Our Team, Board and Partners


Annette Oltmans

Founder, Chairman of the Board

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 Primary and Double Abuse® ignited Annette’s passion to founding The MEND 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® discovering the missing links in which Double Abuse® causes complex trauma to victim survivors (CPTSD). 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. Her writing on these topics of abuse, domestic violence and bullying has been published in AACC, Teen Vogue, OC Register, and others.


Stephanie Byerly

Executive Director

Stephanie Byerly is a lawyer by trade and her extensive background includes complex business litigation with appearances in multiple California State and Federal Courts, as well as appearing before the United States Supreme Court. In addition to legal advocacy, Stephanie’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, especially Olive Crest where Stephanie is a director on its National Board of Directors. Also, through her training and service as a community pastor at Rock Harbor Church, she pastors, mentors and holds the hands and hearts of many women healing from various abuses and trauma. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley and USD Law School. Stephanie is excited about the mission and vision of The M3ND Project and hopes to contribute in significant ways that allow the organization to reach the next level of education and impact regarding the end of abuse.

Stephanie is a wife and mom of three children, Lauren (16), Jackson (13) and Garrett (9). Stephanie and her husband Sean love working on their sailboat together, hanging out at the beach on 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

Jill Rice

Executive Coordinator

Jill Rice is a connector, writer/editor, master organizer and assistant to The MEND Project founder, Annette Oltmans. Jill has over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit world, including Saddleback Church, Wheaton College and Every Man Ministries. Jill has a heart for women, and based on her own life experiences, she also has a passion for educating the Church and first responders on how to handle the issue of abuse.

Jill is a mom of two 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.



Jeffrey R. Baker, J.D.

Director of Clinical Education and Associate Clinical Professor of Law, Pepperdine University School of Law
Advisory Board: TheMENDProject

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 supervises and teaches the Community Justice Clinic, and he serves as the school’s pro bono director.

In the Community Justice Clinic, Professor Baker practices with law students to provide pro bono legal services to local nonprofits and international nongovernmental organization dedicated to justice, human rights, and community empowerment among vulnerable and marginalized populations. The Clinic serves clients at work in fields of homelessness and poverty, gender-based crimes and women’s empowerment, sustainable agriculture and rainforest conservation, human trafficking and access to education, farm-worker rights and access to justice.

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 in health care, mass tort, products liability, pharmaceutical liability, medical malpractice, insurance, toxic tort and personal injury litigation with the firm of Watkins & Eager. From 2006-2013, Baker was an associate professor of law and Director of Clinical Programs at Faulkner University Jones School of Law in Montgomery, Alabama, where he was Professor of the Year in 2011-2012. At Faulkner Law, Professor Baker taught the Family Violence Clinic, designed and launched the Elder Law Clinic, and supervised and taught the Externship Program, 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.

He is a member of the Mississippi, Alabama and California bars.

Kenny Luck

Founder and President, Every Man Ministries
Leadership Pastor, Crossline Church Laguna Hills

Kenny Luck is the founder and president of Every Man Ministries, which helps churches 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. Prior to this, Luck served as the men’s pastor under Pastor Rick Warren at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California from 1997 to 2014 and is a recognized expert on men’s issues.

Luck is the author or co-author of 21 books, including “Every Man,” “Every Young Man,” and “Sleeping Giant: No Movement of God without Men of God.” He 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.”

Luck’s newest book, “Dangerous Good,” released from NavPress on July 3.

Luck 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 also 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. Luck and his wife have three children.

Terri Ponce De Leon

Director of Giver Services, National Christian Foundation
Chaplain Hosanna Chapel

Terri Ponce de Leon has worked at NCF, 9th largest grant making foundation in the world in Irvine, since 2005. Terri is very passionate about generosity and giving while teaching the next generation. As speaker, coach and gift advisor she loves serving her givers with their giving goals, by providing them the best tax experts in the field that strategically review with their team different options that can help them save tax dollars, so they can give more to the ministries they care about.

Besides her role as Chaplain & Deaconess at Hosanna Christian Fellowship, she is additionally, CA state licensed facilitator for court ordered Domestic Violence Programs, Addiction Recovery Program and Leads the Women’s Outreach Ministry.

Since 2008, Terri has been serving in the community as the current Vice President, Chair for Little House Inc, Addiction Residential Treatment Program, serving alongside with her husband. Pastor Randy and Terri Ponce de Leon currently have a Non-Profit Org. “New Life Ranch” where they currently have women from domestic violence marriages in our churches and young adult women who are seeking a new way of life.

Pastor Randy and Terri have dedicated their lives together as a family with the son Conner (28) to help individuals and families that simply need someone to care and love them by providing them with counsel, education, resources and housing as they heal and need someone to help coach them in accomplishing their goals and their next steps in life.

Terri enjoys serving on the leadership team at Biola University, Ruby Women. Were they mentoring students and welcome women to join them in the four pillars of Learn, Serve, Give, Travel.

Additionally, Terri is the City leader for Women Doing Well Initiatives for So. California. Were we discovering together our Purpose, Passion, Plan while aligns with her own studies in her 2nd year of The Master’s Program for Women.

Terri just recently got her 1st Harley Davison motorcycle, now she is able to ride side by side next to her husband of 25 years along the coast. “Nothing Better” she says.

Generosity, Love, Give, Serve, Provide – Equip, Educate, Resource – Together we can do more.


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 is happily married to Christie, an Interior Designer, and lives on Bainbridge Island, outside Seattle.