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.
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.
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.