Executive Leadership

Brenda Epperson-Moore

ASCEND Co-Founder

Brenda is no stranger to television. As an actress, she is known by audiences internationally for her portrayal of Ashley Abbott on the CBS daytime drama The Young and The Restless for eight years. You may have seen her in her Spring 2015 appearance on the CBN 700 club where she shared her testimony and upcoming book series. As an accomplished singer/song writer, and a signed Sony Tri/Star musical artist, she toured with Lionel Richie as his opening art.

She recently released her new single I Cry Freedom.   She works regularly as a TV on air host, a woman’s speaker, and is a contributing author to the book, Blessedness of Brokenness, on how God looks at our brokenness and sees beauty. Brenda currently blogs for MICI (Made in Christ’s Image).

Married to the love of her life, she has three daughters but her life is fueled by her passion for God. She graciously gives of her time and talent to nonprofit businesses, charities and churches and her recent fundraising efforts have focused on abandoned young women with Mercy Ministries.  She has lead worship, served on the board of W.C.I.G., ICAN, ILP and has lead a flourishing women’s Bible study for five years at the Bel Air Presbyterian Church, as well as serves as a Deacon. Brenda is a founding Co-Director of the annual ASCEND Conference for women and believes that nothing is impossible with God.

Susan Wehba

ASCEND Co-Founder

Susan and her husband of 45 years, C. Frederick Wehba, moved to Beverly Hills, CA from Dallas, Texas in 1989. They have four wonderful sons and six amazing grandchildren. Since their marriage, they have dedicated their philanthropic efforts to the cause of Christ. They have planted churches including In Christ Church and Westside Shepherd of the Hills as well as assisting other church plants and ministries. They are members of Bel Air Presbyterian church, and serve as deacons. Susan has served on several charity and church boards including In Christ Church, Associates for Breast Cancer Studies, Sonance, and Young Musicians Foundation. They are also supporters of many other ministries and charities including InTouch Ministries, the Southern Baptist Mission Board, Childhelp and St. Jude. Susan’s background is in Interior Design. In addition to being a Co-Director for ASCEND Women’s conferences, Susan is also an event planner, fundraising host, and small group leader.

I asked the Lord, “Lord, why do you take me through troubled waters?” And He replied, “Because your enemies cannot swim.”

DeAnna Kane

Chief Operating Officer

DCA Founder and CEO

DeAnna is a writer originally from the windy city of Chicago, and moved around extensively throughout her career in the entertainment industry. After graduating from Southern Illinois University she moved to big cities such as New York, and later Tokyo, Japan, where she resided for one year, studying the culture and lifestyle of the Japanese people while working her craft in the modeling world. During a short time in Mainland, China, she and a small group of girls were extended invitations to work in public relations in the fashion industry to being the repairs of the devastating effects of Tiananmen Square a few years earlier. She worked the fashion festival which featured famed singer, Ricky Martin.

In subsequent years, DeAnna pursued higher education and received her Master’s of Science in Education, graduating at the top her class with a perfect 4.0 GPA. She found she had a talent for writing and editing and shifted gears in career choices to beginning building her efforts within Christian ministry. She began working for the non-sectarian educational organization, Museum of the Bible, as their content coordinator and Event Manager, lending her expertise in creating content for the development department.

DeAnna started the non-profit Divine Christian Academy (DCA) in 2012 in hopes of using ministry to educate women and children across the nation and around the world. A single mom, she lives in LA with her four children, four foster girls, four dogs, and three cats.