Our mission is to encourage, equip and empower girls to thrive in all areas of their lives and explore creative ways how their life can make a difference in their community and world in a way that points others to Life. Our programs promote social cohesion, innovative education and philanthropy.
Through our River Retreats leadership training, Cultivating Pearls spiritual formation program and Healing Arts resources for children's hospitals we are raising up a generation of girls who are passionate about making a difference. We blend the process of spiritual formation, healing arts and practical life-coaching guiding girls on their own unique creative journey of transformation where their faith and life meet. Girls of all ages explore fresh innovative tools to cultivate their gifts, discover their identity, pursue their dreams and bring hope to others.
Our book, Cultivating Pearls, is an innovative and interactive curriculum that can be taught as spiritual formation curriculum on high school and college campuses, in youth group settings and mentoring programs.
Founder and President
Christina DiMari is the author of four books that encourage, equip and empower girls to live whole lives, pursue their dreams and use their gifts to shine for others. She is an ordained chaplain, earning her bachelor’s in biblical theology from Simpson University, and is 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 teaches spiritual formation and leadership training to high school and college age students and staff. Her work and outreach have been featured in numerous magazines, including Today’s Christian Woman, Life Beautiful, In Touch, Radiant, Australia Girls, and Women’s Surf Style Magazine. Christina and her husband, Michael, have two adventurous sons and enjoy family time and their passion for fly-fishing.
Director of Special Initiatives
Irene Neller, Vice President, Westmont College.
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.
Assoc. Director of Outreach - College
CollegeMadison Webb went through our Cultivating Pearls book lessons during her high school years. Since then she has led girls through our curriculum on college campuses for the past four years. Madison now serves part time helping college campuses implement our program for their female students.
Assoc. Director of Outreach - High School
Rachel Pehkonen received her BSN Nursing Degree and is working as an RN at one of the largest children's hospitals in the country. Rachel went through our Cultivating Pearls book lessons when she was a junior in high school. Since then she has been part of our team and has led groups of girls through the program on her college campus and community. Rachel now serves part time helping high school campuses implement our program for their female students.
Courtney Meyers went through our Cultivating Pearls book lessons during her high school years. Now a college student, Courtney serves as our social media intern.
Treasurer / Secretary
Joy Steinrock has been part of our team for the past seven years helping in a variety of ways. Her background in business management and accounting keeps us running smooth. Joy is passionate about helping children and youth through our outreach programs.