David and Debbie Mathews co-founded Spark of Life in 2008. They have four children, Adam and his wife Rebekka, Sara and her husband Jason, Kelly and her husband Joel, and Chuck and his wife Shelly. Adam and Rebekka’s first child, Josiah, was born in 2007 and passed away a few minutes later. Josiah became the inspiration for the Spark of Life Foundation. David and Debbie have six granddaughters, Madalyn, Scotland, Lillian, Reya, Lexi, and Audrey, and grandsons Brennan and Joel.
David now serves as Executive Director, and Debbie as Retreat Co-ordinator. Both are Certified Specialists in Grief Recovery.
Russell (Rusty) Meadows, LPC, LADAC, has worked in the behavioral health field for over twenty years and is currently a Regional Administrator for Quapaw House, Inc., Recovery and Wellness Centers. A John Maxwell Certified Life Coach, Rusty’s work and desire is to help clients achieve the positive life changes that they are seeking. He has been a co-facilitator for nearly half of the Spark of Life Retreats since 2010.
Nancy Meadows has worked alongside Rusty in the Spark of Life retreats and has spent much of her life nurturing and being mother and grandmother to their three children and five grandchildren. She excels in the gifts of hospitality and service. Her warmth, understanding and being a good listener make her an excellent choice for grief coaching. The Meadows’ life experiences with loss and grief (they lost their 34-year old son, Justin, in 2015) as well as the hundreds they have encountered through the retreats have well prepared them to assist you on your journey.
Both Rusty and Nancy are Certified Grief Recovery Specialists through the Grief Recovery Institute.
Barry and Jeannie Steger joined the Spark of Life team in March of 2013. Barry and Jeannie have been married since 1976 They have three children: Andrew, 33, married to Virginia; Scott, 31, married to Christina; and Elizabeth, 26. Liam Steger, 4, their first grandchild, Corinne, age 2 and Penny now 22 months all call them GiGi and Poppa Bear and they “love it.” Barry serves as Executive Director of Development, he brings 38 years of fund raising experience and is a needed addition to the Spark of Life team.