Below is some information on our current board members. If you are interested in joining the Jerusalem Farm board, please contact Dave Armstrong.
Dave first experienced the four cornerstones ministry in 2003 at Nazareth Farm in West Virginia. Returning with student groups each year after that and with his family beginning in 2006. When Nazareth Farm spawned a second farm, Bethlehem Farm in southern West Virginia in 2005, Dave wondered what it would be like to bring the farm and the cornerstones to an urban core. When a property was offered in August of 2011 the ball started rolling and now we will know the answer through Jerusalem Farm. Dave lives and raises his family in Prairie Village, KS with his wife Kelly. He is the Director of Mission Effectiveness and Campus Ministries at Avila University and is an Associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.
Jude Huntz was born and raised in Buffalo, NY where he graduated from Canisius College with a B.A. in Philosophy and Classics. He later earned an M.A. in Humanities from the University of Dallas and an M.A. in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University of Chicago. Jude taught middle and high school students for 14 years, earning the Teacher of the Year award for the State of Missouri in 2005 when he taught at the Barstow School. Mr. Huntz has served as the director of the Human Rights Office for the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph Missouri, chair for the Public Policy Committee for the Missouri Catholic Conference, the board of directors for the Roundtable of Catholic Social Justice Directors, the board of the Community Action Panel of Holy Rosary Credit Union, and the Western Chapter of the Society of Saint Andrew. In November 2011, Bishop Finn appointed Jude to serve as Chief of Staff for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. Jude currently works at Visitation Parish. Jude is married to his wife Cristen. They have two boys, Paden and Simon. They live in Kansas City, MO.
Initial career in health care direct care, program development, strategic planning and marketing. Eight years in Leadership with Sisters of St Joseph of Carondelet. Executive Director of Center for Women in Transition, women returning from prison to society and their families. Recently focusing on Restorative Justice: Taught as Adjunct faculty Avila University course in Restorative Justice, volunteering with Center for Conflict Resolution doing mediations and conflict resolution management, active in Missouri Restorative Justice Coalition and National Association of Community and Restorative Justice. Serves on Board of Directors for four different nonprofit organizations including being Chair of Journey to New Life. As of June 2015, resides with three other sisters at The Journey House, a house for women coming directly from prison.
Bill Cordaro has spent his entire career working with the non-profit sector. With a masters in Theology, a Masters in Adult Education and a certificate in Fund Raising and Development, he is currently the president of Stewardship Partners & Resources. SP&R works mainly with church and other faith based organizations, promoting the transformative power of stewardship. Bill is married with three grown children and originally from Des Moines. He has lived in Kansas City for 35 years. His past experience includes teaching at all levels of education, running youth programs and leading the marketing and communications department for a non-profit with over $65 million in annual revenues. He has been doing stewardship education, fundraising and development for over 12 years.
Regina Staves is an Associate Professor of psychology at Avila University and is an advocate to prevent child abuse and neglect. She currently serves on the Missouri Children's Trust Fund board and participates in several community groups focusing on child abuse prevention and healthy development. She has a Bachelors in psychology, Masters in counseling psychology and Ph.D. in psychology. Dr. Staves is also a licensed professional counselor specializing in psychological trauma, attachment, emotional and brain development, and social issues impacting children and families. Dr. Staves is active in educating the community about the positive individual and societal effects of restorative practices and co-teaches a class on restorative justice at Avila. She is also an Associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.
Ken Mayo was a staff member along with his wife at Nazareth Farm for almost a year and a half. Since then the cornerstones of Community, Prayer, Service, and Simplicity have been an essential part of his life. Ken's passion for justice and desire to serve the "lease of these" come from the Gospel imperative to love God and love the neighbor. Jerusalem Farm provides an opportunity to serve the Lord and serve the dear neighbor. Ken now lives and works in St. Louis City with his wife, Jessica, and their one year old son. He currently works as a researcher/statistician for the Juvenile Court of St. Louis and strives to ensure that effective programming is provided to the youth the Court serves.
Julie Cowley is native to St. Louis and has enjoyed living in Kansas City for the last four years. After completing a Master's degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola Chicago, she was wrangled to Kansas City for a job in the field. She currently works as the Assistant Director of University Ministry at Avila, where she enjoys mentoring students and witnessing the evolution of faith and service working in their lives. After a few weeks of combined experience volunteering at Nazareth Farm in West Virginia, Julie spent a bit of time serving there full-time after college and through this experience, came to know the value of relationship and hard work. She is beyond blessed to be connected with Jerusalem Farm as a member of the board and hopes to provide her gifts of encouragement, joy and nifty handywoman skills whenever possible.
Sonya has ministered to young people as a classroom teacher and Director of Campus Ministry at Bishop Miege High School for fourteen years. She has enjoyed chaperoning three Spring Break mission trips to Jerusalem Farm with high school students from Kansas City. Sonya is transitioning out of youth ministry and looks forward to serving the Church of the Nativity in Leawood, KS as Pastoral Minister beginning in July 2016. She will complete a Master of Theological Studies from Newman University in May 2017. Sonya is a Kansas City native; she and her husband live in Prairie Village with their three children.
Scott is an educator that was first introduced to Jerusalem Farm as a chaperone. Since then, his family has intentionally moved to Kansas City to partner with and support the Farm’s mission. As a Jesuit-educated engineer, his vocation and work are a mix of education, technology, and justice. His career pursuits have consisted of teaching in Catholic high schools for a decade, serving as a community service administrator, and running a small non-profit to teach robotics and technology to children. His spiritual and social formational experiences have included service trips to Tijuana, Mexico and Gulu, Uganda. He has enjoyed leading students through challenging service opportunities in San Francisco and Kansas City.
Ning was first introduced to the Jesuit theology of being a person for and with others at Loyola Marymount University. She also met her husband Scott Haluck there and together they were inspired to practice a faith that does justice. While on a service trip to Guatemala, Ning realized that she could combine her love of science and service by becoming a doctor. During her training, her husband Scott and daughter Sophia led high school service trips to Jerusalem Farm and discovered a new way of living a life of service that could be sustained with a family. The family moved to Kansas City to live the Farm life, and she is now a pediatrician at Swope Health Services where she strives to improve the health of kids, families, and communities.
Bobby is a native Hoosier that now resides in Kirkwood, Missouri - a suburb of St. Louis. After his undergrad he worked at Nazareth Farm, where he met his wife, Kelly. He currently works at St. Louis University (Go Billikens!), where he has spent the last eleven years connecting students to service and justice opportunities. He has two children: Daphne (7), and Kenan (4). Bobby enjoys candlelit beaches and long walks with dinner.
Kara Palan, friend and neighbor of Jerusalem Farm, first became acquainted with the farm lifestyle through the experience of designing and documenting the new community house with her husband Jacob. Kara graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design and has spent the last 10 years leveraging creativity for the greater good. In addition to her job as a marketing coordinator for a local architecture firm, she has completed design work, branding and identity development for nonprofits such as Holy Cross School and Jerusalem Farm. Kara and Jacob are the parents of three children, Adrian, Mannix, and Ellie.