Directors and Staff
Steve Schneeberger is the Executive Director of the Youth Ministry Institute. Beginning in 1985, Steve began a vocation as a youth minister serving churches in Kansas and Florida. He is a 1981 graduate of Shawnee Mission West High School in Overland Park, Kansas, has a business degree from Baker University (1985) and a law degree from the University of Kansas (1988). He is married to Carol, a school counselor and former teacher. They have three children.
A 2009 graduate of YMI, Jeremy Knight currently serves as the Associate Pastor of Main Street UMC in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Jeremy transitioned from youth ministry after 17 years, serving churches in both South Mississippi and Central Florida. Jeremy spends most of his time encouraging discipleship of all ages at Main Street. His other primary areas of focus are lay-activation, servant ministry and the fostering of relationships with ministry partners local and abroad. Jeremy also shares in the preaching responsibilities at Main Street. Originally from Hattiesburg, Jeremy is a graduate of Oak Grove High School and The University of Southern Mississippi. He is currently enrolled in course of study at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He is married to his wonderfully talented wife with whom he has two incredible children. He enjoys cycling, mountain biking and anything concerning the Atlanta Braves, New Orleans Saints or his beloved Southern Miss Golden Eagles.
Lisa Greenwood is Vice President for Leadership Ministry at the Texas Methodist Foundation. She joined the team at TMF after serving five years as a strategist with Horizons Stewardship Company. Lisa earned a BA in Psychology from The University of Texas in Austin and a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School. Ordained in 1992, she has successfully served suburban, urban and rural churches in the North Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, including ten years in youth ministry. She has also served as the chair of the Order of Elders (2008-2012), a member of the Board of Ordained Ministry (2000-2012), and on the NTC Delegation in 2004, 2008, 2012 & 2016. Lisa speaks frequently to gatherings of pastors, laity and young adults at local church and connectional events in addition to consulting in the areas of church transformation and generosity. She is married to Joe Park. Together they share eight children and live in Dallas, Texas.
Scott McQueen spent 19 years at Riviera United Methodist Church in St. Petersburg where he has served as the Director of Youth Ministry since 2000 as well as the Director of Children’s ministry since 2008. Prior to arriving at Riviera UMC, Scott spent eight years in a variety of roles within the mental health system including Case Management and Therapeutic Foster Care Supervisor. He is married and has three adult children.
Shala Mills is Assistant Vice President for Graduate and Extended Learning at State University of New York at New Paltz. Prior to joining SUNY New Paltz, Shala spent twenty years at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. During two decades at FHSU she held positions including Chair and Professor of Political Science, Director of Liberal Education, and Affirmative Action Officer. Between 2011 and 2016 she served as the National Coordinator for the American Association of Colleges and Universities’ (AASCU) Global Challenges Project. She has taught courses in the areas of law and the courts, current political issues, sustainability, food and politics, and global challenges, and her most recent publications are in the areas of academic assessment and leadership, global challenges, and campus food insecurity. She has won numerous awards including AASCU’s Barbara Burch Award for Faculty Leadership in Civic Engagement, the FHSU Pilot Award for Professional Excellence as a Faculty Member, and the FHSU Navigator Award for Outstanding Academic Advising. Mills is a graduate of Baylor University and the University of Kansas. She is a member of Christ the King Episcopal Church in Stone Ridge, New York.
Victoria Reeves is based in Grand Haven, Michigan, where she works as a freelance marketing consultant. Prior to becoming a full-time entrepreneur, Victoria was on staff at Eckerd College in St.Petersburg, Florida, as the Associate Director of Housing & Residence Life. A graduate of Eckerd College herself, Victoria was passionate about creating a space for students to grow in their faith, and helped establish a worship ministry on campus during her tenure. Victoria has always had a heart for music. After moving to Michigan she joined the worship team at All Shores Wesleyan in Spring Lake, Michigan. Outside of work and church, Victoria keeps herself busy traveling, is involved with a fitness & women’s empowerment community, and volunteers with the Ronald McDonald House.
Wendy Simpson and her husband have two sons in college, Auburn University and the University of Central Florida. Wendy has a B.A. in English and a Masters in Secondary Education from The University of Florida. Upon graduation, she taught junior high school and high school English for five years with a focus on drop-out prevention and service-learning initiatives. After the birth of her second son, she chose to stay home and volunteer at her kids’ schools. She still volunteers at Mount Dora High School (Florida) with AVID (Advancement Via Individual Success), a national program for low socioeconomic at-risk youth. Her grandfather was an ELCA Lutheran minister. Wendy grew up very involved at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Dunedin, Florida. In 1994, after getting married, Wendy joined her husband’s church, First United Methodist Church in Mt. Dora, where they sang and drummed on the praise team, served on a wide variety of committees, and volunteered in the youth ministry. She and her husband currently attend St. Luke’s United Methodists Church in Orlando, Florida. They have a sweet “empty nest puppy” Princess Leia, who enjoys going on walks and playing lots of frisbee!
Megan Lineberry graduated with a BS in Psychology from Furman University. Megan worked in Children's Ministry at Northside UMC for 2 years before moving into volunteer, event, database, and alumni management at Candler School of Theology at Emory University for 9 years. Megan then spent the next three years as a director of projects in Human Resources for Emory's Advancement and Alumni Engagement division focusing on employee engagement, professional development, and overseeing recruitment and compensation. As of November 2019, a recent shift in careers has Megan working at Ideas United, a creative, purpose-driven storytelling agency, as an account. Megan lives just outside of Atlanta with her husband, son, and daughter. She enjoys baking, organizing all the things, and running. The family are active members of the community at Veritas Church.
Cynthia D. Weems is the Superintendent of the South East District of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. She most recently served as pastor of First United Methodist Church of Miami, a church with an extensive ministry to the diverse homeless population of downtown Miami. She is a graduate of Millsaps College and Yale Divinity School and served as a volunteer missionary in Cochabamba, Bolivia, immediately following seminary. She speaks Spanish and Portuguese and thrives on the rich diversity of South Florida’s communities. Cynthia is blessed with one daughter.
Greg Stoskopf is the Managing Director of Deloitte Consulting LLP’s National Compensation Strategies Practice and serves on Deloitte’s Global Rewards Executive Committee. He has more than 30 years of experience in compensation, performance management and human resources. Greg is an author and frequent speaker on compensation, talent management, and total rewards topics, both nationally and internationally. He is a member of the New York Compensation Association, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and WorldatWork. Since moving to New York in 1998, he is an active member of the American Guild of Organists New York City Chapter. He is a member of Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue (Episcopal) and serves on the Board of Trustees as Treasurer of the Church Club of New York and Clarion Music Society. He also serves as a Trustee of Baker University.
Chad is the Vice President of Community Engagement and Christian Initiatives the YMCA of Central Florida, one of the largest connections of YMCAs in the USA. He previously ran a non-profit service camp for 17 years. Chad has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Belhaven University. He is married with four children and attends First Baptist Sweetwater.
Megan Galbraith Donahue is Director of Product Management for Sensei Intelligent Agents at Adobe. Prior to Adobe, she worked at Microsoft, Apple, and Shockwave.com. She received her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Minor in Women's Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She also received her Master of Science from MIT, conducting research in wearable technology at the Media Lab for her thesis. Megan grew up in Clearwater, Florida, and was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Clearwater, including its youth ministry and music programs. She currently lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband and daughter. While she has attended several churches in the Seattle area, her family is continually on the lookout for one to call home. Megan spends her free time volunteering with the Seattle Junior League, enjoying time with her family, hiking, yarn painting, tending to her planted aquariums, traveling, and providing respite care for foster family and children.