Welcome! Meet the Leaders of our current NLC classes. Brief bios below help you to get to know who the amazing people who are shepherding our NLC teens.
– NLC Class Leader
Hey everybody! I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am about being a Class Leader for NLC. Working with Christian Science youth has been a significant part of my life — I have loved being part of communities through Principia, TMCYouth, Adventure Unlimited – and now DiscoveryBound and its NLC program!
My education and training includes music, law, mediation, live event tech, photography, videography and management. In my free time, some of my favorite activities are hiking, rafting, riding horses, cooking, reading and traveling. I think it’s incredibly important to know what’s going on in the world and I make a point of informing myself in two distinct ways: reading the news, and connecting with local people of all backgrounds when traveling. I have been grateful to be able to combine my talents and interests as part of my profession to tell the stories of some amazing individuals around the world in the form of mini-documentaries. I know there will be many connections formed over the next few years, and I’m excited to witness the story of how we can serve the world.
Hi everyone! I couldn’t be more grateful for this NLC adventure and the opportunity to work with Christian Science teens. I am a teacher (currently teaching Middle School Spanish), and I treasure the process that people go through in order to learn from one another and grow. I already know great things will come of the work and effort we will all put into this experience.
I grew up in Connecticut and loved being exposed to the many cities and sites of the Northeast. Since graduating from Principia College, I have lived in many places, including the Caribbean and Jackson Hole, Wyoming, at two opposite ends of the climate spectrum. I love anything that involves being outdoors and traveling to adventurous places. I also love to cook, play games, and make music with friends. I look forward to doing some of my favorite hobbies with the group and picking up new favorite hobbies from others!
In the 1980s I left sunny San Diego to attend Principia. During my college years, I spent summers working for Fastwater Expeditions taking Stanford and Smithsonian charters (and regular folk) down the Green River in Utah for nine day expeditionary trips covering 86 miles of canyon lands, wildlife and rapids. It was there that I discovered a deep seeded passion for all things land and sky, specifically geology and astronomy. Since that time, I’ve coupled my love for the stars with photography and now create astro images of the Milky Way. I never get tired of looking at them! Most of my career has been within the real estate field – selling, lending, appraising, renovating and investing. My wife Jennifer and I also spent a decade running our own furniture design company in Southern California.
My family is no stranger to NLC! All three of our kids – Chris, Ariana and Wyatt – have been in the program. My wife was on the DiscoveryBound staff when it all began and also served as an NLC Director. I’ve recently loved spending time with NLC classes and staff as an NLC photographer at both ACR and Orientation Summer. Over the years, I’ve loved coaching the kids’ sports teams and stewarding Wyatt’s specific dedication to tennis. I’ve been very active in my church community, serving on church boards, as First Reader and as a Sunday School teacher. Of all the church work, though, the most rewarding continues to be teaching. I know each one of us will bring to our NLC family our own unique take on life, what makes us tick and what we value. With all that, we will discover together the leader within us!
I have two daughters, Savanna and Sierra, and my husband is Garry. Savanna just started her career this year in Laguna Beach, CA, and Sierra graduates from Principia College in May 2016! I’ve been involved with Marketing and Small Business Consulting and ran boarding at the Bolles School for 8-12th graders in Florida. I’ve coached volleyball and swimming for a few decades and am currently the head Indoor and Beach Volleyball coach at Principia College, as well as the Associate Athletic Director. I love working with students, especially those who are striving to grow and learn!Our family loves to travel the US together and especially hanging out on some beautiful body of water and enjoying each other. I also compete in swimming and Triathlons and am always looking to pick up a game of volleyball! I graduated from Principia College, and that’s where my love of Christian Science blossomed. I have served as a Sunday School teacher for years, and have a few testimonies published in the Christian Science periodicals. I am so excited to grow together as NLC 2020T, and I’m eager to support each and every one all along the way!
Jon Proctor lives Denver CO with his wife Kris and three children Jason, Zachery, and Cassidy. As a family, they enjoy hiking and camping together, which includes an annual trip to the Great Sand Dunes in Colorado. Jon attended the Adventure Unlimited Ranches as a camper throughout the summers of his high school years, and later joined the summer staff as a Mountaineering counselor.
Growing up in California, Jon and his family would spend summer afternoons water skiing on the Sacramento River. He continues to enjoy watersports and, every once in a while, he still finds time to swim. Now, Jon’s favorite sport is Curling. That’s Curling as in the Olympics, with stones on ice, and brooms for sweeping. Jon curls once a week at the Denver Curling Club, where he volunteers as an ice technician, and general handy man.
Jon works in the Remote Sensing and Mapping industry, and for the past 12 years has worked for DigitalGlobe located in North Denver. DigitalGlobe operates a fleet of satellites which take images of the Earth. Jon and a team of developers specialize in turning these images into large map layers that are used for monitoring resources, emergency response and civil planning.
Kris Proctor lives in Denver, CO with her husband, Jon, and their three kids: Cassidy is a junior at the Principia Upper School; Jason and Zachery are 7th graders. Kris works full time for Adventure Unlimited in the Denver office as the Database Administrator. Spending all day in front of a computer means she really enjoys her time away from it.
Kris loves to do lots of activities with her family, from skiing, and camping, to running around a nearby lake with their dog Rope, and Jason and Zachery, who finish way before she does. Some of the camping highlights include the annual trip to the Great Sand Dunes National Park, a 2016 trip to Yellowstone and The Grand Tetons, and a month-long trip in 2010 from Colorado out to North Carolina, up to Maine, and returning through Canada, Michigan, and back home to Denver. Kris loves the long road trip by car and the laughter, tears, and memories the family creates together along the way.
Time at home is spent keeping up with a 100+ year old house, knitting hats, and keeping the yarn away from the Seal, the cat. Kris was born in California, where her family was very active with the AU chapter program, and then moved to Saint Louis where she attended Principia Upper School and College, graduating with a BS in Biology.
Peace and joy and power!
I am looking forward to this amazing opportunity. I am a former history teacher, advertising executive, and architecture restorationist. That may sound pretty random but as we get to know each other, I’ll connect the dots. Right now I run a travel business and paint (oil paintings!) a lot.
My wife and I live in Charlottesville, Virginia and Whitehall, Michigan with our two dogs Otis and Gracie. We have two married children who both attended A/U. Our family is scattered all over the country so, as you can imagine, we do a fair amount of traveling to see them as much as we can.
I found Christian Science much later in life or I should say Christian Science found me! My only regret is that I never got to attend Sunday School. I have taught Sunday School and know the important value of it. I am looking forward to you sharing your thoughts and experiences. One big thing I learned as a teacher is that you are the teacher as well.
There is much more to share but it will have to wait until February when we meet in person. I feel very fortunate to be part of this leadership program.
Beate is originally from Germany and grew up in Hamburg with her parents Dorette and Guenter, her sister Annette, and her cat Nicki. She moved to America to get married to her husband Mark. They have four children, Anna-Lena (NLC class 2011), Niklas (NLC class 2013), Sophia (NLC class 2015W) and Hannah (NLC class 2016W). She’s been an avid supporter of NLC and wanted to give back as a class leader. She had a career as a stockbroker before deciding to stay home and raise the kids. She then began substitute teaching and her favorite grade to teach is 8th grade. Beate has been a team mom for all of her kids’ athletic teams and she’s traveled with Sophia’s volleyball team. Beate is an avid knitter and sour dough bread baker. Mark and Beate live in South Pasadena, California with their two dogs, Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy and their two cats, Baboo and Lola.
Kenny grew up in Evergreen, Colorado and now lives in California, where he is pursuing an MBA at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Before starting school, he worked for Deloitte Consulting in Washington, D.C. Kenny worked at the intersection of people and business strategy, and is especially interested in leadership development, culture and inclusion.
Kenny grew up attending the A/U Ranches and has managed to visit at least once a year for as long as he can remember. He was a camper for many years, mostly in the horse programs and spent seven years on staff. He especially loved running the cattle working and polocrosse programs. He’s looking forward to sharing the NLC experience with the 2022A Class.
Allison lives in Elsah, Illinois, and works at Principia College. She’s excited to be a class leader and have the opportunity to support and grow side-by-side with the 2022A teens. She’s looking forward to sharing not only her organization skills and the leadership curriculum with the class, but also her deep love of the NLC program and its spirit to inspire service and love for all mankind.
Prior to joining Principia, Allison worked for DiscoveryBound as the NLC Director, and before that at The Christian Science Monitor in Boston, and earned her master’s degree in international media from American University in Washington, D.C. She lived in Ghana for three years, working as a Peace Corps Volunteer and trainer, focused on gender and youth development. When she’s not working, Allison loves visiting her nieces and nephew, watching movies, reading, and spending time out in the Rocky Mountains.
Hi, I’m Heidi Shays Heinbaugh, and I couldn’t be more excited to join the 2022z class! I’m the fourth person in my family to take part in the NLC program. My sons Quinn (2016W) and Cole (2018C) are graduates, and my daughter Chaney (2020C) is in her final year. I grew up on the East Coast in several New England states, but I’ve spent most of my grown-up life in California. For many years we lived in Southern California, but now we live in the San Francisco Bay Area.
I love outdoor activity of all kinds, and summer camp has been a huge part of my life. My parents owned and operated a girls’ camp in Vermont (Camp Lochearn), and I also went to a handful of other camps, including four of the six Christian Science camps. My own kids have been to a few different family camps, and they each started going to camp on their own in their early elementary years.
I’ve been a Sunday School teacher, Cub Scout leader, and frequent volunteer with organizations that support youth. I love watching kids and teens master skills and grow into confident leaders and learners. To work with this group of Christian Science teens through their high school years is an honor and a privilege. I can’t wait to observe and experience all the growth that we all have ahead of us!
Doug lives in Huntersville, North Carolina (a suburb of Charlotte, NC) with his wife, Heidi (they met while attending Principia College) and their two children, Mitchell and Marlena. Doug’s career in international business has allowed for numerous overseas trips, living and working in Asia and the Middle East, and has fueled his passion for experiencing new cultures, food, and the joy of having wonderful friends worldwide.
Doug enjoys running (half-marathons, marathons, 12 person relays, etc.), hiking, numerous sports and traveling. He has been a coach, Second Reader in 1st Church of Christ Scientist, Charlotte, Sunday School teacher, A/U Bunkhouse parent and has taught numerous college courses on various business and international business topics. He is thrilled to be joining the NLC class of 2022!
Galen Benson here. I am excited for the amazing opportunity to work with NLC!
It has almost been two years since my family and I moved to Saint Louis, where both my wife, Portia, and I are faculty at Principia College, Business and Education respectively. I get to teach with an incredible array of colleagues, bringing together a program dedicated to the betterment of humanity.
Portia, has enjoyed spending time at the A/U Ranches, and our children, Lincoln and Marina, have been campers for many years and look forward to many more. Lincoln will be old enough to apply for NLC next year.
I spent numerous summers and winters at the Adventure Unlimited Ranches. Over the years I gained a better appreciation of the unlimited nature God has instilled in each of us and of the protection and guidance that bless us each step we take.
I have learned so much about trusting in and knowing God, and this was a direct result of the amazing staff and experiences that I had ‘growing up’ at a Christian Science camp. The opportunity to continue working with the Christian Science youth of today is special and I will value each moment that I give to this program.
Hello from Maryland! My name is Julie. I have three children: Liam, Sarah, and Katie, who have all been Crystal Lake campers, and more recently attended Adventure Unlimited. Both Liam (NLC class of 2015E) and Sarah (NLC class of 2017E) loved their NLC experience. I have learned what an amazing program it is and how much opportunity for spiritual growth it offers.
I was introduced to Christian Science later in my life and joined The Mother Church in 2007. Soon after I was introduced to Discovery Bound and NLC. I have spent many years working in a variety of schools as an English/Drama teacher, an elementary teacher assistant, and a substitute teacher for all grades.
I love living in the Maryland suburbs right outside of our Nation’s Capital, where I can enjoy all that the city has to offer, but also appreciate the more rural scenic areas and east coast beaches. I like to read, bike, hike, and look forward to more travel.
I am so excited to be an NLC Class Leader for 2023B.
Hi, my name is Sue Luther. I live in Washington state. We have a family of six- Larry, my incredible husband; Rachel, our incredible daughter (who graduated from the NLC class of 2018C); a dog, cat and a horse – all wonderful in their own right.
I grew up in the Air Force, so I got to move around a lot, and I have always loved to travel. After marrying Larry, we split our time between Utah, Baja, and Washington, until we landed in Washington, at Rachel’s request. We just finished building our dream home- small but contemporary and elegant- it’s just what we need.
I have currently been landscaping, along with teaching skiing at Mt. Hood and Sunday School. I also act as a part-time reader and board member for our church. My passion is being outside- this includes working on the ski patrol, and with rescue dogs. I’ve also done avalanche work along with first responder for 27 years. Ive worked at Rainier Mountaineering as Camp Muir manager and base camp operations for 12 years. Also, the Summit Adventure Travel going on trips and outfitting guides, and getting to help in the 2002 Olympic Games! Yay!
I feel so fortunate to have been raised in Christian Science, as it has shown me over and over again that this IS the Truth and the Life. What a gift! There isn’t any other way for me. I rejoice in the opportunity to share this message and grow in my understanding along with these wonderful young adults embarking upon their own quests for the Truth.
Hello from Trevor. Originally from Texas, I have lived in New England for the last 15 years. I have worked teaching English in South Africa, commercial fishing in Alaska and leading trips with Outward Bound in Zimbabwe. I’ve spent 12 years at The Christian Science Monitor and three years at Adventure Unlimited, DiscoveryBound’s parent organization as the Director of Marketing.
Currently, I am a Christian Science nurse at Tenacre in Princeton, New Jersey. I have two kids – a 12 year-old daughter, Mia, and an 18 year-old son, Aiden, an NLC graduate of the 2018M class. I am married to Lari Snorek-Yates, a Christian Science practitioner and lecturer who has supported and traveled with several NLC classes.
I enjoy running, swimming, hiking, growing spiritually and discussing Christian Science. I am really looking forward to getting to know the teens of the 2023S class and giving back to the program that has meant so much to my family.
One of the caveman’s most essential elements of survival was to belong to a tribe. I was born into a tribe of four siblings where footballs, mini bikes, forts, Barbie dolls and a dog scrambled around the yard like autumn leaves in the wind. My mom baked cookies for the armies who filed in for play dates. I belonged to a neighborhood tribe.
Baseball expanded my tribe…then basketball…then college volleyball at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. As the elite athletes moved on, I found a new tribe in overseas work and lived in Tokyo for 14 years. My nick name became, “Yuubino Toechan”; I hustled rings and graduation products to students in international schools in the Far East (maybe you’ve heard of the company, Jostens Inc.?).
When I returned to the US, my own clan began – aka – marriage and kids: Ann (wife); Chandler and Henry (kids 20 and 18). Now we begin our tribe of NLC, the 2020A crew. Thank you for letting me share these next years with you as we adventure, grow, bond, and strengthen.
I’m Jen Murphy. I live in Asheville, North Carolina where I work as the Communications Director for a statewide agency that helps children and families. Before moving to North Carolina, my family and I lived in northern Michigan where we raised dairy goats, chickens, and honeybees.
When I’m not working, I enjoy exploring, hiking, reading, and cooking. I have two children – Sadie and Kian – and a husband named Marc. No one in our family has participated in NLC, so I’m excited to learn all about it right alongside the 2024A class!
Hello, my name is Mark Pécheck. I’m a life-long student of Christian Science who was raised in Southern California. I attended UCLA and the University of California, Berkeley, and am a partner in an international law firm, where my practice involves real estate transactions.
My wife Wynne and I have three children. Our son Grant recently graduated from Davidson College and is currently working in the AmeriCorps program as a college counselor in North Carolina. Our daughter Grace is a freshman at Principia College, and our son Cade is a junior at Principia Upper School. Grace was a member of NLC Class 2019P and that amazing experience has inspired Wynne and me to take on the challenge of becoming class leaders!
Our family started attending family camp at the A/U Ranches when our children were 7, 4 and 2 years old. When our kids were older, they spent numerous summers as campers at A/U, and both Grant and Grace have been on staff at A/U. I’ve enjoyed teaching Sunday School for more than 20 years, primarily for the high school and college classes.
My hobbies and interests including traveling, hiking, American history, baseball (and especially the Los Angeles Dodgers), UCLA basketball, Michael Connelly novels, and collecting elephants. I’m looking forward to working with the 2024S class, both in exploring what it means to be a “servant leader” as well as having lots of adventures along the way!
My name is Wynne Pécheck and I am excited to be a new NLC leader for the 2024S class. Our daughter, Grace, was in the 2019P class and, after having watched her amazing experience with NLC, I was inspired to become a leader. In addition to Grace, we have two sons, both of whom have been active A/U campers for many years.
We are all native Californians, but just moved from our home in LA to St Louis in order for our younger son, Cade, to be a day pupil at Principia, and to be closer to our daughter, a freshman at Principia College, and our older son, Grant, who just graduated from college and is now working in North Carolina. . Before moving to St Louis, I was a school librarian, so obviously I love books for teens as well as adult literature. As well as being a voracious reader, I also enjoy travel, sports and spending time hiking in the mountains of Colorado.