Currently all of our directors are residing in Chautauqua County. Each director was chosen based on individual knowledge in specific areas impacting this ministry. Our hope is to bring them together in order to effectively, intelligently, and carefully guide this ministry. The current roster of directors has diligently collaborated and prayed through and into this incorporation, and believe that they are acting in obedience to the vision and purposes that God has designed for Breathe Life of WNY Inc. and the St. Stephen's building.
Rev. Stewart Thompson, Ordained Deacon FMCUSA, MAC: President
Stewart has 27 years of pastoral experience, spending the last 15 years of that focusing primarily on addiction and recovery. He served on the Portland Ministerial Association for 7 years. He is certified by the AACC as a Certified Pastoral Counselor. Stewart earned his Bachelor’s in Applied Psychology & Biblical Studies, and his Master of Arts in Counseling from Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY, with additional coursework in addiction therapy. He spent 4 of 5 years working with a para-church organization directing a Christ-centered recovery ministry as well as having designed and developed a recovery ministry in his previous pastoral, church-position which has celebrated 6 years of effective transformation in its attendees. His experience as a congregational care, recovery and pastoral counselors in family, addictions, marriage and relationships, provides the basis of his experience for seeing people set free from entrapments. Stewart did practicum work with the drug and alcohol counselor at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center, Lexington, KY, performing brief, motivational interviewing of patients in a clinical setting. His area of expertise is in the integration of faith and psychological theory to provide Christ-centered counseling.
Rev. Eric Oliver, MDIV, Ordained Elder PCUSA: Director of Donor Relations
Joshua Thompson: Secretary
Joshua has 5 years of food handling and restaurant experience, as well as, 2 years in research at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center in their Anatomy Department; managing labs and overseeing data compilation and analysis. His experience as part of the management support team at Red Robin makes him an ideal candidate for management and operations of the café and any expansions of food services. Joshua has 3 years of coursework in Psychology with a focus on addiction and recovery counseling.
Tammy Thompson, AS. Business, AS. Christian Ministries, BS Bible: Treasurer
With over 23 years of experience, Tammy has been working in a variety of business settings including sales, marketing, accounting, bookkeeping, business development and facilities. Tammy has, in addition, served in ministry settings that include women’s mentoring, community ministries, recovery leadership, and ministry development. She was instrumental in the integration of practical community involvement with her home church and was the leading force in mobilizing and fostering lay leadership for their ministries.
Rev. David Nelson, BA. Religion: Director of Finance
David has 42 years of combined pastoral experience in various capacities. He has participated with the Portland Ministerial Association in the duration of his leadership in Brocton. David is retired from the Chautauqua County Department of Social Services after 23 years of experience. He has training in working with emotionally disturbed persons, parenting models and therapy, and alcohol/substance abuse affected families. In addition, David has worked in the areas of clinical interventions for youth and children with developmental disabilities. He has coursework invested towards a Master of Divinity.
Kelley A. Potter, BS: Board Member
Kelley has 11 years of experience in community, medical or health services within the private and non-profit sectors. Her certifications in community, youth, mental health and childhood development both in instruction and training along with her experience practiced both in the North and South counties lends resources, connections and insights to partnerships and collaboration efforts in the area of prevention. Kelley is native to the Brocton/Portland communities with a wealth of insight on partnerships that foster healthy people and healthy communities.