We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization our ID # is: 45-3613158
River + Pearls is a registered DBA under Mountain Fountain Creations
Our Mission is to cultivate hope, healing and growth in the hearts and lives of children and youth through resources we provide and programs we offer. All of our books, curriculum and retreats help youth discover how they can learn from their life experiences and bring hope and healing to others, each in their own unique creative way.
CHRISTINA DiMARI (top left)
Founder and President, River + Pearls
Director of Spiritual Formation and Outreach
Christina DiMari is the author of five books that encourage, equip and empower girls to grow in their walk with God, live whole lives, pursue their dreams and use their gifts to shine for others. Her newest book, Cultivating Pearls, was published by Tyndale. She is a teacher and ordained chaplain, earning her bachelor’s in biblical theology from Simpson University, and later certified in art therapy. Christina currently leads the nonprofit organization River + Pearls, hosts retreats by a beautiful blue river in the mountains of Colorado and manages our relationship with 143 children's hospitals who use our art therapy resources in helping children and youth cope and process difficult journeys they find themselves on. Her work and outreach have been featured in numerous magazines, including Today’s Christian Woman, Life Beautiful, In Touch and Radiant. Christina and her husband, Michael, have two adventurous sons and enjoy family time and their passion for fly-fishing.
IRENE NELLER (bottom right)
Vice President, Westmont College
Director of Special Initiatives, River + Pearls
Irene became Westmont’s first vice president for enrollment, marketing and communications in December 2017 after serving 26 years at Biola University and four years at Fuller Theological Seminary, building and redefining new functions of strategic enrollment and marketing and earning numerous industry awards. She graduated from Bethany University with a degree in communications and earned a master’s in communications promotions management at CSU Fullerton. A recognized leader in Christian higher education, she chaired the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) national committee for communication officers and serves on the commission. She is committed to mentoring young women, started a national annual conference for advancing women in leadership, and is passionate about issues of diversity.
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