BIOS Executive Leadership Team
Monty Wright is the Founder and President of BIOS and teaches a variety of BIOS classes. He received his B.A. from Trinity College, his M.Th. from Trinity Theological Seminary, and is currently a Ph.D candidate in Apologetics and Philosophy. He is ordained through the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Monty has a passion for equipping the next generation of leaders, from church planters to missionaries. He has pastored in three church plants, launched a global non-profit organization, developed a successful leadership program in use in churches in the U.S., as well as spoken all over the world. Currently, Monty serves as the Lead Pastor at Snoqualmie Valley Alliance and Executive Director/Founder of Planet Changer, a 501c3. He is also the chair of the BIOS Curriculum Development Team. He is happiest when engaged in a spiritual conversation while enjoying a great cup of coffee in any one of Seattle’s incredible coffee houses.
Stacey Jillson is the Academic Dean of BIOS and teaches a variety of BIOS classes. She received her B.S. in Occupational Therapy from Colorado State University and her M.A. in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary. In addition to a 14-year career in health care, Stacey served with YWAM (Youth With A Mission) for 16 years in a variety of U.S. and foreign settings, recently returning to the U.S. after five years in India. She is a gifted teacher who has taught around the globe, and a published magazine writer. She has a passion for world missions and church mobilization, and is committed to seeing young people empowered to know God, and to make Him known. Stacey is also a member of the Curriculum Development Team.
Director of Admissions and Administrative Services
Kristin is the Associate Pastor at Snoqualmie Valley Alliance Church. After a highly successful career in sales and marketing, she was surprised by a call to vocational ministry in her early forties. Kristin serves as the Small Groups and Life Development Pastor for the church and is Women’s Pastor to over 400 women in the Snoqualmie Valley. Kristin has a B.A. in English Education with a background in Religions Studies. She is a Certified Precepts Ministries Teacher and is a graduate of the The Allender Center Lay Counseling Program. In her nine years at Snoqualmie Valley Alliance, Kristin has coordinated hundreds of small groups, taught countless Bible studies, spoken at women’s retreats, planned events, and inspired many in their call to follow Jesus in ministry and in life. Kristin has a passion to see others step into an awareness of their own Story and the way that God has spoken into it, as well as coming to know Who God is. She is also the Chair of the BIOS Ministry PracticumTeam.
BIOS Academic Council
Mike Anderson – Ministry Practicum Team
Mike’s twenty-seven year career as a financial executive includes experience in several industries, including high-technology, biotechnology, media and professional services. Mike currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer James Farrell & Co., a Seattle based, privately owned supplier of food and feed ingredients to customers around the world. He was the founder and Managing Partner for Level 7 Partners LLC, a management consulting firm to high-growth companies in the Pacific Northwest. His prior experience also includes serving as a CFO partner with Tatum LLC, an executive services firm serving 34 cities nationally. Previous to Tatum, Anderson served as the CFO practice leader and partner for The SAGE Group LLC, a regional consulting group that orchestrated strategic clarity and M&A transactions for privately-held family businesses. Leading up to these professional services roles, Anderson was the Sr. Vice President and CFO for a venture-backed company in the biotechnology sector, with a focus on equity financings. He acquired significant global M&A experience as a divisional CFO with Getty Images, which required follow-on operational alignment and leadership development. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with a major in Accounting, from Biola University. He also serves on for-profit and non-profit boards.
Susan received a B.A. in Political Economics from the University of Washington and specializes in creating organizational culture and team building—not just forming a group of people, but evaluating, placing and coaching individuals in positions for which they are intrinsically wired to perform well. Susan has honed these skills over the last 25 years as co-owner of a marketing company and as Director of Operations of a management company. She was trained and certified as a Speaker and Personality Communication Trainer in 2006 by Florence Littauer, author of the international bestselling book “Wired That Way.” Teaching these communication concepts to groups and individuals has become one of the most rewarding parts of her career.
Dr. Orton has received Masters degrees from both Western Seminary and Bethel Seminary, completed the residency for a Ph.D. at Dallas Theological Seminary, and received his Doctorate from George Fox University. Dr. Orton has been involved in education and ministry for over forty years and is the Headmaster of Summit Classical Christian School in Fall City.
Connie Smithrud is the Administrative Assistant to the BIOS Academic Dean as well as the Registrar for the college. She attended Bellevue College and Washington State University. Her work experience includes Dietician Assistant at Overlake Hospital, Group Health and 29 years with Nordstrom. She also has extensive volunteer experience including street ministry with New Horizons in Seattle, volunteering with the local clothing bank, serving on the L.E.O. advisory board, an organization that builds housing for adults with disabilities. Connie has hosted long-term international students in her home and was involved with International Christian Fellowship for international students at Bellevue College.
Kyle Wallace received his B.A. in Environmental Education from Western Washington University. He has worked as a public school teacher in the Snoqualmie Valley School District at Tahoma Middle School and Snoqualmie Middle School, and currently teaches science at Twin Falls Middle School. Kyle has also coached volleyball, baseball, football, soccer, basketball, and track and field, and has been the Skyhawks Summer Sports Camp Director for the past three years.
Amy believes in the transformative power of education and has been both a classroom teacher and a school administrator. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Seattle Pacific University in 1990 in Language Arts with an emphasis in Elementary Education. In 1994 she completed a Masters Degree in Integrated Curriculum through City University. Amy later returned to Seattle Pacific University to pursue principal certification in 2005 and obtained her Superintendent credential from Seattle University in 2009. She currently serves as an elementary school principal in the Snoqualmie Valley and is pursuing a doctorate in education from Seattle Pacific University (anticipated 2016 completion). Amy has worked as an educational consultant and spiritual leadership mentor. She loves travel, strong coffee, and talking about good books.