Meet the Team
Ambassadors in Business Staff
Sam Hennemann, Part-Time Executive Director
Nekisha Ackermann, Project Manager
Board of Directors
Mark Stockhowe, President
Mark is the President of M W Stockhowe & Associates, a provider of management consulting services and executive coaching for small and medium businesses. His career includes over 20 years of experience working in two Fortune 100 companies, and over 10 years working in small and medium sized businesses.
Mark earned his MBA from Bethel University – St. Paul, and his undergraduate degree from Cardinal Stritch University.
Mark has been delighted to see the growth of workplace ministry in recent years, seeing them as opportunities to equip His people to be equipped to serve in the marketplace and fulfilling the Great Commission.
Mark is member and past president in Rotary. He and his wife, Beth, serve as Marriage Mentors in their church.
Tenaya Tison, Secretary
Tenaya is the Co-owner and Educational Engineer for the E5 Institute: an innovative model for e-learning. She brings with her 20 years of experience in strategic advising and fractional CFO services. She is also the founder of Working Women of Faith, a place for real women to get real about their work, life and faith. Tenaya is the published author of ”Killing Wonder Woman: Setting Weary Women Free to Win at Work and Soar in Faith.” (2017)
Tenaya is a graduate of the University of Northwestern St. Paul where she double majored in Business Management and Bible.
Most importantly, Tenaya loves Jesus and was redeemed by Him when she was 15 years old. Since then she has grown in the grace and knowledge of Him and loves to share that knowledge and grace with others through teaching God’s Word in various settings.
Tenaya and her husband Matthew of 29 years live in rural Wisconsin and have two grown children.
Jay Allsup, Treasurer
Jay serves business leaders throughout the Midwest via his CFO advisory firm, Strategic Ventures.
His financial acumen and deep Biblical insights provide a unique perspective to companies and nonprofit organizations which leads them to fiscally responsible decisions and managed growth.
Jay also serves on numerous boards both private and non-profit and is a leader within his church and community.
Sam Hennemann, Board Member
Sam is a Christian, a husband, a father, a business owner, and a location church member - and it is him aim to be an active, successful participant in each of those roles.
His wife and two kids live in Victoria where his State Farm office is located. Among the gifts the Lord has given him is a desire to connect people - to each other, and to resources - that aid their growth in Him.
While the Lord has called us to honor and worship Him in a unique way one day per week, Sam believes God has given us the other six days of work, worship, and service to Him, to make known the greatness of the name of Jesus in our workplace ministries.
Kathy Sullivan, Board Member
Kendra Brown, Board Member
I am a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a mentor. Above all, I am a Child of God and a follower of Jesus Christ who is passionate about encouraging His saints to walk in the freedom He died to give us all.
In my professional life, I’m a builder. Working with Merrill Lynch, Waddell & Reed, Starbucks, and Lifetouch Portrait Studios, I built successful teams, processes, client experiences, and programs. After turning 50, I was committed to building the Kingdom, and started my work in Christian nonprofit organizations. I worked in the Planned Giving department at The Salvation Army and now serve at Seed Company by connecting investors to Bibleless communities all around the world to bring God’s Word to all people.
The Lord has blessed me with a Christian husband, David, a true servant of Christ. We are parents to “our boys,” Hoppi and Hewi, who are the cutest Maltese dogs you’ve ever seen. David and I share a heart for the lost and hurting. God has perfectly blended our gifts together so that we can minister to people as a couple, as well as individuals. We have lived in about 12 different places in our 30 years together, and we now make the Twin Cities our home.
Some of my favorite things include worship music, photography, writing, cooking, and a good movie.
Shawn Gardner, Board Member
Shawn has spent his 25+ year career as a business banker, working with entrepreneurs in the Twin Cities. Shawn came to faith in his mid 20’s and has been active in ministry ever since. Shawn has led small groups within the church, participated in mission work and started an outreach ministry serving the community providing free handyman services.
Introduced to Bible Study Fellowship when his oldest of four children entered 1st grade, he was asked to become a group discussion leader and then the Teaching Leader, a role he served for 11 years.
Shawn strongly believes that faith and work are not two separate parts of life, we need to bring the light of Jesus Christ into our places of employment where God has placed us.