Axis

Our Mission

We build lifelong faith by helping parents and caring adults talk with their kids about what they otherwise wouldn’t one conversation at a time.

Our Vision

To see all caring adults equipped with the conversation, discipleship, and culture translation skills needed to reach the next generation for Christ.

Meet the Team

Brennan McCarthy
Video Editor

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Caleb Phillips
Marketing Manager

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Charissa Hoskins
Customer Service Specialist

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Chris May
Chief Advancement Officer

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Chris Powell
Video Director

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CJ Fant
Researcher/Editor

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Dan Dueber
CFO

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David Eaton
President and Cofounder

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Dilynn Marr
Operations Manager

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Eunji Lee
Senior Marketing Manager

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Evan Barber
Director of Content Creation

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Hannah Bennett
Writer/Editor

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Jason Hickerson
VP of Engagement

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Jeremiah Callihan
CEO and Cofounder

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Joshua Martinez
Resource Specialist

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Kelli Rankin
Partner Relationship Manager

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Les Butler
IT Manager

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Madison Bowers
Executive Assistant

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Patrick Floyd
Customer Service Specialist

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Preston Bowman
Marketing Director

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Reesey Rea
Writer/Researcher

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Russell Keller
Resource Specialist

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Toben Heim
Senior App Manager

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Tony Miller
VP of Resources

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Brennan McCarthy
Video Editor

Brennan grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina and recently graduated from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago studying Bible and Communications. While in Chicago, Brennan was actively involved in urban ministry and sexual bondage ministries. He loved to rollerblade along the lakefront, and could be found exploring all over Chicago’s various neighborhoods. Brennan established his own photography business in high school, and continued to expand his writing and leadership skills during college. He loves to talk about media and culture, theology, and philosophy, but is always down for some good humored banter. Brennan is thrilled to be back outdoors, where opportunities to hike, camp, play frisbee, bike, and adventure abound!

Caleb Phillips
Marketing Manager

Caleb grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma and attended college at Oklahoma State University, where he recently graduated with two degrees, one in Marketing and the other in Entrepreneurship. He loves hiking, skiing, camping and being outdoors! Fun fact, he has a dog, two cats, and a free-roam bunny who all live in harmony.

Charissa Hoskins
Customer Service Specialist

Charissa Hoskins is a Resource Specialist here at Axis. She is one of our newer hires that has been with our ministry for about 3 months and mainly reaches out to schools, churches, and parents to see how we can help equip them. She is known for bringing a positive and encouraging atmosphere to the workspace. Charissa is originally from Iowa but moved out to Colorado Springs in 2012 for Charis Bible College. Some of her hobbies are hiking, biking, horseback riding, and finding new coffee shops.

Chris May
Chief Advancement Officer

Chris May is an MBA with 18+ years of successful sales and marketing experience.  He began his career in 1995 for Husqvarna before joining Hilti Corporation in 2009.   Chris built a strong reputation within a niche market in the construction/infrastructure industry.  

Chris left his for-profit career in 2012, in obedience to a clear calling to aid ministry organizations in need of business operations expertise.   This journey began as Director of Operations at CareNet DuPage, a multi-site pregnancy center in DuPage County Illinois, and continued as COO at AvailNYC in Midtown Manhattan, where he was offered the Executive Director (CEO) role in 2017.  In 2018, Chris joined an engineered-solutions company, as COO and EOS Integrator.  In that same year, Chris started a consulting practice focused on bringing executive leadership, centralized-services, as well as operational/cultural health to non-profits, and small businesses across the United States.

A native to Illinois, Chris is married to Heidi, who shares his passion for abiding in Christ and seeking His will daily.  Chris and Heidi have three children, Kylie, Graham, and Rowen; they live in the Western Suburbs of Chicago.

Chris Powell
Video Director

Chris is a native Texan with an English Degree and a soft spot for fajitas and sci-fi novels. You might also find him playing guitar or mandolin, comparing root beers, throwing Frisbee, or playing tennis or racquetball. When he grows up he wants to be a public speaker, but he wouldn’t mind videography, graphic design, or writing.

CJ Fant
Researcher/Editor

CJ’s favorite thing is to describe something with as weird of an analogy as possible. If you have a conversation with him for longer than 5 minutes, he’ll probably start talking about how he thinks Post Malone is the American Ed Sheeran. From England to Louisiana to Hawaii, growing up in an Air Force family allowed him to be exposed to multiple cultures, and this is probably where his fascination with culture, embedded or popular, comes from. Incredibly optimistic, CJ will see and believe the best in anything and everyone. So far, it hasn’t burned him too much! If he’s not listening to music, he’s probably playing drums, and if he’s not playing drums, he’s probably playing some Dota with his friends.

CJ has always loved connecting culture with the Bible and processing and understanding why we say what we say, listen to what we listen to, and watch what we watch. His job at Axis is to constantly learn, grow, and process through deep ideas in order to help the generations, young and old, to do the same. 

Dan Dueber
CFO

Dan is the money man of Axis, otherwise called the CFO (Chief Financial Officer).  Dan has 42 years of CEO and executive financial management experience in many different industries.  Dan is passionate about Axis’ mission and enjoys working with a talented team of like-minded folks.  Dan has been married 41 years, has three wonderful daughters, one precious granddaughter and another granddaughter on the way.  His interests include hiking, skiing, gardening, cooking, photography, RV’ing and relaxing!

David Eaton
President and Cofounder

David is the President of Axis which he cofounded in 2007. Every year Axis speaks to 10,000+ students face-to-face and every month Axis’ digital products equip 120,000+ parents, grandparents, pastors, and teachers. In 2018 Axis helped caring adults start 1,700,000 conversations, that they would not have started without Axis, with their 8- to 18-year-olds.

David has led partnerships between Axis and: Family Life Today, MOPS, Young Life, Youth for Christ, Focus on the Family, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, the Association of Christian Schools International, Compassion International, Word of Life, Moody Radio, The Colson Center, Care-Net, and many many others. He’s been featured on the Family Life Today radio show and he has authored a chapter in Dennis and Barbara Rainey’s book The Art of Parenting. Every month he is a featured contributor on the Canadian television show 100 Huntley Street.

David has been married 10 years to his intelligent and creative wife Lindsey and they have a 6 year old, Shiloh Abigail, a 2 year old, Zion Daniel, and a 1 year old Vale Calvary. The Eatons live in Colorado. 

Dilynn Marr
Operations Manager

Dilynn is the Operations Manager here at Axis, what she enjoys most about her job is serving the people she works with and creating new systems to effectively and efficiently help people. She graduated from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs with a bachelor’s in communication, with an emphasis in leadership. Having studied leadership, Dilynn is passionate to find the best way to lead people through change (because change can be scary to anyone) as a servant leader who understands the value of leading by example. Dilynn enjoys doing life with her husband Geoff and loves to travel and adventure with him, in Colorado and around the world.

Eunji Lee
Senior Marketing Manager

Meet Eunji our Senior Marketing Manager here at Axis.  Eunji, pronounced UN-JI is in Eunji’s words an extremely common korean name similar to a John (if you don’t believe me, I dare you to type Eunji on FB, IG, or Venmo ;))
Eunji was born in Seoul, Korea and moved to Greensboro, North Carolina when she was 5. Eunji spent most of middle and high school in South Florida. Her work background is in digital marketing & advertising, working at various agencies on multiple fortune 500 brands. Her latest gig was at a startup called WeWork. In 2018, God asked her to leave everything behind including her job at WeWork to go do YWAM DTS. Being 32 years old at the time, Eunji wrestled with God but she knew she was receiving her missional calling and decided to leave everything and go to follow Him. While at DTS, He asked her to join a sister ministry to YWAM called Circuit Riders (IG: crmovement) in Huntington Beach who reaches students across college campuses. 6 months ago, Eunji joined the CR family. Her heart burns for the next generation to know God and who they are in God. And in the midst of all that, God blessed her with this wonderful opportunity. Eunji very excited to be part of the Axis team, and expectant for God’s plan to unfold through Axis and revival and redemption happening across families all over.

Evan Barber
Director of Content Creation

Evan is an outgoing introvert from Jonesboro, AR, which is near the buckle of the Bible Belt, and just outside Tornado Alley. He likes his coffee black, his tea green, and his bibles read.

Hannah Bennett
Writer/Editor

Hannah is a graduate of James Madison University in Virginia. She holds a BA and majored in media arts and design with a concentration in journalism and minor in creative writing. She’s married to her wonderful husband, loves coffee, dogs, books and the mountains. She is excited to be working with the Axis team and writing to serve God’s kingdom. 

Jason Hickerson
VP of Engagement

Jason serves Axis by helping with all things marketing and technology. Basically everything that happens behind the scenes. He is passionate about helping parents, leaders, and teachers have valuable conversation about hard topics. He and his wife Tisha have 3 children who embrace the red-head life!

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Jeremiah Callihan
CEO and Cofounder

Jeremiah Callihan is the CEO and cofounder of Axis, leading the vision, strategy, product development, and execution of the plan to reach as many families as possible with the Gospel. It’s Jeremiah’s passion to equip caring adults to be the best possible missionaries and spiritual guides to the next generation. Seeing lifetime conversations between parents and their kids that lead to lifelong faith in Jesus is what motivates Jeremiah every day. Jeremiah lives in Colorado and has been married for 17+ years to his best friend, Kim. They’re in the midst of one conversation with each of their four amazing kids. When he isn’t playing catch or board games or on the trampoline with his kids, Jeremiah might be eating French toast, playing basketball, watching football, or reading a great book somewhere outside, with inspirational music in the background.

Joshua Martinez
Resource Specialist

Joshua was born in Southern California.
At age seven, he and his family left to do missionary work in St Petersburg, Russia where he would spend most of his childhood and teenage years.
Since then Joshua has made my home in a small town on the California coast called San Buena Ventura.
Joshua is excited to be living in Colorado and be a part of the Axis team.  Things he loves to do include, training and competing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, discover new places, making new friends, and having real conversations with people one on one. An interesting fact about Joshua – nine times out of ten you will find him drinking Starbucks.

Kelli Rankin
Partner Relationship Manager

As Partner Relationship Manager, Kelli has the awesome opportunity to meet with leaders within a variety of organizations and denominations creating ways for Axis to resource their communities and constituents. 

Kelli is a true Colorado native, and as such lives the stereotypical Colorado lifestyle including hiking, skiing, snowboarding, running and mountain biking. She has been married 22 years to her high school sweetheart Seth, and together they have three incredible kids.

Les Butler
IT Manager

Les is the IT manager at Axis.  He has a passion for helping organizations run more efficiently through the use of technology.  Les fell in love with the Colorado mountains while spending summers here with his family as a boy.  Within hours of his last final exam in college his car was packed and he was headed to Colorado to live.  Les and his wife Michelle have been married for 27 years and have raised three kids in Colorado.

Madison Bowers
Executive Assistant

Madison is the Executive Assistant at Axis. She studied theater and performing arts at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Her amazing relationship with her mom is what makes her passionate about working at Axis. She and her husband Daniel live in Colorado Springs with their two dogs Tucker and Mac. She enjoys fitness and works as a part time online personal trainer. In her free time she enjoys anything outside, travel and making YouTube videos for her and her husband’s fitness channel.

Patrick Floyd
Customer Service Specialist

Patrick is a Resource Specialist with Axis. He graduated from Lander University, Greenwood, South Carolina, and is currently an M.Div. candidate at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Patrick lives in Cleveland, Ohio, and still believes the Browns are next year’s Super Bowl champions. His hope for the church is to mature in God’s truth in the Bible and to continually invest in the next generation. In addition to working with Axis and pursuing a professional ministry degree, he serves as a pastoral assistant and music minister at an urban church in Cleveland, and he spends time in his garden, running, and brushing up on Church history.
His personal philosophy: “Don’t ever, for any reason, do anything, to anyone, for any reason, ever, no matter what, no matter where, or who, or who you are with, or where you are going, or where you’ve been, ever, for any reason whatsoever.” -Charles Spurgeon

Preston Bowman
Marketing Director

Preston is the Director of Marketing for Axis. He’s been an agency owner and president for 20 years and wakes up to jot down marketing ideas he has in his dreams. (True!)

Reesey Rea
Writer/Researcher

Our new Content Creator

Although Reesey wasn’t named after the candy, Reese’s peanut butter cups are her favorite! She adores yoga, reading, playing with her cute (but obnoxious) puppy Daisy, and eating microwave popcorn. She feels most alive when discussing intriguing philosophies with thoughtful people, or on solitary walks with space to be existential and angsty. At the moment G.K. Chesterton is disrupting her world, causing her to think about how to find beauty in the most ordinary moments.

Russell Keller
Resource Specialist

Russell graduated from the University of Colorado with a BA in Communication. He joined Axis because he is excited to see parents having loving, difficult, heartfelt, awkward, impactful conversations with their kids; to see them cultivate an environment of safety, honesty, and curiosity within their homes. Russell serves on the frontlines of Axis, taking your calls, answering your emails, and hearing your thoughts!

A Personal Note From Russell: I am a Colorado Springs native, but I never go hiking and you can tell. I got married back in 2015, got baptized in 2018, and ate an entire pizza by myself yesterday. My interests include spending time with my wife Lydia, trying to avoid math, and sleeping until people are worried.

Toben Heim
Senior App Manager

Toben has lived in Colorado Springs before Powers existed and Woodmen was a dirt road.  His parents worked for Young Life and after Toben attended Whitworth University he decided to work in ministry too.  For the last 30 years Toben has worked exclusively in the ministry space, primarily for not-for-profits.  Toben has two kids (Audrey and Emma) and a beautiful wife (Jamie).

Tony Miller
VP of Resources

Tony and his wife Julie have been married 21 years this past June. They have three incredible children Claire (14), Owen (12), and Stella (9). He loves going on bike rides, enjoying good ice cream, buying and fixing up old stuff and the idea of camping. Tony has been involved in youth ministry for 25 years and still loves seeing the next generation own their faith. 

Board Members

Dr. Bill & Lynne Brown

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Jeremiah & Kim Callihan

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Mat & Kenzie Clouse

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David & Lindsey Eaton

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Tim & Christi Jenkins

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Dan & Christin McClave

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Gillis & Julie West

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Randy Wilcox

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Dr. Bill & Lynne Brown

For over twenty years, Dr. William E. (Bill) Brown led two Christian universities, Bryan College and Cedarville University. Currently, he divides his time among a number of initiatives. He serves as the Senior Executive of WorldAPP, an international technology firm with offices in Kiev, London, and Boston. As President of Radical Leadership (and through his popular blog, Radical Life), he carries a heavy schedule speaking for conferences, universities, churches, and schools. He mentors and consults with leaders in ministry and business, as well as assists colleges, schools, and organizations in being more effective and employee-centered.

As a nationally recognized speaker and expert in culture and worldview, Dr. Brown has authored several books and more than a hundred articles for journals, magazines, encyclopedias, and newspapers.

He is the author of Making Sense of Your Faith, Where Have All the Dreamers Gone? Observations From A Biblical Worldview, and Making Sense of Your World (with Gary Phillips and John Stonestreet), a book used by many colleges and universities as an introductory text to worldview and philosophical thinking. His writings have been quoted in various national newspapers and magazines, including Reader’s Digest and Christianity Today. He wrote over fifty articles and notes for the Impact: Student Leadership Study Bible. He serves as an editor for philosophy textbooks and ethics curriculum. He is the Executive Producer and teacher of the multiple-award-winning DVD series, re:View. He has also lectured internationally in Europe, the former Soviet Union, Asia, and South America.

Lynne served as the first lady of Bryan College and Cedarville University while also a full-time mom. She devoted a great deal of time to raising scholarship money for students through an organization she started. In addition, she has volunteered as a mentor and leader for Safe Harbor House, a work dedicated to helping women just released from prison transition back into life with a firm foundation of faith and coping skills.

Dr. and Mrs. Brown have a passion for education and an incredible heart for students. Bill and Lynne have been married since 1976. They have two children, April and Alex, and three grandchildren.

Jeremiah & Kim Callihan

Jeremiah grew up in eight different states and was home-schooled into high school. He attended Summit Ministries during his college years and received a BS in Business Administration from Roberts Wesleyan University in New York. Jeremiah graduated from the Focus Leadership Institute in the fall of 2002 and married Kim in May 2003. He worked for Summit Ministries as a team director for several years before joining the Focus Leadership Institute staff as the Admissions Director in 2005. In 2007, Jeremiah cofounded Axis with David Eaton. He has helped Axis grow from an annual revenue of $37,000 to just over $1 million in 2014. Currently, he serves Axis as Chief Executive Officer.

Kim is a Registered Nurse and received her BS in Nursing from Roberts Wesleyan College. Kim worked as a Charge Nurse for 10 years in Pediatrics, Orthopedics, Cardiac, and Home Care. Kim grew up in New York and she and Jeremiah have 4 children and a very large labradoodle dog named Dallas. Kim is passionate about foster care and adoption and loves cooking.

Jeremiah and Kim love living in Colorado Springs, and are active members in their local church community. Both are passionate about seeing the next generation own a lasting relationship with Jesus Christ

Mat & Kenzie Clouse

Mat Clouse is the president of the Find us Faithful Foundation, which focuses most of its resources on equipping faith-based organizations to address the physical and spiritual needs of individuals living in developing countries. Mat also spends his time helping manage investments for Joshua 2415 LLP, whose focus is real estate and small business growth capital. Mat has a degree in Business Finance from Southern Nazarene University.

Kenzie is also a member of the Find Us Faithful board. Currently, Kenzie is busy taking care of their first baby boy, Koven, who recently turned 6 months old. Mat and Kenzie met at Southern Nazarene while she was getting her degree in Business. She has strong family ties and loves being a mom.

Mat and Kenzie have served on the Axis board since 2014. Mat, Kenzie, Koven and Oliver live in Oklahoma City and are passionate about family and doing their best to steward the responsibilities bestowed upon them.

David & Lindsey Eaton

David is the President of Axis and he cofounded Axis in 2007. Every year Axis speaks to 10,000+ students face-to-face and every month Axis’ digital products equip 120,000+ parents, grandparents, pastors, and teachers. In 2018 Axis helped caring adults start 1,700,000 conversations, that they would not have started without Axis, with their 8- to 18-year-olds.

David has led partnerships between Axis and: Family Life Today, MOPS, Young Life, Youth for Christ, Focus on the Family, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, the Association of Christian Schools International, Compassion International, Word of Life, Moody Radio, The Colson Center, Care-Net, and many many others. He’s been featured on the Family Life Today radio show and he has authored a chapter in Dennis and Barbara Rainey’s book The Art of Parenting. Every month he is a featured contributor on the Canadian television show 100 Huntley Street.

Lindsey grew up in Iowa and attended The University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Lindsey graduated with a BS in Communication with an emphasis in recording arts and production. Lindsey is a gifted artist and recently graduated from the Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy. They both enjoy good music, great coffee, and the beautiful Colorado outdoors.

The Eatons have been married 10 years and they have a 6 year old, Shiloh Abigail, a 2 year old, Zion Daniel, and a 1 year old Vale Calvary. The Eatons live in Colorado. 

Tim & Christi Jenkins

Tim Jenkins is President of Colchuck Companies, a private investment company based in Leavenworth, WA. Tim is also a co-founder and past CEO of Point B, Inc., a management consulting, capital and property development firm based in Seattle, WA. Point B’s more than 1000 professionals help organizations of all types form, grow and thrive from offices across the U.S. In 2010 Tim was recognized as Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in Services for the Pacific Northwest. In 2014 Tim and his Point B co-founders sold their stock back to Point B, making Point B, Inc. 100% employee-owned. Tim sits on the boards of Point B and Parametrix, Inc., an employee-owned engineering, planning and environmental services company with several offices in the Western U.S.
Colchuck Companies is a group of entities that invest in growing companies and real estate ventures. As part of his work at Colchuck, Tim serves on the board of Solomons Fund, a private equity fund focused on small Pacific Northwest-based companies, and the boards of Seattle, WA-based Dialtune, Yakima, WA-based Farwest Fabricators, and Fife, WA-based Pacific Mechanical & Electric. Tim is an active member of Brighton Jones Investment Partners, a Seattle-based group of Angel investors who have made a number of venture, private equity and real estate investments since inception in 2018. Tim is also part of the Flywheel Investor Network, a Wenatchee, WA seed-stage investment group.
Tim chaired the board of trustees of CRISTA Ministries, a $120MM/year non-profit with ministries in the U.S. and throughout the world from 2015-2018, and serves on the National Council of C3 Leaders, a ministry to men and women in the business community. Tim serves on the Mountain West Regional board for Young Life and also sits on the board of Axis, a Colorado-based non-profit that helps Christian parents connect with their teenagers.
Tim holds a BA in Economics, magna cum laude, from the University of Washington and an MBA in Marketing & Finance from the Booth Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago. He is listed as a “Notable Alumnus” on websites associated with both institutions and was named the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus in Economics at the University of Washington. Tim and his wife Christi have three children and live in Leavenworth, WA. Tim is an avid hiker, mountain biker and skier and big fan of football and soccer.

Christi Jenkins is currently Vice President of Colchuck Companies, a private investment company based in Leavenworth, WA. Earlier in her career, Christi worked for Arthur Andersen/Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) where she became an expert in healthcare receivables management. This expertise led her to roles at Freed & Associates and LaPlant & Associates where she served a variety of clients in California, Oregon and Washington State.
Colchuck Companies is a group of entities that invest in growing companies and real estate ventures. As part of her work at Colchuck, Christi oversees the operations of All Seasons River Inn and the hospitality holdings of Lebenwasser LLC.
Christi serves on the adult committee for Leavenworth Young Life and also sits on the board of Axis, a Colorado-based non-profit that helps Christian parents connect with their teenagers. She has also served on the board of the Edmonds Center for the Arts in Edmonds, WA.
Christi is perhaps best known for her less formal but no less important role as a close friend, mentor and advisor to countless women of all ages who seek her companionship and wise counsel. Christi brings life to any gathering and is known for being a fount of good ideas!
Christi holds a BA in Economics, from Stanford University. Christi and her husband Tim have three children and live in Leavenworth, WA. Christi is an avid hiker and skier and loves trying exotic new food, cocktails, wines and chocolates!

Dan & Christin McClave

Dan serves as VP of Operations for R&R Global Partners. He oversees multiple portfolio companies in PPE distribution as well as franchise operations for ZIP’s dry cleaning on the East Coast. Dan held various senior roles at CARDONE Industries prior to R&R in Engineering, Supply Chain and Operations. His highlight role was the managing director/GM for CARDONE’s European operations in Belgium for 6 years. Dan holds an MBA from Drexel University, and an Engineering degree from Wilkes University where he played football. Dan is passionate about youth sports and it’s importance in urban development. He serves on the Leadership Council of Storehouse Church in Plymouth Meeting, PA, as well as the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation and prides himself on bringing efficiency and ease to the non-profit organizations he works with. Dan is a master griller and is focused on improving his golf handicap to single digits when he has free time! Dan is an inspiring youth sports coach and a “great Christian dad” role model for their 3 growing boys.

Christin graduated from University of Alabama with a global business degree. She held various management roles in the early part of her career at Johnson & Johnson in technology and marketing. Christin and Dan moved to Belgium for Dan’s job while Christin attended Boston University’s Brussels campus for her MBA. While residing in Brussels, Aiden (now 18 years old) and Torin (16 years old) were born, and Jude (13 years old) was on the way. Christin decided to return to her family’s 3rd generation business upon her father’s retirement and held various roles there, ultimately as Chief People Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Board member. In 2019, Christin led the family’s successful exit sale to a large PE investment firm. She has been enjoying a slower pace of life (for now), using her coaching background to help support and mentor other Christian leaders in various organizations. She serves on the World Vision Advisory Council for the Strong Women Strong World campaign, the Philadelphia area Salvation Army Kroc Center council, and as a mentor in the Praxis entrepreneurship program.

Gillis & Julie West

Gillis served as the Executive Vice President for Sales and Marketing at Koenig Equipment Inc., a multi-state and multi-store dealership chain for John Deere equipment based in Ohio. Prior to this role, Gillis held senior executive roles in various public and private companies in the midwest and has served on the boards of several as well. Gillis began his business career as a CPA with Price Waterhouse after graduating from Cedarville University. He also has an MBA in marketing from Wright State University. As an ordained pastor, Gillis enjoys preaching and teaching the Scriptures, leading a small group fellowship in their home and sharing the gospel. As the former board chair of K-12 Emmanuel Christian Academy, Gillis witnessed firsthand how critical it is to partner with parents to reach the next generation with the solid truths of the Bible as the foundation of faith in an increasingly secular culture. When he has time, Gillis indulges his passion for mountain climbing.

Julie also graduated from Cedarville with her sociology degree and went on to obtain a master’s degree in gerontology from Miami University of Ohio. After working a decade supervising community senior adults centers, she changed her focus to home after their first child was born, 28 years ago. She home-schooled their three daughters and taught them to love and fear the Lord by example and instruction. Julie has the gift of hospitality and helps the body of Christ in many meaningful and tangible ways, including volunteering at the local Pregnancy Resource Clinic to help clients choose life for their unborn child and share the saving grace of Jesus Christ. At her local church her primary focus has been in leadership and teaching in the children’s ministries. She has also completed coursework in biblical counseling. And she prays!

Randy Wilcox

Randy Wilcox recently retired from his position as President (Americas) for Otis Elevator Company, a division of United Technologies. Randy was named to this role in 2007, in which he was responsible for $3 billion in sales and 12,000 employees throughout the U.S., Canada, and Latin America.

Previously, Randy lived in Hong Kong, where Randy served as President of Otis South Asia Pacific Area for five years. In this position, he was responsible for operations across 20 countries in Asia and the Arabian Gulf. Randy joined Otis in 1981 as a sales trainee in San
Francisco and served in various sales and management roles throughout his career, including Regional General Manager and Regional Vice
President, both located in Seattle.

Randy currently serves on the board of the American Architectural Foundation, Kaifa, an organization supporting charities in China. He received his BA in business administration from Cedarville University in Ohio, where he previously served as a trustee. He received his MBA from the University of Denver. Randy has three grown children and he currently lives in Whidbey Island, Washington. He joined the Axis board in 2015 and brings 33 years of business and ministry experience to the Axis community.

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