We could not be more excited to welcome our new Campus Staff! Will you join us in prayer as they minister to women across the country and around the world?
Kate Anderson, Western Carolina University
Kate is from Asheville, NC and graduated from Appalachian State University (Go ‘Neers) with a degree in Recreation Management and minor in Entrepreneurial Studies. She loves anything outdoors, whether it is hiking, running, or sitting by a lake with her dog, Nala. RUF was a huge part of her college experience and she is so excited to get to work with the ministry of RUF just a couple mountains over at Western Carolina.
Caysie Ashton, University of Georgia
Originally a midwesterner from Omaha, Nebraska, Caysie still loves sunsets and pop and straightforward conversations. In college, she got her first taste of the south when she attended the University of Kentucky, where she learned to love sweet tea and basketball. Caysie graduated in 2019 with degrees in Public Relations and Spanish, and moved even further south to Athens, Georgia to intern with RUF at the University of Georgia. She is in love with the gorgeous weather and is still learning to appreciate boiled peanuts. After two years of interning from 2019-2021, she transitioned to the role of Campus Staff in 2021. The students of UGA have her heart, and it’s a joy for her to walk with them towards Jesus. May His glory be made more fully known in Athens and beyond. Go Cats and Go Dawgs!
Cindy Cook, Georgia Tech RUF-I
Cindy grew up in New York and Georgia. She majored in English at the University of Georgia and went on to teach high school English and then ESL to students of many ages. She met her husband David in Atlanta, and they have one son who now lives in Boston. They enjoy walking on the Beltline near their home. Cindy also likes to read and spend time with friends new and old.
Emily Crutcher, UT Knoxville
Emily Crutcher was born in Florida, but has made her home in Tennessee! In fact, she has lived in all 4 major cities of Tennessee: Memphis, Chattanooga, Nashville, and now gets to experience all Knoxville has to offer. For the past four years she has been working in Kids Ministry at a church in Nashville. After graduating college in 2017, Emily had a desire to work in college ministry due to the effects of her involvement in a campus ministry. In the Fall of 2020 the Lord faithfully called her to work with RUF and she couldn’t be more excited to walk alongside college students in ordinary and/or pivotal moments of their lives. She enjoys walking her Goldendoodle, Daphne, welcoming people into her home, and having spontaneous dance parties!
April Johnson, Mississippi State University
April is from Birmingham, Alabama. She graduated from Auburn University. After one year in East Asia as an intern with CRU, she returned to Auburn to serve on staff with the College Ministry of First Baptist Church in Opelika. While spending copious amounts of time in coffee shops, she met and fell in love with the RUF intern, Joe Johnson. They married in 2013 and spent one more year as RUF interns before moving to Jackson, MS for Joe to attend seminary. While in Jackson, they welcomed their daughter, Anna. After seminary, Joe was called to be the RUF Campus Minister at Birmingham-Southern College and their son, Sam, was born later that year. In 2020, Joe, April, Anna, and Sam, moved back to the state of Mississippi to work with RUF at MSU.
Kaylee Epps, Ole Miss
Originally from the suburbs of Atlanta, Kaylee Epps graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2015 and has made Oxford her home ever since! Kaylee and her husband Bobby attend College Hill Presbyterian Church where Bobby serves as the Youth Director.
Shaunna Kennedy, UNC Wilmington
Born and raised on the West Coast, Shaunna graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Elementary Special Education, then promptly moved to North Carolina. She has proudly called the Tarheel State home ever since. Married to Sam since 2009, Shaunna finds great joy in her role as a ministry wife. The Kennedys have always viewed ministry as their family business, and Shaunna is thrilled to join in the work of helping students at UNCW discover the love of Christ, embrace the life-changing message of the Gospel, and learn how to engage in the life of His church. Shaunna enjoys caring for people through food, and especially loves baking. She aspires to be the type of mom who is patient and gracious enough to actually enjoy working in the kitchen with her kids.
Serena Jones, Boston University
Serena grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania, graduated from Millersville University in 2018, and has been living in Boston and loving it ever since. She was involved in RUF while in college, and that experience grew her relationship with Jesus, understanding of Scripture, friendships, and love for ministry, all leading her to follow God’s call to ministry in Boston! She is thrilled to get to walk alongside the students of BU through their journeys of faith. Serena loves singing, playing board games with friends, trying out new coffeeshops in Boston, and having deep conversations while strolling along the Charles River Esplanade.
Caroline Terry, University of South Carolina
Caroline Terry was born and raised in Canton, Mississippi. After graduating from Belhaven University, she moved to South Carolina in the fall of 2018 to start working for RUF at the U of SC. She loved her time as an Intern and is so incredibly excited that she gets to continue her ministry in the role of Campus Staff. RUF changed Caroline’s life in college and she loves the fact that she’s able to work for this ministry as it still continues to impact college students. In her free time, Caroline can be found either taking naps or sipping on coffee.
Victoria Marsh, Florida State University
Victoria was born and raised in Northern California. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and it was here she came to know the grace and love of the Lord through RUF. She loves golden retrievers, tacos and dancing, as all Marshes do. Though she loves the Golden State, she is so excited to serve the community of RUF at FSU (and for some real college football)!
Amanda Cunningham. University of Maryland
Amanda was born in Wasilla, Alaska and moved to Richford, Vermont with her family when she was 14 years old. She then attended and graduated from the University of Vermont (UVM) where she received a Bachelor’s in Social Work. She was part of RUF at UVM all four years of college and loved it so much that she decided she wanted to work for RUF. After graduating from UVM in 2019, Amanda applied to become a RUF intern and was placed at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She also met her fiancé, Caleb Jakana, during her first year of the internship and they are getting married in June 2021!! Their experiences as RUF interns at LSU is something they’ll cherish forever. Amanda is so excited to continue working for RUF as Campus Staff at the University of Maryland! She and Caleb look forward to meeting the students and exploring their new city!
Grace Valenti, NC State/Meredith
Grace grew up in Lakeland, FL for the first 18 years of her life and continued to grow up during her four years at the University of Florida (Go Gators!) where she majored in Event Management. Throughout her time at UF she was involved in RUF and decided, through the encouragement of an awesome intern, to become one herself. She moved to Raleigh in August 2019 to start her internship at Meredith College. Throughout her time in Raleigh there were shifts in the staff that required her to serve at both Meredith College and NC State University. She fell in love with both campuses over the two years of her internship. She is excited to continue her ministry alongside her Campus Minister Chuck and the interns that the Lord provides. Grace hopes to start her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Liberty University in the Fall of 2021 and is excited to further her knowledge to be able to serve the Lord in the field of counseling, whatever that may look like. Grace loves exploring new places in Raleigh (any burger joint recommendations would be appreciated), watching college football, going on walks/hikes, taking day trips to the beach or mountains, finding new Netflix shows to watch too quickly, and observing the new weird habits her dog develops.