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.

Kathleen Johnson
Executive Director
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

 
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Alan Cooke
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

 

 

Nancy DeCamp
Finance Manager
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

 

Rochelle Johnson
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

 

Mailou Thao
Administrative Assistant
Country Soul | Spicy Food Lover

I currently serve as an Assistant Treasurer for my church and worked as an Operations Clerk 2 for Wells Fargo before coming to Daystar U.S. I enjoy working with numbers and handling the necessary details behind the scenes.

A dream of mine is to produce a documentary exploring the various tribal groups and learning about their history. I love to travel, read theological books, and go on new hiking trails.

Favorite fruit: Mangoes

Favorite author: David Platt


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