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Team & Board

Team & Board

The Team

John Ensor

President

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John is an ordained Evangelical pastor, who for the last 25 years has served as a leader in the pro-life movement as a speaker, author, mentor, and co-laborer. Currently, John serves as the President of PassionLife, where he concentrates on helping missionaries and indigenous Christian leaders serving in countries plagued by abortion to equip the church in bioethics and pregnancy crisis intervention services.

Starting in 1991, John led the effort in Boston to establish a network of six ultrasound-equipped pregnancy help centers. In 2006, he joined Heartbeat International and piloted Heartbeat of Miami, a minority-led, ultrasound-equipped, pregnancy help ministry now serving amidst 30 nearby abortion business.

John writes books on things he is most passionate about; the gospel, marriage and prolife ethics. He and his wife, Kristen, have been married for over 40 years. They have three married children and three grandchildren. They live in Roswell, GA.

Mark Nicholson

Executive Director

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Mark Nicholson

Executive Director

Mark and his family lived in the highlands of inner Asia for ten years as church planting missionaries, bringing the message of reconciliation to God through Jesus to remote nomadic tribesmen for the first time.

Heartbroken by the high infant mortality rate in their grasslands area and the family chaos that resulted, Mark and his wife established Nomad Infant Rescue & Care (NIRC), a locally-led medical initiative to provide education, resources and medical equipment to assist the perinatal needs of young nomadic families. NIRC also provides ambulatory care and crisis pregnancy counseling.

Upon returning to the US in 2013, Mark came onto the Board of Directors for PassionLife and transitioned to serve as the movement’s Executive Director in 2016. Mark and Dana have been married since 1997, and they have four teenage children. They operate a small clean-foods farm outside of Winston-Salem, NC.

Jeanne Pernia

Pregnancy Help Training Coordinator

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Jeanne Pernia

Pregnancy Help Center Coordinator

Jeanne is a certified mental health counselor, most recognized for her role as the Co-Founder of Heartbeat of Miami, a minority-led pregnancy help ministry and the founder of the Restoring the Heart Ministry, a post-abortive healing program. She is widely recognized for her role in the South Florida community, promoting the care of pregnant mothers and advocating for the lives of their unborn babies.

Since 2007 Jeanne has reached out to people around the world, sharing her testimony of grace and redemption. Jeanne’s 2013 biography Conquered details her story, from her beginnings in the abortion business to her subsequent journey as one of South Florida’s most widely recognized leaders in the Pro-Life Movement. She continues to share her passion for post-abortive healing and pregnancy counseling by leading weekend healing retreats and is now a part of an expansive mission establishing the Sanctity of Life teachings in Cuba.

Jeanne is passionate about providing life changing education on the sanctity of life, particularly in the Latin-American community and Spanish speaking countries around the world. She and her husband, Albert, have been married for over 30 years. They have three grown children, two sons-in-law, one daughter-in-law, and eight grandchildren. They currently reside in Miami Lakes, FL.

Jeanne’s book Conquered is also available in Spanish, translated as Conquiste. The English version is available at www.amazon.com.

Sara Minard

Operations Manager

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Sara Minard

Operations Manager

Sara serves as PassionLife’s Operations Manager, including details of travel planning, accounting, communications, reporting, and the overall management of resources. She loves being a part of this amazing team working to spread the Gospel of Life throughout the world.

Sara comes to PassionLife with multiple years of experience in the pregnancy care center field. She worked previously as Operations and Advancement Director for a pregnancy care center where she also played an integral part in promoting and organizing various fundraising banquets and community walks, raising funds and bringing awareness to the issue of Life and to affect positive change. She has also served on various boards and committees through her church and non-profit organizations.

Sara has a heart for those experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and for the unborn as she also faced an unplanned pregnancy herself in 2006 which brought her a beautiful daughter, Mazie. In her spare time, she enjoys working out, going camping with friends and family, and sipping coffee with friends. Sara lives in Cincinnati, OH with her husband Adam, and daughter, Mazie.

Kristen Ensor

Operations Assistant

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Kristen Ensor

Operations Assistant

Kristen is the co-founder, with her husband, John, of PassionLife Ministries. She traveled to China 16 times from 2010-2017 documenting in pictures and video, PassionLife’s training in over 40 cities. Later, Kristen served as PL’s first operations manager. Currently she serves as an assistant to the President.

Kristen has served alongside of John in the prolife/pregnancy help movement for 30 years. She was one of three women in 1992 to identify the need for a pregnancy help clinic in Boston that would serve women in a pregnancy-related crisis. What eventually developed was A Woman’s Concern, a network of six ultrasound-equipped pregnancy help clinics. In 2006, she assisted John in Miami, as they worked to start Heartbeat of Miami, now a network of five, minority-led pregnancy help clinics.

Kristen and John have been married for 42 years and have 3 married children and 3 grandchildren.

Megan Sulser

Communications Director

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Megan Sulser

Communications Director

As the daughter of John and Kristen Ensor, Megan observed prolife work as a child and has been doing prolife work her whole life. In 2009 she moved to China as a missionary with Pioneers, serving among Muslim people groups for seven years. When her parents came to visit in 2010, Megan arranged for John to teach prolife theology to local pastors. This in turn, led to multiple invitations and sparked the start of PassionLife.

As PassionLife work in China spread, Megan served as a catalyst to local house churches organizing a home for pregnant mothers. Since returning to the US, she has worked in various capacities with PassionLife, most recently as the Director of Communications where she handles design, marketing, editing, and email communications.

Megan earned her B.A. from Wheaton College, where she studied business, anthropology, and theology. She lives with her husband, Ben, in Evansville, IN.

Tammy De Armas

Mission Advancement Officer, Western US

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Tammy De Armas

Mission Advancement Officer,
Western US

Tammy De Armas joins PassionLife as their Mission Advancement Officer for the Western US. She has a deep compassion to speak the truth in love about abortion, while sharing the answer of forgiveness and grace that the gospel provides. Having fallen on this very battlefield, she understands the transforming love that is afforded to all.

Tammy previously served as CEO of a pregnancy medical clinic in Southern California for 10 years. She felt a call to look at abortion globally and use her gifts to share with others who have a desire to help rescue the most vulnerable where abortion is most concentrated. Having met John Ensor years ago and resonating with the mission of PassionLife, she welcomed the opportunity to be a part of it!

Tammy has been married for 34 to her college sweetheart. They have 3 grown children, a daughter-in-law, and a son-in-law. Tammy and Pete live in Escondido CA.

Connie Coleman

Essentials Program Director

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Connie Coleman

Essentials Progam Director

Connie is a Type A personality, (not just) self-proclaimed control freak and coffee addict. These characteristics have served her well in her career, whether it be as owner/CEO of a trucking outfit, or her most recent role as CEO of Wise Choices Pregnancy Resource Center.

Connie leads PassionLife's "The Essentials" training program. She speaks and teaches with a passion to inspire "more" in others—more of Jesus, more healing, more confidence, more passion. Whatever she does, it will be sincere, from the heart, and without fluff. She is in love with Jesus, her husband, her kids, and her coffee. Life has not been anywhere close to perfect, but it is good, and the Lord has called her to live out her testimony transparently as she speaks and writes about his goodness.

Board of Directors

John Ensor
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John Ensor

President

John is an ordained Evangelical pastor, who for the last 25 years has served as a leader in the pro-life movement as a speaker, author, mentor, and co-laborer. Currently, John serves as the President of PassionLife, where he concentrates on helping missionaries and indigenous Christian leaders serving in countries plagued by abortion to equip the church in bioethics and pregnancy crisis intervention services.

Starting in 1991, John led the effort in Boston to establish a network of six ultrasound-equipped pregnancy help centers. In 2006, he joined Heartbeat International and piloted Heartbeat of Miami, a minority-led, ultrasound-equipped, pregnancy help ministry now serving amidst 30 nearby abortion business.

John writes books on things he is most passionate about; the gospel, marriage and prolife ethics. He and his wife, Kristen, have been married for over 40 years. They have three married children and three grandchildren. They live in Roswell, GA.

President, PassionLife

Quinn Skinner
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Quinn Skinner

Board Chair

Quinn, a life-long Navy officer, has served on the Board of Directors for pregnancy help centers in Boston and South Korea. He currently lives in Virginia Beach, VA with his wife (Kristen) and four children. He has served as the PassionLife Board Chair since January 2018.

Board Chair

Naval Officer (retired)

Peggy Benicke
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Peggy Benicke

Board Secretary

Peggy serves as Executive Director of Robbinsdale Women’s Center, a pregnancy medical resource center in Minneapolis. Peggy’s background in business and marketing and her personal experience with crisis pregnancies have enhanced her leadership role at RWC. Peggy and her husband Ralph have two grown daughters.

Board Secretary

Executive Director, Robbinsdale Women’s Center

Dawn Nelson
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Dawn Nelson

Board Treasurer

As a supporter of global missions and the sanctity of life, Dawn is excited that PassionLife is uniquely positioned to bring the gospel of life to some of the neediest areas of the world. After spending fifteen years in human resources in the banking industry and with an MBA in HR and IT, Dawn has focused on family, church, and community involvement in recent years. Activities have included homeschooling, local school board president, and church leadership positions. Dawn and her husband, Stan, live in the Chicago area. They have two adult children, a wonderful son-in-law, and two grandchildren.

Board Treasurer

Human Resources Specialist (retired)

Mark Boivin
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Mark Boivin

Mark has over 30 years of experience primarily in the chemical and renewable energy industries. He is currently the President and CEO of Mohegan Renewable Energy and serves as an elder in his church. He and his wife, Fern, live near Boston and have three grown children and three grandchildren.

President and CEO, Mohegan Renewable Energy

Mark Schlup
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Mark Schlup

Mark is a chemical engineer who grew up in Latin America and travelled extensively throughout the Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico during his working career. Having witnessed the hardship and courage of people who live in areas of the world that have limited resources, a desire to become involved in a mission that promotes the value of human life from conception led to PassionLife. Mark has been married to Dana for 42 years and lives in Atlanta. They are blessed with 3 adult children and 7 grandchildren.

Chemical Engineer

Piroscka Ventura
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Piroscka Ventura

Piro, originally from the Dominican Republic, has been married to Rad for 29 years and is a mother of four. She travels Latin America as a defense contractor. Her own experience with abortion and forgiveness has galvanized her desire to serve the Church and women around the world in desperate need of guidance and support, sharing her testimony and leading women through abortion recovery Bible studies.

Defense Contractor

John Cissel
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John Cissel

John C. Cissel is an accomplished Global Real Estate Development and Advisory Executive with more than 30 years of experience.

Known for building partnerships between faith-based organizations, businesses, and governments to positively impact communities, he has advised dozens of organizations, from Nasdaq, Wachovia, and Mitsubishi to The Salvation Army, The Bowery Mission, and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. Over the last three decades, John has completed more than $1 billion in real estate leasing, sales, and development projects in over 100 cities across 20 countries.

For nearly 30 years, John Cissel has worked with John Ensor in the cause of life, beginning in Boston and the development of 6 pregnancy help medical clinics (1993-2006) and continuing with Heartbeat International (2008-2013) and currently with PassionLife.

President of Development, Core Investments

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