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WORSHIP LEADER - Lauren Lewakoski

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Dana is a champion at juggling a multitude of competing demands and priorities, while keeping a calm and cool demeanor in the process. Her fifteen plus years of front-line experience leaves her with infinite resources. Dana also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management from Michigan State University. She is happily married to Greg and has a son, Alex, who lives in California.

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Carrie Cole

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Elise Pistor

Elise loves Jesus and delights in encouraging and affirming women of all ages in their walk with Christ. Calling Dallas, TX, home for 30+ years, she and Jeff have been married for 25 years, have two sons, and a daughter at Baylor! After 23 years as a pilot for American Airlines, Elise retired to homeschool their three children, assuming the director role of the international homeschool program, Classical Conversations, for seven years. Outside of her biweekly discipleship group for her own spiritual growth and accountability, she leads a monthly ladies prayer group where she models enthusiasm for Christ, passion for the Bible, and commitment to regular accountability. Recently, Elise completed her master’s degree in International Relations through Liberty University to enhance her undergraduate Business and Aviation Degrees. The fuel that drives her comes from consistent early mornings on her front porch where she loves meeting with the Lord daily.

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Karen Thacker

Karen is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Smalley Marriage Intensive Coach in Lafayette CO.  She relishes the opportunity to come alongside women at Azmera Haven Retreats and looks forward to God using her to restore and refresh the women in Uganda! When she’s not on an Azmera adventure, she and her husband treasure time spent with family and friends. Karen has elected to pay her own way; all donations made to Karen will go directly toward scholarships for women to attend the Haven Retreat.

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Liz Unruh

Liz is looking forward to her first volunteer experience with the Azmera team traveling to Cambodia in February.  She is excited to serve the women who have been called to be a light for the Lord overseas and she is certain the Lord has richness in store for both the attendees as well as the volunteer team.  Liz is a Licensed Professional Counselor from Colorado and has worked in the field of counseling for 13 years.  Liz specializes in working with teens, men, women, and couples in the areas of depression, anxiety, and trauma.  Liz is married to Bryce and together they are getting used to being empty nesters as their two sons are currently in college.  In her free time, she enjoys her golden retriever, reading, gardening, cycling, and making sourdough bread.

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Ann Watson

Ann and her husband Peter have been married for 35 years and live in Boulder, Colorado.  They have 3 adult children, 2 of whom live in the area.  Ann recently retired as Operations Coordinator for Children's Ministry at her church and is thrilled to be volunteering at her 1st Azmera Retreat. Ann and Peter have offered financial and prayer support through the years to missionaries. She loves engaging with other women, listening to their stories, and praying with them. She loves the Lord, His creation, and the intricate way He brings people together to serve, learn and grow.  Ann loves to laugh, travel, garden, camp, and spend time with her family and friends.

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