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Sherri Loeffelman, Dr. Ruth Ann Brinkmann, Jennifer Wallace-Ebeling, & LaNell Hill

Featured on Woman to Woman on November 16, 2008.

Dr. Ruth Ann Brinkmann began her college education at Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska. She received her doctorate in educational psychology (with concentrations in child psychology and learning) from Washington University in St. Louis. She coordinated the teacher education courses and taught child development and child psychology at St. Louis Community College for 24 years. In 2008 the Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education voted to create the Ruth Brinkmann Outstanding Education Student Award, which will include a $500 scholarship.

She has served Trinity Lutheran Church in Edwardsville, Illinois and the SID Lutheran Women's Missionary League in various capacities, including Vice President of Gospel Outreach and Convention Chair. Brinkmann is now a presenter for parenting classes and workshops. She was the mentor mom for a MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group and provided parenting training for individuals preparing to adopt through LCFS of Illinois. She also served three years on the Board of Directors for Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois. She is the parent of three unrelated, distinctly unique, adopted children.

To read a sample of Dr. Brinkmann's work, click here.

The Ebeling family: Phyllis' daughter, Jennifer Wallace-Ebeling, with her husband, Phil, and their daughters, Emma and Lillian

LaNell Hill has served as the Statewide Director of Adoption for Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois since 1989. She is responsible for adoption, pregnancy counseling, infant foster care, and post-legalized adoption services. LaNell began her service to LCFS in May 1977 as Supervisor of Pregnancy Counseling.

Website: www.lcfs.org/

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