About us: Staff

 

Executive Director 

The Crossing is currently looking for an Executive Director. Check out the information on the position here: Executive Director announcement.

 

Karla Schmidt: Campus Minister

As we begin the 2017-18 school year, we are excited to welcome back returning students as well as new students who will find in the Crossing a space of welcome and belonging.  I have been with The Crossing since 2001 and feel so blessed by the many students who have enriched us with their presence.  I grew up in the Midwest (a small town in southern Illinois) attending Illinois State University majoring in History (Middle East focus) and Anthropology.  After graduation from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, I did an internship with PrairieFire Rural Action in Des Moines, IA and then served churches in Peoria Heights, Il; Madison, WI; and Whitewater, WI.  Since 2001 it has been my joy to serve as Campus Minister at the Crossing.

Here at the Crossing we seek to offer a ‘space for grace’ where your own faith journey can be nurtured (even as you encounter questions, doubts, and challenging life situations).

It has been exciting to work with the various traditions which support The Crossing.  I find myself embracing each tradition and their convictions of:

  • “God is still speaking”  (United Church of Christ, the tradition in which I am ordained)
  • “Open minds, Open hearts, Open doors”  (United Methodist welcome of everyone)
  • “Soul Freedom” (American Baptist belief that we each have our own faith experience and understanding beyond dogma)

I also embrace the Quaker understanding of the ‘inner light’ and the value of contemplative practices to open our hearts and minds more deeply to the Christ within.  As I grow in my own spiritual journey, I more and more embrace FR Richard Rohr’s understanding of God when he writes:   “God’s life of love is being lived within you, and you must simply learn how to say yes to that life. If you exist on a level where you can see how ‘everything belongs,’ you can trust the flow and trust the life.”

What a gift it is to offer a space where you as students can explore your spiritual lives and beliefs and commitment to service during your university career.  Come visit and find your place among us!  Consider the Crossing a home away from home – a community where you are known and loved.  If you have questions or would just like to get together to visit, please contact me at karla@crossingministries.org.

 

immer-valle-2Immer Valle: Crossing Administrator & Building Manager

I am Immer, the new Building Manager and Administrator. I have lived in Madison for almost five years now and I love it! I love seeing the seasons change and the beautiful lakes. We moved from Phoenix, Arizona, where I grew up. I started my administrative career in 2012 working for a great law firm and I enjoy working in an office set making sure things are running smoothly. I love playing the piano and leading worship every Sunday at my local church. I am the mom of 4 beautiful children that make my life more beautiful each day. I am very excited to be a part of The Crossing and I look forward to meeting you soon!

To reach Immer Valle you can email her at office@crossingministries.org

 

Mitchell George: Quest Coordinator

I grew up in central Wisconsin before moving to Madison in 2002 to get my B.A. in Communication Arts from UW-Madison. Shortly before graduating in 2004, my life was turned upside down when I recognized how empty my life was, and I decided to dedicate my life to following Jesus Christ. In the years since, I have developed a passion for cross-cultural relationships, social justice, and reimagining the implications of faith in our everyday lives.

In 2012, I received my M.A. in Social and Civic Entrepreneurship while overseeing a cafe located on State St. in Madison that provided local and fairly traded food and drink, raised awareness surrounding social justice issues, and championed restorative entrepreneurship. After the café, I had the opportunity to work at Epic Systems in quality assurance as a team leader, project coordinator, and provide cross-cultural communication training to staff relocating internationally.

Opportunities to lead trips to Brazil and Haiti have had a profound impact on my life and worldview over the past ten years, and I am excited to continue facilitating those opportunities for others with Quest and seeing the impact it has on the lives of students.

Maria Konecke: Worship Music Leader

I am excited to be joining The Crossing team as the Worship Music Leader! I am a senior at UW-Madison, working toward a degree in Piano Performance and Economics. When I am not locked in a practice room, I love to get out outside, read, and go to concerts and performances.  I look forward to getting to know The Crossing community better and sharing joyful music with everyone!

 

 

Robert SchuettpelzRobert Schuettpelz: CPA, Crossing Financial Consultant  

I am excited to take the experience I have gained over the years working with other not-for-profits and apply it to the Crossing.  I have 18 years of experience in public accounting working with a wide range of not-for-profit organizations.  I am the proud father of two nine year old children adopted from Russia eight years ago.  I am also the Executive Director for a Madison based NGO working in Ukraine called Friends of Chernobyl Centers U.S. (FOCCUS).

 

Barb Weisensel: Weis Bookkeeping, LLC

The Crossing is grateful to our Bookkeeper, Barb Weisensel, who has been with us for several years!

A Day in the life of a Bookkeeper – from The Princeton Review“Bookkeepers track all cash flows, billing, and lines of credit that affecttheir companies. They must be detail-oriented and tenacious; they have to track down and rectify any discrepancies, however small, in the company accounts. Most bookkeepers work as internal accountants for small firms that do not have an accountant on staff. They have a large amount of responsibility to the company, and sometimes (particularly at the end of the year and around tax-preparation time) have to work long hours in order to do their job properly…”