Center for
Address: 1900 N Providence Rd, Suite 210
Hours: Monday - Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Phone: 573.256.1799
About the Director
Getting to Know Cherie Stott

Cherie has been a volunteer peer counselor at the Center since it began in 2004.  She became a member of the Advisory board in 2006 and Director in 2009. "I've been blessed by parents who came from a Chrisitan background.

She served as a worship leader for years, and then was active volunteering in her children's Christian school, serving as a P.E. teacher and volleyball coach. Volunteer work continued as she was on a "free prayer" team on University Hospital's cancer floor. Cherie is a small group leader at her church, Christian Fellowship, and enjoys Bible studies at the church and in her small group.

The Goal for the Center is to help hurting women get through difficult times and Cherie shares some of her own struggles with these women to encourage them.  We're never "done" having difficult chapters in our lives, but with God we can do all things because He strengthens us.

Cherie is married to Russ, has 3 grown children and 6 grandchildren.
Meet the Advisory Committee

Our Center Director, Cherie Stott, is supported by four other Advisory Committee members. We have been blessed with diversity and many talents, as you will see in the brief introductions that follow.

Yolanda Sekol - Assistant Director.  My family and I moved to Columbia in 1989. Shortly after moving to Columbia I was blessed to have a child daycare in my home for six years, and later, I worked in a chiropractor's office as an office assistant. I had the opportunity to work with Angel Food ministry as an assistant coordinator, at Christian Chapel. In 2006, God led me to be part of the volunteer team at the Center for Women's Ministries, here in Columbia. In 2012 I accepted the title of Assistant Director, and enjoy the work I do for the Center. I am truly blessed to be a part of a group of wonderful and caring Christian women, who have a heart to help hurting women in our community.

I am married to Dave Sekol. We have one son, who also lives in Columbia with his family. In 2011 God brought a wonderful miracle into our lives, our precious grandson Dominic. My family attends Columbia First Assembly Church. My hobbies include reading books that teach me more about the deeper things of God, amateur photography, restoration of old photos, and crafts.

Kathy Davenport. I was born and raised in Columbia, MO. I graduated from Columbia Public Schools Practical Nursing Program in 1991, then went on to graduate from Excelsior College with an Associates Applied Science in Nursing. I have worked as a nurse in various areas of health.  Currently, I am employed by Missouri Primary Care Associations and Missouri University Psychiatric Center. I am married to Reverand Jack Davenport. We have three adult children, and one grandson. I was led to the Center for Women's Ministries for personal healing. Through this experience God directed me to become a Peer Counselor to help hurting people in need with a special focus on helping hurting women find their way towards healing. Jermiah 29:11

Mary Poettgen. I am married to Harold Poettgen. We have 2 children. Our son lives in Lee's Summit, Mo with his wife and 3 children. Our daughter and her husband live here in Columbia with 2 dogs and 1 cat. I work part time at the University of Missouri Athletic Department. I have been involved with the Center for Women's Ministries since 2007.

Crystal Bell. Crystal moved to Columbia in 2009 after her husband's 27 yr. career in the Air Force. In 2013, she retired as a medical transcription editor for SSM Healthcare. Shortly thereafter, she began volunteering as a receptionist at Columbia CWM, and took the training to be a Peer Counseling volunteer. Crystal is also a Parent Mentor at MyLife Clinic in Columbia.

Crystal is married to Bob and has two grown sons, one daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren.  She enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, Bible study, Christian music, and antique/resale shops.

About the Volunteers
We, the Center for Women’s Ministries, Inc.,

Believe that an effective Christian peer counselor is someone who: