Meet the Leadership Team

LiveWell!Ministries wouldn't exist without the dedication, passion, and sacrifice of some amazing women.  
Below you can read a little more about those who, by God's strength and grace, lead the ministry by keeping it centered on Christ and Community.

  • Jenny Gehman

    Founder & ExECUTIVE dIRECTOR

    Jenny lives in Millersville, PA with her husband of 26 years and their son (when he’s home from college). To combat empty-nest syndrome, she & her husband often stuff their little house full of international students & visitors from around the world. They find this to be quite effective!

    Jenny considers it an honor and a joy to have been a spiritual mentor and teacher for over 25 years. She loves the Word of God and communicates it in a way that many remember for years to come. Jenny says her teaching skills were birthed and honed through homeschooling her son.

    These are a few of Jenny’s favorite things: hugs, tea, hammocks, log cabins, crunchy autumn leaves, camping, reading, allergy-free baking, crackling fires, classical music, dark chocolate, weighted blankets, pillows, porches, deep woods, and loving on people.

  • Heidi Fittery

    Operations Coordinator


    Heidi is a "Princess Warrior" living in Annville, PA where she works as an Administrative Assistant at Dutch Valley Transportation and is blessed to attend Midway Church of the Brethren.  Heidi is grateful to have grown up in a large, close-knit extended family and considers her niece and nephew two of her most treasured gifts from God.


    Heidi has a heart for ministry, especially to teen girls and women.  Her ministry involvement has included, among other things, working with inner-city youth and being a volunteer counselor at Susquehanna Valley Pregnancy Services.  Heidi is extremely excited for what God has in store for her through R&R and LiveWell!Ministries.


    These are a few of Heidi's favorite things: riding motorcycle, spending time with family, playing volleyball, reading, ice cream, snow globes, beautiful sunsets and sunrises, singing, chocolate, writing, running, spa visits, being pampered, deep conversations, and gorgeous spring days.



  • dEBBIE wENGER

    diR. OF sOCIAL mEDIA & mARKETING

    Debbie lives with her husband and three (soon to be 4) children in Palmyra, PA. She grew up in Massachusetts but after graduating from Cedar Crest College, she met her husband at church and she decided to make Pennsylvania her home. Debbie and her family worship and serve with the Palmyra Grace Church family.


    Debbie is an ENFP and as such is energetic and excitable, really enjoys exploring new things and places, and connecting with people deeply.  Her role in LiveWell!Ministries allows her to find ways to help others connect more deeply with each other and Jesus in creative ways.  Beyond her role here, Debbie loves ministering to teen girls and young women and has a passion for challenging and inspiring others to live with intention and simplicity especially through writing at her blog.


    These are a few of Debbie’s favorite things: coffee, coffeeshops, reading, writing, independent bookstores, indie/acoustic music, Holy Yoga, writing, dancing, long walks (especially on the beach at sunset), and one-on-one deep conversations.

  • jENN bALMER

    R&R Site Coordinator Director

    Jenn lives in Lancaster, PA with her husband, Doug, of eight years, her precious one year old daughter, Evelynn, and her energetic yellow lab, Zinc. She’s spent the last seven years teaching high school English in York after graduating from Millersville University and now is a stay-at-home mom. She attends Lititz Church of the Brethren where she cherishes her time learning and praising in community.


    Jenn is passionately pursuing the Lord and strives to live out the Lord’s commandment of loving others. In addition to serving at church, she loves to spend time volunteering as a musical director at Camp Swatara, a Christian camp in Bethel. She has a large place in her heart for LiveWell!Ministries and the R&R Retreats which continue to be a very significant influence on her spiritual walk.


    These are a few of Jenn’s favorite things: reading, theater, crafting, playing games, baking, cooking competition shows, lattes, frozen yogurt, toffee, market, the beautiful outdoors, sunrises, mornings, camp fires, camping, porch swings, babies, mothers, libraries, Pinterest, gardens, pink, massages, autumn, and the beach.

  • Kay Risser
    Nurture and Support

    Kay has been married to Jim for almost 35 years (high school sweethearts!). They have a married son and new grandson as of 2015.  They also have an adult daughter.  Kay met Jenny back when their children were in high school and were part of a group of mothers that pray for their children.  Kay felt a connection to this dear woman's heart for the Lord.  Jenny and her family then became a part of the same church community as Kay's and soon after R&R Retreats began.  She has served in different roles over the years and currently serves as the liaison for the Lancaster location's R&R Retreat Kay says it has been a growing experience to serve with this team and with a wonderful leader that is such a teacher in all that she does.

    These are a few of Kay's favorite things: spending time with family, walking, coffee, friends, sushi, her dear puppy Nellie, hugs, and a good game of pinochle.