MEET THE TEAM
Our small office in Bloomington, Minnesota is passionate about its mission to mobilize resources for Daystar University to advance the education of Christian Servant-Leaders to transform Africa and the world.
Fearless Leader | Fun Lover
I began my career teaching elementary school in Stillwater, MN and spent most of my career at Minnehaha Academy, a private Christian PreK-12 school in Minneapolis. As Director of Development there, I completed a $12,000,000 capital campaign.
I've been married to Bob for 43 years. We have 2 wonderful children, Kari and Ryan, and a great daughter-in-law, Julie. All teachers. Joy of our life is our 4 year old grandson, Tobin, who keeps us busy and laughing, and hopefully young. Life is good!
Favorite Season: Summer, of course!
Favorite junk food: POTATO CHIPS
Director of Development
Frugal King | African Heart
I first fell in love with Africa and Daystar University in 1996. My dad invited me to come along on the trip, and even offered to pay the airfare – thanks dad! I currently serve with great co-workers in the Daystar U.S. office in the area of purchasing, equipment, fundraising and scholarships.
I am married to my best friend, Sheila, and we have been blessed with six children. One of my goals is to finish my degree program (currently at Bethel University) – hopefully before my own children reach college age!
Favorite cupcake: Carrot cake
Favorite Book: Ben Hur
Executive Administrative Assistant
Organizational Guru | Friend to all
I worked as a school secretary in Minneapolis Public Schools for 18 years, and then as receptionist at Minnehaha Academy for 7 years before coming to Daystar.
I am wife to Bob, mother to 3 grown children, and grandmother to 2 granddaughters. I love to read, work in my garden, study and teach the Bible, make quilts for my family and friends, and take long walks with husband and 2 grand-dogs.
Favorite cupcake: Chocolate chocolate chip
Favorite board game: Settlers of Catan
Marketing and Social Media Administrator
Coffee Enthusiast | Old Soul
My love for nonprofits began at the Catholic Charities of Chicago where I learned as a development intern I could use my specific skills and talents to help others. I came to Daystar U.S. from Unbound, the largest nonprofit in Kansas, where I worked as the Marketing Support Specialist.
I have a passion for traveling, mostly to keep up with my family who is spread across the world. My parents live in Al Manama, Bahrain and my sister in Seattle, Washington. I am a recent transplant to Minneapolis and enjoy exploring the city by way of coffee shops and good food.
Favorite season: Autumn
Favorite breakfast food: Pancakes
Creativity Extraordinaire | Analytical Sherlock Holmes
I moved to DC and worked in an office furniture dealership for 12 years. I was privileged to see the insides of many buildings and offices not open to the general public and gain a better understanding of the history of our country firsthand. I've been back in Minnesota for 20 years and have honed my accounting skills in many industries including manufacturing, radio, marketing, computer, and nonprofit.
My dream was to find a Christian, nonprofit organization that I could call my home and Daystar U.S. has answered that prayer. In the four years I have worked for this organization the students and faculty at Daystar University have touched my heart and I feel bless to be a part of this great organization.
Favorite cake: Ice cream cake
Favorite book: God is an Englishman
Assistant and Project Coordinator
Community Builder | Thoughtful Ponderer
I began learning about the importance of customer service during my first (and fun) job at a local Dairy Queen! Since then, I have enjoyed helping make the lives of clients and colleagues easier with positions at a university career counseling office and a supporting vendor to the aviation industry.
I am driven by relationships and am drawn to cultural diversity. Currently, my husband and I love serving the local Somali community here in the Twin Cities through soccer, tutoring, and friendship.
Favorite hobby: Sewing
Favorite Bible verse: “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4
Daystar U.S. Board
Dr. James Barnes, President, Bethel University, Arden Hills, MN
Mr. William Boulware, Financial and Investment Advisor (retired), Plymouth, MN - Board Treasurer
Rev. Richard Coleman, Executive Director, Hope United Community Development Corp., Minneapolis, MN
Dr. Tom Englund, Former President, Christian College Consortium, Dunbarton, NH
Mr. Jon Halverson, VP Internat'l Development, Land O' Lakes, Shoreview, MN - Board Vice Chair
Dr. Judith (Judi) Johnson, Consultant, HealthQuest, Twin Cities, MN
Mr. Derreck Kayongo, Founder, Global Soap Project, Atlanta, GA
Professor George Okoye Krhoda, Chairman of Daystar University Council, Nairobi, Kenya
Dr. Rex Krueger, University Professor, Administrator & Consultant (retired), Redmond, OR
Dr. James Larson, University Professor, Jamul, CA
Rev. David Lenz, Lead Pastor, Hope Presbyterian Church, Richfield, MN
Dr. Frank Lloyd, Associate Dean, SMU Cox School of Business, Dallas, TX - Board Chair
Dr. Eloise-Marie Loeffler, Physician (retired), Eden Prairie, MN - Board Secretary
Dr. Paul L. Olson, Executive Advisor and Corporate Board Director, North Oaks, MN
Mr. Stephen D. O'Neil, Headmaster, Vail Christian High School, Edwards, CO
Mr. Dennis Ripley, Chief Business Development Officer, Water4, Wheaton, IL
Mr. George H. Soltero, Attorney, Tucson, AZ
Dr. Paul Virts, (retired) Sr. Vice President, University of Northwestern, Media, Blaine, MN.
Mr. Ian Wanga, Vice President, J.P. Morgan Chase, Chicago, IL
Dr. Michael Wanous, Dean of Faculty, Huntington University, Huntington, IN
Daystar University Council
Dr. Mary Murimi, Chancellor
Dr. Timothy Wachira, Vice - Chancellor, Chairman
Mr. Jomo Gatundu, Deputy Vice - Chancellor, Finance & Administration (FA) - Secretary
Rev. Prof. James Kombo, Deputy Vice - Chancellor, Academic Affairs
Prof. George Krhoda, Council Vice Chairman
Eng. Erastus Mwongera, Member and Chairman of the Human Resource Committee
Erastus Kwaka Omolo, Member and Chairman of the Audit, Risk and Governance Committee
Lilian Ogolla, Member and Chairperson of the Finance Committee
Bishop Boniface Adoyo, Member and Chairman of the Spiritual Nurture Committee
Grant Smith, Member and Chairman of the Resource Mobilization Committee
Dr. Morompi Ole Ronkei, Member
Bernice Gachegu, Member
Rev. John Ekudu, Member
Dr. Racheal Masake, Member
Dr. Frederick Ringo, Member
Pst. Muriithi Wanjau, Member
Dr. Victor Madziakapita, Member
Mulatu Belachew, Member
Desmond Mtula, Member
Purity Kiambi, Senate Representative
Prof. Levi Obonyo, Senate representative
Omeno Suji, Chairman of Daystar University Alumni Association
Prof. Michael Bowen, Chairman of Senior Staff Association of Daystar University
Dr. James Karau, General Secretary, Senior Staff Association of Daystar University