Blessings Board & Volunteers

Jeanette Abell – Discipleship Coordinator

Jeanette taught GRADS (Graduation, Reality and Dual Role Skills), a Teen Parenting program in high school, with the Six District Educational Compact. She was instrumental in developing Blessings, as a complimentary program to GRADS. In 2000 she became the Discipleship Coordinator for Blessings.  She lives on a farm in Kent with her husband, Sam.  They have 3 adult children and 14 grandchildren.  Jeanette enjoys Scrapbooking, Quilting, Spinning and Weaving.

Lynne Bensinger – Communications Coordinator

Lynne (and her husband, Ron) were looking for ministry opportunities they could do together back in 2012. Lynne started doing admin assist duties for Blessings and fell in love with the mission of helping teen moms who wanted to keep their babies. Lynne has been serving ever since. She and Ron have lived in Kent, OH for 18 years and have five grown children of their own.

Wende Campbell – Life Skills Coordinator

I have served with Blessings since 2000 as a mentor, volunteer, and Life Skills Coordinator. I am a former teen mom myself, now married with 4 children and one grandson. I enjoy morning walks with my dad and my dog. I am an avid spectator at my family’s many sporting events and activities.

Joanne Green – Board Member

I have been involved with Blessings for many years. I have been present as the on site nurse at the Blessings Bike/Hike annual fundraiser, attending to any potential medical problems that might occur. I joined the Blessings team more recently as a Board member. My husband’s name is Mark and we have been blessed with four wonderful daughters and are the proud grandparents of 9 grandchildren. I have been an R.N. for 40+ years and have worked in many different areas of nursing over the years. I enjoy camping, reading, gardening and attempting to keep up with my energetic grandkids! It is truly a privilege to be involved with Blessings.

Emily Knapp – Special Events Coordinator

School Counselor at St. Vincent-St. Mary for 10 years. Started with blessings in 2016 and love the mission of helping young moms and their precious children. My favorite activities would include being a wife and mother to two sweet girls, reading, crafting, biking, renovating houses.

Carla Merrick – Board Member

Carla Merrick has been a registered nurse for 20 years, primarily in obstetrics and pediatrics. She currently works for The Cleveland Clinic in a high risk delivery unit. She has been a Blessings board member since 2014. Her free time is spent enjoying time with her husband and three daughters, going to graduate school to become a family nurse practitioner, and spending time with good friends.

Randy Fasnacht – Board Member

Pharmacist for 33 years, now Director of Advanced Infusion Services – Cleveland Clinic Akron General. Been involved with Blessings since 2010. Enjoys volunteering for various local outreach programs, reading and spending time with my family (6 kids, 2 grandkids).

Ed Nichols – Board Member – Treasurer

Ed is a retired teacher after working 30 years at Crestwood Middle School in Mantua, OH.  This is his second year on the Blessings board.  He & his wife live in Kent, OH and enjoys riding his bike, hiking, downhill skiing, and working on his laptop.

Ron Bensinger – Board Member – Chair

Ron has worked in the healthcare industry for 28 years and has been involved with Blessings since 2013. He resides in Kent, OH with his wife Lynne. Ron enjoys cycling & 4-wheeling.