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LaGayle Sosnowy, Bob and Sherry Wechsler, and Dr. John Eckrich

Featured on Woman to Woman on April 25, 2009.

LaGayle Sosnowy and her husband, John, live in Seattle, Washington. Originally from Texas, they followed their daughter, Kori Sosnowy Voorhees, to Seattle after she attended the University of Washington on a tennis scholarship and announced her intention to stay in Seattle after graduation.

Sosnowy has been a full-time fundraising volunteer in the University of Washington athletics department since 1998. She and her family are avid fans and supporters of virtually all Husky sports. She is also a voracious reader. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of North Texas and a master's degree from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. She was a high school business teacher for ten years.

Sosnowy and her husband are members of Hope Lutheran Church in Seattle. She especially enjoys spending time with her husband, her daughter and son-in-law, Colby, and her granddaughter, Sydney.

Bob and Sherry Wechsler reside in Elbow Lake, Minnesota. Together they own and operate the Cattle Club Café -- an Elbow Lake restaurant offering casual dining for both breakfast and lunch. Prior to moving to Minnesota, the Wechslers operated the Cattle Club Café for six years in Atkinson, Illinois. Before that the couple spent six years in the food concession business. Sherry's background is in hotel/motel management with several years spent working in the food service industry. Bob is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and also has several years of experience working in the food service industry.

The Wechslers are members of Christ Lutheran Church, an LCMS congregation in Elbow Lake. They have been married for 15 years and are anxiously looking forward to retirement, or at least semi-retirement. Bob's only child was Cristopher; Sherry has no children. Both strongly support organ and tissue donation. Their faith in God allows them to witness about Jesus Christ, their Savior, as they tell their story.

Dr. John Eckrich's practice is gastroenterology. Graduating from the University of Missouri (Columbia) School of Medicine with honors, he subsequently received a fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics. He holds membership in the American College of Physicians, the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and the American Gastroenterology Association.

According to Eckrich, "Personally witnessing the stresses and strains experienced by those in ministry, I have treated hundreds of professional church workers in the St. Louis area. Church workers cannot maximize their ability unless they are in top physical, spiritual, emotional, and intellectual condition."

"The goal of Grace Place is to address personal health and wholeness issues in the lives of professional church workers. We want all professional church workers to be healthy and living the abundant lives Jesus wants them to have, and to be renewed through the retreat experience, so they will continue serving their ministry with vibrancy!"


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