NAVIGATE Betrayal 
Content Contributors

Jeannie Hannemann, M.A.

Primary Consultant and Founder
of NAVIGATE Betrayal
Director of Education and Training

NAVIGATE Betrayal was created by Jeannie Hannemann, M.A., the Founder of Elizabeth Ministry International and Co-Director of RECLAIM Sexual Health. She is the narrator and the primary consultant in this important resource for those who know the pain of having their husband, or significant other, use pornography, masturbate, have affairs, or engage in other infidelities.

Jeannie’s work is based on both her personal and professional experience. Through her own experiences of marital betrayal and resolution, she brings a level of wisdom that can only be shared by someone who has longevity on this journey. She has worked professionally with betrayed wives for over 40 years and is internationally recognized for her ministry with families struggling through the intimacy issues of sexuality.




Whitney Stager, M.S., LMFT

Primary Therapist Consultant of NAVIGATE Betrayal

Whitney Stager is the primary therapist consultant for Navigate. Whitney is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and is a 20+ year member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Whitney received training from APSATS, the Association of Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists and is a Certified Clinical Partner Specialist.  She also is a Level One Certified Gottman Method Therapist. Her other couples therapy training includes Certification in the Pragmatic-Experiential Therapy for Couples developed by Brett Atkinson.

Whitney has been working with Jeannie Hannemann for over 20 years through Elizabeth Ministry International and joined the NAVIGATE Betrayal team in 2019. It is her desire to use her skills as a therapist, and faith as a Catholic, to help you as you journey through NAVIGATE Betrayal.

Ellen Drews, M.A., PSAP

Content Contributor 

Ellen Drews has a masters degree in Theology and Pastoral Ministry and a bachelor degree in World Religion and Philosophy. She is a Certified Life Coach and a Certified Partner Coach Candidate from APSATS, the Association of Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists. Ellen is an Advanced Certified Lactation Counselor. She is also a trained Pastoral Sex Addiction Professional. Along with her professional training, she has engaged in her own comprehensive healing journey. Her career paths and ministry work have provided vast opportunities for her to hold sacred space in the most vulnerable and spiritual circumstances. She is passionate about encouraging and supporting people to live meaningful lives. She is honored and privileged to work alongside women who choose to heal and grow.

Rev. Kyle Sladek

Content Contributor 

Fr. Kyle Sladek was ordained in the Diocese of Green Bay in 2018 following his studies at Mundelein Seminary. While assigned to the Kaukauna Catholic Parishes as Parochial Vicar, he became the Elizabeth Ministry International Chaplain. In that capacity, he graciously created videos for the NAVIGATE Betrayal online program. He is a gifted preacher and offers pastoral care with a strong dedication to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.

Bruce E. Hannemann, M.A

Content Contributor 

As an author and public speaker, Bruce has shared his own recovery story with humility and candor. Bruce is the Co-Director of RECLAIM Sexual Health. He is honored to tell his experience of God's restoration in his life and marriage. After a 30-year career teaching college science, he has the ability to share complex scientific information in an easy-to-understand manner. His understanding of biochemistry of sexuality has put an end to the mystery of lust and given him a way to share God's plan for health and holiness. His witty personality and genuine compassion help him teach others to shed the shame and start to reclaim God's plan for their lives. 

Bob Schuchts, Ph.D.

Content Contributor

Bob Schuchts [Ph.D.] is the Founder of the John Paul II Healing Center and is a nationally renowned speaker throughout North America and overseas. Bob is the author of Be Healed: Encountering the Powerful Love of Jesus in Your Life and Be Transformed: The Healing Power of the Sacraments as well as other resources. He offers a variety of conferences that guide participants towards healing.

Bob spent more than 30 years as a therapist, while also teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in marriage and family relationships, human development, applied psychology, and marriage and family therapy.

He held adjunct professor positions at Florida State University, Tallahassee Community College and the Center for Biblical Studies in Tallahassee, Florida. He has also taught courses at the Theology of the Body Institute and the Augustine Institute.

Daniel G. Amen, MD

Content Contributor

Dr. Amen is one of America’s leading psychiatrists and brain health experts. He has authored or coauthored 80 professional articles and more than 40 books, including New York Times mega-bestseller Change Your Brain, Change Your Life. Dr. Amen has helped millions of people change their brains and lives through his health clinics, bestselling books, products, and public television programs. His breakthrough public television programs on brain and mental health have made him well loved by millions of viewers seeking guidance on memory, attention, other cognitive functions, emotional issues, behavior, and more. The Washington Post has called Dr. Amen “America’s most popular psychiatrist” because of his wildly popular clinics which have over 4,000 patient visits a month and has the world’s largest database of functional brain scans relating to behavior, totaling over 180,000 on patients from 155 countries.

Monsignor John Cihak

Content Contributor 

Monsignor John Cihak, raised in a large family on the outskirts of Corvallis, has a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame. He earned a Licentiate in Fundamental Theology and Doctorate in Dogmatic Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. He is the author of Balthasar and Anxiety (T&T Clark, 2009), co-author of The Catholic Guide to Depression (Sophia Institute, 2012), the editor of Charles Borromeo: Selected Orations, Homilies and Other Writings (Bloomsbury, 2017), and several articles in theology and catechesis. He has held teaching positions at Mount Angel Seminary and the Pontifical Gregorian University and was a theological consultant for the Spirit of Truth K-8 catechetical curriculum (Sophia Institute). Prior to his arrival to Christ the King in Milwaukie, Oregon, he served at the Vatican as an official of the Congregation for Bishops and as a Papal Master of Ceremonies for Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis.

Rev. Thomas Pomeroy

Content Contributor 

Fr. Tom Pomeroy is parish priest serving as a pastor at Holy Family Parish in Brillion WI. He was born and raised in nearby Kaukauna. After getting his degree in Education and History from UW-Wisconsin-Madison, he entered the seminary and went to Rome for training. He received an advanced degree in Religious Education. Since then, he has been serving the people of Northeast Wisconsin as a parish priest.

Rose Sweet

Content Contributor

You’ve heard her on Catholic radio and seen her on EWTN. Rose Sweet (Catholic author, retreat leader, conference speaker, and certified Life Coach) is a sparkling personality who brings heart and humor to all her presentations. Her passion is assisting others to live their faith in the daily details by “Putting RELIGION into RELATIONSHIPS”. She’s authored numerous books on relationship healing and strengthening and is a certified life and disaster recovery coach. Her work is deeply rooted in St. John Paul’s “Theology of the Body”, and she has been a speaker at the annual TOB Congress, the 2015 World Meeting of Families, USCCB’s 2017 Convocation of Catholic Leaders, and the TOB Virtual Conference 2020. For more information go to

Barbara Steffens, LPCC, CCSAS, BCC, CCPS, CPS

Content Contributor
Dr. Barbara Steffens has specialized in the area of sexual addiction and providing help for the partners of sexual addicts since 1999. She and Marsha Means, M.A., wrote the powerful book, Your Sexually Addicted Spouse: How Partners Can Cope and Heal (Steffens & Means, 2009). Barbara teaches in the Department of Counselor Education & Family Studies at Liberty University. She was the founding president of APSATS, the Association of Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists and inspired a new approach to supporting betrayed partners. As a recognized expert in the field, she was instrumental in training the primary consultants in NAVIGATE.

Marsha Means, M.A.

Content Contributor
Marsha Means, M.A., is trained as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She writes and speaks on the topic of betrayal trauma and sex addiction. Marsha was at the forefront of a movement within the therapeutic community to understand sex addition—infidelity, pornography, and other forms of sexually acting out—as causing a particular type of betrayal that traumatizes the addict’s partner. Her work is based on both her personal and professional experience.

Rev. Roger J. Landry

Content Contributor
Father Landry is a priest of the Diocese of Fall River, Massachusetts. His writings are found at He speaks widely on the thought of Popes John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis, especially John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. After receiving a biology degree from Harvard College, he studied for the priesthood. He went to Rome to do graduate work in Moral Theology and Bioethics. He was appointed in 2015 a Papal Missionary of Mercy and named in 2021 the ecclesiastical assistant of Aid to the Church in Need USA. He has been commissioned by the US Bishops a Missionary of the Eucharist for the Bishops’ 2022-24.


Contributed Personal Story 

Gina is passionate about making a difference in each person’s life she comes in contact with. She has a huge heart for those who have walked through betrayal and wants to be a rock for those who need someone to lean on. She is a faithful Christian, a loving wife, a new mom to their daughter Jovie Grace, an animal lover and dog Mom to three sweet pups, a photographer, and a travel enthusiast.

She is inspired by nature and the beauty it brings and finds joy in taking in each unique sunrise and sunset. She loves coffee, hiking and the outdoors. She is bold in speaking out on her traditional values advocating for modesty and is dedicated to sharing the word of God. 

She has walked through the devastating pain of betrayal with her ex and knows firsthand the loneliness, confusion and heartache it can bring and wants to be an outlet for those walking through similar pain. She hopes to be a glimmer of light with her story of redemption and how her pain brought her to where she is at today. 


Contributed Personal Story

Kim was devastated when she learned about her husband’s infidelities. She is extremely  resourceful and found help for her own healing and built a strong support system. She fought for  her marriage, but eventually it ended. However, her desire for reconciliation never stopped.  Through the grace of God and lots of challenges, she and her husband are now reunited.


Contributed Personal Story 

Julie knows the pain of betrayal trauma from several perspectives. Her first marriage ended  because of her husband’s pornography and masturbation compulsions. After an annulment, she  married her current husband. She was devasted when she discovered he also had the same  unhealthy sexual behaviors as her first husband. However, this time she had support through the  Elizabeth Ministry Support Group for Betrayed Wives, and her husband found healing in RECLAIM  Sexual Health. They have grown as individuals and their marriage is strong.


Contributed Personal Story

Carlene has been active in supporting betrayed spouses for over 10 years. When she first joined  an Elizabeth Ministry Support Group for Betrayed Wives, she had four children and was  separated from her husband because of his problems with pornography. The process found in  NAVIGATE helped her healing and her husband’s recovery work in RECLAIM led to their  reconciliation. They just welcomed their tenth child into the world. 


Contributed Personal Story

Elizabeth has suffered greatly as a result of her husband’s unfaithful sexual behaviors. She has
worked hard as a momma in trauma to protect her daughter. Elizabeth has sought out resources
and developed a support system that includes stays at the Elizabeth Ministry Retreat Center and
pilgrimages to the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help.


Contributed Personal Story 

Stephanie was a member of an Elizabeth Ministry Support Group for Betrayed Wives. She was  instrumental in encouraging Jeannie to create NAVIGATE. She knows the pain of betrayal  trauma and passionately sought out resources to not only help her healing, but to assist other suffering women.

Alexa Harbor

Kajabi Specialist & Video Editing Team Leader

Denver Plett

Professional Videographer Supervisor

Michael Schmelzer


Ken Stager

Business Manager

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