Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors provides spiritual and organizational guidance for International Teams. This group of leaders is passionate about the transforming power of Jesus. They believe by faith that nothing is impossible with God. As leaders they submit to Jesus and seek his will in all matters.
Scott has served as President and CEO of International Teams since May 2008. His passion as a leader is to follow the ministry model of Jesus and not separate mission (spiritual needs) from compassion (physical needs), and to bring people together to help the oppressed. He leads an organization that desires to truly reflect the Jesus of the Bible and His methods of transformation. Scott wants people to see Jesus in all that ITeams does.
Scott came to ITeams with 25 years of international ministry experience. In addition to being an ordained minister and business owner, he is a gifted teacher and served as adjunct faculty for Indiana Wesleyan University. He completed most of his course work at Kingswood University and graduated with a Bachelors degree from Trinity College and Seminary. He holds a Masters degree from Indiana Wesleyan University.
Scott is a regular contributor to Leadership Journal. As a professional saxophonist, he brings a sense of jazz and creativity to life and leadership. He is a member of the Christian Community Development Association, Christian Leadership Alliance, and Missio Nexus. He serves on the board of directors for the South Asian Friendship Center.
He and his wife, Jill, met in kindergarten, and have two grown sons. They attend Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois.
Kenton is a passionate leader with a diverse background in vocational ministry, entrepreneurship, technology and business.
Today, as Executive Partner at Geneca, Kenton provides leadership and strategy for Geneca's collaborations with new and existing clients. With more than 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and technology executive, Kenton is passionate about helping individuals and organizations leverage their unique ideas and capabilities to achieve game-changing business outcomes.
After earning his BA in Business and Economics from Wheaton College, Kenton joined the staff at Willow Creek Community Church and the Willow Creek Association. He lives in Palatine with his wife Lisa, and their two teenagers, Ian and Maddie.
Kenton grew up with a very narrow understanding of cross-cultural work focused on evangelism. While grateful for this foundation, he is passionate about ITeams' unique vision for helping under resourced communities offer the same thing that Jesus offered. The AND.
"I can't shake the mental image of my Maddie, in a far off place. Lost and hungry a slave. What would Jesus offer her if he met her there?
Just food? Just freedom? Just forgiveness?
No way. He would offer it all food, freedom AND forgiveness. He would want her to have the AND. And so would I!"
Skye is an author, editor, speaker, consultant and pastor. He occupies numerous roles at Christianity Today and is currently the Executive Editor of Leadership Journal.
Skye consults with groups facing challenges at the intersection of faith and culture. He is also a sought after speaker at churches, conferences, colleges, and retreats both in the US and internationally. Skye is the author of The Divine Commodity: Discovering a Faith Beyond Consumer Christianity, WITH: Reimagining the Way You Relate to God, and Futureville. Skye and his wife, Amanda, were married in 1999 and currently live in Wheaton, Illinois with their three children.
"Many are reporting about the disengagement of young adults from the church and its mission. This is, in part, due to the church's limited vision of God's mission and the church's calling. ITeams is one of the few ministries I know that is serious about seeing the whole church engage the whole world with the whole Gospel. As a result, it is attracting and engaging young adults in amazing numbers."
Suzette is founder and CEO of Light of Mine, a company that designs and manufactures special purpose lighting solutions for military vehicles. She is also the author of her self-published spiritual and self-empowerment book Moments of Truths. She will release her second book, Blues to Blessings: from Fearful to Faithful, in early 2015.
Suzette Webb has 20+ years of value-creation experience specifically in designing effective marketing and sales strategies for high-growth firms and minority business development. Prior to founding LOM in 2006, she led the business building strategy for Diversity in the post-bankruptcy era of United Airlines. Additionally, during her tenure at Burger King Corporation, she co-developed a National Hispanic Initiative to improve new business development within the high- growth U.S. Hispanic marketplace, and worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to establish the first Burger King restaurant on an historic Black college campus.
Webb holds an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business, Northwestern University, and a Bachelors degree in Communications from Loyola University in New Orleans. Past and present affiliations include Jobs for Youth, Board Member; Spencer Stuart's Diversity Roundtable. She also serves with the Local School Council for Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, a leading selective enrollment high school. She is married to Jonathan Webb, and is the proud mother of three sons: Joshua, Julian and Jonathan II.
"The core work of International Teams reminds me of the lame man who begged for alms outside the Beautiful Gate in Acts 3. We learn in this passage that the lame man's life was transformed when he asked Peter for money, but was healed by Peter instead. One transformed life led to the transformation of many others as word spread that the lame man who sat for years outside the Gate was healed. Embracing people through the eyes of Jesus in communities where most have become invisible is also transformational. One renewed life in that community can spark the renewal of many more lives within that community. I find that it is this part of the work where I am most drawn to serve."
Jeff Stevenson founded October Three with the mission of radically changing how defined benefit plans are designed and administered. Jeff believes that many of the deficiencies of today's defined benefit market can be overcome and successful financial outcomes can be achieved for both plan sponsors and plan participants through effective plan design strategies and technology developments.
Jeff is both an actuary and an attorney. He spent the first ten years of his career as an actuarial consultant within a large public accounting firm and a large international consulting firm. He spent the next ten years practicing law with Kirkland & Ellis, where he was a partner. While at Kirkland his practice was focused primarily on the human resource aspects of mergers and acquisitions. He also oversaw the firm's partner and staff benefit programs.
Jeff left Kirkland in 1999 to help build the successful growth of CCA Strategies. Jeff was a Managing Director and a member of the Executive Committee at CCA, and President of CCA Small Business Group, a technology focused subsidiary. CCA was sold to JPMorgan in 2006 and Jeff became a Managing Director and head of the defined benefit practice within the emerging markets business segment, and a member of the Executive Committee of JPMorgan Retirement Plan Services. While at CCA and JPMorgan Jeff built and led the nation's leading practice targeted at serving large professional service firms. Jeff and his team has advised over 50 firms in the Am Law 200 over the past decade.
Jeff is considered a national expert on law firm retirement programs and is sought after as an adviser on both qualified and nonqualified plan design engagements.
Mark is a partner at KPMG LLP, a global accounting and advisory firm, where he has over 20 years of experience providing audit and advisory services on a diverse cross-section of public and private commercial services companies including global manufacturers, consumer and industrial product distributors, retailers, and technology and medical diagnostic companies. In addition to coordinating and overseeing financial statement audits and audits of internal control over financial reporting, Mark has provided accounting advisory services related to SEC filings, acquisitions and divestitures, technical accounting research and internal control over financial reporting.
Mark serves as an instructor for the KPMG Business School, as Midwest Partner-in-charge of recruiting, and on the Finance Committee of the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago. Mark is a CPA and holds a B.S. in accounting from Marquette University and a MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Business.
Although new to ITeams, Mark is excited to engage with ITeams' transformative faith-based approach rooted in understanding and collaborating with local communities to effect global change.
Melissa is an Associate at Phillips Murrah, PC, where she offers a variety of legal services to clients in the oil and gas industry. She helps clients ensure that they are in the proper legal standing to undergo exploration and production operations. Before working at the firm, she worked in-house with Chesapeake Exploration, LLC, the world's leading producer of natural gas.
She holds a Bachelor of Science magna cum laude from Oklahoma State University and a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center. She currently resides in Oklahoma City with her dog, Spurgeon. She leads a community group at her local church, Henderson Hills, in Edmond, Oklahoma, and has been passionate about Christ's impact on lives on an international scale since college, traveling internationally to see what Jesus is doing in various parts of the world, specifically SE Asia. And for the past five years she has rowed on a corporate rowing team in Oklahoma City.
"I believe that God is fairly specific in His calling for all of His people to be involved in reaching out to the widows and orphans in a global way. And, I think He's issued this call as a command, not a recommendation. I know this calling can look different for many people. As it's said, some go and some send. But neglecting this calling all together has never been an option for me. In some ways, I take a different perspective. As much as I want to see people's needs met, in an even more real way I want to see the glory of God expand. When His people do work in His name, He is given this glory. There are so many parts of the world in which God is doing this work, I'm so honored to be a part of an organization like ITeams, which is seeking out those places (the hard places, the forgotten places) and doing their best to transform lives there, with the power of God, for the glory of God."
A pastor's kid, the child and grandchild of world-traveling cross-cultural workers, Kim Westfall was raised to be mission-minded. You could say it's in her blood.
Her passion for cross-cultural work began to unfold 15 years ago, when she became U.S. Director for Watoto Child Care Ministries, an organization caring for thousands of Ugandan orphans and raising the next generation of that nation's leaders. It was challenging and fulfilling work for her.
Kim then met the love of her life, her husband Bob. Over a decade they built The Westfall Group, the nation's leading innovator and implementer of more than 300 major donor fundraising events. The company has helped scores of faith-based clients generate over $550 million to expand God's Kingdom.
Kim retired from her role as Executive Vice President of Client Service and Consulting in April 2016. Since then she's enjoying time with family—including three granddaughters—as well as boating and fishing at the lake house she and Bob share outside Atlanta. Kim is thrilled to now be serving with ITeams.
"My life verse is James 1:27: 'Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.' So the work of ITeams aligns perfectly with my passion for working alongside the oppressed!"