The Campus Staff program is designed to offer women in the PCA a place to serve college students across the country. RUF Campus Staff can serve alongside and under the direction of a Campus Minister at a co-ed school, or as the RUF leader at an all-girls school. The heart of this ministry is to care for female students and help shepherd female interns as they minister to college students.

Our female Campus Staff receive ongoing training alongside our RUF Interns and Campus Ministers. They attend Orientation the summer before their first year on staff, and week-long trainings twice each year after that, in July and December. These weeks not only provide helpful guidance in ministry, but are also fun, encouraging and uplifting chances to fellowship with hundreds of other people serving in ministry with RUF. 

The application for Campus Staff opens each fall, around November 1st. If your application is received and approved, you will be invited to attend the RUF Assessment Process in February to be further interviewed.  

We're grateful for and excited about your interest in our Campus Staff program. Please reach out to Casey Cockrum, Director of Campus Staff, with any questions! 

 
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Casey Cockrum, Director of Female Campus Staff, is a native Mississippian, who now calls Tennessee home. She came to know the Lord through RUF at Mississippi State and upon graduation, moved to Memphis to work as an RUF Intern and Campus Staff. After completing her Masters in Counseling at the University of Memphis, Casey worked at Independent Presbyterian Church. In 2011, she returned to RUF and started working as the Counselor for Interns and Campus Staff. Over the past 5 years she has sought to develop and grow the Campus Staff program. Casey has been married to Colton for 13 years and they have 2 kids, Coleman (9) and Callie (7). You can find the Cockrums enjoying all things Willie Nelson and playing outside. 

Contact: casey.cockrum@ruf.org

 
MEET OUR TEAM
Latasha Allston
Staff
EMAIL
latasha.allston@ruf.org
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Latasha Allston has been on the campus of JSU since the beginning of this ministry! She is from San Francisco, California, and she was a student at JSU from 2008-2012! While at Jackson State, she was an active participant of RUF, Dance Ensemble, as well as the Track & Field Team. She graduated in 2012 and started working as a ministry intern with RUF. Shortly after coming on staff with RUF, she began working towards completing a Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy at Reformed Theological Seminary. After graduating from RTS in 2017, she has now come on as full-time staff. Tasha's focus area is outreach, ladies discipleship, and fostering community among our students. When she is not spending time with our RUF ladies, you can find her dancing, working out, and sitting in the sun!

Katherine Ashbaugh
Staff
EMAIL
Katherine.ashbaugh@ruf.org
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Katherine Ashbaugh grew up in Harrisburg, PA, but has been steadily making her way south ever since. She attended Virginia Tech, where she met her husband Mark, played field hockey, and graduated with a degree in Public Relations. After a yearlong internship with MTW in Dublin, Ireland, she and Mark married and moved to Charlotte to attend seminary at RTS. Katherine graduated with a Masters in Biblical Studies in 2013, with two children, Julia and John, already in tow. In 2014, their family moved to Rock Hill, SC, as Mark accepted the call for Campus Minister with RUF at Winthrop, and her last child, Emmett, was born. Katherine has spent the last 11 years raising her babies, volunteering with RUF Winthrop and in various ways at her home church, and working part-time for a local business. She is excited for this new season, which allows for more time with the wonderful woman of Winthrop! Katherine learns as much as she can about decorating, gardening, and personal finance. She enjoys eating (but not cooking), reading, and is happiest when she's skiing with Mark or hanging at the pool with her crew. 

Joy Beans
Staff
EMAIL
joy.beans@ruf.org
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Joy has been a full time mom, part time volunteer in ministry since she and Trip married in 1999. She has worked with middle school, high school and college students, in women’s ministry and peacemaking. She is currently pursuing her certification in Christian Conciliation and as of June 1st, 2018 is officially campus staff with RUF! 

She has the incredible ability to get lost in Target, Whole Foods and any town she’s ever visited (or lives in). She loves reading, hanging out with students, making her 3 kids laugh hysterically and  soy chai lattes.  She and Trip have been in Lancaster, PA with RUF since 2013.

Alex Bosgraf
Staff
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alex.bosgraf@ruf.org
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Alex grew up in Lookout Mountain Georgia and graduated from the University of Georgia in 2014. She was placed as and intern at Boise State and loved it so much that she is staying on as Staff! You can find her hiking in the Boise foothills, playing spikeball in the parks, or eating at one of the fun restaurants in the city.

Kathleen Chitty
Staff
EMAIL
kathleen.chitty@ruf.org
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Kathleen grew up in the heart of Orlando, Florida. She got plugged into RUF at the University of Florida (Go Gators!) during the first week of her freshman year, and her life was forever different! It was through RUF that she began to experience the transformative grace of the gospel in new ways--grace she's excited to share with Stanford students. After graduating with her Bachelor's in English in 2014, Kathleen moved to Rock Hill, SC, just south of Charlotte, NC, to work on staff with a church youth ministry. She loved her time with middle school and high school girls the last 5 years, but is thrilled for this new chapter with RUF at Stanford! 

Kathleen loves everything about warm weather, and can't wait to be back in a sunnier state. Her current favorite hobbies include reselling thrifting finds and enjoying the library audiobook app. She loves coffee, a good podcast, card and board games, all things cooking and baking, and taking her dog, Ruth, for scenic walks.

Grace Anne Clark
Staff
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graceanne.clark@ruf.org
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Grace Anne grew up in Raleigh, NC. She attended Wake Forest University where she met her husband, Houston, majored in Psychology, and loved being involved in RUF there. After graduating in 2017, she and Houston were married and moved to Nashville! Grace Anne loves spending time with her six siblings, going to the movies, and exploring Nashville.

Catherine Cook
Staff
EMAIL
catherine.cook@ruf.org
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Amanda DeYoung
Staff
EMAIL
amanda.deyoung@ruf.org
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Amanda is originally from Fort Lauderdale, FL. She is a graduate from University of Central Florida with a degree in Social Work and is currently attending Reformed Theological Seminary pursuing her Masters in Religion. She was an RUF intern at the University of Houston ('13-'15) and was delighted to be called to be the Campus Director at Wesleyan College in 2015. 

Amanda drinks way too much coffee, loves introducing students to her beloved Publix sub, spends her weekends (pretending to be a runner) at Amerson Park, and is always up for a matinee movie.

Lauren Dishman
Staff
EMAIL
laurenldishman@gmail.com
Erin Edwards
Staff
EMAIL
erin.edwards@ruf.org
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Erin is from all over the southern states and in year 2000 landed in Birmingham, AL where her family has resided for almost 20 years. Erin graduated from the University of Alabama in 2008 and immediately started her 3.5 years in the RUF Internship on the campus of Emory University in Atlanta, GA. She grew a heart for ministry during that time and wanted to continue in her gifting where she then moved to Philadelphia for training in counseling. Most recently, she comes from Fayetteville, AR serving on staff at Christ Community Church. Throughout her time in ministry, she has grown to see her weakness made strong because of her union with Christ. God has been near and has provided for her abundantly. Erin loves spending time with friends and family, loves the outdoors (and any bodies of water), and playing volleyball. She is beyond excited and privileged to serve students at Samford. 

Bethany Ekdom
Staff
EMAIL
bethany.ekdom@ruf.org
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Bethany grew up in Allen, Texas and graduated in 2017 from Texas A&M University (whoop!). While her degree in School Health gave her a deep passion for health education, throughout college she always thought of the RUF internship as a total dream job. After being proven right through her three years of interning at the University of Tulsa, Bethany felt called to continue serving through RUF Tulsa as Campus Staff! Rock climbing, hiking, board games, road trips, live music, and watching and making movies are a few things she enjoys. She is grateful God has called her to such an amazing city, and considers it a great privilege to be a part of God's work by loving and serving the students of TU.

Carrie Everitt
Staff
EMAIL
carrie.everitt@ruf.org
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Carrie grew up in Peachtree City, GA and graduated from Mercer University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. While at Mercer, Carrie fell in love with RUF, Covenant Theology and First Presbyterian Church Macon, GA.  After college, she moved to Oxford, MS where she served as an intern with RUF Ole Miss for 3 years.  While in Oxford, Carrie met and married Elliott Everitt.  While Elliott worked his way through seminary at RTS Jackson, the Everitts lived and served at First Presbyterian Church in Yazoo City, MS.  During those fun years, Carrie was a full time mom to 3 kids: Thomas, Harris and Graham Eloise. After graduation, Elliott accepted the call to RUF Mercer and served as the CM there for 4 1/2 happy years. While in Macon, a 4th child, Jerome, was added to the Everitt clan via foster care and adoption. From Macon, the Lord called Elliott to work for RUF at Mississippi State University where he has served now for 2 yrs.  In January of 2019, Carrie officially came on staff with RUF alongside Elliott. She loves hearing student’s stories, teaching her Wednesday night bible study and watching her kids live the RUF life. 

Madison Fisher
Staff
EMAIL
madison.fisher@ruf.org
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Madison grew up in Nashville, TN and attended Vanderbilt University, where she majored in English Literature and minored in Religious Studies. Madison was deeply shaped by RUF at Vanderbilt, and she became the RUF intern at the University of Virginia right after graduation (2015-2017). Her husband, Cody Fisher, also attended Vanderbilt with her and completed an RUF internship at UVA. Madison and Cody welcomed their son, Ford, into the world in the Fall of 2018. In Summer of 2019, Madison jumped back into UVA RUF in the Campus Staff role. She is also in the process of earning her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling through Wake Forest University. She is especially interested in Family Counseling. 

Madison is excited to get back on grounds and do ministry alongside UVA students. When she is not studying, you can find Madison hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains with her family or playing soccer in Charlottesville.
 

Nicole Gannaway
Staff
EMAIL
nicole.gannaway@ruf.org
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Nicole grew up in Oxford, MS and stuck around to attend Ole Miss, graduating in 2015. She majored in Business Management but experienced frequent crises of whether or not to change her major to something she actually liked; she did not because she is lazy. While at Ole Miss, she became involved in RUF. It was through this involvement that she developed a deeper understanding of the absolute sinfulness of her heart and the beautiful grace of God. Because of the way she felt so loved by her peers, interns, campus minister, and God, she decided to continue her journey with RUF.

Mary Henley Green
Staff
EMAIL
maryhenley.green@ruf.org
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Mary Henley Green is from Memphis, TN and graduated from the University of Mississippi with a bachelors and masters degree in Elementary Education. RUF was such an important part of her Ole Miss experience through the community, fellowship, and the way the Lord worked through her life during her college years. Outside of RUF, Mary Henley loves to be outdoors, go on road trips, and have game nights. After two years as an intern, she is excited to continue serving as Campus Staff at the University of Texas.

Janelle Grove
Staff
EMAIL
janelle.grove@ruf.org
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Janelle graduated from Thomas Edison State University in 2015 with a degree in Entrepreneurship. She and her twin sister have run a bakery out of their home for several years and love providing their customers with a healthy option for breads. Janelle's hobbies include piano, ukulele, reading, nature walks, and learning about different cultures. A trip to the Dominican Republic in 2014 and the Middle East more recently have contributed to Janelle's love for people from all over the world. She is delighted to be welcoming and befriending international students right in her own home town!

Hanna Hammond
Staff
EMAIL
hanna.hammond@ruf.org
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Hanna and Ian met through RUF as students and fell in love with international ministry in college. Hanna studied accounting in undergrad, got an MBA, and audited some RTS classes for fun while Ian was in seminary. They were married in May of 2015 and the following month planted a RUF International at Mississippi College while Ian was finishing up seminary at RTS Jackson. They moved to Evanston, IL in 2017 to plant a RUF International at Northwestern University. Hanna loves to travel, considers herself a foodie, and was an international student herself in South Korea. 

Norah Harvey
Staff
EMAIL
norah.harvey@ruf.org
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Norah Harvey was born in New York and raised in rural Pennsylvania. She graduated from Millersville University with a B.A. in Music. It was during her time at Millersville that she began to know and love God through her experiences at RUF. After interning with RUF for two years she decided stick around and go on staff in one of her favorite places, Bellingham, Washington. When Norah isn't curled up with a good book, she loves to go on train rides and eat good food.

Heidi Hill
Staff
EMAIL
heidi.hill@ruf.org
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Heidi is a Franklin, TN native who graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in August 2016. She majored in journalism and classics, intending to work as a reporter until she connected with the RUF International on campus and began serving as a volunteer for three years. She moved to Dallas in August 2017 after accepting a job as an RUF-I intern and is thrilled to continue serving the international student community at SMU as campus staff. When she's not working, you can find her listening to podcasts, hanging out by White Rock Lake, reading National Geographic and cooking with friends. 

Grace Hoyme
Staff
EMAIL
grace.hoyme@ruf.org
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Grace was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska and completed her undergrad at the University of Mississippi. There she majored in journalism and minored in history. Grace was involved with RUF throughout her four years in college and loved the way the ministry spoke the gospel truth into her life and reminded her of the constant need for a savior. Grace loves to talk and finds joy in meeting new people and making friends. Grace is so excited to minister to students at UCSB.

Amy Hudson
Staff
EMAIL
amy.hudson@ruf.org
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Amy is a graduate of Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, GA where she received her degree in Middle Grades Education. After teaching in Birmingham for a few years, she taught missionary kids in rural western Uganda with World Harvest Mission (now Serge). 

In 2011, Amy joined RUF and worked with RUF at Samford University for three years. From there she moved to Raleigh, NC to help start RUF at Meredith College from 2014 to 2019 when she joined the team at UAB! She has a love for many things in her life which include cooking, entertaining at home with friends, podcast listening, travel, and reading as much as possible. Some of her favorite things include her dog Jasper, being outside planting and working in the yard, quirky films and Tiny Houses. Amy is grateful God has called her to UAB and considers it a great privilege to be a part of God's work on that campus.

Leslie Janikowsky
Staff
EMAIL
leslie.janikowsky@ruf.org
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Leslie grew up in a Navy family and lived all over, but always called Maryland home. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia (Go Hoos!) where she double majored in Political Science and English. It was at UVA that Leslie became involved with the ministry of RUF. After graduating, she began working as an RUF intern at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. In 2014, after completing three years of the internship, she was called to continue serving with RUF at Rhodes in the role of Campus Staff.  

Leslie is also finishing her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Memphis. She loves coffee, UVA basketball, baking chocolate chip cookies, and training for half marathons.  
 

Ellis Keifer
Staff
EMAIL
ellis.keifer@ruf.org
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Ellis was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma and earned her degree in Finance from The University of Tulsa (TU). Ellis loved her time in RUF at TU, and is thrilled to serve as an RUF intern at Wake Forest University. She loves farmers markets, strong coffee, and cooking for friends!

Chelsea Kelly
Staff
EMAIL
chelsea.kelly@ruf.org
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Chelsea grew up in Iowa City, IA and then attended Northwestern University. After an internship with RUF at the University of Nebraska, she attended Covenant Seminary and got a Master of Divinity. She is excited to be back with RUF as campus staff at beautiful Mary Baldwin University!

Chelsea loves cooking and baking for people, reading any and every good book, watching college football, and going to art museums.
 

Morgan Kendrick
Staff
EMAIL
morgan.kendrick@ruf.org
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Morgan is from Wrightwood, California – a small ski town north of Los Angeles. In 2014 she moved to the Bay Area to attend UC Berkeley. As a student, she joined RUF and came to know Jesus. In 2018 she graduated with a degree in Political Science, and started working as an RUF intern at her alma mater.  Summer of 2020 she started as RUF Campus Staff for Berkeley’s ministry. Morgan loves coffee, live music, and driving around to explore Oakland.

Jennifer Kent
Staff
EMAIL
jennifer.kent@ruf.org
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Jennifer Kent has spent the last three years working as the RUF Intern at The University of Alabama in Huntsville, alongside Campus Minister, Reid Jones. Jenn got connected to RUF through her Intern when she transferred to Kennesaw State University her sophomore year. She so enjoyed being pursued by her Intern that she wanted to do the same thing for other girls. Throughout college she volunteered for her church's youth group and decided that the RUF Internship was where God was calling her next. Jenn loved the internship so much that she decided that she wanted to do RUF Campus Staff and is super excited to serve and love the girls of Clemson.

In 2014 Jenn graduated with a BA Degree in Dance with a concentration in Ballet. While Jenn is no longer dancing, movement is still a part of her life (RUF dance parties are her jam). When she’s not hanging out with students or friends, she enjoys taking Yoga and Pilates Classes. She also loves hiking, or just walking in general. She also enjoys watching baseball (even on TV), but is always glad to attend any sporting event. When Jenn’s not trying to get in her Fitbit steps, you might find her watching The West Wing or Friends on Netflix.

Hailey Kim
Staff
EMAIL
hailey.kim@ruf.org
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Hailey grew up in multiple different states, but finds Oklahoma to be her mainland when her family settled down in Tulsa in 2009. She went to high school there and graduated from The University of Tulsa (Reign Cane) with a bachelor’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology. The Lord led her to RUF when she was a freshman and the ministry became an integral part of her college experience. She loved the genuine community and how she was able to hear the gospel every Wednesday night during large group. She is grateful that RUF was able to connect her to a church, a local PCA in the heart of Tulsa. She is thrilled to be able to continue working for RUF to share the same gospel that has transformed her life with college students.

Hailey enjoys coffee, reading, nature, eating/cooking, and being around people. She is excited to stay out west and explore the hidden gems of Southern California.

Ava Ligh
Staff
EMAIL
ava.ligh@ruf.org
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Ava Ligh is joining RUF as Campus Staff because she wants to help students from different backgrounds who feel “in the dark” with respect to God. As a sophomore at Columbia, she joined a Bible study originally to prove to a friend that she could dismiss Christianity’s claims. Instead, she ended up with more questions, and it was through a campus ministry that she surrendered to Christ and gained a passion for helping students confront the claims of the Gospel. Ava attended Columbia (CC'99) and her husband Peter attended Columbia Law School ('01). She worked as a consultant before obtaining a Masters in Education and teaching for two years.  For ten years she stayed home to care for her children Karis (16), Erenei (13), and Checed (11) before starting to explore her calling to campus ministry. As a member and elder’s wife in Emmanuel Presbyterian Church a few blocks away from Columbia's campus, she’s been serving in a campus ministry at Columbia for six years and is eager to transition to its RUF ministry because of its sound theology and accountability structure. She enjoys making fun of her kids, Netflix comedy specials, knitting, calligraphy, and playing Settlers of Catan with the family!

Savannah Medvedev
Staff
EMAIL
savannah.medvedev@ruf.org
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Savannah was born and raised in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Later she attended the College of Charleston where she majored in vocal performance (opera). It was through RUF that Savannah developed a heart for ministry and for people who feel unseen and alone. Through the community of RUF and the mentorship of her campus minister, Danny, Savannah discovered gifts for the first time that led to her consider campus ministry as a vocation. After serving three years as an intern at the University of Central Florida, Savannah will begin her first year as Campus Staff at the College of Charleston in 2018. Savannah has had the opportunity to minister to students on campus through discipleship opportunities, bible studies, giving talks, and has even used her vocal performance degree to serve on worship team. 

Savannah loves reading, Netflix, going to Universal with her roommates, the beach, good food, hiking (when it’s not scorching outside), singing, Halloween, dance parties, Razorback football, and Mary-Kate and Ashley.

Callie Norris Miller
Staff
EMAIL
callie.miller@ruf.org
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Callie studied and did research science for nearly 10 years, first at Francis Marion University, then later at the University of Pittsburgh (PITT), where she earned her MS in molecular neuropharmacology. 

It was in Pittsburgh that she fell in love with Christ, and God radically changed her heart and calling through the gospel, His church, and community. There also she met James, a linguistics and German student at PITT, whom she married in the summer of 2014. 

After Callie finished an RUF internship at Penn State, she served as campus staff at Sweet Briar Women’s College in Lynchburg, VA. Callie has been recently called to serve at PITT. 

Callie is delighted by conversation, dimples, and big earrings. She loves discussing how people relate, and she also loves to dance.

Terry Mitchell
Staff
EMAIL
Terry.mitchell@ruf.org
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Not being raised in a Christian home, and having become a Christian at the age of 19, Terry had a strong yearning to know more about God and really wanted to share His wonder with those around her. Feeling the need to be more equipped, she attended Covenant College graduating with a B.A., having majored in Bible and minored in Sociology. Directly after that, she attended Covenant Theological Seminary earning a M.A. in Biblical Studies. Upon graduation from seminary in 1989, she joined the ministry of RUF and worked as an Intern on the campus of Florida State University in Tallahassee which she absolutely loved. During her almost three years there she saw the power of God change lives, and that just deepened her desire to reach out and help others know Christ and develop an intimate relationship with Him. That desire has never left her and it’s that very desire that has led her to work with international students at Johns Hopkins University in her home town of Baltimore. Terry also loves to show hospitality and entertain, and looks forward to using those gifts as well to reach the precious international students at Hopkins with the wonders of God through His word. Aside from hospitality and entertaining, Terry plays a mean game of Scrabble welcoming all challengers!

Jenny Ott
Staff
EMAIL
jenny.ott@ruf.org
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Jenny was born and raised in Knoxville, TN. She attended Carson Newman University as a student-athlete; while playing tennis, she majored in Mathematics and Cross-Cultural Sociology. RUF was where Jenny found biblical depth and community. In 2014 through RUF, she was connected with Mission to the World for their summer internship programs. She spent the summer in Sofia, Bulgaria for The Well Internship. Then after graduating in 2015, she returned to Sofia where for the next 2 years she focused on teaching English as a Foreign Language, a supportive role in church planting, mentoring summer interns and sports ministry. In her free time, Jenny loves to travel, spend time in the mountains, play tennis, drink coffee and cook for her friends.

Jaimie Pastori
Staff
EMAIL
jaimie.pastori@ruf.org
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Jaimie grew up in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. She attended the University of Central Florida and graduated in 2013, with a degree focusing on Education, Behavioral & Social Sciences, and Hospitality Management. As a student at UCF, the welcoming nature of RUF drew her in. The relationships gained and gospel truths she learned during these formative years were life-changing. 

Being transformed by her experience of the gospel through RUF and her local church, Jaimie felt called to work for RUF post-grad! She started the RUF internship at Winthrop University in 2014 and after completing three years, she felt called to stay on as Campus Staff. In 2020, the Lord called her to leave Rock Hill (Rock Thrill) and start her role as Campus Staff at UT Chattanooga! 

Jaimie loves drinking tea, going on walks, baking (despite the many fails), pop culture, having people in her home, and getting to know college students!

Kelley Sanford
Staff
EMAIL
kelley.sanford@ruf.org
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I grew up in Sanford, FL, and it was pretty fun sharing a name with my hometown. I was really involved in high school, especially in band and sports. When I went off to the University of Central Florida in Orlando, I knew I wanted to be involved in a campus ministry. I was familiar with a few, but had never heard of RUF. Through the invite of a roommate, I found this ministry and a home for the next four years. I saw the Gospel truly transform the attitudes and actions of RUF’s leadership and students, and it was through experiencing and learning how to pursue people for Christ there that my heart was first stirred toward vocational ministry. I began to consider the RUF internship, but after graduating with a degree in English Literature, I decided to pursue a career in the writing field and worked as a magazine editor for a year. However, God moved in big ways and in His perfect timing to now lead me into full-time ministry and specifically the RUF internship. I couldn’t be more thrilled! I’m so excited to invest in UCLA students and point them toward the sweetness and power of Christ.

I really love both big cities and the outdoors, especially hiking, so California is right up my alley! From day to day, I spend most of my down time going for a run, reading, watching a show or spending time with good friends. That last one sometimes includes singing sessions together (particularly worship songs or the Greatest Showman soundtrack).

Monse Santiago
Staff
EMAIL
monse.santiago@ruf.org

Monse grew up as a New Age believer until she was introduced to RUF through their English Club and became a Christian during her sophomore year. After that she stuck around in RUF as a student leader until she obtained her BA in International Relations at UNAM. Right after graduation,  she joined RUF as an intern for two years, a job that she deeply loved. She went back to school to get a Master's degree in Political Science at El Colegio de México. In 2015, she joined RUF as campus staff along with Barush. Monse is an extrovert that enjoys being with people, all kinds of food, good coffee and interesting conversations. She loves reading (she's actually nerdy), learning new things, hanging out with friends and traveling. 

Laura Sharrett
Staff
EMAIL
laura.sharrett@ruf.org
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Laura is from the land of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Forest, VA but also has Texas roots. She graduated from The University of Virginia in 2014 with a double major in Middle Eastern Studies and Religious Studies. She also has a Masters of Arts in Biblical Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary in Atlanta. Laura loves cooking Moroccan food, reading a good book, and trees.

Cayla Sherrell
Staff
EMAIL
cayla.sherrell@ruf.org
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Cayla was born and raised in Northern Virginia, is the youngest of three siblings, and competes with her family dog, Nestle, for attention. She graduated from the College of William and Mary with a B.S. in Physics and Sustainability, a major that she created herself because she could not make up her mind. She also minored in Process Management and Consulting, just to really take advantage of that "liberal arts" education. While pursuing these various academic endeavors, Cayla devoted a majority of time to extra curricular activities that included RUF. Through this organization she experienced an outpouring of love through the community that RUF fostered which is centered around the Gospel. Through the relationships with her own interns, and the hunger to continue growing in God's word, Cayla decided to pursue an internship with RUF after graduating in 2016. After serving as an intern for two years, Cayla is excited to continue ministering to students as Campus Staff. 

When Cayla is not knitting in a corner alone, she is probably hanging out at a local coffee shop, (where she does not drink coffee) and is hoping for someone to launch into a conversation about spirit animals. She also has a passion for dancing and singing, neither of which she does well, but through which will encourage herself and others to be their authentic selves.

Olivia Shields
Staff
EMAIL
olivia.shields@ruf.org
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Born and raised in North Carolina, Olivia graduated from Appalachian State University in 2016 and then moved to Waco, Texas to begin working for RUF. After two years as an intern, she is excited to continue serving as Campus Staff on Baylor's campus in the great state of Texas. 

Brittany Smith
Staff
EMAIL
brittany.smith@ruf.org
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Brittany Smith grew up in Mesquite, TX.  She attended the University of Texas and received a Bachelor of Arts in English.  After being involved in RUF at UT, she worked for two years as an intern with RUF at the University of Oklahoma.  She married Dan on the way to Covenant Seminary, where they attended together. She received her Masters of Educational Ministries from Covenant in 2011. Brittany loves college students, teaching the Bible, and the ministry of RUF and feels so fortunate to have been a part of serving God’s kingdom in this way.  Now settled in Tucson, Brittany enjoys the desert wildlife, playing board games on the patio and reading books to her kids.

Elisabeth Somerville
Staff
EMAIL
elisabeth.somerville@ruf.org
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Lissy graduated from Appalachian State University (Go ‘Neers) in 2018 with a degree in Studio Art and a minor in Early Childhood Special Education. She was born and raised in the mountains of western North Carolina and enjoys making art, raising exotic plants, baking cinnamon rolls, and exploring Rhode Island with her dog Stevie. Despite her southern roots, much of Lissy’s family spent their lives as missionaries in South Korea, contributing to her love of Asian cultures and Korean food. 

After being a part of RUF in college and spending two years serving as an RUF intern at Brown and RISD, Lissy is thrilled to have the opportunity to continue her work in Providence, RI as campus staff! 

Katie Stapleton
Staff
EMAIL
katie.stapleton@ruf.org
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Katie is from Morgantown, West Virginia and graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in Business Management and a minor in Leadership Studies in 2018. When she's not going on walks around UNC's campus or drinking coffee you can find Katie spending time with friends or enjoying a good movie. Katie deeply appreciates how the Lord used the Church in her life during college and loves that RUF is from the Church. She grew up hearing about how the Lord has worked through this ministry and she was pumped when RUF came to WVU during her senior year! RUF not only brought Katie friendship, but also taught her more about the character of Jesus and gave her the opportunity to consider a future in ministry. 

Through serving as an intern for two years at UNC, Katie developed a love for Carolina. She has enjoyed rushing Franklin, picnics on the Quad, and many walks in the Arboretum. Katie has loved being a witness to some of the beautiful and powerful ways the Lord has worked at Carolina. It's been an honor for her to serve at UNC, and she is very excited to be staying on as campus staff over the next few years!

Megan Terrell
Staff
EMAIL
megan.terrell@ruf.org
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Megan is from Greenville, SC and attended Clemson University for undergrad.  There she met her husband, Matthew, while getting her bachelors degree in Psychology.  After graduating and getting married they ventured out of the South to go to seminary in St. Louis, MO, where she earned a MA in Educational Ministry.  Megan and Matthew moved to Birmingham after completing their respective seminary degrees so that Matthew could begin working with RUF at Samford University.  Four years and three kids later, they moved their family to NYC to continue working with RUF in a new context.  While NYC is very different from anywhere Megan has lived before, she has grown to truly love it and feel at home there.  When she is not at one of the many wonderful playgrounds with her kids, Megan enjoys running along the Hudson River  and visiting the local coffee shops for a delicious and possibly overpriced cappuccino.  When she is not out and about, Megan enjoys sitting down with a good book- she recently finished Liturgy of the Ordinary and Educated, and has plans to reread the last book in the Harry Potter series in the near future.  Megan is thrilled to officially join the RUF staff in NYC after years of volunteering with the ministry, and looks forward to mentoring and discipling students to a deeper understanding of and relationship with Jesus.

Kristen Thompson
Staff
EMAIL
kristen.thompson@ruf.org
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Kristen and her husband Alex moved to St. Louis in the summer of 2016 for Alex to attend grad school at Saint Louis University while Kristen went on staff with RUF at Wash-U. Before coming to Wash-U, Kristen was an RUF intern at Texas A&M for two years. She and Alex met through RUF at Mississippi State University and are both so thankful for the impact this ministry had on their lives. The Thompsons enjoy any and all sports, both watching and playing, as well as getting together with family or playing games with friends. With both of them born and raised in the south, they are enjoying their first taste of mid-western life in St. Louis!

Contact Kristen at 901-361-7471 or kristen.thompson@ruf.org

Carissa Waller
Staff
EMAIL
carissa.waller@ruf.org
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Carissa moved to Boone, NC in the fall of 2018 to work as an intern with RUF at Appalachian. Boone and its community has captured her heart, and so she is so delighted that the Lord, in His kindness, has called her to work as Campus Staff at Appalachian starting June 2020!

Carissa grew up in Nashville, TN and attended college at Western Kentucky University, where she received her Bachelor's degree in Family and Consumer Sciences, with a concentration in Child Studies. While a student at WKU, Carissa so enjoyed playing rugby on the university's club team. She misses those days!

Carissa loves her dog, Pepper, and you can often find them walking or hiking together, laying in the sun, wrestling, cuddling, and howling at each other. Pepper was adopted during Carissa's senior year of college, and the two of them have been inseparable since.

RUF has changed Carissa's life! God's work has been so evident and clear, and so she is humbled and thankful for what He's doing and for the ways He has lovingly pursued her. Carissa is excited to see how the Lord will continue to work in the coming years, particularly through RUF at Appalachian. Go 'neers!