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Epiphany – April 17, 2021

‘they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near to the boat’ Jn 6:19

Iklas Bashi talks about our identity, it’s true source, and social media. Tiffany Welka explains investing that aligns with our faith. Alicia Wong from Guadalupe Workers gives hope to mother’s with unplanned pregnancies. Joe Tabers speaks about the great plans God has for all us.


Iklas Bashi, MA, LPC

Iklas Bashi, MA, LPC is a Christian/Catholic Certified Life Coach, Clinical Therapist, Speaker and Writer. She combines the rich teaching of the Catholic faith and her experience and training in psychology to help others break free from negative mindsets, discover their God given identity and live a life of purpose and meaning.

Iklas has been featured on Ave Maria Radio AM 990 and It’s Your Community WJR-AM. Her articles have appeared in The Michigan Catholic, The Chaldean News, HealthPartners and St. John Today. She has been a Co-host on Invitation to Sisterhood which airs on CTND (Catholic Television) and YouTube.

For the past 3 years, she has been facilitating the Surviving Divorce Support Group for the Chaldean Diocese of St. Thomas which is a healing support group for individuals going through the pain of divorce.

She loves to read and inspires the love of learning in others because she believes books have the power to transform us.

She is passionate about walking alongside others on their journey toward healing and integration and her greatest vocation is being a wife and mother.

Tiffany Welka

Tiffany Welka AWMA, Vice President of VFG Associate, Fiduciary, Accredited Wealth Management Advisor

Tiffany was born and raised in the financial industry. She is a second generation award winning financial advisor. Tiffany is a Fiduciary Financial Advisor, the Vice President of VFG Associates, an award winning licensed insurance professional, and an Accredited Wealth Management AdvisorSM or AWMA®. This is the nation’s original and most well-respected designation for providing financial advice.

As a registered Investment Advisor Representative, she holds a fiduciary duty and an ethical obligation to act solely in her clients’ best interest.  Her expertise aids her clients to capitalize on opportunities to preserve, grow, and/or transfer their wealth. She always seeks to optimize her clients’ investments in order to achieve their goals.

Tiffany’s passion and focus is working with people who have or desire to accumulate and preserve their wealth. She has a proprietary and creatively engineered process called “The Welka Wealth Way” to helps educate and guide her clients into making smart financial decisions. Tiffany teaches her clients to always “Invest with intent TM.”  She believes that investing in companies and products that align with your faith, morals, and goals is what makes your financial plan a true success. 

Understanding that relationships and emotions are affected by financial decisions, she created a pre-marriage program that she calls “Financial Harmony” where she expresses the importance of proper money management and open communication in relationships regarding finances. She hosts workshops and offers private financial counseling for couples. She is a ministry leader on the Pre-Marriage Preparation team at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Plymouth, Michigan. The class is also offered though St. Kenneth Parish in Plymouth, Michigan.

Tiffany is the founder and host of a podcast called Welka Wealth that discusses financial planning strategies and techniques to help her listeners to “Invest with intent TM  “. 

Tiffany has been happily married since 2011. She and her husband enjoy spending time with their two Boxer dogs, Glory B. and Frasier. You can find them on the weekends attending mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel parish in Plymouth, hiking at Maybury State Park, running outside, riding their Peloton, drinking coffee, and spending time with their family and friends.

Alicia Wong

Executive Director of Guadalupe Workers and is full time at the office in Detroit

Guadalupe workers, Alicia Wong and Edmund Miller, President of Guadalupe Workers, and he teaches at Father Gabriel Richard High School in Ann Arbor, originally paired up in 2002 in order to sidewalk counsel at the Woman’s Choice abortion facility in Ann Arbor. When that clinic closed, a year and a half later, the two looked for an abortion center where they would be able to continue their very personal style of sidewalk counseling—which is to say, they looked for a clinic where they would have an opportunity for direct conversation with the mothers.  For the next several years, then, they sidewalk counseled at American Family Planning in Dearborn.  Here, now known as the Guadalupe Partners, they began their practice of intense follow-up with the mothers who turned away from the abortion decision.  Instead of referring the mothers to other help organizations, they personally offered assistance with rent, utilities, housing, and transportation— whatever it took to assist the mother through her temporary crisis.  A few years later, that abortion clinic also closed; Edmund, Alicia, and those who had over the years joined them, moved farther into the city, to the Summit Medical Center on McNichols in Detroit.  While their sidewalk counseling efforts remain focused on Summit, they have also opened an office on Detroit’s southwest side.  This office, equipped with an ultrasound machine, allows the Guadalupe Workers (a name change from 2016) to bring mothers directly from the abortion clinic to a warm, home-like atmosphere–yet also stocked with an ample supply of diapers, children’s clothes, cribs, car seats, groceries and more.

Joe Tabers, CSP

Joe Tabers, author of ‘God Has Great Plans for You!’

Joe Tabers is an engaging conference speaker and inspirational workshop leader.  He has studied skills for developing human potential for over twelve years and helped thousands of individuals increase both their professional and personal effectiveness.  Joe helps organizations improve workplace trust, communication and relationships.  Over the last twenty-five years he has helped hundreds of organizations enhance workplace effectiveness by strengthening leadership, team communication and service skills with his practical how-to approaches.

He is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), a long term member of the National Speakers Association and a Past President the National Speakers Association of Michigan.  In every session he conducts, Joe’s goal is to make a difference, not just a living.  He lives in Southeast, Michigan with his wife and two sons.

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