Michael DeDominick

Bethesda Lutheran Communities
Ministry Consultant

Michael is a ministry consultant for Bethesda Lutheran Communities. Michael helps his friends with disabilities connect with Christ in a variety of ways. Ask him about it sometime.


Mark Hagen

Bethesda Voices
Corporate Director of Public Policy

Before moving to the Bethesda Institute in June 2010 Hagen was Corporate Director of Public Relations and Legislative Affairs.  He is a member of the Policy and Advocacy Team at Lutheran Services in America-Disability Network – a team that advocates for a more efficient Medicaid system that embraces consumer choice and community-based supports.


Thomas Heuer

Bethesda Institute
Curriculum Project Manager

Thomas has both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in education from Concordia University – Nebraska. As Curriculum Project Manager for the Bethesda Institute, he oversees the development of Cross Road Journey, a series of Bible study courses designed to meet the spiritual needs of people with intellectual disabilities. With experience both as professional and parent, Tom brings a unique perspective to the world of disability services.


Ellen Hierl

Bethesda Institute
Educational Consultant

Ellen provides training and consultation services to Bethesda’s staff and to external customers. She is the author of numerous video productions; a writer for Sidelines, an e-newsletter; a training curriculum developer;  and recently served as a writer for the corporate website.  In addition, Ellen is a presenter at workshops in the field of intellectual disability services.   Currently, she serves as the chairperson of the  Milwaukee Training Initiative board.


Matthew Hobson

I’m So Glad You Found Me in Here

Matthew graduated from Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis with a General Studies degree. He was the co-author of the book I’m So Glad You Found Me in Here, about his life of being severely mentally handicapped to being a college graduate. Since his book was published, he has spoken to various groups at colleges and universities.


Rev. Dr. Hollie Holt-Woehl

Lutheran Seminary
Adjunct Professor

The Rev. Dr. Hollie Holt-Woehl completed a Ph.D. in Pastoral Care and Counseling in 2007, with particular emphasis on the congregation. Ordained in 1993 in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), she has served congregations in rural, urban, and suburban settings. Dr. Holt-Woehl is an Adjunct Professor at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN, teaching the course, “Ministry with Persons with Mental Illness and Their Families.” She also serves as an intentional interim pastor in the Minneapolis Area Synod (ELCA).  Read more.


Connie Horn

Bethesda Institute
Educational Consultant

Connie Horn came to Bethesda in 1987.  In Connie’s current role as an Education Consultant, she provides training and consultation services to Bethesda’s staff and to external customers. She is a script writer for instructional videos; a writer for Sidelines, an online periodical for trainers; and a training curriculum developer. She also provides training to other agencies to assist with plans of correction and overall quality service development.


David Morstad

Bethesda Institute
Executive Director of the Bethesda Institute

Prior to becoming Executive Director of the Bethesda Institute, David served in a number of different roles with the organization since 1977, most recently as Vice President of Communications. He’s a widely published author of educational resource materials.  In 2010 he received the Henri J.M. Nouwen Award from the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.


 Quiet Waters Outreach

Quiet Waters Outreach is a nonprofit ministry dedicated to shining the glory of God to people with developmental disabilities and their caregivers in Oregon since 1997.  This ministry serves 2,500 people annually through the operation of two Bed & Breakfasts providing day and overnight respite care and helps local area churches implement Christ-centered outreach programs.  Contributors to this blog are comprised of employees, volunteers, and caregivers directly involved with Quiet Waters Outreach.


Ben Stuckey

Bethesda Lutheran Communities

SonRise Camp Program Director/ Religious Life Director

My name is Ben Stuckey and I am the Program Director of SonRise, and the Religious Life Director for Central and South Eastern Indiana.  I know it sounds like I have a lot of titles… it does not make me important, it just means I wear many hats.  I have been with SonRise / Bethesda for 2 years January 4th, and LOVE IT!  I have Pastored 2 congregations, one in Birmingham, Alabama and one in Anderson, Indiana.


Cathy Ficker Terrill

The Institute on Public Policy for People with Disabilities


Cathy Ficker Terrill has been a professional in the field of disabilities for 35 years and is currently CEO of the Institute on Public Policy for People with Disabilities.   She has a Masters Degree in Disability Policy.  She is currently an Adjunct profession at the University of Illinois in Chicago and Elmhurst College.


Kelly Thran

Bethesda Lutheran Communities
Corporate Director of Business Development and Innovation

Thran is responsible for technology evaluation and continually developing Bethesda’s system of supports towards a person-directed approach. Before assuming her current position, Thran served as an operations officer and regional director for Bethesda. Thran also served as a regional director for Mosaic and Good Shepherd Communities before its affiliation with Bethesda in 2009.


Rev. Charles Werth

Bethesda Lutheran Communities
Vice President of Religious Life and
Church Relations

Chuck is responsibile for strengthening Bethesda’s relationship with Lutheran churches, assisting with the development of outreach materials and directing the work of Bethesda’s Ministry Consultants throughout the country. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis and completed graduate study in German history at the University of Oregon.


Lynn Wiles

Bethesda Lutheran Communities
Employment Specialist

Lynn Wiles is a veteran job developer and employment specialist, as well as a certified vocational rehabilitation counselor. Most recently, she worked as a private contractor to Vocational Rehabilitation and Services for the Blind for many years before becoming part of the Bethesda team in July 2011. She sits on the board of the East Multnomah County One Stop Career Center and started the Portland Metro Area Job Developers Network which now has more than 200 member agencies.

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