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.

Upper House Interns

Kayla Hietpas serves as a student intern for Upper House, an initiative of the Stephen & Laurel Brown Foundation. In addition to this role, Kayla works as a front desk associate at Hotel RED, and is one of the co-founders of the UW-Madison chapter of Delight, a women’s ministry organization. Previously, Kayla worked with Snap On Tools as a marketing intern, Camp Timberline as a counselor, and Madison Children’s Museum as an events intern. Kayla is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in Nonprofit and Community Leadership with a certificate in Digital Studies. She plans to graduate in May 2017. After graduation, Kayla aims to pursue a career in either marketing or events. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, playing tennis, and photography.

Andrea Polis serves as a student intern for Upper House, an initiative of the Stephen & Laurel Brown Foundation. Previously, Andrea has worked as a Supply Chain Operations intern for Frito-Lay in Beloit, WI, and as a children’s team intern for Christ Presbyterian Church in Edina, MN. Andrea has also been actively involved as a captain of the Atropa Ultimate Frisbee team, a fundraising chair for the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering, a bible study leader in Campus Crusade for Christ, and a nursery volunteer at Red Village Church. Andrea is currently pursuing her Bachelors of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, planning to graduate in May of 2018. Following graduation, Andrea would like to pursue a career in logistics, planning, consulting, or project management. Outside of school, Andrea enjoys getting coffee with new and old friends, thrift shopping, and exploring new places.

Amanda Samuel serves as a student intern for Upper House, an initiative of the Stephen & Laurel Brown Foundation. In the past, she has worked as a marketing and business development intern for Conscious Capital Management, and a marketing assistant for Tornado Marketing. Amanda is a student leader with the Blackhawk Church College Age Ministry and the president of Force for Freedom, a student organization committed to ending modern-day slavery and seeking justice everyday through Christ. Prior to these roles, Amanda worked as an office assistant for Gordon Dining and Event Center, as well as an intern for Athletes in Action. Amanda is currently working on her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in marketing and entrepreneurship and will graduate in May 2017. She loves all things sports (particularly basketball), reading, playing music, and spending time with friends.

Darby Voeks serves as a student intern for Upper House, an initiative of the Stephen & Laurel Brown Foundation. Previously, Darby served on the board of Tiny Houses (a non-profit focused on long-term solutions to homelessness), as Director of Programming for Live Up (a youth mentoring organization enabling students to live up to their full potential as students and leaders), and as a passionate member of the Morgridge Center for Public Service. Currently, Darby is a staff member and Team Leader for Verona Young Life and a Recruiting Director for Summit Adventure – a faith-based outdoor leadership nonprofit. A Dean’s List award winner and National Scholars Association member, Darby plans to graduate in May 2017 with a degree in Community and Non-Profit Leadership and Political Science. He hopes to work in a field that allows him to exercise his greatest passion: mentoring, empowering, and loving those who feel lost.