EXECUTIVE TEAM

Roy Wooten

Executive Director

Roy began volunteering for The Crucible Project after his initial weekend experience in January, 2009. He served as the volunteer leader of The Crucible Project community in Houston for its first six years and has served in retreat leadership since 2014. Roy and his wife Devra are authors of the book The Secret to Lifetime Love and Life Together Forever couples retreats. He also authored Full Throttle Into Fatherhood and speaks at couples, family, mens, and pastors seminars and retreats across the US and internationally.

Roy earned his B.S. and M.S. in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Abilene Christian University. He has served as a pastor, ministry executive, coach and counselor for nonprofits and churches. His body of work in Christian relationships was recognized with an Honorary Doctorate from Grace Global Seminary in 2017. He and Devra have two married children and make their home in Houston, Texas.

Bob Locascio

Men’s Programs & Services Manager

Bob started as Manager of Programs & Services in the spring of 2016, going full time in 2017. He is responsible for overseeing all the programs and services The Crucible Project offers, including weekends, groups and coaching, as well as developing new programs to further advance the mission.

Prior to joining Crucible, Bob spent 30 years in various leadership roles in the wireless telecoms marketplace. He has also run a healing-growth life coaching practice since July of 2009. Bob did his initial Crucible weekend in Aug 2004, and was part of the first cohort through the Two-Year Program.

He is a Retreat Leader, having staffed over 100 weekends; a Group Leader, currently leading two groups; and a coach. Bob is married to Christine Colón, a professor at Wheaton College, and has an adult daughter.

Tim White

Communications Manager

Tim came on board as communications manager in 2015,  just as the ministry was expanding its reach.  His responsibilities have included a variety of tasks including newsletters, fundraising, online presence and internal logistics.

With a B.S. in Communications from the University of Wisconsin, and an M.Div from Bethel Seminary (Twin Cities), Tim serves as a pastor, coach, counselor and marketing consultant. His experience helps him quickly synthesize information and find connections that offer creative insights.

Tim did his initial weekend in 2013, has staffed many weekends, leads Crucible groups and has helped in strengthening the Chicago Regional leadership team. Married to Leigh Ann with two adult sons - both have gone through Crucible weekends, and staffed with their dad!

Larry Korbus

Operations Manager

Larry embarked on a life-changing journey after attending his Initial Weekend in March of 2012. He immediately entered the 2-Year Transformation Program and served as the Staff and Participant Coordinators for many Initial and 2nd Level Retreats for years thereafter.

Although trained as an architect, Larry began his career in the fields of engineering and the graphic arts. But, after a spiritual conversion, he was re-educated at The Moody Bible Institute and served as an associate pastor of an evangelical church in a suburb of Chicago. His gift of administration, eye for aesthetics and heart for people have uniquely equipped him to serve The Crucible Project since 2017.

Larry and his wife Linda were married in 1988 and have invested years in building and enjoying a fulfilling marriage. They spend their free time traveling, cooking, entertaining and bike riding with their dogs.

Byron Myers

Leadership Development Director

Byron attended his initial weekend in October 2009.  He has been working with The Crucible Project ever since.  Byron became a retreat leader in 2014 and assumed the Leadership Development Director role in 2017.  He is formerly a 30-year teacher, athletic coach, and Principal at Midland Christian High School.  He also has his own coaching business where he develops leaders in management and supervision as well as Christian life coaching.

Byron earned his B.A and M.A. in Human Communication from Abilene Christian University.  He has been married to his wife Kathy since 1993.  He and Kathy have 3 adult children; a son and two daughters.  Byron and Kathy reside in Granbury, Texas

Brittany Duke

Office Manager

Brittany became Office Manager of The Crucible Project in the summer of 2019. She is responsible for overseeing compliance with regulatory agencies and governing boards, personnel management, assists in design and implementation of policies and procedures, and other business services. Her background is diverse and includes experience in compliance, accounting, and business development and services in government, oil and gas and church organizations.

Brittany and her husband Keith live in Tomball, TX and are raising 3 children. Brittany completed her initial weekend in August 2019.

Terrance Foster

Community Development Specialist

Terrance did his initial weekend in 2012, and jumped into staffing and leading weekends, specifically in the Urban community of Chicagoland.  He’s staffed 16 weekends, including two in Kenya.

Working for 15 years in the corporate tech support world, Terrance left in 2014.  Called to full-time ministry, he ran a mentoring/case management program at Lawndale Christian Legal Center.  Moving to Lawndale Christian Community Church, Terrance had many responsibilities. From Technical Director to Youth Worker, he cultivated important relationships with House Covenant Church, Firehouse Community Arts Center, Mission Year, Chicago Semester, Illinois Department of Justice (IYC) and more.

During his time working with the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA), Terrance completed a certificate in Christian Community Development from Northern Seminary.  A workshop leader and certified facilitator, he has traveled to various states to train and open conversations in community development.

Married to his wife Jammie for 20 years, they have four children ranging from 13 to 19.Terrance loves hanging out with friends and family, and a variety of activities including hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, gaming and muscle cars.

Lisa Modrzejewski

Women's Community Development Specialist

Lisa has been involved in women’s soul work since 2015, staffing and leading at 20+ weekends. She is passionate about providing safe space for women and men to find healing, support, and live out who God created them to be. Before coming to Crucible, she owned a coaching business where she supported families through the year of pregnancy and birth as a childbirth educator, birth and postpartum coach (doula). She has served in many areas at her church over the years, including the women’s ministry leader, small group leader, and worship team member. Her responsibilities at Crucible include connecting women to their community, supporting the communities in their growth, and cultivating healthy relationships and local leadership. Lisa is also a member of the Women's Retreat Leader Council.

Lisa and husband Chris have been married for 15 years, and are raising their four children together in Buffalo Grove, IL. She loves playing the piano, gardening, traveling and hearing people’s stories.

Chris Cleghorn

Ambassador

Chris joined our board in 2009 and served as Executive Director with responsibility for building and expanding The Crucible Project from March 2015 to May 2019. He ran day-to-day operations, providing strategic direction and adopting best practices in nonprofit management. Chris previously led marketing and fundraising for Easter Seals’ national headquarters for 25 years. He also headed marketing and resource development for the International Fellowship of Christian Jews and Feed The Children. Having served on the boards for Outreach Community Ministries, Growthtrac Ministries and the regional board for his denomination (The Christian & Missionary Alliance), he also served in his local church. Chris did his initial Crucible Weekend in March, 2007, and has completed the Two-year Transformational program.

He lives in Wheaton, IL with his wife, Ruth.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Tim Hoeppner

Chairman

Tim joined our board in January, 2015. He is a Convene Chair in Chicago where he connects, equips and inspires Christian CEOs and business owners to grow exceptional businesses and become higher impact leaders to honor God. Tim does this by providing coaching and by facilitating a peer-to-peer board that meets monthly to discuss their opportunities, challenges and faith integration in business. For twenty-three years, Tim was a Managing Director in the investment department of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation where he managed more than $1.5 billion of private equity real estate and energy investments. In that role, he sat on and provided strategic direction to more than fifty investment fund advisory boards. Prior to working for The MacArthur Foundation, Tim worked for Trammell Crow Company and Price Waterhouse, where he received his CPA license. Tim and his wife, Melissa, sponsor scholars at their alma maters (University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), and are involved in advancing the Tanadala hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Mathare Children’s Fund working in Nairobi, Kenya. Tim completed his initial weekend in March, 2009. He also has completed our Two-year Transformational Program. Since 2016, Tim has served as the Chairman of The Crucible Project Board of Directors.

Brian Sutherland

Brian joined our board in January of 2015. He is CEO of Highland Solutions, a business software development firm, which he founded in 1999. Over his 35-year career he has focused on leading organizational, technological and cultural shifts in industry, business and ministry. Brian is developing provision models for bi-vocational ministers in small church settings. He has a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from CalPoly, San Luis Obispo, California, and has completed theology studies at Northern Seminary in Lombard, Illinois.

He has actively served in his church in Long Grove, Illinois, as an elder and steering board member. Brian completed his initial weekend from another organization in 1999. He has staffed TCP weekends since 2012 and has completed our Two-year Transformational Program.

Kenny Cox

Kenny joined our board in January of 2017. He is CEO of Cox Family Holdings, the parent company to small and medium sized businesses. Experiencing divorce, Kenny served as the Volunteer Director of the Divorce & Relational Recovery Ministry at Willow Creek Community Church in Crystal Lake, where he continues to teach on recovery and transformation. Kenny is a graduate of The Crucible Project Two-year Transformational Program and the Spiritual Formation Program through the Transforming Center of Wheaton, IL.

Through his own family of origin traumas, he intentionally lives out his mission to help men seek meaning and healing for their lives so that they can unlock their unique purpose and legacy. Kenny completed his initial weekend in June of 2013 and developed his personal 2-year Transformational Program mission around Gospel Patronage.

Jimmy Lindsey

Jimmy joined our board in December of 2015. He is the President of Linro Investments, Black Capp Management, Blue Capp Management and Silver Capp Management and is also the Vice President of Gold Capp Management in Midland, TX. His work in the auto and commercial real estate industries has kept him busy, Jimmy still finds the time to volunteer.

In addition to serving on this board, he also serves on the Board of Directors for Unlock Ministries in Midland. Jimmy completed his initial weekend in October, 2011. He has staffed over 30 weekends and is on the local Midland Leadership team.

Scott Schnurr

Scott joined our board in 2016. He is President of DRF Trusted Property Solutions, a faith-based organization specializing in property solutions for residential and commercial properties. Scott serves clients throughout Northern Illinois, Northwest Indiana and Michigan.

He previously worked with McDonald’s Corporation in multiple operations roles and has a long entrepreneurial history.

In addition to his extensive charity work with groups like DuPage PADS, Habitat for Humanity and OrphaNetwork, Scott is a certified Crucial Conversations & Crucial Accountability trainer. He and his wife, Lisa, live in Lombard, IL with their 3 children. Scott completed his initial weekend in 2013.

Lawrence Haskins

Lawrence joined the board in January of 2018. He is the Senior Pastor of Household of Faith in Markham, IL. He retired from the US Railroad Retirement board, a Federal agency. Additionally, Lawrence is an experienced Financial Manager, Denominational leader and a court appointed mediator (trained by the Chicago Center for Conflict Resolution). He attended Moody Bible Institute and received a certificate in biblical counseling. Lawrence’s initial weekend was in 2012, having staffed more than 20 weekends in addition to currently leading a soul group. Lawrence serves as the leader of the Urban Leadership Team, a cross section of men committed to bringing soul work to the urban community. He brings thoughtful perspectives in urban and suburban African American experience, strategy, communication and organizational development to the board. He lives in Hazelcrest, IL with his wife Sylvia, and is the proud father of two adult sons and a 5 year old grandson.

Walter Mendenhall

Walter joined the board in January of 2018. He is the Director of Teen programming and outreach at Circle Urban Ministries, as well as the founder of Male Mogul Initiative, which focuses on leadership and entrepreneurial development for urban males from 14 to 19 years of age. Walter completed his initial weekend in 2013 (Urban) and attended soul groups, also completing his Two Year program. He is exploring synergies with Crucible’s urban work and youth, and bring a life purpose of racial reconciliation. Walter resides in the South Loop of Chicago and is newly married.

Doug Townsdin

Doug recently joined the board in January 2018. He brings a wealth of experience as a CPA and CFO and will be retiring this year. With a BAA in Accounting from Harding University and CPA from Arthur Anderson, Doug has served on a variety of boards, including York College, Kibo Ministries, American Cancer Society, giving guidance in areas of compliance. Bringing his vast business experience to the Crucible board, Doug will help in financial oversight, organizational awareness, developing relationships with women’s programs & weekends, as well as expanding the Crucible experience to his region. Doug resides in Tulsa, OK with his wife. He has an adult son and adopted grandkids. He also wants you to know that he’s an Enneagram 8.

Linda Oury

Linda joined the board January 2020. She did her initial Crucible Project weekend in 2019 having participated in another soul work organization by staffing weekends beginning in 2010. She was initiated in soul work after seeing the transformative changes in her husband through his Crucible involvement. Together, they have seen the impact on a marriage that uses The Crucible Project principles has had on them and others. Linda is semi-retired from a long career of managing child care centers for Bright Horizons in both the US and the UK. She is committed to servant leadership and wishes to use her business skills to bring lasting value and honor God. Linda lives in Wheaton with her husband and has four married children and six grandchildren. She is a graduate of Wheaton College, serves on the board of the Wellspring Alliance Church, and has twice served on the board at New Moms, Inc. a Chicago non-profit organization that is changing the future for young moms experiencing poverty and homelessness.

Sharon Cooper

Sharon joined our board in 2020. She currently is an Enterprise Business Agility Consultant for IBM tasked with the shifting the culture of IBM to live out the five core agile practices of Truth, Openness, Respect, Courage and Empathy. Sharon is a coach, mentor and facilitator who creates cultures where individuals and teams are invited to transform into their best versions. Sharon lives in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago with her husband Chris and teenage daughter. Sharon did her initial soul work weekend in 2006. She has also served on the board for other non profits.

RETREAT LEADERS

Brandon Brunson
John Casey
Chris Cleghorn
Katherine Elmore

James Henderson
Greg Huston
Bob Locascio
Byron Myers
John Owen

Shannon Rose
Chadd Schroeder
Bill Snyder
Barry Thomas
Roy Wooten