About the authors
Lavern and Ronda were married December 29, 1978, and the two of them reside in Springfield, Ohio where they have raised their three grown children, leaving them with an “empty nest” since summer, 2008. Two of their children are married, and Lavern and Ronda are enjoying being grandparents as of spring, 2010.
Since 1990 they have been involved in many marriage-strengthening initiatives, leading seminars and groups for couples as well as two on two mentoring.
Lavern Nissley is Executive Director of Marriage Resource Center of Miami Valley, a faith-based organization in Springfield, Ohio working to inspire marriage success and relationship health.
With an educational background in Christian Ministry and Communication, Lavern is an ordained minister with over twenty years experience in pastoring. He has also taught communication and relationship courses at the University of Cincinnati, Xavier University and Rosedale Bible College.
Ronda’s background is in healthcare administration and financial analysis. She has overseen several Miami Valley long-term care facilities as Executive Director. She serves as Co-Director of MRCMV along with Lavern and focuses upon areas of operations and resource development.
Lavern and Ronda have provided major influence in the development and delivery of both RINGS marriage education and the follow-up mentoring program.
As leaders at Marriage Resource Center of Miami Valley since 2005, Lavern and Ronda work with a team of individuals passionate about helping marriages succeed and grow in quality. In the first ten years of building a coalition of congregations and agencies to support marriages, MRCMV observed a 43.2% decrease in the Clark County, Ohio marriage failure rate.
Through resources like RINGS, follow up mentoring and other programs offered by MRCMV, Lavern and Ronda hope that hundreds of willing couples can experience a loving, lasting marriage relationship.