NBA Staff

Our Staff

Meet the Team

The NBA staff is committed and called to create communities of compassion and care in collaborative partnerships with Disciples health and social service ministries.

Mark Anderson

Mark D. Anderson

President and CEO

Rev. Dean Bucalos*

Mission Specialist, Prison and Jail Ministries Affinity Group

Dani Cartwright

Rev. Dani Loving Cartwright

Vice President of Operations

Rev. Tamara Chestnut

Associate Vice President of Development

Rev. Tiffany Curtis*

Peer Learning & Wellness Group Specialist

Lesley Durham

Director of Operations Accounting

Rev. Darnell Fennell

Rev. Darnell Fennell

Director of Social Entrepreneurship

Rev. Bere Gil Soto*

Peer Learning & Wellness Group Convener

Rev. Rebecca Hale

Executive Vice President

Cindy Kim Hengst*

Peer Learning & Wellness Group Convener

Amanda Hundt

Director of Marketing

Amy Johns

Chief Financial Officer

Rev. Rae Karim

Interim XPLOR/Young Adult Leadership Development Coordinator

Rev. Monica Wedlock Kilpatrick

Vice President of Organizational & Leadership Development

Brittany King

Sr. Marketing Associate

L. Christie Koetting

Associate Vice President of Accounting

Virzola Law

Rev. Virzola Law*

Mission Specialist, NBA XPLOR

Rev. April Lewton

Rev. April Lewton

Vice President of Development and Marketing

Rev. Héctor J. Hernández Marcial

Director of Community Engagement

Rev. Ashley Mayham

Social Entrepreneurship Program Coordinator

C. Mark Palmer*

Peer Learning & Wellness Group Convener

Rebecca Rea

Development Associate

Joselyn Spence

Joselyn Spence

Director of Me​ntal Health & Wellness Initiative

Rev. Alexis Vaughan

Peer Learning & Wellness Group Convenor

Reginald Warren

Administrative Associate, Event Support

Kara Whitehouse

Executive Support Manager and Grants Coordinator

* denotes independent contractor


Staff Stories & News

NBA Welcomes New Staff to Development and Operations Teams

We’ve got some new faces on staff! Get to know them.

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NBA Trustees Meet Virtually to Deepen Equity Work, Celebrate Outgoing Trustees

In June, NBA Trustees met virtually to deepen their equity work with the organization, review program updates, and celebrate outgoing trustees.

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NBA Announces Spring 2022 Mission & Ministry Grants

We are pleased to announce our Spring 2022 Mission & Ministry Grantees! Our grant program granted a total of $203,000 to 28 Disciples projects working with older adults, children, and youth.

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NBA Virtual Board Meeting Focuses on Community Engagement and Equity

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NBA Celebrates Rev. Monica Wedlock Kilpatrick’s New Leadership Role

We are so proud to announce Rev. Monica Wedlock Kilpatrick’s new role as the Vice President of Organizational & Leadership Development.

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Reflections Following the White Co-Conspirator Summit

Rev. Foster shares learnings from her experience at the Scarritt Bennett Center White Co-Conspirators Conference.

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NBA Honors Rev. Margie Pride of Memorial Boulevard Christian Church

The National Benevolent Association celebrates the ministry of and congratulates Rev. Margie Pride on her recent retirement from more than 30 years of ministry as pastor of Memorial Boulevard Christian Church in St. Louis, Missouri.

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The SENT Seminar Confirmed That I’m on the Right Path

Attending the 2020 SENT Seminar was the confirmation Amie Vanderford needed to keep shaping her new social enterprise Project Least.

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NBA Board of Trustees Fall 2020 Meeting A Spirit of Collective Care and Gratitude

NBA Board of Trustees met to discuss and approve the 2021 budget and to hear updates on NBA's work related to organizational and leadership development, social entrepreneur efforts, and community engagement advocacy.

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Virtual Community Organizing: AMOS Institute of Public Life Holds Digital Workforce Summit

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Introducing NBA’s 2020-2022 Multilingual Latin@ Pastors and Leaders Peer Group

Introducing NBA's newest Peer Learning and Wellness Group for Advocacy and Activism.

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NBA Welcomes Second Incubate Partner of 2020, Good Life Care Resource Center

The National Benevolent Association is welcoming another faith-rooted social enterprise as a new Incubate partner. Good Life Care Resource Center is NBA’s twelfth Incubate partner.

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NBA Encourages Civic Action on Election Day Nov. 3

In partnership with the Office of General Minister and President and other Disciples of Christ general ministries, the NBA will use Tuesday, November 3, and the weeks leading up as a time for action, advocacy, and activism as it relates to voting rights in the United States.

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NBA Announces New Incubate Partner, StoryWagen

The National Benevolent Association welcomes StoryWagen as a new Incubate partner and affiliate that is committed to innovative approaches to health and social service ministry.

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Meet our SENT 2020 Presenters

NBA has adapted its traditional SENT model and moved the seminar to online-only this year. We are grateful to our lineup of esteemed presenters who will share their knowledge with our SENT participants. Get to know them!

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How Two NBA Staffers Spent the Weeklong Pause

After NBA's weeklong pause, staff members Brittany King and Rebecca Hale came together to discuss the week of rest, what it meant to them individually, and offered some perspective on how other organizations considering a similar pause could do the same.

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NBA XPLOR Announces Hiatus for 2020-21 Program Year

After considerable discernment, the National Benevolent Association (NBA) has made the difficult decision to place our young adult residential program, NBA XPLOR, on hiatus for the 2020-21 program year.

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NBA Board of Trustees Meets Virtually, Reflects on Racial Justice, Coronavirus

Members of the Board of Trustees for the National Benevolent Association of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) met June 4–5, 2020, for their Spring meeting.

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NBA Pauses Operations for Week of Reflection and Care, June 15 – 19

During the week of June 15–19, the National Benevolent Association will pause all staff operations and programs. For this week, the NBA will not be hosting any events nor will we be meeting with leaders of peer groups and various ministry partner organizations. Our staff will refrain from responding to emails and we will be silent on our NBA social media accounts.

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XPLOR Responds to Coronavirus with “Virtual” Residency Model

NBA XPLOR has been a nexus of change and transformation for young adult Residents and local communities since it began in 2004. This spring, COVID-19 brought changes to our program, here's what we're doing.

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A Letter from our President & CEO Regarding COVID-19

Let us acknowledge that it has been stressful as we all have responded to concerns related to Coronavirus.

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NBA Announces Staffing Updates, Winter 2020

The National Benevolent Association of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is grateful for the ongoing commitment of our staff and is excited to announce recent staff updates and celebrations this season.

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Snapshots from 2019

A look back at the wonderful year NBA has had!

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Announcing the 2019 Mission & Ministry Grant Recipients

For the third year of the Mission & Ministry Grants Program, NBA is granting a total of $166,200.

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In a Spirit of Thanksgiving and Preparation, NBA Board of Trustees Meets in Pomona

As an annual practice, the NBA board meets once a year at or near the location of an NBA partner. With that, the NBA staff and board were excited to meet on the campus of Urban Mission Community Partners (UMCP) in Pomona, California. Read about our time spent with Incubate partners and our board.

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Honoring Those Who Served Before Us

In honor of All Saints Day, we give thanks for the legacy left by those who have come before. We're thankful for their service and impact they've left on the National Benevolent Association!

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In Memoriam: Richard D. Savage

The National Benevolent Association of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) shares our sincere condolences and prayers of peace with the family of Richard D. Savage, former NBA Development staff member who died on September 30, 2019.

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Meet the 2019-20 NBA XPLOR Residents

Meet the sixth cohort of NBA XPLOR Residents, beginning the 2019-20 XPLOR program year!

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NBA Announces New Incubate Partner, Broken Mended and Restored

The National Benevolent Association adds a tenth Incubate partner, Broken Mended and Restored.

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Meet the 2019 SENT Seminar Presenters

Meet the presenters for our 2019 SENT Seminar happening September 11-14, 2019.

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