Meet Jennifer

On a wing and a prayer…..


Jennifer has been called to a life of serving others. For over 10 years she has done this through one on one spiritual direction, prayer, and leading groups and retreats; all with the intention to help create balance of body, mind and soul. She also provides spiritual direction and prayer as a volunteer at two local homeless shelters in the Valley; a shelter for families and a shelter for women. It is through her work at the shelters that she began to see the need for community and support for those transitioning into society.

On a wing and a prayer, Saving Amy was born to meet this need.

“I have the unique privilege to be in relationship with many of the women and families in the shelters. I help to foster inner healing which in turn helps to make the outer changes possible.” Saving Amy steps in providing community that supports, encourages and guides. Each family is given a “journey partner”, someone who walks alongside to make connections in areas of need. Whether it be counseling, educational goals, employment opportunities, or life skills, Saving Amy strives to meet each family from a place of love and compassion.

Jennifer views her 10-year work experience as an account manager in sales, where she was in the top 5% of two fortune 500 companies, as an asset to Saving Amy. “I have found in all of life that task areas fall into place once genuine relationships are established. At Saving Amy, we value loving relationships first, which leads to trust, which then leads to the ability to move forward together into a new life filled with hope.”

Jennifer is in the final stages of writing her book, “The Reluctant Healer”. A 10-year work in progress of stories of transformation and hope. She is the proud mom of four amazing children, young people who she says, “Each know they have been uniquely called to change the world for good.” “I believe we are called to make a difference in the world. In the words of St. Francis, ‘It is in the giving that we receive, it is in the serving that we are served, and it is in the loving that we are loved.’ At Saving Amy, we have found that we are transformed. We receive as much or more than those we walk with.”

Jennifer believes she just might be the most fortunate person on the planet. “I am beyond blessed to have been led to my passion; engaged in a giving and receiving with those I serve, and helping others live into a life of limitless opportunity.”

Meet the team

Tifanny Anton

Tifanny has a heart for women and children who are put in unfortunate and extraordinary situations, and is eager to support women that need a hand up, bettering their lives and the lives of their children. Tifanny’s professional background includes marketing, event management and working as a professional organizer. She has served on the Phoenix Women’s Board for PANDA (People Acting Now Discover Answers) for 9 years and is honored to be on the Board of Saving Amy.

Jessica Grussing

Jessica has strong leadership skills, sound business sense and deep spiritual connection, which will assist Saving Amy to reach numerous people providing relief via body, mind or spirit. Through continued practice in connecting with God, Jessica has learned to incorporate His will in to making business decisions while empowering others.

Joanne Mcdowell

Joanne found herself asking “Why am I here”? Joanne knows it is because God led her to this place. Joanne’s passions have always focused on Women and Children who are marginalized, especially the precious little ones who lack educational opportunities, are dealing with illness, or are struggling with poverty and hunger. Her insight, listening and problem solving skills, plus her experience in retail marketing and organizational skills have multiple applications for the tasks ahead. Through experience, Joanne knows, that we all struggle to be free of times or circumstances that have influenced our pasts. These personal experiences will help others find their own ways forward. That is the journey we all share!

Mary Mcgill

God’s grace changed Mary’s life almost 30 years ago. She has two grown children and is now a grandma. Mary earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1981, is a licensed massage therapist and recently became a certified yoga instructor. She retired last year after 9 years as the youth ministry assistant at a local church. All of these combine with her personal faith journey to bring healing and hope to others. Mary has a love of mission work, and truly enjoys helping people of all ages.

Carey Musil

Carey has always had a passion for helping women and children through faith, love and compassion. With over 10 years of experience in fund raising and event planning, Carey is honored to be part of such a wonderful organization that will reach and change so many lives.

Shea Strand

Born and raised in Arizona, Shea attended Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University where she studied Accounting. She continued her studies at Grand Canyon University, earning a Masters in Business Administration in 2017. Shea’s professional experience includes working for mining giant Freeport-McMoRan in Accounting and Sales & Marketing roles. Shea is currently a financial advisor with Edward Jones and enjoys helping people of all financial backgrounds understand the importance of investing and making sound financial decisions. She hopes to bring this passion to the Saving Amy team and help families build solid financial foundations.

Sarah Valentine

Born and raised in Texas, Sarah moved to Arizona in 1993 where she started her own business as an artist commissioned by interior designers to paint murals, European ceilings and other decorative art. Sarah shares her love of creating and her heart for God with children and families at UMOM, the largest homeless shelter in Arizona. Seeing lives change through prayer and community is her passion. The great outdoors is my happy place, where I play and pray and find inspiration from God in “the leaping greenly spirits of trees, the blue dream of sky and everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.” (E.E. Cummings)

Tawn Watkins

Recently retired, Tawn was the president of a real estate construction consulting firm doing business in the Phoenix/Scottsdale since 1994. Prior to working at the firm, Tawn was employed at the largest church in the Desert Southwest area for 22 years, and left due to the sudden death of her husband. Tawn’s passion has always been serving God’s people!

Mindi Boysen

Mindi has always strived to follow the Golden Rule….treat others as you wish to be treated yourself. She didn’t know it actually came from the Bible, but has thought of it as a sign of character and a way of living. Mindi has been self-employed for 23 years with no structured business background and is enjoying the freedom as well as the challenges of being on her own. She coaches people of all ages to unleash their inner champions through the use of positivity, nutrition, and movement. Through her own roller coaster of life, Mindi understands the pain of not necessarily having the proverbial “white picket fence”. She knows the feeling of desperation that goes with it while looking for direction and guidance. We can’t change the chapters that have already been written, but we certainly have the power to turn the page and create an incredible ending to our book.

Tillie Mckoy

Tillie was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA and moved to Arizona in the early 90’s. She has been an advocate for women for as long as she can remember and was the founder and director of Women of Wealth through AmeriCorps, which was designed to educate, elevate and empower homeless women. She also participated in Emerge Arizona which is a training program for Democratic women. Tillie became homeless herself for about a year which is how she met her journey partner and became involved with Saving Amy. She volunteers her time teaching children’s Sunday School and praying with the women and families at UMOM. The skills that Tillie has acquired over the years and her heart for homeless women make her a valuable addition to the Board of Saving Amy.