NBA Staff

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 D. Anderson

President and CEO

With a background in social work and a passion for medical and mental health, Mark D. Anderson serves as President and CEO of the NBA.

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Dean Bucalos

Mission Specialist, Prison and Jail Ministries Affinity Group

Rev. Dean Bucalos is a Mission Specialist for the NBA Prison and Jail Ministries Affinity Group, as well as founding pastor of New Life in Christ Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Executive Director of for Mission Behind Bars and Beyond, an NBA Incubate Partner.

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Dani Loving Cartwright

Vice President of Operations

Rev. Dani Loving Cartwright serves as the Vice President of Operations. An ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Dani has served in regional and pastoral ministry for the past 35 years.

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Tiffany Curtis

Peer Learning & Wellness Group Specialist

Rev. Tiffany Curtis is serving as Peer Learning & Wellness Group Specialist for all of NBA's Peer Learning & Wellness Groups.

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Lesley Durham

Director of Operations Accounting

As the Director of Operations Accounting, Lesley Durham's responsibilities include accounting services, budget accounting, and additional administrative financial transactions.

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Darnell Fennell

Director of Social Entrepreneurship

As the Director of Social Entrepreneurship Rev. Darnell Fennell supports NBA’s efforts to equip and support Disciples who are starting innovative, forward-leaning ministries of compassion and care in their own communities.

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Angelica Santiago Gonzalez

Administrative Assistant, Operations

In her role as Administrative Assistant, Angelica assists with the day-to-day administrative and logistical functions of the National Benevolent Association.

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Rebecca Hale

Rebecca Hale

Executive Vice President

As Executive Vice President, Rev. Rebecca Hale supports the creation and implementation of mission programs.

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Héctor J. Hernández Marcial

Director of Community Engagement

Rev. Héctor J. Hernández Marcial serves as the Director of Community Engagement.

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Amanda Hundt

Director of Marketing

In her role as Director of Marketing, Amanda develops, manages, and executes all marketing and communication functions of the NBA.

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Monica Wedlock Kilpatrick

Vice President of Organizational and Leadership Development

Rev. Monica Wedlock Kilpatrick serves as the Vice President of Organizational and Leadership Development, focused on connecting, resourcing, and amplifying Disciples-related health and social service ministries.

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Brittany King

Senior Marketing Associate

Brittany works with the NBA Development and Marketing Team to support NBA’s communications efforts.

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L. Christine Koetting

Associate Vice President of Accounting

As the Associate Vice President for Financial Accounting, Christie Koetting's responsibilities include financial, investment, and gift accounting.

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Virzola Law

Mission Specialist, NBA XPLOR

Rev. Virzola Law is a Mission Specialist for NBA XPLOR, in addition to serving as the newly called and elected Senior Pastor of the historic Lindenwood Christian Church.

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April Lewton

Vice President of Development and Marketing

As the Vice President of Development and Marketing, Rev. April Lewton oversees NBA's marketing, communications, and fundraising.

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Ashley Mayhem

Ashley Mayham

Program Coordinator - Social Entrepreneurship

Ashley Mayham serves the NBA’s Incubate Initiative and their work in supporting young, innovative health and social service enterprises.

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C. Mark Palmer

Peer Group Convener

C. Mark Palmer is serving as Peer Group Convener for Nonprofit Executive Leaders

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Bere Gil Soto

Peer Learning and Wellness Group Co-Convener

Rev. Bere Gil Soto serves as the Co-Convener of our Multilingual Latin@ Pastors & Leaders Peer Learning and Wellness Group.

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Kara Whitehouse Qaoud

Executive Support Manager and Grants Coordinator

As Executive Support Manager and Grants Coordinator, Kara has a wide range of administrative and organizational skills as well office management and customer service experience.

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Gary Zimmerman

Vice President of Administration and CFO

As the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Administration, Gary Zimmerman oversees all financial management of the NBA and also serves as the Assistant Corporate Secretary.

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