Ambassador Enterprises is staffed with professionals who share a desire to grow intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. The AE team strives to serve others and to be faithful stewards of their personal and organizational resources.
Our people are our most valued assets. We invest in their continuing development as committed learners. Our culture emphasizes character, chemistry, and competency. We attract skilled professionals (competency) who demonstrate integrity and trust (character) and have a desire to serve others (chemistry) in a team environment.
Daryle is a lifelong entrepreneur who along with four partners founded Ambassador Steel Corporation in 1974. The founders had a common goal of business success while living out their faith without compromise in the marketplace. When the company sold in 2008, it was the largest independent distributor and fabricator of rebar in the United States with annual revenues surpassing $500 million and a reputation of faith, integrity, and excellence.
Daryle was raised in a pastor’s home in northern Indiana. He received a diploma in Sacred Music from Moody Bible Institute where he met his wife Brenda. He continued his education at Bethel College, Mishawaka, Ind., earning a B.A. in Biblical Studies and Musical Performance.
Daryle has served on the boards of Cedarville University and Lakewood Park Baptist Church, as well as on the DeKalb County Council. He also served on the alumni board of his alma mater, Moody Bible Institute, and is currently a member of the DeKalb County YMCA board. Daryle and Brenda have five children and nine grandchildren.
As President, Arlan Friesen leads the day-to-day operations of Ambassador Enterprises. Previously he was Chief Executive Administrator, assisting Daryle in his role as CEO and President.
Arlan joined Ambassador Steel in 2004 and led the Distribution and Highway business units. His prior years of corporate experience with Lincoln Financial Group and Mutual Security Life included positions as Vice President of Employer-Sponsored Annuity Operations, Chief Information Officer, and leadership roles in Information Technology Planning and Architecture, Information Security, and Information Systems Development.
Arlan graduated summa cum laude from Taylor University with a B.S. in Mathematics Systems. He obtained his MBA from Indiana University, Fort Wayne. Arlan is a member of the Life Management Institute and has been a Registered Representative and Principal with the National Association of Securities Dealers. Arlan is the board manager for Correct Craft, a member of the Wagner-Meinert board, past board chair of Blackhawk Christian School, and most recently the past elder board chair of Blackhawk Ministries.
He and his wife Linda have been married 31 years and have four adult children. They are active members of Blackhawk Ministries, serving in several capacities including leading a small group. Together they enjoy exercising, indoor and outdoor activities, reading, and being with family and friends.
Tim Klage serves as Chief Financial Officer of Ambassador Enterprises. His responsibilities include being a trusted advisor to the CEO, the Operations Team and affiliate organizations. This includes developing and executing strategic financial objectives and leading the financial reporting, capital management, passive asset investment and risk management functions of the organization.
A native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Tim graduated from Concordia Lutheran High School. He received his B.S. in Accounting from Indiana University-Bloomington and subsequently earned his CPA designation. He has held financial management positions at Coopers & Lybrand LLP, Franklin Electric Co., Inc., and Crowe Horwath LLP.
Tim serves on the Finance and Executive Committees of Junior Achievement of Northeast Indiana, as well as the Board of Directors of The Lutheran School Partnership (TLSP). He previously served on the Investment Committee of the Concordia Educational Foundation Board of Directors and as Treasurer of the Board of Directors of Lutheran South Association. He has also served as an elder at Peace Lutheran Church, where he and his family continue to attend.
Tim and his wife, Heather, have been married 25 years and have four sons aged 22, 20, 19, and 14. Tim enjoys working in the yard, traveling with his wife, biking, shooting hoops, and listening to music with his kids.
Randy Carman serves as the leader of Non Profit Optimizing for Ambassador Enterprises. This team works with organizations to increase effectiveness through intensive assessments and focused leadership consulting.
Randy began his business career working with a team to build and lead a manufacturer of sports trading cards and memorabilia. Prior to Ambassador, he served education as a school superintendent in Indiana, and a faculty member and vice-president of Davis College in Binghamton, N.Y. Additionally, he worked with the Binghamton City School District, leading a 21st Century Community learning center serving at-risk students.
Randy earned a Doctorate and Masters in Organizational Leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University, a Masters in counseling from Marywood University, and a B.S. in secondary education from Summit University. Academic honors include winning the Hagerty Medal for outstanding scholarship at Marywood.
Randy currently serves as vice-chair on the national board of the Association for Biblical Higher Education, and on the Fort Wayne Youth for Christ Urban Task Force, with past service on church, college, and school boards.
Randy and his wife, Becki, attend Grabill Missionary Church and have a daughter and a son in college, and a dog named Rebound.
Paula Hughes came to Ambassador Enterprises in March 2015 as the Senior Operations Manager for Non Profit Investing. Previously, she was a Vice President with True North Strategic Advisors – specializing in corporate finance and non-profit consulting – and the Vice President of Marketing for Transmission and Fluid Equipment.
Paula was elected to the Allen County Council for eight years and served as its president in 2006 and 2010, where she had oversight of a $170 million annual operating budget. She ran for Mayor of Fort Wayne in 2011, narrowly losing to the incumbent. Paula has also served as the first full-time President of the Downtown Improvement District of Fort Wayne and as the President of the Chamber of Commerce in Decatur, Indiana. She maintains a current commercial real estate broker’s license in Indiana, with an emphasis on corporate and investment transactions.
Paula serves on the Board of Directors for Transmission and Fluid Equipment and is Chair of the State Board of Trustees for Ivy Tech, Indiana’s community college. In addition to these positions, Paula’s commitment to the community is reflected in the many volunteer leadership posts she has held in a wide range of organizations: the Chair of the Anthony Wayne Services Board, immediate past President of the Drug and Alcohol Consortium Board, the Finance Committee for the Embassy, and the Chair of the coffee ministry for her church, St. Joseph United Methodist. She has served on the boards of over 20 local and regional nonprofit organizations and has focused her volunteer activities in three areas: economic development, social service, and arts organizations.
Paula resides in Fort Wayne with her son, Beale. Favorite activities include biking around Fort Wayne and exploring new places in her travels.
Senior For Profit Investing Manager, Matt seeks opportunities for new
relationships, investments and co-investors. Matt’s prior roles included
overseeing the operations of AE and leadership development. Prior to coming to
AE, Matt and his mother were partners in the petroleum industry serving
Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. Before selling the businesses in 2007, it had
expanded 15-fold through organic and acquisition growth. Matt has also served
as a Youth Pastor (Youth-for-Christ and Dayspring Church).
summa cum laude from Indiana University in 1995 with two degrees in Business
and earned an MBA from Taylor University in 2009. Matt is a certified Public
Speaking Coach and is certified in Myers-Briggs, DISC, Behavioral Insights, NEO
PI-R, Prepare/Enrich, and WSA/MSA. Matt serves as an Elder on the Elder Board at
his church (Dayspring), on the advisory board to The Summit (Fort Wayne, IN), and
on the Board of Directors of RES PolyFlow (OH), Crossover Communications
Foundation (SC), HealthQuest Alliance (TX) and USSL (Moshi, Tanzania, Africa).
Tiffani celebrate their 20th anniversary in ’16, and they enjoy travelling and
watching their 3 children as they grow into their uniquely normal, God-given
identities. Matt and Tiffani lead their church’s Marriage
Ministry (marriage prep, coaching, retreats, classes) and Matt enjoys preaching/teaching
during the weekend services several weekends per year. People transformed by
the life-changing message of Jesus is what Matt is passionate about! Matt is an avid reader and learner,
and also enjoys weight-lifting, running, road biking, and hunting.
Brad Miller leads the For Profit Optimizing team responsible for optimizing the financial, cultural, and eternal returns of Ambassador’s current portfolio of companies. Our investing mindset prioritizes effective relationships that support operational and financial performance. This investing and performance mindset creates long-term positive impact on people, organizations and communities.
During his 25 years with the Dow Chemical Company, Brad held a succession of progressive commercial and business leadership roles in both the Chemicals and Plastics Divisions, including an assignment in Corporate Strategic Development, where he helped focus Dow’s corporate Merger & Acquisition efforts. Before joining Dow, Brad was the Sales & Marketing Director for Moody Press (a unit of Moody Bible Institute) and was an Instructor in the Business & Economics Department at Huntington University.
Brad received a BA from Michigan State University, his MBA from Indiana University, and additional Executive Education from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.
Brad and his wife, Georgia, have been married for more than 30 years. They have two grown daughters: Megan, married and living in Chicago, and Julia, living in Boston.
Janie Waldron provides leadership to Ambassador’s People and Relationships team. Her role is to establish strong levels of collaboration and engagement with stakeholders in Human Resources & Hospitality, Information Technology, Marketing and Culture Development. Prior to coming to Ambassador, Janie led a team responsible for all Kohl’s Department Stores in central and northern Indiana – generating revenues in excess of $220 million annually.
Janie earned her Bachelor of Science in Textiles, Apparel and Business Management with a concentration in Marketing from Indiana State University. She is a Gallup certified Strengths Coach and a certified practitioner for Everything DiSC, MBTI, Profiles XT, WorkStyles and NEO PI-R assessments. Passionate about giving back to her community through mentorship and development, Janie is a volunteer board member for Pass the Torch Foundation and Goodwill Industries of Northeast, Indiana.
Janie and her husband, Josh, have been married for almost 12 years. Their four children include Isabelle, age ten, and Nolan, Nathan, and Chloe, their six-year-old triplets. Janie enjoys interior decorating, reading, and summer camping with family.
Larry Rottmeyer serves as the Corporate University strategist and a marketing support resource for the Ambassador Enterprises team. Prior to joining Ambassador Enterprises, Larry most recently served as Professor of Marketing and MBA Chair at Taylor University in Fort Wayne and Indianapolis, IN. Larry brings over 30 years of experience in marketing, business development, innovation, and higher education expertise to his current roles at Ambassador Enterprises.
Larry graduated from Taylor University with a B.S. in Business Administration in 1978. He completed his MBA from Ball State University in 1980 and his Ph.D. in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in 1990. Larry previously served at Anderson University (IN), Ball State University, the University of Arkansas, and at Dallas Baptist University (TX), where he was Dean of the College of Business and Graduate School of Business.
Larry has been active in the development and facilitation of seminars and workshops in innovative education, business creativity, market opportunities, emerging business trends, and best practices in Non Profit and business organizations. Recent development work and coaching efforts have focused on enhancing organization and leader performance in ideation, creativity, branding, and innovation. Larry has been involved in hundreds of research studies over his career, including several studies of Non Profit organization effectiveness based on the attributes of the Kaufmann Foundation.
Larry enjoys biking, golf, Colts football, and travel, particularly to Europe, where he has led fifteen study tours since 1998. Larry and his wife, Nancy, have been married for 37 years and have two grown children, David and Lindsay.
Leslie Clark came to Ambassador Enterprises in April 2016 to lead Planning and Process throughout Essential Services. Prior to joining Ambassador, she was VP of Operations & Global Supply Chain for Elkay Manufacturing Co., a privately held business that manufactures plumbing products and semi-custom kitchen cabinetry. While in this role, she had end-to-end responsibility for customer service, global sourcing, supply and demand planning, 13 manufacturing facilities, purchasing, and logistics.
Leslie is originally from Ft. Wayne and attended IPFW, where she received her BS Industrial Engineering degree. Immediately following college, she joined Dana Corporation and held various positions throughout her 20-year career including applications engineering, plant management, eBusiness and procurement, program management, and international business as an expat in Klagenfurt, Austria.
In January 2016, Leslie relocated back to Ft. Wayne to escape the hectic city life in search of a more peaceful setting for her and her dog, Coco Chanel. She spends her spare time with her sister and two nephews and her mother, who is in a nursing home. Her plan is to reconnect with old friends and develop new friendships through community involvement, church, and professional networking.
Leon Amstutz manages Ambassador Enterprises’ Innovative Education Technology program. He is responsible for collecting computing devices and accessories and preparing them to provide learning opportunities for students in urban and third-world environments.
Leon earned undergraduate degrees in Bible/Missions and Electronics Broadcast Engineering, and graduate degrees in Information Communications Sciences and I.T. Networking management. He has been licensed or certified as a Broadcast Engineer, AV control systems engineer, mobile radio communications technician, and holds an “Extra Class” Amateur Radio license.
Prior to AE, Leon was on the faculty of Taylor University, teaching Computer Information Systems and Engineering Physics. He has worked in several engineering and technical positions and served as a missionary radio engineer in Haiti. He plans to spend his retirement years as a missionary engineer serving with SonSet Solutions (formerly HCJB Global Radio Engineering), based in Elkhart, IN.
Leon has served on numerous denominational and local church committees and boards, taught adult Sunday School, led mission trips, taught GED outreach courses, and was president of the board of the Networking Information Technology Association for many years.
Leon and Anne have been married for 44 years and have raised a daughter and son. They are now proud grandparents of three grandchildren. Leon is a general handyman and likes to fix and build things around home, especially electronic circuits related to his hobby of ham radio or for missions and church programs. He keeps up to date by reading numerous technical journals. He also enjoys electronic music creation and performance and spending time with family
Christopher Baber joined Ambassador Enterprises in 2013 to maintain facilities. His significant experience in carpentry and finish work keeps him busy with hands-on projects as well as overseeing upgrades to AE properties. In 2012, Chris worked with Darrell Warner at the Doden residence.
An American and Canadian certified welder, Chris set up and repaired equipment for Master Petroleum, a family-owned business operated by his wife, Jean, and son Matt Lesser until they sold it in 2008. From 2009 until 2011, he worked with Jean in sales for Quality Oil. When Jean’s cancer became debilitating, Chris was her full-time caretaker until she died in September of 2012.
Chris is a member of Dayspring Community Church in Auburn, IN, where he is a volunteer and involved in a small group in addition to serving with NeighborLink.
In his free time, Chris enjoys hiking, studying old building architecture and construction – especially 17th century hand-tooled creations, reading science literature, building guns, and target shooting.
Tiffany Batt joined Ambassador Enterprises in March 2015.
She serves on the People and Relationships team as corporate communications
administrator, managing internal and external messaging and branding. Prior to
AE, Tiffany provided account and project management for advertising agencies.
In 2008, Tiffany earned her bachelor’s degree in general
studies from IPFW, with a focus in psychology, communications, and organizational
leadership. While attending college, she held a marketing
internship at the Fort Wayne Women’s Bureau and worked for the Academic
Advising office as a peer advisor.
Tiffany and her husband have been married for eight years
and welcomed their first child, Callahan, in August 2015. In her free time,
Tiffany loves to experiment with new recipes, spend time with her church
family, travel, and most of all, make memories with her son.
Randy Bell assists the Non Profit Optimizing team with special projects relating to education. As an Ambassador contractor – beginning with his retirement from the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) in 2012 – he brings significant knowledge and experience to the team.
Randy served ABHE for nearly 39 years and continues to work with the ABHE Commission, visiting as many as 15 institutions in a given year.
Randy graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 1964 and completed Moody’s advanced certificate in Missionary Technology in 1965. In 1969, he graduated with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from the Ft. Wayne Campus of Purdue University. During nearly four years of active service in the Navy, he earned an MBA degree from California Lutheran University. He subsequently earned a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Arkansas in 1986.
Recent honors include the Distinguished Service Award by the alumni association of Moody Bible Institute in 2011 and the Biblical Higher Education Award by ABHE in 2012.
Randy chaired the board of the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education during the 90s and served as a member of the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation’s Committee on Recognition of accrediting bodies for four years. In March of 2014, he concluded nine years of service on the board of the National Association of Evangelicals.
Randy and his wife, Carol, will celebrate 45 years of marriage in October of 2014. They have three children and seven grandchildren.
Brian Best is a member of Ambassador’s Marketing/Strategy team with an initial focus on developing Ambassador’s Strengthening the Core curriculum.
Brian has twenty-one years of pastoral ministry experience, primarily as a youth pastor. The last sixteen years have been with Lakewood Park Baptist Church in Auburn, IN. In 1994, he graduated with a Bible degree from Baptist Bible College (now Summit University) in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania. He has received formal counseling training and has experience in professional counseling services. He is currently pursuing an MA in Organizational Leadership from the Townsend Institute at Huntington University.
Brian married his wife, Tami, in 1995. They have four lively daughters ranging from ten to fifteen years old. As parents, Brian and Tami wear many hats, including avid amateur sports spectators, medics, taxi drivers, and professional shoppers. Tami has extensive experience at interior decorating and event organization. Brian assists her in her work, including many of the choices for interior decoration at Ambassador. Employees who love their offices may owe thanks in part to Brian.
Brian also LOVES taking care of his yard. He takes Stephen Covey’s “Green and Clean” quite literally. He is convinced mowing in straight lines should have been included in the Bible during the First Council of Nicaea.
Hollie Best joined Ambassador Enterprises in July 2014. She utilizes her organizational and people skills as the Event Administrator for Doden Family Offices. Hollie’s background in retail and customer service was valuable in her former role as the Administrative Assistant at a church in Michigan.
Hollie obtained an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Rochester College and has volunteered with Kids Hope USA, a mentoring program for underprivileged children. Her heart for ministry and passion for helping people in any way possible led her to serve on a mission trip to Costa Rica in 2013.
Hollie and her husband, Nathan, were married in 2003 and have three children who make their life very full! They moved from Michigan in 2014 and enjoy visiting family and friends there whenever possible. In her free time, Hollie enjoys crafts, shopping, and spending time with her family and friends.
Nathan Best joined the Ambassador team in July of 2014 as the onsite manager for the Doden estate and retreat center. For the past four years Nathan has worked in the road construction industry in Michigan. Prior to that, he was the foreman of a successful landscape company for ten years.
Nathan received an Associate’s degree from Rochester College in Liberal Arts in 2002. While at college, he played for the school’s soccer team. He also played on a coed soccer team, which is where he met his wife, Hollie.
In 2003, Nathan and Hollie were married. They now live in Auburn, IN with their two children, Landon and Abigail. They attend Lakewood Park Baptist Church and look forward to becoming more involved there and in their community. Nathan enjoys working on cars, fishing, and anything having to do with the outdoors. He particularly enjoys watching University of Michigan football. Go Blue!
Alisa Biggins joined Ambassador Enterprises in January 2016. Working on the People and Relationships team, she devotes her time to project administrative support and hospitality.
In May 2010, Alisa graduated from IPFW with a BS in Hospitality and Tourism/Management. In May of 2013, she had the pleasure of assisting with the opening of Sky Zone Trampoline Park Fort Wayne as the Event Manager.
In September 2015, Alisa was honored to marry her best friend, Jacob. She loves the adventures they have gone on, including traveling to Spain, Italy, France, the Netherlands, and Greece. She and her husband are members of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic church, where she recently completed the six-month RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) process.
Alisa is the youngest of her four siblings and enjoys spending time with her eight nieces and nephews. Friends and family are very important to Alisa and she looks forward to her annual 60-person family campout. She loves being active outdoors and enjoys any moment she can get in the sun. She is grateful for the opportunity AE offers to grow professionally, personally, and spiritually.
Rachel Bobilya joined the Real Estate Group and For Profit Investing Team in March 2016. Responsible for multiple levels of real estate operations in Fort Wayne and the Midwest area, she also devotes time to For Profit Investing.
Previously, Rachel managed teams that oversaw a diverse portfolio of commercial real estate for private investors. She personally managed and supervised the operations of office, medical, industrial, retail, and residential properties.
Rachel has a bachelor of science degree in management from Ball State University and began her career working in high-rise condominium real estate in the city of Chicago.
Rachel lives in Fort Wayne with her husband, Dan, and three children, Donovan, Mallory, and Davis. Dan is a co-owner and attorney at Bonohoom & Bobilya, LLC.
In her free time, Rachel is a music buff and enjoys travel, cooking, reading, and spending time outdoors with her family and three dogs.
After several years of leading Ambassador’s For Profit team, Curt Brown opened Ambassador’s Tampa Bay, Florida office in June 2014.
Curt spent 30 years in the banking industry and served in a variety of positions with Indiana National Bank (INB), The National Bank of Detroit (NBD), and First Chicago NBD as well as President of Tower Bank in Fort Wayne, IN.
A graduate of Taylor University and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking, Curt is a certified facilitator of Steven Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.
Curt has served on a variety of boards in Northeast Indiana, including Chair of Anthony Wayne Services, Executive Board and Finance Committee of Junior Achievement of Northeast Indiana, Fort Wayne Trails Finance and Development Committees, Advisory Board of Taylor University Fort Wayne, and Workforce Development for the Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce. Currently Curt is actively involved in the National Christian Foundation of Tampa Bay, serving on the Advisory Board. Curt and his wife, Sue, recently became a “Big Couple” with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas County Florida.
Curt and Sue have been married for over 38 years. They have grown triplets, two sons and a daughter, and also have two grandchildren. Curt and Sue enjoy riding bikes and many other outdoor activities. They also enjoy reading and traveling, usually to see their children and grandchildren.
Brad Crawford is COO of Ambassador Supply, one of Ambassador Enterprises’ operating companies. Brad leads the day-to-day activities within Ambassador Supply’s four operating entities. Prior to Ambassador, Brad was Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for banc-serv PARTNERS, a nationally recognized financial services firm that provided support and regulatory compliance to community banks and credit unions. Prior to banc-serv PARTNERS, Brad owned and operated RFT Automation and Rodgers Finishing, a robotic systems integrator based in Lebanon, IN.
Brad graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a degree in Business Administration. Brad performed as Director of Youth Basketball for White River Sports, Noblesville, IN, an outreach ministry of White River Christian Church, that served 450 children weekly. Brad enjoys spending time with his bride of 17 years, Malissa and their children, Rylan. Emery and Finnley. Brad enjoys coaching, running, basketball, golf and skiing.
Greg joined Ambassador Enterprises in April 2014 as a Project Manager. Prior to joining Ambassador, he served for twenty-two years in pastoral ministry with churches in Indiana and Michigan. Before serving in ministry, Greg worked in the energy industry for twelve years focusing on oil and gas exploration and land management.
Greg attended San Diego Christian College and the University of Evansville, where he served on the adjunct faculty as an instructor in the Minerals Land Management degree program. He also attended the Institute for Christian Ministries in Evansville, IN, and was licensed for pastoral ministry in 1991. Greg has attended numerous ministry conferences focusing primarily on leadership, family life, discipleship, and community outreach. He has also received training through Peacemaker Ministries and completed course study in Perspectives on the World Christian Movement offered by the US Center for World Mission.
Greg enjoys Civil War and WWII history as well as high school and collegiate sports. He coached basketball at various age levels for fifteen seasons and previously served on the Fort Wayne Youth Soccer Advisory Board. Greg has also been active in Men’s Fraternity, NeighborLink Fort Wayne, and Kiwanis International.
Greg and Lee Ann have been married since 1974 and have three grown children and four grandchildren.
Tia Decker joined Ambassador Enterprises in September 2015. Working on the Treasury & Finance team, she devotes her time to accounts payable administration.
In December 2013, Tia graduated from IPFW with a bachelor of science degree in public affairs with a major in healthcare administration as well as an associates of science in business. While attending college, she worked at Community State Bank as a personal banker. Tia attends Dayspring Community Church with her husband and his family.
Tia loves to be outside to enjoy God’s beauty in nature. She also enjoys reading, taking walks, exercising at the Y, and visiting with friends.
Trevor is part of the For Profit Optimization team working as a Financial/Business Analyst. He joined Ambassador Enterprises after graduating Cum Laude from Trine University in the spring of 2013 with a major in Finance and a minor in Economics. While attending Trine University, Trevor was a member of the tennis team, Delta Mu Delta, Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
In his free time, Trevor enjoys tennis, hockey, and kayaking. He also enjoys volunteering at Turnstone, a rehabilitation Non Profit organization in Fort Wayne that services the unique needs of people with physical disabilities. At Turnstone, Trevor helps with the tennis and sled-hockey program by teaching the fundamentals as well as assisting in any area they need.
In the future, Trevor hopes to earn his Masters in the area of finance.
Christophe Dessaigne is a member of Ambassador’s For Profit Investing and Optimizing teams. He joined the company in 2014 and moved to Fort Wayne after living and working in London, England for the past nine years. Christophe’s previous business experience has spanned several sectors, from education to event planning and entrepreneurship to international network development. In each of his previous posts, Christophe was responsible for providing strategic oversight and direction.
Christophe received his master’s degree in Management from SKEMA (Sophia Antipolis, France), which included an MBA program in IESA (Caracas, Venezuela) and a BA in Business Administration from Humber College (Toronto, Canada). He holds a Leadership and Management certificate from International Apostolic Bible College (Kolding, Denmark). He currently serves on the boards of Vennli and HealthQuest Alliance.
Christophe has been married to his wife, Melissa, for nearly seven years, and together they have a five-, three-, and two-year-old to keep them busy! They both served as part of the leadership team of Equippers Church in London and look forward to getting involved in a local church in Fort Wayne. Christophe enjoys traveling, snowboarding, mountain climbing and cooking…and when time allows, he fully supports Arsenal Football Club.
Jan Diaz serves on the Non Profit Assessing team and also helps coordinate and facilitate strategic planning projects with the Non Profit Optimizing leader.
She brings management and sales experience from a variety of previous positions: Branch Manager and CRA Officer of STAR Financial; Sales Manager of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage; and Director of Recruiting for New York Life Insurance Company.
Jan is a magna cum laude graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies.
She is co-founder and Director of Tehillah Spirit & Truth Ministries, Inc., a 501(c)3 offering music, worship, and biblical teaching events to the Fort Wayne community and beyond.
Jan is married to her high-school sweetheart, Gil, and they have a son living in the Chicago area.
Layna Diehl joined Ambassador Enterprises in July of 2013. She serves on the Treasury and Finance team as the controller. Prior to coming to Ambassador, Layna worked in the Corporate Tax Department at Lincoln Financial Group for ten years, most recently as a tax manager.
Layna graduated summa cum laude from Oral Roberts University with a BS in Business Administration. She also obtained a Post-Baccalaureate Accounting Certificate from Indiana University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Layna is married to Adam, the worship arts pastor at their church, New Hope Christian Center. Layna has served in the children’s ministry, worship team, and participates in the church choir.
Adam and Layna had their first child, Caleb, in March of 2015. Layna loves watching him grow, learn new things, and, most of all, seeing him smile and hearing him laugh! She also enjoys walking, flower gardening, and spending time with friends and family.
Blake Douglas joined Ambassador in June of 2016 and currently serves on the People and Relationships team as the graphic designer. He graduated from Columbus College of Art and Design in 2011 with a major in Advertising and Graphic Design and a minor in Time-Based Media Studies.
After college, Blake started his career in Dublin, OH, where he worked for a design studio that assisted many fortune 500 clients. He moved to Indianapolis in 2013 to be closer to his family and fiancé, Ashley, and worked for an advertising agency focused on the healthcare industry. He and Ashley married on September 27, 2014 and moved to Fort Wayne.
Blake loves outdoor activities. Weather and schedule permitting, you’ll find him outside on a golf course or tennis court unless a higher commitment calls – like taking a weekend trip with Ashley to someplace they have never been – or spending time with friends and family.
Eric Emley joined Ambassador Enterprises in November of 2015 and currently serves as a member of the Information Technology team.
Prior to Ambassador, Eric provided IT and marketing support for a corporation specializing in advanced acoustical design. Graduating magna cum laude from Ivy Tech University, he holds an associate degree in computer information systems with a networking focus. He has also received Network+, Novel Network, and Microsoft Certified Professional certifications.
Eric married Heidi in January of 2006. They have two children, Hadlee and Dylan, and their family enjoys serving at Blackhawk Ministries.
Eric co-leads a small group of high school boys, giving Bible teaching and life guidance. When not working or volunteering, he enjoys running, participating in Tough Mudder events, and catching a good movie.
Mike is a member of Ambassador’s For Profit Optimizing team as well as assists the Treasury and Finance team. Prior to joining Ambassador, Mike was a CPA and partner for 34 years with the national CPA & advisory firm BKD, LLP where he provided financial and consulting services to closely-held businesses and the families that owned them. He obtained his B.S. in Business Administration in 1976 from Indiana University in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Mike serves on the boards of Anthony Wayne Council of Boy Scouts, Fort Wayne Downtown Development Trust and the Indiana Business Law Survey Commission. He and his wife Barb have been married for 43 years and have three children and five grandchildren.
Tim Fletcher joined the For Profit Investing team of Ambassador Enterprises in May 2016. As Project Coordinator for the FPI team, he assists with projects and provides administrative support.
Tim graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in December 2010 with majors in Business Administration and Leadership. He played on the college baseball team and led as captain his junior and senior years. Since college, Tim has worked in banking and in the automotive industry.
Tim and his wife, Jill, met at IWU and were married in August 2011. They are excited to welcome their first child at the end of August 2016. Tim enjoys traveling with his wife, camping, riding bikes, participating in service projects, reading, and visiting with friends and family.
Involved at Pathway Community Church, Tim enjoys leading a small group and attending the men’s ministry. He eagerly looks forward to growing spiritually and professionally as a member of the AE team.
Gary Friesen leads Ambassador’s Educational Technology initiatives, leveraging computer resources such as Khan Academy to provide learning opportunities for children in under-resourced areas of the world.
Gary graduated from Taylor University in 1975 with summa cum laude honors in academics and NAIA All-America honors in basketball and track & field. He earned an M.A. in mathematics from Miami University of Ohio, and from 1977-1984 taught math and coached basketball at a public Indiana high school. In 1984 he and his wife, Janet, moved to the Philippines, where they served for 12 years at a mission school. The family returned to the U.S. in 1996, and the following year Gary accepted a position at Taylor University, where he served as director of academic technology until 2014.
Gary has extensive overseas experience. He grew up in a missionary family in Japan. In his younger years Gary played basketball on numerous Sports Ambassador ministry teams in Africa and Asia, and led several youth ministry teams to Honduras. Since 2013, he has traveled to Liberia five times with educational teams.
Gary has been married for 34 years to his wife, Janet, and they have three married children and four grandchildren. In recent years, music has become one of Gary’s great loves. He plays the violin and mandolin.
Ross Gamby serves on Ambassador’s Non Profit Optimizing team. Prior to arriving at Ambassador, Ross was in the manufacturing industry in a quality control role. Previously, he worked for a national trucking firm in various operational roles and then transitioned into project management and oversaw the ISO-9001 implementation while leading various audit functions.
Ross received his bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University in 1987. He is certified as a lead auditor for ISO certification, Project Management, QMS Internal Auditor, and Lean Leadership.
Ross and Sandy celebrated their 28th anniversary in 2015. They are enjoying their three grown children, Katie, Kurt, and Kiersten, along with their new daughter-in-law, Cindy. Ross and Sandy have enjoyed serving at their church in Akron, OH in various ministries over the last 16 years. God has blessed them with the ability to engage in numerous community outreaches involving the local baseball/softball organization, soccer club, high-school swim team, boosters club and guest relations at their church.
Ross enjoys running/hiking, baseball, road biking, golfing and the great outdoors. He also enjoys movies and values the time spent with his family.
Steve Gardner leads Ambassador Press, the research and communication arm of Ambassador Enterprises. As an author and curriculum writer, he previously worked for Crown Financial Ministries, where he developed the curriculum for international expansion. Steve began writing curricula in 1996 as a Vice President with Emerging Young Leaders. He has co-written or edited twenty published books and dozens of study curricula based on books and movies.
After graduating from Wheaton College in 1971 with a BA in Anthropology, Steve and his wife, Maria, traveled five continents as full-time concert and recording artists until 1996. They recorded 16 albums of largely original music while performing more than 4,000 concerts and 1,000 TV appearances. They hosted “Words of Hope,” a weekly TV show and “Marriage Matters,” a monthly radio program. Steve also hosted “Three Men and a Book,” a monthly live radio program.
Steve has served on the board of ALIVE Ministries and is currently on the elder board of Blackhawk Ministries and Secretary of the board for the Center for Family Conversations.
A Certified Professional Coach, instrument-rated pilot, and USTA tennis player – currently ranked in the top million 🙂 – he is also active in racquetball, squash, pickleball, scuba, and downhill skiing.
Last – and most important – Steve and Maria have been married for 48 years and have one daughter and three grandchildren.
Tiffany Gardner joined Ambassador Enterprises in October of 2014 and serves as a Community Investing Specialist on the Non Profit Investing team. Her role includes providing operational support to the Community Investing Manager; processing and keeping record of grants; coordinating events and volunteers; and representing AE through community event attendance and individual meetings with leaders of local organizations.
Tiffany graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cornerstone University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Art of Ministry and Bible, minoring in Intercultural Studies. As a student, she worked in the Admissions Office, planning visit days for prospective students; studied abroad in Germany for three weeks; and completed three internships: working with the homeless community, Child Evangelism Fellowship, and a children’s ministry within a large church.
Tiffany enjoys traveling and exploring different cultures. Germany is very special to her, having lived there for three years with her family as missionaries to the American Military. Her passion is spending time with people and serving others, specifically children, through ministry. Friends and family are very important to Tiffany and she loves spending time with them. She also enjoys reading, music, learning about comics, and watching classic black and white movies.
Paul is the team leader of the Non Profit Assessment team. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Correct Craft, Inc., an Ambassador Enterprises affiliate company. Additionally, he serves on the board of Rise, Inc., an agency serving adults with mental and physical disabilities. Paul has 35 years of manufacturing operations and financial leadership experience. As an executive with Cooper-Standard Automotive, Inc., he served in concurrent roles as President of Cooper’s NVH Control Systems Division and VP of Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, where he managed business and manufacturing operations in four countries.
Paul graduated from Tri-State University and is a Certified Public Accountant. He and Sharon have five children and two grandchildren.
Amy-Lynn Graf joined Ambassador Enterprises in November 2015 as a Project Coordinator for the Non Profit Optimizing Team.
Amy-Lynn has a bachelor of science in business management and is currently working on her masters of business administration at Indiana University, Fort Wayne. She draws on experience in sales, operations, and administration from several different industries.
Amy-Lynn is originally from Michigan but has spent time in Knoxville, Tennessee, which nurtured her love of camping, hiking, and being outdoors. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Robert, and two children, Alexandra and Kaia. Amy-Lynn attends Pathway Community Church and enjoys reading, board and card games, and listening to music. She is also an Elvis fan and likes to attend Elvis impersonator concerts with her husband.
Fayth Haines joined Ambassador Enterprises in April, 2014. She serves the Non Profit Optimizing team as the Project Administrator, responsible for coordinating projects and implementing processes to support the mission. She aids multiple teams within the NP division, facilitating information and partnerships.
Prior to Ambassador, Fayth spent 14 years as an office manager for a manufacturer’s representative in the hardware industry. She is currently completing her Bachelor of Arts degree with a focus in Organizational Leadership.
Fayth has been married for over 20 years to Jeff, a detective with the City of Fort Wayne Police Department, and has two children, Will and Madi.
Before kids, Fayth and Jeff lived in Denver, CO, which aligned with her interests in health and wellness and heightened her love for being outdoors. She loves walking, biking, kayaking, and simply being outdoors observing God’s incredible creation! If she’s not sitting in the stands cheering for her kids, you’ll find her serving in local ministries and at her church.
Jerod Hevel joined Ambassador Enterprises in 2014 as part of the Non Profit Assessment team. Prior to joining Ambassador, Jerod was in the financial industry with Northwestern Mutual.
Jerod graduated Magna Cum Laude from Huntington University with a BS in Education in the spring of 2013. He was a member of Kappa Delta Pi and the Huntington University Community House. Outside of school, the Experience, a discipleship training program with Forge, contributed to his education and kingdom mindset.
Jerod and his wife, Kara, are passionate about serving within their church and active supporters of Forge. In his free time, Jerod enjoys spending time with his family as well as watching and playing soccer. Jerod and Kara attend Northeast Christian Church. They have one son, Brekken, who keeps them on their toes. In the future, Jerod anticipates earning his Master’s in Business and continuing to be a lifelong learner.
Mindy is on the Non Profit Assessing team for Ambassador Enterprises. The team examines nonprofit organizations to determine their strengths and vulnerabilities in order to advise on strategies for improvement going forward. Before coming to Ambassador, Mindy spent ten years with the City of Fort Wayne, serving five years as a finance specialist and five years as an internal auditor.
Mindy earned her Bachelor of Science in accounting from Indiana University and is a Certified Public Accountant. She has been involved with United Way’s “Day of Caring” for the past twelve years. The day is spent helping people or nonprofit organizations who are unable to maintain their homes or facilities. This includes cleaning, painting, and landscaping.
Mindy has two grown children and a five-year-old daughter with her husband, Paul. She enjoys reading, taking walks, going to the lake, and spending time with her family and friends.
Peter Jacobs serves on the People and Relationships team in the Information Technology department as a software developer working primarily on internal web applications.
An avid learner, Peter spends a great deal of time studying his craft, in pursuit of which he earned two professional certifications (Sun Certified Java Programmer and CompTIA Linux+) before graduating from high school in 2011. Peter spent two years studying computer science at Indiana University – Purdue University, Fort Wayne before joining Ambassador in 2013. He plans to return to IPFW to complete his CS degree in the near future.
An unabashed fan of life’s many delightful oddities, Peter appreciates anything complicated, often more interested in determining the how and why of a tool than in actually making use of it. He also enjoys reading (and very occasionally writing) science fiction, movies worth thinking about, and engaging in the Sisyphean task of elevating the cultural discussion of gaming as an art form.
Heather joined Ambassador Enterprises in January 2014. She is a member of the Hospitality team. She devotes her time to administrative tasks, hospitality and guest services, and project support.
Heather attended Indiana University and earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree. She has worked at the Indiana Division of Family and Children Services, taught many years of preschool, and been a group home manager at Anthony Wayne Services.
Heather is a member of Peace Lutheran Church, where she is serves on the alter guild. She also volunteers at The Ronald McDonald House at Parkview Hospital. Heather has been married to her husband,Tim, for 24 years and they have four sons; Jack, Sam, Luke, and Andy. Their three older children attend Indiana University and Andy is a freshman at Concordia Lutheran High School.
Heather enjoys family travel, sporting events, IU basketball, and family game nights. She also enjoys reading, shopping, crafting and the occasional yoga class.
Bethany Klein joined Ambassador Enterprises in February 2015. Working on the People and Relationships team, she devotes her time to assisting in Human Resources as HR administrator and onboarding coordinator.
Bethany graduated from Grace College in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and General Business. While at Grace, she served as the Student Affairs Student Secretary, basketball manager, and held various student leadership positions. Following graduation, she continued her involvement at Grace College as an Admissions Counselor for two years.
In her free time, Bethany enjoys a variety of activities including running, camping, hiking, concerts, sporting events, and traveling. She also enjoys giving purpose to old items by trying her hand at DIY projects. Her great passion for people prioritizes significant time making memories with friends and family. She especially loves playing the role of aunt to her five nieces and nephews.
Tina joined Ambassador’s real estate group in March 2013. She has extensive institutional real estate experience, including 23 years at Lincoln Financial Group. She also spent several years at private equity firms, including Holladay Properties in South Bend, IN.
Tina is a graduate of Ball State University with a degree in Accounting. She is a CPA and holds several real estate industry designations including CPM and CCIM. She is also a licensed real estate broker and Level II Certified Assessor-Appraiser in the state of Indiana.
Tina and her husband, Kevin, have been married for 31 years and still attend St. Gaspar Church, where they were married. Their daughter, Ashley, is a recent graduate of Ball State University with a degree in Residential Property Management. They live on Sylvan Lake and enjoy water sports, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Becky Lazoff joined Ambassador Enterprises in January 2016. She serves on the Treasury and Finance team as a Senior Accountant. Prior to
Ambassador, Becky spent 9 years working in various accounting fields.
Most recently, she worked as a Senior Accountant at Pulte Homes and Consumers
Becky graduated with a B.S.B.A in Accounting as well as her MBA
from Central Michigan University. She also earned her CPA license in 2009.
Becky married her high school sweetheart, Shawn, in 2005.
The two have recently relocated from Michigan, where they have lived for the past 11 years. Becky and Shawn
welcomed their first daughter, Madalyn, in April 2011 and their youngest
daughter, Lauren, in May 2013.
Becky enjoys spending time with her family and traveling,
especially when it involves summer camping trips with her husband and
Carleen Lesser leads the HR, Hospitality, and Admin Team as the HR Director at Ambassador Enterprises. Prior to Ambassador, she worked for an event coordinator, assisted in administration at Master Petroleum, and served at a startup Italian Restaurant.
Carleen grew up on Terry Lake in Hamilton, IN and graduated in 2010 from Indiana University – Purdue University, Fort Wayne with a B.S. in Business Management. She serves on the REAL Marriage leadership team in Auburn, IN, an organization focused on the effectiveness and growth of marriages through marriage preparation, coaching, and classes.
Shortly after graduation, Carleen and her husband, Zach, started traveling. Since their wedding in 2010, they have visited multiple countries including 17 Caribbean Islands, Poland, France, Belgium, England, Scotland and Ireland. Carleen’s interests have led to piano performance, coaching a junior high volleyball team, reading, biking and fishing.
Jason Linstromberg is the IT Manager at Ambassador Enterprises. He was born and raised in Auburn, Indiana with three other siblings. He attended Indiana Purdue of Fort Wayne where he studied Organizational Leadership and Supervision with a Computer Networking minor.
While in college, Jason began his 11-year career with Ambassador Steel, where he spent most of his days travelling around the country installing computer equipment before he was legally old enough to rent a car. Jason also flips houses – totaling one house every year while he was in college.
Along with flipping houses, Jason enjoys restoring classic air-cooled Porsches and usually spends one night a week at the shop working on his current restoration. He also enjoys spending time away from the computer by being outside bicycling, sailing, and spending time at the lake.
Jason and Megan welcomed their son, Ethan, on
Christmas Eve of last year.
Arian Maliqi is Controller of Ambassador Supply, one of Ambassador Enterprises’ operating companies. Arian is responsible for oversight of all finance, accounting and reporting activities. In addition, Arian works very closely with COO, senior leadership, human resources (HR), information technology (IT) staff to enhance and better integrate finance, HR, and IT functions. Prior to joining Ambassador, Arian worked in the Individual Annuity Operations Department at Lincoln Financial group for two years, most recently as financial analyst
Arian was born and raised in Prishtina, Kosovo. In 2006, he decided to pursue his dream of getting an education and playing college basketball in the United States of America. Arian received his M.B.A. from Delta State University in 2011 and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Delta State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Arian also attended Gulf Coast Community college where he earned his Associate of Arts degree. Arian enjoys playing basketball, watching sports, reading, and socializing with friends.
Wendy Mast joined Ambassador Enterprises in January 2015. She serves on the Treasury and Finance team as the Senior Accountant. Prior to Ambassador, Wendy worked as a Senior Accountant in the manufacturing sector.
Wendy earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Indiana University – Purdue University, Fort Wayne. She enjoys serving in the community as well as in her church.
Wendy has been married for 18 years to Chad, an engineer, and has two boys, Derek and Blake. They enjoy taking family vacations that usually include a MLB game. Wendy and her sons also enjoy participating in area 5k runs. When she isn’t cheering on her boys in their sports, she enjoys spending time outdoors, reading, and just relaxing.
Emily Musser originally joined Ambassador as a summer intern in 2014 before coming on board full time in June of 2016. As project administrator for the Non Profit Investing team, her role includes facilitating team logistics and community event planning.
Emily graduated from Grace College in 2016 with a bachelor of arts in international business and business administration, a minor in French, and an MBA. While at Grace, she worked in the Office of Global Initiatives, assisting in the coordination of over 100 trips to almost 40 countries for over 500 students.
As co-founder and Director of Operations of Spark Financial, Emily continues to develop its microcredit and financial literacy programs for refugees and immigrants who would otherwise be exploited by payday lenders.
Growing up as a missionary kid in Spain, Emily has always enjoyed exploring what the world has to offer and getting to know the diverse people who occupy it. Due to her fascination with other cultures and languages, Emily is fluent in Spanish, French, and German and has visited over 30 countries, taking advantage of every opportunity to challenge her assumptions about the world. She enjoys playing soccer, spending time in the great outdoors, playing board games, and engaging in conversations that disrupt her pattern of thought.
Kevin Neebes joined Ambassador Enterprises in August of 2011 and currently works on the For Profit Optimizing team. Kevin leads our strategic execution planning efforts, helping our affiliate organizations create roadmaps for getting from “here” to “there.”
Kevin’s prior work experience includes teaching, coaching, and pastoring in the Cleveland, OH area. He holds a Master of Biblical Studies degree from Ashland Theological Seminary and a Master of Education, Administration degree from John Carroll University. Kevin joined Ambassador after completing his MBA from the Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University.
Kevin serves on the board of Northeast Christian Church in Fort Wayne, and the board of New Hope Uganda Ministries, an organization that strives to bring the fatherhood of God to the fatherless.
Kevin resides in Fort Wayne, Indiana with his wife, Ellen, and their three kids, Lindley, Mallory and James.
Paul Perrin joined Ambassador Enterprises in October of 2015 as a member of the For Profit Optimizing team. He assists in assessing the organizational health of Ambassador’s portfolio companies, a necessary first step in enhancing their effectiveness and maximizing return on investment.
Paul’s previous work experience includes two tours of duty in the United States Marine Corps, culminating in the rank of captain as a supply/logistics officer. He later worked for General Electric and Saint-Gobain Glass as a process and quality control manager. Moving into higher education, Paul took on the role of technology project manager and then division manager of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness for Moody Bible Institute. An adjunct professor for both Indiana Wesleyan University and Bethel College, he teaches Leadership, Change in Corporate Culture, Project & Quality Management and Human Resources.
Paul earned a bachelor’s degree in marine systems engineering (mechanical engineering) from Maine Maritime Academy and an executive MBA from Kent State University. During his time with General Electric, Paul earned his Six Sigma Black Belt certification and attended Harvard University’s Management Development Program for Higher Education Administrators in 2014.
Paul and his wife, Nicki, have been married 21 years and have two children, Brooke and Luke. Paul and Nicki are active members of Bethel Church & Ministries in Crown Point, IN. They have led many mission trips in their 20+ years as volunteer youth leaders, and Paul has coached his son’s baseball team for more than ten years, teaching the young men the skills of the game as well as life skills.
The family loves to spend time with extended family in Lake Geneva, WI and in Westerly, RI. Paul enjoys adventure and challenge, including bouldering, kayaking, hunting, playing baseball, and reading leadership books. He also loves to share his experiences and knowledge in his Learning Leader blog at http://www.learningleader.net.
Jason Rice joined Ambassador Enterprises in August of 2015, serving as a senior financial analyst on the Treasury and Finance team. In this role he collaborates in developing and executing strategic financial objectives, including the appropriate capital structure of the companies AE operates. Jason develops modeling, forecasts, and reporting that support proactive decision making related to liquidity and flexibility. He also assists in developing portfolio allocation guidelines and benchmarks that align with Ambassador’s strategic plan and current market conditions.
A Fort Wayne native, Jason attended Ball State University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in corporate finance. After Ball State he joined the Tippmann Group, where he was responsible for managing the financial performance of large capital projects, both internal and external.
Jason is an active parishioner at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Fort Wayne. He also serves as the board treasurer for GIGI’s Playhouse of Fort Wayne.
Jason met his wife, Jessica, while attending Ball State in 2005, and they were married on June 25, 2011. They have two children, a three-year-old daughter and a one-year-old son.
An avid Notre Dame fan, Jason enjoys spending the summer months at Coldwater Lake with his family playing Euchre, soccer, and golf.
Dan Rickert joined Ambassador’s Real Estate Group as a construction specialist in 2012. He is responsible for the oversight of construction related issues during all phases of the real estate investment process. In addition to his role as the facilities manager for Parkwood Office Plaza in Fort Wayne and for Ambassador Holdings facilities in nine Midwest locations, Dan has been involved in construction and facility management projects for most of Ambassador’s business units.
Prior to joining Ambassador, Dan was a Real Estate Engineer for more than 15 years with Lincoln Financial Group, providing construction related support to the Commercial Equity and Commercial Loan departments. Dan has held various supervision and management positions in the Fort Wayne construction community since graduating from Purdue with a BS in Building Construction.
Dan has volunteered his time with the local Habitat for Humanity Affiliate for over 20 years. He served as a board member for 7 years and as president of the board from 2008 through 2010.
Dan and his wife, Judy, worship at Saint Joseph United Methodist Church, where they have been members for over 25 years. Both Dan and Judy have been very active in the church, serving as Bible study and Sunday school leaders as well as serving on various committees. Dan has also participated in local, regional, and international mission projects through the church. He and Judy have been married for 42 years and have three daughters and three grandchildren.
Karissa joined Ambassador Enterprises in 2012 and serves as a Community Investing Manager on the Non Profit Investing team. Her role includes overseeing local partnerships, developing and promoting employee service programs, and working with affiliate companies to develop their own programs for community investing.
Karissa graduated from Cornerstone University with a degree in Business Administration, minoring in Linguistics. As a student, she served as a mentor and resident assistant and worked as Assistant to Alumni Relations. In addition to her three years at Cornerstone, she spent a year studying in Argentina and another, in Chicago.
At Ambassador, Karissa has the opportunity to interact with many local nonprofits and appreciates getting to know Fort Wayne better through a wide variety of perspectives. She also enjoys travel (both nationally and internationally) with the goal of making it to every continent and then to every country. In addition to her love of music, reading, and learning other languages, she has a growing interest in Community Development, Internal Culture, and International Relations.
Karissa is a member of Pathway Community Church.
Lynne Smith joined Ambassador Enterprises in March of 2015 as Project Administrator/Community Relations Director of the Non Profit Optimizing team. She builds relationships and works closely with all Ambassador Enterprises partners at the Auburn facility to ensure excellence, relevance, and optimization in the programs offered.
In May 2011, Lynne graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Management. During her time at Ball State, she joined Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity, the Society for Human Resource Management, and the Catholic Student Union Council, holding various leadership roles within these groups. After graduation, Lynne worked in retail and customer service as an assistant manager.
Lynne and her husband, Nicholas, were married in 2012 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Auburn. They purchased their first house in 2013 and have continually updated it, making it their home. Lynne enjoys many activities but most of all spending time with family and friends.
Carianne joined Ambassador Enterprises in March of 2016. As a member of the Corporate University Team, she helps to develop curriculum for training programs, organize team activities, and design presentation methods and materials to communicate the goals and offerings of the team. Carianne previously worked for AE on the Nonprofit Optimizing Team through the AE Summer Intern Experience in 2015.
Carianne graduated from Grace College in December of 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing, Facility and Event Management, and Business Administration. While at Grace College, she worked closely with the School of Business professors to organize, market, and manage multiple events including their annual Executive Forum. Moreover, as a member of the Grace College Women’s Soccer team, Carianne has experience with working with a team to become the best they can be.
Carianne enjoys outdoor activities especially exploring unique places and participating in sports, all sorts of animals, spending time with friends. As an employee at Ambassador Enterprises, Carianne plans to further her growth while providing trainings and resources for others to do the same.
Chris is a member of the Non Profit Assessing team, engaging nonprofit organizations with the goal of partnering together to achieve maximum long-term impact. He joined Ambassador Enterprises in May 2012 after serving the team as a technology consultant for nearly a year. Chris graduated from Indiana Tech with a B.S. in Business Administration with a focus in Management.
Chris is passionate about investing in people and helping them discover truths about themselves. He finds fulfillment in facilitating conversations, even if they’re difficult, in order to find the better way.
Chris resides in Fort Wayne with his wife, Kara. They enjoy cycling, kayaking, camping, and fishing together. A great day for Chris is one immersed in nature. Both of them share a passion for traveling and experiencing other cultures.
Travis Stauffer is a member of the Information Technology team. As an IT specialist, he devotes significant time to system administration. His role also includes the helpdesk, which troubleshoots and solves a wide variety of Ambassador team-member tech issues.
Prior to Ambassador, Travis worked in an information technology management role. He is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University with a B.S. in Business Information Systems.
Travis married his wife, Sonia, in 2009. They are blessed with a son, Ross. In addition to playing with computers in his free time, Travis enjoys spending time with his family, playing soccer, and rooting for the Colts.
Travis describes his purpose as using his passion for technology to help Ambassador team members improve their efficiency and achieve their goals.
Doug’s role as part of Ambassador’s For Profit Optimizing team is to advance Ambassador’s Strategic Integration Teams, which work alongside each affiliate to maximize its organizational health and increase its economic, cultural, and eternal returns. Doug also focuses on the strategic classification of Ambassador’s investments to evaluate their competitive advantage and market attractiveness for the purpose of efficiently allocating resources.
Doug was raised in the Akron, Ohio area and is a graduate of Taylor University in Upland, IN with an Accounting / Computer Business Systems degree. His twenty-seven years of industry experience have been in accounting, financial analysis, banking (private banking and commercial lending), investments, and financial advising with Magnavox, The Medical Protective Company, Tower Bank, and PNC Bank.
Doug and Jodi have been married for twenty-nine years and have three beautiful daughters: Kelsi (23) graduated from Ball State and is pursuing an architectural masters degree at the University of Illinois; Abbi (20) is pursuing a degree in social work at Anderson University; and Hayli (17) is a junior at Homestead High School.
Doug and his family attend The Chapel. His hobbies include golf, Ohio State Football, and spending time together as a family.
Marissa Vandermotten joined Ambassador Enterprises in November 2013. Working as the Recruiting Coordinator with the People and Relationships team, she spends most of her time guiding fellow team members and recruits through the process.
Marissa completed her bachelor of arts degree in Spanish in December 2015. Prior to her enrollment in the Spanish Degree Program, Marissa completed her Certified Dental Assistant schooling at IPFW, where she earned the Clinical Excellency Award. This award is presented to one student per graduating class and is based upon recommendations from the multiple doctors the student worked with during clinical training.
Marissa and her husband, Cole, are very excited as they prepare for the arrival of their first child in June. When not preparing for parenthood, they are generally enjoying time with family and friends.
Adrienne Wampole serves as a member of the For Profit Optimizing team by providing strategic
leadership for the integration and improvement strategies for each affiliate company.
Adrienne ‘s previous work experience includes a dual role with Geneva Global, Inc. that involved organizational strategy as well as research and analysis of humanitarian aid projects. Later, as an independent consultant, she conducted research and analysis that assisted many organizations in making philanthropic investment decisions.
Adrienne earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Accounting Systems from Taylor University and a Master’s Degree in International Economic Development from Eastern University.
Adrienne and her husband, Neil, have been married for seven years and are active members of Blackhawk Ministries in Fort Wayne. Adrienne also serves on the Board of Directors for Fort Wayne Habitat for Humanity. The Wampoles enjoy a variety of family activities – most of which include distinct sights, sounds, and smells, though they lack recognized names due to the ages of their three preschool children.
Keith Wells is a Leader for the For Profit Optimizing team at Ambassador Enterprises. As an experienced management and marketing professional, Keith has spent over 25 years in the manufacturing industry and over 10 years in service-based industries. His positions have included those of General Manager, COO, and Vice President of Sales & Marketing.
Keith graduated from San Francisco State University School of Business in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business and marketing. Originally from California, Keith moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1995.
Keith is married to his wife, Laurie, and between them they have ten children and one grandchild. Keith and his wife attend Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, IN.