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OUR STAFF

  • Hannah Bartz

    Operations Coordinator

  • Liz Bentz

    Volunteer Operations Coordinator

  • Isaac Bowman

    Graphic Designer

  • John Byrne

    Director of Student Programming

  • Amy Cain

    Copy Editor/Writer

  • Doug Cupery

    Director of Church Mobilization

  • Paige Deur

    Content & Social Media Specialist

  • Steve Drewry

    International Manager

  • Judy Folkersma

    Bilingual Mentor Support Coodinator

  • Anne Hamming

    Director of Marketing & Communications

  • Jose Garza Business

    Jose Garza

    Digital Media Specialist

  • Wynnielle Howland

    Operations Assistant

  • Alicia Janowski

    Ministry Program Manager

  • Brian Kamstra

    Director of International Ministries

  • Jen Kimball

    Business Manager

  • Jerry King

    Operations Coordinator

  • Linda Laird

    Advancement Project Manager

  • José Pichardo

    Mentor Training Manager

  • Bernice Roshak

    Operations Manager

  • Alexis Ryan

    Mentor Program Coordinator

  • Jane Strong

    Executive Assistant

  • Samantha VanRavenswaay

    Business Coordinator

  • Robert J Woldhuis

    Donor Relations Manager

  • Eliezer Yeong

    Art and Design Manager

  • Alaina Zwiernikowski

    Mentor Program Manager

Hannah Bartz

Operations Coordinator

Hannah is passionate about people. She graduated from Taylor University with a bachelor’s degree in history with a focus on social change. As one of the operations coordinators at Crossroads, Hannah manages mail intake and greets volunteers and visitors. She enjoys building community that leads marginalized people to whom God has called them to be. Hannah spends her free time reading, playing board games, camping and hiking. Find her around town petting every dog she meets. She lives with her husband and their ten houseplants.

Liz Bentz

Volunteer Operations Coordinator

As an operations coordinator for Crossroads, Liz manages the schedules and workloads of the more than 150 volunteers who serve at the home office each week. The Crossroads operations center runs smoothly and efficiently, and Liz attributes it to the volunteers’ dedication and belief in the ministry. When she does get time away, she enjoys traveling with her husband. Liz also loves spending time with her family, especially her four grandchildren.

Isaac Bowman

Graphic Designer

Isaac graduated from Kalamazoo Valley Community College with a degree in graphic design. He came to Crossroads after spending a few years freelancing. Isaac assists the communications team by developing print materials, illustrations and brand visuals. Growing up in an athletic family, Isaac participated in basketball, soccer and cross country throughout middle school and high school. He now has a passion for running. Isaac also enjoys outdoor activities and building things.

John Byrne

Director of Student Programming

John joined the Crossroads team in February 2021, bringing thirty years of experience in prison and jail ministry to his role as director of student programming. He draws on his background in prison program design and curriculum development as he works to improve the Crossroads student experience. John and his wife, Sue, have twin daughters and, as of 2021, two grandchildren. He is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary.

Amy Cain

Copy Editor/Writer

Amy has worked at Crossroads since 2014. She is grateful for the opportunity to use both her eye for detail and her creative side in her role as copy editor and writer. In her spare time, Amy loves performing, especially acting in local theatre productions. She and her husband, Kyle, enjoy singing and acting, attending plays and musicals together, traveling and playing games with friends.

Doug Cupery

Director of Church Mobilization

Doug joined the Crossroads team in 2017 after working for several years at Ridge Point Community Church as the local missions pastor and leader of the church’s jail ministry. He also spent several years at 70 x 7 Life Recovery, working with people returning to their communities after incarceration. Before that, he worked as a paramedic and registered nurse. As church mobilization director, Doug has a passion for engaging and equipping the Church to care for men and women in prison around the world.

Paige Deur

Content & Social Media Specialist

Paige graduated from Calvin College (now University) with a degree in history and social studies education. After a few years of teaching and spending a year on the World Race serving in eleven different countries, Paige felt called out of the classroom to help serve populations that are often overlooked by society. This desire led her to Crossroads. After a year of working in the operations department processing the thousands of letters and lessons that come into the office every week, Paige transitioned to the communications department. She loves being able to share the stories that Crossroads has been entrusted with. In her spare time, she loves to read, looks for opportunities to travel and spends time with her family and friends.

Steve Drewry

International Manager

Steve grew up in Puerto Rico, where he was known as “Esteban.” He later moved to East Texas and served as an interpreter with YWAM (Youth With A Mission). While serving with YWAM, he met and married Susan, who is from Grand Rapids, Michigan. They moved to Grand Rapids in 1998 to be closer to family. Shortly afterwards, Steve began serving as director of a small neighborhood ministry in a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood in southwest Grand Rapids. Steve now is the international manager for Crossroads Prison Ministries, serving as a liaison to extension centers throughout the world.

Judy Folkersma

Bilingual Mentor Support Coodinator

Inspired by her grandmother’s many years of faithful service as a Crossroads mentor, Judy was thrilled to join Crossroads’ mentor support team in 2021. Judy graduated from Calvin University with a degree in marketing communications and Spanish. One thing that excites her about her work with Crossroads is the opportunity to share God’s love with those she encounters. When she is not working or studying, Judy loves to spend time traveling, hiking or camping. Having already traveled to five countries, she hopes to continue exploring more parts of the world.

Anne Hamming

Director of Marketing & Communications

Before joining Crossroads, Anne was the executive director at Tent Schools International. She joined Tent Schools as the communications and marketing director in early 2019, and she continued in that capacity when she assumed the executive director role in 2021. Before entering the nonprofit industry, she worked in public relations, and she spent several years as a daily newspaper reporter and editor. She is also the author of Saving Lee, Finding Grace, a memoir about years spent curing her youngest child of a rare illness. Anne holds a bachelor’s degree from Calvin University and a master’s degree from the University of Illinois. Outside of work, Anne serves on several education and community boards. In her spare time, she enjoys being with her family.

Jose Garza

Digital Media Specialist

Jose Garza was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He graduated from Kendall College of Art and Design with a degree in digital art and design. After a year of working as a freelance designer, he joined the Crossroads team as a digital media specialist. He assists the communications team by designing digital and print work for Crossroads and maintaining the Crossroads website. When he’s not designing, Jose enjoys watching movies, painting, reading comics and listening to music.

Wynnielle Howland

Operations Assistant

Wynnielle was born and raised in Grand Rapids, MI. She is a true renaissance woman who loves to cook, plan parties, and weld! When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her granddaughters and traveling.

Alicia Janowski

Ministry Program Manager

Alicia is a remote employee on the Crossroads team, working from her home in Indiana. As a certified pro for Asana, Alicia provides project and program management support for the programming teams. In her free time, she loves playing the piano, doing art projects and gardening. Alicia is married to Mark, a pastor in the CRCNA and chaplain for the Michigan Army National Guard. Together, they have two adorable puppies, love to hike and dream of traveling the world.

Brian Kamstra

Director of International Ministries

Brian is passionate about developing, equipping and empowering global leaders. As director of international ministries, he enjoys using his experience in church ministry, business and international missions to further Crossroads’ global vision. In his free time, Brian loves traveling with his wife and spending time with family at his cottage on the Little Manistee River in northern Michigan.

Jen Kimball

Business Manager

Jen has a degree in organizational leadership from Southeastern University, so serving as the business manager at Crossroads is a natural fit for her. Jen loves sports and openly confesses that she “bleeds green.” If there is a Michigan State game on, especially football or basketball, she’ll be watching. She also loves to travel, explore new places and drink lots of coffee.

Jerry King

Operations Coordinator

Jerry comes to Crossroads with five years of experience working at Mel Trotter Ministries’ homeless shelter in downtown Grand Rapids. For the last thirteen years, he has volunteered at various jails and prisons in Michigan, sharing the Gospel with men and women inside. A coffee connoisseur, Jerry also enjoys camping, hiking, golfing, reading and spending time with his five grandchildren and his wife of thirty-eight years.

Linda Laird

Advancement Project Manager

Linda is passionate about breathing life and hope into individuals struggling with drug and alcohol abuse, excessive criminal history and homelessness. A graduate of Hope College, she has used her education degree to teach people in prison about the relevancy of God’s Word and the full life He offers them. As the advancement project coordinator for Crossroads Prison Ministries, Linda assists in managing grants and proposals that support those who are incarcerated and desperately need God’s living hope. Linda has three sons, two beautiful daughters-in-law, four grandchildren and an English golden retriever she calls her “baby.” She enjoys gardening, seed harvesting and spring planting. She believes gardening is much like our personal lives because no matter how “dead” something may seem, God is all about bringing dead things to life in the right season—what hope!

José Pichardo

Mentor Training Manager

José was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to the United States when he was eleven years old. He serves both Spanish-speaking and English-speaking mentors as part of the mentor support team at Crossroads. A lifelong learner, he is always looking to gain more biblical knowledge and he is currently working toward obtaining a business degree. He is grateful for the opportunity to work at a place whose main goal is to care for those whom society tends to forget. In his free time, Jose enjoys lifting weights, playing sports, watching movies, listening to music and meeting new people. His happiest moments are the times when he gets to share God’s Word with others.

Bernice Roshak

Operations Manager

Bernice has worked at Crossroads in various capacities since 2000, currently serving as the operations manager. She has been connected to Crossroads since she was a child, when she remembers coming home at her nightly curfew to find her mother reviewing Crossroads lessons. One of her favorite things about her job is reading student testimonies of how studying God’s Word with Crossroads has changed their lives. When not working, Bernice enjoys watching football with her family (Go Blue! Go Pack Go!) or reading one of the 900-plus books in her personal library.

Alexis Ryan

Mentor Program Coordinator

Alexis joined the Crossroads church mobilization team in 2021 as the mentor program coordinator. She graduated from Cedarville University with a degree in social work. When she’s not working, you can find Alexis drinking a chai tea latte, snowboarding, taking care of her houseplants or reading a good fiction book. Alexis loves working at Crossroads because the staff is like-minded in helping people in the local and global community learn more about the great news of the Gospel!

Jane Strong

Executive Assistant

Jane has served Crossroads Prison Ministries since 2019 in the office of President/CEO primarily offering administrative support. She comes to Crossroads with 25 years of administrative experience from being in the Christian publishing/retail industry. She is humbled to be part of the transforming power of the Gospel in the lives of Crossroads students as she serves in her role. Hanging out by a campfire making S-more’s and cooking in the kitchen are her happy places.  Jane is a witness to how God continues to bless the ministry through many who catch the vision and answer the call to come along side and serve those living behind bars, through Crossroads Prison Ministries.

Samantha VanRavenswaay

Business Coordinator

A Florida native, Samantha has been living in Michigan for the past six years with her husband and their two dogs, Yoda and Leia. With a background in the dental field, she finds joy in caring for others and loves making those around her smile and laugh. When she has free time, you can find her exploring Michigan sights, hanging out in her home gym or singing/songwriting. Sam joined Crossroads in 2022 as the business/volunteer coordinator, and she feels blessed to have the opportunity to use the gifts God gave her to further His Kingdom!

Robert J Woldhuis

Donor Relations Manager

Robert loves people and is always looking for ways to pass along a smile! A West Michigan native with an extensive sales and marketing background and a passion for prison ministry, Robert looks forward to growing relationships with mission support volunteers, mentors and donors across the country. Years ago, Robert was introduced to Crossroads while he was behind bars, and he will never forget the kindness and love that he felt with each returned letter. He and his wife, Heidi, enjoy spending time with family (especially the grandkids), running, camping, traveling, meeting new people and hearing their stories.

Eliezer Yeong

Art and Design Manager

Eliezer has been a nomad all his life. He was born in Toronto, Canada, to Malaysian-Chinese and Filipino immigrants, but grew up as a missionary kid in Davao City, Philippines, and Chiang Mai, Thailand. He holds a bachelor of arts in graphic design from Calvin University. Eliezer assists the Crossroads communications team by designing digital and print materials and overseeing the Crossroads Prison Art Project. He has a passion for the Toronto Raptors and collecting sneakers. In his free time, he enjoys exploring different foods and places.

Alaina Zwiernikowski

Mentor Program Manager

Alaina has worked for Crossroads Prison Ministries since 2017. She loves her role as the Mentor Program Manager as she finds joy in supporting and encouraging her team and the thousands of mentors who volunteer to review Bible lessons and send encouraging letters to incarcerated men and women. Alaina gets excited about exploring new coffee shops and restaurants with her husband and friends. Alaina and her husband, Zack, enjoy walking their dog, bike riding, and downhill skiing.

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