The Team

Executive Director – Suzanne Baker Brown


Suzanne is currently serving as Executive Director of Stepping Stones Network. 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 SpaLeadership Refresh, The Reflection, and The Life You Were Created to Live, 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 previously helped launch and served 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.  Suzanne and Steve serve as a Safe Family for at-risk young adults and kids.  Contact Suzanne at suzanneb@steppingstonesnetwork.org


Leadership Team

CFO/COO – Ginny Girmscheid
Asst. Executive Director – Donna Stevenson
Implementation Director – Brittany Garber Heyn
Operations – Beth Jordan-Kroll
Development – Colette Mendelson
Education – Jean Doi
Residential Clinical Director – Michelle Lenz
Residential Advocate – Antronae Foster (Case Manager)
Residential Advocate – Jeka Huerta (Shift Supervisor & Outreach Coordinator)
Men’s Therapeutic & Groups – Dave Stouwie


Key Team Members 

Bernice Adjei – Prayer
Robyn Woods – 24×7 Hotline & Public Appearance Coordinator
Laura Gordon & Kristi Zinselmeier – Donor Acknowledgement
Reuben Chew of Evolution Point – Website
Tim Girmscheid – Property Manager
Kim Maung – Volunteer Coordinator
Gina Dahiya, Lesley Caetta, Kris Fabrie, Carol Rigby – Programming Leads
Suzanne Ellis – Cooking Team Lead
Lauren Bozarth & Beau Vermillion – Marketing & Communications


Partnering Organizations

Safe Families, Humble Design, A Safe Place, Partnership for a Safer Lake County, Lake County Human Trafficking Coalition


Mentoring Organization

Wellspring Institute of Atlanta, GA – We are one of 40 organizations they have mentored to provide services and residential programming for sexually exploited clients.


Board of Directors 

Suzanne Baker Brown – President
Ginny Girmscheid – Treasurer
Kelli McMiller, SVP Consulting Kaleidoscope Group – Secretary
Michelle Bobart, SVP Guaranteed Rate