Our Team Members

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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

Nancy Blom

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 Canada, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Missouri. She’s a small business owner and also enjoys technology, card making, beading, reading, and gardening. She’s a 1990 convert to the Catholic faith, a Secular Carmelite, and lives with 3 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 Canada, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Missouri. She’s a small business owner and also enjoys technology, card making, beading, reading, and gardening. She’s a 1990 convert to the Catholic faith, a Secular Carmelite, and lives with 3 of the world’s most adorable kitties.


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."


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

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.


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 11 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 11 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.


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 that 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 dog and cat.

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 that 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 dog and cat.


Fay

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.


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."


Derek Gilde

Derek Gilde

Derek's professional background is in clinical social work. He is currently employed at a metro county and works in Adult Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. He serves in the role as counselor with Rachel's Vineyard but is also willing to assist the ministry in whatever way needed. He knew it was God's plan for him to be involved with Rachel's Vineyard when one day he was praying in the adoration chapel over the topic of discipleship and a fellow parishioner came up to him and asked if he would consider serving in the role as counselor at an upcoming retreat. Little did he know that with his first retreat wounds from years ago would be healed over his regret in remaining silent while a close friend of his struggled over an issue related to abortion. Derek's interests include integrating matters of faith with the tools he has learned as a clinical social worker, being active in parish life and faith formation, serving a local advocacy group for persons effected by mental illness, spending time with friends and family, and making frequent trips up north to the family cabin.

Derek's professional background is in clinical social work. He is currently employed at a metro county and works in Adult Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. He serves in the role as counselor with Rachel's Vineyard but is also willing to assist the ministry in whatever way needed. He knew it was God's plan for him to be involved with Rachel's Vineyard when one day he was praying in the adoration chapel over the topic of discipleship and a fellow parishioner came up to him and asked if he would consider serving in the role as counselor at an upcoming retreat. Little did he know that with his first retreat wounds from years ago would be healed over his regret in remaining silent while a close friend of his struggled over an issue related to abortion. Derek's interests include integrating matters of faith with the tools he has learned as a clinical social worker, being active in parish life and faith formation, serving a local advocacy group for persons effected by mental illness, spending time with friends and family, and making frequent trips up north to the family cabin.