TEAM

Mike Buwalda

Founder & President

What's the most inspiring part of your job?
Seeing our team, our ministry partners, and donors advancing the cause of Christ together!

The best piece of advice I've ever been given is...
the path to JOY is Jesus first, then others, then you, in that order.

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
A fish in my fish tank. Colorful surroundings, regular feedings, and fun to watch the strange people living out their strange lives not realizing they’re being watched.

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Joanie Comeaux

Vice President of Finance

What's the most inspiring part of your job?
Making the complex simple.

The best piece of advice I've ever been given is...
don't take no for an answer and don't give up.

Name a fact about yourself, very few people know. 

I've been whitewater rafting in Colorado.

Which food is better: pizza or tacos?

Pizza

Contact Joanie

Dan Hubka

Vice President of Business Development

What's the most inspiring part of your job?
Just to know that when we do our job well, the ministries we partner with are able to do more of their work. The ripple effect is amazing.

The best piece of advice I've ever been given is...
to not be afraid to fail. You learn so much through failing, and you miss out on even more when you don’t try things. (There is certainly a more elegant way to say that, but you get the picture.)

If I weren't so good at my job, I'd probably be... 

a lyricist. I've always had a love for music and poetry...and a well-written lyric can speak straight to the soul.

My favorite word in the English language... 

is a tie between kerfuffle and shenanigans. "There was a kerfuffle caused by Mike's PowerPoint shenanigans.

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Doug Bouws

Vice President of Client Services

What's the most inspiring part of your job?
Hearing a client tell you that they just received a 100k+ disbursement from an estate.

The most important thing I learned before high school was...
how to ride a bike.

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why? 

A wolverine cause they're ferocious

If you were a pasta shape, what shape would you be and why? 

Fusilli—cause I like Seinfield and I'm reminded of the Fusilli Jerry episode.

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Judy Flier

Vice President of Operations

What's the most inspiring part of your job?
The heart our clients have for their donors. They truly care about their donors.

Name a fact about yourself, very few people know.
I'm a bit of a daredevil on a bike and almost killed myself—twice.

If I weren't so good at my job,

I'd own a market stand and sell my own flowers, produce, baked goods, and handmade items.

If I were a superhero, my superpower would be...
wisdom

Contact Judy

Beth Huls

Client Care Specialist

What's the most inspiring part of your job?
Helping our clients.

When I was 5, I was pretty sure I'd be a _______ when I grew up.
Flight Attendant

If I were a superhero, my superpower would be... 

healing

If you were a pasta shape, what shape would you be and why?
Spiral—I go in many directions at one time.

Contact Beth

Bryan Miesel

Client Care Account Manager

What's the most inspiring part of your job?
Providing hope and a plan to ministries that don’t know how to get estate gifts.

The best piece of advice I've ever been given is...
people don't care what you know until they know that you care.

If I weren't so good at my job, I'd probably be... 

an airline pilot by day and a professional soccer player in the evening.

Would you rather go on a hike or to a movie?

Mountains, lakes, rivers, fresh air, smells all in person and live or a bunch of overpaid movie actors on a screen in a dark room!

Contact Bryan

Janey Berends

Client Care Specialist

The most important thing I learned before high school was...
that sarcasm is hilarious as long as it’s not hurtful.

When I was 5, I was pretty sure I'd be an _____ when I grew up.
Astronaut

If you're stranded on a desert island and have the option of bringing three items with you, what three items would they be?

Filter water bottle (I hydrate compulsively even in non-desert situations), a book of short stories, and a set of juggling balls so I would finally be forced to learn to juggle.

If you could have any celebrity over for dinner, who would it be and why?

Stevie Wonder; I’m a big fan of his music and I bet he could tell some interesting stories about his life.

Contact Janey

Lisa Fulton

Operations & Development Coordinator

What's the most inspiring part of your job?
Hearing stories about unexpected generosity.

If I could invent a holiday, it would...
definitely involve chocolate!

If I were a superhero, my superpower would be...
successful multitasking.

Which food is better: pizza or tacos?
Tacos.

Contact Lisa

Fred Ichniowski

Development Manager

What's the most inspiring part of your job?
Impacting the Kingdom every day.

When I was 5, I was pretty sure I'd be an _____ when I grew up.
Astronaut

If you were a pasta shape, what shape would you be and why?

Spaghetti because I like following a winding road…much more interesting.

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

Bear…powerful and solitary.

Contact Fred

Faith Elliott

Operations & Development Coordinator

What's the most inspiring part of your job?
Completing difficult mailing lists, completing Dashboards and everything balances the way it should, and seeing great client results.

My favorite word in the English language is
Love. “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”
- John 15:13 NKJV

If I were a superhero, my superpower would be...
making the world a better place to live.

When I was 5, I was pretty sure I'd be a _____ when I grew up.
mommy

Contact Faith

Amber Brandt

Communications Specialist

What's the most inspiring part of your job?
Creating strategic solutions to help clients effectively communicate their message.

If you were a pasta shape, what shape would you be and why?
Cavatappi. I’m kinda groovy, kinda crazy and super compatible with comfort food.

Name a fact about yourself, very few people know.
I used to work in Christian music and spent two years living out of a tour bus.

Cats or dogs?
Plants

Contact Amber

Stephen Smithers

Development Specialist

What's the most inspiring part of your job?
The idea that I can simultaneously brighten someone’s day while also creating new opportunities for Money for Ministry to grow its Gospel impact.

When I was 5, I was pretty sure I'd be a _____ when I grew up.
Professional soccer player

My favorite word in the English language is...
“intuition.” It describes so much, but it is also intangible.

What skill is more valuable: creativity or logic?
Both are important. I need creativity to think outside of the box, but I need logic to understand that not all ideas work.

Contact Stephen

Erica Miedema

Special Projects

What's the most inspiring part of your job?
Hearing the stories of ministries that have been blessed by someone who left a significant amount of money to them in their will.

If I could invent a holiday, it would definitely involve...
doing something I love with the people I enjoy being around. With those criteria in mind I would have to involve singing/worshiping with my friends that have encouraged me along the way.

If I weren't so good at my job, I'd probably...
have a therapy dog and go into schools, hospitals and nursing homes to encourage and brighten someone else’s day.

If you could have any celebrity over for dinner, who would it be and why?
I would have Jimmy Fallon. I think he is hilarious, has met and talked with A TON of different celebrities so I think conversation would flow easily and it would be a great time. Plus, I would want to do a singing montage with him.

Contact Erica

TEAM

Mike Buwalda

Founder & President

What's the most inspiring part of your job?
Seeing our team, our ministry partners, and donors advancing the cause of Christ together!

The best piece of advice I've ever been given is...
the path to JOY is Jesus first, then others, then you, in that order.

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
A fish in my fish tank. Colorful surroundings, regular feedings, and fun to watch the strange people living out their strange lives not realizing they’re being watched.

Contact Mike

Joanie Comeaux

Vice President of Finance

What's the most inspiring part of your job?
Making the complex simple.

The best piece of advice I've ever been given is...
don't take no for an answer and don't give up.

Name a fact about yourself, very few people know. 

I've been whitewater rafting in Colorado.

Which food is better: pizza or tacos?

Pizza

Contact Joanie

Dan Hubka

Vice President of Business Development

What's the most inspiring part of your job?
Just to know that when we do our job well, the ministries we partner with are able to do more of their work. The ripple effect is amazing.

The best piece of advice I've ever been given is...
to not be afraid to fail. You learn so much through failing, and you miss out on even more when you don’t try things. (There is certainly a more elegant way to say that, but you get the picture.)

If I weren't so good at my job, I'd probably be... 

a lyricist. I've always had a love for music and poetry...and a well-written lyric can speak straight to the soul.

My favorite word in the English language... 

is a tie between kerfuffle and shenanigans. "There was a kerfuffle caused by Mike's PowerPoint shenanigans.

Contact Dan

Doug Bouws

Vice President of Client Services

What's the most inspiring part of your job?
Hearing a client tell you that they just received a 100k+ disbursement from an estate.

The most important thing I learned before high school was...
how to ride a bike.

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why? 

A wolverine cause they're ferocious

If you were a pasta shape, what shape would you be and why? 

Fusilli—cause I like Seinfield and I'm reminded of the Fusilli Jerry episode.

Contact Doug

Judy Flier

Vice President of Operations

What's the most inspiring part of your job?
The heart our clients have for their donors. They truly care about their donors.

Name a fact about yourself, very few people know.
I'm a bit of a daredevil on a bike and almost killed myself—twice.

If I weren't so good at my job,

I'd own a market stand and sell my own flowers, produce, baked goods, and handmade items.

If I were a superhero, my superpower would be...
wisdom

Contact Judy

Beth Huls

Client Care Specialist

What's the most inspiring part of your job?
Helping our clients.

When I was 5, I was pretty sure I'd be a _______ when I grew up.
Flight Attendant

If I were a superhero, my superpower would be... 

healing

If you were a pasta shape, what shape would you be and why?
Spiral—I go in many directions at one time.

Contact Beth

Bryan Miesel

Client Care Account Manager

What's the most inspiring part of your job?
Providing hope and a plan to ministries that don’t know how to get estate gifts.

The best piece of advice I've ever been given is...
people don't care what you know until they know that you care.

If I weren't so good at my job, I'd probably be... 

an airline pilot by day and a professional soccer player in the evening.

Would you rather go on a hike or to a movie?

Mountains, lakes, rivers, fresh air, smells all in person and live or a bunch of overpaid movie actors on a screen in a dark room!

Contact Bryan

Janey Berends

Client Care Specialist

The most important thing I learned before high school was...
that sarcasm is hilarious as long as it’s not hurtful.

When I was 5, I was pretty sure I'd be an _____ when I grew up.
Astronaut

If you're stranded on a desert island and have the option of bringing three items with you, what three items would they be?

Filter water bottle (I hydrate compulsively even in non-desert situations), a book of short stories, and a set of juggling balls so I would finally be forced to learn to juggle.

If you could have any celebrity over for dinner, who would it be and why?

Stevie Wonder; I’m a big fan of his music and I bet he could tell some interesting stories about his life.

Contact Janey

Lisa Fulton

Operations & Development Coordinator

What's the most inspiring part of your job?
Hearing stories about unexpected generosity.

If I could invent a holiday, it would...
definitely involve chocolate!

If I were a superhero, my superpower would be...
successful multitasking.

Which food is better: pizza or tacos?
Tacos.

Contact Lisa

Fred Ichniowski

Development Manager

What's the most inspiring part of your job?
Impacting the Kingdom every day.

When I was 5, I was pretty sure I'd be an _____ when I grew up.
Astronaut

If you were a pasta shape, what shape would you be and why?

Spaghetti because I like following a winding road…much more interesting.

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

Bear…powerful and solitary.

Contact Fred

Faith Elliott

Operations & Development Coordinator

What's the most inspiring part of your job?
Completing difficult mailing lists, completing Dashboards and everything balances the way it should, and seeing great client results.

My favorite word in the English language is
Love. “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”
- John 15:13 NKJV

If I were a superhero, my superpower would be...
making the world a better place to live.

When I was 5, I was pretty sure I'd be a _____ when I grew up.
mommy

Contact Faith

Amber Brandt

Communications Specialist

What's the most inspiring part of your job?
Creating strategic solutions to help clients effectively communicate their message.

If you were a pasta shape, what shape would you be and why?
Cavatappi. I’m kinda groovy, kinda crazy and super compatible with comfort food.

Name a fact about yourself, very few people know.
I used to work in Christian music and spent two years living out of a tour bus.

Cats or dogs?
Plants

Contact Amber

Stephen Smithers

Development Specialist

What's the most inspiring part of your job?
The idea that I can simultaneously brighten someone’s day while also creating new opportunities for Money for Ministry to grow its Gospel impact.

When I was 5, I was pretty sure I'd be a _____ when I grew up.
Professional soccer player

My favorite word in the English language is...
“intuition.” It describes so much, but it is also intangible.

What skill is more valuable: creativity or logic?
Both are important. I need creativity to think outside of the box, but I need logic to understand that not all ideas work.

Contact Stephen

Erica Miedema

Special Projects

What's the most inspiring part of your job?
Hearing the stories of ministries that have been blessed by someone who left a significant amount of money to them in their will.

If I could invent a holiday, it would definitely involve...
doing something I love with the people I enjoy being around. With those criteria in mind I would have to involve singing/worshiping with my friends that have encouraged me along the way.

If I weren't so good at my job, I'd probably...
have a therapy dog and go into schools, hospitals and nursing homes to encourage and brighten someone else’s day.

If you could have any celebrity over for dinner, who would it be and why?
I would have Jimmy Fallon. I think he is hilarious, has met and talked with A TON of different celebrities so I think conversation would flow easily and it would be a great time. Plus, I would want to do a singing montage with him.

Contact Erica