Our Trainers are truly a blessing

NextLEVEL Leadership is blessed to have a cadre of trainers committed to our mission. Each individual has been trained using our Train-the-Trainer methodology and receives ongoing feedback and development to ensure they deliver the highest quality training possible. Our trainers bring a range of skill and expertise from both marketplace and ministry vocations.

Ellen Duffield

Director of The Leadership Studio at Muskoka Woods.  Ellen is a wife, mom and grandmother. She is also one of the five founders of NextLEVEL Leadership. With a Masters of Arts in Management and Leadership, 30 years of leadership and facilitation experience, and ongoing local and international research projects, Ellen is committed to the ongoing growth of Christian women leaders. Email:

Vira Shevchenko

Vira is a co-founder of “Zolotoy Gorod” (Golden City) Christian Publishing House, Kiev, Ukraine. She is a children’s book author, editor and translator. Her University degrees are in Education, Music and Orchestra Conducting, and she has compiled a number of songbooks in Ukraine, Russia and Georgia (Republic of) during her work with Christian Camping International /Ukraine. She works as a women’s counselor, speaker and teacher. Vira is a wife, mother and grandmother. She lives and works in Kiev, Ukraine. Email:

Sharon Simmonds

Sharon (BA Social Development, MA Evangelism & Leadership, D.Min. Leadership) has leadership experience raising four children and working in both charitable and church leadership roles. She has a heart for healthy organizations and a passion for Jesus and his Church. Sharon is committed to building up the body of Christ by developing Christian leaders and leadership groups, and she is excited to facilitate learning and growth through the NextLEVEL Leadership Program. Email:


Karen Ward

Karen spent 20 years in camp leadership, managing programs and training teams.  She now oversees a ministry working with Indigenous youth and families which opened her world to new intercultural insights and understanding our complex Canadian history.   As a graduate of NextLevel, Karen brings intercultural views to leadership training increasing the capacity for other ways of learning and knowing.  Email:


Joan Hyatt

Joan is a family counsellor, at Jericho counselling Services and Chair of the Board of Elders at Southridge Church in St Catharines, Ontario. She has a MScEd and has been leading and facilitating groups for 30 years. Passionate about helping people become all they are meant to be, Joan’s gifts of encouragement and teaching are front and centre in her role with NextLEVEL Leadership. Email:


Debi Snider

Debi graduated from Emmanuel Bible College, Kitchener ON with a Christian Ed Diploma and a Missions Certificate.  The skills she gathered from NextLEVEL Leadership and Carol Kent’s Speak Up With Confidence courses aided her as she lead in various Women’s Ministries positions.  Debi has been president of WM at her local church, Director of WM at the district level and also Director of EMCWomen of the Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada. Email:


Catherine MacKeil

Catherine’s background in HR, her extensive leadership and business experience and her strong commitment to shared leadership combine to make her an asset to the team. The expertise Catherine gained in both Canada-wide and International for-profit and not-for profit organizations, support her passion for helping Christian women develop in their God given calling as leaders.

Sandy Broad

Sandy has worked for years in non-profit organizations, including being a Worship Pastor in a community church and is currently pursuing a MTS at Wycliffe College.  After being one of the first to complete all four modules she became a facilitator.  She loves meeting the participants, getting to know their journeys and seeing them blossom into the places God has called them.  Sandy is happily married, with two grown children and a demanding Westie puppy. Email:

Cathie Ostapchuk

Cathie Ostapchuk, is a certified Myers Briggs© practitioner, and a graduate of the CREST Executive Leadership Program. With a background in the creative arts, she has produced large-scale innovative outreach events in addition to co-chairing the revival event Just Give Me Jesus in Toronto. Cathie has her Master’s degree in leadership and management.

Lynn Smith

Formerly the Dean of Students at Tyndale College and Seminary, Lynn has spoken in many countries with The World Evangelical Fellowship and Evangelical Fellowship of Canada. Lynn was the Lead for the Curriculum team for NextLEVEL Leadership and has authored the books Gender or Giftedness and Mentoring: Leaving a Legacy.

Kellie Allen

Kellie Allen was fortunate to come to NextLEVEL Leadership early on in her life and career. As a Director of a small non-profit organization for over a decade, she found the tools invaluable for both work and personal situations. In her role of project leader for the ConneXions newsletter, Kellie is an enthusiastic asset to the NextLEVEL team.  She greatly enjoys facilitating NextLEVEL Online, and balances life as a mother of 2 preschoolers.