Equipping Individuals, Leaders, & Organizations Facing Challenge and Change

Who We Are

The Resilience Resource was founded out of a passion and vision to develop and implement resources, response, and care within collaborative community that would result in God’s story of redemption and restoration reflected in the thriving and resilient lives of those serving on the front lines of crisis response and challenging contexts, either in their country of origin or in the farthest corners of the earth.

 

Bruna Dransfeld Goes

Bruna Dransfeld Goes

Psychotherapist, LCC

Bruna has a passion for listening and understanding how the mind of individuals and groups work. Born in Brazil, she grew up enjoying and contemplating the beauty and details of the world around her while always fascinated, curious, and intrigued by all things foreign.

In 2012, Bruna lived in New York State for 18 months as part of an exchange program. This experience deepened her knowledge of the English language and American culture. In 2016, Bruna returned to the US to complete her graduate studies.

Her educational background is in Psychology with a Master of Arts degree in Human Services Counseling. Bruna has been trained in trauma healing, spiritual and psychological first aid, diplomacy, and international humanitarian response.

Bruna joined the humanitarian world in 2018, working in both the US and Liberia, East Africa. Her professional experience includes serving as a clinical psychologist, trainer, and assisting in team wellness initiatives, protection projects, and remote/in-person debriefings. Bruna is an international mental health provider and offers counseling and debriefing services in English and Portuguese.

Currently, she lives in Brazil with her husband Bruno and practices as a licensed psychotherapist treating issues ranging from adjustment, trauma, abuse, guilt, shame, control, grief, anxiety, compulsions, sexual identity, and self-defeating behaviors.

She enjoys a good cup of fresh coffee, the morning sunshine, and good conversations (or a combination of the three!).

Stacey Conard

Stacey Conard

M.P.C., Board Certified Crisis Response Chaplain, Master Facilitator-Trauma Healing, Mental Health Coach

Stacey provides pastoral care and training to cross-cultural workers and local communities worldwide, and specializes in Bible-based trauma care, assisting and equipping global church and community leaders after disaster.

Stacey serves on the SIM Emmaus Chaplain Team and is the Lead for Peer Crisis Response. She is also a staff care chaplain for international disaster response teams and has served in the Bahamas (after Hurricane Dorian), New York City at the Central Park Emergency Field Hospital Respiratory Care Unit – a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and at the emergency field hospital in Haiti after the 2021 earthquake.

She is married with five teenage/ young adult children and has two dogs, Baxter and Daisy.

Mark Conard

Mark Conard

M.Div, Ordained Minister, Former USMC Chaplain, Mental Health Coach

Mark is a licensed and ordained minister, as well as a prior US Marine and military Chaplain. He is a veteran with eleven years of military experience, including multiple tours to Somalia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Mark and his family have lived in Namibia, Zambia, and Kenya, serving in South Sudan and Southern Africa.

He currently serves as the Global Chaplain Lead for SIM, a mission sending organization, and is based out of the US serving internationally.

Mark specializes in Conflict Mediation and Leadership Coaching. He also believes in a “boots on the ground” approach to ministry and travels the world to offer pastoral care and support to global workers and teams in crisis.

Wes Scheu

Wes Scheu

Pastor, Chaplain, Mental Health First Aid Instructor

Wes Scheu has a passion for people’s wholeness and joy. He knows that thriving communities and organizations are made up of people who are happy, healthy, and high impact. Investing in the physical, emotional, spiritual, and cognitive health of individuals helps maintain the momentum, mission and purpose of organizations and teams. 

With over 18 years of experience in pastoral counseling and chaplaincy settings, Wes loves meeting people where they are, creating, and holding space for their growth, resiliency, healing, and wholeness.

Wes is an ordained pastor in Denver, CO where he lives with his wife and three children. He loves spending time with others in the mountains, hiking, backpacking, camping, and experiencing God in the outdoors. One of his favorite things to do is hike the Grand Canyon rim to rim. He’s an avid fantasy novel fan, enjoys singing and playing the guitar, and loves supporting his Denver Broncos.

Wes holds an M.Div in Chaplaincy, holds certificates in Group and Individual CISM, Operational Stress Management, Managing School Crisis, Enhancing Resilience, Suicide Awareness, and is a Mental Health First Aid Instructor. He is also a certified personal trainer, fitness teacher, and outdoor guide.

Kelly Sites

Kelly Sites

RN, Humanitarian Aid, Crisis Response Care

Kelly Sites has been a Registered Nurse for 23 years and has worked with Samaritan’s Purse since 2010 as a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) Nurse.

Kelly has served all over the world on over 19 deployments including 4 deployments for Ebola in Liberia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, 2 to Iraq in the Emergency Field Hospital outside of Mosul, Haiti for Cholera, Bangladesh for Diphtheria in the Rohingya refugee camp, Ecuador after the earthquake, Vanuatu, Tanzania, Philippines, Italy & Mississippi for Covid-19 pandemic response, and many more.

Kelly also serves as a DART and Ebola trainer, and is certified in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM). She has certificates in Enhancing Resilience, Crisis Care during Traumatic Grief, and Spiritual & Psychological First Aid and has served missions and humanitarian aid personnel as a small group crisis debriefer.

Kelly is happily married and lives with her husband and 22 year-old twins in Lansing, Michigan.

Annie Sprau

Annie Sprau

Humanitarian Aid, Crisis Response Care

Annie is passionate about international service, equipping people to thrive, and coming alongside others during challenging times. She holds a Masters Degree in Human Services Counseling – Crisis Response and Trauma in addition to a degree in education. She has received training in numerous crisis care courses, including Individual and Group Crisis Intervention, Spiritual & Psychological First Aid, Emotional & Spiritual Care in Disasters, Understanding Suicide, Operational Stress First Aid, and Enhancing Resilience.

Since 2007 Annie has served with humanitarian relief and missions organizations in Kosovo, Haiti, Iraq, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, and the United States. She facilitates individual and group debriefs and has led various training for orientation and disaster response. One of her greatest privileges is hearing others’ life stories and experiences.

She lives in the NC mountains with her husband, Zach, and enjoys the outdoors, hot tea, long conversations, and sleep.

Zach Sprau

Zach Sprau

Humanitarian Aid, Crisis Response Care

Zach is an energy and humanitarian professional who enjoys meeting practical needs and connecting with people. He is passionate about encouraging people through a listening ear and quality time together. He has done international humanitarian work since 2011, serving in Haiti, Nepal, Iraq, Antigua&Barbuda, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, and the United States. Making cross-cultural connections is also important to Zach. He has either studied in or traveled to 17 other countries and 46 of 50 of the United States in addition to humanitarian work.

Zach holds a  Masters Degree in Appropriate (Sustainable) Technology and two undergrad degrees in Psychology (Human Services) and Music Performance (Double Bass). He has professional credentials as a licensed electrician (NCSBEEC) and a certified photovoltaic solar installer (NABCEP-PVIP).

He enjoys equipping others through training and facilitation and has done so in various ways over the years. His experience ranges from disaster response team training and small group facilitation to outdoor leadership and group dynamics instruction with several different organizations.

Zach lives in the mountains of North Carolina with his wife Annie and enjoys playing outside (especially whitewater sports), spicy ginger tea, and themed group events.

Mark Langham

Mark Langham

Humanitarian Aid, Crisis Response Care

For the past eight years, Mark has worked in disaster relief, responding to natural and man-made disasters worldwide. He has served extensively in Haiti, where he met his wife. He’s also deployed to Iraq, Mozambique, the DRC for Ebola, Liberia twice, Mexico, Saipan, and Greece during the ongoing refugee crisis. His latest deployment was to New York for the coronavirus epidemic.

Mark has served in many roles, from program management to team leader of disaster responders. His most intense and sacred deployment was to Iraq, where he worked ten weeks at a trauma hospital during the retaking of Mosul by allied forces. He has also been privileged to work as staff care for international relief workers during and after incredibly hard deployments.

Mark holds certifications in Individual and Group Crisis Intervention from the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.

Mark and his wife live in Gulfport, MS, with their dog Maxwell.

Gary Meadows

Gary Meadows

Pastor, Firefighter (Retired), Fire/Law Enforcement Chaplain

Gary Meadows serves full time as chaplain to the local police & fire departments, after recently retiring from the pastorate after 22 years.

He is a 22-year veteran of Colorado’s Volunteer Fire Service, retiring in 2020, and served six years as an Aviation Electronic Technician in the United States Navy receiving an Honorable Discharge in 1979. He is an Advisory Board Member with Ranch of Hope Counseling, Westcliffe, Colorado, VP/Treasurer with the Colorado Fire Chaplains Association, and an ordained minister (1998) with the Assemblies of God. His abilities lie in the areas of crisis response/intervention and pastoral care/counseling. He serves as a go-to resource for his county’s critical incident response needs.

His most life giving experience so far in his 65 years has been interacting with individuals and groups as a challenge course instructor/trainer, being an emergency responder to his community, and helping people sidestep many of life’s trials and hardships as avoidable and unnecessary. All of these are eclipsed by being grandfather to 5 grandsons!

His life is summarized with the answer to this question: “An old man was asked, ‘What would you do differently if you had the opportunity to live your life over.’ The man answered, ‘If I had the opportunity to live my life over, I would live it in such a way that it would change the lives of people. Because, you know, until you’ve changed the lives of people, you’ve really changed nothing at all.’”

Billie Meadows

Billie Meadows

Pastoral Care

Billie has been a pastor’s wife for 35 years and has given her adult life to reaching and helping people become healthy and self-reliant individuals. Her passion and emphasis has been building into others a strong spiritual core that is able to support the whole person – mentally, emotionally, & physically.

She takes the most pride and satisfaction in raising up those who find it difficult, or impossible, to stand on their own. 

Graham Aitken

Graham Aitken

Board Member, Pastor, Humanitarian Aid, Crisis Response Care

Graham and his wife, Lizzy, have been part of the humanitarian aid world since 2013. Prior to this, Graham worked in higher education, overseeing a Global Service Learning division for Trinity College in Chicago while he pursued a Master’s degree in Intercultural Studies. As part of this role, Graham was responsible for developing campus-wide debriefing models for college and graduate students returning from the field.
In their work with Samaritan’s Purse, an international humanitarian aid organization, Graham and Lizzy served in various roles in both Congo (DRC) and Myanmar.  Upon their return to the US, both Graham and Lizzy continued their care and support work with humanitarian aid and missions personnel. In 2017, Graham transitioned into a pastoral role at theHeart, a church in North Carolina.

Graham is passionate about the global effort to alleviate physical and spiritual poverty and believes Christ-followers can lead the way in demonstrating how to engage this difficult work in a healthy way.

Graham grew up in Scotland but claims Chicagoland as a second home which unfortunately saddles him with the painful burden of being a Bears fan.
He is working hard to pass on a love of all things Scottish to his two children, Jack and Sophia. And yes, he’s heard all the kilt jokes already…

Harry Mathis

Harry Mathis

Board Chair, Chaplain, Colonel-Retired (US Air Force)

Harry, a retired Air Force Chaplain and semi-retired Anglican Priest, has been married to Sherry Mathis for 42 years, is the father of five grown children, and grandfather to six grandchildren, ages 9 to 3. He served in the Air Force for 30 years, 25 as a chaplain with assignments in Asia, Europe, and the US, and including a combat deployment in Iraq, and a humanitarian deployment to the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina.                                

Harry and Sherry have received extensive training in working with wounded, ill, and injured people using a model of listening, loving and praying. Harry is active in Celebrate Recovery, as he works on finding God’s healing for his own hurts, hang-ups, and habits, as well as helping others to do the same. He and Sherry lead a ministry for their church with those in bereavement. Harry loves Jesus unapologetically, and this seems to inform pretty much everything he is interested in.

 Josie Gwin

Josie Gwin

Founder, COO

Josie Gwin, COO & co-founder of The Resilience Resource, is a Mental Health Coach through the American Association for Christian Counselors, a Spiritual and Psychological First Aid Instructor, certified Chaplain through the International Conference of Police Chaplains, is credentialed in Grief following Trauma, Emotional and Spiritual Care in Disasters, Advanced Critical Incident Care for Individuals and Groups, and is currently completing a Masters Degree in Leadership Development through Bethel Seminary in MN.

Prior to co-founding The Resilience Resource, Josie Gwin served as a firefighter for 6 years, spent 18 years in the equine therapeutic industry, and currently serves as a first responder, law enforcement, and humanitarian aid chaplain. She has been involved in cross-cultural and international contexts and ministry for over 35 years, deploying as a crisis response chaplain, and living and serving in ministry and humanitarian aid contexts in multiple countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Josie, along with her husband, Scott, has trained, resourced, and provided care for personnel, leaders, and teams from a variety of faith based and secular organizations, as well as firefighters and law enforcement, first responder chaplains, medical personnel and hospital chaplains, and military and special forces personnel from all four branches of the US military.

She and Scott have been best friends in marriage for 26 years and have a son, three daughters, and a son-in-law. 

Scott Gwin

Scott Gwin

Founder, CEO

Scott Gwin, CEO and co-founder of The Resilience Resource, is a Mental Health Coach through the American Association for Christian Counselors, a Spiritual and Psychological First Aid Instructor, certified Chaplain through the International Conference of Police Chaplains, is credentialed in Grief following Trauma, Emotional and Spiritual Care in Disasters, Advanced Critical Incident Care for Individuals and Groups, and is currently completing a Masters Degree in Leadership Development through Bethel Seminary in MN.

As volunteer youth staff at a local church, Scott unknowingly stepped into a chaplaincy career when his youth group went through the tragic shooting at Columbine High School. Shouldering with survivors as they grieved and struggled developed into a passion to walk with people through tragedy and loss.

Prior to co-founding The Resilience Resource, Scott spent 25 years in the commercial and residential construction industry, served as a firefighter for 12 years, has 12 years of experience in the equine therapy world, and currently serves as a first responder, law enforcement, and humanitarian aid chaplain. He has been involved in cross cultural contexts and ministry for over 21 years, spanning eleven countries on four continents. 

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