Below is some information on our current board members. If you are interested in joining the Jerusalem Farm board, please contact Dave Armstrong.
Dave first experienced the four cornerstones ministry in 2003 at Nazareth Farm in West Virginia. Returning with student groups each year after that and with his family beginning in 2006. When Nazareth Farm spawned a second farm, Bethlehem Farm in southern West Virginia in 2005, Dave wondered what it would be like to bring the farm and the cornerstones to an urban core. When a property was offered in August of 2011 the ball started rolling and now we will know the answer through Jerusalem Farm. Dave lives and raises his family in Prairie Village, KS with his wife Kelly. He is the Director of Mission Effectiveness and Campus Ministries at Avila University and is an Associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.
Jude Huntz was born and raised in Buffalo, NY where he graduated from Canisius College with a B.A. in Philosophy and Classics. He later earned an M.A. in Humanities from the University of Dallas and an M.A. in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University of Chicago. Jude taught middle and high school students for 14 years, earning the Teacher of the Year award for the State of Missouri in 2005 when he taught at the Barstow School. Mr. Huntz became the director of the Human Rights Office for the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph Missouri in 2008 and currently serves as chair for the Public Policy Committee for the Missouri Catholic Conference, the board of directors for the Roundtable of Catholic Social Justice Directors, the board of the Community Action Panel of Holy Rosary Credit Union, and the Western Chapter of the Society of Saint Andrew. In November 2011 Bishop Finn appointed Jude to serve as Chief of Staff for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. Jude has been married for 14 years to his wife Cristen. They have two boys, Paden (8 years old) and Simon (2 years old). They live in Kansas City, MO.
Sister Rose McLarney grew up on a farm north of Kansas City. Following college graduation she entered the Sisters of St Joseph, worked in multiple health care settings developing new ways of addressing health care needs (home health care, hospice, family life center). After an eight year term in CSJ leadership, she choose to serve a need of today's society, working with ex offenders as they return to society. Again she worked with a newly developing program. Now she is adjunct instructor for restorative justice at Avila University and is excited to assist with another new entity, Jerusalem Farm, an urban farm bringing together the values she so believes in: community, sustainability, prayer, and service.
Bill Cordaro has spent his entire career working with the non-profit sector. With a masters in Theology, a Masters in Adult Education and a certificate in Fund Raising and Development, he is currently a self employed fundraiser working mainly with faith based organizations and churches. Bill is married with three grown children and originally from Des Moines. He has lived in Kansas City for 30 years. His past experience includes teaching at all levels of education, running youth programs and leading the marking and communications department for a non-profit with over $65 million in annual revenues. He has been doing fundraising and development for over 7 years.
Regina Staves is an Assistant Professor of psychology at Avila University and is an advocate to prevent child abuse and neglect. She currently serves on the Missouri Children's Trust Fund board and participates in several community groups focusing on child abuse prevention and healthy development. She has a Bachelors in psychology, Masters in counseling psychology and Ph.D. in psychology. Dr. Staves is also a mental health counselor specializing in psychological trauma, attachment, emotional and brain development, and social issues impacting children and families. Dr. Staves is active in educating the community about the positive individual and societal effects of restorative practices and co-teaches a class on restorative justice at Avila. She is also an Associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.
Ken Mayo was a staff member along with his wife at Nazareth Farm for almost a year and a half. Since then the cornerstones of Community, Prayer, Service, and Simplicity have been an essential part of his life. Ken's passion for justice and desire to serve the "lease of these" come from the Gospel imperative to love God and love the neighbor. Jerusalem Farm provides an opportunity to serve the Lord and serve the dear neighbor. Ken now lives and works in St. Louis City with his wife, Jessica, and their one year old son. He currently works as a researcher/statistician for the Juvenile Court of St. Louis and strives to ensure that effective programming is provided to the youth the Court serves.
James is a Kansas City native and holds Masters’ Degrees in Educational Research and Psychology and Public Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
James comes as an accomplished Senior Director with extensive knowledge of fundraising, non-profit management, and community development. For the last 15 years James has developed and managed programs to meet the needs of residents in the Metropolitan Kansas City community. His current role as a Business Development Representative is to perform business development, marketing, and public relations activities in support of the construction, renovation, and expansion of Health Care, Justice, K-12, and Higher Education facilities in the Midwest Region of the United States.