our staff team

Our full-time staff team has grown to 18 people serving in California, Illinois, and beyond. Each staff member is supported financially and lifted up in prayer by a team of believers. Check out our staff and join a team by clicking on any of the names or photos below!








  • Heather Barnes

    ILLINOIS STATE DIRECTOR

    Heather was the first high schooler in Chicago coached by NSP through our Distance Mentoring program. As she saw God work at Palatine High, she began praying that God would bring NSP to Illinois for the long-term. In faith, she started a new NSP Chapter at Moody Bible Insitute in 2013, then took a year off from college to work full-time in this mission in 2014. Now things have come full circle, and Heather is overseeing the very ministry that she prayed the Lord would bring to Illinois!

  • lisa cohen

    training DIRECTOR

    Lisa has always had a heart for the lost and served as the overseer for short-term mission trips while a student at Biola University. After graduating, Lisa joined NSP staff in 2013 to head up the distance department, helping college students lead trips back to their hometowns to coach high schools in outreach. She then served as the CA Associate Director, helping oversee all the campus ministry happening in CA. Now, Lisa serves as the Training Director for all of NSP, helping to best train all levels of the team and prepare for ministry growth in the years ahead. 

  • hannah cory

    INLAND EMPIRE CHAPTER Director

    After praying for God to stretch her faith, Hannah followed His lead to join NSP staff in 2015. She is passionate about reaching the lost and empowering Christians to live out their part of the Great Commission. After one year of working with us, she is now overseeing expansion into the Inland Empire and beyond!  

  • Jonathan Cox

    Southwest suburbs chapter director

    Passionate about youth ministry, Jon assisted in launching a campus movement from 2009-2014 reaching 100 high schools throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois. After graduating from Moody Bible Institute with a Bachelor's in Biblical Studies in 2014, Jon has joined staff as the Southwest Suburbs Chapter Director to reach this generation with the gospel. 

  • Jaston Epp

    LA AreA Director & Biola Chapter Director

    After 4 years working with the Biola Chapter as a student, Jaston is coming on full-time staff to lead the team from Biola in evangelism and discipleship with students in north Orange county and south LA county. 

  • ben flemming

    HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR

    Ben started as a campus mentor in 2004 while at Biola and came on staff in 2008. Ben gets excited when he sees students stepping out to share their faith in Jesus with their peers on campus.

  • jason friese

    San gabriel valley Chapter Director

    Jason first joined NSP as a campus mentor in 2005. After spending a few years working and volunteering in his church, he rejoined the team in 2013 to work in the training department to help students be best equipped to share the gospel. He is now serving as the San Gabriel Valley Chapter Director.

  • kenny hood

    Finance Manager

    Kenny was a supporter for another staff member for three years before coming on staff in 2015. He has long supported and championed the vision of NSP and is excited to now be serving as NSP's Finance Manager, resourcing our leaders to equip students to reach their peers with the love of Christ.

  • mark hopson

    president

    Mark joined the team as a Biola student volunteer in 2003, led the Biola team in 2004 and came on staff in 2006. After working as NSP's LA Regional Director for a several years, Mark and his family moved to Chicago in 2013 to start a new ministry as the Illinois State Director. 


    As of January 2017, Mark is serving as the President of the National School Project. Click here to learn more. 

  • rich hung

    CALIFORNIA STATE DIRECTOR

    Rich approached NSP in 2013 to explore mobilizing his local church to reach the local high school with the gospel and ended up joining staff and serving as the San Gabriel Valley Chapter Director for the next three years. He now leads as the California State Director.

  • Rachel kuehl

    COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

    Rachel is a 2015 graduate of Wheaton College where she studied English and took advanced classes in filmmaking. Her heart is to see the gospel spread throughout the world, especially in the hearts of young people. She loves to see Christians using their unique gifts "for Christ and his Kingdom." For Rachel, being able to use media to serve God at NSP is a dream job, and a good dream, not the kind where the bookshelf eats your dog.

  • Devin long

    Expansion director

    After serving with NSP as a college student for three years, Devin is now joining the team as a full-time staff member after graduating from Biola University with a degree in Biblical Studies this spring. His passion is to see the growth of strategic gospel-proclamation in different areas, and he sees NSP's value with that as being too important to not be a part of.

  • jonathan mestas

    Inland Empire Chapter field staff

    As a former student leader, Jon brings his passion and enthusiasm for campus ministry to the team. 

  • daniella neri

    SOUTHWEST SUBURBS CHAPTER field staff

    Daniella Neri has been with NSP for four years. While at Trinity International University she served for three years until she graduated in 2016 with a degree in Christian Ministries-Counseling and Social Services. She currently works for the Illinois Team as a Field Staff member for the Southwest Suburbs of Chicago.

  • Phoebe Ng

    Marketing Director

    Phoebe brings a love for the lost and experience in media development to the team. Her job of collecting and sharing stories from high school campuses encourages the body of Christ and gives glory to God.

  • kellee popp

    development DIRECTOR

    Since joining as a volunteer while a Biola student in 2004, Kellee has been a Logistics Director, Cluster Leader, HomeTown Director, (short term missions) and Training Director, overseeing the development of our high school training curriculum - the Outreach Guide. Kellee most recently served as the first California State Director ('13-'16) and now serves as the Development Director.

  • michael towson

    California field staff

    Michael began volunteering with NSP while he was a Biola freshman in 2006 and came on full-time staff in 2010. He currently oversees the ministry in the LA area. His vision is to build a team of 600 university students to coach and mentor students at all 300 high schools in the Greater Los Angeles Area. 

  • warren willis

    CEO & founder

    After 44 years with Campus Crusade for Christ serving internationally for 25 years in Guam, Canada, and Mongolia, Warren founded NSP in 2002 to address the great need to reach America for Christ. 

Office Interns

Alongside our full-time staff, we're blessed with a team of 10 office interns who keep NSP humming so we can serve our Student Leaders, Campus Mentors, students, and community partners.

  • Ariel Araujo

    Development Coordinator

    Ariel was a student leader several years ago and rejoins NSP this year to engage alumni and the community around the mission field of public high schools.

  • CAMERON GARDNER

    DEVELOPMENT INTERN

    Cameron brings her enthusiasm to the team for cross cultural ministry and the gospel by supporting the team in a development role!


  • jonah hamilton

    marketing intern

    After serving as a Campus Mentor for two years, Jonah is excited to bring his experience and knowledge in Public Relations to NSP as a Marketing Intern!

  • Hailey Kelley

    events intern


  • Zania Kennedy

    Administrative Assistant

    A Cleveland native, Zania joined our team in Whittier to help serve the team. She keeps us organized and keeps communication flowing. 

  • Joseph spends his time working hard to create awesome IT pieces for the National School Project, developing apps, improving databases, and brightening up the office with his youthful enthusiasm. 

  • LEIGH SULUVALE

    DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

    Leigh has a huge heart for outreach and is excited to contribute to the vision of NSP through her work in the Development department!


    • Leigh has a huge heart for outreach and is excited to contribute to the vision of NSP through her work in the Development department!


    • Leigh has a huge heart for outreach and is excited to contribute to the vision of NSP through her work in the Development department!

      Leigh has a huge heart for outreach and is excited to contribute to the vision of NSP through her work in the Development department!



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  • Leina Villemez

    Events intern

    Having personally coached and coordinated outreach at multiple schools in the Biola Chapter, Leina is excited to contribute to the work at NSP in a different way this year as the California Events Intern!

  • Juana Zapata

    Financial Assistant

    Juana brings years of experience in the financial sector and an infectious love for the lost to NSP. In addition to processing donations and expenses, she serves on our campus ministry team to help reach students near Riverside, CA.