WLN Biographies

Judy Strickler
Tell us about your family.
My husband, Balin, and I live in Liberty Lake, Washington with our two kids, Sam (12) and Perrin (10) who both attend the Oaks Classical Christian Academy. Balin travels often for work as a business developer and project manager for an engineering firm.
Tell us about your YL experience.
I became a Chrisitan through Young Life in 1989. I attended club for 4 years during high school and made a commitment to Christ during my senior summer at Malibu. I was a volunteer leader in Eugene, Oregon while I attended the University of Oregon. Then later, Balin and I led at two different schools in Bellevue, Washington after we got married. Together, we have served various roles in Young Life from being leaders, committee members, assignment team members and local volunteers, assisting staff as needed.
What is it about Young Life that keeps you in the mission?
I believe in the Young Life mission - that every kid should get a chance to hear the gospel, but first you have to earn the right to be heard. Balin and I find that Young Life is one of the most effective tools for expanding the Kingdom that we've ever seen and we love being a part of the call. I also love being around Young Life people - there's something about them that clicks - we live life well together.
What is God teaching you in this season of your life and/or ministry?
The Lord has been taking me through His commandments, specifically what Jesus commanded. Jesus said, "if you love me, you'll follow my commands." If I want to follow them, I best figure out what they are. It's been a great journey and I'm not even half way through.
Tell us something fun or unusual about yourself that we might never have guessed about you.
Something unusual...Balin and I had a side job in the past 5 years where we led hiking tours in the Swiss Alps in the summer. (yes, we left the kids at home wtih their Grandma).

 

Carmen Dooley
Tell us about your family.
I have been married to Bill for 16 years, and counting :) We have two kids, Jaden (14) and Conor (12). We have also had the privilege of having family live with us for longer chunks of time; my 6-year-old cousin, Miguel, lived with us for a year and currently, my 7-year-old nephew stays with us intermittently. We (the Dooley 4) love to watch the Seahawks, eat popcorn at night, swim at Lake Chelan, snow ski, take out 6-year-old golder retriever, Basia, on runs and spend summers at Young Life camps.
Tell us about your YL experience.
I did not have YL in my high school growing up in Lake Chelan, but I had a lot of friends involved in college at Western Washington University. It wasn't until I graduated from college and moved to Wenatchee that I first got involved in Young Life. I was a leader for 6 years, then I took a break when our kids were toddlers, and then I jumped back in years later with our Camership Fundraising. For the last several years I have been helping to cook up some Yummg "YL Apple Fries" and a few other treats to send those sweet kids to camp!!!
What is is about Young Life that keeps you in the mission?
It is because of the WAAAAY too many times to count, seeing with my own eyes, hearing with my own ears, how the powerful work of Christ can literally take a person from a place of deep pain and hopelessness and place them on a road where life is renewed and JOY is unspeakable. Whether it has been at a YL camp, during hang out times at club, at a testimony shared during a banquet, or hearing their personal stories while working alongside them at our YL consessions trailer, my own heart has been re-shaped. And now getting to watch my own kids experience the same as "staff kids".... there's nothin' better!!! Young Life's model for how well they love people (teens and adults) by rolling out the red carpet at camp and keeping it all about relationships first... I hope I never get enough of this!!!
What is God teaching you in this season of your life and/or ministry?
Live simple. Stay present.
Tell us something fun or unusual about yourself that we might never have guessed about you.
I have 6 sisters... yes there are 7 of us total :) I come from a blended family, which is entertaining all in itself. I have had my fill of girl drama, shenanigans, you-never-know-what-is-coming-next to last me a lifetime! :)

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Carrie Anderson
Tell us about your family.
I am married to my husband, Mark Anderson, and we have a son, Matthew (11), and I have two step-children, Michael (20) and Molly (18). They are the light of my life and they fill my heart with so much love and joy! You can frequently find me and the boys on a horse either ranching or team roping (Molly isn't into horses as much, but she loves to cheer us on). If we are not ranching or roping, you can find us in Lake Chelan during the summer swimming and enjoying family time together. I volunteer in our church office once a week and lead a small group on Tuesday mornings. I also serve on the Women's Ministry Team at our church.
Tell us about your YL experience.
I started Young Lives in Ellensburg about 6 years ago, but stepped down from the coordinator position 3 years ago. My husband serves as the Chairman of the Inland Northwest Region and serves on the board for Young Life International. My current role in YL has lead us to Cambodia, where I feel God is calling me to serve the leaders and staff there. My husband and I take an annual trip every year and I can honestly say it is the highlight of my year.
What is it about Young Life that keeps you in the mission?
EVERYTHING...Young Life is an organization that reaches the hardest to reach in a loving, safe, fun environment. I have been able to witness this first-hand when I went to Young Lives camp for two summers in a row, as both a leader and camp guest. Our daughter, Molly, served for 30 days on Work Crew last summer and she came back as a different person. We see what Young Life is doing in her life and how it has affected her in a very positive way. She is now a Wyldlife leader in Ellensburg and we couldn't be more thankful for all that Young Life has done for her.
What is God teaching you in this season of your life and/or ministry?
God is teaching me lots of things all of the time. The one thing that sticks out the most is to have more alone time with Him. As a busy mom/wife/volunteer, I easily get wrapped up in my day-to-day duties and forget to stop and listen to where He is leader me and what He is asking of me. I like to think I am in charge of my life but really, God is the leader of me.
Tell us something fun or unusual about yourself that we might never have guessed about you.
I was raised in the mountains of Montana in an 800-square foot log home with no running water or power, and we had an outhouse for a bathroom. I went to a one-room school house until I was in the 7th grade. Our log cabin is still standing and about four years ago, my mom and I had the cabin refurbished using all of the original logs and beams. It even has running water and power. AND that same outhouse is still there today (my mom decorates it so it looks really cute). It is a place that holds so many wonderful childhood memories for me, and it has become a spot our family loves to visit.

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Susie Greene
Tell us about your family.
I am married to my husband, Mark, and we are wheat farmers in Asotin, WA. We have two adult children, Hannah and Jesse. Our oldest, Hannah, lives in Lewiston, ID where she is a pastor to students and the director of local and global partnerships at CrossPoint Alliance Church, where we attend. Our son, Jesse, lives on the farm near us with his wife, Heidi, and their son, Carson. Jesse is farming with us and Heidi is a registered nurse working in Lewiston. I work with Mark on the farm and I also care for Carson when his mom is working.
Tell us about your YL experience.
Mark and I first became involved with Young Life when we lived in Ellensburg, when our kids were in Junior High. They were involved, so we became involved as well. We volunteered whenever we could, mostly by helping the committee and leaders as we could. We often hire YL leaders on our farm and have eaten many meals and shared much laughter together. When we moved to Asotin, we got to know the area director and through this relationship, we are now both on our local committee. Mark is also on the Regional Board for the Inland Northwest Region.
What is it about Young Life that keeps you in the mission?
Bringing Jesus and being Jesus to the youth and sharing with them that there is hope in the brokenness of this world, is what draws me to the mission of YL. I want the Gospel of Jesus to be brought to the next generation. One of the ways for me to help do this is by supporting the leaders through prayer, volunteering, and getting to know them personally. I am striving to do this better with more intentional relationships. Of course it is always a work in progress!
What is God teaching you in this season of your life and/or ministry?
This season has been very eye opening for me. God has been teaching me that I can't do everything I want to do and that He has priorities for me. I have been struggling with "my time" and realizing that it really isn't my time, but God's time. So much of my life has been about getting things done. But lately, He has been teaching me that I need to switch my thinking to "how can I use this time to touch people with the love that Jesus gives?" This applies to caring for my grandson as well as caring for our aging parents.
Tell us something fun or unusual about yourself that we might never have guessed about you.
I love to quilt and garden. But I don't like to cook, even though everyone says I am a great cook.

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Lisa Whitley

Tell us about your family.
My husband, Eric, and I have been married for 27 wonderful years and we have two daughters. Our oldest is recently married and she lives with her husband in the Vancouver, WA area. Our youngest daughter just started college. So yes, we are new empty nesters! (That is, if you don't count the dog and the parakeet who still live with us).
Tell us about your YL experience.
My Young Life "experience" should probably be called "exposure," primarily through my husband, Eric. He has been actively involved on the board for the Inland Northwest Region for the last four years. So I have had the opportunity to attend various fundraisers and meet many of the folks involved in both the North Spokane area and the region.
What is it about Young Life that keeps you in the mission?
I have been repeatedly impressed with the dedicated leaders who pour so much of themselves into the high school kids. The fruit from Young Life is abundant, so being asked to help support the people who support the kids is one small way I love to help out.
What is God teaching you in this season of your life and/or ministry?
He is continually reaffirming patience and peace through the many changes of this last year. It has been a unique time for us as we navigate through helping both our parents and kids with major changes in their own lives. I am continually thankful for gentle reminders that He has a plan and that I can lean on Him for guidance.
Tell us something fun or unusual about yourself that we might never have guesed about you.
I spent many years in high school and college working as a lifeguard and swim instructor. It was a great opportunity to have a job that involved lots of swimming and working with kids. I must have waterlogged myself as I rarely get in the water anymore, even when at the lake!

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Cindi Mader
Tell us about your family.
I grew up in the Assembly of God Church and accepted Jesus into my heart when I was 7 years old. When I was a bit older, I moved to Oklahoma to live with a girlfriend while the guy I was dating (and later ended up marrying) worked there as well. Now, we have been marriend for 34 years and have two beautiful teenage children.
Tell us about your YL experience.
When we were just marriend, I began working with the Lewiston Junior Miss Committee (now called "Distinguished Young Woman of the Year"). During this time, I was also asked by many teen/young adult girls to ask me to mentor them. Not having any training, I reluctantly, but excitedly said YES YES YES. This was the beginning of my mentorship of young women. To this day, I continue to informally mentor girls and younger women both through Young Life and other ministries. I also get the privilege to serve alongside of my devoted & amazing husband in the Young Life ministry.
What is it about Young Life that keeps you in the mission?
Being able to share the Lord's faithfulness through my life and my trials is the biggest thing that keeps me serving with Young Life. Sharing how the Lord has worked in my life and how He has brought the Word visibly into my journey is something I am so passionate about sharing with other young women dealing with life trials.
What is God teaching you in this season of your life and/or ministry?
Right now, the Lord is constantly reminding me of His goodness throughout my journey and fight with being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I am in constant praise of His provision and healing through many dry periods of my life and challenges of my marriage.
Tell us something fun or unusual about yourself that we might have never guessed about you.
When I moved to Oklahoma to live with my girlfriend, I atteneded modeling school.

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