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 2016-17 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 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


Sam MoritzSam Moritz: Quest Coordinator

I am excited and blessed to be joining The Crossing staff as Quest Coordinator following my graduation with majors in International Studies and Chinese from UW-Madison.

As a student, I attended The Crossing and was a member of the worship team for four years. I love the community at The Crossing and the passion everyone has for living out their faith by creating a more loving and just world. In addition to my involvement with The Crossing, I also have experience working with the local non-profit community, teaching and tutoring from the elementary to undergrad level, and working as a camp counselor with students from across the US and the world. I have also had the privilege to study at National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan and Nankai University in Tianjin, China. I am most passionate about engaging in issues related to poverty and education. In my free time I enjoy reading, biking, hiking, listening to music, learning languages, tutoring, watching sitcoms, and of course, traveling.

The Quest program creates amazing opportunities for students to learn about critical issues by engaging with, listening to, and serving communities across the world. I look forward to facilitating Quest trips which are eye-opening and deeply transformational, and which give students a holistic and nuanced view of very complex problems in our world today.

I am also excited to be coordinating new outreach program to international students in the coming year-I love meeting people from around the world! Together we will create a fun and supportive environment for both international and domestic students to learn, grow, and thrive. I look forward to seeing old faces and meeting new ones in the coming year! You can reach out by emailing to sam@crossingministries.org


Cody GoetzCody Goetz: Program & Ministry Intern

With great joy, child-like faith, and a passion for learning and dialogue, I am excited to join the 2015-2016 Crossing staff as the Program & Ministry Intern. As a current University of Wisconsin senior, I am currently working towards a double degree in Spanish and Music, with an emphasis in piano performance and pedagogy. I began attending the Crossing Vespers service sporadically during my freshman year and soon became a regular attendant in the fall of 2013. Before becoming an intern, I helped establish “Queer Students of Faith” and served as the pianist for our worship ensemble at Sunday night Vespers.

As the Program & Ministry Intern, my role is to help facilitate the various programs and events at the Crossing in conjunction with our Student Activities Leadership Team (SALT) and Karla Schmidt, our Campus Minister. In addition, I direct our worship ensemble and help coordinate the Vespers to create a safe, welcoming, and empowering worship space for our students. This year, I hope to work together with the students, staff, and Board members of the Crossing to create programs, provide services and events, and promote dialogues that honor and develop an understanding of the human experience within the contexts of music, faith, and personal identity.

When I am not at the Crossing, studying or practicing, I am teaching piano, walking to Picnic Point, hanging out with friends on State street, reading various literature, learning how to cook, or spending time with God and the scriptures. Feel free to stop by during my office hours to chat and get to know one another. I look forward to meeting you and growing together in faith and friendship. I hope and pray that you may find a home in the Crossing and know that indeed, ALL ARE WELCOME in this place.

Get in touch with Cody by email at cody@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…”