ChannelMom Staff

Jenny Dean Schmidt
Executive Director, Radio Host

Jenny is mom to Otis and Georgia and wife to Mike. Before motherhood, Jenny had an extensive career in TV news, working as an on-air reporter, producer and writer for media entities including ABC News, PBS and FNN as well as NBC, ABC, CBS and WB affiliates in major U.S. cities. She won an Emmy for her reporting on the 1996 U.S. Presidential race.

Jenny has interviewed and posed questions to two presidents, as well as many other politicians and celebrities. She’s covered high-profile news stories, including the OJ Simpson trial, the Columbine massacre and a number of Presidential campaigns.

Jenny is passionate about the important role of mothers in modern America. She believes the role of moms is often overshadowed by the popular culture values portrayed in modern media. Jenny wants moms everywhere to understand their mothering role is priceless for our world and the future of our planet. Even more than that, the position of “mom” is priceless in the eyes of God.

Melissa Sytsma
Executive Assistant

Melissa is the wife of Matt, who proudly serves in the United States Marine Corps., and the mother of Weston, their lively 3-year-old son. Originally from Pennsylvania, Melissa has also had the privilege of residing in California, Louisiana, North Carolina, and now Colorado as a military spouse. Melissa embraces the challenges and adventures that come with military life, finding joy in exploring new communities and connecting with others along the way.

Melissa also brings a wealth of executive assistant experience, both in office and remotely, to her endeavors. She holds deep reverence for the importance of God in her life, guiding her through each transition and blessing her family’s journey. . She values honesty and transparency, always striving to be a guiding light for Weston as he grows. Melissa finds creativity and fulfillment in the kitchen, where she enjoys cooking up delicious meals for her family. Grateful for the opportunities and experiences that have made her path, she looks forward to the adventures that lie ahead.

Michele Force
Graphics Designer/Copy Editor

Michele is called “Mom” by five kiddos – three sons and twin daughters. Although she spent several years in the corporate world before kids, she and her husband Michael decided that a career change to stay-at-home-mom would be the very best decision for their family. Michael and Michele have been married since 1992 and place tremendous importance on the stability of their marriage and family life. Together with the kids, they enjoy camping trips, hiking adventures, and beach vacations as well as simple family dinners all together.

Their two oldest have flown the nest, but Michele remains busy with the activities of the three still at home. Michele relies on her relationship with the Lord to strengthen and sustain her each day. In her free time, she enjoys drawing portraits, making (and sending) cards, and doing jigsaw puzzles… but her favorite place to be is on her deck with her precious kitty tending to her beautiful garden, feeding the birds, and admiring God’s beautiful creation. She is thrilled to rejoin the workforce in such an important capacity – helping ChannelMom reach its full potential and encouraging moms.