Women of faith to ‘shine’ at conference

Published: Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 10:58 AM.

Mona Ponder

Mona Ponder, born in Germany, grew up in the Destin area. She attended Florida State University and graduated in 1990 with a B.S. in business marketing and a minor in communication. Her career includes banking branch management, personnel management, and owning and operating several retail stores.

Ponder and her husband, Mel, have a combination of experience in both ministry and the marketplace that makes them uniquely qualified to build, connect, and encourage business leaders and individuals in their calling and to equip them with Godly tools and principles to excel and minister in the marketplace through Business Empowered.

Whether a single mom, stay at home mom, or working mom, Ponder is passionate about empowering and encouraging women to be the woman God called them to be. Defending the rights of the poor and needy and “bestowing beauty for ashes” in women’s lives is something she sees as a privilege.


Valerie Peterson

In private practice with Destin Counseling Center in Destin, licensed mental health counselor Valerie Peterson specializes in women’s issues, marriage and family issues, and addictions. A licensed minister through the International Conference of Faith Ministries, she is also an award-winning writer and co-founder of the Shine On Women’s Conference.

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