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Meet the Team

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Richard & Mari Curry have been married since December 2005 and have three children. They love working together as a team and are passionate for caring for others, especially in the realm of marriage development. After Mari received her Masters of Divinity from Cheongshim Theological Seminary, she and Richard served as co-pastors in Florida. They now reside in New Jersey where Mari serves as National Director of Education  for Family Federation for a Heavenly USA. They love the Energize! Retreats because they help realize True Parents desire for healthy couples and reminds us of Heavenly Parents love and hope for us all!

BFM Webinar: "Friendship in Marriage," with Richard & Mari

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Leighton & Crescentia DeGoede have been married since October 2010, and have two children. Crescentia serves as the Director of the National Blessing and Family Ministry and Leighton offers tech support and serves as a Matching Supporter. Prioritizing their marriage, while juggling children, work, and community service has been an exciting challenge. But they continue to find that the more they invest in their marriage, the more they have to give in all areas of their lives. They love giving other couples the opportunity to infuse their marriage with love deposits at Energize Retreats.


Christoph & Lena Yasutake have been married since April 2002 and have three children. They are both equally passionate about marriage education and helping blessed couples create happy and healthy families. The Energize! Retreats are one of their favorite ways to share this passion. They served in the Young Couples ministry for six years and are frequent guest speakers at Blessing Workshops.

BFM Webinar: “Sex, Health and Happiness," with Christoph & Lena

BFM Webinar: "Sex, Health and Happiness for Men," with Christoph

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John Williams is a licensed Mental Health Counselor, with a Masters in Marriage and Family Counseling from Liberty University and a Masters in Religious Education from the Seminary. He helped design the Blessing and Family Ministry’s marriage workshops. In his work for the Blessed Marriage Project and High Noon, he seeks to not only raise up a new generation of relationship educators, but to also help make marriage education and sexual integrity education a normal part of our church culture at every stage of life. John and his wife Cathy have been together for over 35 years. They live in Clifton, New Jersey, and have a married daughter.

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Kate Pugnoli serves as the Community Liaison. She has a Masters of Religious Education from the Unification Theological Seminary where she took a keen interest in counseling courses. The mother of two sons, now Blessed, she is happily married to Simon Herbert. Her hope in working with the Blessed Marriage Project is to connect with communities across the country in order to make the Energize! Couples Retreat available to as many couples as possible.

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Jessica Sattinger serves as Logistics Coordinator. With a degree in Psychology with a focus on Marriage and Family Therapy, she loves to aid couples in their early years of marriage to create a strong foundation for a life-long marriage.