Board of Trustees

Mary Vandel YounG
Executive Director and Trustee


Growing up on the wide-open plains of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Mary Vandel Young met Christ when she was 15. Mary later graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education in 1990. She completed a Master of Divinity Degree in 2003 from Fuller Theological Seminary. Throughout her professional life, Mary taught in international schools and also served on Young Life staff in Kauala Lumpur, Malaysia; Lima, Peru; Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Raleigh, North Carolina.

Serving alongside JourneyMates founders Jennifer Ennis and Sally Breedlove since 2007, and Executive Director since 2012, Mary's vocational passion revolves around her role in JourneyMates. Mary also serves as a mentor and spiritual director to individuals, and has taught a graduate course in Christian Spiritual Formation through the Raleigh Fellows since 2009.

Mary now lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, and attends Church of the Apostles Anglican, with her husband, Dr. Jason Young, a psychologist, and their teenage sons, Luke and Tobias.  

Alanna Linden
Board Chair


Alanna Linden has served for eleven years as the President of the Raleigh Office of the National Christian Foundation, where she is responsible for the growth and vision of the foundation. NCF exists to enable followers of Christ to give wisely to advance His Kingdom.

Alanna received her MA in Organizational and Interpersonal Communication from the University of Memphis. She has over 20 years of experience in marketing, management, and fundraising in non-profits, churches, and ministries.

Alanna lives in Rolesville, NC, with her husband of twelve years, John. Besides JourneyMates, Alanna has volunteered with Neighbor 2 Neighbor, the Raleigh Rescue Mission, and Firstchoice Wake Forest.

Board Vice Chair

Mike has a BS degree in computer science from Union College in Schenectady, NY. In his forty years as a software professional, Mike has developed innovative software products and solutions for leading private and public entities. Mike and his family have been residents of the Triangle area for 25 years.

While religion was an active part of Mike's early life, he did not become a true believer in Jesus Christ until 1998. Since then, he has continually sought to experience more of God and his love and to share that experience with others.

Mike sees a need for the contemporary Christian believer to adopt and practice core spiritual disciplines as essential pathways to the transformation of spirit that is needed for the Gospel to flourish in today's postmodern world. Mike believes that JourneyMates is a primary way to learn and experience, in a corporate context, the spiritual rhythms necessary for authentic spiritual transformation.

Mike and his wife Ellen have been married for 35 years and have three sons. They have been past leaders in youth ministry and were founding leaders of the Cary Teen Community Bible Study (TeenCBS). Mike has also served as an eMentor for Family Life.

As active members of Southbridge Fellowship Church, Mike and Ellen are involved in mentoring, small groups, and children's and worship ministries. Mike has served on the leadership team at Southbridge and has coauthored a teaching curriculum on Christian discipleship called "Foundations" which integrates core concepts of the Christian faith with essential spiritual disciplines.

 Sally Breedlove Founder and Trustee

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Sally is a co-founder of JourneyMates, a contemplative small group ministry that invites people to connect intimately with the Triune God by making space in their everyday lives. She presently serves as a trainer and supervisor for JourneyMates and as guest faculty with Selah, Leadership Transformations’ training program for spiritual directors. As a spiritual director, teacher, and retreat leader, her heart delight is helping people learn to notice, trust, and follow Jesus. Sally is the author of Choosing Rest (NavPress) and one of the authors of The Shame Exchange (NavPress). Sally and her husband Steve, who serves as a bishop in the Anglican Church in North America, live their life together in the rich context of five married children and thirteen grandchildren.

Jennifer Ennis
Founder and Trustee

God has given Jennifer Ennis a passion to connect with people on their spiritual journeys in their life context to awaken a greater awareness of God’s presence in their lives and help them more deeply experience the joy and freedom of His unconditional love.
Since 1975, she has served with her husband, Ralph, on Navigator Staff. They have ministered on college campuses and in leadership development in the US, Russia and other countries. In the 1990’s she, with others, did cultural research in seven countries to better understand how to bring the Gospel into those contexts. She has co-authored various works  including: The Shame Exchange, Pray for Your City, An Introduction to the Russian Soul, and Alcoholism and Family Systems for Russian.
Jennifer is a psychiatric nurse who counsels individuals. She is also a certified spiritual director and leads contemplative retreats. She and Ralph live in Raleigh, NC and have four married children and twelve grandchildren.

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treasurer AND TRUSTEE

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Frank grew up in Raleigh, NC and received his bachelor's degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and his MBA from Wake Forest University. He paused his career with BB&T to attend seminary at Columbia Bible College in Columbia, SC before returning to BB&T in Raleigh. He helped found Capital Bank in Raleigh and currently works with First Tennessee Bank, where he focuses on providing banking services for the residential construction industry.

Along with his work in JourneyMates, Frank has served on the board of the Cary Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Cary Rotary club and has volunteered on the advisory board of the Cary Family YMCA.

Frank and his wife Terri are active members of the Church of the Apostles Anglican Church, and Terri first became involved with JourneyMates there. Frank joined the men's and women's evening group in 2009. "Through JourneyMates," he says, "I have had the opportunity to learn and practice spiritual disciplines that enabled me to deepen my relationship with God and better listen for His voice and leading.  This has been a real source of strength and encouragement over the last few years while working as a banker in a very difficult economy.  I make attend my JourneyMates group a priority and it is one of the highlights of my month."


Scottie Dietz


From her childhood home in Delaware, Scottie came to North Carolina to attend Wake Forest University where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in English, followed by a Masters Degree in School Counseling from UNC-Chapel Hill. Scottie enjoyed 32 years as a teacher, counselor, and administrator in a variety of public and private schools.

After retiring as Director of College Counseling at St. David’s School in Raleigh, Scottie felt God’s invitation for a deeper intimacy with Him and was led to join JourneyMates where she is now a Facilitator.  JourneyMates offers the opportunity for Scottie to combine her passion for listening to others with her love for scripture and her desire to seek God’s faithful presence.

Scottie is a former member of the Raleigh Young Life Committee and has volunteered as a client advocate at Gateway, a faith-based pregnancy resource center in Raleigh. She currently serves as a Stephen Minister while leading the Cancer Companions Ministry at White Plains United Methodist Church in Cary.  She is a trained examiner for the Gesell Institute of Child Development and works in school admissions testing.

Scottie and her husband Bob have four married adult children and are devoted to their growing family including their eleven precious grandchildren.


Megan Miedema


Biography to come

JourneyMates is the most important part of my walk with the Lord. I long for this time all month and I love being here when we gather.
— Findlay, restaurant co-owner