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Psalms 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” I have never believed that verse more than I do today.

Strong Families has held a special place in my heart ever since my senior year of high school when Kari and I were on the varsity cheer squad together.

Despite being nearly three years younger than me, she was one of the biggest encouragements in my life… always reminding me of my abilities, wheelchair or not. Not to mention the fact that I still aspire to be as well respected, humble and abundantly BLESSED of an author as her dad. Being an official member of the Strong Families team is a gift beyond my wildest dreams because for so many years I thought no one would ever actually WANT to listen to my distorted voice. However, my journey has taught my I shouldn’t try to second-guess God, even when I have no idea where He’s leading me.

It’s been a hard, bumpy and very long road, full of winding turns and surrounded by dry, lonely desert. But Jesus has walked with me though it all.

As an honors graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at ASU and a recipient of the Walter Cronkite Outstanding Undergraduate Award, storytelling runs in my blood. I’m the author of The Little Butterfly Girl, ADAPT, and the Transforming the Heart of YOUR Story workbook. I’m also an actress and writer in the Theatre360 acting troupe.  Being on stage is one way I advocate for people with extra-abilities. I’ve also been honored to share my experiences while living with cerebral palsy by speaking and/or presenting at various conferences and other community events.

I usually describe myself as an "Ink Weaver of Life, Faith and Fiction" because I am passionate about telling all types of stories that encourage others and bring glory to the Kingdom of God.  To help facilitate this, I founded Brooke's Butterfly Touch: Creative Storytelling Services in the fall of 2014, which strives to help others discover the power in sharing their own stories with their community in order to cultivate hope, healing, acceptance, and new opportunities. This includes the Transforming the Heart of YOUR Story workshop, which is designed to help participants learn how to use different storytelling tools (speaking, writing, video etc.) to share their testimony/experiences.

I’m inspired by The Blessing everyday to help others give their burdens meaning.

My goal is to help those with limitations or who are facing extreme challenges see that God is bigger than our greatest hardships. He has a purpose for our every struggle and weakness. We CAN bless others through them if we trust He really does work all things together for good.

I'VE HAD THE HONOR OF SPEAKING AT EVENTS AND PLACES LIKE:

  • Highlands Church Women’s Leadership Day
  • A special Elementary Student assembly at Scottsdale Christian Academy
  • Keynote speech at the Phoenix Mayor’s Commission on Disability Issues Awards ceremony
  • Guest speaking in a first-year Occupational Therapy class at Midwestern University
  • Guest speaking (remotely) to Dr. Trent’s graduate counseling class at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago
  • Highlands Church 20’s & 30’s Life Group
  • The Partners in Employment conference
  • Trent’s “Stronger” marriage conference
  • StrongFamilies “Stronger” marriage conference
  • The AZTAP Assistive Technology Summer Institute

FAVORITE MEMORY:

My favorite memory is taking the “Twilight tour” around Forks and La Push Washington with Jonathan (nerd alert!). It was so cool to walk through the setting of some of our favorite books and movies.

FUN FACT:

I love to dance and act on stage. I am a volunteer in the Harmony Dance ministry at my church and this summer, I’ll be performing in my 10th original play with Theatre360.

FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM: 

While I don't have a favorite team, my favorite sports to watch are gymnastics and ice skating.

EDUCATION:

  • Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University
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"I think what is so unique about Brooke’s approach is that while most motivational speakers focus on a person’s gifts and how to use them, which in some ways is easy, Brooke’s approach is to motivate the audience to not only utilize their God given gifts, but how to discover purpose in one’s limitations as well."

Pam Philips
Minister of Women at Highlands Church

BROOKE WORKING HARD AT PILATES

I have been taking Pilates for eight years. It has been a huge blessing in my pain management and my instructor Anna has become one of my biggest cheerleaders in all aspects of life. She fills every lesson with love, laughter and her “crazy pixie” energy.

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BROOKE & HER BEST FRIEND JONATHAN

My best friend Jonathan is my closest companion. We love showing off our inner nerds. You’ll always find us at the Renaissance Festival or enjoying the latest superhero movie. He completely understands my love of fantasy and supports all my passions!

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