City Vision University Staff and Leadership

City Vision Staff

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TechMission/City Vision Board

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Commissioner Jim Knaggs, TechMission Board President
Commissioner Knaggs recently retired as the Western Territory Commander of the Salvation Army where he oversaw a $3 billion budget. Jim is a former student with City Vision University and he is helping to develop our strategy for partnering with the Salvation Army and similar organizations. He earned his Masters of Professional Study in Urban Ministries from Alliance Theological Seminary and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and Management from Temple University. He is currently living in New Jersey near his grandchildren and working as a consultant. 

Major Bill Hurula
Major Hurula is the former Chief Financial Officer for the National Headquarters of the Salvation Army and currently serves as an Internal Auditor for The Salvation Army Western Territory. He also does financial consulting for nonprofit organizations in Western Michigan. A graduate of the Salvation Army College For Officer Training, Major Hurula has served the Salvation Army for over 40 years in numerous leadership positions across the country that updated and reorganized the Salvation Army’s financial systems. As a national project manager for the Salvation Army, Major Hurula led a national initiative called eQuip for Success, in conjunction with the Beaumont Foundation of America, to establish some 200 computer labs across the country to benefit the under-served in America. Major Hurula holds an MBA from Olivet Nazarene University.

Lorraine Minor
Lorraine Minor is the Director of the Servant Leadership Training Institution at the City Union Mission in Kansas City, MO. She received an M. Ed. in Adult and Occupational Education from the University of Missouri at Columbia. Aside from her work at City Union Mission, where she has served in various capacities for over 25 years, she has been an instructor at Central Missouri State University and a consultant for the Missouri State Department of Education. She has served on several boards, including 12 years as a Trustee of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions. She has also written countless articles, staff training manuals, and client curricula for work in urban ministry to the poor and homeless.

Dr. Amanda Forbes
Dr. Amanda Forbes is the Executive Director of Trinity Education Global, which has the vision of “every church a college.” Trinityoperates church-based education programs serving the poor in Nairobi, Kenya. She has developed curricula for a National Endowment for the Humanities funded project and the Women Leaders of Tomorrow program in Pakistan and has served as an Associate Editor with Reconsidering Development. She also helped to found a grant-funded interdisciplinary initiative at the University of Minnesota. She graduated from the nation’s top graduate school of education, Vanderbilt University (M.Ed.), as well as Pepperdine University (B.A.) and the University of Minnesota (Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Administration with a specialization in Comparative and International Development Education).

Dr. Jay Gary
Dr. Jay Gary is the former Graduate Program Director in School of Business of LeTourneau University. He previously served as the Program Director of a Master of Arts in Strategic Foresight at Regent University. He also previously served as the Alliances Manager for the Laussanne Movement. He also served as the National Director for the Institute of International Studies, where he managed a 10-person team to develop the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course, which has become the most widely used course in training Christians about global missions.

Dr. Brad Smith
Dr. Brad Smith is the President of Bakke Graduate University, which is focused on developed global, urban, transformational leaders. He previously served as the President of Leadership Network, which was founded by Bob Buford. He previously served as the Director of New Programs for the Center of Christian Leadership in Dallas Seminary. He received a Bachelor of Business Management from Texas A&M, Masters of Theology for Dallas Theological Seminary, Doctorate from Bakke University.

Dr. Walker Tzeng

Dr. Walker Tzeng is the Executive Director of the World Evangelical Theological Institute Association (WETIA), Senior Pastor of Gratia Community Church, and Chief Operating Officer/Chaplain of Olivet University. He has also served on the board or leadership teams of numerous organizations including the Association for Biblical Higher Education, World Evangelical Alliance, and National Association of Evangelicals. He has an extensive background in accreditation, including leading an institution to initial accreditation, and education technology, including the creation an integrated LMS/SIS platform EdBrite. He received his B.S. in Cybernetics from UCLA and his M.Div. and D.Min from Olivet University.

Addiction Counseling Advisory Council

Employer and Industry Representatives

  • Leane LaFrance (Guerrero) – Radical Recovery, Moorhead, MN
  • Stan Dekoven – Vision International University, President, San Diego, CA
  • Richard Nongard – Executive Director, Peachtree Professional Education (mental health), Tulsa, OK
  • Crystal Huertas-Baker – Security Specialist, United States Air Force, MA Organizational Psychology, Arlington, VA
  • Dee Bissell – Fresh Start Ministry at Braden River Baptist Church, Brandenton, FL
  • Renee Jones – AOD Counselor, Connections Health Wellness Advocacy, St. Petersburg, FL

Faculty Representatives

  • Steven Brubaker – Life Path Christian Ministries, Chief Program Officer, Lititz, PA
  • Lisa Hoffman – Wheeler Mission Ministries, Inc, Assistant Director and Program Director, Noblesville, IN
  • Lynda Mitton – City Vision University, Addiction Counseling Department Chair, Pekin, IL
  • Robert Rapp – Portland Rescue Mission, Chaplain Overseer, Portland, OR
  • Lorraine Minor – City Union Mission, Associate Executive Director, Kansas City, MO
  • Michael Liimatta – Footprints, Inc, Executive Director, Kansas City, MO
  • Greg Kirk – Union Gospel Rescue Mission, Executive Director, Poplar Bluff, MO
  • Ian Howarth – Chaplain at Idaho Air National Guard, Meridian, ID

Alumni Representatives

  • Stella Bourassa – The Transition House, Addiction Counselor and Case Manager, St. Cloud, FL
  • Tina Cook – Family Resource Center, Mission Director, Athens, GA
  • Leslie Dorticos – Clinical Therapist Intern, Cathedral City, CA
  • Jeannie Gregg – Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, Desoto, TX

Management and Ministry Advisory Council

Employer and Industry Representatives

  • Tom Layman – Sunday Breakfast Mission, President, Wilmington, DE
  • Angie Criner – Career Cross Training, Owner, Denver, CO
  • Mike Truong – Azusa Pacific University, Digital Learning Architect, Los Angeles, CA
  • James Knaggs – Salvation Army, Leadership Consultant, Rolling Hills Estates, LA
  • Jay Gary – Oral Roberts University, Associate Professor of Leadership, Tulsa, OK
  • James VarnHagen – New York City Rescue Mission, Executive Director (Retired), Carmen, IN

Faculty Representatives

  • James Harriger – Bridge of Faith Community Church, Pastor of Development, Springfield, MO
  • Joshua Reichard – City Vision University, Chief Academic Officer, Youngstown, OH
  • Andrew Sears – City Vision University, President, San Diego, CA
  • Bonita Smith – Liberty University Online Programs, Adjunct Professor, Leesville, LA
  • Greg Voykhansky – City University of Seattle, Associate Faculty/Dissertation Chair and Committee Member of the School of Applied Leadership, Worcester, MA
  • Michael Liimatta – Footprints, Inc, Executive Director, Kansas City, MO
  • Timothy Shaw – Second Baptist Church, Senior Pastor, Danville, IL
  • Victoria Queen – Charles Koch Institute, Fellow, Springfield, MO
  • Kiley Tyler – St. Matthew’s House, Vice President of Human Capital, Naples, FL
  • Kevin Yoho – Drexel University, Subject Matter Expert, Ocean City, New Jersey
  • Greg Perry – Third Millenium Ministries, Vice President of Strategic Projects, Castleberry, FL

Alumni Representatives

  • Zachary Beall – St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Director of Operations and Community Connection, Teacher, Kansas City, MO
  • Angela Gay – Focus on Renewal, Volunteer, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Patti Kleist – Faith in Action West Sound, Executive Director, Belfair, WA
  • Richard Schaus – Gospel Rescue Mission, Executive Director, Muskogee, OK
  • Jody Veler – Gilda’s Club South Jersey, Executive Director, Salem, NJ
  • Chariss Warner – Tri-City Union Gospel Mission, Director of Ministries, Pasco, WA
  • Dwayne Gordon – St. Matthew’s House, Vice President of Recovery Programs, Naples, FL
  • Jeff Cook – Springs Rescue Mission, Vice President of Enterprise and Work, Colorado Springs, CO
  • James Whitworth, Director of Operations, Miami Rescue Mission Inc.
  • Joe Zgrabik, HR Technical Specialist for JAARS
  • Jeffrey Crick, Residential Manager of Berea, Knox Area Rescue Ministries