ComfortCare Women’s Health Staff Members
Stephanie Crawford, President & CEO
Family: I have been married to my husband, Ches, since 2010. We met on a blind date and were the eighth couple that our “matchmaker” set up that ended up getting married. We live in Ches’ hometown of Bridgewater, VA with our son and our two fur-babies. 🙂
When did you start working at ComfortCare? I started April 10, 2017!
What inspires you about ComfortCare? I think this changes for me daily, as I continue to meet new people and see fresh perspectives. I have met so many amazing people at work for this ministry – from our prayer coordinators, to all of our staff, our volunteers, and our clients. Each of them inspires me in different ways. Most significantly though, as I talk to each of them, they clearly demonstrate a heart for the work that the Lord has called them to complete here in the Augusta/Rockbridge areas. They each reflect different gifts, but use them in unity as they are drawn towards this greater purpose. I am blessed to come to work each day in an environment that strives daily to show the love of Christ to those in need.
What is your favorite part of your job? My favorite part of this job is leading an incredible team of people. I have the privilege to work with an amazing group of ladies every day and I am in awe that God would entrust such a responsibility to me. I am thankful for their gifts, their grace, and the sisterhood we share.
What is your favorite patient story? One of my favorites is when we were able to pull a team of people together prior to the clinic being opened to meet with a young woman who was planning on seeking an abortion that day. This young woman mentioned that before she pursued the abortion, she needed to go talk to her friend about it first. That friend had been a patient at ComfortCare in the past and she knew immediately what was needed… she drove her straight to ComfortCare. A crew of our staff and volunteers came in early and provided her with all the services and information she needed to make a decision to keep her child. She hugged her friend on the way out of her appointment and thanked her for preventing her from making the biggest mistake of her life. What a beautiful testimony to how the Holy Spirit works in our lives and in our hearts, orchestrating the right environment to partner with Him in his work.
Wanda Crosby, Vice President of Medical Services
Family: I’m married to my husband, Dale, and together we have two children, Amy and Tommy, and 6 grandchildren and one on the way…Charlotte, Jude, Leah, Lucy, Ivy and Ky’lee.
When did you start working at ComfortCare? October 2006.
What inspires you about ComfortCare? The desire of ComfortCare to reach out to every woman in our community and to be the voice of truth and love to them.
What is your favorite part of your job? I love being able to be a resource to young families and to open their eyes to the preciousness of the life they have been blessed with through ultrasound.
What is your favorite patient story? A young woman came in with two children in an abusive relationship. She felt she had no option but to abort. After counseling she was still set on aborting, she came into the ultrasound room not wanting to look at the screen. Part way through the ultrasound, she asked to see the screen and her 9 week old baby waved to her as she looked on. She became tearful and sat on the table sobbing saying “I didn’t know it was a real baby.” She had believed the lies of the world that it was just a clump of cells. We got her into a safe house and literally saved the lives of her two children, herself and her unborn baby.
Family: I am married to my husband of 23 years, Jamie. We have a 16 year old son and two dogs.
Family: I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart, Mike, for over 22 years. We are blessed with two amazing daughters.
When did you start working at ComfortCare? Although I volunteered with ComfortCare as a graphic designer for several years prior to becoming a staff member, I officially started working here in September of 2014.
What inspires you about ComfortCare? I am inspired by this ministry and the purpose it serves in our community. It always warms my heart to hear the stories from the women we’ve served – the hope, compassion, and love they felt when they came to ComfortCare.
What is your favorite part of your job? I feel blessed to work among a talented and caring group of women. Our jobs are not easy, but knowing we are all working together, using our unique gifts for a common cause as we serve our Creator, is truly an honor and privilege.
What is your favorite patient story? My favorite patient story was a patient who was very unsure of the timing of her pregnancy. She knew she wanted to be a mom, just not at that time. She’d just graduated college and was starting a new life on her own. She came to ComfortCare for pregnancy confirmation and was given the support and hope she needed to decide to carry her pregnancy to term. She was referred to a local OB/GYN office where she found out through ultrasound that she was not having one, but TWO babies! Twins! Her twin boys were born very prematurely, but they’re doing well now and she is one of the strongest, bravest women I know. You can read Brianne’s full story here.
Lola Widener, Vice President of Patient Services
Family: I’m married to Robert, my high school sweetheart. We just celebrated 36 years together! We have 3 grown children and 3 grandkids who call us Pops and Nana! With that configuration – our life is anything but boring!!
When did you start working at ComfortCare? 1989. I know I started ‘working’ when we were still in the Jewish synagogue – doing stats, of all things.)
What inspires you about ComfortCare? I am inspired on two levels. The first would be total amazement about how the Holy Spirit moves in this ministry to open up the patients and woo them to Himself. The other level would be how volunteers and donors are open to the Holy Spirit’s prompting to give of themselves and their money so faithfully – they truly catch the heart of God!
What is your favorite part of your job? The people – whether in the counseling room, at a fundraiser, in a classroom or youth group or training the volunteers – all of these would be my favorite.
What is your favorite patient story? When you have worked in patient services as long as I have, it is hard to pick a favorite but two unusual ones that always stay with me are: (1) I had a patient who was considering abortion mainly because her boyfriend wasn’t supportive. She changed her mind and then continued to keep in contact. She actually brought me one of her ‘pregnancy pictures’ and continues to invite me to her son’s birthday parties every year. (2) I did the KISSN program at a county high school and met a young man who made a point of showing me that he took the KISSN Challenge. Then for the next 3 years when I would go to do the program at that school, he would see me, pull out his wallet and show me the card, reminding me that he was still taking the challenge – that was amazing!
Tell us about your name and family. Jerelyn – a name with purpose: Jerelyn is from the Hebrew language and means, “Living for God.” There’s an old song that states my philosophy of life. It goes like this, “We are the reason He gave His life and He is my reason to live.” From birth, I knew my purpose was to “live for God.”
Commitment to service was at the core of the Christian home where I was raised. My father never missed a Sunday preaching in over fifty years. My mother was equally dedicated to her husband, children, home and service. In my heart, there is nothing as special as Christian ministry.
I have been blessed with one son who proudly serves our country, a loving daughter-in-law, three beautiful grandchildren, and two adorable great-grandchildren.
What inspires you about ComfortCare? I have been inspired by ComfortCare’s ministry to women. What ministry do you know that touches the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of an unplanned pregnancy? ComfortCare does and that inspires me! The programs give help to the women that enter the doors and support to the family, friends, and guys that are also going through this experience.
Since you are new to ComfortCare, tell us what you are looking forward to doing in your position. In serving at ComfortCare, I will be part of a team that brings hope to the hopeless, encouragement to the discouraged, support to the one who feels all alone, light to the darkness, and shares God’s love that offers a brighter future.
Our fundraising events will promote the true, positive image of the agency to churches, the community, and individuals. When they embrace our mission and when they know of lives changed, support will be there: both financially and through volunteers.
All of this is to the glory of God, not to ourselves, but oh what fun to serve Him.
Tell us about your family: As the oldest of seven, I was raised in a loving Christian family that treasures life and encourages active support for the pro-life cause. I’ve lived in the Shenandoah Valley for 11 years and am thankful to call this place home.
How long have you been involved with ComfortCare and in what capacity? I started volunteering as a patient advocate in October of 2017, and, while continuing the volunteer activities, also became a staff member in June of 2019.
What inspires you about ComfortCare? Several things: the mercy of Christ – which is why we’re here to share it with patients, how we can see God working in their hearts even while they sit with us, and the lives – both of mothers and babies – that are changed through the ministry of Comfort Care.
Do you have a favorite patient story you’ve been involved with that you’d like to share? Actually the common theme among a good number of patients that’s the most thrilling to me is when I’ve had the opportunity to see someone’s heart changed. These women, who come in with abortion in mind, and leave planning to carry and parent her child is my favorite story ever. It’s been incredibly clear to me that sometimes a woman just needs someone to be there for her, and walk her through the options she has. This is why ComfortCare exists, and it’s so encouraging to personally witness how fruitful this ministry truly is.
What are you looking forward to in this job? As a volunteer, I love working with patients, and appreciate the incredible staff that assists us. Now as a staff member myself, I look forward to working with our team to support the ministry, assist in using the resources God has given us, and build relationships with our amazing, supportive community as we continue to serve our patients.
Family: I am happily married to Glenn Kuhar, who is a worship leader at Lexington Baptist Church in Lexington, Virginia.
When did you start working at ComfortCare?I started working for ComfortCare in the spring of 2012.
What inspires you about ComfortCare? It’s a wonderful ministry that provides assistance for women in all facets of their lives. It is also because of gracious, loving people, businesses, and churches that our ministry is able to thrive in each of our communities.
What is your favorite part of your job? Getting to provide hope and resources to ladies who are at a crucial point in their life is a priceless part of my job.
Family: I have been married to my husband Mark for 35 years and we have three grown children; two are married and live in the Richmond area and one lives at home. We have been living in Lexington for five years, since 2016. We have four dogs among the lot of us – quite a lively bunch!
What inspires you about ComfortCare? I love that Comfort Care is committed to educating, empowering, and equipping women as they are making difficult decisions at a critical time in their lives. The staff are so life-affirming and truly caring – to one another and to the women considering abortion who reach our doors. It is wonderful to work with women whose commitment to following Christ produces such a loving environment.
What are you looking forward to in this job? My desire is to grow in my listening and helping skills so that I can effectively speak into women’s lives what they need to hear in order to enable them to fully think through all aspects and consequences in making the decision concerning their pregnancy. I am so excited to grow into this job. I believe God led me here and He will do this work through me to help the women He brings into our path.
Chairman: Cheryl Nester
Secretary: Danielle Wolfe
Treasurer: Amy Yoder, CPA
Member: Scott Risser
Member: Michelle Spivey
Member: Pastor Steve Paulus
Member: Patricia Taylor
Member: Dr. Steven Kator
Member: Pastor Vanessa Johnson