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. Brenda signed with Sony Tri/Star music and was the opening act for Lionel Richie in Europe.  She’s working on releasing her fifth solo album, and is currently on the show, The Rich and the Ruthless.

Brenda is a Deacon at her church, works regularly as a TV on air host, a woman’s speaker, and is a contributing author to the book Blessedness in Brokeness.  Brenda is releasing her first book 2019.

After answering a call from God to start a women’s conference six years ago, Brenda spearheaded the birth of the ASCEND Women conferences. Expanding the mission of educating, inspiring, and igniting, ASCEND WOMEN works to follow God’s heart as he whispered in her ear,  “The people would be saved, set free, and His name glorified.”

Susan Wehba

Vice President

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. After graduating from Southern Illinois University she moved to big cities such as New York, Los Angeles, and later Tokyo, Japan, where she resided for one year, studying the culture and lifestyle of the Japanese people. 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 begin the repairs of the devastating effects of Tiananmen Square a few years earlier.

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 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, as well as being a key factor in coordinating the Grand Opening events of the museum in November, 2017.

DeAnna founded 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. As a registered DCFS approved foster parent, DeAnna understands the value in helping women and children become educated and supported through difficult times.