Staff & Associates


Staff & Associates

Jeanne Davies - Executive Director

Jeanne carries responsibility for resources, advocacy, volunteer coordination, social media, administration, and development. She is ordained in the Church of the Brethren, has a Master of Divinity from Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Indiana, a Graduate Certificate in Homiletic Peer Coaching from Vanderbilt Divinity School, and is working on a Graduate Certificate in Disability and Ministry at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. Jeanne has a passion for disability advocacy and inclusion, and believes that the whole church benefits when all the members of the Body are actively connected. She lives in West Dundee, Illinois, with her husband, Joel.

Kate Szambecki - Resource Director

Kate is responsible for ADN’s social media, blog, and newsletter, as well as strengthening  ADN’s network of churches, advocates, and disability resources.

Kate specializes in writing and content creation, web design, outreach and communication, and project management. She has a passion for storytelling, connecting with others, and advocacy. Kate hopes to work toward a more accessible church for all. She is currently in her last year of study at Eastern Mennnonite University in Harrisonburg, VA.

Emily Hunsberger - Office Administrator

Emily Hunsberger works part-time as Office Administrator. Emily received a bachelor’s degree in Biblical and Theological Studies from Bluffton University in 2018. With work experience garnered from many years as summer camp director at Amigo Centre and one year as a paraprofessional in a special education classroom, Emily provides the organization and support needed for ADN to continue to nurture inclusive communities. Originally from Archbold, Ohio, Emily now lives in Goshen, Indiana with her husband, Micah and her cat, Cosmo.

Field Associates

ADN Field Associates are professionals and others with wisdom and experience about disabilities who volunteer from their home location in partnership with ADN on program areas that contribute to ADN’s mission. Contact the ADN office to connect with any of our Field Associates.

  Katherine Dickson

Kathy lives in Bluffton, Ohio, where she attends First Mennonite Church of Bluffton. Kathy has a Master of Divinity degree from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio. Her interests include the theology of disability and the gifts that people with disabilities bring to the body of Christ. She is Director of Vocational Discernment and Community Engagement for Methodist Theological School in Ohio, Delaware, Ohio.

  Keith Dow

Keith lives in Ottawa, Ontario (Canada) where he is an elder and home church leader with The Meeting House. He is a credentialed pastor with BIC Canada for his work as Manager of Organizational and Spiritual Life with Christian Horizons, a large faith-based organization serving people with intellectual disabilities in Canada and around the world. Keith has his PhD in caregiving ethics and disability through Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Keith loves to talk about theology, fostering belonging in church communities, and making maple syrup.

 Deborah Ruth Ferber 

A native of Ontario, Canada, Deborah Ruth currently lives at L'Arche Highland in Inverness, Scotland. She has worked as a live-in assistant for people with developmental disabilities in several L’Arche communities in Ontario, Nova Scotia, and the United Kingdom. She is passionate about building friendships with people with developmental disabilities and supporting people living with mental illness. Deborah Ruth is a frequent contributor to ADN’s blog.

  Rebekah Flores

Rebekah lives in Elgin, Illinois, where she attends Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren. She serves as Disabilities Advocate for Discipleship Ministries of the Church of the Brethren. Rebekah brings experience living and working with people with developmental disabilities and a strong interest in promoting disability awareness and inclusion in congregations.

  Chou Hallegra Gabikiny​

Chou (pronounced like "Shoo") lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where she offers person-centered counseling and consultation to persons living with disabilities and their caregivers. She has a Masters Degree in Human Services from Liberty University. She attends West Shore Brethren in Christ of Mechanicsburg, PA.

 Jon-Erik (J.E.) Misz
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Jon-Erik (J.E.) lives in Goshen, IN where he works as a licensed clinical social worker. While previously serving as a youth pastor, he learned of the strong need to provide churches and church leaders with access to mental health resources. Some of his favorite people in the world have experienced mental illness, and he views their presence in our church communities as a true gift. Integrating his interest in spoken word poetry, he discusses subjects such as trauma-informed care, anxiety and depression, and adolescent mental health. He is a member of Waterford Mennonite Church, where his wife, Katie, serves on the pastoral team.

 Mark Pickens

Mark lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where he attends First Church of the Brethren, Harrisburg. Mark has a Master of Divinity degree from Bethany Theological Seminary. He brings to ADN his personal experience as a blind person. He is interested in exploring the ways our understandings of God and disabilities interact and influence personal faith and congregational practices. Mark can speak about many disability accessibility issues, including those related to low vision and blindness.

Denise Reesor

Denise Reesor lives in Goshen, Indiana where she works as a school psychologist. She is passionate about the inclusion and belonging of all peoples and families in the church. Denise is a field associate for ADN and attends East Goshen Mennonite church along with her husband Tony. 

Katie Smith

Katie lives in Asheville, North Carolina. She serves as Accessibility Specialist at UNC Asheville.. Katie has a Master of Arts Degree in Disability Studies from the City University of New York. She also brings her experience as a person who has cerebral palsy. Katie is a member of the Church of the Brethren.
  ​Milt Stoltzfus

Milt was a member of the ADN board from the beginning in 2004 until 2017. He works as coordinator of spiritual nurture and community life for Friendship Community in Lititz, Pa. He has two older sisters who were born with developmental disabilities, one of whom is still living in a residential care facility. Milt attends New Beginnings Brethren in Christ Church, Ephrata, Pa.