Sep 25, 2023
As a child, author Diane Jellen liked feeling needed when her alcoholic dad borrowed the nickels and dimes she had hidden under the living room rug. During her twenty-eight year marriage, her cycle of codependency came full circle as she enabled her husband’s alcohol cravings. In a search for answers to her compulsive care giving, Diane attended addiction-counseling classes. At the age of forty-eight, she signed up for her first college class and after eight years of night school, graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
Along with successful completion of the American Association of Christian Counselor course, Caring for People God’s Way, Jellen attended many church-sponsored leadership classes. She received a certificate from Teaching to Make a Difference Seminars sponsored by Sampson Ministry Resources. As an inspirational speaker, Diane participated at retreat workshops in Connecticut, Ohio, Vermont, as well as Pennsylvania. She is also a former team member with the Worldwide Marriage Encounter Organization and an apprentice with DivorceCare recovery support group.
Her impressive education and background earned Jellen a position with the Palm Beach County School District in an alcohol and drug recovery facility. Diane has also worked in several residential rehabilitation clinics. As her confidence and faith grew, she began to minister to others through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Born in Shenandoah, PA, Diane is the mother of four children and two grandchildren. She is now retired and lives
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