Our small office in Bloomington, Minnesota is passionate about its mission to build relationships with Daystar supporters in the U.S.and for Daystar University to advance the education of Christ-centered servant-leaders to transform Africa and the world.

Alan Cooke
Executive Director
Life-long Learner | 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 and I am transitioning into this new leadership role.  I am very grateful to God and those around me for building into my life.

I am married to my best friend, Sheila, and we have been blessed with six children. 

Favorite cupcake: Carrot cake

Favorite Book: Ben Hur

Current Life Verse:  "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6



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


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 nearly seven 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
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


Walt Avra
Development Manager
Optimistic Bridge-Builder | Impact Focused

I love to learn from my brothers and sisters in Africa and South Asia where my family lived and served the past 7 years. It was a joy to be involved in installing water hand pumps and providing basic education in villages without clean water and without the good news of Jesus.

I became passionate about Daystar University through my strong friendship with a Daystar graduate, Julius, who became my mentor while in graduate school. I am inspired by the great faith of others and how God can multiply our efforts as we work together.

I enjoy exploring the outdoors with my wife, Mercy, and our two children. I also enjoy reading books and the news.

Favorite fruit: Watermelon

Favorite quote: "Expect great things from God, attempt great things for God."

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Daystar U.S. Board

Dr. James Barnes, President, Bethel University, Arden Hills, MN

Dr. H. David Brandt, President Emeritus, George Fox University, Mechanicsville, PA

Mr. William Boulware, Financial and Investment Advisor (retired), Plymouth, MN - Board Treasurer

Dr. Thomas Englund, President (retired), Christian College Consortium, Dunbarton, NH

Mr. Jack Eugster, Chairman (retired), Musicland Stores Corporation, Minnetonka, MN

Mr. Jon Halverson, Partner, Talanton, Wayzata, MN - Board Vice Chair

Dr. Judith (Judi) Johnson, Consultant,  HealthQuest, Richfield, MN

Mrs. Sarah Kayongo, Adjunct Faculty, Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, GA

Mr. Ronn Kreps, Partner-In-Charge (retired), Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, Minneapolis, MN

Dr. James Larson, University Professor, Jamul, CA

Rev. David Lenz, Lead Pastor, Hope Presbyterian Church, Richfield, MN

Dr. Frank Lloyd, Associate Dean (retired), SMU Cox School of Business, Dallas, TX - Board Chair

Dr. Eloise-Marie Loeffler, Physician (retired), Eden Prairie, MN - Board Secretary

Mr. Jay Milbrandt, Assistant General Manager and General Counsel, Bedford Industries, Worthington, MN

Mr. Stephen D. O'Neil, Headmaster, Vail Christian High School, Edwards, CO 

Mr. George H. Soltero, Esq., Attorney, Tucson, AZ

Dr. Janet Sommers, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Northwestern, St. Paul, MN

Mr. Ian Wanga, Vice President, J.P. Morgan Chase, Chicago, IL