Executive Director - Suzanne Baker Brown

Suzanne is currently serving as Executive Director of Stepping Stones. Her passion is to help people find whole life health (body, soul and spirit), so they can step into the life they were created to live.  Suzanne’s background includes corporate leadership, management consulting, not-for-profit board experience, and extensive work in women’s ministry since 2000.  She has been an advocate for women and women’s issues in all of these contexts.  As founder of Spiritual Spa and Leadership Refresh, she has brought teaching, healing and encouragement to individuals and groups throughout the US and in Asia.  And, she has walked alongside many who have come out of abusive and destructive situations helping them to rebuild their lives.  Suzanne also serves on the Advisory Board of The White Rainbow Project that serves India’s outcast widows. She holds an undergrad in Business from Illinois Wesleyan University and a Master’s from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.  Suzanne resides in Chicago with her husband, Steve, who is the Director of Preventive Emergency Medicine at University of Illinois- Chicago Medical Center and a well-known advocate for the chronically homeless in the city of Chicago.  Contact Suzanne at


Leadership Team


Pictured Above: Front Row: Beth Kroll (Operations Director), Suzanne Baker Brown (Executive Director), Dr. Ron Hesselgrave (Director of Church Engagement), Ginny Girmscheid (Treasurer & Director of Finance).  Middle Row: Michelle Chu (Prayer), Bernice Adjei (Prayer), Jean Doi (Asst. Director Church Engagement), Colette Mendelson (Co-Director Fundraising), Robyn Woods (Asst. Director Operations).  Back Row: Erin O'Connor (Director Restorative Services), Leanne Woods (Partner-Safe Families), Dave Stouwie (Director Men's Restorative Services & Prevention), Laura Gordon (Church Engagement Support), Donna Stevenson (Asst. Director, Restorative Services).  Not Pictured:  Olivia Schultz (Co-Director Fundraising), Brenda Gaines (Bookkeeping Support), Rebecca Langley (Media Quality Control)

Our Founders
Kathi Hesselgrave, MSW, LCSW  (Advisor)

Kathi is co-founder of Stepping Stones. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 30 years of experience in the field of social work. She has a diverse background in the arenas of child welfare, adoption, school-based social work, and mental health. She has served as a clinician with Zion Clinic Counseling and Compass Christian Counseling, and is currently working as a clinician at Great Lakes Naval Base. Kathi’s clinical interests are broad, but she has a special interest in the treatment of trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Kathi and Ron are involved in a multi-ethnic church plant in Waukegan, IL.  Contact Kathi at

Ronald Hesselgrave, M.Div., Ph.D.  

Ron Hesselgrave is Director of Church Engagement and co-founder of Stepping Stones. He also serves as the Education/ Resource Coordinator for EFCA ReachGlobal Europe/Asia, which is currently involved in addressing sex trafficking in India, Ukraine, and Rome, Italy. As part of his ministry Ron gives presentations on Christian community development and the biblical foundations for justice. Prior to joining ReachGlobal, he worked as researcher/writer for the Chicago Rehab Network, a coalition of non-profit housing development organizations. And before that he served as adjunct professor and head of the department of sociology at Trinity College (Deerfield, IL). He has also taught at Alliance Theological Seminary and Nyack College (Nyack, NY) and Rutgers University. He is author of God’s Mandate for Justice: Studies in the Book of Luke (2013) and The JustMissional Church: Pursuing God’s Path for Justice (2014).  Contact Ron at

Janet Kenny  

Ms. Janet Kenny is a co-founder of Stepping Stones.  Janet’s focus is educating the medical community on the issue and ministering directly to women exiting the sex trade. Janet’s passion for assisting survivors led her to Peru, Costa Rica, and Thailand and eventually to want to serve women right here in the US.  

Janet has a Master’s in Cultural Engagement with a focus on Justice and Social Issues from Trinity International University. She is a registered nurse with over 30 years of experience serving both adults and children in a variety of settings. Her current focus is with the pediatric population serving as a school nurse. She is also a certified teacher and taught second grade for five years at a public school.  Contact Janet at