Our Team Members

photo-team-cropped Most of us have had an abortion experience and all of us have attended a retreat for our own healing before joining the team. We have regular meetings for friendship and training. In addition, many of us have attended regional or national training conferences offered by Dr. Theresa Burke, Rachel’s Vineyard’s founder.


Nancy Blom (Executive Director)

Nancy Blom (Executive Director)

Nancy Blom is the Executive Director of “Rachel’s Vineyard Twin Cities” and has been involved since the first retreat in November 1999. She’s attended national RV conferences in Louisiana and Pennsylvania, as well as regional conferences in Minnesota and North Dakota. Nancy is a mentor and trainer for new site leaders and has helped to establish new Rachel’s Vineyard sites in AZ, IL, MN, MO, NJ, WI, Canada, Russia, and a Spanish speaking team for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. She’s a small business owner and also enjoys technology, card making, beading, and gardening. She’s a 1990 convert to the Catholic faith, a Secular Carmelite, and lives with 2 of the world’s most adorable kitties.

Nancy Blom is the Executive Director of “Rachel’s Vineyard Twin Cities” and has been involved since the first retreat in November 1999. She’s attended national RV conferences in Louisiana and Pennsylvania, as well as regional conferences in Minnesota and North Dakota. Nancy is a mentor and trainer for new site leaders and has helped to establish new Rachel’s Vineyard sites in AZ, IL, MN, MO, NJ, WI, Canada, Russia, and a Spanish speaking team for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. She’s a small business owner and also enjoys technology, card making, beading, and gardening. She’s a 1990 convert to the Catholic faith, a Secular Carmelite, and lives with 2 of the world’s most adorable kitties.


Jean Aggerbeck

Jean Aggerbeck

One of the most profound, life changing events Jean has experienced was attending a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat. During the retreat she encountered Love and Mercy in a way not experienced before—the Love and Mercy of Christ and the love and mercy of the team. Jesus came to heal, forgive, set captives free, restore, and make whole what has been broken, and she assures you this happens on every retreat. She encourages men, women, grandparents, siblings, and anyone who has experienced an abortion and desires healing to come to a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat. Jean has served on the team since 2002, been past President and Board member of Rachel’s Vineyard Twin Cities, established a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat in Tucson, AZ, and attended national Conferences. She retired as Executive Director of a crisis pregnancy center in Tucson, Arizona when her family moved back to the Twin Cities. She converted to the Catholic Church in 2004. She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, praying, walking and reading.

One of the most profound, life changing events Jean has experienced was attending a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat. During the retreat she encountered Love and Mercy in a way not experienced before—the Love and Mercy of Christ and the love and mercy of the team. Jesus came to heal, forgive, set captives free, restore, and make whole what has been broken, and she assures you this happens on every retreat. She encourages men, women, grandparents, siblings, and anyone who has experienced an abortion and desires healing to come to a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat. Jean has served on the team since 2002, been past President and Board member of Rachel’s Vineyard Twin Cities, established a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat in Tucson, AZ, and attended national Conferences. She retired as Executive Director of a crisis pregnancy center in Tucson, Arizona when her family moved back to the Twin Cities. She converted to the Catholic Church in 2004. She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, praying, walking and reading.


Sylvia

Sylvia

Sylvia attended her first retreat in April of 2003, 30 years after her abortion. She was able to grieve the loss of her child for the first time and rejoice that her little girl is safe in the arms of Jesus. Sylvia has been a member of the RVTC team ever since. She has attended a national RV conference as well as regional and local team training. Sylvia is a retired Special Education teacher who loves spending time with her three young grandchildren, biking, relaxing at the cabin with her family and hiking in the mountains of Arizona in the winter sunshine.

Sylvia attended her first retreat in April of 2003, 30 years after her abortion. She was able to grieve the loss of her child for the first time and rejoice that her little girl is safe in the arms of Jesus. Sylvia has been a member of the RVTC team ever since. She has attended a national RV conference as well as regional and local team training. Sylvia is a retired Special Education teacher who loves spending time with her three young grandchildren, biking, relaxing at the cabin with her family and hiking in the mountains of Arizona in the winter sunshine.


Michele

Michele joined the team in January 2004 and is proud to be part of a team that brings the mercy of Jesus to parents and families who have lost a child to abortion. She serves mostly in the background areas of the retreat including answering the confidential voicemail messages. She is in a second marriage and enjoys visiting her 6 children and 3 grandchildren, many of whom live out of state. She has had a variety of jobs in large corporations, small businesses, and a non-profit including a pregnancy-counseling center. For the last 9 years she has worked at a small financial services office. She loves to exercise and enjoys either walking or dancing each day.

Michele joined the team in January 2004 and is proud to be part of a team that brings the mercy of Jesus to parents and families who have lost a child to abortion. She serves mostly in the background areas of the retreat including answering the confidential voicemail messages. She is in a second marriage and enjoys visiting her 6 children and 3 grandchildren, many of whom live out of state. She has had a variety of jobs in large corporations, small businesses, and a non-profit including a pregnancy-counseling center. For the last 9 years she has worked at a small financial services office. She loves to exercise and enjoys either walking or dancing each day.


Lisa

Lisa

Lisa was born and raised Catholic, but like many young adults was away from her faith for many years. After returning the church in 2004, she learned about Rachel’s Vineyard and attended a retreat in August 2008, where she met her children Richard and Faith. Lisa joined the RVTC team in January 2009 and has been active in many areas of Rachel’s ever since. She’s also very active in her church and keeps finding more areas to serve there. She has worked in the accounting field for over 30 years and loves to spend time with her darling nephews and her energetic cat. She misses her 2 beloved Labs.

Lisa was born and raised Catholic, but like many young adults was away from her faith for many years. After returning the church in 2004, she learned about Rachel’s Vineyard and attended a retreat in August 2008, where she met her children Richard and Faith. Lisa joined the RVTC team in January 2009 and has been active in many areas of Rachel’s ever since. She’s also very active in her church and keeps finding more areas to serve there. She has worked in the accounting field for over 30 years and loves to spend time with her darling nephews and her energetic cat. She misses her 2 beloved Labs.


Fay

Fay attended her first retreat in 2009, 35 years after her abortion. After experiencing her own healing and witnessing the miraculous healing of others, she wanted to be part of the team and joined in 2012. In her career, she is a reading specialist. Fay is married with 2 children and enjoys walking, boating, and fishing.

Fay attended her first retreat in 2009, 35 years after her abortion. After experiencing her own healing and witnessing the miraculous healing of others, she wanted to be part of the team and joined in 2012. In her career, she is a reading specialist. Fay is married with 2 children and enjoys walking, boating, and fishing.


Derek Gilde

Derek Gilde

Derek's professional background is in clinical social work but is presently studying as a seminarian at the Saint Paul Seminary. He serves in the role as counselor with Rachel's Vineyard but also assists in whatever ways needed. Derek learned about Rachel’s Vineyard after prayerfully seeking a new way to serve, after his first retreat he found deep healing from situations in his own life where issues of abortion had affected him both professionally and personally. Derek's interests include faith formation, serving a local mental illness advocacy group, spending time with friends and family, and making trips to the family cabin.

Derek's professional background is in clinical social work but is presently studying as a seminarian at the Saint Paul Seminary. He serves in the role as counselor with Rachel's Vineyard but also assists in whatever ways needed. Derek learned about Rachel’s Vineyard after prayerfully seeking a new way to serve, after his first retreat he found deep healing from situations in his own life where issues of abortion had affected him both professionally and personally. Derek's interests include faith formation, serving a local mental illness advocacy group, spending time with friends and family, and making trips to the family cabin.


Jane Rea

Jane Rea

"Perhaps the most important thing for me to share here is that I am twice post-abortive… and that, through the very circumstances of my abortions, I have overwhelmingly encountered and been healed by the ever pursuing Mercy of God. As a team member, I have the joy of assisting others to find that same Mercy. I am, by gift, a catechist. I have taught at most every level, and have had the privilege of getting my Masters in Catholic Theology through Ave Maria University’s Institute of Pastoral Theology. I am also a pastoral leader of a charismatic prayer community. Before converting to the Catholic Faith, I had been in various parts of the denominational world, in a Buddhist monastery, and, lastly, in the Pentecostal Church. As a very young woman, I received a Masters in Physics. But I am careful to say that, in all of that study, I was simply seeking God and that the smartest thing I ever did was to give my life to Jesus. In order to pay the bills and have something to give away, I’ve taught mathematics at a University and elementary school, had a violin-repair business, was a nanny for a large family, a computer programmer, a secretary, and a benefits and payroll specialist."

"Perhaps the most important thing for me to share here is that I am twice post-abortive… and that, through the very circumstances of my abortions, I have overwhelmingly encountered and been healed by the ever pursuing Mercy of God. As a team member, I have the joy of assisting others to find that same Mercy. I am, by gift, a catechist. I have taught at most every level, and have had the privilege of getting my Masters in Catholic Theology through Ave Maria University’s Institute of Pastoral Theology. I am also a pastoral leader of a charismatic prayer community. Before converting to the Catholic Faith, I had been in various parts of the denominational world, in a Buddhist monastery, and, lastly, in the Pentecostal Church. As a very young woman, I received a Masters in Physics. But I am careful to say that, in all of that study, I was simply seeking God and that the smartest thing I ever did was to give my life to Jesus. In order to pay the bills and have something to give away, I’ve taught mathematics at a University and elementary school, had a violin-repair business, was a nanny for a large family, a computer programmer, a secretary, and a benefits and payroll specialist."


Leah Wienhold

Leah Wienhold

Leah is a singer-songwriter and Catholic revert who loves to share God’s message of love and mercy through song. She experienced the “gift of tears” shortly after her sister’s passing in 2015 and was led by the Holy Spirit to confession, followed by her first RV retreat in 2016. It was there that she was blessed with much healing and forgiveness for her abortion which had been kept secret since 2010. She now serves as a team member and openly shares her story because she knows firsthand of the many tremendous graces God so eagerly wants to shower each and every one of us with. In addition to music, Leah loves spending time with friends and family, cooking, playing volleyball and basketball, horseback riding and dancing. Of all life’s glorious adventures, her greatest adventure has been witnessing and partaking in God’s ever abundant love for us as we journey on as His faithful followers in our call to sainthood.

Leah is a singer-songwriter and Catholic revert who loves to share God’s message of love and mercy through song. She experienced the “gift of tears” shortly after her sister’s passing in 2015 and was led by the Holy Spirit to confession, followed by her first RV retreat in 2016. It was there that she was blessed with much healing and forgiveness for her abortion which had been kept secret since 2010. She now serves as a team member and openly shares her story because she knows firsthand of the many tremendous graces God so eagerly wants to shower each and every one of us with. In addition to music, Leah loves spending time with friends and family, cooking, playing volleyball and basketball, horseback riding and dancing. Of all life’s glorious adventures, her greatest adventure has been witnessing and partaking in God’s ever abundant love for us as we journey on as His faithful followers in our call to sainthood.


Father Jim Livingston

Father Jim Livingston

Father Jim Livingston: "I am the Pastor of a wonderful parish in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. I started helping at Rachel's Vineyard retreats in 2004 when I was a full time hospital chaplain. I am active in the Secular Carmelites, the charismatic renewal and I am the lead chaplain for the Twin Cities "Faith in Action" ("Courage") apostolate. In my time off I enjoy reading and fly fishing."

Father Jim Livingston: "I am the Pastor of a wonderful parish in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. I started helping at Rachel's Vineyard retreats in 2004 when I was a full time hospital chaplain. I am active in the Secular Carmelites, the charismatic renewal and I am the lead chaplain for the Twin Cities "Faith in Action" ("Courage") apostolate. In my time off I enjoy reading and fly fishing."


Elizabeth Borges

Elizabeth Borges

Elizabeth Borges is a RN currently working in hospice. Liz attended her RV retreat in 2001 after returning to her Catholic faith. Rachel’s Vineyard was a powerful and life changing experience that opened the doors to further healing from the effects of her abortion. As mother and now grandmother, her interpersonal relationships have blossomed into the joyful, intimate, and authentic bonds they were meant to be. She considers it an honor to work in RV for the past 15 years and watch God pour out his endless mercy upon his children over and over again. For pleasure she enjoys gardening, cooking, biking, and playing her violin.

Elizabeth Borges is a RN currently working in hospice. Liz attended her RV retreat in 2001 after returning to her Catholic faith. Rachel’s Vineyard was a powerful and life changing experience that opened the doors to further healing from the effects of her abortion. As mother and now grandmother, her interpersonal relationships have blossomed into the joyful, intimate, and authentic bonds they were meant to be. She considers it an honor to work in RV for the past 15 years and watch God pour out his endless mercy upon his children over and over again. For pleasure she enjoys gardening, cooking, biking, and playing her violin.


Kathy

Kathy

Kathy was first introduced to Rachel’s Vineyard ministry while listening to a Catholic radio station explaining how going on a RV retreat could help unleash the shame and guilt of an abortion. She immediately called into RV’s 24-hour confidential hot-line and received much support and wisdom. That call confirmed that even after 30 years and going to confession, she still could get more healing from attending a retreat. In December 2006 she made her retreat and was given the gift of a song, Anna Marie, written for her daughter in heaven. She is blessed to be able to share her daughter’s song as a team member at RV retreats since April 2007. Kathy is a music therapist consultant, specializing in children and seniors. She has two sons in college, entertains her “Golden” and “Terrier” doggies and enjoys the outdoors, gardening, biking and snowshoeing.

Kathy was first introduced to Rachel’s Vineyard ministry while listening to a Catholic radio station explaining how going on a RV retreat could help unleash the shame and guilt of an abortion. She immediately called into RV’s 24-hour confidential hot-line and received much support and wisdom. That call confirmed that even after 30 years and going to confession, she still could get more healing from attending a retreat. In December 2006 she made her retreat and was given the gift of a song, Anna Marie, written for her daughter in heaven. She is blessed to be able to share her daughter’s song as a team member at RV retreats since April 2007. Kathy is a music therapist consultant, specializing in children and seniors. She has two sons in college, entertains her “Golden” and “Terrier” doggies and enjoys the outdoors, gardening, biking and snowshoeing.