Our Team

Gerrit Benschop

National Coordinator – The Netherlands

Gerrit serves as national coordinator for The Veritas Forum in the Netherlands, where he coaches existing planning teams and helps develop new teams. As staff worker for the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES), he is also working with students in Amsterdam. In addition to holding an M.Sc. from Delft University of Technology in Electrical Engineering, Gerrit has also received an M.A. in Christian Studies of Science and Society from VU University Amsterdam.

Andrea Bridges

South Regional Director

Andrea serves as the Regional Director for the South, casting vision and building and supporting teams on university campuses across the region. Andrea received a bachelor's degree from Gordon College in Anthropology and Biblical Studies and a Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School. She has studied in Jerusalem, and worked with students in various capacities at Duke and through Blacknall Presbyterian Church. She lives in Durham, NC with her husband, three children and furry dog.

Ashley Byrd

New York-New Jersey Regional Director

Ashley is the Regional Director for campuses in New York and New Jersey, where he coaches existing planning teams and helps develop new forums in the region. Ashley helped start the Veritas Forum at Columbia University, where he also works as a campus staff member with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Additionally, Ashley helps support sustainable development efforts in Gulu, Uganda with World Vision. Ashley earned his B.A. in Economics at Columbia University. He currently lives with his wife Carly in New York City.

Dan Cho

Asia Director

Dan serves as Asia Director for The Veritas Forum and is spearheading new developments in universities across the region. Dan's relationship with Veritas dates back to his freshman year at Harvard when he attended the very first Forum. Most recently, he served as executive director of Veritas for eight years before assuming this role overseeing initiatives in Asia. Dan has also worked in the development offices of Harvard and MIT and is an active staff member of Antioch Baptist Church in Cambridge. In addition to earning an A.B. from Harvard College in social anthropology, Dan has also received master's degrees from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Yale Divinity School. He is currently working towards a Ph.D. in theology at the University of Cambridge and splits his time between Cambridge, UK and Cambridge, MA with his wife and daughter.

Jérémie Corbeau

National Coordinator — France

Jérémie Corbeau serves as National Coordinator for Veritas in France. He maintains the development of The Veritas Forum and also supports Veritas Dialogues, smaller Veritas events organized by French GBU groups. Jérémie earned his B.A in European Economy & Management from the University of Abertay Dundee in Scotland, as well as a degree in Economics from the University of Orléans in France in 2005 and a Masters degree in Managing Dynamic Organizations from Växjö University in Sweden in 2006.

Carsten Espersen

National Coordinator - Denmark

Carsten serves as National Coordinator for The Veritas Forum in Denmark. Currently, in the process of starting Veritas up in Denmark, he is working with students across the country, helping set up local teams.  He works as staff for KFS (IFES-Denmark) with special responsibility to help students set up meeting places for the gospel in the public sphere at universities – and loves the interaction there! He holds a Masters Degree in theology from the University of Copenhagen (including a stay at Trinity International University, Chicago). He lives in Copenhagen with his wife Lise, and their two children.

David Hobbet

Executive Director

David Hobbet serves as the Executive Director of The Veritas Forum, leading the organization into its next season of growth and effectiveness. Previously, David built a successful career at McKinsey and Company, where he served social and public sector organizations on strategy and organizational effectiveness. David’s career also includes helping launch Africa operations for Millennium Promise, an economic development NGO. David received an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Duke University. He and his wife Kimberly live in Seattle, WA.

Diane Kim

Director of Northeast Region

Diane serves as the Regional Director for the Northeast, where she supports teams and casts visions for campus ministries, students, and faculty for universities in the area. She received a Bachelor's degree from Wheaton College in Communications, a Juris Doctorate from Georgia State University, and is a current candidate for a Masters in Theological Studies at Harvard University. Diane has a passion for advancing religious freedom - which is what motivated her to add a theology degree to her legal qualification. Since completing her JD, she has been admitted to the State Bars of Massachusetts, Georgia and New York, and is working as a legal consultant in Cambridge, MA.

Tim Laurence

European Director

Tim Laurence serves as the European Director of The Veritas Forum, leading the work in its development across Europe. As an undergraduate Tim studied English Literature at Christ Church, Oxford, before moving to law school in London and working in the City as a banking regulation lawyer at the global firm Hogan Lovells. During each stage he was engaged in student ministry leadership, and while in law he helped to lead the UK Lawyers' Christian Fellowship as London Chairman and public theology associate, publishing the book 'Good News for the Public Square'. Most recently Tim has completed four years of pastoral training and theological study, concluding with a ThM in historical and systematic theology from Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia. He currently lives in London, recently married to Katherine.

Rebecca McLaughlin

Vice President for Forums – North America

Rebecca is the Vice President for Forums – North America, overseeing the strategic growth and development of campus Forums across North America. Rebecca was born and educated in the U.K., studying English Literature at Cambridge University, at both the undergraduate and doctoral levels. As a student, she helped lead the university-wide Mission week and served as President of the Trinity College graduate union. Between completing her PhD and starting at Veritas, she gained a first class degree in theology from Oak Hill Theological College in London. Rebecca is married to Bryan, a native of Oklahoma, whom she met in Cambridge, UK. They now live in Cambridge, MA with their daughters, Miranda and Eliza.

Starr Peteet

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Starr serves as the Director of Strategic Partnerships for The Veritas Forum. Prior to joining Veritas, Starr served as the Director of Development at Boston Trinity Academy, an urban independent school, where she had also been on the faculty since its founding in 2002. She earned her B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from Swarthmore College. Starr lives with her husband Josh and their son Findlay in Boston.

Agustin Prenga

National Coordinator - Albania

Agustin serves as the National Coordinator for The Veritas Forum in Albania. He works with a team which is based on a close cooperation between the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) and Campus Crusade for Christ (CCC). Agustin has been on staff with CCC for 8 years now and is presently also leading the Campus Life ministry in Tirana, Albania, the biggest campus in Albania.  He is also a member of CCC Albania leadership team. He studied Law at Shkodra University. Agustin is married to Enrieta and they have three beautiful children, one girl and two boys.

Anna Rich

Lower Mid-Atlantic Regional Director

Anna is the Lower Mid-Atlantic Regional Director, a role in which she relishes the opportunity to help campuses engage life’s deepest and most impactful questions. Anna earned her BA (Honors) in Biblical and Theological Studies from Lee University in Cleveland, TN and her MSc in Theological Ethics from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, where she explored the relationship between neuroethics and Christian ethics.  In addition to her Veritas work, Anna serves undergraduate students at Georgetown University through InterVarsity. She lives in Washington, D.C.

Michele Ruby

Vice President of Development

Michele serves at the Vice President of Development at Veritas overseeing all aspects of Veritas’s fundraising efforts. She is passionate about the mission of The Veritas Forum and is grateful to be called to engage with our many friends and financial partners, lifting up real Truth. Michele graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with degrees in English and Political Science and prior to her calling to Veritas, served for nearly two decades as a Vice President of Development at Opportunity International. Michele is married to Tom, a corporate lawyer in Palo Alto, CA; they have three children, two of whom are college students at Veritas-engaged universities.

Krystal Smith

Northwest Regional Director and Special Projects Director 

Krystal serves as the Northwest Regional Director and Special Projects Director for The Veritas Forum. She completed her Bachelors and Masters Degrees, with highest honors, in Social Work at North Carolina State University, where she was also a Park Scholar and Caldwell Fellow. Prior to Veritas, she has been engaged in Young Life, with international development in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and in ministry with inner city communities as well as gifted and high achieving college students. She has a passion for sharing the deep satisfaction that can be found in Jesus Christ. She currently lives in Seattle, WA.

Dana Tuckey

Associate National Field Director

Dana is Associate National Field Director for The Veritas Forum, where she develops and equips local teams across the Midwest and Canada, oversees day-to-day operations of all annual U.S. Forums, and works with ministry partners in the U.S. and Canada to leverage the Veritas platform.  Prior to joining Veritas, Dana worked as an Area Director with Young Life.  She has also been educated abroad in London, Edinburgh, Dublin, and Galway, as well as on location at biblical sites in Israel and Turkey. Dana earned her B.A. in Psychology with high honors at Michigan State University. She currently lives with her husband Dave in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Christie Veth

Development Coordinator

Christie serves as the Development Coordinator out of the Cambridge office where she manages the details of all development related projects and events. Christie graduated from Wheaton College with her B.S. in Biology and B.A. in Business/Economics. She lives in Boston, MA and loves being involved at Park Street Church.

Niklas Wallis

Co-Coordinator - Finland

Niklas serves as Coordinator for The Veritas Forum in Finland, Swedish speaking students in Finland. He also serves in a evangelical congregation in Turku, Missionskyrkan i Åbo. He earlier worked as IFES student staff worker in Turku where he lives with his wife Johanna. Niklas is passionate about issues on worship and leadership. The latter also was the topic of his Masters Degree in theology, which he recently finished at Åbo Akademi University. 

Norman Yung

Director of Web and Media Development 

Norman was part of the founding team for Veritas at Columbia University and served the marketing initiative for the forum in 2005. He designed ads, flyers, and programs that reached out to the Columbia University campus. Since then, he has taken on the role of Director of Web and Media Development, developing the forum's media and web services. Norman received his B.S. in Computer Science from Columbia University in 2006 and currently works at a web marketing company in New York City.

Laura Ziesel

West Coast Regional Director

Laura is the West Coast Regional Director, casting vision and building and supporting planning teams on university campuses within the region. Laura received her B.A. in History and Religious Studies from New York University in 2007. Afterward, she served college students at Boston University as campus staff for The Navigators. She is currently a seminary student at Azusa Pacific University, earning her M.A. in Theological Studies. She lives in Azusa, CA with her husband and son, and is active in the middle school ministry at her local church.