Meet our Staff

John TerrillJohn Terrill serves as executive director of the Stephen & Laurel Brown Foundation. Prior to this role, John served as director for the Center for Integrity in Business at the School of Business, Government, and Economics at Seattle Pacific University. Prior to Seattle Pacific, John worked with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship as the national director for Professional Schools Ministries, as well as campus minister at Harvard Business School and national director for MBA Ministry. Before InterVarsity, John consulted with Hay Group, an international management consulting firm, and served with Bank of America as a real estate lender. John is a graduate of Indiana University (Bloomington), holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University), master’s degrees in theology and religion from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Seattle Pacific University in industrial and organizational psychology. John currently serves as a board member for Religion News Service and Religion News Foundation. John and his wife, Vanja, love to travel, read, take long walks, and encourage college students and young professionals in their spiritual journeys. They have one daughter, Elena.


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Daniel Johnson serves as operations and communications lead for the Stephen & Laurel Brown Foundation. Prior to this role, Daniel served as a Young Life area director in Davenport, Iowa for ten years. And prior to his time in Iowa, he restarted a dormant Young Life area in Plano, Texas. Daniel has pioneered and led many projects for Young Life across North America and beyond associated with communications, social media, and technology needs. Daniel has a leisure, youth and human services degree from the University of Northern Iowa, and is working toward a graduate degree in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. Daniel is originally from the Madison area, having growing up in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin. Daniel and his wife, Barbara, have three children: Henry, Lyla, and Eli. Daniel loves all things technology, Wisconsin sports, investing in the lives of young people, and spending time with his family.


Melissa 8857 CNP copyMelissa Haunty serves as hospitality, events and volunteer coordinator for the Stephen & Laurel Brown Foundation. Prior to this role, Melissa served as the business manager of Inspiring Art by Alex, coordinating art shows, art commissions, product development, and speaking engagements. Previously, Melissa graduated from Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry at Bethel Church in Redding, California, where she assisted with event coordination, project management, and program resource development. While at Bethel University (St. Paul, Minnesota), Melissa worked in the music department, providing leadership for community development initiatives, choir retreats, and tours for Bethel’s premier collegiate choir. Melissa received a B.A. in communication arts and literature education (5-12) from Bethel University along with teaching licenses in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and California. Melissa is originally from Madison. She loves quality time with family and friends, good coffee, singing, international travel, reading nonfiction, and enjoying local eateries. Melissa is passionate about people knowing and experiencing God, and being equipped as Kingdom leaders.


Robert L. Kehoe III serves as a program curator and writer-in-residence for the Stephen & Laurel Brown Foundation. Prior to joining Upper House, Robert worked as an independent scholar, freelance writer, and directed a soccer training program. He is a graduate of Wheaton College (IL), where he studied political theory and played varsity soccer. After college, Robert was awarded a Kierkegaard Library young scholars fellowship at St. Olaf College. He then studied at Boston College, where he received his M.A. in philosophy, focusing on Ancient Greek and 20th century German thought. Since then, his writing has appeared in the LA Review of BooksBoston Review of BooksBooks and Culture, First ThingsComment, and Commonweal. Robert is a contributing editor at The Point Magazine, and lives in Madison with his wife and their three children.


Linda Larsson is the Operations and Volunteer Coordinator for the Stephen & Laurel Brown Foundation. Prior to this role, Linda served as the Director of International Operations for Willow Creek Association in Barrington, Illinois, where she implemented training programs to launch the Global Leadership Summit in more than 124 countries. Prior to the Willow Creek Association, Linda owned a consulting company and worked as a consultant to Fortune 500 companies in project management of new technology implementations.  Linda received a M.A. in Educational Leadership and Organization Change from Roosevelt University (Chicago, Illinois). She has served as a Lincoln Award Examiner, and was a Board of Education Vice President and Member for the second largest school district in Illinois. Linda and her husband, Douglas, have four children, seven grandchildren, and 20 foster children. They enjoy sailing and hiking and sharing their home with others.

Upper House Interns

Katie Passint serves as a student intern for the Stephen and Laurel Brown Foundation. Prior to this role, Katie was the Special Projects Intern for Young Life Mission Services in Colorado Springs, CO. She has also worked as a research assistant for the University of Wisconsin-Population Health Institute, as the Children’s Program Intern for the YWCA Madison, and as Kindergarten Intern for the Frazee Center in Greenville, South Carolina.

Katie is currently working on her Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She will graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May 2018, after which she intends to pursue a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a Children and Families focus. Katie has served as a Young Life leader in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, and as a Delight Ministries leader, with additional volunteer experience with the American Family Children’s Hospital, and Promoting Awareness Victim Empowerment, a student-led advocacy group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She enjoys traveling, hiking, running and cooking.

Cassidy Shepherd is a student intern for the Stephen and Laurel Brown Foundation. Before Cassidy started her internship, she worked with kids both as a daycare teacher and a camp counselor. She held her first job as a teenager at Culver’s. Cassidy is currently working on her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Chemical engineering. She will graduate in May of 2019, and intends to use her strengths in science with her passion for healthcare to serve in the pharmaceutical industry. In addition to working at Upper House, Cassidy is involved in Delight, a student ministry, and Cardiac on Campus, a club that works to provide free CPR and AED training. She is a member of the American Institute for Chemical Engineers. 

Ron Steinhoff serves as a student intern for the Stephen and Laurel Brown Foundation. Prior to this role, Ron worked as a research assistant for both the Biology and Political Science Departments, and was a Mount Vernon Leadership Fellow. He currently serves as the Safety & Wellness chair of his fraternity, and worked as the head lifeguard for the City of Eden Prairie. On campus, Ron volunteers at the UW Health Emergency Department, is on the Executive Board of the Honors Student Organization, the Bucky Pre-Health Volunteering Association, and is a leader in Greek IV.

Ron is majoring in Political Science and Spanish on a Pre-Medicine track with a certificate in Global Health and Leadership at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He plans on graduating from UW in May of 2019. After graduation, Ron intends to either attend Medical school or pursue a career in politics and public service.