Our Staff

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    Katie Armes
    Administrative Assistant

    Little known fact about you?
    In my junior year of college, I spent a month studying abroad in New Zealand and working on a sheep farm!

    When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?
    Growing up, I always wanted to be a veterinarian.

    If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be?
    Anywhere tropical and where there is a beach! I love spending long days relaxing in the sun by the ocean!

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    Rob Arsenault
    Lead Groups Pastor

    Little known fact about you?
    I was a pole vaulter in high school!

    When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?
    Policeman

    If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be?
    Outer Banks with my family

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    Mary Bach
    Groups Coordinator
    Groups Pastor | Bel Air
     

    Little known fact about you?
    I love to scrapbook (I find it relaxing and it let's me be creative.)

    When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?
    An Interior Designer

    If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be?
    To the tropics (warm & sunny)

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    Wes Barnes
    Facilities Coordinator

    Little known fact about you?
    I enjoy photography, both taking pictures and galleries.

    When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?
    A professional athlete - tennis player or golfer.

    If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be?
    Alaska

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    Chase Boyer
    Student Programming Director
    Student Pastor | Abingdon
     

    Little known fact about you?
    I have not met anyone better than me at Super Smash Brothers for the Nintendo 64. Many have tried; few have succeeded.

    When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?
    I think I wanted to be a cop, but when I was in high school I wanted to be a math teacher.

    If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be?
    As corny as it sounds, it would probably be Johnson City, Tennessee to see friends and family.

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    Mike Brennan
    Maintenance Technician

    Little known fact about you?
    I am color blind. When I was little, I painted all of my army men pink because I thought the paint was gray!

    When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?
    I wanted to be a forest ranger.

    If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be?
    Aruba

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    Courtney Bridges
    Childcare Coordinator

    Little known fact about you?
    I am an extrovert and love to talk as soon as I know you!

    When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?
    I wanted to be a shock trauma nurse.

    If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be?
    This is a hard one... I would have to choose Hawaii!

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    Kristen Brock
    Production Resource Coordinator

    Little known fact about you?
    I’ve only lived in Maryland for eight years, which is the longest that I’ve lived anywhere.

    When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?
    The earliest that I can remember was wanting to be an accountant because I loved math, but that didn’t last very long.

    If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be?
    I’d love to go back to Germany and explore more of Europe.

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    Julie Buher
    Mountain Kids Coordinator

    Little known fact about you?
    I was born in Germany (Wiesbaden AFB).

    When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?
    Veterinarian

    If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be?
    Australia

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    Sandra Carrig
    Membership Coordinator

    Little known fact about you?
    I come from a family of eight siblings.

    When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?
    A cowgirl like Annie Oakley (didn't everybody?)!

    If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be?
    Disney World

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    Jarrett Cieslak
    Facility Operations Technician

    Little known fact about you?
    I am a blacksmith! Come visit me at Celebrate the Light!

    When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?
    I wanted to be a Geologist.

    If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be?
    Ireland

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    Terry Cieslak
    Administrative Assistant

    Little known fact about you?
    I collect pigs (not the real ones!).

    When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?
    Dr. Doolittle – I wanted to talk to the animals (still do!).

    If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be?
    Put me in a little cabin in the mountains and I’ll never want to come home!

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    Brittany Crimmel
    Service Programming Director

    Little known fact about you?
    I absolutely hated running in high school, so I thought it would be a good idea to join the cross country team. Seemed like a good idea at the time. Now I love running!

    When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
    The president. That was it!

    If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be?
    The BEACH!

     

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    Marla De Lucia
    Semester in Ministry Coordinator

    Little known fact about you?
    I have a degree in chemistry and worked as a research chemist in my previous career. 

    When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?
    Thanks to my love of the movie Space Camp, I thought I wanted to be an astronaut for awhile. 

    If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be?
    Anywhere there are mountains.

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    Emily Dietz
    Film Production Associate
    Production Director | Edgewood
     

    Little known fact about you? 
    I have two little known facts. One is that I was at risk of having a lazy eye when I was a small child, but I accidentally self-corrected it through making “super-silly-faces” where I crossed my eyes… who knew!
     
    Another little known fact is that I was infatuated with pigs when I was younger- Even requesting a pig themed birthday cake three years in a row. However, after kissing a pig one year as part of a MCC scavenger hunt, I was awoken to the fact that pigs are actually dirty and quite mean… I’ve since converted to piglets.  
     
    When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?
    It changed often - ranging everywhere from a hair stylist, to a lawyer, to a radio show announcer!
     
    If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be?  
    It may sound cheesy, but wherever my family is, since my many siblings and I have a blast no matter where we are. If forced to choose a location, a dream destination would be a backpacking trip through Europe.

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    Gene Dobbins
    Community Impact Pastor

    Little known fact about you?
    I've tried giraffe meat, kudu, and emu, but not guacamole!

    When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?
    Starting Pitcher for the Atlanta Braves.

    If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be?
    With the wife... Back to Bora Bora.
    With the wife and kids... Back to Kangaroo Island in Australia.
    With the wife, kids, and family... Norwegian Cruise off the coast of Asia.

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    PJ Frias
    College Age Pastor

    Little known fact about you?
    I was the frontman/lead singer of a ska band in high school. Everyone else in the group was extremely talented and energetic, but I had absolutely no stage presence. Regardless, we won our school talent show and played a handful of local gigs. It was fun times!

    When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?
    I think I wanted to be either a video game developer, coffee shop/diner owner, or something like a graphic artist.

    If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be?
    I don't travel much, so anywhere with tasty food, good coffee, and friendly people sounds fun to me.

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    Shad Fox
    Communications Director

    Little known fact about you?
    I was defibrillated at Big Bear lake in Southern California.

    When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?
    A marine biologist or an architect.

    If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be?
    Australia, Japan, Chile, or Italy in that order.

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    Mike Genco
    Facility Operations Manager

    Little known fact about you?
    My wife and I have the same birth date and year. But I was older by a few hours. 

    When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?
    A doctor. 

    If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be?
    The Galapagos Islands

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    Patty Genco
    Glocal Outreach Ministry Coordinator

     

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    Tod Hall
    Lead Outreach + Equipping Pastor

    Little known fact about you?
    I don’t like drinking with a straw.

    When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?
    A professional bass fisherman.

    If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be?
    Any place warm with blue water and blue skies.

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    Alex Harned
    Special Events + Systems Director
    Production Director | Bel Air
     

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    Jill Henage
    Mountain Kids Curriculum Coordinator

    Little known fact about you?
    When I was little I liked to sleep in small, confined spaces and had a bed tent.

    When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?
    I wanted to be an astronaut or a teacher.

    If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be?
    A tropical destination.

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    Morgan Kany
    Digital Experience Director

    Little known fact about you?
    I know the common and scientific names of tons of aquatic animals by heart.

    When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?
    A veterinarian or Marine Biologist. (Who wouldn't want to train dolphins for a living!)

    If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be?
    For nostalgic reasons - Cape May, NJ or Carmel, CA with my family. Eventually, Africa, Ireland, any and all islands!

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    Jessica Lowe
    Mountain Kids Assistant Coordinator

    Little known fact about you?
    I married my high school sweetheart! We met when he was on the basketball team, and I was the manager.

    When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?
    I wanted to be a teacher or a cake decorator.

    If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be?
    Either Italy, Jerusalem, or any tropical island. 

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    Alex Lozada
    Data + IT Pastor

    Little known fact about you?
    I like watching old-fashioned musicals with my wife and daughters.

    When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?
    Medical doctor researching a cure for cancer.

    If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be?
    Manila.

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    Rob MacAnespie
    IT Technician

    Little known fact about you?
    I once built a scale model of the Chrysler Building out of Coca-Cola boxes and duct tape.

    When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?
    Fighter pilot.

    If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be?
    New Orleans (but not during Mardi Gras season)

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    Hillary MacLellan
    Semester in Ministry Director
    Mountain Kids Curriculum Writer

    Little known fact about you? 
    I could live off of chips and salsa.

    When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up? 
    A doctor, lawyer or interior designer.

    If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be? 
    All of the beautiful beaches in the world with my husband Zach.

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    Zac Manor
    Lead Student Pastor

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    Rick Marsh
    Director of Finance

    Little known fact about you?
    Finished runner-up in a school-wide ping pong tournament in college.

    When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
    I wanted to be a professional basketball player.

    If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be?
    Hawaii

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    April McNicholas
    Accounting Manager

    Little known fact about you?
    I don’t like clowns.

    When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?
    Heart doctor

    If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be?
    Hawaii

     

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    Penny McReynolds
    Office Manager

    Little known fact about you?
    My formal first name is not Penelope.

    When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?
    Phone Operator.

    If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be?
    Aruba.

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    Tom Moen
    Glocal Pastor

    Little known fact about you?
    I have ruptured my right Achilles Tendon twice! The first time I was taking my victory trot around the softball field after hitting a home run…the second was during a rousing game of Capture the Flag at our church camp.

    When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?
    When I was little I wanted to be a drummer in a rock-n-roll band. I started my short-lived career in 4th-grade concert band… myself and Mickey Kahn (from Iran) were the percussion section. Mickey was a BLAST… I remember one time a bunch of us kids were playing baseball with him and the bat he was using was entirely too heavy… so we told him to choke up on it. Well, he did, literally… he hoisted the bat up in front of his mouth and coughed on the bat handle… we all hit the ground laughing…poor Mickey.

    If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be?
    I would love to tour Europe… stay in hostels… travel by train, bike, boat, car, bus and walk. I would work from South to North and end in Norway where I have some distant relatives.

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    Hannah Olson
    Student Coordinator

    Little known fact about you? 
    I love spicy food with a fiery passion ... pun intended.

    When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up? 
    A Disney princess.

    If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be? 
    I would love to spend a few months in Ireland roaming around.

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    Traci Olson
    Care Pastor

    When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?
    A Broadway Singer – God had other plans…

    If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be?
    Kauai is surely as close to paradise as possible on this planet.

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    Susan Owens
    Worship Coordinator

    Little known fact about you?
    I am a Southern girl at heart!

    When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?
    A nurse or a teacher.

    If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be?
    Europe.

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    Vince Orsini
    Maintenance Manager

    Little known fact about you?
    I am the youngest of 9 children.

    When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?
    I was never little.

    If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be?
    Italy.

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    Niki Priebe
    Wedding + Funeral Coordinator

    Little known fact about you?
    I have a serious skill with word search puzzles… I have yet to lose a challenge when someone wants to “race”. 

    When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?
    I wanted to be a lot of things:  singer/dancer (neither of which I am good at!), teacher, vet, and of course like every other little girl, a princess!  The one thing I was 100% positive I wanted to be was a mom…and I am!

    If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be?
    I’ve always wanted to visit Ireland and Australia, but I’d settle for Italy and Bora Bora. 

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    Kristen Riley
    Pastoral Care Coordinator
    Discipleship Coordinator

    Little known fact about you? 
    I love to go office supply shopping.

    When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up? 
    Ariel in Disney World.

    If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be? 
    Anywhere warm!

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    Amber Robinson
    Storyteller

    Little known fact about you?
    I have my Motorcycle License, but I have never actually ridden a motorcycle outside of a parking lot.
     
    When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?
    The first female to play on the Baltimore Blast professional indoor soccer team.
     
    If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be?
    For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by whales. It would bring me so much joy to sit on a boat with my family, watching whales in their natural habitat in destinations around the world such as Alaska, New Zealand, South Africa, and the Antarctic Peninsula. 

     

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    Faith Roussey
    Accounts Payable

    Little known fact about you?
    I love to deep sea fish.

    When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?
    A back up singer for Bobby Sherman.

    If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be?
    Monterey, CA

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    Fran Schindler
    Maintenance Technician

    Little known fact about you?
    I'm a bee keeper. I have three hives and soon hope to have a fourth.

    When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?
    A farmer.

    If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be?
    Ireland.

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    Erin Schwab
    Welcome + Next Steps Coordinator
    Welcome + Next Steps Pastor | Bel Air

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    Jennifer Smith
    Lead Welcome + Next Steps Pastor
    Welcome + Next Steps Pastor | Abingdon

    Little known fact about you?
    I am completely addicted to chapstick.

    When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?
    A singer… which if you ever heard me sing, you would think was hysterical.

    If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be?
    Cross country trip to California hitting all the National Parks on the way with a really great camera!

     

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    Alan Stengel
    Online Pastor + Production Director

    Little known fact about you?
    I enjoy spending time with friends at Starbucks. However I almost always confuse myself and the baristas while trying to order, so I end up just getting a plain old coffee.

    When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?
    When I was a child I wanted to be a firefighter and go to battle with raging fires and rescue people.

    If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be?
    I have two favorite vacation spots, if I need some peace and solitude I would escape to the beautiful mountains of East Tennessee. If I need some relaxation I would take a cruise to the Bahamas or Caribbean.

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    Constance Vidmar
    Graphic Designer

    Little known fact about you?
    In middle school, I was in 4H and I once won the grand first prize for my flower arrangement (super cool I know). I'm also corgi-obsessed. I have one now, but wouldn't mind 20. 

    When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?
    A Veterinarian or Marine Biologist. Save the animals!

    If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be?
    Australia or New Zealand - preferably both!

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    Cole Willig
    Lead Worship Pastor

    Little known fact about you? 
    My sister and I were born on the same day three years apart. 

    When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?
    I was convinced that I was going to be a starting pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles.  If you ever get a chance to watch me play softball, you will quickly understand why that never came to be. 

    If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be?  
    At the risk of sounding sappy, I’d vacation anywhere my family is.  But, it sure would be great if we could all take a vacation to London, or Sydney, or Nashville.

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    Dawn Willig
    Lead Mountain Kids Pastor

    Little known fact about you? 
    I am a Louisville AND Kentucky fan. I know it's unheard of to be both.

    When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?
    I went through phases where I wanted to be just about everything. Teacher, actor, dancer, mechanic, artist, president, pastor, astronaut and even an airplane pilot.

    If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be?  
    On a beach with my family or Disney World!

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    Stan Zalewski
    Staff Accountant

    Little known fact about you?
    I like fried hard crabs.

    When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?
    I wanted to place kicker in the NFL.

    If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be?
    Jerusalem.