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Shelly Ash:

I was born in Elk City, OK to a single mom with 3 boys. My 35-year-old father died of a cerebral aneurysm while she was pregnant. She was amazing. I grew up in church learning about Jesus, was a puppeteer, and very active in youth group.  I went to Oklahoma State University and received a bachelor’s degree in Music Education, then taught elementary music with an Orff emphasis for 23 years.

I ALWAYS had a strong interest in psychology, relational dynamics, and self-improvement. I taught the Boundaries course by Drs. Cloud and Townsend for 14 years. I took Plumbline’s Soul Care class and graduated in 2014. After I left teaching and my mother passed, I got my certifications in Health and Life Coaching, but I was still searching. Then I started my Splankna training in 2018 and found my niche.

Splankna (Greek word for gut; like…”I’ve got this feeling in my gut”) is a tool that uses muscle testing to identify negative emotions wrapped around a trauma, then using meridian points (like the chiropractor uses) and prayer, the negative emotions are broken off.  The whole process is wrapped in Biblical boundaries.

I am now a Certified Splankna Practitioner and look forward to utilizing that training when I see clients as an Ordained Pastoral Counselor.

I am married to Jeff Ash and have 2 Yorkies, Riff and Jazz. I love to sing jazz standards and travel.


Favorite verse: Roman 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.


Eileen Hobbs:

Eileen was born and raised in Connecticut with her mom, dad, older sister and younger brother. After high school she decided to go to Oklahoma and study physical education at Oral Roberts University. After one year of college and no planning she married and had three daughters within four years. Life became very difficult and she had to grow up right along side her children.
Eventually her and her husband divorced. Eileen went back to school and this time studied psychology because of all the difficulties she went through. She also remarried to a wonderful man.
While attending school she met Sue Merrill who is a counselor at Plumbline and Sue told her about Plumbline Ministries. Eileen believed that was an answer to prayer. She signed up for classes and would say to anyone that Plumbline is an awesome place to learn, grow and help others!

     Interns are a very important part of Plumbline Ministries.  In short, we trade them extra training (every Mon. morning) and allow them to sit in on our counseling appointments for the benefits of their services in managing the Plumbline office and programs.  The long-term hope is that they would complete 250 hours or more of counseling sessions and then move on to offer counseling on their own, through their church, or (best yet) join the counseling staff here.

     After a participant in our Soul-Care training program has completed two semesters they can apply for internship.  We will already know them pretty well by then and have a good idea about their gifts and calling.  The application includes recommendation letters from their pastors, and support letters from their friends and family.  Once accepted into the intern program, they are supervised by Carol McNamara, befriended by the staff, incorporated into our other programs and PUT TO WORK (as their schedule allows). 

      Internship is divided into two phases. Phase I internship lasts no less than one year. It is during this phase that interns complete the 250 hours of observation with established counselors mentioned earlier. Once it is agreed upon by the intern and the counseling staff that there is a readiness to enter into the next level of preparation to counsel with Plumbline*, the intern begins Phase II Internship. Phase II Internship is independent counseling with mentor supervision (weekly meetings) and will last one more year passed the Phase I year. The intern may or may not continue sitting in with established counselor but will also pick up two to three counselees. It is also during this phase that the intern counselor will face the difficult decision and challenge of whether or not to begin fund-raising. We can offer counseling for free because our sponsoring churches pay the over-head for the ministry and our staff raise their own support; missionary style. SOOO, if one of Phase II Intern Counselors asks you for your financial support please know that they are being thoroughly trained, vetted, and already functioning in important roles here! Yes, our current interns are essential to what we do now and may become the very future of Plumbline Ministries.