Biographies

Mary Ward

Mary Ward

Mary Ward started her career in accounting but quickly turned to fitness after attending her first Body & Soul class. She now has 20+ years experience in the fitness industry, including teaching, marketing, merchandising, and management. Raised in San Diego, Mary loves sailing, beaches, sun and fitness. She lives in Chantilly with her husband Brad. Mary serves as the Chairperson for the FP4H Board of Directors. Mary Ward is a Certified Group Fitness Instructor through American Council on Exercise (ACE). She is also an ACE Faculty member leading various Continuing Education classes for fitness professionals. She is also certified through Refit®.  Mary is author and contributor for First Place For Health’s My Place for Fitness. Mary’s philosophy is “Don’t think about why you can’t, think about how you can.” Life Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your

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Sherry Leggett

Sherry Leggett

Sherry Leggett In her role as Assistant Director of Human Resources at Certified Angus Beef LLC, Sherry Leggett is actively involved in nurturing the heart of the company’s business – its people, who assist customers in marketing beef from Angus cattle farms to restaurants and grocery stores around the world. Sherry joined the staff in 2013 as the wellness and medical benefits manager, providing nearly 150 employees with wellness coaching to build on the healthy, positive, balanced and productive workplace. With more than 18 years of wellness experience, Sherry enjoys helping the employees through designing individual integrative programs and coordinating the company’s onsite physician, psychologist, lawyer, dietitian and financial wellness coach. Sherry has a true passion for helping people achieve a well-balanced life one interaction at a time, and in 2014, she was named a Top 100 Wellness Professionals in America by the Wellness Council of America. During her wellness

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Donnamarie Brown

Donnamarie Brown

  Donnamarie Roberts is a fitness professional with over 25+ years’ experience in personal training and group exercise. She has trained over 1000 women of all ages and fitness levels and has found only one thing to be true for all: “You cannot conquer what conquers you on your own power. You need the power of God.” www.fitabove50.com

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Debbie Brown

Debbie Brown

Debbie is Nationally recognized as a local church Fitness Ministry expert and respected by all know her.  Debbie is the Associate Director of Fitness & Recreation. She has been directing the Fitness Ministry at Houston’s First Baptist Church for 20+ years. Currently she leads a Dynamic Fitness Team of 15, and The Fitness and Recreation Center has over 1600 current members. Debbie enjoys seeing people transformed by realizing that exercise can be fun and that they can achieve their goals & connect with God simultaneously. The facility offers Group Exercise Classes, Personal Training, Small Group Training, a Start Smart Program and many outreach opportunities. Debbie’s favorite class to teach is Pilates. Debbie is married to Denny. They have a daughter, Jessica who is 31 and a 8-year old granddaughter, Chloe.

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Charlotte Davis

Charlotte Davis

Charlotte Davis has led First Place 4 Health groups in Arkansas churches since 1995 and says that she never plans to stop because God forever changed her life and her priorities through the program!  She has served as Arkansas Networking Leader for over 15 years and has also served as a speaker (and sometimes Worship Leader) for many national FP4H events including Summit and Wellness Week. Charlotte is a Registered, Licensed Dietitian, is credentialed as a School Nutrition Specialist, and works as the Child Nutrition Director for an Arkansas public school district of over 4000 students.  She has been married to Tony Davis since 1987 and they have two grown children (Kayla and Jake).  Her favorite activities include spending time/traveling with her family, serving on the Praise and Worship Team in her church, reading Christian literature, and cooking.

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Becky Turner

Becky Turner

Becky Turner Before Christ, Becky Turner had made a complete mess of her life – relationally, financially and, especially spiritually. In 1992, when she came to the end of herself and cried out to God, He graciously swooped in, lifted her out of the pit of her own making and set her feet on a solid Rock. Since that time, the Lord has done an amazing work as bit by bit and inch-by-inch He has delivered, transformed and renewed Becky to become the woman of God she is today. Becky has been blessed to minister around the world and experience God’s work in the villages of Africa, the high-rise apartments of Moscow as well as the streets of downtown Atlanta and Houston. Becky is National Managing Partner Emeritus for the Barnabas Group. In this capacity, she was able to use her unique giftings and skills to fulfill her passion for

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Michelle Peters

Michelle Peters

Hey Y’all, I’m Michelle Peters the 2019 Summit Coordinator! I have been a part of First Place for Health for almost 3 years and I currently teach classes at Houston’s First Baptist Church. During my first two sessions of First Place, under Carole Lewis’ leadership my passion for the program ignited. I currently maintain a 26-pound weight loss. I became a Networking Leader for Texas after attending Wellness Weeks and Summit ‘18. I love sharing what I’ve learned. I know God can use the good, the bad and the ugly of my life to reach others. I married my college sweetheart, Larry. We’ve been together for 35 years, raised 3 children, now married who all who live in Houston. During the years raising kids and now being a grandmother, I ran my own interior decorating business for 18 years. Through my involvement with a Women’s Business Development organization I began to work at

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Mark Heath

Mark Heath

Mark Heath grew up as a typical preacher’s kid, church on Sunday, Wednesday, and any time in between. His love for ministry began at an early age. Mark went to California to pursue a degree from Biola University, in philosophy. To broaden his world view Mark spend two years in lovely Baghdad, Iraq managing operations for Millennium Relief and Development Services. Aside from leading worship at his church on Edisto Island, Mark’s primary ministry is supporting people with hurts, habits and hang-ups as Assistant Director of Celebrate Recovery. He will tell you he is the happiest depressed person he knows! He is currently working in business development in Charleston, South Carolina.  

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Helen Baratta

Helen Baratta

Helen Baratta is Director of Development for First Place For Health. In 2006, obese and unable to walk without pain, she surrendered to the Lord and He transformed her life. Since then, she shed and now maintains a 116-pound weight loss. Helen is author of the book Restored! Embracing Weight Loss God’s Way, First Place for Health My Place for Leadership and contributing author to five books: Live Life Right Here Right Now!, Better Together, Wellness Journey of a Lifetime, A Joy-Full Season, and Inspire! Women’s Stories of Accomplishment, Encouragement and Influence. At age 40, Helen came to faith through the prayers of a friend’s small group. Growing in her faith, she moved from Small Group Member to Leader, Coach, Network Leader, and Associate Campus Pastor. In 2011, Helen left a 30-year corporate career to join the staff of Crossroads Church (UMC) in Oakdale, PA as their first Small Group

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Lisa Lewis

Lisa Lewis

Lisa Lewis is the author of Healthy Happy Cooking and Deliciously Happy (coming Fall 2019).  Cooking is her jam and has been a part of First Place for Health wellness weeks and other events for many years. She’s not afraid to take whisks and has provided recipes for 14 of the First Place for Health Bible studies and is a contributing author in Better Together and Healthy Holiday Living. She partners with community networks, including the Real Food Project, to bring healthy cooking classes to low-income areas because she knows the most important ingredient is love. She is dedicated to bringing people together around the dinner table with healthy, delicious meals that are easy to prepare so you can get out of the kitchen as fast as you can. Lisa lives in Galveston and is married to John where they enjoy letting their bloodhound drag them down the beach. They

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