now writing for Believe.com. He is a weekly guest on Moody Radio and Faith Radio and is the author of over thirty books. He has authored numerous videos on YouTube highlighting narcissistic abuse and its harmful effects. He is happily married to Christie, an Interior Designer, and lives on Bainbridge Island, outside Seattle.