about me

Welcome to Kristen Annette. I love “about” sections on websites. I love to see if I have anything in common or connect with someone’s message. This is my life with all it’s flaws and vulnerabilities. 

I am a solo mom who added to my family by adopting through the foster system.  I have a 23 year old son from my previous marriage (having graduated from the University of Oregon and looking for meaningful work – Go Ducks!) and my two adopted young kings, biological brothers, who are 16 and 17 (11th and soon to be freshman at UCSan Diego – and no,  I am not ready for #2 to go to college this fall).  

Living in Northern California (which includes being a die-hard 49ers, Giants and Warriors fan) and working full-time from home as a non-profit executive, I felt the call to establish a voice around trauma, race, adoption, and parenting — all grounded in my faith. This led to me to establish a consulting business working with non-profits and focused on childhood trauma and understanding its repercussions in order to not retraumatize people.(see this at www.kiongoziconsulting.com  or under the “understanding childhood trauma” block on my homepage). And then…. a deeper calling around race and particularly around the relationship that the white church has with social justice.

Through this journey, I have made mistakes, and will undoubtedly continue to make them. I will say things that are misunderstood and are often wrong, as I continue to understand my privilege and how it colors my place, my perspective, and my voice in this world. This is a place for repentance and grace, a place for reconciliation and forgiveness, a place for sharing stories and entering into collective lament- a place for always pointing to Jesus. In the end, what I know above all, is that it is only through God’s strength and undeserved, boundless grace that I can do any of this.  I hope you find a place for vulnerability, honesty and some tough love as we grow together

 

My “why” 

The educational deets:

Wheaton College: Wheaton, IL B.S. Physical Education/teaching 

San Diego State University: San Diego, CA Masters in Marriage & Family Counseling

Northeastern University: Rochester, NY (online) Masters in Theology and Social Justice (started January 2022)

Other relevant training:

ACEs Overcomer Facilitator

Ethnicity, Justice and People of God training (Esau McCauley/N.T. Wright)

Implicit Bias Trainer (Religion & Race, United Methodist Church)

Leading and Coaching Others course

Mental Health Coach First Responder (Light University)

Transformational Life Coach (accredited)

Trauma Knowledge Masterclass

What Lies Between Us – steps in Racial Healing (Brownicity)

And if you are still here the pet round up and constant animal supervision includes:

Scamp – 7 year old  brindle pup (an addition when son #2 moved in)

Bandit – husky, lab puppy (the “no we are not getting another dog” addition to the family)

Charmander and Brock: resident hunters, meowers and twin orange tabbies (“no we are not getting cats until I saw one too many mice/rat in the garage)