Editors

Danielle Wheeler

Founder and Editor-in-Chief
danielle.wheeler@velvetashes.com

Danielle Wheeler sat on her porch one day and had a dream breathed into her heart, a dream of global women linking virtual arms to find connection and courage for their cross-cultural lives. As Velvet Ashes’ founder, she loves watching this dream grow beyond what she ever imagined.  Mother to three (with #4 on the way!), she and her husband ride the waves of life and culture, leaning hard into the One who leads.

Posts by Danielle // Website // Twitter // Pinterest //Instagram

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Danielle Wheeler

Danielle Wheeler

Founder and Editor-in-Chief

Amy Young

Editor, Book Club Leader, Connection Groups Coordinator
amy.young@velvetashes.com

When Amy Young first moved to China she knew three Chinese words: hello, thank you and watermelon. Often the only words needed in life, right?! She is known to jump in without all the facts and blogs regularly at The Messy Middle. The tag is “where grace and truth reside.” People tend to be drawn to grace, grace, grace OR truth, truth, truth. Either side doesn’t require much discipline, do they? Instead they foster auto-pilot living. But real life happens … in the messy middle, with both. It can be maddening, right? But also exhilarating!

Posts by Amy // Website // Twitter // Pinterest //Instagram // Facebook

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Amy Young

Amy Young

Editor, Book Club Leader, Connection Groups Coordinator

Patty Stallings

Editor
patty.stallings@velvetashes.com

Patty Stallings is a member care provider, leadership coach and trainer, and teacher serving in Asia since 1996 with her uber kind husband and three delightful now-grown kids. Central to her call is nurturing wisdom in others and helping others thrive in the places they have been called. Her favorite past times outside Asia are stargazing in North Dakota, hiking in Tennessee, and doing absolutely anything with family.

Posts by Patty // Website // Pinterest //Twitter // Instagram

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Patty Stallings

Patty Stallings

Editor

Kimberly Todd

Submissions Editor
kimberly.todd@velvetashes.com

Kimberly Todd spent nine years in NW China where she absorbed the Chinese concept for laojia, identifying with the home of one’s ancestors. She marvels that for the first time she lives in hers, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where her husband is a minister. She plans to spend a zillion hours in libraries, parks and museums with her two sons. Kimberly also contributes at Master Teaching, a blog for teachers.

Posts by Kimberly // Website // Twitter // Instagram

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Kimberly Todd

Kimberly Todd

Submissions Editor

Support

Karen Huber

Image Designer

Karen Huber lives with her husband and three children in Dublin, Ireland, serving in the community there. When she’s not at home with her kiddos, she’s out drinking coffee with friends, writing in libraries, and laughing louder than is culturally appropriate.

Posts by Karen // Website // Twitter // Instagram

 

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Karen Huber

Karen Huber

Image Designer

Jessica Hoover

Twitter Manager

Jessica Leigh Hoover is a wife, mama, writer and grace lover. She lives in the hills of North Carolina but has the red dirt of West Africa in her soul. She blogs about her belief that grace is the biggest kind of brave and how life is messy and beautiful in the living, losing and loving. Her favorites are Jesus, family, chocolate, vintage anything and British accents.

Posts by Jessica // Website // Twitter // Instagram // Facebook

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Jessica Hoover

Jessica Hoover

Twitter Manager

Julia Martin

Manager of Administration and Special Projects
When Julia Martin left her hometown more than ten years ago she had a desire in her heart to share God's love with the broken and hurting. Her journey did not involve crossing oceans but rather state lines. She found God's response to her aspiration, working at a community mental health center in a small Kansas town. Since that time she has also enjoyed sharing her passion for God through a women's speaking and music ministry. She delights in cooking, prolonged evenings sitting around the dinner table with friends and long walks with Jesus. She has only been to the ocean once but is equally as enraptured by the golden wheat fields of Kansas at sunset.
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Julia Martin

Julia Martin

Manager of Administration and Special Projects

Emily Smith

Assistant Connection Groups Coordinator

Emily has found herself back in Minnesota and readjusting to life in her childhood home. The last thirteen years have taken her to Romania and Japan first as a Third Culture Kid and later as a teacher. She collects stamps in her passport and generally has multiple currencies she can’t quite bring herself to take out of her wallet. Coffee, running, sunshine, good books, and writing are interests and activities she can carry easily between cultures and continents. Emily is in a season of waiting to see what God has next while enjoying the comfort and familiarity of home and family.

Posts by Emily // Website //Instagram

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Emily Smith

Emily Smith

Assistant Connection Groups Coordinator

Bayta Schwarz

HYS and Resource Team

Bayta has spent most of her adult life overseas – 15 years in the UK with shorter stints in France and Russia. Several years in to re-entry to her “passport country” of Germany is still a bit rocky at times but life in the very international city of Berlin is certainly never dull! Being involved in equipping and coaching people as they serve cross-culturally is what she is most passionate about, along with building relationships with expats from around the world who also call Berlin home.

Posts by Bayta 

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Bayta Schwarz

Bayta Schwarz

HYS and Resource Team

Sarah Hilkemann

HYS and Resource Team

In 2013, Sarah Hilkemann left the cornfields of Nebraska for the dusty, dirty beautiful that is Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and has been a language learning journey for the last year. She and her teammate plan to move to a rural area in western Cambodia. Sarah enjoy's reading, sharing about life on her blog, weekly Google Hangouts with her family, and laughing over language mistakes and life's joys with her very patient Khmer friends.

 

Posts by Sarah // Website

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Sarah Hilkemann

Sarah Hilkemann

HYS and Resource Team

Addie Davis

Social Media Team

Addie's life changed when she moved from Missouri to Kansas City, KS, and here she encountered people from all over the world. God placed a passion in her heart for different cultures, and He led her to Ozark Christian College, where she is now pursuing a degree in Intercultural Studies. When she's not working on homework, Addie loves learning other languages (currently Hindi), practicing taekwondo, eating pineapple, and painting.

Website // Instagram

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Addie Davis

Addie Davis

Social Media Team

Contributors

Renee Aupperlee

Contributor

Her life in Asia started in a small town whose only western products were Oreos and Coca-cola.  Now, after 16 years living overseas, and in the city of 5 million where she currently lives, Renee continues to savor the journey to which God has called her. She is a mom of 4 creative, confident young men, as well as a wife to a pretty amazing husband.   She has taught English in both American and Chinese classrooms, planned women’s retreats and studies, directed dramas, and mentored women from different cultures.  Discussing theology around the table, playing sports, drinking coffee, and time with the people she loves are on Renee’s top ten list.  Currently she is pursuing a master’s degree in Biblical studies.

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Renee Aupperlee

Renee Aupperlee

Contributor

Ashley Felder

Contributor

Ashley comes from a small town in Missouri and now lives in a city of millions in northeastern China. She first fell in love with other cultures while spending time in Nigeria. She never dreamed of coming to the Far East, but has now fallen in love with those around her, finally beginning to see through the Father's eyes that all people are beautiful and need His love. She has two young boys that keep her laughing and an innovative, encouraging husband that keeps her going. In her dubious amounts of free time, she enjoys reading a good novel (with a cup of chai tea in hand, of course), connecting with others, making lattes, trying new recipes, crafty projects, and perusing for more recipes and crafts.

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Ashley Felder

Ashley Felder

Contributor

Danielle Krouch

Contributor

Danielle Krouch called Asia home for ten years but has been transplanted back into small-town Minnesota. She has found that God brings you to the most unexpected places to bring you the most unexpected joy.  After meeting her Khmer-American husband, Danielle made the move from the frozen steppe of Mongolia to the tropics of Cambodia.  They moved back to the States in June 2014 with their three children.

Posts by Danielle // Website

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Danielle Krouch

Danielle Krouch

Contributor

M’Lynn Taylor

Contributor

M’Lynn likes to put things in boxes. That’s why she studied accounting in college, and all of her wedding presents received in 2004 are sitting in boxes in a storage container in Texas. The one thing she refuses to put in a box is God. Currently in her 9th year of living in China, she sometimes wakes up in the morning wondering why she’s still in Asia. She’s married to an introverted, pessimistic realist who keeps her extroverted, optimistic feet on the ground in a good way. Her three energetic, creative children refuse to keep their toys in their assigned boxes while emptying boxes of shelf milk faster than the local grocery store can stock them.

Posts by M’Lynn // Website // Instagram

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M’Lynn Taylor

M’Lynn Taylor

Contributor

Laura Bowling

Contributor

Laura is in the early stages of transitioning back to life in the US, which means she’s relearning how to use the ATM and remembering how to drive like an American, not a European. After spending over six years serving in three countries, she has developed a heart for encouraging women who are serving overseas and is thankful for how God has provided opportunities for her to share her stories and thoughts with others. She blogs at Chatting About Life.

Posts by Laura // Website //Instagram

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Laura Bowling

Laura Bowling

Contributor

Elizabeth Trotter

Contributor
emarietrotter@gmail.com

After a military childhood, a teenaged Elizabeth crash landed into American civilian life. When she married her high school sweetheart, her life plan was to be a chemical engineer while he practiced law. Instead, they both fell headlong into youth ministry and spent the next ten years serving the local church. When her husband later decided he wanted to move overseas, Elizabeth didn’t want to join him. But now, after three years of life in Cambodia with him and their four children, she can’t imagine doing anything else. Elizabeth loves math, science, and all things Jane Austen. Days find her homeschooling her children, while nights find her eating hummus by the spoonful.

Posts by Elizabeth // Website //  Facebook

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Elizabeth Trotter

Elizabeth Trotter

Contributor

Lauren Pinkston

Contributor

From the day she flipped through her first National Geographic magazine as a five-year-old, Lauren Pinkston knew she had to see the world. Since then, she's traveled to five continents, read a lot of anthropology, and tried to figure out her place in a global community. Lauren currently works in SE Asia as a community development consultant while juggling language learning, cultural acquisition, and her own research in expat mental health. She's a husband lover, diaper changer, envelope pusher, justice seeker, and adoption advocate.

Posts by Lauren // Website // Twitter // Instagram  // Pinterest // Facebook

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Lauren Pinkston

Lauren Pinkston

Contributor

Jenilee Goodwin

Contributor
ourgoodwinjourney@gmail.com

Jenilee Goodwin is a runner, writer, lover of books and a huge coffee fan. She is a mom to three rambunctious, super fun girls and wife to an adventurous, always interesting, outdoorsy guy. Her family works in West Africa. She loves all things techy and you can always find her around around the web as she shares her faith, family travels, cross-cultural journeys and other life lessons.

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Jenilee Goodwin

Jenilee Goodwin

Contributor

Joy Smalley

Contributor

I am a TCK, a mother of 4 kids, a wife, a lover of God and still a newbie to SouthEast Asia where I am learning to combat the perpetual heat while God shows himself to me differently every day.

Posts by Joy // Blog

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Joy Smalley

Joy Smalley

Contributor

Kelly Delp

Contributor
Kelly Delp grew up in Indiana, USA, but has worked on the pastoral team of an international church in Paris, France since 2010. Kelly spent years as a worship leader, writing songs as well as teaching worship conferences in the US, throughout Europe, and in Morocco, but over the last few years has moved into lead roles as well as preaching. She is passionate about developing young women who are called into ministry, and is also passionate about eating baguettes with French butter. Kelly writes regularly at kellydelp.com.
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Kelly Delp

Kelly Delp

Contributor

Interested in submitting a guest post for Velvet Ashes?  See our submission guidelines.

We currently have two openings (volunteer positions) on our team:

  1.  Instagram Manager—Responsibilities: managing a team and our Instagram initiatives. Interested? Email info@velvetashes.com with your IG account, a brief bio, and email addresses for two references.
  2. Graphic Designer—Responsibilities: creating our daily post images and occasional other design projects. Interested? Email info@velvetashes.com with your portfolio, a brief bio, and email addresses for two references.