The Levasis Team
Loren W. Lillestrand
Loren Lillestrand has been building and maximizing teams and organizations his entire life. At age 17, Loren left home to begin a sales business to finance his university education. He built a direct sales force that eventually spanned several states for a distributor of the consumer giant, American Homes Products.
Graduating Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude in Economics and Mathematics, Loren went to work for Campus Crusade for Christ International. In five years, he moved from new hire to National Administrator of the U.S. division overseeing the financial side of a $40,000,000 ministry. In five more years, Loren was leading the overall U.S. Ministry of 2600 staff serving in sixteen divisions.
In 1987, Loren founded Levasis Ministries. The Levasis Team focuses on working with faith-based and community service organizations that are helping everyone from children to teens and from the disabled to the homeless and impoverished both meeting needs and advancing the cause of Christ.
The Levasis Team is passionate about easing the load of ministry leaders and their staff. Whether doing strategic planning, people development, executive intervention, rent-an-exec work, research and assessment, organizational transformation, executive search or marketing and promotions - The Levasis Team knows how to help ministry leaders and their staff more fully realize their dreams and desires.
Loren W. Lillestrand
2729 Brookside Drive
Chino Hills, CA 91709
Richard L. (Dick) Durant
Executive Vice President
Planning, Project Management, Financial Systems,
Fund Development, Executive Coaching
Dick joined the Levasis team in 1988. As a leadership and organizational consultant, Dick is committed to helping the leaders of Christian ministries clarify and achieve the vision God has placed in their hearts and the hearts of their team members.
Dick has been involved in leadership, management and development work for Christian ministries, other non-profits and businesses for more than thirty years. After completing college, Dick joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ in 1974. He served for 14 years in performing such duties as training administrators, managing the U.S. Director's Office, coordinating the development activities for the 16 U.S. Ministry divisions, and giving leadership to major donor and direct marketing programs. Dick also helped develop many of the tools used to help train Campus Crusade staff in support raising.
Through his consulting services, Dick has provided counsel to over 100 different organizations helping in areas such as organizational assessment, strategic planning, financial systems, marketing, human resources, leadership development and fund raising.
Dick earned his Bachelor of Science in Physics from Georgia Tech, his Master of Arts in Theological Studies from the International School of Theology, and his Master of Business Administration from UCLA.
Office: 909-798-7339, extension *126
300 East State Street, Suite 470
Redlands, CA 92373 USA
Anthony C. (Tony) Arnold
Media Relations (print, broadcast, digital and social)
Crisis and Strategic Communications
Tony joined Levasis Ministries after serving 36 years with Campus Crusade for Christ International, most recently as the Media Relations Director for the U.S. Campus Ministry. Tony pioneered using news media to spread the Good News.
141 million Americans have seen, read and heard through mainstream news coverage how Jesus is changing lives today because of Tony's efforts. He's coordinated news features appearing in ABC's Good Morning America, CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, CNN's Anderson Cooper, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, The Associated Press, Reuters, TIME, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post and in local media in more than 100 locations from coast to coast.
Tony is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and subscribes to its Code of Ethics and professional conduct. Having trained dozens with no background in PR to effectively engage news media, Tony wants to help you "To Influence the Media To Proclaim the Message!"
Crisis will affect all organizations. Tony has handled crisis communications in the midst of natural disasters, accidental death, financial and moral scandals and criminal activity (including the VA Tech massacre). Tony can help you prepare and respond.
910 Brookgreen Drive
Cary, NC 27511 USA
Bridget C. Arnold
Mentor, Motivator, Mobilizer
Life Coaching while Movement Building
Bridget joined Levasis Ministries in 2010 after serving with Campus Crusade for Christ International for 36 years. From serving as a missionary nurse in the African bush to leading the most responsive women's ministry on an American college campus to coaching leaders while directly impacting lives and movements on four continents, Bridget brings a unique blend of experience to Levasis.
"Bridget is truly unlike anyone I have ever known," is how the CFO of an American corporation describes Bridget. A missionary in Central Asia says, "I felt closer to Bridget (when she was coaching me from across the globe) than I felt with team members I saw daily in my office in the USA."
Many organizations struggle with the question of how to motivate and mobilize their members and volunteers. Bridget offers solutions that move leadership development from being the traditional structured program into truly transformed leadership relationships building movements that change lives and change their world.
Frank C. Dickerson MBA, Ph.D.
Frank brings a combination of intense academic research and practical hands-on approaches to serving nonprofit organizations with their fund development and planning needs. His Ph.D. research at Claremont Graduate University's Peter F. Drucker School of Management married the hard science of multivariate statistics with the softer art of language analysis to describe how marketers and fund raisers write. You can email Frank for a free copy of The Way We Write is All Wrong, an article summarizing his research.
Frank also developed innovative approaches for increasing response rates and return on investment for direct mail which have benefited a number of organizations. While studying under Peter F. Drucker at Claremont from 1990-1993, Frank developed a strategic planning process for Drucker's eight key result areas: 1.) marketing, 2.) innovation, 3.) human organization, 4.) financial resources, 5.) physical resources, 6.) productivity, 7.) social responsibility, and 8.) profit requirements.
Frank is ready to help you create the appropriate fund development strategy and tactics to meet the needs and objectives of your organization.
Frank C. Dickerson MBA, Ph.D.
7412 Club View Drive, Suite 200
Highland, CA 92346
Joseph (Joe) Ellis
Fund Development, Direct Mail and Major Donor Strategies
Joe serves as a management and development consultant providing leadership to annual gift programs, capital campaigns, direct mail and planned gifts marketing for charitable non-profit organizations. Prior to joining Levasis, he served as internal development counsel for Campus Crusade for Christ where he developed a national event strategy for the JESUS Film Project that grossed over $500,000 annually.
Joe has extensive international experience, mentoring leaders from seven nations who then trained others in over 20 countries in fund development. His financial support training program subsequently served as the model curriculum for this global missions organization. In Central Asia, Joe directed the expansion of a mission's media department. He designed a program that produced multiple language training materials for over 25 countries. Joe then created a visual presentation album used to raise more than $1,000,000 for the outreach.
Joe has experience serving the international nonprofit community with direct mail, major donor, and meeting planning services. Joe wants to help you develop the funds needed to achieve your vision.
29032 Water Street
Highland, CA 92346
Bob D. Heinrich
Strategic Planning, Team Building and Leadership Coaching
Bob joined the Levasis team after nearly 30 years of service in the public safety industry. Prior to joining Levasis, Bob led the merger of International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO) and International Code Council (ICC) where he served as CEO.
Bob has a passion for providing coaching and mentoring to leaders who are often too busy dealing with day-to-day business to focus on strategy, personal development and the full spectrum of life. He has helped build strong teams who work effectively together to achieve common goals with success and enthusiasm.
Bob is also a burn survivor with a heart to help further education and support for the purpose of reducing the number of burn accidents especially with youth. Bob is a leader in making sure that burn victims receive a level of complete care that not only heals the body but also encompasses the mind and spirit as well.
Bob D. Heinrich
3616 Norwich Place
Rowland Heights, CA 91748
Sylvia serves as a leadership consultant for profit and non-profit organizations helping them achieve their vision and work. She's a powerful servant in facilitating individual and team transformation.
Sylvia brings thirteen years of executive experience as the energetic, highly motivated CEO of Christian Leadership Alliance (formerly Christian Management Association) a worldwide non-profit professional organization. Her strategies and vision provided astronomical growth as the organization tripled in membership in the first year and grew 1,000% while she was CEO.
Sylvia is a leader of leaders and a results-oriented professional who values excellence. She is detail oriented and organized with a solid record of successful contract negotiation, promotion development and productivity improvement.
With an additional fourteen years of experience in non-profit management and new startup organizational development, Sylvia has served on several boards of directors all over the country. She is currently serving as a director of the board of America's Christian Credit Union.
The author of numerous magazine articles, her book Inspirational Management (Moody Press) received the 1992 Award from Your Church Magazine as the book to read for pastors.
Sylvia is absolutely consumed with helping leaders clarify their dreams and make their lives easier! She's ready to help you.
2729 Brookside Drive
Chino Hills, CA 9170
Helping Leaders * Building Teams * Developing People