Author, Speaker, Counselor, President of Transformed by Grace, Inc. www.transformedbygrace.org Transformed by Grace Counseling and Wellness Center Coming from a background of horrendous emotional, physical and sexual abuse, Sylane is unflinchingly Convinced! that GOD is greater than our greatest pains, shames and fears. With passionate strength, vulnerability, wisdom and humor Sylane shares her own life journey, opening up the power of God’s living and active Word and God’s unfailing Love – for all who will hear or read what God has given her to tell!
Sylane began sharing her faith publicly as a teen at Lay Witness Mission events in the early 1970’s. From the 1980 through early 2003 Sylane ministered and worked professionally in private counseling agencies and teaching in public schools.
Sylane’s academic work has earned her Degrees and Certificates in various areas: •1990 - Master of Science Degree in Education/Learning-Reading Specialist – California State University at Fullerton •1980 – Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology, Psychology and Spanish – State University of NY at Potsdam •Counseling Certificates: Individual, Family, Crisis Intervention, Group Dynamics and Substance Abuse Intervention •Teaching Certificates: Spanish, English, Social Studies, Reading Specialist (she has taught French also!)
During these years and many moves (NY, France, CA, PA, NJ), God grew Sylane in her love for Jesus and for people, and in her knowledge, understanding, passion and powerful gift for teaching God’s Word. Often invited to tell her story – “God’s transforming love story written in her life” – Sylane speaks at retreats, conferences, pastoral/leadership programs, outreach events, prisons, rehabilitation centers, universities, etc.
On February 5, 2003, God called Sylane to take an unexpected leap of faith as she prayed with and heeded the counsel of two wise and loving Pastors to develop an incorporated ministry; one that would be tied to no specific denomination, but solidly and powerfully rooted in the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the testimony of God’s Word. Through God’s plan, power and love Transformed by Grace was born! Sylane, as President, Principal Speaker and Lead Counselor for Transformed by Grace •Leads/supervises the Counseling and Administrative Staff of TBG – serving hundreds of people in the Greater Philadelphia and Central NJ Areas •Ministers/Counsels an on-going client/counselee case-load of her own •Leads various Counselor/Staff Training Seminars in churches, prisons, secular organizations •Speaks at multiple conferences, retreats, etc. – locally, nationally and internationally •On-going therapeutic relationship with a Correctional Facility serving adolescent sexual perpetrators in PA •On-going therapeutic relationship with Christ-Centered Rehabilitation Center in FL
Sylane is an Author of (so far!) two books, each are offered in different versions; each is available on Kindle: Convinced! – her autobiography which is also translated in Spanish, ¡Convencida! Grace Moments – a daily journey with God, also offered as Grace Moments – travel version and as an App A few of the other official roles through which Sylane has served God and His people include: •Assistant Chaplain for the Board of Advisors of BAACC – Black African-American Association of Christian Counselors •Church/Community Liaison for the Bosnian Refugee Task Force in Rochester, NY •Co-Lay Leader of her home church – Rochester, NY •Director of Adult Education for her home church – Fairport, NY •Bible study teacher/leader – everywhere she has lived
It is with passion and purpose that Sylane lives out her God-given calling to tell others the truth – crossing denominational, cultural, economic, gender, age, ethnic and linguistic boundaries – about the unfailing love and transforming grace of Jesus!
Sylane and Tim (married since 1980!) are thrilled about their newest adventure as grandparents! Their two grown daughters, Erin and Julia, their sons-in-loves, Marcus and Mark, and their growing families, all live and work in NYC. Travel, hiking, biking, cooking, eating and enjoying time at lakes, oceans and in the mountains are favorites for Sylane – and, as a self-proclaimed gatherer, believes these are always so much better when spending time with close family and friends.