Melissa Brosch, MDiv, President
Melissa is a Relational Coach and Consultant, specializing in helping teens and adults with disabilities build meaningful relationships. She leads social coaching groups as well as individual coaching. She also speaks at various schools and organizations, helping them to foster a culture of inclusion and belonging. As a professor at Saddleback College, Melissa teaches classes designed for adults with intellectual disabilities. She spent 20 years as a youth and family pastor and created a Disability Ministry at Calvary Church of Santa Ana. She is also a Hospice Chaplain. Melissa has a passion to see people connect and experience belonging. She is a mom to 3 amazing girls, one of which is on the autism spectrum. Her girls are her greatest loves and her most powerful teachers.
Amy Kendall, Vice President
Amy is the NextGen Minister overseeing Disabilities and Mental Health for almost 15 years at Saddleback Church and oversees these ministries at all their campuses both locally and internationally. Before working at Saddleback, she worked for 10 years in the educational sector as a behavior specialist, specializing with children on the autism spectrum. Amy graduated from Pacific Christian College with her BA in Ministry and from Hope International University with her MA in Marriage, Family, Child Counseling. Amy is passionate about equipping other people in the field of disabilities and speaks throughout the country on a variety of topics, helping to empower others. Amy also has a teenage son with multiple disabilities and believes that she is a better minister because she got the blessing to be his mom.
Linda Martin, MME, MT-BC, Treasurer
Linda Martin, MME, MT-BC, is a certified neurologic music therapist specializing in behavior management and children with autism spectrum disorder. She provides services in both the educational and clinical settings. Linda authored chapters on Applied Behavioral Analysis and Music Therapy Assessment in the 2012 and 2018 publications of: Early Childhood Music Therapy and Autism Spectrum Disorders. In 2007, Linda founded the Miracle 139 special needs ministry at the Rock Church in San Diego, CA. Recognizing a big need for churches to become equipped to welcome children with special needs, Linda published “Miracle 139: Special Needs Ministry Development & Training Manual”, designed to help churches start and maintain effective special needs ministries. Linda is also the Founder and President of Miracle 139 International, an organization that provides special education and special needs ministry training internationally.
Jennifer Felix, Secretary
Jennifer is currently the Pastor of Care Ministries at Crossroads Church in Corona, Ca, and, also served as the Pastor of Disabilities for 14 years. She has been a widow for almost 7 years now and currently lives with her 1 dog Coco. She holds a Bachelor’s in Christian Ministry, a Master's in Disability Studies, and a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Care and is currently seeking to obtain another Master’s Degree in Counseling to become a Licensed Therapist. Jennifer’s ultimate passion is to see people of all backgrounds thrive and experience the love of Jesus. During her downtime her favorite place to relax and refuel is Disneyland.
Ed served bi-vocationally for over 15 years as a deacon, worship director, and college ministry director at an Asian American Church in the San Francisco Bay area. In 2003, after taking a step of faith to serve a year abroad with his family on missions to Central Asia, he committed to full-time ministry. Then, his son was diagnosed with autism.
Nevertheless, God redeemed and repurposed life’s disappointments and hardships into invaluable faith lessons. In 2010, God called Ed to co-lead a ministry to Special Needs families at Abundant Life Chritsian Fellowship. He also served on the Marriage and Family ministry team, created and led a men’s Bible study ministry, and participated in Worship Arts. Ed also participated in a church plant offshoot called New Beginnings Community Church, where he served on the Elder board. He currently serves with Life group ministries and is serving on the Elder board at Westgate Church in Saratoga. Ed’s desire is to walk alongside believers in the Lord, mentoring them into Godly leaders for their homes, work and witness.
Professionally, Ed Is the Deputy Chief Information Office for the City of San Jose IT Department, managing engineering teams, developing private/public partnerships, and leading citywide Digital Inclusion efforts such as providing infrastructure that provides free internet access to underprivileged and lower income communities. He has been married to his wife Diane since 1999. She is the author of the book "Unbroken Faith", which provides Christ-centered encouragement to families struggling with disabilities. They live in San Jose with their two young sons, Jeremy (19) and Justin (15).
Sylvia serves at Regional Center of Orange County and is on the Board of Directors for RCOC as the board secretary. Sylvia also functions as the chairperson for the Peer Advisory Committee (PAC) within RCOC. Sylivia has been a leader for Young Life working with disabled teens for the past 10 years as well as being a camp counselor in the Capernaum Ministry. She is also involved with her local church where she has taught Kindergartners about Jesus for the past 20 years. Sylvia is very involved in the community and in her spare time she is a local expert at “The Happiest Place on Earth” (Disneyland!).