Former members of SoulCare Research hold a doctorate, master’s & bachelor’s degrees, and diplomas & certifications in areas such as: Bible, Theology, Mental Health Counseling, Psychology, International Business, Multimedia Development, and Marketing Communications. Members have over 70 years of combined experience in church-based Biblical counseling and professional clinical counseling within institutional settings, such as Hospice, rape clinics, grief & trauma, disaster relief, and private practice. SoulCare Research also maintained in-house media production expertise for the development of its own products & resources.
Don has served local churches for over 30 years as a Christian coach & Bible-based counselor with emphasis on addiction & past trauma recovery. He is a member of the Association of Biblical Counselors, American Association of Christian Counselors, Biblical Counseling Coalition, and the Christian Counseling Education Foundation.
Don was raised in business and in younger years served private industry and government as a director of communications & media specialist.
Recently, Don launched his blog, and intends it to be a resource for “broken” Christians. Broken Christians are those adults who still struggle with the pain caused them by alcoholics, drug addicts or verbal, physical or sexual abusers. Broken Christians want to follow God, but also often struggle with their own addictions and/or obsessive behavior. To determine if you are a broken Christian, please read Don’s article, Abuse, Addictions, Depression, Anxiety…Christian?
Don is also the author of a trilogy of upcoming books designed to help Christians who have suffered abuse to: 1) lose the pain of their past, 2) find the love of their God & 3) plan the path of their future.
Book 1: soulHOPE – Help for Christians Affected by Alcoholics, Addicts or Abusers.
Book 2: soulFOCUS – Discover Anew the God Who Refuses to Give Up On You!
Book 3: soulPURPOSE – Why On Earth Are You Here?
The books are meant to guide abused Christians from pain to praise. The hope is to help people move closer toward discovering the one-of-a-kind person God made them to be & the unique task he designed them to do.
Dr. J.R. Buskey serves as Director of Spiritual Formation for SoulCare Research and provides theological & Biblical insight for research & development on Bible-based products & services.
Dr. Buskey is a graduate of Drew University and Asbury Theological Seminary, has served as a pastor and counselor for over 40 years, as well as a missionary for more than a decade to the USSR, where he established a Bible institute that continues to educate candidates for pastoral ministries.
Dr. Buskey has also served as a college professor and continues as an adjunct professor and member of the Board of Directors for Bethany Bible Training Center. Dr. Buskey has trained ministers and pastors in Pastoral & Biblical Counseling for over three decades.
Dr. Buskey has been a forerunner to modern Christian counseling methods and practices, when in the 60’s he saw how understanding the God-given psychological makeup and personality traits of a struggling person was helpful in the approach a counselor would take in prayer, Biblical instruction, and meditation. From Dr. Buskey’s studies, he was able to synthesize a Biblical counseling approach that has served to “set the captives free” for nearly 50 years.
Diana Bala is Business Development Director and brings 30 years of business experience, spanning the fields of Corporate Communications, Investor Relations, Human Resources, and Business Development. She has worked with corporate giants such as General Electric, BF Goodrich, and Telxon Corporation. In addition to her corporate experience, Diana has worked as Seminar Coordinator for many notable national and international speakers in the field of counseling and psychology. Diana also played a pivotal role toward Savannah Family Institute’s efforts to establish Parenting with Love and Limits® as a best practice model for high risk juveniles. Diana holds a Master of Arts in Counseling & a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Her passion is the work of restoring individuals to wholeness of mind, body, and spirit to the life God had intended for them. Diana teaches World History and Health of the Brain and Body at CHEC Family Academy where her children also attend school. She is deeply committed to intercessory prayer ministry and is a coordinator for CHEC’s Mom’s in Prayer Ministry (formerly Mom’s in Touch).
Laura Mondell is the Administrator of Operations for SoulCare Research. She has been self-employed in Bookkeeping & Business services since 1980, has 35 years of experience in small business and non-profit administration, along with 30+ years of church service in both paid and volunteer positions and with a special emphasis in missions, benevolence, counseling and women’s ministries.
Laura serves on the board of Directors for Guatemalan Mission Outreach, and is the Administrator of Messenger Media, Inc. She has a long-standing love and commitment to world missions, and has served on 13 mission trips to Guatemala, Chile, Bolivia, and Sri Lanka.
Some of Laura’s Spiritual gifts, skills, and personality traits are: leadership, organization, administration, research, and problem solving. Laura believes in and maintains an attention to detail, analytical, responsible, and common sense approach to every task God presents her.
Laura is married 37+ years to her best friend, Don. Her four adult children and grandchildren are her favorite people. The Mondell family shares a love for missions and missionaries. Together they operate a non-profit ministry (Messenger Media Inc.) that specializes in creating short documentaries that tell the stories of missionaries around our planet.
Amber Leah concentrates her time in research & development for new products & services at SoulCare Research. Amber holds a master’s degree in mental health counseling, is a licensed mental health counselor, and is certified in thanatology. She has served as a rape victim advocate and has completed in-depth bereavement work, including counseling individuals and groups that have experienced loss, such as: suicide, disease, homicide, drug overdose and accidents. Amber is an active member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC), a member of the Florida Gulf Coast University Counseling Advisory Board, and is currently the chairman of the ADEC Professional Development Committee. Amber is also an active member of various Christian counseling organizations.
Amber has a strong passion for international missions work. She has served in Guatemala, Bolivia and Cambodia over the last fifteen years and hopes to continue as God leads her. She has also worked, “boots on the ground” in harsh disaster relief efforts for both hurricane Charlie and hurricane Katrina.
Amber is passionate about offering hope to the hurting and loving the lost. She believes part of the normal Christian life is caring for the widows, the orphans, and the needy of the world and continues to look for ways to do so.
Amber enjoys nature, travel anywhere, new experiences, being outside, life with her teenage son, people watching, humor, fashion as an art, live music, sunrises & sunsets, reading, and finding God in the moments of her day. One of Amber’s favorite things at present is the last line of Ephesians: “…with love incorruptible.”
Nick Mondell heads Client & Affiliate Relations, as well as supplying assistance in research & development. Nick’s credentials include a degree in International Business, concentrated Biblical studies, and professional certification in Internet Marketing with experience in social media, social marketing, and online advertising.
Nick has also completed accredited collegiate-level studies & practicum in First Responder training for emergency, crisis, and disaster. He has served in ministry to the hungry & homeless and has a strong passion for international missions, as well. Nick has ministered in Guatemala, Swaziland, and Kenya. He continues to support missions work around the world.
Additionally, Nick has extensive experience as a successful entrepreneur and small business owner, as well as a contractor for the entertainment industry. Nick also managed a service position to prominent CEO’s, congressmen, governors, and executive residents of a world-class private island where he was able to live out his faith before a select, hard-to-reach clientele.
Nick loves Jesus and the people He created.