Will is the Founder and Director of Endurance Leadership ministries and has been in full-time ministry for over 26 years. Will is passionate about working in international communities, as well as living out an active, contagious faith that models Jesus’ earthly ministry. Will is presently helping lead the charitable work with Endurance Leadership as he and his wife continue to focus their work in the continents of Africa, Europe, and Latin America.
Rick Beckwith has served on the staff of Young Life in a variety of roles since 1982. After 12 years as an area director, Rick was sent to Europe for a year to consult and train leaders in how to most effectively introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith as they engage in the local church. Upon his return, Rick became the director of strategic growth and training for the eastern division of the US. He then served as the National Director of WyldLife, Young Life’s program for middle school kids. That role was followed by two years serving as the Vice President of Field Initiatives for Young Life Corporation. Rick is now back on the field side of the mission as the Young Life Senior Regional Director for Metropolitan Washington DC. He loves working hands-on with forty full time staff and the hundreds of faithful volunteer leaders they represent. Rick earned his B.A. from Denison University and M.A. from Fuller Theological Seminary.
JAY W COLSTON III
Jay W Colston III joined Beitzell and Co., a Washington DC wine and spirits wholesaler, in 1984 as the fourth generation of the Colston family. In 1988 the Colston family purchased Virginia Imports Ltd, then a 10-year-old company that formed out of a local beer distributorship in 1978. Virginia Imports, Ltd. expanded its territory in 1990 to include the 26 northernmost counties of Virginia. Jay Colston became president of Virginia Imports, Ltd. in 1991 – present.
John Tomick works with the Department of Defense under the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He develops independent cost estimates and advises Department leadership on major defense acquisition programs. Prior to his service as a civilian, John served 20 years on active duty with the U.S. Air Force in various war planning and analysis roles. He holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the U.S. Air Force Academy, an M.S. in Operations Research from the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Statistics and Operations Research from Penn State.
Dave Houston is the CEO of Metro Radio. In 2002 he was one of the founders of a start-up media company called Metro Radio, and has directed the company’s operations ever since. Prior to his work with Metro Radio, he was an Area Director with the Ministry of Young Life. He served Young Life on Long Island NY, Richmond VA, and in Northern VA from 1992-2002. He served on the board of directors at Dominion Christian School pioneering the school’s expansion from 2002 – 2011. Dave holds a degree in Psychology and Communications from George Mason University.
Nicole Kuzma graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. During this time, she served as a Young Life leader. She then taught 4th grade in the public school system. Nicole has held different women’s ministry leadership positions in several churches as she and her family moved with the military. She has had the privilege to serve on several “short term” missions trip including Mexico and Peru with Leadership Excursions. Presently, she serves on the prayer team for her church and leads a neighborhood study to support mother’s on their journey to freedom.
Director of Leadership Excursions
SANDRA HIDALGO CRAVENS
Sandra is the Director of Leadership Excursions. She received her M.A. in Public Administration/International Management from George Mason University and her B.A. in Communications/Spanish from Palm Beach Atlantic University. She is married to Will Cravens, mother to baby Capri and stepmother to 4 great children. Sandra is passionate about equipping communities, as well as training individuals in leading trips that will make a global impact.