Emma Danzey (Founder/Worship Leader) is the founder of Polished Conference Ministries & the Refined Magazine. Her mission is inspiring young women to embrace the extraordinary. Emma is a graduate of Liberty University, where she earned her degree in Music and Worship Studies specializing in Christian Artistry and Songwriting. In October 2013, Emma released her first extended play (EP), "Deep Within" with producer Cody Norris and award winning executive producer Ed Cash. Her latest EP, "All of My Steps" was recorded with producer Scott Williamson in Nashville, TN. This 5-song compilation of pop/worship style music released September 6, 2016. She has two amazing parents, an older sister named Annie, and a dog named daisy. Her hobbies include: singing, songwriting, exercise, hanging out with friends, cooking, and dancing. Find out more at www.emmadanzey.com | www.facebook.com/emmadanzeymusic | @emmadanzey 

 

Debbie Presnell (Co-Founder/Keynote) is a published author, national speaker and workshop presenter, co-founder of Shine! Ministries and partner with the Polished Conference, LLC. She has taught in higher education for more than 30 years. Debbie has an online Bible study page on Facebook, teaches Bibles study in her church and blogs at Living Life Together. Debbie has written "Shine! Radiating the Love of God," a Bible study designed exclusively for young women ages 13-18. Additionally, she has articles in the Divine Moments series and is a quarterly contributor to Refined Magazine. All books are available at grace-publishing.com. She also brings an inspirational message to teachers in training called, "A Christian Perspective for an Inspirational Classroom." Debbie is married and has three grown children. She travels from Asheville, NC. Visit her website at www.debbiepresnell.com, email her at: debpres@yahoo.com, or visit her Facebook page: www.facebook.com/shineministriesnc/

 

Jackie Perry (Polished Moms) has a Masters of Science in Community Counseling from Georgia State University. She is a North Carolina Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor, a published author, and speaker. She has been counseling adolescents for over two decades and is a parent of three teenagers of her own. Jackie has been on staff at Cornerstone Counseling Center in Hickory, NC since 2003. She has a book titled, "The Heart Cry of Every Teen: Eight desires that demand your attention," for parents of teenagers. For more information visit: www.jackieperry.net

 
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Hannah Beal: is a licensed cosmetologist and works at William Henry Signature Salon in Mt. Holly, NC. She is a gifted speaker and writer who leads our teen break out sessions on Fashion & Modesty, Relationships, and Hair! She is bold in her faith and believes that every day is a mission field no matter where God has placed you. Hannah is a PK (Pastor's Kid) and has grown up rooted in the Lord. Hannah enjoys spending time with her family and friends, writing, and having a good laugh.


SPECIAL GUESTS

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Tessa Emily Hall: writes inspirational yet authentic YA fiction to show teens they’re not alone. Her passion for shedding light on clean entertainment and media for teens lead her to a career as an Associate Agent at Hartline Literary Agency, YA Acquisitions Editor for Illuminate YA (LPC Imprint), and Founder/Editor of PursueMagazine.net. Tessa's first teen devotional will release with Bethany House in 2018. She's guilty of making way too many lattes and never finishing her to-read list. When her fingers aren’t flying 116 WPM across the keyboard, she can be found speaking to teens, decorating her insulin pump, and acting in Christian films. Her favorite way to procrastinate is by connecting with readers on her blog, mailing list, social media (@tessaemilyhall), and website: www.tessaemilyhall.com. 

 

Lydia Carlino loves God and has a passion for people experiencing the life transformation that comes through His truth, power, and presence. Lydia is a speaker and women's worship leader in Hickory, NC where she serves at Corinth Church on the Board of Evangelism, in worship, Refresh for Moms, women's bible study, and small group leadership. This California native is married to her college sweetheart and former National Cheerleading Champion teammate, Nick. They have two children and enjoy hiking, family time, and serving together.

 

Mary Beth Felkins is a former Registered Dietitian and home educator, now turned writer, a lover of God’s word and His people. Her first novel, a contemporary Christian romance, is currently under contract with Prism Book Group (www.prismbookgroup.com), estimated release in late 2017. She considers scripture the most alluring romance ever written.  She is a feature writer for Sophie Woman’s Magazine (www.sophiewomansmagazine) and The Refined Magazine for teen girls and moms. She has been married to Bruce Felkins for 26 years and counting with four (adolescent to young adult-sized) arrows in their quiver. She can be lured away from writing only if dark chocolate is involved or if the house is on fire. For weekly stories that stir the soul, Mary cordially invites you to her website, www.maryfelkins.com, where you can plunge into a deep spiritual ocean or enjoy a hearty laugh out loud.

Follow her on FB, Twitter @MaryAFelkins and Pinterest Email contact maryfelkins@charter.net

 

Susan Renee Warnes has a degree from Catawba Valley Community College and is a licensed Cosmetologist. She has been a hair stylist for films such as the Hunger Games, Allegiant, Captain America 3, and more. Sue is also the makeup artist for Barbican Modeling and Acting, and the Production assistant on Identity Theft. As the Lord continues to open doors for Susan, she is continually shining a light in the midst of Hollywood. Susan was on of our first encouragers of this ministry and spoke at the very first Polished Conference. She makes occasional appearances now due to her busy schedule. (If you are interested in having her at your specific event, please send an inquiry)


POLISHED BLOGGERS

Polished Teens:

Emma Danzey is the founder of Polished Conference, LLC & the Refined Magazine. Her mission is inspiring young women to embrace the extraordinary. Emma is a graduate of Liberty University, where she earned her degree in Music and Worship Studies specializing in Christian Artistry and Songwriting. Her latest EP, "All of My Steps" is a 5-song compilation of pop/worship style music. She has two amazing parents, an older sister named Annie, and a dog named daisy. Her hobbies include: singing, songwriting, exercise, hanging out with friends, cooking, and dancing. Find out more at www.emmadanzey.com | www.facebook.com/emmadanzeymusic | @emmadanzey

 

 

Rachel Goddard is a writer based in New York City. She is a playwright, blogger, and theatre critic for www.theatrescene.com. Rachel is a 2015 graduate of liberty University and holds a degree in Theater Arts with a concentration in Performance. Her passion is to use the arts and story-telling as an avenue for people to unlock their identity in Christ. Besides writing she loves acting, reading, traveling, all things British and friends who make her coffee.

 

 
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Cally Logan is a writer from Richmond, Virginia. She has a strong heart for the Lord and ambition to plant seeds for the Kingdom. She is the author of the book, “Letters to My Future Daughter.” She enjoys leading and mentoring a small group for 8th grade girls, hiking, writing songs, puns, and baking. “In life be a snow flake: leave a mark, but no stain.”  

 

 

 

Emily Saxe was born and raised on the East Coast but currently resides in Indiana with her husband. She earned her degree in communications with a focus in journalism from Liberty University. While freelancing and managing her website take up most of her time, she also volunteers with the youth at her church, teaching on occasion and leading Bible studies. She uses her passion for ministering to youth and young adults to write devotionals and faith-based articles on her website. Find out more at www.tounearth.com and www.facebook.com/tounearth/


Polished Moms/Mentors:

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Jackie Perry  (Polished Moms) has a Masters of Science in Community Counseling from Georgia State University. She is a North Carolina Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor, a published author, and speaker. She has been counseling adolescents for over two decades and is a parent of three teenagers of her own. Jackie has been on staff at Cornerstone Counseling Center in Hickory, NC since 2003. She has a book titled, "The Heart Cry of Every Teen: Eight desires that demand your attention," for parents of teenagers. Jackie loves to spend time with her family hiking, biking, sitting by an outdoor fire, skipping rocks in a creek anywhere in North Carolina or just hanging out in Enos somewhere in the woods. For more information visit: www.jackieperry.net 

 
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Debbie Presnell Co-Founder) has taught in higher education for more than 30 years. She is a published author, national speaker, and workshop presenter, co-founder of Shine! Ministries and co-founder of Polished Conference, LLC. Debbie has written "Shine! Radiating the Love of God," a Bible study designed exclusively for young women ages 13-18. All books are available at grace-publishing.com. She also brings an inspirational message to teachers in training called, "A Christian Perspective for an Inspirational Classroom." Debbie is married and has three grown children. She travels from Asheville, NC. Visit her website at www.debbiepresnell.com, email her at: debpres@yahoo.com, or visit her Facebook page: www.facebook.com/shineministriesnc/

 

Kelly Vance is the Founder of Girls Embracing Truth and Author of Love Defined, Speaker and Friend.  She's been tenderly married to Mike for 27 years  and loves being mom to Kristal and Jennifer.  In a culture where God’s Word is traded or twisted for worldly wisdom, Kelly loves to take you into the Word to reveal the heart of Jesus and the relevant powerful life giving application awaiting those who peer in to take a closer look. Fewer things light her up like seeing God through His Word.  The privilege of seeing someone dig into God's Word and watching it pop off the pages and into hearts transforming lives overflows this girl with joy! For more information visit: www.girlsembracingtruth.com & www.kellyvance.net


Health & Beauty:

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Taylor Mullican is a Colorado native and a licensed hairstylist. She loves Jesus, fashion/hair and runs on coffee! Questions? tmorgan0392@gmail.com

 

                                                                                                                          

 

Emma Danzey (Picture & Bio above)

Mary Felkins (Picture & Bio above)


 REFINED MAGAZINE

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Natalie Macek: (Editor) is a college student who studies Elementary Education Integrated Studies at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, with the goal of becoming an elementary or middle school teacher. She loves drinking warm cups of tea and trying to capture life on paper . Natalie is passionate about her faith in God and about reminding girls of their identity and value in Him, especially as they navigate the struggles of middle and high school. Natalie lives in Lynchburg, Virginia.

 

Brianna Molitor: (Graphic Designer) has a Bachelors degree from Liberty University in Graphic Design. She loves people, designing, exploring, and photographing. Put them all together and you have what she would love to do everyday. Life is too short to be lived without joy, pretty design, and lots and lots of pictures. Brianna resides in Offerle, Kansas with her husband Marc.

 

Natalie Whitfield: (Photographer) is a North Carolina based photographer. She loves photographing for the Refined Magazine, engagements, weddings, and special occasions. Natalie believes in using her gifts of creativity for the Lord to help others makes memories that will last a lifetime with photos to cherish.


ADVISORY BOARD

                               Mr. Bill Burnham- College Professor
                               Mrs. Angie Burnham- Administrator, Corinth Church
                               Mr. Alan Presnell- Police Officer
                               Ms. Shelia McKinley- Owner of Fletcher Storage Center
                               Mr. Doug Montgomery- Real Estate Agent