M. Barsotti, Vice Chair - B.A. (Economics) University of California, Davis, M.C.S.
(Cross-cultural Ministries) New College Berkeley, and M.Div. Pacific School of
Religion, doctoral candidate at the School of Intercultural Studies, Fuller
Cathy has enjoyed weaving the two threads of economics and theology throughout her life. She has worked in the business world, as a real estate appraiser for over twenty years, first for Bank of America, and then establishing her own business.
She has also worked in diverse ministry contexts within the Anglo and Latino communities, from being a short-term missionary in Mexico City, to youth minister in Berkeley, CA, to part-time associate pastor, to chaplain at a domestic abuse center for women and children in Chicago. She mostly finds herself in urban settings, which she loves. From 1997-2002 she used her combination of skills as the Director of Development for Centro Hispano de Estudios Teológicos (CHET)--a Latino ministry training center in southeast Los Angeles.
Currently her focus is teaching, and consulting with Christian non-profit organizations. She regularly teaches courses at CHET in the areas of theology, ethics, and spirituality (in Spanish) and is also an adjunct professor for Fuller Theological Seminary and Young Life International, teaching in the areas of theology and film, spirituality.
She has been writing movie reviews (with her husband, Rob Johnston) for “The Covenant Companion” and “Faith@Work” for over ten years. They also co-authored the book, Finding God in the Movies: 33 Films of Reel Faith (Baker Books: 2004). They regularly teach together in the area of film and theology. Both of them are ministers in the Evangelical Covenant Church. For fun Rob and Cathy love to travel and are renewed by time at the beach (so they spend a bit of time in the south of Spain). Of course, they also see a lot of movies.
- Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, with a BS in Electrical
Mr. Chung is the Managing Director of Misfit Financial Group, a manager of a commodity hedge fund based in California. He focuses on statistical and fundamental based trading opportunities in the futures market. Prior to joining Misfit Financial in 2004, Mr. Chung was an engineering manager in the high tech industry specializing in routing and switching systems for data networks.
Mr. Chung is a member of Newsong Church in Irvine, CA and serves as a teacher and a parent council member in the children’s ministry. He is also active in serving the at-risk children in Tijuana, Mexico. Byung is married with 4 children and resides in San Juan Capistrano, CA.
Treasurer - Chuck is a CPA and owner of Herreid and Gietzel
CPA. Chuck and his wife, Jan are members of Arbor Covenant Church in
Madison Wisconsin. God has blessed the Gietzels with two daughters and
three grandchildren. The Gietzels love summer outdoor concerts on the
Madison Capitol Square. They also enjoy the Farmers Market and
like to get away to their cabin in northern Wisconsin.
W. Gustafson Ph.D, President - University of Wisconsin-Madison,
Madison, WI, Ph.D. in Development Studies; North Park Theological
Seminary, Chicago, IL, Special Studies; Fuller Theological Seminary, SWM,
Pasadena, CA, M.A .in Missiology; Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena,
CA, M.Div.; Nyack College, Nyack, NY, B.A. in History (Anthropology
Jim grew up in Laos where his parents were missionaries with the
Christian & Missionary Alliance. He attended Dalat School, a C&MA school
for MKs in Vietnam grades 1-11. He returned to the USA and finished high
school at Toccoa Falls High School, a public high school affiliated with
the Toccoa Falls Bible School run by the C&MA in Toccoa Falls, Georgia.
Jim worked as a missionary in Thailand with the Evangelical Covenant
Church from 1971-1998. During that time he was a founding member and
President of IDF, a non-profit development foundation in Udon Thani,
Thailand with whom he worked in holistic development doing agricultural,
aquacultural, vocational training and agro-forestry projects in
Thailand. He was Executive Director of World Mission for the Evangelical
Covenant Church with headquarters in Chicago, IL from 1998-2002. He
became a founding member and President of GDN in 2002 and currently
works full-time for GDN in partnership with SDRF, a non-profit
development foundation in Thailand directing socio-economic projects in
aquaculture, agriculture, agro-forestry, education, ESL, etc. He also
works with CAM, a church planting and development organization in
Thailand doing leadership training. He is a Special Professor of
Intercultural Studies and Asia Director of the Faith and Culture Center
at Tokyo Christian University in Japan where he teaches intensive
Jim enjoys fishing in Florida with his uncles whenever he has an opportunity. His passion continues to be his holistic development work.
Thomas Greer, CPA, is an ordained minister and church administrator. He is recognized as an expert in the management of church development projects and currently serves as the West Coast Regional Director for Visioneering Studio, a national architectural/urban design firm based in Orange County, California.
Thomas has more than 30 years of experience as a financial expert and business consultant, including 18 years as the chief financial and administrative officer for four mega-churches, including Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, and Newsong Church in Irvine, California.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business from California State
Mark E. Hanson, Board Secretary and Sustainable Technology Advisor
- University of Wisconsin –Madison, Doctorate in Environmental Studies,
University of Wisconsin –Madison, Masters in Water Resources Management,
Harvard College, Bachelor of Arts in Economics
Mark works as Director of Sustainable Services for Hoffman, a group of expert planners, architects, and construction managers with a single goal: to create physical environments that positively impact people’s lives. He works with fellow Hoffman staff to provide sustainable project delivery services for all projects. Hoffman uses the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) guidelines. Mark’s work includes integrated daylighting design, lighting, energy modeling, HVAC system review, renewables, construction waste management, and monitoring systems.
Mark previously served as the Executive Director of the Energy Center of Wisconsin, a private not-for-profit energy research and development organization from 1994–2001. Mark immerses himself in the environment. His professional expertise and commitment help him safeguard the beauty and health of his favorite personal haunts. Want to try to keep up with him? He enjoys wilderness travel, such as backpacking, river running, cross country skiing, and canoeing areas like the Boundary Waters and the Quetico along the Minnesota/Canada border.
Mark is a long time member of the Arbor Covenant Church in Madison, Wisconsin. He works with the youth and serves as Camp Booster for the Bible Camps, and has served on the church council in various capacities over the years.
Salter Johnson Boggess -
Joyce’s diverse background and interests in other cultures give her
a unique perspective in her role with GDN. She has managed and directed
non-profit organizations, administered schools, and co-directed Project
JAMAD, a cultural exchange program to Jamaica that teaches youth about
commitment and cultural diversity.
Her commitment to the community has led her to participate in
programs such as Urban Rural Connection, Garden of “Eattin,” and the
Evangelical Covenant Church’s Sankofa Journey. Joyce’s career has led
her to specialize increasingly in the management of complex
multi-cultural projects and staffs at all level. She has extensive
experience in strategic forward—planning; and operating within the tight
financial disciplines imposed by ambitious budgets. She has been honored
with the J. Martin Wolman Outstanding Service for Youth Award (1999) and
chosen to travel to Cuba as ambassador in Early Childhood.
Kim, Chair - California Institute of Technology - Post Doctoral fellow;
University of Southern California - PhD. In Physical Chemistry;
Marquette University – Bachelor of Science in Physical Chemistry.
Following his graduate work, Ho started a software company focused in optimizing the service supply chain. After selling his company, he got involved in developing technical trading systems and risk management. He is currently a partner in Ascend Trading Group trading in the futures market.
Ho has been an active member of Newsong Church since its inception. He
served on the Newsong Leadership Team for over 6 years and is passionate
about holistic ministry. Ho has been married for over 23 years and has
two sons, age 20 and 16.
David Stockamp, Vice President - David Stockamp is a seasoned
missionary (Congo), missions pastor, and missions administrator, having
served most recently as the Executive Director of the Institute for
International Christian Communication.