Meet the 2024 speakers for the Women in Leadership Conference

Dr. Robin J. Stephenson-Bratcher

Dr. Robin J. Stephenson-Bratcher

Global speaker

Working in both the civilian and Department of Defense (DoD) sectors, Dr. Robin is proficient in trauma & crisis care, and educational & recovery care for clinical and clergy professionals. Experienced in Level One Trauma Center care both in the civilian and DoD quarters, she resources and teaches Compassion Fatigue, Leadership and Team Building, Crisis Counseling, Theology and Biblical Studies, and is trained as an ASIST Suicide Prevention Trainer. Dr. SB currently volunteers as the Logistics Chair for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, does fund raising for non-profits, teaches continuing education in pastoral care, primary and secondary trauma issues, and conducts leadership seminars for clinical, clergy, and business professionals in Oklahoma City metro area.

Dr. SB’s Bachelor of Science from Southern Nazarene University was a double major in Elementary Education and Christian Education. Her Master of Divinity was in Old Testament Biblical Theology from Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky. She also has a Master of Science from SNU in Psychology, with a thesis was in Adult Social-Cognitive Therapy.. Her Doctorate of Ministry from Oblate Theological Seminary in San Antonio is in Primary (PTSD) and Secondary (STSD)Trauma.

Dr. Stephenson-Bratcher, a prior enlisted Air Force aircraft mechanic and Army reserve transportation specialist until 1991, returned to serve in the Air Force as a Chaplain from 1998-2014. However, in the timespan between her enlisted career in the 80s and becoming an officer, she served the Church of the Nazarene and the United Methodist Church in the capacities of a Youth Pastor, Singles Pastor, Educational Pastor, and Senior Pastor. She has also served as a therapist for Humana Healthcare Hospital in Oklahoma City and lead CISM debriefs for first responders/victims in the aftermath of the Murrow Building bombing. After re-enlisting, Dr. Robin served as an in-residence chaplain at Wilford Hall Medical Center (WHMC) on their pediatric, PICU, and ICU units as well as weekly rotations in the WHMC Emergency Room and Brooks Army Medical Center on their burn unit caring for civilians and veterans of all services during 16 years of the War on Terror. Additionally, Dr. Robin served as a chaplain for the Wounded Warrior missions at the Aeromedical Staging Facility at Andrews AFB in D.C.; was deployed three tours and was the go-to counselor/instructor for primary and secondary trauma, sexual assault recovery, suicide prevention training, marriage and family, leadership & team building, and spiritual growth at all her bases. However… 40 years of pastoral and caregiving experience later, she is adamant that she still has so much to learn and does not consider herself an expert on any subject. She hopes to continue to discover even more in encounters with others throughout her lifelong journey of learning!

Robin stays balanced between work and play with many hobbies. She is an avid traveler and has lived in six countries, lived in eight states, and has vacationed in every state in the Union except N. Dakota. She is an ardent gardener – both vegetable and flower. She loves to cook every chance she gets, especially for her monthly “Partays!” at her home. She is also a budding mixed-media artist and leads day and weekend art and spiritual retreats when time allows. Hanging out at the gym, biking, gardening, and hiking around Wisconsin lakes keep her body in shape, while voracious reading keeps her mind and soul on the cutting edge. Ask her what is on her reading table this month!!!