Emonne Markland, Founder of LYBM
Emonne Markland is a wife, mother, author and speaker with a passion to love God, love people and leave her beauty mark on the world. Emonne desires to see women of all ages walk in freedom and wholeness through the knowledge of the truth. She has served in youth ministry for over 8 years and travels nationally as a speaker, using her voice to proclaim the gospel message of freedom in a dynamic and fresh way. She and her husband, Stephan are the founders of Leave Your Beauty Mark, a newly launched organization that empowers and mobilizes girls to make a difference and live on purpose. With a love for written work and passion to bring hope to her generation, Emonne completed her first book, Break Every Chain, as a resource for young women to know the truth of God’s love and learn how to live in freedom.
In April 2007, Emonne found herself in the center of the greatest storm of her life. Forced to leave school during the last few weeks of her junior year at ORU, she moved back home to have major lung surgery to remove a malignant mass. Through much prayer and the gifted hand of an amazing doctor, she is now cancer free. During the following year, Emonne re-learned how to walk, talk, eat and drink and completed her Bachelors degree in Mass Media Communications at Oral Roberts University. It was a process, but God was with her every step of the way.
Today, Emonne is happily married to her best friend, Stephan and loves mothering her children, Grace and Josiah. She and her family are members of The Potter’s House in Dallas, Texas and serve as leaders with the FireHouse Youth Ministry. For fun, Emonne enjoys expressing her artistic creativity through photography, painting, writing and fashion. She also enjoys eating delicious food, putting together stylish outfits and relaxing at her favorite local coffee shops. Her ideal day is spent laughing and enjoying quality time with loved ones outside in the sunshine, preferably the beach.
Kathy R. Green, board member and advisor
Kathy R. Green is an author and speaker with a fresh voice to this generation. She is a prayer general who has spent the vast majority of her life seeking the face of God through daily prayer and fellowship.
Kathy's God-given mandate is to teach people how to pray and stand in the gap for their loved ones. She teaches others how to draw on the supernatural power of God and recognize His voice in prayer.
Kathy has written two books, Pray-ers Bear Fruit and "Come." After releasing her first book, she discovered she had a large mass on her thyroid, and shortly following surgery she was diagnosed with a paralyzed vocal cord. Kathy thought her ministry had come to an abrupt end, when she discovered she was just getting started.
Kathy's voice is a healing balm to many and God uses her to prophetically speak words of edification and comfort to the emotionally wounded. She has helped countless individuals in the area of marriage and family restoration. Kathy has been heard on numerous radio and television shows including KCBI, and Atlanta Live, as well as on weekly prayer conference calls.
Kathy is the owner of KRG Publications, LLC where she coaches writers and authors to prepare their work for publishing. She also works as a consultant with Christian publishing companies, including Redemption Press, Dream Releaser Publishing, and Kudu Publishing Services where she assists authors in choosing the best publishing options for their work. Kathy serves on the board of directors for two nonprofit organizations, Leave Your Beauty Mark and Christian Women In Media Association where she is actively involved. Kathy and her husband Cliff have been married for over thirty years. They have two adult children who are married to wonderful spouses, and they have a beautiful granddaughter named Grace and new grandson Josiah.
Rachel Ruckes, GRAPHIC DESIGNER + BLOG Contributor
Hey All! Rachel here. Here’s a little something about me. I’m currently a 20-year-old full-time commuter student majoring in Creative Writing and minoring in Graphic Design at Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan. As you can already assume from my fields of study, I’ve had a passion for art and literature since childhood.
I want to leave a beauty mark that impacts the way women, especially women of God, think of themselves in the kind of world we live in today. I want to leave such an impact that makes women learn to see their worth through God alone, rather than through men, the media, peers, and society as a whole. If women of God were able to get into the habit of placing their worth in God's hands, i truly believe women of God would be a force to reckon with in a world like this. It can be a struggle to learn to love ourselves when the world is directly and indirectly telling us not to unless we look a certain way, act a certain way, think a certain way, etc. That's why i want to help uplift women to think beyond their TV, iPhone, and computer screens and rather set their eyes on what's above.
Alicja Oshiokpekhai, LYBM Voices Coordinator
Alicja Oshiokpekhai is a 24 year old graduate from Texas Woman’s University. She was born in Germany to a German mother and a Nigerian father, and moved to the United States in 2001. She is the LYBM Voice coordinator, and an inspirational blogger. In her free time she enjoys writing, reading, learning, and growing with her community.
MIREDYS VALCÁRCEL RODRÍGUEZ
Blog contributor & LYBM Coffee Connect leader in Puerto Rico
¡Hola! Me llamo Miredys. Soy puertorriqueña y vivo en la "Isla del Encanto". Soy líder de adoración en mi iglesia, hija de pastor, educadora y futura psicóloga. Me encanta la fotografía y tengo algo de escritora. Mis mayores pasiones son Dios y la música.
Estudié Educación en Historia en la Universidad de PR, mientras realizaba un minor en idiomas: francés y portugués. Soy amante del café a cualquier hora del día acompañado de un bien libro, de la belleza aún en los pequeños detalles y de la vida.
Vivo eternamente agradecida de mi creador, por esta razón he decidido ser su voz en este mundo.
Hello! My name is Miredys. I'm Puerto Rican and I live in "The Isle of Enchantment". I'm a worship leader in my church, daughter of a pastor, teacher and future psychologist. I love photography and I'm a writter. My greatest passions are God and music.
I studied education in history at the University of Puerto Rico and I have a minor in languages: French and Portuguese. I'm a coffee lover at anytime of day with a good book. I love beauty even in the smallest details of life and I love life.
I'm eternally grateful to my creator and for this reason I have decided to be His voice in this world and LEAVE MY BEAUTY MARK.