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Wellspring Team Bio’s

Sherry Rose, DTh

Founder and President

Bakersfield native, Sherry Rose, has a heart to see God’s kingdom operating in fullness in Bakersfield and Kern County through unity within the Body of Christ. She is an ordained and licensed minister. She is passionate about the enrichment of life and fulfillment of destiny and pursues opportunities to minister the restorative Word and ever-powerful love of God to local women. Sherry has a Bachelors degree in Psychology from CSUB, a Masters in Christian Counseling, and a Doctorate in Theology with a Leadership focus from Summit Bible College. She has studied domestic violence impact and recovery, is trained in grief and trauma counseling, depression and anxiety, and is certified in the Gottman Method Couples Therapy. She also has many years of experience in church-based women’s ministry efforts, specific issue small group counseling, and personal development. In her role as a public speaker and bible teacher she exhorts women in the topics of courage; embracing the unexpected in life; living life fully with God’s grace; personal identity and discovery; and destiny. Dr. Rose is not a psychotherapist. She is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and Summit Bible College Ministers Fellowship.


Linda Lovendahl, MTh

Counselor and Co-Facilitator

Linda Lovendahl’s passion lies with those dealing with rejection, depression and co-dependency. Her goal is to help others develop tools for resiliency in managing life’s recurring challenges. She has experience as a chaplain, divorce recovery facilitator, Stephens Minister, FEMA crisis counselor, Alateen sponsor and private practice counselor. Her training includes both humanistic and theological approaches. She is licensed and ordained as a Christian Counselor with degrees in education (Univ. of Illinois), theology (Master’s - Adams State College / Summit Bible College) and finishing a master’s in creative writing (Lindenwood University). She teaches Sunday School and participates in evangelistic ministries of the Tehachapi Mountain Vineyard Church. Linda is not a psychotherapist. She is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and Summit Bible College Ministers Fellowship.

Sally Tanus, MTh, GC-C, GCCA-C

On site counselor for The Practice via Wellspring

Sally Tanus was born and raised in the Chicagoland area. After marrying, they moved to the Central Valley where they raised their four children. Having successfully obtained a Master’s degree in Theology with an emphasis on Christian Counseling, Sally is versed in many areas of counseling, including depression and trauma. As a certified grief counselor, she has experience working with children, adolescents and adults. It is Sally’s desire to provide a safe place to allow the grieving process to unfold. With many years of ministry experience, including prison ministry and foreign missions, she has a broadened view of cultural diversity. She enjoys traveling, attending church, jogging and comedy. She is an ordained minister with the Summit Bible College Ministers Fellowship. Sally Tanus is not a psychotherapist or psychologist.

Veronica Delgado, BTh

Counselor and Group Facilitator

Veronica is an experienced trauma and recovery counselor who works with women wounded by child sexual abuse, eating disorders, dysfunctional relationships, domestic abuse, spiritual abuse, pregnancy crisis, pregnancy loss, and post abortive care. She is knowledgeable in both principles and practices of the Christian faith. She is also versed in counseling people suffering from stress, depression, and substance abuse. She is a member of Summit Bible College Ministers Fellowship. Veronica is not a psychotherapist or psychologist.

Tanya Dixon, Th.D.

​​Administrative Assistant/Counselor

Tanya has 17+ years of experience in the clerical support field and is excited to be a part of the Wellspring team!  She received her Bachelor of Theology Degree with an emphasis in Chaplaincy from Summit Bible College. Chaplain Tanya is a singer and poet. She enjoys singing gospel music, worship music, and enjoys listening to vocal jazz. In her spare time, she is “mom” to her chihuahua Buster. For relaxation, she can be found sharing spoken word, reading magazines, writing poetry or traveling. Tanya currently sings on the Praise team at Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Tami Smith-Lopez, MA, Board Member


Tamira Smith-Lopez is the vice-president of WKE, Inc.  She is also co-director of EMERGE Ministries at the Garden Community Church.  Emerge is a Destiny Development and Dream Coaching ministry.  Tami is on staff at the Garden School of Kingdom Ministry and serves as a Board Member of Wellspring Kingdom Enrichment.  Tami has many years of experience in teaching, mentoring, and lay counseling adults/youth to find the hidden “gold” inside, overcome obstacles, and be empowered to live their God given destinies. Tami is an accomplished professional with 18 years’ of expertise in developing and managing non-profit programs with a strong commitment to serving the needs of disadvantaged youth and adults in Kern County. In addition to her experience at the American Lung Association, she has served at Garden Pathways, Inc. and Koinonia Family Services. Married for 5 years to her husband, Dan together they have a passion to see people healed and loved through music, worship, and creative arts. Tami deeply loves her family and friends. She has a passion for singing, worship, missions, traveling, and experiencing new cultures, food, and people.    

Mary Sawyer, DDiv, Board Member


Dr. Sawyer is a real estate investor and broker who has been in business for 30 years. She owns Portfolio Properties, and manages over 1,000 dwelling units. She has a Bachelors degree in Business Administration with emphasis on real estate and finance.  She attained a Masters in Counseling and a Doctorate in Divinity and Leadership. She is the Founder of a public benefit charity called Dwelling In Unity Foundation which works with the homeless and low income people and youth.

Dawn Miller-Colman, DDiv, Board Member


Dr. Dawn Miller-Colman is a native of Bakersfield. She studied accounting at Bakersfield College and now has over 20 years of experience in the accounting field. She is an ordained minister and holds a Masters in Christian Counseling and Doctorate in Divinity through Summit Bible College. She has a compassionate heart for those suffering in the grip of domestic violence. She has continued her studies of domestic violence by completing her CEU Domestic Violence Facilitator Training at Saddleback Church through Barry Lord, and is currently volunteering as a co-facilitator of biblically-based local California State approved B.I.P. program. She believes that through prayer, counseling, education, and determination, the bondage of domestic violence can be broken. Dr. Miller-Colman is not a licensed psychotherapist.

Timothy Berry, MDiv, Board Member

Raised in a traditional baptist home Timothy, at the age of 19, experienced a supernatural visitation from the Lord that radically changed his life. While driving his car, he was sovereignly baptized in the Holy Spirit without having a knowledge or understanding of God’s supernatural workings. These events launched him into a pursuit of experiencing and understanding God’s love, presence and power.

In 2009, Timothy graduated after completing 3 years of the Global School of Supernatural Ministry; the last 18 months included an internship with Randy Clark. Throughout his time with Global Awakening, Timothy traveled with Randy to conferences, renewal meetings and crusades here in the U.S. and in other countries throughout the world. In 2010, Timothy married Elizabeth and together they started, Hearts Ignited Ministries International. To learn more of Timothy’s credentials and schooling background click here.

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