We are Brooke and Jeremiah and we have been married since 2003. Our first five years of marriage were miserable, it was not an easy road for us as a couple, we are complete opposites and we brought a lot of debt and emotional baggage into our marriage. Through some phenomenal classes and counseling sessions we can now say we are best friends. We have been so encouraged by the struggles and accomplishments that we have been through, we now seek the opportunity to help other couples. Brooke, a previous Project Manager, has been a financial mentor for 7 years and enjoys mentoring couples through Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University principals. Jeremiah a Senior Chemist, has been mentoring men for 8 years. Together we have led Financial Peace University classes and we now focus on leading marriage mentoring training. One of our greatest accomplishments as a couple has been to pay off all of our debt ($90,000) and we have been debt free for five years. We have two wonderful boys in elementary school and we enjoy raising them as a team.
Brooke Powers – Founder & Executive Director
In January of 2013 Brooke had this vision of creating a wedding venue that did more than to help the bride with the wedding day, but to prepare the couple for the journey of marriage. During daily meditation the ideas kept coming and she journaled for months before sharing the vision. Today we have CenterPeace, a non-profit that strengthens marriages and families by doing two things, help marriages start well and develop well. We continue to grow our team of dynamic marriage mentors and teachers and we have faith that one day we will have a home for our classes and mentoring.
Jeremiah Powers- Secretary and Co-Founder
I recall the day back in March of 2013 when Brooke approached me with an idea she had been mulling over for some time. The concept is a marriage center that would use the revenues from a wedding venue to fund non-profit offerings around strengthening marriages. I was caught up in this dynamic concept as it struck a chord with my soul. Being deeply affected both spiritually and emotionally by the tragedy of divorce, I have a strong drive to see marriages thriving. My primary role in CenterPeace is to share the vision for the non-profit, to mentor couples and serve as Secretary on the Board.
Emily VerSteeg- Treasurer and Accountant
Emily joined the Board of CenterPeace in the fall of 2014. Professionally, Emily is the Church Administrator for Crossroads Fellowship Church. Having a passion for non-profit service, Emily likes working with organizations that are seeking to impact their local community, including strengthening marriages and families. Emily is married to Buddy and they have two daughters.
Luis and Linda Gonzalez- Program Directors
Linda and Luis Gonzalez are passionate about healthy marriages. They recently joined the Board after they moved to North Carolina from California. Luis is a retired Sr. Master Sergeant with the U.S. Air Force and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California. Linda is a retired Station Manager with the American Red Cross. They enjoy traveling the world and mentoring young couples. Luis and Linda dream of expanding CenterPeace to California.
Bob Miglarese- Board Member
Bob Miglarese brings more than 30 years of business experience in healthcare service delivery operations to CenterPeace. Bob has held senior leadership positions with Fortune 50 national and regional not-for-profit health systems, managed care insurers, and population health management organizations. Bob has provided strategic consulting services to healthcare organizations, small businesses, and non- profits in the areas of performance and process improvement, operational efficiencies, organizational planning and execution, and leadership / team development. Bob is owner of MIG & Associates, a Raleigh- based consulting firm focused on providing leadership effectiveness and team performance solutions.
Andy Norman – Board Member
As a member of both the North Carolina and Illinois Bars, Andy is an attorney with thirty-plus years in all aspects of complex and simple economic loss and special remedies litigation, in both federal and state courts. He also works with nonprofit organizations, such as CenterPeace, to further their missions. He is married to Mary, with whom he has two children and eight grandchildren.
Erik Burckart – Board Member
Erik joined the Board of Directors in 2017. Professionally Erik builds engaging apps, he is a technologist, inventor, Business Executive, and Advisor. Erik and his wife Heather are passionate about Healthy Marriages and Whole families. They have four children and they serve the community as CenterPeace trained Marriage Mentors.
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