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 kindergartner.
Before coming to Kids Hope USA, David led Promiseland, the children's ministry at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois. Prior to joining 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 as a senior editor for Christianity Today International; he writes a monthly column and films a monthly short video that appears in CT's Building Church Leaders area. His love for kids and passion to write blend well on the pages of his five books, all published through Zondervan Publishing. His most recent title released in March 2012; Lesssons Kids Need to Learn. Additional titles authored by David include 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 and daughter Erin. His son Scott attends Valparaiso University.
Craig’s six years as an Executive Director with Youth for Christ has instilled in him a love and passion for working with at-risk kids. In addition, his time as a Dean with Davenport University and his 26 year career with office furniture manufacturer, Herman Miller Inc. provides him with the experience and skill set to lead the operations area of KIDS HOPE USA.
He graduated from Hope College in 1972 with degrees in business administration and economics.
Craig and his wife Sherry, a Young Fives teacher with Zeeland Public Schools, reside in Zeeland, MI where they are active members of First Reformed Church – Zeeland. They have four children – Eric, Martha, and Lindsay who are triplets and Chelsea the youngest. Craig and Sherry love spending time at their cottage on Beaver Island, golf, tennis and walking their three dogs (is there a trend emerging here?).
After seven years as a church youth director and in Young Life Church Partnership, Drew completed his Master of Divinity from Western Theological Seminary (Holland, MI) and joined the KIDS HOPE USA staff in 2002. Originally from the Washington D.C. area, Drew graduated from the University of Delaware in 1995 with a degree in Philosophy. It was through his experiences growing up and in Christian ministry that Drew developed a passion for equipping the church to be relationally engaged in the needs of its community. As the Vice President of Partnerships, Drew works with school systems, church networks, denominations, and expansion into new areas for Kids Hope USA.
Drew and his wife Patty, a registered nurse in Holland, MI, have three precious daughters, Leah, Hannah, and Kaitlin. He is also a mentor and friend to Dakota, a 5th grader from his church's partnering KIDS HOPE USA school.
Now two years into his role as V.P. of Development, George continues to bring to us a passion for the work of KIDS HOPE USA and a desire to see the organization expand exponentially in response to those children in need. Following a 16 year career in the for-profit world, George began his development career with International Aid in 1999 (KHUSA prior to 2002 was housed under the umbrella of International Aid). He joined KHUSA in December of 2009 following his Regional Development role with Opportunity International (a microfinance organization based in Chicago).
Today, the highlight of his week continues to be the time he spends mentoring Sabastian. They have been together for nearly three school years and each continues to treasure their weekly hour of time together.
George is the loving husband of Laura (22 years and counting) and the proud father of his son, Jordan (a Hope College freshman) and daughter, Lydia (a soon to be high school graduate).
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. He then spent ten years with Spring Hill Camps of Evart, Michigan in various program leadership capacities culminating with the launch of a second residential camp facility in Seymour, Indiana in 2000. In 2002, Chris moved to Grand Rapids to begin work as an urban community center director for the Salvation Army while completing a masters degree in counseling.
Chris and his wife Sherri have two very energetic young boys and one girl, Jayla Hope. They all reside in Grand Rapids, MI and are active members of the Oakdale Park Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids. As a family they enjoy sailing, bike riding, and anything that might involve water, dirt, and bugs (not necessarily in that order).
Before Deb Bohl joined KIDS HOPE USA as an administrative assistant, she was a project coordinator for Herman Miller, Inc. in Zeeland, MI. Deb was previously the KIDS HOPE USA Director at her church where she is currently involved with Bible studies and committees. She brought a wealth of skills and a great personality to us. Deb has a can-do attitude and is always willing to help with various projects and tasks.
Deb and her husband Arlyn live in Zeeland and have 3 adult children and 1 grandchild. She enjoys shopping with her daughter, or anyone else, in her spare time along with reading, knitting, and walking. During summer weekends, you will find Deb and Arlyn enjoying the great outdoors at area 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. Her husband, Peter, works at Allegan Hospital and Holland Hospital as an X-ray Technician. They are members of Engedi church and strive to put God first in everything they do. They enjoy hiking, snowboarding, and basically anything outdoors.
Carol was first introduced to KIDS HOPE USA through her church and has had the privilege over the last 5 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 children. After her children were born she left the bank so she could devote more of her time to her family. Over the past 20 years she has spent much of her free time volunteering, managing Brad's political campaigns and serving for nine years in various capacities on both a local school and intermediate school district boards of education. With an artistic flair and a love of keeping busy she has branched into many hobbies and the corners of their house have stashes of projects to work on. The opportunity to serve KIDS HOPE USA in a part-time accounting role brings together many of her passions; accounting, schools, keeping busy and bringing hope to children.
Thom was an educator with the Byron Center Public Schools for 37 years, where he taught band, choir and music to students in grades 5-12, and two years of computer applications in grades 7 & 8. In addition to teaching in Byron Center, Thom taught instrumental music part-time at Grand Valley State University for several years, was part-time music faculty at Hope College for 20 years, and was the Staff Director at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp for five years.
As well as being a professional educator, Thom is also an active musician. Thom received his Bachelors of Music Degree in Music Education from Hope College, did graduate work at Yale University, and received a Masters of Music Degree in Performance from Western Michigan University. He played Principal French horn in both the Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo Symphonies, and performed with and conducted many other West Michigan music organizations. He is currently playing with the Holland Symphony Orchestra, and is the director of the Holland American Legion Band. The Legion Band toured Europe in June 2009 as part of the 65th Anniversary of D-Day, and in December 2011 was part of the 70th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii.
Thom is married and has four adult children. His wife is also an educator, teaching math at Zeeland East High School, and his son Chris is a 3rd grade teacher at Woodside Elementary in Holland's West Ottawa School District (a KIDS HOPE USA school.) Thom's hobbies include photography, computers and, of course, music.
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 20 years. Together they have 2 teenage daughters, Ally and Emily. 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.
Teri brings with her over 17 years experience in all areas of administration and special projects at the senior leadership level. Teri was on staff in the children's ministry of Willow Creek Community church where she served the director and a team of over 30. She has the ability to strategize and develop projects and procedures, as well as, experience coordinating and supporting conference trainings and events locally and internationally.
Teri grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, IL. She has been married to her husband Mike for 32 years. They have raised three grown children and recently became grandparents for the first time to Mya. Realizing the uniqueness of each of her own children, Teri believes every child can succeed and has a huge heart to reach those kids who have fallen through the cracks.
Teri loves spending time with her family, Sunday afternoon BBQ's, the outdoors, hiking, reading and is an avid knit and crochet guru.
Rosann has attended Christ Community Evangelical Church in Greeley, Colorado for the past 19 years, and has been on staff for the past 13 years as the KIDS HOPE USA Director. She graduated from Colorado Christian University with a B.S. in Organization Management with an emphasis in Christian Leadership.
Rosann has a passion for at-risk children and a vision for all public elementary schools in Northern Colorado to have the opportunity to launch a KHUSA ministry in their schools.
Rosann spends as much time as possible with her family: son Travis and his wife Zulema, daughter Melissa and her husband Jaron along with their two daughters Savanna and Sofia.
Lise Cook attended Trinity Bible Church for 12 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 27 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; and as a family they sponsor a seven-year-old little girl from the Pythian Home for Children.
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.
Equipped with experience from her former position at the Salvation Army Kroc Corps Community Center in Grand Rapids and knowledge from her degree in nonprofit administration from Grand Valley State University, Anna is excited to be a part of the KHUSA team. She is glad to help develop effective practices for KIDS HOPE USA programs across the country. Anna attributes her passion for the development of at-risk youth to the summers she spent at Victory Bible Camps in Sutton, Alaska as a girl's camp counselor while she was in college.
Anna enjoys coaching softball at South Christian High School, knitting, playing softball, and getting together with family and friends for big meals and board games.
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, Terry, and they have two children Kaleb and Ahnalin. As a family, they enjoy movie nights, board games, family outings, and going on mission trips together. They're planning their second trip to Camp Warwick in New York during the summer of 2012 with a church group.
Jennifer enjoys cooking, baking, crocheting, scrap-booking, spending time with family and volunteering at school and church.
Kate Kadane has been impacting the lives of students for over 10 years through her time as both a high school English teacher and her work with Young Life. She comes to Kids Hope USA excited to see how the Lord is mobilizing the Church to love and transform the lives of at-risk youth and their families through relationships. Kate was born and raised in Fort Worth, TX and graduated from Baylor University in 2003 with a degree in English Literature. After 8 years in San Antonio, she was excited to return to Fort Worth to be closer to family. Together, Kate and her two little boys, Pierson and Gray, strive to live out their family mission: "Stand on Truth. Walk in Grace."