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

Member 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.

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. Larry and Linda reside in Westchester, Illinois.

Byron Myers

Men's Ministry Leader

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

Director of Operations

Brittany became Office Manager of The Crucible Project in the summer of 2019. In that role she was responsible for overseeing compliance with regulatory agencies and governing boards, personnel management, assisting in design and implementation of policies and procedures,  as well as other business services. In September 2020, she became the Director of Operations; adding the ministry's finances and technology to her areas of management.  Her background is diverse and includes experience in compliance, accounting, and business development 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.

Lisa Modrzejewski

Women's Ministry Leader

Lisa joined the staff of The Crucible Project in early 2020 and is responsible for managing women’s programs & services, leadership development, and community growth. She has been involved with women’s soul work since 2015, staffing and leading at 20+ weekends. Lisa 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.

She and her husband Chris were married in 2005 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

Linda Oury

Chairwoman

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.

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.

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.

Ben Mendoza

Ben joined the board in January of 2021. He is a physician in the Denver area where he practices internal medicine. He has worked in the hospital system and now works in the primary care setting, caring for adults across the spectrum.

Ben was introduced to Crucible through his church at the time and attended his initial weekend in August of 2016 in Como, Colorado. He has staffed several weekends, including two weekends in Kenya. Additionally, he serves as a founding board member of Kindred Church. He is a proud husband and father to two girls with a third on the way.

Deb Gustafson

Deb joined our board in 2021. She was introduced to The Crucible Project (TCP) by her husband, Curt, after his life-changing initiation weekend in 2006.

Prior to her recent retirement, Deb’s career focused on employee communications, engagement, and change management. As a survivor of clergy sexual abuse, Deb is passionate about safeguarding faith communities from predatory leaders and exposing the systems that sustain them.

Deb and Curt live in Hawthorn Woods, IL and volunteer with TCP throughout the United States.

 

RETREAT LEADERS

Brandon Brunson
John Casey
Chris Cleghorn
Katherine Elmore
James Henderson
Peter Aldrich
Kenny Cox

Greg Huston
Bob Locascio
Lisa Modrzejewski
Byron Myers
John Owen
Kamahl Godfrey
Shannon Rose

Judson Poling
Chadd Schroeder
Bill Snyder
David Elmore
Barry Thomas
David Nelson
Roy Wooten