Our Team

Becky Afazli, Administrative Manager & Volunteer Coordinator

Becky Afzali, Stepping On Program Support, BA

Becky graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and a minor in Political Science. After graduation, she lived and worked for two years in Slovakia where she taught high school English language and history through a program affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. Prior to joining FCNN in June 2014, she held various administrative and operations management positions at a chain of local bicycle shops in Chicago, IL. She is a trained Stepping On Leader and Master Trainer.

becky@fcnntc.org - 651-204-0904

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Jessica Drecktrah, Operating Officer, MHA, MN, RN, FCN

Currently serving through in kind support from Presbyterian Homes & Services (PHS) extending PHS’s community benefit by championing Faith Community Nursing in concert with other community partners. From 2016-2018, Jess launched FCNN’s Stepping On program as it’s Program Director. Over the last decade, she has championed innovative healthcare initiatives within academia, provider settings, and retail. Jess has also served as a management consultant to the YMCA to help define their healthy aging strategy and to launch the George Wellbeing Center. She also has held leadership positions within Target, the University of Minnesota, Allina Hospitals and Clinics, and Ecumen, a provider of homes and services for older adults. Her areas of expertise include strategy and program development.

jdrecktrah@preshomes.org - 612-237-4639

Abby Jessen, Administrative Assistant

Abby Jessen, Administrative Assistant, BA

Abby graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and Linguistics. She held an office assistant position at the Iowa City Senior Center throughout college. Prior to joining the FCNN team in November 2016, she served for two years as an AmeriCorps member coordinating mentoring programs for returning citizens and subsequently taught English in France to under-served middle school students.

abby@fcnntc.org - 651-204-0904

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Cheryl Lanigan, Stepping On Program Director, MA, BSN, PHN, FCN

Cheryl received her BSN from the University of Minnesota and MA (Health and Human Services) from Saint Mary's University in Winona, MN.  She is recently retired from a greater than 40 year career of providing either direct care or administration focused in infant and adult critical care and public health.  Cheryl is the FCN at Grace University Lutheran Church and a Stepping On Leader.

cheryl@fcnntc.org - 952-607-9820

Sondra Weinzierl, Foundations course faculty

Sondra Weinzierl, Chair, Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Course, RN, BA, MA, FCN

Sondra received her Bachelor in Nursing degree from Gustavus Adolphus College and her Masters of Arts degree from the University of St. Thomas in Adult Education and Human Resource Development with a Certificate in Training. Her nursing experience includes Medical-Surgical, Neurology, Diabetes Education and Health Promotion and Education. Sondra was the owner of Weinzierl Education Associates for over 25 years and provided workshops, team facilitation, strategic planning and health promotion consultation to a wide variety of organizations in government, health care, education and industry. From 2009-2010 she was a FCN in the Boston, MA area and currently serves as FCN for two churches in Plymouth, MN: Peace Lutheran and Messiah United Methodist.