Our Team

Senior
Leadership
Team

Kori Yates

Kori Yates

Director, Writer

Kori Yates loves adventure – and life is full of them. As a popular speaker and writer, Kori desires to challenge and encourage women to follow Christ wholeheartedly, knowing the Christian walk is the greatest adventure of all. Being a military wife has added to this adventure in ways she could never have imagined. Her first book, Olive Drab Pom-Poms, encourages military wives to find the calling God has for them in what can seem a crazy, unstable life. This life is no surprise to God.

Distracted, quirky, independent, and mostly capable, Kori is just an ordinary military wife seeking to follow Jesus. Married to her Soldier-husband, Kyle, for eleven years, she also homeschools their two kids, ages ten and seven. It is certainly an adventure.

Kori loves to run, read, sew, bake, and eat chocolate, which is exactly why she runs. She attempts to be creative on occasion, and is at times successful. Longing to be more like Christ tomorrow than she is today, she has become a huge fan of grace. To learn more about Kori, check out her blog, or grab a copy of her book, visit her website. The book is also available on Amazon, and other bookstores online. You can also connect with her on Facebook or Twitter.

Rachelle Whitfield

Rachelle Whitfield

Marketing Team Lead

Rachelle is the Marketing Team Lead for Planting Roots.  She is an Army veteran, Army wife and mom of four boys, two with four paws. She has been a financial counselor in the military community for over ten years, a residential planner for nearly 20 years, a speaker and aspiring writer.  She is passionate about helping military women create a lifestyle full of “ABUNDANCE.”  Connect with her on Instagram @rachellesamone.

Rachelle loves adventure and travel.  She currently resides in South Korea with her husband Chris and their four pawed boys, Pokey and Jack.  They have been traveling Asia for the last three year but still have many more places to go. She loves football and is a Cowboy and Missouri Tiger fan until the end.  MIZ…

By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures. Proverbs 24:3-4

Kristin Goodrich

Kristin Goodrich

Executive Officer, Editor, Writer

Thirty years ago, I took the Oath of Office and was issued my first military ID card. I have spent my entire adulthood carrying some version of that military ID card. At first, my ID card was active-duty green (yes, I’m dating myself here). Changes in rank were followed by changes in weight and hair color. Later, my green ID card was exchanged for a brown one of “dependent spouse”. Then again, the status of my husband changed from active-duty to retired, and now I wonder if my height is shrinking!

During these changes within the military community, one thing has remained the same. I have a desperate need to be in relationship with God. I have grown in my faith because I have needed to dig deeply into the Bible during struggles familiar to military women. I have been supported during the stormy weather by friendships with other military women. And I have been able to raise my hands high with shouts of praise to the heavens as I have been blessed by this community of Christian military women! I am looking forward to planting roots with you!

Katye Riselli

Event Team Lead, Writer, Editor

Katye Riselli serves as the Event Team Lead, Writer, and Editor for Planting Roots. She is an executive speechwriter and strategic communications advisor for senior principals in business, military, non-profit, philanthropy, and government officials at all levels. In addition to speechwriting, she advises clients on communications planning for strategic positioning and cultivating development relationships to amplify brand recognition. She previously served as speechwriter and Deputy Communications Director to Mrs. Laura Bush (2008-2013) and has extensive public affairs experience in Washington, D.C., on Capitol Hill, The White House, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of State.  She writes regularly on katyeriselli.com and other media outlets and speaks nationally in military communities.

Brenda Pace

Advisor, Writer

Brenda Pace is an author and speaker with a passion for bringing encouragement and hope to women. She frequently shares her message in both local church and military chapel settings. She has been the keynote speaker for retreats in Korea, Japan, Turkey, Germany, Italy, and numerous locations across the United States.

Brenda is dedicated to mentor and train women to be godly leaders. She gained practical experience serving at every level of leadership in the military women’s organization, Protestant Women of the Chapel, from president of a local chapter to national leadership as the president of Protestant Women of the Chapel-USA. Her personal experience along with specialized training and education in leadership, has equipped her to encourage and mentor women to develop their full potential for Christ.

Because of her desire to encourage military spouses, Brenda coauthored the devotional book Medals above My Heart, with her friend and fellow military spouse Carol McGlothlin (Broadman and Holman). Brenda and Carol also wrote The One Year Yellow Ribbon Devotional, Taking a Stand in Prayer for Our Nation and Those Who Serve (Tyndale House). She is a contributing author to Stories of Faith and Courage from the Homefront, Stories Around the Table, and the seminary textbook Women in Ministry and Leadership. Brenda is the author of a soon to be released devotional and bible study series The Journey of a Military Wife: God’s Truth for Every Step. The American Bible Society will launch the series in early 2015.

Brenda holds a BA in education from Lee University, a MEd from Columbus State University, and a MA in Christian Leadership from Liberty Theological Seminary. She is currently a Doctorate of Ministry candidate at the Assembly of God Theological Seminary.

Brenda lives in Tennessee, the place of her birth with her husband Richard. A retired US Army Chaplain with 28 years of service, Richard serves as the Chaplain Endorser and Coordinator for Vocational Chaplains at the Church of God Chaplains Commission. The Pace’s are the parents of two married sons and the proud grandparents of five terrific grandkids.

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Ginger Harrington

Publishing Team Lead

Ginger Harrington, publishing coordinator for Planting Roots, is casting a vision for women in the military community to encourage one another to grow closer to God by sharing their stories. Author of the book, Holy in the Moment, Ginger’s work has been featured at MGM Lightworkers. A popular speaker, she has also written military-themed posts for Guideposts Military Blog and (in)courage. Ginger and her retired Marine husband have enjoyed twenty-four years of military life and are parents to three young adults. Read more from Ginger at GingerHarrington.com. In San Diego, Ginger will be talking about the “Barriers to being ALL IN.” You won’t want to miss it!

Jennifer Wake

Jennifer Wake

Admin Team Lead, Monday Minute Admin

Bible study assistant editor at Planting Roots, Jennifer Wake enjoys teaching and writing. She currently lives in MD.  She has an active duty husband and 3 great kids. You can find her spending time teaching and learning and preparing taxes.

Board
of
Directors

Arthur Pace

Vice President

I pastored a church for three years. Served as the Executive Director for the Armed Services Ministry of the American Bible Society. Worked as a part-time consultant for The 1687 Foundation. Member of translation and commentary team for Wycliffe Associates. Ministered in Moldova and the Ukraine with Olive Branch International.

Diane Hall

Board Secretary

I served in Protestant Women of the Chapel at the local, regional and international levels. These positions included President, International Theme Development Coordinator, Leadership Training Team member, and Curriculum Writing Team member. I have a passion for studying God’s Word and have led numerous women’s Bible studies. I was a private contractor to the Army at several installations in the role of Protestant Religious Education Coordinator. I am a substitute teacher for our local school district.

 

Jim Glass

President

Blissfully married to the same wonderful bride for 41 years and father of three girls and a boy–all married–and four grandchildren. Following graduation from seminary with MDiv and PhD, I pastored three churches, taught in two colleges, served as president of the local ministerial association, served on the Alabama Baptist Christian Life Commission, and served on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity in Alexander City, Alabama, before returning to active duty as a chaplain in 1998. Retired August 2017.

Gwen Chandler

Board Treasurer

I have worked with a women’s ministry, PWOC, for over 30 years in various capacities of leadership. I have mentored many young women over the years on a one-on-one basis and have desired to pass to the next generation a love of Jesus. My husband and I are associate staff with the Navigators and have had a Bible Study in our home for most of our 21 years in the Army and since we have retired. I love the ministry that Planting Roots has of serving our military women. I consider it a privilege to encourage those on staff and the Board.

Cecil Richardson

Board Member

I preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am also an organizer and cheerleader. I love to encourage people in their faith. My wife is a professional educator. I pre-edit all her books before they go to the publishing companies (Janrichardsonguidedreading.com). I own a tree farm, and I’m good with a tractor and chainsaw!

Admin
Team

Jennifer Wake

Admin Team Lead, Monday Minute Admin

Bible study assistant editor at Planting Roots, Jennifer Wake enjoys teaching and writing. She currently lives in MD.  She has an active duty husband and 3 great kids. You can find her spending time teaching and learning and preparing taxes.

Shellie Kelly

Finance Manager

Lisa Redford

Human Resource Manager

Prior to meeting her husband, Lisa Redford neither had any knowledge or interest in a military lifestyle nor did she ever plan to be a military spouse. She attended college at Moorhead State University and the University of Kentucky, graduating from the latter with degree in Special Education.  However, quite comfortable with a teaching career in Lexington, Kentucky God had a different journey planned for her life; once she acknowledged God’s plan was far better than her own,  she began to thrive, not just survive, the military life.

For I know the plans I have for you”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. You will call to Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”      -Jeremiah 29 11-13

Lisa loves encouraging others and serving families in the communities God plants her.  She believes that small acts can reveal great love and strives to live by the belief: Jesus first, others second, and self last.  Lisa desires military women to fully grasp God’s love and plan for them in their own military journey.  She strongly advocates that once you understand God’s love, you can give it and once you accept His plans for you, you can be a part of them, which is awesome!

Lisa has been married to the love of her life, Craig, for 15 years. They have five joy-filled children, Caden, Kenadie, Ashlyn, Elijah, and Elizabeth.  Lisa is a proud stay-at-home-mom who currently home schools her children, another plan that was not hers. She loves being involved in the children’s extracurricular activities.

Lisa enjoys jogging, being outdoors, volunteering, and gatherings with family and friends. Lisa has been involved with Protestant Women of the Chapel for several years. Lisa was involved with establishing a Battle Buddy Resource Center, which has been serving Soldiers’ families through food pantry services for just over a year.  Above all, she loves being a military spouse and believes this journey has provided many opportunities for growth in many areas, especially spiritual.  It’s her strongest desire to learn and grow deeper in God’s word every day and be proof of Jesus’ love, every moment.

Katie Payne

Training & Strategic Planning

Katie Payne has been married to her favorite guy and Army soldier for 24 years. Brian and Katie began their military adventure at Fort Drum. NY. They have four adventurous and fun-loving daughters, ages 19, 17, 15 and 13. Yes, that’s four teenagers! Life is full and Brian and Katie are enjoying their house full of girls.

Katie grew up in a ministry-filled home with parents who served as missionaries. She observed men and women meeting together for Bible study, prayer and discipleship on a regular basis. It was a natural next step for her to join a women’s bible study as a young military bride at Fort Drum. She developed a passion for women’s ministry as she experienced the joy, peace and growth that comes from studying the Word of God with other women.

Hebrews 10:24-26, one of Katie’s favorite verses, says “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” God created us for fellowship. Fellowship with Him and fellowship with others. It’s these moments of fellowship that have helped Katie navigate the joys and challenges of military life.

Katie also finds joy in browsing through antique shops, cheering on her favorite football team and drinking a good cup of Earl Grey tea. As she plans events for Planting Roots she is most excited about bringing women together to connect them to our Lord and to each other. It’s an exciting time and she hopes to meet YOU at our next live event.

Events
Team

Katye Riselli

Event Team Lead, Writer, Editor

Katye Riselli serves as the Event Team Lead, Writer, and Editor for Planting Roots. She is an executive speechwriter and strategic communications advisor for senior principals in business, military, non-profit, philanthropy, and government officials at all levels. In addition to speechwriting, she advises clients on communications planning for strategic positioning and cultivating development relationships to amplify brand recognition. She previously served as speechwriter and Deputy Communications Director to Mrs. Laura Bush (2008-2013) and has extensive public affairs experience in Washington, D.C., on Capitol Hill, The White House, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of State.  She writes regularly on katyeriselli.com and other media outlets and speaks nationally in military communities.

Marketing
Team

Rachelle Whitfield

Marketing Team Lead

Rachelle is the Marketing Team Lead for Planting Roots.  She is an Army veteran, Army wife and mom of four boys, two with four paws. She has been a financial counselor in the military community for over ten years, a residential planner for nearly 20 years, a speaker and aspiring writer.  She is passionate about helping military women create a lifestyle full of “ABUNDANCE.”  Connect with her on Instagram @rachellesamone.

Rachelle loves adventure and travel.  She currently resides in South Korea with her husband Chris and their four pawed boys, Pokey and Jack.  They have been traveling Asia for the last three year but still have many more places to go. She loves football and is a Cowboy and Missouri Tiger fan until the end.  MIZ…

By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures. Proverbs 24:3-4

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Larissa Traquair

Social Media-Broadcasting Coordinator

My name is Larissa Traquair and I am a Jesus-loving, Bible-believing, God-fearing woman who is a recovering perfectionist and is passionate about glorifying God in all I do. I am a scrap booker, card maker, paper planner who knitted for a little while and survived running for 6 months. I am a great friend who loves to do lunch. My motto is: “Everyone has to eat so why not eat together.” I am also a foodie and a very picky eater. I love dark chocolate and hate almost ALL vegetables. I will always prefer eating out over cooking at home.

I am married to a Marine and we are retired in the great state of Texas. We parent a pair of adopted bulldogs (Hope & Chip) who keep us both entertained and humble. God has been known to refine us through our everyday interactions with this, the most stubborn of breads. As a military spouse, I have lived overseas twice; traveled to Thailand & Hong Kong; and even lived in Hawaii for three years.

God has blessed me with many adventures that have allowed me to write for a local blog on the island of Okinawa; host my own craft show; and serve behind bars at the only all-women’s Correctional Center on Oahu. I have served on several P.W.O.C. (Protestant Women of the Chapel) boards and I have had the pleasure of speaking at two local P.W.O.C. events.

My passion is to help other women realize that adopting an attitude of gratitude will make a world of difference in their lives and the lives of those around them. God has given us a sphere of influence, aka a community to do life with, and we get to choose whether we influence this community in a positive or a negative way.  To accomplish this purpose I believe God called me to start broadcasting live on Periscope back in 2015.  This is where I, the GR8TFUL Chick, Chief Inspirational Officer (CIO) of the GR8TFUL Tribe, get to share an encouraging word daily with the amazing Tribe that God has given me.  By equipping me in this manner He gave me this opportunity to introduce our Planting Roots team to this fabulous way of reaching out to military women all over the world.  You can find one of our PR Team members broadcasting most weekdays at www.periscope.tv/PlantingRoots1  and you can find the GR8TFUL Tribe at Gr8tfulChick.com.  Join us on social media where we are making a difference in the world, one broadcast at a time.  We love doing community with other #WorldChangers.  Join us and discover that you can change the atmosphere wherever you show up!!!

Stacey Gibson

Stacey Gibson

Social Media Coordinator

My name is Stacey. I met my high school sweetheart about 27 years ago and married him a couple years later. He joined the Army shortly after that and we began what would become a 20-year career. We retired about four years ago and bought a little house in the beautiful country side of Kentucky. Then about 2 years later, the Lord let us know He had another plan in mind and so we landed in Alabama at Redstone Arsenal. We have two grown kiddos, Ryan who remained in Kentucky and Caitlyn who is still at home for now and enjoying college, and three fur babies. I am in the half empty nest season of life, a hard thing for someone who absolutely adores babies and motherhood, but I am determined to navigate it the best way I know how, surrounding myself with Godly, military women.

I feel the call to women’s ministry and have served on the board of PWOC at both Ft. Knox and here on the Arsenal. I have also served as a church administrator, MOPS/ Women’s group leader and social media coordinator for our church in Kentucky. I just love social media and the avenue it provides to let everyone know what the Lord has done for us and to be an encourager and inspiration. It’s the best way I know to serve, love and lead those around me and make a positive difference for Christ in my online (and offline) community. I loved being an Army wife and can’t wait to use all my experience and stories to inspire and encourage the women of Planting Roots.

Publishing
Team

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Ginger Harrington

Publishing Team Lead

Ginger Harrington, publishing coordinator for Planting Roots, is casting a vision for women in the military community to encourage one another to grow closer to God by sharing their stories. Author of the book, Holy in the Moment, Ginger’s work has been featured at MGM Lightworkers. A popular speaker, she has also written military-themed posts for Guideposts Military Blog and (in)courage. Ginger and her retired Marine husband have enjoyed twenty-four years of military life and are parents to three young adults. Read more from Ginger at GingerHarrington.com. In San Diego, Ginger will be talking about the “Barriers to being ALL IN.” You won’t want to miss it!

Jennifer Wake

Admin Team Lead, Monday Minute Admin

Bible study assistant editor at Planting Roots, Jennifer Wake enjoys teaching and writing. She currently lives in MD.  She has an active duty husband and 3 great kids. You can find her spending time teaching and learning and preparing taxes.

Liz Giertz

Editor, Writer

Kristin Goodrich

Executive Officer, Editor, Writer

Thirty years ago, I took the Oath of Office and was issued my first military ID card. I have spent my entire adulthood carrying some version of that military ID card. At first, my ID card was active-duty green (yes, I’m dating myself here). Changes in rank were followed by changes in weight and hair color. Later, my green ID card was exchanged for a brown one of “dependent spouse”. Then again, the status of my husband changed from active-duty to retired, and now I wonder if my height is shrinking!

During these changes within the military community, one thing has remained the same. I have a desperate need to be in relationship with God. I have grown in my faith because I have needed to dig deeply into the Bible during struggles familiar to military women. I have been supported during the stormy weather by friendships with other military women. And I have been able to raise my hands high with shouts of praise to the heavens as I have been blessed by this community of Christian military women! I am looking forward to planting roots with you!

Claudia Duff

Writer

 

Hi! I am Claudia Duff. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 32 years and 8 months. We have 5 adult Dufflings (God granted us two lovely Dufflings by marriage!) and 3 GrandDufflings (2 we get to snuggle here on earth and 1 who is snuggled into the arms of Jesus). We currently live in Lynchburg, VA and my guy is a Professor at Liberty University after serving 23 years in the USN. You can find me most days reading, writing, crafting, quilting and sewing. I am on staff with Planting Roots as a writer, speaker and assistant Events Coordinator. So, my life is a bit full. But, I am always on the lookout for my next great God adventure!

 

Brenda Pace

Advisor, Writer

Brenda Pace is an author and speaker with a passion for bringing encouragement and hope to women. She frequently shares her message in both local church and military chapel settings. She has been the keynote speaker for retreats in Korea, Japan, Turkey, Germany, Italy, and numerous locations across the United States.

Brenda is dedicated to mentor and train women to be godly leaders. She gained practical experience serving at every level of leadership in the military women’s organization, Protestant Women of the Chapel, from president of a local chapter to national leadership as the president of Protestant Women of the Chapel-USA. Her personal experience along with specialized training and education in leadership, has equipped her to encourage and mentor women to develop their full potential for Christ.

Because of her desire to encourage military spouses, Brenda coauthored the devotional book Medals above My Heart, with her friend and fellow military spouse Carol McGlothlin (Broadman and Holman). Brenda and Carol also wrote The One Year Yellow Ribbon Devotional, Taking a Stand in Prayer for Our Nation and Those Who Serve (Tyndale House). She is a contributing author to Stories of Faith and Courage from the Homefront, Stories Around the Table, and the seminary textbook Women in Ministry and Leadership. Brenda is the author of a soon to be released devotional and bible study series The Journey of a Military Wife: God’s Truth for Every Step. The American Bible Society will launch the series in early 2015.

Brenda holds a BA in education from Lee University, a MEd from Columbus State University, and a MA in Christian Leadership from Liberty Theological Seminary. She is currently a Doctorate of Ministry candidate at the Assembly of God Theological Seminary.

Brenda lives in Tennessee, the place of her birth with her husband Richard. A retired US Army Chaplain with 28 years of service, Richard serves as the Chaplain Endorser and Coordinator for Vocational Chaplains at the Church of God Chaplains Commission. The Pace’s are the parents of two married sons and the proud grandparents of five terrific grandkids.

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Kori Yates

Director, Writer

Kori Yates loves adventure – and life is full of them. As a popular speaker and writer, Kori desires to challenge and encourage women to follow Christ wholeheartedly, knowing the Christian walk is the greatest adventure of all. Being a military wife has added to this adventure in ways she could never have imagined. Her first book, Olive Drab Pom-Poms, encourages military wives to find the calling God has for them in what can seem a crazy, unstable life. This life is no surprise to God.

Distracted, quirky, independent, and mostly capable, Kori is just an ordinary military wife seeking to follow Jesus. Married to her Soldier-husband, Kyle, for eleven years, she also homeschools their two kids, ages ten and seven. It is certainly an adventure.

Kori loves to run, read, sew, bake, and eat chocolate, which is exactly why she runs. She attempts to be creative on occasion, and is at times successful. Longing to be more like Christ tomorrow than she is today, she has become a huge fan of grace. To learn more about Kori, check out her blog, or grab a copy of her book, visit her website. The book is also available on Amazon, and other bookstores online. You can also connect with her on Facebook or Twitter.

Worship
Team

Kayla Atkins

Worship Team Lead

Lynette Stewart

Worship Admin Assistant

Lynette is an Army wife and mother of 2. Currently stationed at Fort Gordon, Georgia, Lynette is active in local church ministries with her family and military community. She is Sarah’s right hand gal and her organizational skills help to keep all of us staight and pointed in the right direction.

 

Mary Beth Gunther

Musician

Mary Beth is a Retired Army Bandsmen and an Army Chaplain wife. Currently stationed at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, Mary Beth is a gifted singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist who is active in leading worship in various ministries. Recently, Mary Beth discovered her love for percussion instruments.

 

Rachel Hill

Musician

Rachel Hill is a singer-songwriter and musician who enjoys bringing stories and emotions to life through song. She began writing and performing as a teenager and has served on several worship teams over the years.

Rachel’s love for songwriting grew in depth and significance after the passing of her infant son in 2005. Rachel said this about the role that music played in her healing process: “As I poured out my grief into the songs I was writing; God answered my need for peace and healing by reminding me of the hope of eternity I have because of salvation through Jesus.”

As an artist for, Operation Encore, Rachel has had the opportunity to play her original songs in support of various military organizations including: Snowball Express, Warrior Family Symposium, and American Legion Auxiliary.  Rachel writes songs in many different genres and was placed on the “Ones to Watch” list by the Nashville Songwriter’s Association.

Rachel currently lives in Georgia with her, U.S. Airman, husband of 16 years, her fun loving nine year old daughter, and a cuddly maltipoo.  She has a songwriting album and three singles available on Amazon or Itunes.