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Meet the Team

***Meagen Farrell is an author and woodworker who lives with her husband and boys in Northeast Ohio. As Sole Proprietor of Mustard Seed Training, please reach out to her with any requests or questions at or 216.973.4977.

Meagen earned her BA in Religion from Oberlin College, Certificate in Distance Education from Penn State University, and MA in Theology and Religious Studies from John Carroll University. Before transitioning to religious education, she spent most of her career in the field of adult basic education. Her most popular publication is Teaching Adults: A GED Test Resource Book by New Readers Press. She is currently certified in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) levels I & II. 

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***Seamstress Ann Marie Darby is a homeschooling mother of eight who has managed to carve out her own private sewing room. She sews CGS materials in between projects for her local parish, Scouts, 4H, public library, and active family farm. She received her BSN from College of Mount St Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her contributions are marked with the sub-brand "Mustard Seed Sewing" and a yellow background on photos. She enjoys creating beautiful visual items to enhance worship experiences. Follow her work on Instagram or contact her with your ideas for custom products at

***Woodworker Thomas Polak is father of several atrium children and incorporates woodworking as a counselor at Grand River Academy. Thomas partners designer Wyatt Bratt at Bratthaus woodworking studio, selling custom furniture and refurbishing local landmarks in historic Austinburg, Ohio.

***Shipping Manager Michele Szewczyk is a homeschooling Mom of four, and is passionate about the care of animals and the environment while managing South Elm Farm. She enjoys traveling (as a retired military family), hiking, biking, and crafting salves or other herbal remedies.

***All-around artisan Curtis Wickline makes and paints our dioramas. Based in Jefferson, Ohio, he created Wickline Customs to help customize your lifestyle. In addition to custom work for individuals, Curtis makes worship aids for churches incorporating wood, metal, engraving, faux finishes, and airbrushing. Follow his work on Facebook or call/text to discuss a custom piece: 724.734.3777.

***Artist Joan Bratt enjoys using a wide range of media including graphite drawing, watercolor, sculpting, and painting. She joins the Mustard Seed Training team to create a line of materials for families to grow in love with God and neighbor. She balances her art commissions with writing and illustrating children’s literature. You can view her work at

***Chloe Becker hails from Rocky River, Ohio. Her artwork focuses on strengthening the Catholic Church's voice against racism. Her most recent works help to educate others on the lives of underrepresented saints. See more of her work at

***Betty Jo sews in Dallas, Texas. Mustard Seed Training is pleased to offer her original patterns. Check out her Etsy shop for Catholic things, baby things, and a few monograms.