Lewis B. Smedes Conference Speakers 

The following speakers are confirmed presenters at the 2013 Smedes Conference



April Steele, JD
Executive Director, Child S.H.A.R.E.

April Steele is a pastor and attorney, with several years of experience working in the justice system dealing with the issues faced by children in the foster care system. Ms. Steele served as an assistant district attorney assigned to the juvenile court division and later in her law career she moved into private practice, where she defended the rights of juveniles in delinquency actions and structured her caseload to focus on the representation of children and families in the foster care system. In her capacity as a pastor, April has built several strong relationships within the faith-based community. With her exemplary reputation and breadth of knowledge as a pastor, lawyer, small business owner and child advocate, April continues to effectively engage and bridge the faith community, the government and the justice system to serve abused and neglected children in the foster care system. April studied History and Political Science at LeTourneau University, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree and she earned her J.D. from Gonzaga University.


Debra Delulio Jones, MEd
Director, PACT: Parenting Adoptees Can Trust

Debra Delulio Jones is a wife, mother, educator, writer, and speaker.  She has a Master of Education degree from Texas Woman’s University, and her work includes over twenty years of experience working with special needs children. Debra is the author of God, Are You Nice or Mean? Trusting God . . . After the Orphanage.

For years she felt overwhelmed and ill equipped to manage the maladaptive and disruptive behavior of her internationally adopted son, Dane. Through a rich partnership with researchers at the TCU Institute of Child Development, Debra and her family have overcome tremendous obstacles. 

She is now an associate of the Institute, teaching introductory level Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®). She also offers intensive parent training in this model through her own business, PACT: Parenting Adoptees Can Trust. Visit her website at www.parentingadopteescantrust.com.

Debra lives with her husband, Alan, in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. She enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her family.


Cynthia Joy Stogel, MA, LMFT
Foster Care and Adoption Coordinator, Children’s Bureau

Cynthia Stogel, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, is a strong advocate for permanency for children in foster care.  She received her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Pepperdine University and has been working in the field of child welfare since 1986. Cynthia began her career as a Children’s Social Worker with the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) in Los Angeles where she focused on Emergency Response and Family Maintenance and Reunification.  Following her work with DCFS, Cynthia continued her career as a social worker and supervisor at several private non-profit Foster Family Agencies where she provided specialized foster care services to infants born with prenatal exposure to drugs and alcohol and their caregivers.  Cynthia is currently employed at Children’s Bureau in Los Angeles as the Foster Care and Adoption Coordinator.  She coordinates the foster care and adoption program, including facilitation of PRIDE trainings for prospective foster and adoptive families, supervision of Family Development Specialists, approval of prospective foster and adoptive families and involvement with the placement of children in the concurrent planning track and those who are available for adoption.


Roger Anich, MBA and Kathleen Anich
Founders, Finding Forever Families

Roger and Kathleen Anich are the founders of Finding Forever Families, a faith -based nonprofit organization dedicated to raising public awareness of the plight of orphaned children worldwide and providing assistance and support to families involved in the international adoption process. Kathleen, Roger and their two biological children Madeline and Sam began helping children over 10 years ago when they began serving as a foster family to children in need of a loving home.  The Anich’s then turned to international adoption and adopted Hannah from China in 2005 and Josiah from Taiwan in 2009. They continue to advocate for children and families in southern California and around the world.


Lauren McKinley
Director of Recruitment, Child S.H.A.R.E.

Lauren has had a passion for working with children for as long as she can remember. After graduating from Wheaton College, her desire to learn about how to most effectively meet the needs of children around the world led her to Fuller Seminary where she is currently finishing a Master’s Degree in Cross Cultural Studies with a specialization in Children at Risk. Lauren joined the Child S.H.A.R.E. team in September 2009 with extensive experience in partnering with church leadership and lay leaders to coordinate outreach events in their communities. This experience in working with a broad spectrum of churches stirs her to believe that the Church is a community of people that can make a great impact on the lives of the children in the foster care system. She treasures the privilege of walking alongside churches as they build flourishing foster/adoptive ministries. Lauren is married to a wonderful husband, Khalid, has a beautiful daughter and together they plan to foster and adopt in the future.

Khalid McKinley, MDiv, MA
Co-Director of Pastoral Care, Pasadena International House of Prayer

Khalid McKinley has extensive experience building highly effective cross-cultural relationships locally and abroad as a pastor, missionary, worship leader, and teacher. As the Co-Director of Pastoral Care at the Pasadena International House of Prayer (PIHOP), Khalid provides counseling and resources to members of the staff and to PIHOP’s community network. As a missionary, Khalid has traveled to multiple countries in the Middle East and Latin America, Turkey, Korea, and the Philippines. Khalid attended Hampton University where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Engineering. He went on to attend Fuller Theological Seminary where he received a Masters of Divinity and a Masters of Arts in Cross Cultural Studies. In his free time, Khalid enjoys creating new recipes, writing music, and playing games with his one-year-old daughter.


Greg Srolestar, MPA
Program Director, Child Welfare Initiative

Greg is Program Director at the Child Welfare Initiative, where he is responsible for projects that involve engaging public and private organizations, experts, and stakeholders to identify and implement effective programs, policy changes and best practices. Greg has worked in a number of fields, including healthcare, commercial real estate and executive search, before turning to policy work. He has held internships with the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Education and Women Against Gun Violence, and spent several years tutoring youth in foster care. Greg received his Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College and a Master of Public Policy from the University of California, Los Angeles.



Brad Strawn, PhD
Evelyn and Frank Freed Professor of the Integration of Psychology and Theology
Fuller Theological Seminary

Brad D. Strawn, Ph.D. is the Evelyn and Frank Freed Professor of the Integration of Psychology and Theology in the Graduate School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California. Before coming to Fuller he spent six years as the Vice President for Spiritual Formation and Dean of the Chapel at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany Oklahoma and prior to that he served for ten years as Professor of Psychology at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California. Brad has graduate degrees in psychology and theology, is a licensed psychologist, maintains a practice in Pasadena and is an ordained Elder in the Church of the Nazarene.



Barbara Dickerson, PhD
Executive Director, Neighborhood Homework House

Dr. Barbara Dickerson has over 30 years in education in a variety of roles. She has been a classroom teacher in the K-12 system as well as serving in a variety of positions at the collegiate level. Barbara has worked in a small private faith-based university as well as the largest public university in the nation, Arizona State University. In the collegiate environment, she served as a faculty member, an academic dean and an administrator in Student Affairs.  Upon relocation to California, Barbara coordinated a team of professionals for Arizona State here in California. Four years ago she left her role with Arizona State University to become the Executive Director of Neighborhood Homework House. Barbara has been engaged with Neighborhood Homework House since 2002; first as a tutor, consultant and then serving on the Board of Directors. Barbara has also been actively engaged in her community serving as an elected official on the Azusa Unified School Board for the last eight (8) years and holding leadership positions in other service organizations. Barbara and her husband, Mark, have two adult children, and reside in Azusa.



Mark Dickerson, PhD, JD
Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Azusa Pacific University

Dr. Mark Dickerson has been practicing law since 1976, and has served in private practice, as general counsel for a multinational corporation listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and as a member of a crisis management team addressing the legal and financial issues facing a large charitable organization involved in one of the largest charitable bankruptcy proceedings in U.S. history. Dr. Dickerson received a B.S. in mathematics from Grand Canyon University, an M.A. in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He also holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in human and organizational systems from Fielding Graduate University. Dr. Dickerson currently serves as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Azusa Pacific University, and also teaches graduate courses at the University. He and his wife, Barbara, have two children, and reside in Azusa, California.



Alise Driscoll, MSW

Alise is an emergency department social worker at Fountain Valley Regional Medical Center in Fountain Valley, California.  She received her Masters in Social Work at the University of Southern California, and has a passion for helping parents and children navigate the education system.