|Don J. Payne, Chairman of the Board
Don serves as Associate Dean and Assistant Professor of Theology and Ministry at Denver Seminary in Littleton, Colorado. In 1998 he joined the faculty of Denver Seminary to help build their new mentoring program, which is now fully integrated into the core curriculum of every degree program. He currently has overall leadership of the seminary’s mentoring program and teaches courses in both systematic theology and pastoral theology. He frequently trains and consults with other ministry organizations about mentoring. In addition to leading a mentoring program, Don has personally mentored seminary students for over fifteen years. Don holds a PhD in theology from the University of Manchester, England. He is married to Sharon and they have three children: Danielle, Jim, and Rob.
|Sharon J.S. Heron, Executive Director
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Sharon has worked in the field of mentoring and in further and higher education for over 10 years as lecturer, mentor, trainer, and consultant and is based in Northern Ireland. Her doctoral thesis focused on Christian mentoring and paid particular attention to issues of definition and evaluation, winning an award for excellence in research, presented at the ICMN and Denver Seminary’s International Mentoring Conference in 2008. She is a guest lecturer at local Bible colleges and for the Institute of Theology at The Queen’s University, Belfast. Sharon also speaks at international and local conferences on a variety of topics, including theological education, and mentoring. She has instigated a variety of mentoring programs in education and for nonprofit organizations and has written a number of articles in this field. In 2009, Sharon started her own resource development, consulting, and speaking ministry, Connexions Plus, in which she serves as Director and Principal Consultant. She is a member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (UK).
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Les and his wife, Priscilla served with WorldVenture in South America for seventeen years as Director of Extension Seminary and as Field Chairperson for Argentina and Venezuela. He also served as Director of Partners in Christ, International, as Asia Pacific Director and Director of the Centre for Lifelong Learning for TEAM, and has taught at Arizona College of the Bible. Les’s commitment to mentoring grows out of his long-time belief in the importance of non-formal education and church-based training. Les and Priscilla are Associates with the Paraclete Mission Group, and Les is currently working in Compassion International in the Global Staff Development Department. They have two adult children. Jon is on the start-up team of NovoInk (an e-book publisher) and Joel is a Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations. Les holds a PhD in Adult Education from Trinity International University.
|Dr. Linda Phillips-Jones|
|Dee Nyamieh Walker
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Originally from Liberia, West Africa, has served as mentoring consultant, trainer and mentor in Africa and the USA for over 10 years. He earned his doctorate in educational studies from Trinity International University, Illinois. Dee has worked on cross-cultural issues in mentoring globally, and is passionate about helping learning organizations develop culturally appropriate mentoring programs for executives and emerging leaders. Dee currently serves as the Global Staff Development Director for a 3000+ member global non-profit Christian organization (Compassion International). Dee is leading the efforts to develop a robust mentoring culture at Compassion International. He is married to Bendu Famatta. Their union of over 18+ years is blessed with three wonderful children: Denise Korpo Sio, Emmanuel Nagbe , and Joel Nyamieh.
|G. Brian Jones, Treasurer
Grass Valley, California
Brian is a licensed psychologist specializing in conflict resolution, character assessment, mentoring, research, evaluation, and economic development of native North Americans. He is the CEO and Director of Research and Evaluation for The Mentoring Group, a division of the Coalition of Counseling Centers, Inc., which was founded in 1980 by Brian, Dr. Linda Phillips-Jones, and colleagues in the Bay area of San Francisco, California. Brian holds a PhD from Stanford University.
|Elisabeth H. Selzer
Liz is the President and CEO of The Mentor Leadership Team, and works as a consultant for The Mentoring Group. She has been a mentor in Denver Seminary’s mentoring program and wrote her doctoral dissertation on the effectiveness of mentoring on transfer of learning. Liz has worked in ministry and teaching for over 23 years. She has taught at Creighton University (theology), Grace University (theology, leadership, and spiritual formation), and Colorado Christian University (leadership, organizational behavior, religion). She has also held leadership roles in youth work, women’s ministries and neighborhood Bible studies. Liz has a PhD in education (training and performance improvement) from Capella University, a Maters in counseling from Grace University, and and MDiv from Denver Seminary. Liz and her husband Steve have three children -- Michael, Samantha, and Joe.