Naomi is first and foremost a WHOLEHEARTED follower of Jesus Christ! She grew up as a missionary kid in Outer Mongolia before moving to Lakeland, Florida at the age of 18. A few years later, she graduated with a degree in graphic design, launched her own wedding photography business, and finally mastered the art of dressing for Florida weather. She met Matthew Vacaro in 2015, got married in 2017, and currently lives in a one room, studio apartment with their dog and cat, and soon-to-arrive, first born son. In early 2018 she felt led to create a devotional tool called the Quiet Time Companion, along with an online community of women who would be dedicated to encouraging each other in their daily walk with Jesus. By September 2018, the Quiet Time Companion was available to order and Wholehearted had taken its first steps! Now Naomi fills her days with developing and supporting the Wholehearted community.

 Naomi Vacaro

wholehearted founder

Kennedy moved to Lakeland in 2015 to attend Florida Southern College. Originally from Tallahassee, she loves being able to call Lakeland her new home. Kennedy became connected to Wholehearted and Naomi through Trinity Presbyterian Church. It is truly her dream come true to be Wholehearted’s Content Manager and she is so thankful to the Lord for making her dream a reality. Kennedy is passionate about spending time in the Word and getting to know her Lord and Savior, the arbiter of truth, and sharing that truth with others. In her free time, Kennedy enjoys trying new recipes, tending to her plants, having people over, and reading a good book on the beach.

Kennedy Wilhite

Wholehearted Content Manager

Maddie is a recent graduate of Baylor University in Waco, TX. She is an artist, a stationary collector, an introvert, a lover of books, an avid tea drinker, and a creative at heart. Maddie was born and raised in Orlando, Fl, and as her relationship with Jesus continues to grow, she is passionate about spending daily time with God and helping her sisters in Christ to do the same.⠀

Maddie Curnan

graphic designer and social media manager

Emily is a mother of two young children and has little time for much else. She began a daily quiet time at age thirteen, and her relationship with Jesus has remained a constant for Emily as she went from being a missionary kid in Mongolia, to working as a barista in Oregon, to marrying and starting a family in Florida. Emily enjoys writing poetry, dancing while doing housework, watching storms, and laughing at her husband, children, and herself.

Emily Miller

Wholehearted content editor

Our team of Wholehearted writers

Jordan Sparnroft

Jordan grew up on a farm located in a small town in Virginia. She married her NY native husband 8 years ago. Before becoming a stay-at-home mom, Jordan was a professional mental health therapist. Apart from raising her 2.5 year old daughter with a complex medical diagnosis, Jordan also teaches English to kids in China online. Through numerous trials involving grief and loss she endured in her 20s, Jordan fell more in love with Jesus and realizes her need for Him everyday. Her passion for studying God’s word and knowing Him more deeply grows with each passing day.

Vanessa is the daughter of a Pastor, baby of six and a homeschooling mom of five. Married to her wonderful husband of eight years, they serve in their local church together. She loves fresh fruit, nights by the fire pit, and time with friends and family. Vanessa has watched God do amazing things in her life. Assaulted at a young age, teen mom and the survivor of an abusive marriage left her life in pieces. Today she stands restored and uses the testimony of brokenness to help build others and encourage women to discover the fullness of a relationship with God.

Our team of Wholehearted writers

VANESSA BONILLA

Christi is a fifth generation Florida girl who loves the sand, the sea, and the sunshine! When she is not busy mothering her 6 children, she enjoys her garden, traveling, experiencing new cultures, and indulging in warm chocolate chip cookies while reading a good book or journaling. Christi is passionate about bringing women alongside her into a life of freedom in Christ, and does so by leading Beauty for Ashes Women's Retreats. 

Our team of Wholehearted writers

Christi Grimm

Katie lives in a big city near the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Which means she loves a trendy coffee shop as much as the smell of campfire and pine. She currently works as a graphic designer/social media manager/content creator but is most happy while leading worship and discipling younger girls. At 16, Jesus transformed her quiet time from 10 minutes of duty into her favorite part of the day and ever since, Katie has had a passion to encourage and equip others to get into God’s word for the purpose and joy of knowing Jesus.

Our team of Wholehearted writers

Katie Stone

Erica grew up on the South Dakota prairie, along the Missouri River. Growing up her parents introduced her to Jesus and taught her to walk in His way. She keeps busy teaching 7th and 8th grade students who keep her laughing and humble. Along with her love of the land she enjoys traveling, learning fun facts and historical information, and is always up for coffee, ice cream and a good conversation with friends. She and her husband, Justin, have been married just over a year and live in eastern South Dakota

Our team of Wholehearted writers

Erica Hunt

Tiffany was born and raised in central Alabama and earned a bachelor’s degree in Theology while residing in Mobile AL. She then moved back to her hometown and met her husband while working as a barista in a local coffee shop! Tiffany and her husband Lex have now been married for 6 years and have both service in several different church staff positions. She is a proud dog mom and loves coffee, songwriting, art, Japanese/Thai foods, sunsets, and spending the day at the lake/beach! Tiffany is passionate about helping women deepen their understanding of Scripture through Bible study and quiet time, and as a result, creating lasting discipleship!

Our team of Wholehearted writers

Tiffany Layton

Nicolelisa is a retired homeschool mother of three and currently lives in central Florida with her husband, Greg. Nicolelisa loves to read to and with children and actively encourages mothers of young children online, in homeschool groups, churches, and in her community. She gave her life
to Christ as a teenager and was discipled in a Japanese-American church in Chicago. Whether writing stories for children or posts for Wholehearted, her goal is to revere Jesus Christ as Lord and share the hope she has with gentleness and respect. For more about Nicolelisa, go to www.nicolelisamaria.com.

Our team of Wholehearted writers

NicoleLisa Schrader

Grace McCready is a senior in college who is studying business administration and communications. She enjoys writing, spending time with her family, and hanging out with friends. Her passion is for young women to live transparently and thrive during their single years. She blogs about the Christian life at Tizzie's Tidbits of Truth.

Our team of Wholehearted writers

Grace McCready

Marissa was born and raised in small town Indiana and has grown to love living between cornfields and down country back roads. Marissa gave her life to Jesus while she was in college and has walked with Him ever since. Marissa is newly married to her husband, Cameron, and enjoys baking homemade bread, reading books and drinking coffee. Marissa has a heart for spreading the good news of Jesus through writing. 

Our team of Wholehearted writers

Marissa Hochstedler

Kelly lives in Florida with her amazing husband and two playful dogs. She is an entrepreneur of a marketing business, and loves helping her clients grow their businesses with an iced coffee in hand. Her greatest passion is to use her gifts of writing and speaking to encourage Christian women who live with chronic illnesses. She is excited to be launching a ministry, From Weary To Worship, where she shares how her own suffering has led her to a deeper, abiding relationship with Christ.

Our team of Wholehearted writers

Kelly Arena

Kate is a purebred Kentucky girl in love with her Lord and Savior, her new husband, and everything farm, flowers, and photography. Her mission is to give the message of joy in Christ and love for life to as many people as the Lord allows her to reach through writing, speech, and service.

Our team of Wholehearted writers

Kate Velasquez

Carley Fischer is a 1st grade teacher living in Jacksonville, Florida. She enjoys spending her free time biking around the beach area, in coffee shops, in yoga class, or with family and friends. Her ideal Quiet Time is a quiet spot outside with her Bible and a cup of coffee.

Our team of Wholehearted writers

Carley Fischer

Sarah lives in the beautiful Black Hills of western South Dakota. She currently lives with her older sister Laura, who she loves doing life with. Her favorite things include drinking coffee, podcasts, hiking, kayaking, road trips, and hanging out with family. She loves working and getting dirty, and has worked at a greenhouse and nursery in Custer for 6 seasons. She has grown much in her faith through classes at the Master’s University online Biblical Counseling program. Sarah is finishing her Bible Certificate at Montana Bible College this year and hopes to pursue Biblical Counseling in the future, whether through a degree or through ACBC certification.

Our team of Wholehearted writers

Sarah Adrian

Danielle lives in northeastern Indiana with her youth pastor husband, Jon, and their one-year-old son. She grew up in a Christian home, but did not make her faith her own until her first week at a Bible college. As she has grown in her faith, she has realized the significance of Biblical literacy and sound theology. Her greatest passion is to teach others to know and love God and His Word in their everyday lives. You can most likely find Danielle spending time with her family, serving at church, or being humbled by a craft project.

Our team of Wholehearted writers

Danielle Dammeyer

Christi is a fifth generation Florida girl who loves the sand, the sea, and the sunshine! When she is not busy mothering her 6 children, she enjoys her garden, traveling, experiencing new cultures, and indulging in warm chocolate chip cookies while reading a good book or journaling. Christi is passionate about bringing women alongside her into a life of freedom in Christ, and does so by leading Beauty for Ashes Women's Retreats. 

Vanessa is the daughter of a Pastor, baby of six and a homeschooling mom of five. Married to her wonderful husband of eight years, they serve in their local church together. She loves fresh fruit, nights by the fire pit, and time with friends and family. Vanessa has watched God do amazing things in her life. Assaulted at a young age, teen mom and the survivor of an abusive marriage left her life in pieces. Today she stands restored and uses the testimony of brokenness to help build others and encourage women to discover the fullness of a relationship with God.

Jordan grew up on a farm located in a small town in Virginia. She married her NY native husband 8 years ago. Before becoming a stay-at-home mom, Jordan was a professional mental health therapist. Apart from raising her 2.5 year old daughter with a complex medical diagnosis, Jordan also teaches English to kids in China online. Through numerous trials involving grief and loss she endured in her 20s, Jordan fell more in love with Jesus and realizes her need for Him everyday. Her passion for studying God’s word and knowing Him more deeply grows with each passing day.

Christi Grimm

Vanessa Bonilla

Jordan Sparnroft

Erica grew up on the South Dakota prairie, along the Missouri River. Growing up her parents introduced her to Jesus and taught her to walk in His way. She keeps busy teaching 7th and 8th grade students who keep her laughing and humble. Along with her love of the land she enjoys traveling, learning fun facts and historical information, and is always up for coffee, ice cream and a good conversation with friends. She and her husband, Justin, have been married just over a year and live in eastern South Dakota

OUR WHOLEHEARTED WRITERS

Erica Hunt 

Katie lives in a big city near the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Which means she loves a trendy coffee shop as much as the smell of campfire and pine. She currently works as a graphic designer/social media manager/content creator but is most happy while leading worship and discipling younger girls. At 16, Jesus transformed her quiet time from 10 minutes of duty into her favorite part of the day and ever since, Katie has had a passion to encourage and equip others to get into God’s word for the purpose and joy of knowing Jesus.

Katie Stone

Nicolelisa is a retired homeschool mother of three and currently lives in central Florida with her husband, Greg. Nicolelisa loves to read to and with children and actively encourages mothers of
young children online, in homeschool groups, churches, and in her community. She gave her life to Christ as a teenager and was discipled in a Japanese-American church in Chicago. Whether writing stories for children or posts for Wholehearted, her goal is to revere Jesus Christ as Lord
and share the hope she has with gentleness and respect. For more about Nicolelisa, go to
www.nicolelisamaria.com.

Tiffany was born and raised in central Alabama and earned a bachelor’s degree in Theology while residing in Mobile AL. She then moved back to her hometown and met her husband while working as a barista in a local coffee shop! Tiffany and her husband Lex have now been married for 6 years and have both service in several different church staff positions. She is a proud dog mom and loves coffee, songwriting, art, Japanese/Thai foods, sunsets, and spending the day at the lake/beach! Tiffany is passionate about helping women deepen their understanding of Scripture through Bible study and quiet time, and as a result, creating lasting discipleship!

NicoleLisa Schrader

Tiffany Layton

Marissa was born and raised in small town Indiana and has grown to love living between cornfields and down country back roads. Marissa gave her life to Jesus while she was in college and has walked with Him ever since. Marissa is newly married to her husband, Cameron, and enjoys baking homemade bread, reading books and drinking coffee. Marissa has a heart for spreading the good news of Jesus through writing. 

Marissa Hochstedler

Grace McCready is a senior in college who is studying business administration and communications. She enjoys writing, spending time with her family, and hanging out with friends. Her passion is for young women to live transparently and thrive during their single years. She blogs about the Christian life at Tizzie's Tidbits of Truth.

Grace McCready

Carley Fischer is a 1st grade teacher living in Jacksonville, Florida. She enjoys spending her free time biking around the beach area, in coffee shops, in yoga class, or with family and friends. Her ideal Quiet Time is a quiet spot outside with her Bible and a cup of coffee.

Kate is a purebred Kentucky girl in love with her Lord and Savior, her new husband, and everything farm, flowers, and photography. Her mission is to give the message of joy in Christ and love for life to as many people as the Lord allows her to reach through writing, speech, and service.

Kelly lives in Florida with her amazing husband and two playful dogs. She is an entrepreneur of a marketing business, and loves helping her clients grow their businesses with an iced coffee in hand. Her greatest passion is to use her gifts of writing and speaking to encourage Christian women who live with chronic illnesses. She is excited to be launching a ministry, From Weary To Worship, where she shares how her own suffering has led her to a deeper, abiding relationship with Christ.

Carley Fischer

Kate Velasquez

Kelly Arena

Danielle lives in northeastern Indiana with her youth pastor husband, Jon, and their one-year-old son. She grew up in a Christian home, but did not make her faith her own until her first week at a Bible college. As she has grown in her faith, she has realized the significance of Biblical literacy and sound theology. Her greatest passion is to teach others to know and love God and His Word in their everyday lives. You can most likely find Danielle spending time with her family, serving at church, or being humbled by a craft project.

Sarah lives in the beautiful Black Hills of western South Dakota. She currently lives with her older sister Laura, who she loves doing life with. Her favorite things include drinking coffee, podcasts, hiking, kayaking, road trips, and hanging out with family. She loves working and getting dirty, and has worked at a greenhouse and nursery in Custer for 6 seasons. She has grown much in her faith through classes at the Master’s University online Biblical Counseling program. Sarah is finishing her Bible Certificate at Montana Bible College this year and hopes to pursue Biblical Counseling in the future, whether through a degree or through ACBC certification.

Danielle Dammeyer

Sarah Adrian