Mr. Aaron Atwood began working for Summit in 2011; he is a 1993 and 1994 alumnus of the Student Worldview Conference. Prior to his role as Vice President of Advancement, he worked for Focus on Family, Centura Health, and as a consultant to Christian ministries and other social sector organizations. He holds a B.A. in English from the University of Colorado and lives in Colorado Springs with his family. Aaron is an avid runner and golfer. He loves doing things that keeps his kids exploring Colorado.
Vice President of Advancement
Aaron Klemm serves Summit as the Product Manager of Church and Consumer Products. He hails from a small town in central Illinois where he grew up on a family farm raising corn, soybeans, and Angus beef cattle. He graduated from Monmouth College with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Communication Studies. He first heard of Summit when he attended Summit’s student conference the summer after his junior year of college. Aaron then had the pleasure of serving on summer staff in Colorado the summer of 2015. He loves watching sports (mainly the St. Louis Cardinals and Green Bay Packers) as well as playing sports, adventuring God’s great outdoors, and hitting the ski slopes! Summit has grown to become a huge influence in his life, and he enjoys getting to share that influence with others.
Product Manager of Church and Consumer Products
Amy Robison grew up in the Chicago suburbs, and moved to Colorado to join the Summit team in 2017. She attended a Student Conference in 2009, and came back to work on Summer Staff in 2011 and 2012. Amy studied Fashion Design in college, and is passionate about using creativity to serve others. She lived in Kenya briefly working with a ministry providing vocational training for women, and continues to design for their clothing line. A self-proclaimed ambivert, she’s an avid reader and collects old books, is obsessive when it comes to history, loves to travel, and adores the mountains!
Programs Relationship Specialist
Andrew Winchell joined the staff of Summit as its videographer in January 2016. After graduating high school in rural Wisconsin, he invested in a video camera and began traveling the country building experience shooting films for non-profits. His introduction to Summit was as a student in 2010, followed by a summer as a video intern. The challenge of leading a small group and learning to mentor young men was one that he quickly learned to enjoy. He returned for a total of 5 years of staffing before being hired by Summit full time.
Bonnie is a life-long supporter of Christian Education. Her son attended Christian school from K-12, attended two Summit Student Conferences and is currently attending college at Grace College in Winona Lake, IN. She was first introduced to Summit curriculum while serving as the Development Director at Warsaw Christian School. When she saw Building on the Rock, she immediately turned to her Administrator and Principal and said “This….this is how I wish Bible had been taught when Chance was here!” The school is now using Building on the Rock thanks in great part to her influence. Bonnie is passionate about helping students understand worldview. She states that “Calling on schools is an opportunity to help them understand the value of Christian worldview training. They need to know that this curriculum is available as a choice.”
She is currently working remotely from her home in Warsaw, Indiana where she lives with her husband Paul and son Chance. Her stepdaughter, Cathie, and her three grandkids (Tiayana, Devin and D’Andre) live close to them as well. Her free time is spent connecting with people or out in the barn with her horses. When they are able they travel to trail ride and she combines both activities! A favored verse is 2 Cor. 5:15 “He died for everyone so that those who receive His new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live or Christ, who died and was raised for them.”
School Curriculum Specialist
Dave came to Summit in January 2017 with 20+ years in the sales/consulting arena. Dave and his wife Mindy have lived in Colorado springs more than 23 years. In addition to serving the Christian school market, he enjoys hiking, camping, golf, and besides tennis, pickleball. Dave and Mindy also attend Woodmen Valley Chapel and both play a vital role in ministry there. Besides Mindy, Dave enjoys spending time with his kids and grandchildren.
Sr. Curriculum Sales Representative
David Wilson is an ordained minister and fundraiser. He serves as the Senior Marketing Coordinator for Summit Ministries. Passionate about motivating others to realize their potential to make the community a better place, David continually advocates for the cause of Christ and nonprofits. He has created effective strategy to lead teams and community-wide campaigns with success.
As an experienced nonprofit professional his natural strengths are public speaking, fundraising, and cause marketing. He is approachable and believes that through relationship great things can happen. David is ordained in the Christian and Missionary Alliance and a graduate of Vanguard University of Southern California where he received a degree in Religion. David lives in Colorado Springs with his wife and two daughters.
Senior Marketing Coordinator
Drew O’Dell serves Summit as the Customer Care Representative for the publishing department. He comes from upstate South Carolina where he learned to love hiking, backpacking, and exploring the great outdoors. His first experience with Summit was when he attended the Student Conference the summer after he graduated high school. Drew enjoys reading, collecting books, and studying theology and apologetics. Summit has grown to become a large part of his daily life and he loves getting to be a part of this ministry.
Customer Care Representative
Dustin Jizmejian is the Director of Programs. Starting in 2003, Dustin has been working on Summit’s Summer Staff while pursuing an undergraduate degree from Biola University and a graduate degree from Denver Seminary. After graduation from Seminary, Dustin took a position at Philadelphia Biblical University as a Resident Director, only to be called back by Summit Ministries to direct the Semester program in 2011. In 2017, Dustin accepted a change in position at Summit to Director of Programs. While Dustin directs programs he also speaks on topics ranging from God’s Will, The Christian Worldview, Christian Community, and Pornography. He is currently seeking an additional Masters in Leadership, Theology, and Society from Regent College in Vancouver, Canada. Dustin and his wife Ruthann have been married for nine years and have four children, Rafferty, Cosette, Briar, and Trask and they call Manitou Springs their home.
Director of Student Programs
Elizabeth Tomaszewski started her Summit journey in 2013. She was a student at our Summer Conference twice and attended Summit Semester before staffing for four summers. In 2017 she attended the Oxford Study Centre, where she studied International Relations and World Religions. She plans to graduate in December 2019 from Thomas Edison State University with a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a minor in Business Administration. When she isn’t working toward her degree and serving Summit parents and students, Elizabeth enjoys adventuring in the mountains of Colorado, dancing at the local ballet studio, and reading good books. She also makes a pretty delicious chocolate chip cookie.
Emily Root is originally from a small town in central Kansas called Chase. In May 2018, she graduated from Missouri State University with her BS in General Business having an emphasis in Management. During school, she was a student leader with Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU) leading the women of CRU. She did an internship with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks in the Special Events department. Weirdly enough, she found out about Summit through an online Christian ministry directory. When she saw we had an opening in her field, she applied and got the job. In her spare time, she really enjoys kayaking, hiking, taking trips to the lake, and spending time with her family and friends.
Advancement Administrative Assistant
Heather Sewell joined Summit in 2017 as Programs Marketing and Partnership Development Specialist. Before joining the Summit team, she served as the Director of Marketing at a regional orphan care ministry in Kentucky, Orphan Care Alliance. Advocating for kids and families from hard places continues to be one of her passions. In her free time, Heather enjoys hosting guests in her home and serving youth at her local church.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism degree. Heather and her family live in Colorado Springs.
Marketing & Partner Development Specialist
Jason Graham has worked for Summit since 2001. He is currently the Interim Vice-President of Publishing. Over the years, Jason has worked on a number of Summit’s most notable curriculum projects, including Summit’s high school and middle school curricula: Understanding the Times and Lightbearers. Jason holds a BS in Marketing from Oklahoma State University, an MA in Philosophy of Religion from Denver Seminary, and an MBA from Champlain College. He lives in Colorado Springs, CO with his amazing wife Rebecca and their three energetic kids: Katelyn, Caleb, and Madeline. On the weekends, Jason can be found hiking with his family, taking photos, or playing volleyball.
Vice-President of Publishing
Dr. Jeff Myers is president of Summit Ministries. As an educator and entrepreneur, Dr. Myers has become one of America’s most respected authorities on youth leadership development. Focus on the Family founder James Dobson referred to him as “a very gifted and inspirational leader.” Evangelist Josh McDowell called him “a man who is 100% sold out to preparing the next generation to reflect the character of Christ in the culture.”Through his speaking engagements and media appearances Dr. Myers has become a fresh voice offering humor and insight from a Christian worldview. He is the author of 14 books, including Understanding the Faith, Understanding the Times, and Understanding the Culture textbooks which are studied by tens of thousands of students. Dr. Myers holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Denver. He continues to engage college students and adult learners by serving as a trustee of Colorado Christian University and through a Signature Leadership Course offered by the Lumerit Corporation, which serves the training needs of many Fortune 100 companies. Jeff and his wife Stephanie and their family live in Colorado.
Jeff Wood joined the Summit team in January 2015 as the Vice-President of Finance and Administration. Jeff’s first exposure to Summit was through one his daughters who attended a Colorado Student Conference in 2002. Prior to joining Summit, Jeff served with Compassion International for 25 years in a variety of executive leadership roles. He holds a B.A in Economics from Wheaton College. Jeff and his wife, Carol, along with their adult children live in the Colorado Springs, CO area. They love exploring Colorado’s beautiful mountains either on foot or by motorcycle.
Vice-President of Finance and Administration
Jody Byrkett has run the gamut of the Summit world. From student (2003 and 2004) and summer staff (2005-2010) she progressed to being a mentor at Summit Semester (2007) and year-round staff (2010). She has attended both Summit Semester and the Oxford Study Centre (formerly Summit Oxford) — where she studied the contrast between the French and American revolutions. Jody now works in the Publishing department as a shipping expert. When she’s not drinking tea, reading, or editing for theology and arts blogs, you can find her trekking across the mountains by sunlight or starlight.
Joey Amadee and his family have lived in Colorado Springs, CO since 2009. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business and Music from Bryan College in Dayton, TN. He has been working in the field of Information Technology for the last 12 years, building and maintaining computer systems and networks along with contributing to, designing, and writing software solutions and apps. He has sold software to various businesses and continues support and maintenance through licensing deals for some of these digital platforms. Starting January 1, 2016, Joey accepted a position at Summit Ministries where he had previously been working as a contractor. He and his wife just had their first child — a baby girl — and they look forward to a continuation of serving Summit in the years to come.
Information Technology Director
Jon DeLange has worked for Summit since March of 2018. He has held roles in politics, digital marketing, and non-profit development in the pro-life world before working with Summit. Jon lives and works in the beautiful city of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and enjoys nerding out about anything strategic! Whether it’s rock climbing, business strategy, or the latest pro-life apologetic, he loves to work on interesting challenges. Jon graduated from TESU with a BA in Communications in 2015 and holds a Certificate of Ministry Leadership in Applied Bioethics from Oklahoma Wesleyan University.
Assistant to the President
Josh joined Summit in December 2014. He attended Summit as a student during his third year of college (’04) and was changed forever by his experience at Summit. It was there that he realized the impact an individual’s worldview has on every aspect of life. He also was encouraged to know that God can and wants to use His followers in all areas of culture. He spent most of his life in New Mexico and came to know the Lord at an early age. He holds an Associate of Applied Science – Criminal Justice from Central New Mexico Community College, a Bachelor’s of Criminal Justice from New Mexico State University, and a Master’s of Business Administration from New Mexico Highlands University and hopes to continue his studies in the future. He and his beautiful wife, Olivia (another Summit grad), are raising their two kids, Clara Jane and Jack, and love to travel and watch college sports (well, any sport) and see what God has in store for their family.
Human Resources Specialist
Kellan and his family became involved with Summit Ministries in 2002. Through the years he had the opportunity to grow up around the Summit program and to get to know the staffers and faculty who contributed to making the conferences happen.In the summer of 2016 Kellan switched over from his full-time job with his family’s business to come and staff himself. That following autumn he was a mentor at Summit’s Semester program and then was the Men’s Staff Director for the Colorado location during the summer of 2017. He joined the full-time team in February of 2018 to help other students to have the chance to attend the program that had been so impactful in his and his family’s life. Kellan is a Colorado native and loves traveling over his state on long drives looking for pretty views and places to go camping and sailing. He likes spending time sharing coffee, food and fun with his family and friends. He has also been involved as a leader in youth ministry with his church through the last 4 years.
Programs Relationship Specialist
Krystal Wisdom was born in rural Colorado, but her family moved to Costa Rica when she was six to be missionaries. She was homeschooled so she could help in her family’s ministry and came to love helping people in all kinds of ways. Her family would host short term mission teams at their home so she came to love being surrounded by new people. She moved back to the United States in 2018 when she was hired as an intern at Summit’s Snow Wolf Lodge in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, working during the summer and fall. She applied to work for Summit Ministries in Manitou Springs in the fall of 218 because she admired what Summit is doing and wanted to be a part of it! Krystal enjoys losing herself in books and in nature, she enjoys hiking and finding hidden places where she can explore for hours on end.
Krystan grew up primarily in New Mexico and attended college at New Mexico State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications. Krystan attended a Summit Student Conference in 2005 and worked on Summer Staff in 2007 and 2008. After graduating in 2008, she moved to Colorado and joined the Summit team full-time and has served in a variety of roles including Assistant to the Business Manager, Development Officer, and now as Alumni Network Project Developer. Included on her “bucket list” is: swimming in Loch Ness, seeing a Red Sox game at Fenway Park, and traveling to Israel to see the historical landmarks of our faith.
Lois McNair joined Summit in 2018. She received a B.A. from Tennessee Temple University. She loved being a school teacher, Bible teacher, worship leader, and conference speaker. She married her sixth-grade boyfriend, Bobby, 29 years ago and they have been in ministry together since 1991. They have four children. Their oldest, Micah, is married to Hali and is on staff at his church. Meagan is a church worship leader and is a professional makeup artist. Morgan is attending college, and Macauley is a junior in high school. Lois loves living near the beach and the beautiful and sometimes “messy” adventure that everyday life brings with her family.
Curriculum Sales Representative
Lorraine Wadman joined the Summit team in 2016 as an editor for the revision of Building on the Rock, Summit’s Christian elementary school curriculum. Prior to joining Summit, Lorraine worked as a textbook editor for the Association of Christian Schools International. She also taught various grades in Christian schools for many years. Lorraine and her family live Colorado Springs where they are active members of Academy Christian Church. Lorraine enjoys teaching Sunday school and writing scripts for her church’s puppet ministry.
Lynnette joined the Summit team in March of 2018 to serve as the Support Services Specialist. She graduated from Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, OK with a Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science. From there she moved to China to become a teacher of English as a Second Language to University students who were eager to learn all they could about Western language and culture. After marriage, then off and on over the years she and her husband have lived and traveled in Asia where they enjoy the privilege of building life-long friendships as they continually seek every opportunity to point to the one true Light in this dark world. In her spare time Lynnette likes studying, making puzzles, doing arts and crafts, and singing. You will also find her traveling, camping and hiking every chance she gets.
Support Services Specialist
Macki came on board at Summit in early fall of 2015 as Curriculum Managing Editor. Her testimony and dramatic conversion from atheist and Darwinist to believer and creationist brings a unique perspective to the Summit team. She holds a B.A. in anthropology with an emphasis in archaeology, and an M.A. in curriculum and instruction. Macki has experience as a curriculum coordinator and middle school science teacher in Christian and charter schools here in Colorado Springs. In 2006 she accepted a position at ACSI as a curriculum designer and textbook editor. For the past several years she has also served as an adjunct professor and course developer for Colorado Christian University. You can find Macki on the tennis courts, playing volleyball, hiking, and exploring the beauty of God’s creation.
Curriculum Managing Editor
Marit Byron joined the Summit staff in 2014 as a customer care representative and enjoyed 3 years in that position before transitioning to the Support Services team as an offsite employee. Her structured education concluded with a B.A. in Philosophy and Theatre from Northwestern College, but her daily on-the-job training continues for her other full-time positions as a wife and mother. Marit currently resides in the Jiu Valley region of Romania with her husband and daughter. Together they enjoy traveling all over the world, tasting unusual foods, and opening their home to neighbors for food and conversation. Marit is an avid black coffee drinker and always prefers to be barefoot.
Information Management Specialist
Mark Erikson joined the Summit team in October 2018 as a Regional Conference Manager. Even as a kid, Mark’s dream was to live in the mountains of Colorado where he could hunt, fish and eventually star in his own wilderness reality television show. Although the reality television space is a little crowded these days, Mark still hopes to fulfill his other dream of helping turn the tide in American Christianity.
Mark has 30 years of experience as a pastor. Before coming to Summit, he planted a church in the Detroit suburbs, and served on the staff of a very large church in northeast Ohio where he founded a ministry to international students. Mark and his wife, Anne, bleed Ohio State scarlet and gray. They have two adult children — Kyle, who lives in Colorado, and Rachel, who lives in Texas. Their passions include good food, good books and a good hike with their dog Lincoln.
Regional Conference Manager
Mark Rader was first introduced to Summit in 1999 when he was serving at Focus on the Family Institute. He reconnected with Summit in 2016 and was offered a position as the National Director of Student Recruitment in 2017. In February of 2018, he became a Special Assistant to the President to help Summit serve our donors more effectively. He is passionate about spreading the word about Summit across America, believing that God has raised up Summit for “such a time as this”.
Born and raised near Seattle, Mark graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1974 and spend 20 years in the Air Force, including time as a missile officer as well as several training and education jobs. His favorite assignment was teaching Air Force ROTC at Oregon State University. He met his wife Donna while stationed in San Antonio and retired from the Air Force in 1994. Mark then spent three years in admissions work at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island, followed by six years as Director of Admissions at Focus on the Family Institute from 1997-2003. He then served for 11 years at Biblica, his last five years the Director of Military Ministry. Mark and Donna have been married for 31 years and have three grown daughters, Emily, Sarah, and Olivia, and three wonderful grandchildren. They enjoy exploring the great outdoors in Colorado, fishing, music, sports, their local church and the opportunity to grow together Christ.
Assistant to the President
Michael hails from Texas but the mountains have grown on him since coming to work at Summit in 2012. He grew up working in his parents’ fish business (or aquaculture industry as it’s now called) where they supplied fish stocking and management for private lakes. Michael now works with the properties team as a project manager. On the weekends he enjoys off-roading, backpacking, hiking, or just being somewhere without cellphone service.
Molly Geiger grew up in Bismarck, ND. She moved to Colorado in 2016 and thoroughly enjoys it! Molly’s experiences and interest are as diverse as they are numerous… Whether it is butchering chickens on the family farm, working with orphans in Taiwan, volunteering as an EMT/FF or making wedding cakes, Molly has given herself quite the education through real life. She first attended Summit as a student in 2011, and then came on as summer staff later that year. She has worked as a kitchen supervisor, women’s staff director and now serves as summer program coordinator. Molly has a passion for serving and leading people (with unmatched amounts of energy and enthusiasm) and Summit is the perfect outlet for her to accomplish those goals. When Molly is not in the middle of running the CO program she is most likely reading a new book in a downtown coffee shop or traveling with her siblings!
CO Program Coordinator
Born and raised on the other side of Pikes Peak from where Summit is located, Nathan happily discovered Summit through his wife Shelly and Mom-in-law, Trudy Friesema. Bringing a diverse background of experience in the skilled trades and a BA in Biblical Studies from Colorado Christian University, Nathan began serving alongside Summit in 2007 through the Maintenance Department. From 2009 to 2018, Nathan and Shelly managed year-round operations at Snow Wolf Lodge, where Summit Semester is held each fall. Returning the summer of 2018 to the Manitou Springs location with his wife and 3 children- Daniel, Raylee, and Naomi, Nathan now oversees all Summit properties. He delights in developing a work culture in which properties integrally serves alongside all other departments so that the students, faculty and staff are cared for in the best possible way. Outside of work, Nathan and his family enjoy loving children through foster care and pursuing all the wonders Colorado has to offer.
Director of Properties
Rick Olson serves Summit in the area of Advancement. He has a passion for stewardship and has been privileged to serve numerous ministries and churches over the years. He holds a B.S. in Business/Marketing from the University of Southern California and a MDiv in Pastoral Ministries from Talbot Seminary. He lives in Southern California and the greatest part of his life is his marriage to Cheryl and his four children.
Assistant to the President
Steve Partlow joined the team at Summit, as a Special Assistant to the President, in February of 2018. He had retired from a successful career in donor development with several major Christian ministries here in the U.S. and in Europe.
Steve grew up in Dallas, Texas and started his adventurous career as a volunteer area director with Young Life, leading high school students into a relationship with their Savior. After graduating from college at the University of Texas Arlington, he attended Dallas and Fuller Theological seminaries. He has been serving young people and adults for the past 47 years through Young Life, Focus on the Family and Every Home for Christ. With Summit, he is still enjoying and being challenged in developing and deepening relationships with donors and prospective ministry partners.
High school is where he met his wife, Candy, and they have been married for 46 years. They have been blessed with three children and five grandchildren that all live in Colorado Springs. Steve and Candy also have loved their role as Sponsor Parents to Cadets at the Air Force Academy for the past 22 years.
Assistant to the President
Terry Bancesco is the Property Manager at Snow wolf lodge in Pagosa Springs. Terry joined Summit Ministries in 2017 as the lodge’s Maintenance Supervisor. Terry Grew up in northwestern Canada at the base of the Rockies, met the girl of his dreams and moved to Texas. He has assumed Maintenance/Management roles in multiple companies including Walmart, Providential Properties, Staples, Flowers Foods and Clarus Glassboards. Terry enjoys solid family relationships with his coworkers and values building solid support teams within the workplace. Terry’s wife April joined the Summit team in 2017 with Terry as the Retreat Coordinator at Snow Wolf Lodge. April has taken on the role as catering manager at the lodge, overseeing kitchen compliance and the creation of delectable foods for Semester and year-round retreat groups. April was also born in western Canada but grew up in California only to return to Canada one day to find Terry. Both love Summit Semester, working with and building relationships with the students as they make the lodge their home and community each fall. Terry and April both enjoy getting out in the wilderness and soaking up the outdoors. They enjoy hiking, kayaking, fishing, hunting, skiing, snowboarding, camping, 4x4ing and especially hammocking with a great book.
Terry – Snow Wolf Lodge Property Manager
April – Snow Wolf Lodge Retreat Coordinator
Tosha Payne spent her youngest years in Iowa, then lived in the Chicago area, and has traveled extensively before coming to Colorado as summer staff here at Summit in May of 2011. A Summit weekend worldview conference came to her area when she was a teenager and she keenly remembers how hungry she was to take in those words that rang with truth and begged her to live life intentionally. Mission trips, work, and friends have taken her to faraway places, but her love for travel was ignited early on by visiting National Parks with her family. Tosha has a B.A. in Counseling and M.A. in Business Administration and now enjoys taking advantage of the adventures to be had in CO camping, hiking, swimming, skiing, skating, kayaking, and hosting visitors.
Executive Assistant to the President
Tripp Almon joined Summit in 2018 and serves as the Director of Summit Semester. He relocated to the great state of Colorado with his wife, Megan, and their kids, Neely and Rogan, from the little town of Newnan, Georgia — just south of Atlanta. Tripp’s passion for educating students in the areas of Christian theology, worldview, and apologetics grew in large part from growing up in a Christian home and then struggling profoundly with the tidal wave of cultural ideas that engulfed him as he entered a secular university. Thankfully, his experience taught him that Christianity not only stands in the marketplace of ideas — it soars. Since then, he and Megan, an apologist and speaker with Life Training Institute, seek to cultivate environments where students feel the freedom to ask big questions and are encouraged to pursue real answers. Before joining Summit, Tripp, a former elite gymnast, coached gymnastics for more than two decades and served as a pastor for 10 years. He and his family love the outdoors and adventure sports, particularly off-road motorcycling. Tripp is also a rally car co-driver with Almon Brothers Racing Team — 2017 champions of the NASA Rally Atlantic Cup Series.
Director of Summit Semester