MEET THE TEAM
Debbie Browne, Founder of Leaping Butterfly Ministry
In five short years, since founding Leaping Butterfly Ministry, God has blessed this ministry in unique ways. Testimonies have been shared on how LBM has made many aware of Turner syndrome, networked within various Turner syndrome partnerships with a unified effort to raise funds for a greater impact, meeting the desperate needs of TS girls/women in need of support, and formed lifelong relationships between many who’s paths would have never crossed had it been for LBM.
In addition to our core values, we believe bringing many together will make a difference. God has blessed LBM with an incredible team who have dedicated their lives to the ministry. Emily Markowski has become another daughter to me as she pours her heart into her fellow TS sisters in ministry. Kyle Fernandez, who is my son, grew up experiencing life with a TS sister. And, for me, it has been my pleasure to follow God’s plan to walk alongside all of those touched with Turner syndrome, whether it be a girl/woman with TS, a parent of a TS girl/woman, a sibling, a grandparent, aunt or uncle or medical staff member who is learning to care for these dear ones with TS. Bottom line…we are here to serve you as Jesus serves the world!
Thank you for taking the time to explore this website. May your curiosity blossom into a heart of compassion…in the same way it has for Leaping Butterfly Ministry. We want to become contagious!
Kyle Fernandez, National Development Director
Hello! My name is Kyle Fernandez and I am the son of Leaping Butterfly Ministry’s founder Debbie Browne. My sister, Kellie, was diagnosed with Turner syndrome when she was 5 and I was 4. As you probably know by now Kellie passed away in 2008 with complications from heart surgery. Ever since then I’ve been eager to find a way to honor her legacy by using the talents God gave me to serve girls/women with TS and their families. I live in Austin, Texas with my beautiful wife, Nicole, and our 2 dogs Teddy and Lily. I look forward to being a part of Leaping Butterfly Ministry in order for God to use me in playing a small part in changing the lives of the people this ministry serves.
Emily Markowski, TS In-reach Director
Hello my name is Emily Markowski. I was diagnosed with Turner Syndrome when I was 11. Currently I live in Fort Wayne, Indiana with my amazing husband, Vinnie, and our little Silky Terrier named Rhino. I am so excited to be on the LBM team and help other TS women (aka…Beautiful Butterflies) with hearing aids, scholarships to the annual Turner Syndrome Society of the United States summer educational conference, and much more. Being able to serve God and support my fellow TS Sisters is a true honor and blessing! God Bless!
Cynthia Claxton, Social Media Director
Cynthia has over 20 years experience in marketing, communications and technology, running her own business as well as supporting technology consulting firms. When not developing intriguing and heartwarming content and strategies for LBM, Cynthia can usually be found hanging out with Michael, her son, or enjoying any location with water. She holds a Journalism degree from Baylor University.
Angela Hensen Aja, Chaplain
Angela Henson Aja is the Chaplain for Leaping Butterfly Ministry. She is available for prayer and encouragement to anyone who has been touched by Turner syndrome.
Angela is an ordained minister, Bible college graduate, certified life coach, published author and speaker. She spent 25 years in full-time ministry developing powerful mentorship programs for women which resulted in leaders who have gone on to make strong impacts in their communities. As a life coach, author, and speaker she continues to teach and inspire individuals and groups to be leaders in their own lives, families, and communities. She does this by walking them through a process of advancing personally, professionally, and spiritually with her primary focus centered on relationships. Her passion is to see people advance into their next level with strong identities, healthy self-esteem, clear vision, and a core structure for a fulfilled life so they can make a bigger impact in their world.
Angela is a mother of four amazing kids from the ages of 16 to 30 and a self-proclaimed “Glammaw” who goes by the name, “Mammaw”, to four precious grand-babies. Angela is a foodie through and through, professionally trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Austin, Texas. She describes herself as a family fanatic and a Mid-western girl with a Texas twist. Her two greatest passions in life are the transformation of food and the transformation of people.