Sylane Mack — President, Principal Speaker, Lead Counselor, Author
Coming from a background of horrendous emotional, physical and sexual abuse, Sylane is unflinchingly convinced that GOD is greater than our greatest pains, shames and fears. With passionate strength, vulnerability, wisdom and humor Sylane shares her own life journey, opening up the power of Scripture — God’s living and active Word — for all who will hear, or read, what God has given her to tell!
Sylane first began sharing her faith publicly as a teen at Lay Witness Mission events in the early 1970s. From the 1980s through early 2003 Sylane ministered and worked professionally in private counseling agencies and teaching in public schools. Her academic work has earned her Degrees and Certificates in various areas:
- Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology, Psychology and Spanish — Keuka College and State University of NY at Potsdam, 1980
- Master of Science Degree in Education/Learning-Reading Specialist — California State University at Fullerton, 1990
- Counseling Certificates: Individual, Family, Crisis Intervention, Group Dynamics and Substance Abuse Intervention — NY State
- Teaching Certificates: Spanish, English, Social Studies, Reading Specialist (She has taught French, too!)
During these years, God grew Sylane in her love for Jesus, her love for people, and her knowledge, understanding and passion for God’s Word. Often invited to tell her story — God’s story –-Sylane spoke at retreats, conferences, pastoral/leadership programs and outreach events. Wherever she lived — NY, France, CA, PA, NJ — Sylane led (and still leads) weekly Bible studies.
On February 5, 2003, God called Sylane to take an unexpected step (jump!) of faith as she prayed with and heeded the counsel of two wise and loving Pastors: She should develop her own Incorporated Ministry — tied to no specific denomination, but solidly and powerfully rooted in the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the testimony of God’s Word. Through God’s plan, power and love the ministry of Transformed by Grace was born! By March 6, 2003 TBG was incorporated, established with a full and fabulous Board of Directors!
Sylane has also served as Assistant Chaplain on the National Board of Advisors for the Black African-American Association of Christian Counselors (BAACC) from 2010-2012.
It is with love, conviction and passion that Sylane lives out her God-given calling to tell others the truth — crossing denominational, cultural, economic, gender, age, ethnic and linguistic boundaries — about the unlimited, unfailing love and transforming grace of Jesus Christ!
Sylane and Tim (married since 1980!) live in Princeton — nicely situated between two great cities: Philadelphia and New York. Their two grown daughters, Erin and Julia, both live and work in Manhattan along with our two fabulous sons-in-love, Marcus and Mark. Travel, hiking, biking, eating and being at the ocean are favorites for her — and always enhanced by the presence of close family and friends! In November 2009 Sylane’s first book was published: Convinced!
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Teresa Warren – Counselor, Bookkeeper, Member of TBG Board of Directors
Teresa grew up in Northern New Jersey. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Management from Rutgers University and worked in the financial service industry for a number of years. She earned a Master of Science in Christian Counseling from Cairn University.
She has enjoyed a second professional career in Counseling, in the management of holistic health practices and Life Coaching. She serves on the Transformed By Grace Board of Directors and speaker team. In her church, she volunteers with the Women’s Ministry and mentoring. Out of her love of reading, she has also volunteered as a literacy tutor.
Teresa has personally experienced the power of God’s transforming grace and is passionate about helping people to access this same power and victory through Christian counseling and life coaching. She is the proud mother of one daughter and son-in-law. In addition to reading, she also enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family.
Heather Chabin – Counselor
Heather Chabin grew up in Massachusetts where she lived until she moved to Pennsylvania to attend college in 1997. Heather attended Philadelphia Biblical University where she earned a BA in the Bible and studied youth ministry, and then went on to complete a Masterʼs degree in Christian Counseling. She is now licensed as a Therapist in the state of New Jersey where she works full time as a utilization care manager for Beacon Health with Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield NJ, completing ongoing care assessments for patients who are in mental health or substance abuse treatment.
Heather has worked in the counseling ﬁeld for the past 15 years and has worked with children, youth, and their families doing wrap around treatment. She also worked in the Trenton school district as a school-based therapist and as a therapist in a partial day program in Trenton where she gained experience working with grief and loss, family issues, drug addiction, trauma and persistent mental illness. She was also the coordinator of clinical services at a crisis pregnancy ministry working with women facing unplanned pregnancies, offering them hope and support.
Heather met her husband in college and has been married since 2001, and they have two beautiful boys. As a family they enjoy spending time in the outdoors and share a love for music. Heather has experienced ﬁrst hand the pain that comes from depression, loss and abuse. She can also attest to the fact that God is so much bigger than any problem we face, and He has enabled her to share with others the freedom that comes from His amazing grace.
Geraldine Isme – Counselor
Geraldine was born and raised in Trenton, NJ, and is currently residing in Chesterfield, NJ. She graduated from Bloomfield College with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology. A few years later Geraldine earned her Masters Degree in Human Services from Rider University.
After that, Geraldine felt a calling to serve in the counseling/therapy field and attended the College of New Jersey where she received a degree as an Education Specialist in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy.
Geraldine felt the call to reach people through counseling at her first job out of college. Her experience as a counselor at Anchor House, a shelter for runaways, ignited her drive and passion to assist and encourage others in the area of crisis and conflict. From that point on, she continued to earn education credits and served in a variety of positions, including as a therapist, an outreach counselor, and as an education specialist.
Currently, Geraldine is continuing her counseling work by serving with Transformed by Grace ministries while working on receiving her NJ LMFT license. Her passion for people, positive energy, and sense of fun are also made evident in the way she serves in the local church where she mentors teens and teaches dance to their youth and young adult dance ministries.
Geraldine’s favorite scripture is Philippians 1:6 “He that began a good work in you shall complete it until the day of Christ’s return.”
Allison Taite — Counselor
A native of Greater Oklahoma City, Allison has lived in Greater Philadelphia for the past 15 years. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Spelman College before serving as a Teach for America Corps member in Washington, DC, where she taught first grade and earned her Master of Arts in Teaching. She later earned her Master of Social Service from Bryn Mawr College, with a concentration in Policy, Practice and Advocacy and a specialization in working with children and families.
Allison is passionate about serving vulnerable populations. Her professional social work experience includes working as a school social worker, school-based and outpatient clinician, serving as an educational advocate and family support specialist. She has provided individual, family and group counseling and case management to a variety of populations, including kinship caregivers who are raising their grandchildren or relatives’ children, middle and high school students, immigrant youth recovering from the trauma of civil war, women in recovery from substance abuse, and children and adults who have been diagnosed with mental health diagnoses. She has served people across the life span in a variety of settings, including outpatient, residential and community settings as well as regular and alternative schools.
Allison loves serving the Lord through the unexpected assignments that He lays at her feet. She also enjoys being a mom and spending quality time with her daughter, family and friends as well as reading. She stands on God’s promise that “All things work for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
Linda Donohue — Counselor
Linda grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She holds a Masters Degree in Counseling from Rider University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology from LaSalle University. Linda is also a Certified Guidance Counselor. She currently resides in Holland, Pennsylvania with her husband of 18 years, John, and their four children, Kristin age 13, Kelly age 11, Jack age 6 and Nicholas age 3. Linda enjoys learning to deal with the new adventures of the teenage years while still being able to appreciate pre-school activities. She has a passion for her family and has followed God’s lead when making her family and career decisions.
Linda’s 20 years of experience involves working with many different facets of the mental health field. She began her professional career working as a court advocate with sexually abused children. From there she moved on to work with the chronically mentally ill in community and inpatient settings. Linda then focused on family issues, such as counseling with children and adolescents, developing treatment and behavioral plans for children and families, dealing with the parent-child relationship as well as marital and individual issues. She also has experience collaborating with schools, criminal justice, mental retardation and other systems and has worked in various school systems performing individual and group counseling and mental health assessments.
Linda has coordinated the nursery at Grace Point Church since 2006, while working closely with and under the guidance of Pastor Steve Johnson. She also oversees Kidsafe –– the child abuse prevention program for all volunteers working with children at her church.
Some of Linda’s favorite activities are spending time with her family at the beach, doing aerobics, reading and having coffee any time of the day.
Linda is honored to be part of Transformed by Grace and is excited for God to use her in helping others. Most of all, she is blessed to be able to combine her number one passion, God, with the love she has for counseling.
DeAnne Harland — Administrative Assistant, Founding Member on Board of Directors
DeAnne first joined Transformed by Grace at its birth in 2003 as a founding member of the Board of Directors and continues to serve faithfully in this capacity. She has also served as Administrative Assistant since March of 2005. For DeAnne, one of the biggest blessings of being part of the TBG team is traveling with our speakers – wherever God takes us!
DeAnne grew up in Kentucky and Arkansas and has lived all over the Midwest. She earned both a BA and MS in Education from Purdue University where she met her husband. Her family relocated from Iowa to the Philadelphia area in 1997. DeAnne enjoys spending time with her family, which includes four grown children, a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law and six energetic grandchildren. She also enjoys spending time in God’s word, reading, biking and riding horses.