Dede Chism is the co-founder and Executive Director of Bella Natural Women’s Care. Her passion for women and their dignity led her to a career in nursing. She earned her Master’s Degree in Nursing with a specialty as a Perinatal Nurse Practitioner from Regis University in Denver, Colorado. Dede has worked as a Nurse Practitioner specializing in high risk pregnancies for over 18 years with Obstetrix Medical Group and Swedish Medical Center prior to the conception of Bella.
Dede has a 30 year history in youth ministry and has been able to combine her nursing and youth ministry skills at World Youth Days in Denver, Paris and Toronto as well as serving for over a decade at Steubenville Youth Conferences. Dede was a contributing author on a book on Prayer published through LifeTeen. Dede and her husband Ken have been married for 36 years and are blessed with 3 grown children, their spouses and 9 grandchildren. Dede and Ken love wine and chocolate! They love to travel, spend time in the outdoors hiking, biking, snowshoeing, fishing, reading and enjoying God’s majestic beauty from mountains to seas.
Abby is the co-founder and Associate Director of Bella Natural Women’s Care. She graduated from the University of Colorado with her Masters in Science and is a Board Certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Regis University, Abby worked as a Labor and Delivery nurse for seven years. Abby has completed the Nurse Practitioner Medical Consultant training through the Pope Paul IV Institute and is committed to excellent obstetric and gynecologic care that promotes the dignity of Women.
Abby’s passion for preserving the dignity of women started long before her career in medicine. She has been involved in youth and young adult ministry since high school. Abby served for a year as a missionary with the National Evangelization Teams (NET Ministries) and has spoken at conferences throughout the country to young women affirming their beauty and dignity. As a teenager, Abby had the opportunity to see the birth of a baby where she “felt as if angels were dancing around the room.” She was drawn to the way the medical team worked in cooperation with the woman and family. One of these team members was her mom, Dede. She knew that one day she would be a part of that team.
Abby and her husband Justin are missionaries at heart and have served with the Christian Life Movement’s medical missions in Ayaviri, Peru. Not only does her work and ministry life focus on women’s issues, butAbby and her husband have three young daughters Olivia, Madelynn and Mary Belle. Abby is blessed among women! Abby enjoys camping, swimming, skiing and being surrounded by the ones she loves.