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:

Angeline Edouard

Angeline is co-founder of the New Generation Revival Ministries, a special care counsellor, speaker and evangelist. Angeline is currently studying theology at Christian Life University. She is also a licensed leadership facilitator for NextLEVEL Leadership. Her desire is to help women be propelled into their destiny and take their position as daughters and princesses of the King. “God has put in us the flavors of his heaven and as the women of this generation we must season our sphere of influence with the ingredients of the kingdom.” Email:

Alexandra Depuhl

Alexandra has been involved on many boards as the first woman like Hope for Europe, co-initiated the Women Breakfast in Germany with 220 cities, women and networks Prisca and Filia and authored or co-authored various books. Alexandra brought NextLEVELLeadership to Germany in 2005 where she serves as the Lead facilitator and to Paraguay with Waltraud Siemens in 2010. She continues to speak at conferences,mentor young women leaders and train Facilitators. Alexandra is committed to teaching women to lead and transform the world. Email:


Carrie Jones

Carrie works part-time as a Lead Facilitator at Summit Team Building and is a member of the Board of Elders at Southridge Community Church. She is committed to living a meaningful story and passionate about lifelong learning, spiritual transformation, life balance, authentic relationships and self-care. As a facilitator with NextLEVEL, she is grateful and humbled to have the opportunity to empower women as together they journey toward becoming their truest selves. 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.