Meet our Staff
John 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.
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 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 Books, Boston Review of Books, Books and Culture, First Things, Comment, 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.
Rebecca Cooks serves as the Hospitality and Program Coordinator for the Stephen and Laurel Brown Foundation. Prior to joining Upper House, Rebecca served as a Ministry Administrative Assistant at High Point Church—assisting the Associate Pastor, helping coordinate the small group ministry, hosting large events, and giving talks to audiences ranging from elementary school chapel to adult Sunday service. She is also a former teaching intern at High Point Church. Rebecca is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she received a BA double-majoring in French and International Studies-Global Security. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a Chancellor Scholar and was heavily involved in leadership with Badger Cru, The French House, and the Marching Band. Rebecca attends High Point Church where she also serves as the wedding coordinator. Rebecca enjoys going to movies in the theater, cheering for the marching band, jogging, watching football, and randomly singing wherever she goes.
Upper House Interns
Nate Jones serves as a student intern for the Stephen and Laurel Brown Foundation. Before joining the intern team, Nate worked as a facilitator at Adventure Learning Programs and a campus tour guide for the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also serves as VP of Marketing at A Just Brew Coffee, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting modern-day slavery. Nate is working toward bachelor’s degrees in Neurobiology and Journalism with certificates in Entrepreneurship and Leadership. He looks forward to building a career in the media and news industry after his graduation in 2019. On campus, he is a member of the Honors Student Organization and Chi Alpha, a student ministry. He is also a founding member of Christian Student Union, an organization which hosts campus-wide events to bring together undergraduate students from across campus ministries. He enjoys rock climbing, theatre, film, and craft coffee.
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 Culvers. 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.
Teagan Twombly is a student intern for the Stephen and Laurel Brown Foundation. Currently, Teagan also serves as a Student Staff member at Pres House Church in Madison, WI. She is presently working on her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Spanish with a minor in Education and Education Systems. Teagan is also assisting in research on campus in: Social Kids Lab and Prejudice; Intergroup Relations Lab; and studies children’s understanding of race and language. She will graduate in May of 2019, she and hopes to attend graduate school to obtain her PhD in Developmental Psychology to continue researching her passion of the benefits of multilingualism in young children. In addition to her intern role at Upper House, Teagan is also an intern with the Literacy Network (Madison, WI) and provides weekly English tutoring lessons to non-native English speakers in the community. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, running, traveling, being with family and friends, and cooking.