OUR MISSION
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 book 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. It can also be done on your own for personal and spiritual growth. Great for all ages as the lessons meet you where you are.

OUR TEAM

CHRISTINA DiMARI (top left)
Founder and President, River + Pearls
Director of Spiritual Formation
Christina DiMari is the author of five books that encourage, equip and empower girls to live whole lives, pursue their dreams and use their gifts to shine for others. 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 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.

IRENE NELLER (top 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. 

MADISON WEBB (bottom right)
Mentor, River + Pearls
Madison 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 created all of the illustrations in our book, Cultivating Pearls. She enjoys mentoring girls through our leadership training retreats in the mountains of Colorado.

MORGAN SAILER (top center)
Mentor, River + Pearls
Morgan went through our Cultivating Pearls book lessons during her high school years. As part of her outreach she created a healing arts coloring book that is now used in Children's Hospitals all over the USA reaching 26,000 children! Morgan has created a path filled with examples of how to interact creatively with the illustrations and lessons in Cultivating Pearls. She posts these on our Instagram page to inspire and encourage all the girls around the world who are starting their journey through Cultivating Pearls! Find us on Instagram at River + Pearls (riverandpearls).

RACHEL PEHKONEN (bottom left)
Mentor, River + Pearls
Rachel 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 during her high school years. Since then she has led girls through our curriculum on college campuses for the past four years. Rachel now serves part time inspiring girls on our Instagram page who are starting their journey through Cultivating Pearls!

COURTNEY MEYERS (bottom center)
Mentor, River + Pearls
Courtney went through our Cultivating Pearls book lessons when she was a junior in high school. Since then she has come alongside girls on her college campus, leading them through the same lessons that impacted her life. Courtney now serves part time inspiring girls on our Instagram page who are starting their journey through Cultivating Pearls!