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Gabriel's Angels

Do you know an exceptional person in a company, a community, a school – or maybe in your own family - doing extraordinary things that make him / her worthy of being recognized as a member of Gabriel’s Angels? We’d like you to nominate that person so we can bring him / her on The Christopher Gabriel Program and share their accomplishments with everyone. The audio will then be featured on and we’ll even send them home with some goodies!

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Gabriel's Angel: Terry Renecker

Terry works at the Myrt Armstrong Center in the downtown Fargo area. She helps members of the mental health association and countless others who are homeless. Terry feeds them daily and takes them on outings all over the Fargo-Moorhead area doing everything from attending Redhawks games to volunteering their time for other needy people at the food shelters. Terry is one of only several permanent staff members.

Listen to the interview with Terry Renecker on The Christopher Gabriel Program

Myrt Armstrong Center of Fargo Facebook Page


Gabriel's Angel: Pebbles Thompson

She has a passion for the broken – for the children who have been violated and betrayed – often by those closest to them. She and her family, which includes her husband and 4 beautiful kids, head up a fantastic organization called “Project NightLight” that puts together tote bags for hurting children. Pebbles started by putting together bags in her living room and handing them out to local centers that would accept them. Then other state agencies caught wind of what she was doing and started asking for her “Bags of Hope.” She is now delivering bags to agencies in North Dakota and Minnesota and has delivered over 2,100 bags since 2008!

Listen to the interview with Pebbles Thompson on The Christopher Gabriel Program

Pebbles Thompson's Beautiful Women Story on WDAY TV


Gabriel's Angel: Alexia Stein

Alexia Stein is quick to share, she is a mother to five children, two are with her on this earth and three others watch over them in heaven. As this neo-natal nurse at Sanford in Fargo worked to save others’ children, she faced the unthinkable loss of three of her own, two stillborn and one miscarriage. Through her own tragedy she has found hope and the courage to move forward. She now helps families facing their darkest hours in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She tells her story to inspire others and teaches us all the value of her favorite motto: “the best things in life aren’t things”.

Listen to the interview with Alexia Stein on The Christopher Gabriel Program

Alexia Stein's Beautiful Women Story on WDAY TV


Gabriel's Angel: Debbie Fowler

Debbie Fowler (LaDitzy the clown) has been clowning around for eight years. She is a member of Clowns of America International and the World Clown Association and also serves on the Board of Directors for the World Clown Association. Debbie is the Northwest Regional Director representing clowns in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Alaska and North and South Dakota. Last November Debbie was one of 12 clowns invited to participate at the First International Clown Festival in Mumbai, India. Two summers agoDebbie, along with several others, started a clown camp called California Clown Campin’ at California State University in San Bernardino taking place in the first week of August (which is International Clown Week). She likes to point out that camps are an opportunity to improve clowning skills and education, and to meet and share with clowns from across the world.

Listen to the interview with Debbie Fowler on The Christopher Gabriel Program

California Clown Campin' Website


Gabriel's Angel: Beth Ekre

Beth Ekre is a 7th Grade World Geography Teacher, Student Leadership Co-Advisor, 6th Grade Cross-Country Coach, 7th & 8th Grade Track Coach, and Martial Arts Instructor at Carl Ben Eielson Middle School. She was the 2008 Fargo Teacher of the Year and received an Atlantic-Bruke Fellowship to Germany. In 2009 she was named the North Dakota Teacher of the Year and in 2010, she was named North Dakota Middle Level Student Council Advisor of the year. Beth leads Pay It Forward tours with STLF (Students Today, Leaders Forever) for 7th/8th graders each fall. Her passion is for her students and for teaching them to be compassionate, conscientious, and considerate individuals.

Listen to the interview with Beth Ekre on The Christopher Gabriel Program

Pay It Forward Middle Tour


Gabriel's Angel: Joni Jackson

Joni is the founder of Messiah Dance Theatre, where she has directed and taught for the past 12 years. Joni received her early dance training here in Fargo and then went on to study with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Ballet Magnificat! of Jackson, MS, and the Mendocino Ballet of Ukiah, CA. After a brief stint dancing professionally, Joni returned to the FM area to direct the Red River Dance Co., before starting her own company in 1999.

Listen to the interview with Joni Jackson on The Christopher Gabriel Program

Messiah Dance Theatre Website


Gabriel's Angel: Ella's Halo - Ryan and Taryn Krumwiede

Ella’s Halo is a non-profit organization that was developed to help improve the quality of extended stays in Twin Cities Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU). Our mission is carried out by providing a variety of items to NICUs, babies, and their families to help impart a better sense of home while in the hospital. Ella’s Halo accomplishes this through fundraising efforts, community events and educating the public about life in the NICU.

Listen to the interview with Ryan and Taryn Krumwiede on The Christopher Gabriel Program

Ella's Halo Website


Gabriel's Angel: Jane Strommen

Jane worked for 16 years as a nursing home administrator and the past 7 years as the Executive Director of Community of Care. Her educational background is in health services administration and gerontology and her passion is helping older persons and others in need receive the services and support they need to age successfully and gracefully in rural environments.

Listen to the interview with Jane Strommenon The Christopher Gabriel Program

Community of Care Website


Gabriel's Angel: Theresa Larson

Theresa Larson RN, BSN, OCN Director of Clinic Operations Sanford Infusion Center, Gastroenterology Clinic, and Pulmonary Clinic

Listen to the interview with Theresa Larson on The Christopher Gabriel Program

Roger Maris Cancer Center Website


Gabriel's Angel: Carol Sawicki

Minn-Kota PAAWS (People Advocating Animal Welfare Services) was created to educate the area population of the importance of spaying and neutering companion animals and to take a proactive approach to the animal population problem.

Our mission is to spay and neuter barn, feral, stray and companion animals, thus reducing the number of unwanted litters. We serve Moorhead, Minn., Fargo, N.D., and their surrounding areas.

Listen to the interview with Carol Sawicki on The Christopher Gabriel Program


Gabriel's Angel: Shannon Galpin

Mountain2Mountain was founded in November 2006 by Shannon Galpin. Inspired by becoming a mother, Shannon took action on her deep conviction that all women and girls deserve the same rights and opportunities as her own daughter.

She walked away from her career as an athletic trainer and used her own limited funds to launch M2M and "be the change" she wished to see in the world.

Shannon recruited volunteers and donors and developed collaborative partnerships with others working across the globe to advance education and opportunity for women and girls. At the same time, she made a number of trips to Afghanistan.

Listen to the interview with Shannon Galpin on The Christopher Gabriel Program


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