Economic Empowerment Affinity Network

  • Friday, August 12, 2022
  • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Zoom



Come meet other CCDA practitioners who are working on the front lines of economic empowerment ministries (financial education, jobs, housing, market solutions, etc.)  We’ll connect with other practitioners who are working in this space for the purposes of sharing ideas and encouragement that helps us grow together in the area of economic empowerment. This peer-to-peer support network will brainstorm new ways to tackle local challenges in your communities. Come be refreshed and enjoy the fellowship of others who get you!  

CCDA Affinity Networks are a space for gathering CCDA members and those proximate around shared affinities. We hope to gather together online and in person at our national conference each year.

Affinity Network Facilitators:

J. Mark Bowers is the Senior Director of Curriculum & Training Design at the Chalmers Center. For over 13 years, Mark has put his leadership skills to work at Chalmers in program design, partnership development, curriculum standards, and human-centered, participatory learning design to equip and mentor facilitators and lead trainers across the globe. A builder of strengths-based teams, Mark loves to collaborate on complex intercultural problems of poverty, always centering the voice and experience of people on the margins. Mark earned a B.A. in Psychology from Bryan College and a M.A. in Intercultural Studies through Wheaton College while teaching at Quy Nhon University of Pedagogy in Vietnam. Outside of work, Mark enjoys creating travel adventures with his wife, Tannia, and their two children.

Jerilyn Sanders is a Senior Director of US Deployment at the Chalmers Center for Economic Development, where she has been for over 10 years. Jerilyn has a B.A. in Psychology from Biola University and an Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has worked in a variety of educational and youth development programs in the U.S., with an emphasis on urban communities. Her position at Chalmers synthesizes several things: love for people, passion for training that empowers disenfranchised people, and a desire to see God’s church be all that He meant it to be. Jerilyn and her husband Duane have two children.

Shay Bethea is the Director of US Jobs Ministry at the Chalmers Center for Economic Development. Over the past 20 years, Shay has served in various capacities with nonprofit organizations that focus on job readiness and community development. Shay leads a team of coaches that are involved in equipping ministry leaders to implement the job readiness curriculum, called Work Life. She also loves cultivating relationships, affirming and encouraging individuals in economically challenged communities. She’s helped equip ministry leaders both nationally and internationally. When Shay isn’t equipping leaders, she and her husband John enjoy traveling and loving their three children and four precious grandchildren.