Meet Elisa



If you are like me, you’ll hesitate to trust a person you don’t know very well, even if you like them the minute you say hello. That’s what happens when you’ve hit more than a few disappointing bumps in the road, and learn to hold your cards close to your chest for mere survival.Meet the New You

It’s taken me years to learn how to trust others and also to be discerning about what I share. Oh yes, I’m a “wearing your heart on your sleeve” type of gal, and for years my sharing was a plea for pity or a desire to be affirmed. That motive has changed, only because of what God has accomplished in my life.

In spite of not growing up in a Christian home, and spending many years in rebellion, I came to know Jesus Christ as my personal Savior in the late fall of 1993. Ever since, the Lord has been in the process of transforming me from the outside in and inside out. That’s why I’m passionate about equipping women to experience a fresh encounter with God, especially through the message of my first book, Meet the New You: A 21 Day Plan for Embracing Fresh Attitudes and Focused Habits for Real Life Change.

I long to see women equipped with the Word so they can impact the next generation with relevant truth.

After eighteen years spent living at a boarding school with my husband, Stephen, and over twenty years in ministry, I’ve come to see the amazing ripple effect one changed woman can have on the world as she pursues God for Truth and overflows His presence onto the next generation.


For me personally, I see my ripple effect starting with my own children. I’m keenly aware that investing into their lives and savoring our time together is a priority. When their needs are met (which often feels endless), I give myself permission to look beyond and dream with the Lord, as I tackle the myriad of responsibilities that make up my life as a work-from-home mom.

You’ll find me over at More to Be, which is a ministry I founded in 2011 as an overflow of what was happening in my real life in for more than two decades — mentoring teen girls. This ministry has grown and expanded to equip women to answer the call to impact the next generation while providing resources for moms, mentors, and teen girls.

In 2012, I became a certified life coach and later launched my own business, the Kaleo Agency designed to equipped women, students, and organizations to unlock their purpose and potential. Life coaching has been a wonderful way to support and encourage women in the process of life change. I delight in utilizing The Kaleo Program with my clients as well as teach the Life Breakthrough Academy life coaching certification course, through which I received my own training.

Much to my surprise, the Lord has also provided the opportunity to speak at women’s events and retreats on a variety of topics. There’s nothing like face-to-face time like this! I’d love to come meet you in person, so drop me an invitation!

I honestly believe that each moment of each day belongs to the Lord, and strive to be emotionally present and eternally purposed as I seek to join God in His work. My pouring forth comes from my passion for Jesus, for you, and for the next generation.

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I am honored to be represented by Ruth Samsel of William K Jensen Literary Agency.

Portrait by Angela Hackett and Family Photo by Matt Genders Photography.


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