Linda Costa has over 20 years of transformational work experience, having coached and sponsored more trainings than any of us can count! Linda owned and operated a family-style Italian restaurant for 20 years, expanding from one restaurant to four. She was on a missionary/church planting team for five years and has been coaching ministry leaders and small business owners for over 15 years. She got involved in her first transformational training 22 years ago in Santa Rosa, CA and is actively a part of the work today. She is the mother of Anna, Alita and Giovanni.
BRYE & SALEM MCBEE
Brye & Salem have been married to each other longer than not! They have three children and recently moved back to southern California from “the Big Island” of Hawai’i. Having over 20 years of experience in ministry and coaching, they pastor a community of individuals and facilitate workshops, trainings, and coaching opportunities for groups, churches, and businesses in their community. As certified transformational trainers and coaches, they are committed to standing for possibility in others’ lives locally through hands on connections and afar with GAP Community through coaching teams and individuals. Their ministry is known as Kanalani, the hawaiian word for abundance.
Their experiential and educational backgrounds are both in transformational ministry and foodservice/hospitality. They are acquainted with grief, committed to joy, and welcome any conversation. They have a fierce commitment to marriage and families of all kinds and a fond passion for youth. They say that the experience of living and working among teenagers is da bomb!
Brye and Salem love to express their gifts through catalyzing conversations that create an opening for people to experience God transform their lives and cause hope to stand in the place that moments before it had been known only as despair.
Anne Swanson-Leadbetter is a Sponsor and Coach for GAP Community and has been involved with transformational work since 2003.
She has a Doctorate in Ministry/Theology from King’s Seminary and her Master of Divinity with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary. She has been licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist since 1985, having taught and counseled in Israel/Palestine, Afghanistan, worked for Focus on the Family, served as adjunct faculty at Azusa Pacific University, Hope International University and currently as core faculty with Argosy University. Her specialties include integration of psychology and spirituality, parenting and healing from sexual abuse and the dissociative spectrum.
She is married to Dan Leadbetter (GAP Apprentice Trainer) and has two daughters, Atara Brown and Kelsey Anne Fernandez/ and son-in-law Kelsey Beck Fernandez, all of whom have been through the trainings. “We are a transformational family!”
DIRECTOR OF COACHING
Marla Neighbour is the Director of Communications for GAP Community, and oversees the coaching team.
Marla spent time in Afghanistan where she worked for Silk Road Solutions and trained over 250 of some of the most influential Afghan leaders in the nation. Her prior experience included teaching English in China, social work in the areas of child abuse prevention and group foster home management, as well as supporting a start-up motorcycle business.
As a pastor at her faith community, Mosaic Pomona, Marla sometimes speaks on Sundays and oversees the Connections team. Marla is married to Nathan Neighbour, who is also deeply committed to the ministry of GAP Community, and they live in Pomona, CA with their new adorable addition to the family, baby Jackson.
My name is Dan Leadbetter. I’m 52 years old, married to an amazing woman, and have two wonderful step-daughters. I work at an internet-based deal hunting site called dealnews.com, host two weekly podcasts, and am active at Mosaic Church in Pomona. I’ve been involved with transformational trainings since 2002 when I had a life changing experience during a four-day workshop. Since that time I have often wondered how different my life might have been if I had been given the opportunity to experience this when I was a teenager. When my wife and I started sponsoring GAP trainings four years ago, I got to witness that transformation first hand, and be a part with kids getting a new grasp on hope and seeing unlimited possibility for the future. This is why I’ve chosen to be a part of GAP … I believe that this catalyst in helping kids see the gift that they, the future they can have, the legacy they can leave, and that they can truly live live and not just survive.