Alpha USA Board of Directors
The Alpha USA Board is led by business leaders and pastors who have a heart for The Great Commission and who help to guide and approve the strategy of the Executive Director of Alpha USA.
Mark Emery is the Senior Operating Partner and Head of the Operations Management Group at The Jordan Company. Prior to this role, Mark was President and CEO, of Northstar Aerospace Inc. He has over 20 years of experience in leadership with companies in Europe, North America and Asia.
Samuel Wolgemuth is a leadership coach and consultant. He has served as President and CEO of Freedom Communications, Executive Director of Alpha USA and CEO of World Relief. Sam holds a BA in Philosophy from Taylor University with continuing studies at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and Harvard Business School. He and his wife, Mary Gayle, have four children and ten grandchildren.
Andrzej Skiba is a portfolio manager at Blue Bay Asset Management, having joined Bluebay in February 2005.
Jody Jonsson is a Partner with The Capital Group Companies in Los Angeles, having worked in Capital’s San Francisco, Geneva and London offices. She received an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Princeton University. Jody serves on the board of Alpha USA and the Stanford Business School Advisory Council. She is married with three adult children.
Heather W. Grizzle is a founding partner of Causeway Strategies, a boutique consulting firm that helps individuals, organizations and corporations to communicate, connect and advance their objectives more effectively. She is the co-author, with Jon Tyson, of A Creative Minority: Influencing Culture Through Redemptive Participation. Heather is also vice chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Stewardship, and a member of the Boards of Innovations for Poverty Action and KidsMatter.
Christopher Hill is an entrepreneur and investor. He is the founder of Spotlite and the Chairman of PerkSpot. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Chris spent five years working in investment banking and private equity. Chris is a graduate of Taylor University.
John Mackay is a founding principal of the Strand Real Estate Organization based in Vancouver, Canada. He serves on the board of Alpha International, Alpha USA, and Alpha Canada. John and his wife, Rebecca, have three children.
Tricia Neill is the President of Alpha International and serves on the boards of numerous Alpha offices worldwide. She is a well-known speaker on the subject of leadership and church growth, and she is the author of From Vision to Action.
Craig Springer is the Executive Director of Alpha USA. Prior to Alpha, Craig was the Executive and Teaching Pastor at Cherry Hills Community Church and Lead Pastor of the Willow Creek Community Church campus to launch Alpha. He and his wife Sarah, were also church planters in Prague, Czech Republic.
David Thomas worked in investment banking and corporate finance before becoming an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, serving congregations of varied sizes in Kentucky. Educated at Vanderbilt (BA) and Emory University (MDiv), David earned an MA in theology, both from the University of Bristol, England. David is now part of the leadership team of Seedbed, a new division of Asbury Theological Seminary. David and his wife, Karen, have three children.
Mathew Neville has been the Alpha Global CEO since 2017. Previously he served as the marketing director of World Vision. Previously at Orange, where he led a marketing and product management team, Mathew has also held positions at NatWest and Freeserve. Mathew has been married to Cathy for 23 years and has three children.
Fr. Peter Wojcik is the Director of the Department of Parish Vitality and Mission in the Archdiocese of Chicago. In his role Fr. Wojcik oversees all pastoral offices and agencies of the Archdiocese as well as the formation, parish support and pastoral training of ministers and volunteers serving 2.4 million Chicago Catholics. Prior to his appointment as the Department Director Fr. Wojcik served as the Chief Strategy Officer at the Office of Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago, Chaplain at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Associate Pastor at St. Francis Xavier Church in Wilmette, Il. Fr. Wojcik served also a principal consultant with the Third Angle Consulting.
Kevin Palau is the son of international evangelist Luis Palau. He joined the Luis Palau Association in 1985 and began directing the day-to-day operation of the ministry in the late 1990s. Under his leadership, LPA has produced some of the largest Christian events ever staged, created a worldwide network of hundreds of partner evangelists, and developed new models for citywide outreach that integrate major community service initiatives with open-air evangelistic gatherings. Kevin’s first book, “Unlikely: Setting Aside Our Differences to Live out the Gospel,” was released in June 2015. He holds a degree in religious studies from Wheaton College and lives in Beaverton, Oregon with his wife, Michelle. They have three adult children.
Markus Hottenrott is an investment professional with a private markets platform that invests globally in infrastructure. He holds a doctoral degree in German law from Humboldt University, Berlin. He and his wife, Monica, have four children.