Kristianne Stewart, Founder & CEO

Kristianne Stewart, Founder & CEO

Kristianne was called to her purpose after walking alongside her two sisters-in-law and her sister as they each bravely battled cancer. As a visionary of God’s love and compassion, Kristianne shares a message of hope and the power of forgiveness with women battling cancer – one compassionate act at a time. Author, speaker and collector of people, Kristianne inspires us to lead with love and live our best life. She is the perpetual seeker of grand adventures and shares this gift of life with her husband Royal and their two amazing daughters, Grace and Annelise.

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Rosie Combe, Board Member

Rosie Combe, Board Member

Lovingly known as ‘Momma Rosie,’ she has been standing beside Kristianne since the inception of Compassion That Compels; praying while packing, shipping Compassion Bags, and hand-writing her heart-felt prayers for Overcomers all over the world. Celebrating more than 50 glorious years of marriage with her husband Leo, they have two sons, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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Tracy Layman, Board Member

Tracy Layman, Board Member

Tracy, her husband Steve, and son Asa Reece, feel blessed to call Tennessee their home. As an Overcomer of Stage-IV cancer, she is ever grateful to God and sets her sights on the beauty He lays before her in the Great Smoky Mountains where she often enjoys hiking.

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Leo Combe, Board Member & Logistics Coordinator

Leo Combe, Board Member & Logistics Coordinator

Leo handles inventory located in the Compassion Cottage and can be found assisting Rosie whenever she calls on him. He is a Louisiana native who, after relocating his family more times he would like to admit, retired and returned to life in Covington with his beautiful bride, Rosie. Leo also serves in the prison ministry and is involved in transitional housing for released inmates.

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Juliee 'Jules' Montelaro, Executive Board Member

Juliee 'Jules' Montelaro, Executive Board Member

Jules was formerly a neonatal ICU nurse, and has dedicated herself to the non-profit sector for over a decade. She is wife to Dan and is mother of two very active teenaged boys. Jules enjoys nature and is passionate about radiating positivity.

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Rhonda Ebel, Lead Compassionista Sister

Rhonda Ebel, Lead Compassionista Sister

Rhonda is a breast cancer Overcomer residing in Mandeville, Louisiana. She has been happily married to her husband Keith for 36 wonderful years, and together they have two daughters, Erica and Jeanné, and three grandchildren. Rhonda feels God’s presence in her life and knows He is always by her side. She shares her heart and her faith, and inspires others to engage in acts of kindness.

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Angela Niestemski, Care Coordinator

Angela Niestemski, Care Coordinator

Angela, a Texas native, is a board certified chaplain specializing in Oncology. Four years ago she met Kristianne during a hospital Compassion Bag delivery and knew one day she would be working with Compassion That Compels. Angela serves alongside her husband Thaddeus as the Executive Director of Torn Veil Ministries, a non-profit working with organizations and ministries to further their mission and calling. She loves helping people reauthor their stories and get to their best life.

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Nicola Bone, Sister 2 Sister Program Coordinator

Nicola Bone, Sister 2 Sister Program Coordinator

Nicola Bone is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker managing her own private practice. She is a breast cancer Overcomer who has participated in both the Sister 2 Sister and On Your Feet Programs, which paved the way to her seeing a bright future of opportunity helping others though CTC. Nicola lives with her two young sons Thomas and Aidan, and their ever faithful pug, Duncan.

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