We are here to help you conquer obstacles to living lifelong mission.
We connect FOCUS alumni with small groups, dioceses, and other resources. 

Look below to find the Alumni Relations Missionary assigned to your area. You can email or set up a phone call with them. They will help you find resources or people you need to live lifelong mission. 

Unsure who to contact? You can always email alumni@focus.org

West Region

Stephany Anderson

Sr. Alumni Relations Missionary, FOCUS Alumni

Stephany Anderson grew up in the great state of South Dakota and she studied Consumer Affairs and Art at South Dakota State University. She spent three years as a campus missionary at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley and three years as the Program Director for the Lifelong Mission Team. This year she will finish a two-year course in healing ministry from the Encounter School of Ministry and a two-year Spiritual Director Training through FOCUS.

Stephany serves alumni in CO, UT, WY, WA, OR, CA, NV, AK & HI.

Connect with Stephany
✉️ stephany.anderson@focus.org

South Region

Samuel Castillo

Alumni Relations Missionary,
FOCUS Alumni

Sam Castillo grew up in Alabama and attended UAB in Birmingham. After receiving his degree in Neuroscience, he began serving as a missionary at the University of Tulsa in 2020. After three years on campus, he returned to the southeast and presently lives in Knoxville, TN with his wife Rachel. Sam now serves as an Alumni Relations Missionary throughout the South area, and he is glad to live out mission through his daily life. In his free time, Sam can typically be found reading, writing, playing music, or going on picnics with his wife.

Sam serves alumni in TX, OK, LA, AR, IA, IN, KY, TN, MS & GA.

Connect with Sam
✉️ samuel.castillo@focus.org


Tyler Degen

Director of Alumni Formation, FOCUS Alumni

Tyler Degen has served as a missionary with FOCUS for 12 years including five years on campus at multiple universities. Tyler graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in mechanical engineering. He is a McGrath Theology Fellow, McGrath Institute for Church Life, University of Notre Dame. He currently resides near Madison, WI with his wife Grace and four children, where he is a proud soccer dad.

Tyler serves alumni in WI.

Connect with Tyler
✉️ tyler.degen@focus.org


James Dunnigan

Director of Alumni Mission,
FOCUS Alumni

James is entering his 11th year with FOCUS. He graduated from the University of Florida in 2010 and then received his master's in education from the University of South Florida in 2012 before joining FOCUS staff. After serving on campus at Auburn University and the University of Florida, he served as a Regional Director in the West and then South areas for six years. The last two years he served as a Senior Manager of Staff Care. He is excited to join the Alumni team as Director of Alumni Mission. He calls Birmingham, Alabama home with his wife (Karly) and daughter (Edith).

James serves alumni in AL & FL.

Connect with James
✉️ james.dunnigan@focus.org

Nebraska & Minnesota

Courtney Gladitsch

Alumni Relations Missionary,
FOCUS Alumni

Courtney Gladitsch began her career with FOCUS six years ago as an on-campus missionary at the University of Mary, Mary College at ASU, and Winona State University. She now works with the Alumni team serving alumni in the Midwest. She attended the University of Mary earning a BA in Catholic Studies and Theology. She currently lives in Minnesota with her husband and two children.

Courtney serves alumni in NE & MN. 

Connect with Courtney
✉️ courtney.gladitsch@focus.org

Midwest Region

Emily Rohleder

Sr. Alumni Relations Missionary, FOCUS Alumni

Emily Rohleder is in her sixth year with FOCUS. After serving four years at Ball State University as a missionary and team director, Emily is now in her second year serving as an Alumni Relations Missionary. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Applied Behavioral Science, Early Autism Intervention. She is excited to call Wichita, KS her home again and to be back in Jayhawk territory.

Emily serves alumni in KS, MO, IL, MI, ND, SD, ID, MT, NM & AZ.

Connect with Emily
✉️ emily.rohleder@focus.org

East Region

Chrisy Verdi

Alumni Relations Missionary,
FOCUS Alumni

Chrisy Verdi grew up in North Carolina and studied at NC State University. After three years serving as a missionary at Boston University, she decided it was time to move closer to family. That's when she joined the Alumni team and moved back to NC! Chrisy is currently a McGrath Fellow through the McGrath Theology Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame. She is primarily serving our alumni on the East Coast.

Chrisy serves alumni in SC, NC, VA, WV, OH, MD, PA, NY, NJ, MA, DE, CT, RI, VE, NH & ME.

Connect with Chrisy
✉️ christina.verdi@focus.org