Leadership

Michelle Barnes, (Board Chair) 

 

 

Lydell Steiner, (Vice Chair), resides in Dalton, Ohio with his wife, Rebeca, and their two children, Sofia and Kyros. He is a Development Coordinator at Venture Products in Orrville, Ohio. Lydell received an MA in Conflict Resolution and Organizational Leadership from Eastern Mennonite University and a BA in Business Management from Malone University. He also served for three years with MCC, (Mennonite Central Committee), in Nicaragua. Some of his hobbies include farming, volunteering, and traveling. Lydell believes strongly in the need to transform how our culture views and relates to conflict.  Instead of falling into either extreme of ignoring conflict or litigating conflict, he hopes individuals, families, neighbors, coworkers, and communities can create new patterns and reflexes for constructively responding to life's difficult encounters.

 

 

 

 

                                                       

Kim Hartman, (Secretary), received her Bachelor of Music Education and later, her Associate of Applied Science with RN licensure and is currently retired. She resides in Wooster, Ohio with her husband, Jim of 33 years, has four grown children, two sons-in-law, a daughter-in-law and eight grandchildren. Kim has served on a variety of short-term service opportunities, volunteer work, and church work throughout the years. Her hobbies include studying scripture, biking, reading, nutrition and cooking, composing Bible memory ‘ditties’, weight-training, Pilates and other fun exercise classes. Kim's dream for Connexus in the next five years is that the organization will provide regular opportunities for training in conflict transformation and become a recognized source of support and assistance with conflict in Wayne and Holmes Counties. She sees Connexus transforming the culture of conflict by teaching and modeling the handling of conflict in constructive ways in the community.

 

 

Mark Leinbach, (Treasurer), completed a Master in Business Administration in 2016 and a Master of Social Work in 2005.  He currently serves as Executive Director of SpringHaven, Inc. Counseling Center in Mt. Eaton, Ohio. Mark has lived in Holmes County for 11 years. During his childhood years, he resided in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. He is married to Marlea and they have two elementary-aged boys. Mark enjoys being outdoors with family, biking, and playing mandolin. He has also worked in non-for-profit organizations for the past 15 years, specifically in the mental health field. Mark anticipates that Connexus will be able to be a visible resource and place for healing in the community. He hopes that people will grow in their ability to find healthy ways to manage conflict in their personal, family, and professional lives due to the work of Connexus. He also believes it takes small seeds of change to transform the culture of conflict and sees Connexus spreading a message of healthy conflict resolution and modeling these practices in our communities. 

 

 

 

 

Dayna Schrock works as office manager and billing supervisor for a busy chiropractic and massage therapy facility in Millersburg, Ohio. Formerly, she worked 10+ years at Berlin Mennonite Church where she served in a variety of positions which included Minister of Congregational Care, Women's Ministry Director, and Stephen Ministry Leader. Dayna is a certified STAR Practitioner, (Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience), through Eastern Mennonite University. She also received training in Mediation Skills through Lombard Mennonite Peace Center. She resides in Walnut Creek, Ohio with her husband, Mike, and their three children. Dayna's hope for Connexus is to be a visible resource to the communities of Holmes and Wayne Counties where businesses, schools, churches, organizations, court systems, individuals, and families can go for support and training regarding handling conflict in healthy ways. She sees Connexus as not only a "connector" of those experiencing conflict and positive resources to aid in working through conflict, but also as an "educator" providing training on managing conflict before relationships are broken or before the need to go to court arises. Dayna has served with Connexus from its earliest visioning stages.
  

 

 

 

Danya Morris holds a graduate certificate in Restorative Practices from the International Institute of Restorative Practices in Bethlehem, PA, and is a firm believer in the power of transformational approaches to conflict and conversation. She is a restorative justice and circles facilitator, a learner and teacher of non-violent communication, and a practitioner-researcher currently working on a Masters in Adult Education with Goddard College. Danya's research interests include the power of witnessing and connection in education work, supporting teachers in resiliency, and promoting joy and play in learning. Danya is a wilderness first aid instructor for NOLS Wilderness Medicine, a manager at a local teacher's supply store, and is proud to serve her community as a firefigher/EMT. Danya is also a member of the board at Knesseth Israel Temple, the synagogue serving the Jewish community of Wooster and the surrounding areas. She enjoys hiking with dogs (and people), paddling, camping, and sharing good food with friends and family.

 

Contact

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    Connexus

    P.O. Box 412

    Berlin, Ohio 44610

    P:
    330.960.1175
    E:
    info@ourconnexus.com
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