Who's Who


Lynn Davis Deutsch

Keynote Speaker 2016 Women's Fair

"Sisters Following in Our Mother's Footsteps"

R "Lynn" Deutsch MSN, RN,CRNI, VA-BC
Vascular Access Specialist
Seton Healthcare Family
Certified Registered Nurse Infusion
Vascular Access-Board Certified

CRNI of the Year 2015

Infusion Nurses Certification Corporation

Lynn was born in Niagara Falls, New York, and began her career as a nurse there.  She is the mother of three and grandmother of four.  Her husband is Hank Deutsch.  Her sister is Nancy Stidham.

Lynn was married and had her first child at the age of 17.  Two more children followed and her first husband did not support the family.  She realized she needed to complete her education and begin working.  

Following a divorce, Lynn moved to Arizona and then to California.  A second marriage ended in divorce and her second child, a daughter, died of complications following brain surgery.  Lynn moved to Texas where she met and married her current husband in 2005. In the years that followed, Lynn's story became one of God's deliverance and restoration power.

Lynn's life verse is Jeremiah 29:11.  As the keynote speaker at the 2016 Women's Fair, she will share some of the times in which she found hope in the midst of sorrow and brokenness.  She will demonstrate ways women can walk worthy of their calling both in the workplace and at home. 


Nancy Stidham

Nancy Stidham was born in Niagara Falls, New York, the daughter of a beekeeper from West Virginia.  The family business meant growing up in two homes:  a beautiful farm in western New York during the summers and a winter home on a lake in Sebring, Florida.

Nancy met Clay Stidham while attending Wheaton College. They were married in 1968 and moved to Clay’s home town, Lakeside, Arizona in 1971.  They have three sons and two granddaughters and a grandson.  Both Clay and Nancy are retired after teaching 30 and 35 years respectively at Blue Ridge High School in Lakeside, Arizona.

The Stidhams have pastored Cornerstone Community Church since 1997 and have been broadcasting on radio since 2003.  Nancy was the journalism teacher at Blue Ridge and sponsored the yearbook as well as the TV show produced on campus.  These skills now work for the Lord as she edits the church website and produces the radio show “Morning LIght” which is heard daily and Sunday on four stations over two major regional networks.

Nancy was only five when she first heard about God.  Her father had been a Christian since he was 16 but her mother was converted at age 26.  At 15, Nancy responded to the altar call at a local crusade.  

Then at age 30, she experienced a true conversion in response to 2 Corinthians 5:17.  In addition to serving with her husband at Cornerstone, Nancy serves on the Core Team of Women’s Ministry Network of the White Mountains.  In that capacity, she works with many women from various fellowships to bring the gospel to the White Mountains.


Eleanor Ferry

Eleanor Dozier Ferry grew up in Alabama and moved from Demopolis, Alabama, to Snowflake, Arizona, in 1961.  Her husband of two years, Bob Ferry, had taken an engineering position at the paper mill that was getting ready to begin operation. 

She immediately became involved in the community.  She was contacted by Josephine Goldwater Hospital in Show Low, now the site of Northland Pioneer College, about a bookkeeping job and after an interview, went to work in her chosen profession.  Then she became active in the Snowflake-Taylor Women’s Club and spearheaded the music program sponsored by the Club.  She organized a program for the high school students who competed to see who would represent Snowflake-Taylor Women’s Club at District and  State.  She also organized a “Night of Music” using music groups from the high school as well as other talent from the community to raise money for a Grand Piano at Snowflake High School.  She sang with The Liberty Bells, a group of 35 women, who were organized by the Women’s Club to sing during the Bicentennial.

Eleanor organized a work program to provide jobs for teenagers during the summer.  The program ran for three summers and, according to the gentlemen from the Juvenile Division of the State who helped set up the program, the delinquency rate dropped significantly in Snowflake and Taylor while the program was in place.

She served four years on the Snowflake School Board and was instrumental in getting the Board to build Highland Primary instead of a second K-6 school in Snowflake.  This lead to the Board doing the same thing in Taylor several years later.   

Bob and Eleanor had 3 children:  Jeanne, Sean, and Amy.  Each have degrees from Arizona State University in Tempe.  Two of them have gone on to get their Doctorates.  Two of her children and their families have moved out of state.  Bob passed away in 1991.

Eleanor has remained in Snowflake and also been very active in her church, holding positions from teacher to music leader and treasurer.  She served on the Executive Board of the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention and served as secretary for Desert Pines Baptist Association. She currently serves as the Director of Resort Ministry for Desert Pines Baptist Association.

Eleanor loves the Lord and loves serving Him any way she can.


Peggie Balcom

Peggie and her husband, Ken, are the house-parents at Hope House Maternity home since 2009.  They have been married over 30 years and all that time have had a performing, recording and often traveling “band” called CAVU, which has afforded them many good adventures as well as opportunities for ministry.  They have 2 adult children, a son and a daughter, and a nice new son-in-law.

Peggie has had many different jobs in her life, but working for Living Hope Women’s Centers seems to be what she was being ‘groomed’ for over the years.  God put many tests and experiences in the Balcoms’ lives to prepare them for this mission.  Peggie’s passion is to learn what God’s Word has to say and practice it and teach it to her family of young women in a very real way.  This is because she knows the Love of God, the daily power of the Gospel, and that God’s Word is a sure foundation.


Debbie Eckelbarger

Deborah Eckelbarger known as "Miss Debbie", is your host on TreeHouse One, an interactive children's radio program, that encourages children to find answers in God's word and memorize Bible verses. Miss Debbie had no idea that her voice would be carried over the airwaves for the past 13 years and reach from one end of the nation to the other.  A "preacher's kid" all her life, she still sits under her father's leadership at LHC's A/G Church, Stonebridge Christian Fellowship, and serves on the worship team, there. 
Working side by side with her husband Faron Eckelbarger (manager at KSNH 88.5) and mother to (22 year old) Michael Eckelbarger, she is committed to serving the Lord in ministering through life's experiences.  She's excited to bring to the table, at this year's Women's Fair 2015, a message on "When it's Okay to Unfasten Your SeatBelt".

Dee Scienski

Dee Scienski accepted the Lord 50 years ago.  Since that time she has walked with the Lord, seeing His faithfulness in her life. She is the wife of Nick Scienski, Pastor of the Vernon Mission in Vernon, AZ. They have lived and served in Vernon for 25 years. Dee has two adult children and 9 grandchildren.

Dee has a commitment to the greater Body of Christ and Women’s Ministries in particular. Dee is a co-founder of WMNWM.  Dee’s life message is that God is good, he is kind and gracious to His children. He is unchanging and always carrying each of us in His heart, therefore we must do our best to love as He loves, unconditionally.


Jo Russell

Author, speaker, blogger Jo Russell keeps us laughing at every day challenges through her experiences as a single mom raising sons from diapers to adult. With humor, Jo reaches out to show others how to cope in all stages of life and stay sane. She posts a humorous weekly blog on http://www.button-to-god.com.

Jo Russell Lewis is a retired reading and building trades teacher. Her published writing spans more than forty years.  Her inspirational stories, devotionals, and humor have been in dozens of magazines including Open Windows and Arizona Highways.  Jo has won several national writing contests for humor.  She is a contributing author in Chicken Soup for the Soul—Shaping the New You (December, 2010), and Heavenly Humor for the Dieter’s Soul (October, 2011.) Jo loves living in the White Mountains of Arizona.

Need bulk copies of the book for a study? Need a speaker for your event? Contact Jo Russell through her website at www.button-to-god.com  or e-mail jorussell@button-to-god.com.  For book excerpts, to hear a speech, and enjoy her weekly humorous blogs, check the entire website.


Laura Brown

        My husband, Marc Traeger and I moved to the White Mountains in 1989 after completing Family Practice residencies at U of AZ. I worked as a Family practitioner for the United States Public Health Service at Whiteriver Hospital until 1997 when I began doing medical research for Johns Hopkins University on the White Mountain Apache Reservation. 

        My presentation will be on The 5 Love Languages. I am not an expert, but do know that I have had my love tank filled and drained at different times and at different rates by my wonderful husband and our 4 children. I've learned that all relationships require an awareness of how people give and receive love. I've learned that each child is unique, and that what works for our biological children might not work for our adopted child. I hope the 5 Love Languages will be a useful framework that can be used to inspire communication among families, friends, and co-workers to strengthen those relationships.


Tami Walters

Tami Walters is a native of California and has been a Christian for 30 years.  The value of mentoring is a central focus in her ministry.

Tami and Randy, her husband of 22 years spent over 18 years in Youth Ministry. They have four children and have resided in Show Low for four years. She teaches at Mountain Christian School part-time, leads a Bible study weekly and heads up the mentoring ministry at White Mountain Bible Church.


Vanya Szabo

Vanya Szabo, Johns Hopkins University Research Project, Whiteriver

Vanya was born and raised in a small village in Bulgaria where she met her future husband Tom Szabo.  Szabo was a Peace Corps worker and Vanya was a local working on the community project.  Tom and Vanya have two daughters, Mary and Lydia.


Dr. Becky Thompson

My family and I have lived on the Mountain for  15 years.  I am child of God first, wife of Steve, mother of 4 kids, and doctor for the community.

My training includes a B.S. in molecular and cellular biology at U of A , 1 year of research, medical school at U of A, residency at Southern Illinois University, last year as Chief Resident. 

I have served on the Governing Board of Summit Healthcare since 2009 encouraging our local caregivers to enter the next stage in healthcare. 

I enjoy hiking, reading and, of course, doing  algebra again with my children.