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OUR TEAM

Leadership: Team Members

One of Alexis’ favorite things in life is connecting people to one another and to great experiences that help to root someone’s faith.  She graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a BA in Organizational Behavior and has worked in a variety of settings including radio, research, and event planning.  She has served on PTA boards, as a volunteer preschool director, and co-founded a Fair Trade company that benefited a leprosy colony and children’s orphanage in Nepal.  After setting career aside to stay home and be Mom when her children were young, she joined Centered in 2017 to focus on event management and operations, and in 2019 became Executive Director.  Alexis is married and has two children. 

Doug Burleigh is a Senior Associate with Centered and the International Foundation and the author of Jesus Changes Everything. He worked with Young Life for over 25 years, five of those as President, and started Young Life's work in the former Soviet Union. He is a key figure in planning the National Prayer Breakfast and has spoken at prayer breakfasts in other countries all over the world. Doug lives with his wife in Annapolis, Maryland, and they have four adult children and 16 grandchildren. Doug's book “Jesus Changes Everything” is based on a lifetime of teaching how following key principles of Jesus really can change everything. 

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Doug Burleigh
Senior Associate

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Grant’s role on the team involves discipleship work with college students and young adults as well as helping to facilitate Jesus-centered gatherings state-wide, nationally, and internationally. He is passionate about bringing people together in the spirit of Jesus and letting the Holy Spirit do the work of reconciling, healing, and empowering God’s people. Grant has been with Centered for over 8 years and is currently finishing his Master’s of Public Administration at the University of Washington. With a deeper understanding of public policy, Grant hopes to help bridge the great divides facing our nation and world. Grant lives in Seattle with his wife, Kristi Gustafson. 

Grant Gustafson
Associate

Jeff champions people and leads visionary projects. He was a college athlete and biblical studies major at University of Washington and Seattle Pacific University. Post graduation, he and his wife began full-time work with Young Life as area directors in Seattle and Salem. Later, he completed a Masters of Divinity from Fuller Seminary and switched roles at Young Life to oversee Western Washington. Jeff became an associate with Centered in 2006 and began work with civic and marketplace leaders in the Northwest and to reignite the Washington Student Leadership program. Over the last several years Jeff has been building relational infrastructure for city transformation throughout Washington State and the Cascadia region. Jeff lives in Spokane, WA with his wife, 4 children, and 11 grandkids.

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Jeff Vancil
Senior Associate

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Karen Johnson
Senior Associate

 

Karen is committed to investing in the next generation, and she does this through Centered’s Take Root podcast, leading a Women’s Fellows program for post-grads, and facilitating numerous intergenerational groups.  Karen is an R.N. with a BSN from the University of Washington and is a co-founder of SHARE (Sexuality, Health, and Relationship Education).  She taught at Bellevue College and Bellevue Christian High School, where she also coached golf for 11 years.  She is married, is mother to three adult children, and grandmother of two.     

Kristi Gustafson is a dynamic lover of people. As a spiritual director and coach, she commits her time to the spiritual formation and discipleship of college students, young professionals, and marketplace and ministry leaders. Through Centered, group spiritual direction retreats, and other ministry partnerships, Kristi participates in the planning and facilitation of Jesus-centered leadership gatherings. She and her husband travel nationally and internationally carrying the message of reconciliation (2 Cor 5:16-21) as they build relationships with current and emerging leaders. Together, their aim and passion to see individuals and communities reconciled first to God, and then to one another through the person of Jesus, His teachings, and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit to live unified as the beautifully diverse family of God.  

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Kristi Gustafson
Associate

Natalie recently graduated from Trinity Western University as an international student with a BA in Media and Communications and has worked in a variety of settings including outdoor teambuilding, customer service, and church administration. Currently, she stewards a passion for health and wellness teaching Physical Education at Covenant High School. She joined the Centered team in 2022 to aid the executive director in administrative tasks, communication, and event management. Natalie is married and lives in Tacoma, WA.  

Natalie Hayrynen
Administrative Coordinator

TBD

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Wes Anderson
Senior 
Associate

Leadership: Testimonials
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Alexis Phillips
Director

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