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Area Directors

Brad Bertelsen
Area Director – Central & Southern Utah

Brad is the Area Director for Central & Southern Utah.  He loves planting new things and is a missionary at heart. Brad and Shelley Bertelsen have been married since 1992 and have served with InterVarsity since 1993.  They have 3 teen age daughters and have lived in Utah since 2003. They both spent many years in Mexico in the 1970’s and 80’s.   They love Mexican food, culture, and language.  Brad loves doing cross cultural ministry and fly fishing.  Shelley loves homeschooling their daughters, Korean dramas and puzzles.

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Amy Smith
Area Director – Northern Utah & Southern Idaho

Amy  is a Co-Area Director with Mac and oversees the staff that lead InterVarsity at Weber State and Boise State. Amy loves working with staff and developing teams and she is also a certified growth coach.   Amy is a gifted visionary and builder and since coming to Utah we have seen God use her gifting to grow ministries in Utah.

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Mac Smith
Area Director – Northern Utah & Southern Idaho -Athletes Intervarsity

Mac is Co-Area Director with Amy and a part of the National Leadership Team for Athletes InterVarsity.  Mac is the chaplain for the Weber State University football team and oversees the staff that lead InterVarsity at Utah State University and the University of Utah.   It has often been said that Mac knows no strangers…he  loves people and especially college students in Utah where the need is so great!

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Campus Staff

Cynthia Boline
BSU Team Leader

Cynthia has been on staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship since 1990, starting at Fresno State & then planting the chapter at Boise State in 1995.  She is married to Steve, a middle school PE teacher & has two kids, one in high school and the other in college.  Loving students, Cynthia enjoys pouring into them, helping them to live more deeply in Jesus & serve Him more passionately.  Developing leaders is one of her favorite aspects of ministry.  She loves coffee, being fit & anything outdoors!

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Keith Burns
WSU Campus Staff – International Student Ministries

In addition to involvement in college ministry as a student and volunteer, Keith has taught in public and private schools and worked in camp ministry. After living in Colorado and New Mexico, Keith answered the call to move to Utah and has been at Weber State University since 2014. He enjoys making and consuming a wide variety of cuisine and music, as well as exploring the lands, waters, and books he encounters, with the aim of sharing and learning from others.

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Jared Cummings
WSU Campus Staff

Jared Cummings is on staff at Weber state University.  He graduated from Northern Arizona University in the spring of 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in marketing.  Jared enjoys spending his time with others and will always try to find a way to provide more fun into the group.  He also loves playing all sorts of games and watching television shows, like Survivor.  Jared leads the apprentice team in the Weber chapter also coordinates many of the events InterVarsity runs on campus.

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Hannah Dessel
UofU Campus Staff – Arts InterVarsity

Hannah Dessel is on staff at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City! She is married to a firefighter named Derek and they have been happily married for almost a year. Here are some things you need to know about Hannah: she loves to dance, watching The Office, getting coffee and tea, eating food, going on spontaneous adventures, and naps! Hannah loves getting to know people on a deep level and seeing how Jesus can transform students during the journey of college. She would love for you to text or call her to grab some coffee and just chat!

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Jessica Haslip
WSU Campus Staff

Jessica came on staff with InterVarsity at Weber State University in 2015. Jessica loves to dance! She graduated from Weber with a bachelor’s degree in dance and has continued to participate in dance projects and teaching in the community.  Jessica enjoys learning about other cultures and empowering students to love God and their friends.

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Erin McConnaha
USU Campus Staff

Erin graduated from the University of Montana with degrees in Sociology with an emphasis in Inequality and Social Justice, Liberal Arts with an option in Religious Studies, and a Minor in South and Southeast Asian Studies. Erin joined Intervarsity as a freshmen and loved leading small groups and working with International students. She participated in the Kenya Global Proect, the China Global Project, and spent a semester in Hyderabad, India before becoming an Intervarsity intern at Weber State University. God called Erin to start InterVarsity at Utah State University in Logan, Utah.  Some of the things in life that bring her joy include painting, photography, being outside, history, and travelling.

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Matt Michalowski
BSU Campus Staff

Matt is a graduate from Northern Arizona University where he graduated with a degree in Secondary English Education. Throughout his time as a college student Matt was involved with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. It was as a student he discovered a deep love for college ministry. After graduation he decided to go into full time ministry and join the InterVarsity family. Matt enjoys watching movies with friends, doing outdoorsy things, and creative writing. He’s a soft-hearted individual who is gifted in prayer, gathering students, and engaging with others. Matt resides in Boise, ID and is on staff with InterVarsity at Boise State University.

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Trevor Hollis
SUU Campus Staff

Trevor is from the green forestland of northwest Oregon. As a child, he dreamed of becoming a veterinarian and attending college in the Pacific Northwest. However, he decided instead to go to Southern Utah University (SUU) in Cedar City, UT to study Agricultural Science. During his four years there, Trevor experienced and overcame many challenges to his faith that tremendously grew his relationship with Jesus. He became very involved with the only Christian club at SUU and developed a passion for campus ministry. His last year at college Trevor connected with InterVarsity. After graduation Trevor sensed God’s call to full time ministry with InterVarsity at SUU. Trevor enjoys hiking, bicycling, photography and working with horses.

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Maribel Nava
WSU Campus Staff

Maribel graduated from Weber State University with a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and a minor in English Literature. After working for a Law Office, as a youth pastor at New Heights Church and teaching at Layton Christian Academy Maribel decided to come on staff with InterVarsity full time. Her desire is to see a generation of young people be on fire for God and his Kingdom. She loves traveling, food and music and enjoys reading, writing, playing guitar and going to the movies.

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Alison Smith
UofU Campus Staff – Greek InterVarsity

Alison Smith is on staff with Greek InterVarsity at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Originally from Michigan, Alison and her husband, Sean, moved to Utah in 2010 to plan the ministry to fraternity & sorority students at the U of U.  In her spare time, she loves reading, running, making meals for her students, and sharing adventures with her husband.

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Justin & Samantha Tappan
UVU Campus Staff
SUU Campus Staff

We are both natives of Colorado, transplanted to Utah out of a love for God and the people of Utah. In 2011 We decided to apply for an internship with InterVarsity in Ogden, and then in 2012 decided to accept our calling to continue doing campus ministry work here in Central and Southern Utah.

 

We love to have a good time! Board games, volleyball, disc golf, or dancing to silly songs in the kitchen, they’re all great. We both love reading, Samantha loves Zumba and Pinterest, and Justin loves to lift weights, go fly fishing, and gardening. We both love the outdoors, and one day dream of backpacking the Incan Trail!

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Jancy Schrader
BSU Campus Staff

Jancy Schrader graduated from Boise State University (Go Broncos!) in December of 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics Secondary Education and an English Minor. As a student she was transformed through the ministry of InterVarsity and in her time on the student leadership team also found herself falling in love with doing ministry and seeing the beauty of God working on her campus.

With great joy, she is now on staff at her alma mater Boise State where she is excited to see God move in students like her, inviting them into the abundant life only Christ offers. Some other joys in her life are reading, playing outside (especially ultimate frisbee!), traveling, and spending enormous amounts of time in community with both family and friends.

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Kristine Reddington
USU Campus Staff

Kristine has been on staff at Utah State University since 2016. She grew up in rural Japan and has a huge heart for the people of Japan- a country less than 1% Christian. Although her heart is with the Japanese people, she strongly feels that God has placed her at Utah State for this season of her life. As a student, at Weber State, Kristine was radically changed through InterVarsity. When she came to Utah State with now Area Director Mac Smith in Feb. of 2014 to pray over the campus, she never thought she would be one of the workers God would send to reach the students at Utah State. She loves showing students the beauty of following Jesus and how it can be such a life-giving experience. She used be intimidated by the thought of doing ministry at Utah State because it seemed very challenging and impossible. It is true that things are not easy at times, but she is confident that God who loves this campus so deeply will do His mighty work through His people and through InterVarsity.

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