Team Members

Amy Brown, Journey Group Director

Amy Brown


Amy is  a trainer with Thrive Training for the True Identity track, both in the US and in Korea. She volunteers with LMW as the Connexus and Resource Liaison, has led Connexus modules a number of times over the last 6 years, and teaches Life Model Works materials in her community, particularly in recovery ministry. Amy and Chris Coursey are currently writing a Bible study outlining the presence of the 19 relational skills in the Bible.   


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Misa Garavaglia


Misa Leonessa is a Relationship Coach and an Immanuel Prayer Facilitator. She mentors people in the 19 Thrive brain skills through Journey Groups and as a Thrive Trainer.  She is also a spiritual director specializing in growing into spiritual and relational maturity.  She has walked the path from surviving to thriving herself, and has a passion to help people pursue greater relational, emotional and spiritual wholeness. 

Misa has BA’s in Sociology and Non-Profit Administration from University of the Pacific, is a graduate from Life Skills International and Mercy Center’s Spiritual Director Institute in Burlingame, Ca. She completed all three tracks of Thrive Training through Life Model Works in 2016, and is available for speaking engagements, conferences, trainings, and retreats.  She speaks on topics covering healthy relationships, interpersonal communication, healthy sexuality, childhood abuse recovery, spiritual formation, and public speaking skills.

Sue Sather


Sue has been a lay counselor, prayer ministry facilitator, and Bible study leader at her church for over 20 years. She’s an Ambassador and Trainer for the Chicago based non-profit called Alive and Well ( Sue has been studying and teaching the Life Model for over a decade through courses such as Forming, Restarting, and Immanuel Lifestyle. She has a certificate in Spiritual Direction and has completed all 4 Tracks of the Thrive program for brain science-based relational skills. 

After receiving her B.S. from the University of TX, Sue joined the staff of The Navigators and moved to Ames, IA where she met her husband Bob. Together they’ve ministered in a variety of locations including Japan. Sue appreciates the ministry training she’s received through The Navigators. She is also deeply grateful to God for her personal journey of recovery from extensive childhood trauma. Sue is passionate about creating environments where individuals and groups engage with Immanuel for greater intimacy, healing and transformation. 

Sue enjoys music, tending her flower garden and all things involving her 6 year old granddaughter.