Presenters

Deb Andres | Shandi Andres | Adam Barlow-Thompson | Amy Bowers | Kendal Carswell | Shane Hudson | Catherine Johnson | Matt Johnson | Judy Johnston | Justin Moore | Ronnette Sailors | Katie Schoenhoff | Clayton Smith


Justin Moore MD FACP is an endocrinologist who left academic medicine in 2014 to do consulting work at the clinical-public health intersection with Double Arrow Metabolism. It’s in this role that he serves as a consultant with Health ICT and chairs the Chronic Disease Alliance of Kansas. He’s also an endocrinology consultant with RubiconMD and a volunteer endocrinologist with Guadalupe Clinic, where he tends to stop more medications than he starts. He believes chronic diseases should fall at the top of the patient’s problem list at any given visit, not at the bottom. He believes that health is hard to define and harder to measure, but that it’s easier to achieve than people think. He believes true health saves money. He’s also an evangelist for transportation by bicycle. Learn more at doublearrowmetabolism.com.

Moore will present the Friday keynote and workshops on Diabetes Management and Support in the Church.

The NeighboringMovement.org by SoCe Life team:

Adam Barlow-Thompson is the executive director of NeighboringMovement.org by SoCe Life. The Neighboring Movement seeks out neighboring initiatives around the country to study the best practices of good neighboring; they live out good neighboring in their community, the South Central (SoCe) neighborhood of Wichita, KS; and they share with individuals, communities, and organizations who want to be better neighbors. Adam loves playing banjo and laughing loudly. He can be seen around the neighborhood playing music on the front porch or riding his bike to the office. Adam is always up for a story or a laugh and is an eternal optimist when it comes to his neighborhood. Adam is married to Ashley and they have a young son named Prescott. When Adam isn’t working on the Neighboring Movement.org he is a trainer in effective communication and positive conflict.

Adam will lead worship at the retreat, deliver the Saturday keynote Why Neighbor?, and present two Basic Neighboring Skills workshops with team members Catherine and Matthew Johnson.

NeighboringMovement.org by SoCe Life team members Matthew Johnson, Catherine Johnson, and Adam Barlow-Thompson

Catherine Johnson is a Neighborhood Animator. She is an incredible practitioner of the neighboring skills that the Neighboring Movement promotes. Catherine has a calm and gentle spirit and is willing to help any neighbor discover ways to connect and utilize their gifts. She has a passion for the environment and discovering new ways to take care of the earth. Catherine is often walking the neighborhood chatting with neighbors, planting vegetables, or connecting people who didn’t know how great SoCe can be. She is the mastermind who started SoCe Life’s Garden Box movement.

Matthew Johnson is the Spiritual Formation Director. He is the theorist of the Neighboring Movement team, that that beard is real. Matt loves music and plays several instruments, often while sitting out in the front yard. One of his favorite activities is asking great questions to discover who people are and how their passions can help shape the culture of SoCe. Matt is great at seeing big themes and convincing Adam to not get ahead of himself. When Matt isn’t working in SoCe he is doing Spiritual Direction, teaching at Friends University, and writing.

Deb Andres is an educator with a wide variety of experiences both in and out of the traditional classroom. Deb holds a bachelor’s degree in Vocational Home Economics and master’s degree in Family Studies and Human Services, both from Kansas State University.  These degrees have served her well in the varied career paths she has traveled.

She has been a manager/supervisor overseeing 70+ employees who packaged a variety of potato and corn chips, a program assistant at the state FCS Extension office, a 14 year veteran of the high school classroom, an 11-year veteran of the college classroom, and currently a Family and Consumer Sciences Agent in Geary County for K-State Research and Extension.  She is humbled by the awards she has received in each of the career avenues and attributes her success to her commitment to improving the human condition.

Deb and her husband Duane live in Duane’s childhood home in rural Morris county where they reap the benefits of having laying hens and chase 4-H kids (yes, baby goats) around along with their 3 boys.

Shandi Andres is an educator at heart with experience both in the high school classroom and as an educator in the community setting. She has a strong belief in the K-State family where she received her bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Education and master’s degree in Life Span Human Development. These degrees are put to use every day in her position as an Extension Agent for the Flint Hills District (Morris and Chase Counties). She serves as a Family and Consumer Science and 4-H Agent. Shandi, her husband Terry, and their two kids recently made the transition to move back to their home community after being out of the area for almost 15 years. Owning and operating a ranch, 4-H activities, cooking & housework, and spending time with family occupy any spare time she has available. Shandi believes that families are the building blocks of our society and that we can strengthen families one child at a time.

Kendal Carswell L.M.S.W, L.C.A.C. has more than 18 years of experience in social and therapeutic services. His passions are social justice and health equity for the underserved and vulnerable populations.  He is the program director for the Pioneer Care Advocacy Team at the Kearny County Hospital in Lakin, KS where he oversees care coordination/social services and leads innovative and transformative projects.  He writes grant proposals and assists in managing many of the grants that are awarded.  The primary focus of his work is to address social determinants that affect positive health outcomes.  The program focuses on preventative interventions to reduce non-emergent emergency room use and to reduce hospitalizations.  Kendal began his career providing addiction and mental health services in both inpatient and outpatient settings.  Kendal has worked in community corrections and he was a clinical director for Heartland Regional Alcohol and Drug Assessment Center, overseeing services in more than 50 western Kansas counties.  He has a strong background in care coordination and has a history of creating and developing programs, especially in western Kansas.

Kendal was a professor at Fort Hays State University (FHSU) for 7 years, teaching in the social work department.  While at FHSU, he developed an outreach bachelor of social work program, based in Garden City, which addresses an existing professional shortage.  He also developed the online substance abuse counselor education program for FHSU.  Kendal left FHSU to develop and coordinate an outreach master of social welfare program for the University of Kansas that is also ongoing in western Kansas.  These programs continue to be major factors in work force development in rural and frontier western Kansas.

Kendal has served on many past boards and he currently serves on the licensed addictions counselor advisory committee for the Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board.  He assisted with writing the standards for the legislation, creating licensure for addiction counselors in Kansas.  He is currently a board member for ABC pregnancy in Garden City, an agency which provides compassionate pregnancy support services, Co-Chair of the Kansas Public Health Association – Tobacco, Mental Health & Substance Section, and he is a member of the Governor’s Behavioral Health Services Planning Council Rural and Frontier Subcommittee.

Shane Hudson, MS LCP LCAC, is the Vice President of Clinical Operations at Central Kansas Foundation in Salina, Kansas. His background includes working in child welfare, mental health, and substance use disorder treatment. In his position with Central Kansas Foundation, he oversees clinical programming, peer support services, telehealth psychiatric and MAT service delivery, and integration in medical settings. Shane is currently involved in process building and service delivery associated with the Opioid Use Disorder Grant in 65 counties in Kansas.

Judy A. Johnston, M.S., R.D./L.D., is a graduate of the Coordinated Undergraduate Program in Dietetics, Kansas State University.  She also holds a master’s degree in Adult and Occupational Education from Kansas State University.  Following graduation, Ms. Johnston pursued an eighteen-year career in hospital dietetics, practicing clinical, management and teaching dietetics in Wichita hospitals. During this time she held many offices and served on many committees within the Kansas Dietetic Association and the American Dietetic Association and was a Certified Diabetes Educator.  In 1990, Ms. Johnston left the hospital to pursue a career in public health, including development of the nationally recognized Kansas LEAN initiative.  She has served as PI or Investigator on numerous research and program development grants from NIH, Robert Wood Johnson, Kansas Health Foundation, United Methodist Health Ministry Fund, Sunflower Foundation and others.  Ms. Johnston has received a number of awards for her work in public health, including the prestigious Anita Owen Award from the American Dietetic Association Foundation, recognizing innovation in nutrition education, the Virginia Lockhart Award for Outstanding Public Health Education from the Kansas Public Health Association, numerous citations and awards for her work to develop and support the National Cancer Institute’s 5 A Day for Better Health community-based initiatives, and for her work with Extension, 4-H, and the American Cancer Society.

As a Research Instructor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at KUSM-W, Ms. Johnston continues to develop and pursue grants to support her research and she teaches in the Masters of Public Health Program.  Her research interests are nutrition and physical activity with a focus on built environment, community leadership development, collaborative community approaches to health risk behaviors, faith-based health promotion, and clergy self-care, and oral health disparities.  Ms. Johnston is an author/co-author of 22 journal articles and book chapters and has presented at numerous national and international meetings.  She is a Kansas Health Foundation Leadership Fellow, a Kansas Community Leadership Fellow, a Kansas Public Health Leadership Fellow, a Lance Armstrong Cancer Advocate, and currently serves as faculty for the Kansas Leadership Center.

Ms. Johnston and her husband Bill reside in Wichita.  They have one daughter, Lorien, who also lives in Wichita with her husband, Greg, and their two perfect granddaughters.

Katie Schoenhoff is Program Officer at the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund and is the staff in charge of the Healthy Congregations program, which supports intentional, effective congregational and community health ministry in Great Plains United Methodist Churches with professional training, grant funding, and other resources for success.  Katie graduated from Sterling College as a double major in Health/Physical Education and Athletic Training. After graduation, she worked for McBride Physical Therapy Clinic and Deer Creek High School as an athletic trainer, and in 2008 joined the Reno County Health Department, first in the role of Health Educator and later as the Health Education and Promotion Coordinator.  In that role, she worked with several community health coalitions including Healthy Eating Active Living Reno County (HEAL-RC), the Vitality Team, the Reno County Head Start/Early Head Start Policy Council, the Reno County Wellness Committee, and the Keep Kids Fit Collaborative.

Reverend Doctor Clayton Smith has served as an Executive Pastor of Generosity at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection since September 2005. For 25 years prior to this, Clayton served as Senior Pastor in the Missouri Area at Schweitzer UMC in Springfield, Manchester UMC in St. Louis, and Centenary UMC in Cape Girardeau. Dr. Smith received our denomination’s top Circuit Rider Award for Church Growth while Senior Pastor as Schweitzer UMC.

Clayton gives executive-level leadership to ministry areas of stewardship, development, and generosity. He gives oversight and support to Resurrection’s giving campaigns for the annual operating budget, capital building funds, special strategic and mission gifts, memorial giving, and planned gifts for the Resurrection Foundation. The Foundation now has over 600 members who have remembered the church in their wills or with other planned gifts.

Clayton consults with a number of local churches and individuals on stewardship programs and financial campaigns. He speaks at conferences across the country to give leadership in stewardship and generosity ministry. He leads and teaches faith-based programs that assist people in personal financial stewardship and generosity. Over 2,500 people have attended the Financial Peace University and Legacy Journey Classes offered at Resurrection.

Clayton also gives direction to Resurrection’s Crossroads Initiative: Navigating the Second Half of Your Life, Pre-Retirement Seminars, Estate Planning Workshops, and Women’s Planned Giving Events. Dr. Smith has also taught Parish Leadership Development for Saint Paul School of Theology. His book, Propel: Good Stewardship—Great Generosity was published by Abingdon in March 2015. A second small group workbook publication, At the Crossroads: Spiritual Lessons for the Second Half of Life was published in August 2016, also by Abingdon.

Dr. Smith holds a degree in Psychology from Central Methodist University; Master of Theology from Southern Methodist University; and a Doctor of Ministry in Stewardship and Preaching from the McCormick School of Theology.

Clayton and his wife Lori have four children and two wonderful grandchildren. They have horses and love to garden, golf, and travel. Clayton has a passion for mission and has led many teams on national and international projects. Be warned that Clayton loves to tell jokes. He finds great fulfillment in teaching and preaching the joy of generosity.