David Staal brings passion and experience for reaching kids to his responsibilities as president. His most important role at Kids Hope USA, though, is as a weekly mentor for an amazing elementary aged student.
Before coming to Kids Hope USA, David led Promiseland, the children's ministry at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois. Prior to working for Willow Creek, he enjoyed a 13-year corporate career in the health and biotech industries.
In addition to his work at Kids Hope USA, David serves on the Advisory Board (currently as Chairman) for the Kirchhoff College of Nursing at Grand Valley State University
– and as a senior editor for Christianity Today International where he writes a monthly column that appears in CT's Leadership Journal/Building Church Leaders area. His love for kids and passion to write is seen in the six books he's published: Show Up (2016, Dust Jacket Press), five through Harper Collins/Zondervan Publishing; Lessons Kids Need to Learn (2012), Words Kids Need to Hear (2008), Leading Kids to Jesus (2006), Leading Your Child to Jesus (2006), and Making Your Children's Ministry the Best Hour of Every Kid's Week (2004; coauthored with Sue Miller).
In the midst of all of his roles, his greatest passion in life comes from his family. He lives in Grand Haven, MI, with his wife Becky. His son, Scott and daughter-in-law, Abbie live in Valparaiso, IN, while his daughter, Erin, attends Valparaiso University.
Drew joined the Kids Hope USA staff in 2002, after several years as a church youth director and Young Life Church Partner. Originally from the Washington D.C. area, Drew graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in Philosophy, Western Theological Seminary (Holland, MI) with a Master of Divinity, and a Certificate of Fundraising Management from North Park University.
Drew and his wife Patty have three precious daughters, Leah, Hannah, and Kaitlin. He is also a mentor and friend to an incredible elementary age student through his church's Kids Hope USA partnership.
Chris joined the KIDS HOPE USA staff in July 2007 as the National Director of Programs. He graduated from Alma College in 1991 with a degree in business administration, and began what has turned out to be a long-term commitment to working in the area of nonprofit youth development. Chris has worked in camp settings, community centers, and with national youth development programs all with the goal of helping students to thrive and reach their potential. Along the way, Chris has continued his own educational journey obtaining an MA in Counseling in 2008, and he is on track to complete a second Master's degree in Educational Psychology with a focus in research and assessment in the summer of 2016.
Chris and his wife Sherri have three children and they reside in Grand Rapids, MI where they are active members of the Oakdale Christian Reformed Church. As a family they enjoy sailing, bike riding, the Food Network, and sports of many kinds.
Before Debra joined Kids Hope USA as an Administrative Assistant in 2002, she was a Project Coordinator for Herman Miller, Inc. in Zeeland, MI for 15 years. She has served as a Kids Hope USA director at her church where she has attended all her life, and continues to enjoy serving in various capacities there, whether it is time spent with young children or the high school/post high age. She is a long-time learner in Bible Study Fellowship, attending a local Monday evening class. Debra is also a Kids Hope USA prayer partner.
Debra and her husband Arlyn live in Hudsonville and have 3 married children. They are enjoying their delightful grandchildren, Wednesdays officially being Grams Day. In her spare time, Debra enjoys shopping with her sister (or anyone), along with reading, knitting, and walking. On summer weekends, you may find Debra and Arlyn enjoying the great outdoors at one of their favorite campgrounds.
Elise Sagmoe comes to Kids Hope USA with a desire to share her creativity and love for kids, art, and Jesus. She graduated from Hope College with a double major in Art History and Art Education. She enjoys the variety that being a Communications Coordinator and Administrative Assistant provide.
She lives with her husband, Peter and 2 wonderful kids. They enjoy hiking, biking, the beach, and basically anything outdoors.
Carol was first introduced to KIDS HOPE USA through her church and has had the privilege over the last 11 years to be a Kids Hope USA prayer partner. Carol has a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Calvin College. After several years in a bank customer service role she moved to the Accounting Department of a local community bank and gained significant experience in all aspects of bank accounting including producing board reports for the various bank affiliates.
Carol is married to Brad and they have three adult children. Over the past 25 years she has spent much of her free time volunteering, managing Brad's political campaigns and serving for sixteen years in various capacities on both a local school and intermediate school district boards of education. The opportunity to serve Kids Hope USA in an accounting role brings together many of her passions; accounting, schools, keeping busy and bringing hope to children.
Annette Forster has been leading leaders and developing ministries throughout the 30 years she has been a member at Willow Creek Community Church. From leading students in the high school ministry (Son City) to starting and developing various ministries to Women, to her last role as Director of Affinities (Men's, Women's, Singles, Internationals, Seniors, Business Leaders). There is nothing that excites her more than to watch the power of God transform a life.Annette comes to KIDS HOPE USA excited to see what God will do with the potential of partnerships in the Chicagoland area all for the sake of empowering kids.
Annette grew up in the suburbs of Chicago along with her husband, Tim, of 27 years. Together they have 2 daughters in their 20's, Ally and Emily. Ally is a 1st grade teacher and Emily is a student at Hope College. Annette has loved watching her kids discover who God has created them to be and now takes that passion to Kids Hope USA to help churches and other organizations make a difference in the life of a child.
Lise Cook attended Trinity Bible Church for 16 years and served five years as the Kids Hope USA director there. Prior to being the KHUSA director, she served as the children’s director for 4 years. Since seeing the impact Kids Hope USA has had on children, she has been passionate about spreading the vision of Kids Hope USA to recruit more volunteers and ministries, and ultimately make more hours happen for more KHUSA children.
Lise and her husband of over 31 years, William Cook, grew up in Fort Worth where they went to high school together. Lise stayed in Fort Worth to attend Texas Christian University while William went away to college. After dating seven years, they were married. Lise pursued a career in fashion and marketing until they adopted their first daughter.
They are also the proud parents of two daughters, Addison and Annie.
Tracey has spent the last 20 years in corporate America Managing customer service. He graduated from Texas Southern University with a Bachelors of Business Administration and Management. Tracey has a passion for children and is excited to join KIDS HOPE USA as a means of fulfilling his God given purpose.
As a member of Grace Church of Humble, Tracey has served faithfully in the leadership role of the Ushers Ministry. The Usher Ministry has doubled since Tracey joined the leadership team and he has kept the ministry organized.
He and his wife Sandra are the parents of three lovely girls, Kamryn, Winter and Sydney.
During his free time, Tracey enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf with friends and a good game of Scrabble.
Anna Scholten is the Program Director at the National Office where she has had the privilege of walking alongside KHUSA programs across the country for the past 3 years. Her favorite part of her job is working with new programs and helping church leaders realize they can lead a thriving ministry in and outside the walls of their church. Prior to KHUSA, Anna worked for the Salvation Army Kroc Center, providing new opportunities in a low income neighborhood of Grand Rapids. Anna studied public administration at Grand Valley State University, where she learned of her passions for at-risk youth and decided to pursue a career in the non-profit sector.
Outside of KHUSA, Anna is slowly finishing her MBA at Western Michigan University. Just married in 2013, Anna and her husband Erik enjoy remodeling their 1930s home, spoiling nieces and nephews, traveling to visit family & friends, and exploring new places.
Jennifer is excited to bring her love for children, passion for helping others, administrative background and her past experience as a Kids Hope USA director to the national office. Jennifer married her high school sweetheart and they have two children. As a family, they enjoy movie nights, board games, family outings, and going on mission trips together.
Jennifer enjoys creating digital photo books, cooking, baking, crocheting, spending time with family and volunteering at school and church.
Tammy has worked at Perimeter Church in Johns Creek, GA for 19 years. For the first 16 years of her ministry there, she was the Director of Camp All-American, one of the largest Day Camps in the country. She is currently serving as Next Gen Integration and Education Director, working to establish mentoring relationships with members and local public elementary schools through Kids Hope USA.
Tammy not only oversees the expansion of Perimeter's school mentoring parternerships but also is working to increase the number of Kids Hope USA school/church partnerships in the Atlanta area.
She lives in Duluth, GA with her 22 year old daughter, Maddie who recently graduated from UGA.
Wally has over 25 years' experience in the areas of leadership, organization, and financial development. He holds a BA in Economics and Business from Wittenburg University as well as a Masters Degree in Christian Leadership Development from Alliance Theological Seminary.
He is currently the Director of One Heart Ministries and also works to promote Kids Hope USA in the Ohio area.
He and his wife Anne, are celebrating their 26th anniversary this year and have two college age children, Daniel and Andrea.
Theresa was drawn to Kids Hope USA through her passion for impacting the future of young people. She enjoys being a Kids Hope USA mentor and has loved seeing the changes that have taken place in her student's life. Adopted as an infant, she always keeps in mind that without outside adults who cared about her future, she would never be where she is today - and therefore she hopes to give that same gift to others.
Theresa graduated from Grand Valley State University with her degree in Public Relations, Advertising and Art & Design. With a background in sales, events and public relations, she enjoys using her skill set to encourage and steward financial supporters of the organization.
Theresa currently lives in Zeeland with her husband Blake, son Reece and dog, Bradi. Theresa spends much of her free time involved with a local running group, and really enjoys trying new things (can you say, "Bad Bowlers League?"). You can easily become her best friend through a cup of dark coffee and some good conversation.
Corrie was first involved with Kids Hope USA as a high school senior mentoring a great kid. Since then, she has worked for non-profit organizations in West Michigan and Bolivia. In her current role at KHUSA, she and the program support team work to provide the best support to directors that are mobilizing their churches to make positive impacts on children's lives.
She enjoys meeting with her Kids Hope student every week and tries her best to model how to gracefully lose at Go Fish.
Corrie is newly married to her husband, Jonathan, and enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing volleyball, reading, endeavoring to enjoy running, and eating ice cream.
Rayanne joins Kids Hope USA with experience both in nonprofits and education. She has a degree in Public and Nonprofit Administration from Grand Valley State University and has worked in a variety of philanthropic organizations in the U.S. and Australia. She has also spent time working as a paraprofessional for a class of rambunctious 4th graders, a group leader at an after school program, and an English teacher in Taiwan. She discovered her passion for at-risk youth on a mission trip to New Jersey in college and brings both enthusiasm for the mission and a unique combination of experience to her role as Program and Training Coordinator.
Rayanne married her partner-in-crime, Lance, in 2013, and the two love to travel, spend time with friends and music - playing it on their guitars and dancing to it whenever possible. They are also youth leaders and worship leaders at their church in Grand Rapids. During our beautiful Michigan summers, you'll find them outside running, hiking, biking, or enjoying time on the water at their families' cottages. Rayanne is a mentor to a sassy little elementary-aged girl who keeps her on her toes.
Mark serves as the Director of Partnerships for Kids Hope USA, encouraging and developing an ever-expanding network of church and school partnerships in order to reach more kids with the message of God's love and hope. A graduate of Taylor University, Mark has served the local church as a worship pastor, and the church at large through leadership roles in church music publishing, Christian higher education, and Christian conference center ministry. A native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Mark loves rooting for the Indianapolis Colts and collecting old hymnals and songbooks. He and his wife, Tracy, live in a 100 year-old farmhouse in West Michigan, enjoying the rare occasions when they can have a meal with all three of their college-age children, son Jonathan, and twins, Emily and Caleb.
Before joining the Kids Hope USA staff, Amanda was an elementary school teacher for ten years and is the Kids Hope USA director for her church in Fort Worth, TX. She is a graduate of the University of Texas with a degree in Education and has been married to her husband for 14 years. They have two boys who love sports and being outdoors.
Amanda is also involved in her church's children's programs and international missions. She has been to Belize twice to work on building a high school for the city of Belmopan and is looking forward to going back again.
Mary Lou has been a mentor/director of the Kids Hope USA program in her neighborhood elementary school for nearly three years. Among her many loves are children and education. Having taught middle school math for twelve years, Mary Lou understands the importance of the self-confidence created when adults demonstrate to students that they truly care about them, their learning and their future. Mary Lou extended her Kids Hope USA experience by assisting her church's program director and looks forward to helping strengthen and come alongside other programs in the Atlanta area.
Mary Lou and her husband, Bill, have been married for over 35 years. They have two sons with beautiful wives and two wonderful grandchildren. Planning visits to Florida and to Texas where they all live is precisely how Mary Lou and Bill prefer to spend their free time these days.
Patty was first introduced to Kids Hope USA in 2007 when it launched at her home church, Maiden Lane Church of God in Springfield, Ohio. At that time, she was a third grade teacher with a desire to make a lasting connection with children who were at-risk. In 2008, she began her journey as the Kids Hope USA director at Maiden Lane Church of God.
Patty brings many different perspectives to her new role at Kids Hope USA. She is a graduate of Wright State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. Currently, she is working on a Master of Arts at Bethel Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
She currently lives in Huber Heights, Ohio with her husband, Rob and her daughter, Maelynn. She home-schools her daughter and is a Girl Scout and 4-H volunteer. She loves to hike and is training with her daughter to hike part of the Appalachian Trail in 2020 - the year she turns 40.
Lori joined Kids Hope USA as a mentor in 2010. This was also the first year her church, Atascocita United Methodist Church started their program. Very quickly, she realized that she wanted to be more involved with the Kids Hope program and volunteered to be her director's Communications Coordinator. In 2011, Atascocita UMC decided to adopt a second elementary school and Lori agreed to become the director of that program at Timbers Elementary.
She is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a Bachelor's in Music Education. She is happily married to her husband of 20 years and they have two daughters who occupy a lot of her time. She is very excited to join the Kids Hope USA Program Support team and to support directors in the Houston area as they launch and sustain their programs.
Kari joined Kids Hope USA as a mentor in the spring of 2013, fell in love with the program, and then was asked to be the director of her church's program at their partnering school that fall. Kari has her bachelors degree from the University of Colorado and a masters in Youth Ministry from Trinity International. She has been involved with youth for over 20 years, married for 19 years, and has 2 kids in high school.
Bethany joined the Kids Hope USA staff in 2007. She has worn many hats during her time here - working in program training and support, general administration, and even a brief stint in the partnerships area. She graduated from Michigan State University in 1995 with a Bachelor's Degree in Communications. Bethany is also a coach for 3rd-5th grade boys in a local after school running program called Total Trek Quest.
Bethany and her husband, Dan, reside in Holland, MI and savor living in a place where people vacation. They enjoy the amazing Michigan outdoors and all it has to offer. From tip-toeing through the tulips in the spring, to splashing in Lake Michigan in the summer, to apple picking in the fall, to playing hockey throughout the winter months. You may even find Bethany representing her Dutch heritage in full Dutch costume - guiding tours and dancing during the Tulip Time festival!
Michelle joined Kids Hope USA (KHUSA) in August 2016 as the Director of Finance and Administration. She came to KHUSA with an extensive array of experience within the financial arena. Michelle has a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Calvin College and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Grand Valley State University. Her experience includes internal audit, external audit and financial analysis in both public and private settings. Her primary focus and passion lies with non-profit organizations and Michelle is excited to bring her experience and knowledge to KHUSA.
Michelle lives in Jenison, MI with her husband, Dean and their three boys Tyler, Caleb and Logan. When not at work, school or church, the Exxo clan can usually be found outside playing every sport imaginable.
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