Affiliates

AL Lopus

Al Lopus is the President and cofounder of the Best Christian Workplaces Institute, founded in 2002. The Institute provides research-based measurement tools and culture change advisory services with a single vision: to help Christian organizations set the standard as the best, most effective workplaces in the world. At BCWI, Al has conducted the broadest-ever employee opinion survey of Christian workers. The comprehensive survey includes more than 500 Christian organizations, representing over 120,000 full time employees in the United States, Canada and Australia.

Al is a recognized author, speaker and consultant on the topic of developing Christian organizations into great, effective workplaces.  BCWI’s clients include American Bible Society, Awana, Bethel University, CRISTA Ministries, Denver Rescue Mission, English Language Institute/China, ECCU, Joni & Friends, Wycliffe, The Navigators and Willow Creek Community Church.

Prior to cofounding BCWI, Al served for 21 years in several leadership roles with the global human resource consulting firm, Watson Wyatt, now Towers Watson.

Al has served on the CLA Board for 6 years, and is currently on the Advisory Board. He also serves on the Board for Virginia Mason Medical Center, a 5,000 employee healthcare organization Seattle recently awarded the destination of being the Hospital of the Decade.

Al is married to Kathy Lopus. They have two adult daughters, Lane and Christina.

Al is active at the Mercer Island Covenant Church where he has served as Deacon, Elder and Chair of the Senior Pastor Search committee and Strategic Planning Committee.


Steve Gandara

Steve Gandara has spent over three decades helping leaders create High Performance Business Cultures. He is a highly skilled business culture architect, effective leadership mentor, dynamic speaker and an amazing business consultant. His unique ability to combine the science and art of leadership with the complex pieces of the organizational puzzle to produce specific, actionable clarity that ensures his clients achieve great success. Clients praise his expertise in helping them devise strategies to build leaders and cultures into rapid, dynamic, flexible and aggressive teams demanded in today’s global economy.

Steve developed Excellent Cultures’ unique, four-step Breakthrough Culture process that has become a fully tested and proven strategy for fast sustainable results and record return on investment for his clients. Since 1976 he has served clients including Fortune 500 corporate executives, business owners, entrepreneurs, labor-union leaders, sales executives, members of the clergy as well as educators, as a professional leadership mentor and business culture architect. More than three decades of executive and leadership coaching, business consulting and mentoring experience have provided Steve with an abundance of real-world applications for his formal education from the University of Oklahoma and Texas Christian University in business administration, economics, marketing, management and leadership.

Excellent Cultures’ clients give Steve credit for helping them achieve breakthroughs in leadership, people performance, and business culture as well as balanced lives to include the record cost savings and revenue increases that follow.

In spite of extensive travel to serve clients, Denise, Steve’s wife of four decades, two natural and nine adopted children remain his highest priorities. When not meaningfully engaged with family or clients, Steve has served in volunteer positions as a high school youth mentor, school board member, licensed foster parent, minority scholarship fundraiser, church board president, social service charity board chairman and College Board of Regents chairman. Steve has also taught college classes in entrepreneurial leadership.


Jeff Smiley

A graduate of Seattle Pacific University’s School of Business, Jeff currently leads Sprint’s Enterprise and Major Market Business sales teams, responsible for Mobility and Global Network Solution sales in the Pacific Northwest.  Prior to Sprint, Jeff has served in sales, sales management and business development positions with market leaders Gillette, Bausch & Lomb as well as healthcare and technology start-up organizations.  Jeff has a passion for developing high performing teams, helping businesses drive growth, solving business challenges through technology, and adapting to an ever changing marketplace.

Jeff enjoys fly fishing, tennis, skiing with his two boys and getting out in his Jeep. Jeff and his wife of 20 years Alison are proud parents of two sons and a daughter and currently live in Issaquah, WA.


Greg Hunter

As Vice President Client Development at Microsoft, Greg brings a long history of working with Microsoft, most recently from Ascentium where he was Managing Director of the Microsoft business. Prior to that, Greg was Managing Partner at a small, local creative agency called HL2.  At Razorfish, Greg helps run and manage our Microsoft relationship which is Razorfish’s largest client.  He works assembling digital teams to deliver world-class digital experiences and business results for our Microsoft clients.

Earlier in his career, Greg was a full-time employee of Microsoft for almost 9 years, holding a number of different consumer marketing roles in retail, Xbox (launching the first console in the US), Windows XP, Tablet PC and Windows Mobile. In addition, he spent four years building gaming franchise Brands for Sierra On-line and Blizzard Entertainment (WarCraft franchise).


Matt Woll

As Executive Pastor at SouthLake Church in South Portland, Oregon, Matt serves in maximizing scalable ministry leadership systems. Matt also serves on the advisory board for Be|Undivided, a ministry of SouthLake working toward inspiring and equipping local churches to adopt and serve public schools. Prior to SouthLake, Matt served for 4 years on the leadership team at EastLake Community Church in Seattle, WA and saw that church grow from 1,000 to 5,000 during his time there. Prior to working in vocational ministry, Matt spent 6 years as a touring and studio musician, earning a gold record for his work with BEC Recording Artist Jeremy Camp. Matt has also served as music director for First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue, and Christ the King Community Church in Bellingham, WA. He is married to his wife Wendy of 15 years, and loves playing/coaching sports with his two children Cooper and Ava.


Dr. David McKenna

Dr. David McKenna has served for more than 50 years in Christian higher education, including 33 years as a college, university and seminary president.

At Spring Arbor College (now University), he developed a junior college into a four-year Christian liberal arts college; at Seattle Pacific University, he led the transition from a four-year college to university status; at Asbury Theological Seminary, he gained and guided the largest grant ever given in American history to a free standing graduate school of theology. In 1994, Dr, McKenna retired as President Emeritus of Asbury Theological Seminary to write, speak and consult on subjects related to leadership in Christian higher education and ministry. In 2003, he retired as Chair Emeritus, Board of Trustees, Spring Arbor University.

Dr. McKenna holds a B.A. degree in History from Western Michigan University, Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary, and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology and Ph. D. in Higher Education from the University of Michigan.

He has been awarded ten honorary doctorates, named as a Paul Harris Fellow with Rotary International, and honored by Stanley Kresge’s endowment for the David L. McKenna Christian Leaders Scholarship for business students at Seattle Pacific University.

McKenna’s presidencies have been recognized at Seattle Pacific University by the David L. McKenna Hall for the School of Business, at Asbury Theological Seminary by the David and Janet McKenna Chapel, and at Spring Arbor University by the David and Janet Carillon Tower. As an educational leader, he served as Founding Chair for the Christian College Consortium (parent organization of the Council of Christian Colleges & Universities) and Secretary for the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

In 1980, he was a finalist for Secretary of Education in the Reagan Cabinet. As a religious leader ordained in the Free Methodist Church, McKenna has held positions as Vice-President of the World Methodist Council, Consulting Editor for Christianity Today, and a national radio commentator. In civic leadership, he chaired Governor Dan Evan’s select committee to study gambling in the State of Washington and was honored as First Citizen of Seattle in 1976.

A prolific writer, Dr. McKenna is the author of 32 books that range across the fields of psychology, biblical commentary, leadership, history and theology.

The McKennas celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary in 2010. They are parents of four children, 12 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild