Meet Your Trainers & Mentors for Leverage

Kathi Lipp

Leverage founder and keynote, Kathi Lipp, is a national speaker and author of 17 books including Overwhelmed, Clutter Free, The Get Yourself Organized Project, and The Husband Project.

She is a frequent guest on radio and TV, and has been named Focus on the Family radio’s “Best of Broadcast.”

She is the host of the popular podcast “Clutter Free Academy with Kathi Lipp.”

Over the past 10 years, Kathi has helped hundreds of people increase their platform through teaching and coaching. She is a frequent teacher at writer’ s conferences and has helped countless authors and speakers find their audiences.

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Michele Cushatt

As an experiened keynote speaker and emcee, Michele Cushatt’s speaking experience includes Women of Faith, Compassion International, and various retreats, conferences and events held across the country. She has also led radio, video and audio recording projects.

Since 2014, she’s been the co-host of Michael Hyatt’s popular This Is Your Life podcast. In addition, Michele serves as part of the Dynamic Communicators International leadership team, led by best-selling author and sought-after speaker Ken Davis.

Michele coaches multiple large-platform speakers in how to craft and deliver powerful presentations.
Michele authored Undone: A Story of Making Peace with an Unexpected Life with Zondervan Publishers and her second book, I Am: A 60-Day Journey to Knowing Who You Are Because of Who He Is.

Cheri Gregory

Cheri Gregory is a teacher, speaker, author, and Certified Personality Trainer. She speaks and writes from the conviction that “how-to” works best in partnership with “heart, too.”

Cheri has contributed to or coauthored a dozen books, including her latest, Exhale with Amy Carroll, and the upcoming Sensitive and Strong.

Cheri has a BA in English, an MA in Leadership, and is pursuing her PhD in Leadership. She is researching the organic growth and practice of “bestowed leadership” — the kind of influence that naturally develops as Christian women write and speak with authenticity and vulnerability.

Amy Carroll

Amy Carroll, a speaker and writer for Proverbs 31 Ministries, is the author of Breaking Up with Perfect and co-author of Exhale with Cheri Gregory. She and Cheri also co-host the Grit ‘n’ Grace podcast where she’s known for her unabashed southern style and joyful spirit.

Amy is the founder of Next Step Coaching Services where she has invested in over 200 coaching clients. It’s her delight to a small part of each one’s ministry.

Amy lives in North Carolina where you can find her on any given day texting her adult sons or figuring
out one more alternative to cooking dinner.
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Jill Savage

Jill Savage is an author, speaker, teacher, and coach. The author or co-author of 13 books including the best-selling No More Perfect Moms and her upcoming release Empty Nest Full Life, Jill is a firm believer in the power of authenticity.

As the Founder of Hearts at Home, an organization that produced professional conferences for moms for 24 years, Jill’s been on both sides of the speaking world so she understands speaking from both the speaker and the meeting planner’s perspectives. Through Hearts at Home, her own online Inspire Speaker Course, and private coaching Jill has had the privilege of helping to launch hundreds of speakers. She speaks at 30-40 events a year herself.

Jill loves helping people take the next right step in their speaking, writing, relationships, ministry, passions, business, or spiritual walk. Along with her husband Mark, they serve as marriage speakers and coaches who help couples move the needle on their marriage—helping good marriages become great and hurting marriages find hope and help.

Mom to five and Nana to three, Jill is a lover of all things peanut butter. Home is an 112-year-old farmhouse in Normal, Illinois.

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Mary Snyder

Mary Snyder is an author, speaker and Speaker Relationship Regional Director for Compassion International.

Mary is the author of God, Grace & Girlfriends: Adventures in Faith & Friendship and the author of the bible study, Authentic Girlfriends: Real Women finding Real Faith.

Mary began her writing career as a freelance writer in the early dot com days. She wrote on a wide array of topics from parenting and marriage to gel pens and ceiling fans. She also is the author of many of those little books that were found near the grocery store check out line – How to Make Salsa, How to Fix Common Plumbing Problems and How to Install a Ceiling Fan are just a few of her titles. She’s great at salsa making but don’t ask her about plumbing.

Mary’s other freelance specialty was financial writing – which is a wonder since she struggles with math unless it’s related to shopping and sales. She wrote for a variety of online sites including Charles Schwab Online.

Along with Mary’s writing career, she is a professional speaker who has spoken to groups from very small (less than ten) to thousands and on topics that range from Grasping Grace to Finding Faith in the Tanning Tube. Mary has served as a speaker coach for Proverbs 31 She Speaks Conference and also was on the board of directors for Proverbs 31. She is comfortable on a stage and enjoys sharing her faith with a splash of humor. After all, we all can use a good laugh now and then.

Scott Simmerok

Scott’s greatest privilege is being married to Kelli for 23 years, and parenting their two “not so much kids anymore”: Courtney (20) and Austin (18).

Scott is the Lead Pastor of Church on the Hill in San Jose, one of the oldest churches in California, just celebrating their 169th anniversary. He deeply understands the treadmill of teaching fresh, actionable messages every week by keeping your soul in the right place and maximizing the team approach to message writing. He loves coaching new communicators on how to take important truths and put them on the bottom shelf where everyone can reach them.

• Over his twenty years of pastoring, he’s figured out how to speak to the diverse audiences in front of him; which includes:

• keeping middle school students engaged in a week-long camp

• encouraging the hearts of pastors at a retreat

• engaging the City Council in a five minute address

• teaching a multi-generational, multi-cultural congregation for life transformation

Recently, Scott has begun coaching pastors and marketplace leaders on how to understand their own souls and sort through their strategic next steps. This new venture is being driven by his desire to call out the best in people regardless of their church involvement or professional platform.

Kristie Christie

Kristie Christie is a speaker, writer, and coach who loves helping individuals communicate with confidence and clarity. She empowers speakers, leaders, and professionals to develop the art of persuasive communication in order to move their audiences from apathy to action. Her course and workshop titled “You Can Book It” has helped many communicators build a proven pathway for filling their calendar with opportunities to speak and present themselves clearly to decision makers.

She has written articles for the Huffington Post, Good Men Project, and Darling Magazine. Her articles, “Breaking up with Our Texters” and “10 Things Jesus Wasn’t” were the beginning of creating high ranking content for these platforms, including many celebrity interviews. Kristie authored a 3 Year Faith-Based Curriculum for children called Revibrant Kids, including a well-loved Family Devotion titled, Merry Family Christmas. She and is currently completing her first non-fiction book, The Empathy Project.

Fascinated with the intersection between emerging culture and healthy relationships, she speaks to audiences about eliminating entitlement, growing empathy, and living a “revibrant” life. Over the years she has emceed events and tours, and spoken before thousands about the power of sponsoring a child. She enjoys keynoting for conferences, retreats, and educational seminars.

Kristie currently works with Compassion International as Speaker Relations Director, training, developing, and recruiting a team of effective and passionate communicators who inspire American audiences to be a part of releasing a child from poverty in Jesus’ name.

Our 2019 Marketing and Publishing Experts

Angela Bouma

Angela began her work as a corporate marketing professional, nearly two decades ago. After running the corporate race, she opened her own at-home marketing business in order to work with clients and organizations with messages the world needed to hear.

For the past seven years, Angela has been working side by side with speakers and authors to build their business through branding strategies, unique design and websites that connect with their audiences. Through web and graphic design, marketing consulting and platform building she’s helped her clients get their messages out to the world. She is a contributor on the Communicator Academy blog.

Angela is raising three kids, two boys and a girl, with her husband Dean of 17 years in the heart of farm country, CA. 

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Roger Lipp

Roger is a productivity and quality engineer for a Fortune 50 company.

Roger helps teams reach their full productivity potential by teaching them practical and simple steps to reach their goals. Roger and his wife, author Kathi Lipp, teach communicators how to share their message through social media and email marketing.

He and Kathi coauthored Happy Habits for Every Couple with Harvest House Publishers.

Kathleen Kerr

Kathleen Kerr is an editor, writer, and speaker. As acquisitions editor for the women’s division at Harvest House Publishers, she’s looking for new voices to minister to those who need the healing message of Christ. Kathleen has worked with new and bestselling authors, working to refine their messages and build their careers. Previously, she acquired children’s and tween books at Zondervan Publishing House.

Kathleen speaks regularly at conferences around the country, but she loves to come home to her family in the Pacific Northwest. In the company of her husband and two daughters, she can usually be found hiking, writing, and creating chaos in the kitchen.

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