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Hope for Persons with Developmental Disabilities

Mona Fuerstenau, Dave Cecil and Joanne Cecil

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Mona Fuerstenau earned a degree in speech pathology at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash. She has completed graduate studies in psychology and gerontology at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

Fuerstenau is chair of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod NW District Disability Awareness Task Force. She is also president of the Special Education PTsA of Clark County and is a disability ministry consultant through Beloved Son Ministry. She currently serves on the Washington State Developmental Disability Council and is a member of the Interfaith Disability Network of Oregon and SW Washington.

Throughout her career, Fuerstenau has tutored those with reading difficulties, conducted speech and language therapy in the public school system and in the veteran's hospital system and worked with children's and youth ministry in various congregations. She has been involved with advocacy and leadership development in the field of disabilities and acted as consultant to faith-based organizations developing inclusive communities with meaningful participation by all.

David Cecil is a pastor in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. He completed his M.Div. degree at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Ind. Before enrolling in the seminary, he attended Concordia College in Oakland, Calif., and later completed a bachelor of science degree at Concordia College in Seward, Neb. After serving a congregation for more than six years, Cecil accepted a call to become the Religious Life director for Bethesda Lutheran Communities.

Jo-Anne Cecil has a master's degree in family life ministry and is the director of the Faith Academy Preschool in Houston, Texas.

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