Board of Directors


Tim Skoog, Founder and Chairman, Centrav, Inc.

Tim is a serial entrepreneur and world traveler who has started five companies after serving in an executive role at Northwest Airlines. He has over 80 countries stamped into his passports. A humanitarian missions veteran who started the non-profit AFC Global over 15 years ago, he has served on the Executive Board of the Assemblies of God World Missions Department and provides an invaluable network spanning from Sudan to Nepal; from Burma to Armenia.

Stephen M. Hosmer, CEO Royale Energy (NASDAQ: ROYL)

Stephen has over 10 years experience as CEO of Royale Energy. Mr. Hosmer served seven years on the board of directors of Youth for Christ and is active in serving youth in his local church. An avid cyclist, Stephen joined the Present:Hope Venture tour in Oct 2011 to raise fund for families and victims of the Joplin tornado. Stephen earned his MBA from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.

Tom Tomlinson, CEO, Center for Diagnostic Imaging (TSE: ONEX)

Tom has over 20 years experience as an executive at multiple publicly traded companies. He was Chief Financial Officer of Department 56 and the President of Harmon Solutions Group before becoming the President of Center for Diagnostic Imaging. His current experience of managing over 1000 staff allows him to bring wisdom and organizational development to our board. He holds a B.A. from the University of St. Thomas and an MBA from Columbia University. Tom is also an avid cyclist, downhill skier and action sports enthusiast.

Roger Lane, Consultant, AG Financial 

Roger has distinguished himself as a leader in church and institutional fund-raising campaigns with over 25 years of stewardship campaign development experience. He conducted scores of campaigns across the nation ranging in size from $300,000 to $18 million.  Roger’s leadership abilities include team building, stewardship education, constituent faith building, board leadership, and mentoring. Roger, a North Central University graduate, is also an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God. He has spent countless hours coaching the Venture staff and helped develop the sustainability of Venture’s capacity into the future.

Troy Groves, Director, Art House North, Manager/Husband of recording artist Sara Groves

Troy and Sara Groves are artists, activists, and humanitarians. Sara, a vocalist and musician, has won several nominations and awards, including a Dove Award nomination and several Album of the Year awards. Troy and Sara have used their platform to speak for the world’s most vulnerable poor partnering with World Vision, Food for the Hungry and International Justice Mission over the past decade. Troy has a natural ability to shape Venture’s voice for the Christian community at large.

Dr. Kristen Willard, Professor of Economics Emeritus, Columbia University

Ph.D. and M.A., economics, Princeton University; B.A., mathematical economics and public policy analysis, Pomona College. In what seems like an earlier lifetime, Kristen taught microeconomics and strategy to MBA candidates and executives attending Columbia University's Graduate School of Business. Dr. Willard has also filed an expert report and provided deposition testimony in both mutual fund excessive fee litigation and federal securities fraud cases. Kristen is grateful to be identified as a Venture alumna, having ridden with the 2012 IJM Freedom Tour, from Cincinnati to Washington., D.C.

Mark R. Geier, Partner, Larkin & Hoffman Attorneys at Law 

Mark is a veteran lawyer with over 20 years experience as an outside general counsel. He has served in multiple countries around the world, but his particular interest and experience lies in Southeast Asia. He provides invaluable counsel into liabilities and legalities as Venture grows both in the United States and overseas. He holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota Law School.

Linda Furry, Executive Vice President, AFC Travel

Linda is a living example of diversity overcoming discrimination as a female Native American who rose to executive levels in several corporations. She has 25 years of experience in the travel industry. Her experience and discernment lead to strategic connections and knowledge of regions where Venture works. Linda has a particular focus on empowering woman overseas and often travels to Southeast Asia, doing humanitarian work in communities of displaced people groups.

Mark Durene, Missionary, Assemblies of God World Missions 

Mark has pioneered missionary work in Thailand for over 16 years. He has been internationally recognized for his leadership and dedication to empowering local Thai leadership to affect change in their country. Mark understands Thai culture and oversees the Venture Community Center in Ban Pong, Thailand.

Jesse Olson, President, J and B Community Services, Co-Founder of Venture

Besides being a real estate entrepreneur, Jesse is an avid outdoor adventurer. He led past Venture expeditions and has particular experience in expedition safety and safety procedures. His expertise has helped Venture teams retain a low injury and accident rate. Jesse helped ensure Venture’s growth ever since being a part of the very first Venture campaign.

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