President - Alan Bias
Alan Bias is an inspirational speaker, social entrepreneur, pastor, and now author of Walking with God in a World Gone Busy. Alan was raised in a quiet northern community in Indiana among Amish buggies, cornfields, Notre Dame's Fighting Irish and Indiana (Hoosier) basketball. In his youth he traveled all over the world with Up With People and in 1990 attended bible school before becoming a pastor at New Creation Fellowship in Denton, Texas. He spent six years serving as president of the Denton Gospel Mission Homeless Shelter for Men and founded The Salvation Army Women and Children's Shelter and The Second Step Home, a Christ-centered drug and alcohol rehabilitation home. With a heart for evangelism, he organized and led several community outreaches in Dallas, Fort Worth, Texas and other communities in the DFW Metroplex. Alan has led mission trips into Mexico, preaching the Gospel while providing training for workers with teaching and counseling. He was a pastor at Sojourn Church in North Dallas from 1999 to 2006 before becoming a ministry and business consultant. He is currently in the process of developing an online application designed to enhance every Christian’s faith across cultural, denominational, and generational boundaries. The application is the culmination of the concepts in this book, Walking with God in a World Gone Busy. Alan is the president of a non-profit corporation, Steps of Hope and pastor of Heritage Family Church.
Alan is available for speaking and for retreats.
Vice President - Linda Kane M. CND
Linda Kane M.CND, Sound Therapy Specialist, Behavioral Consultant, International Lecturer entered the special needs field in 1977 when her son was born with Down syndrome. She spent years searching for successful help. Linda found The Neurodevelopmental Approach in 1989 and had dramatic results.
Realizing the life-changing effects of this approach, Linda entered into an eight year apprenticeship in the neurodevelopmental field. Additionally she has extensive training in Behavioral Management, Auditory Integration Training, Samonas Sound Therapy, Feeding and oral Motor Therapy.
Lee and Linda founded “Hope And A Future” in September, 1999. Hope And A Future’s primary mission is to give hope and specific help to families involved with learning challenges, developmental needs, genetic syndromes, brain injuries, Autism, and visual/hearing impairments.
Linda firmly believes the potential of an individual is determined by the opportunities and stimulation presented to them. Nothing in all creation can compare to the amazing capacity and adaptability of the human brain. Traditional thinking has believed there are limits to the brains capacity. Research into neural plasticity of the brain (the brain’s ability to change and adapt) is greatly changing how we work with brain injuries, learning inefficiencies, sensory problems, and genetic syndromes. This is how we can help all children, or ourselves, reach our fullest potential.
Hope And A Future guides families by giving them the expertise for working with the specific, individual needs of their precious family member/members.
Chairman of the Board- Dr. Jan Bedell
Dr. Jan Bedell, aka Brain Coach™, has been a master neurodevelopmentalist for over two decades. She is the founder and president of Little Giant Steps a group of Christian neuro-educational specialists. Jan is also the Chairman of the Board for Steps of Hope, a 501c3 organization dedicated to helping children, teens and adults reach their fullest God-given potential whether they are gifted, typical or challenged. Over the years Jan has developed an abundance of curriculum and training programs for parents and professionals. This experience has recently certified Jan to achieve her PhD in education. Her experience as an educator in the public, private and home school realm has allowed her to bring forth her true passion – helping parents better the lives of their children by enhancing their brains. Her approach to learning has been life-changing for those who have applied these brain building principals. Jan’s continuing goal in life is to help make learning and life easier for millions of individuals.
Board of Directors
Treasurer - Allen Bedell
Born again believer in Jesus Christ
Devoted family man
Born in Amarillo, TX - 1952
Graduated Canyon High School, Canyon TX - 1971
Four years Architectural Design
Bachelor of Science - Construction Engineering Technology
Texas Tech University, Lubbock TX - 1977
LGS Services Inc. DBA Little Giant Steps
Cofounder, Vice President, Treasurer, Director of Operations
Steps of Hope
Cofounder, Board Member, and Treasurer
Secretary - Ruth Young
Ruth Young B.A., ND is first and foremost a Christian sister who is constantly reaching out to become the best she can be. She consistently praises and serves God. It is known by her fellow Dream Team Members that she refreshes each and every environment she enters and always, in her humble way, gives more than expected.
As a Certified Neurodevelopmentalist, Ruth provides consulting services and developmental assessments for children, teens or adults with learning difficulties. Her enthusiastic assessment, consultations, and instructions for clients and parents refresh their souls, as well as educate them. She trains clients in brain-stimulating activities which will help the child, teen, or adult become more neurologically effective and efficient. She has seen the miracle of treating root causes of developmental delays become non-issues in her own children’s lives. Ruth, a pastor’s wife to her husband Richard, travels extensively throughout Texas to help meet the needs of those with learning disabilities, and in general service to God.
In 2007 Ruth completed her National Certification which is sanctioned under the ICAN (International Christian Association of Neurodevelopmentalists) organization.
Ruth has a B.A. in Elementary Education from Asbury College in Kentucky. She has taught for 24 years in two public schools, one private school and homeschooled her five children. In 1988 Ruth founded Young Discoveries Montessori Preschool that has served the children of Sterling City, TX for decades. In 2008 Ruth founded Little Giant Steps’ first Strides Academy School (a college preparatory school that incorporated The Neurodevelopmental Approach) in Del Rio Texas. Ruth is currently Dean of Academics in a distance-learning school, Little Giant Steps Professional Education Training established in 2009 to offer continuing education credits for professionals and certification for developmental screeners and neuro-educational specialists.
Member - C.J. Rezac
CJ Rezac, B.A. is Regional Director and serves as Director of Marketing, Development and Research.
She joined LGS in 2003 and has worn many hats as our organization has grown. If history repeats itself, she will continue to evolve with Little Giant Steps. Her love of learning and equipping herself with new skills is second nature. Besides her marketing responsibilities, she writes grants, successfully wrote the non-profit application for our new sister organization, Steps of Hope. She has been a liaison to the prison ministries within the DFW area and presenter to the Texas Prison Commission regarding The ND Approach and what it could mean to inmates. She authors the Little Giant Steps Ezine, newsletter, blog, E-books, educational materials and web content.
Member - Dr. Jesse Adame
Jessie Adame, M.D.
Born and raised in El Paso, Texas
Saved/transformed by Jesus Christ- 1987
Member-Grace Family Baptist Church, Spring, Texas
The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), 1990.
Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas, Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science, 1985.
Eastwood High School, El Paso, Texas, Diploma, 1981.
Forensic Pathology-Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office, Houston, Texas, 2000-2001
Cardiovascular Pathology-Texas Heart Institute-St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Houston, Texas, 1999-2000
Anatomic and Clinical Pathology-The University of Texas Medical School at Houston Affiliated Hospitals, 1990-95
Director/Forensic Pathologist, Autopsy and Pathology Services, P.A., Houston, Texas
Necropsy Pathologist - Cardiovascular Pathology, Texas Heart Institute
Deputy Medical Examiner/Clinical Instructor, Galveston County Medical Examiner’s Office and The University of Texas Medical Branch, Texas City and Galveston, Texas
Deputy Medical Examiner, W.E. Korndorffer, M.D., Galveston County Medical Examiner’s Office, Texas City, Texas
Pathologist, Donald R. Shepherd, M.D., P.A.; Conroe, Houston, and Cleveland, Texas
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS
American Society of Clinical Pathologist (ASCP)
American College of Forensic Examiners
Texas Society of Pathologists
Texas Medical Association
Harris County Medical Society
Houston Society of Clinical Pathologists
College of American Pathologists-1994 Texas Residents Forum Representative