Alyssa Kathleen Mobilizer and Mission Coach

Alyssa was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She loves ice cream, Disney movies, and the great outdoors. After high school, she went on her first short-term trip and Haiti where she was “bit with the missions bug.” That trip set the trajectory for her college career, at Azusa Pacific University, towards missions. After graduating in 2014 she served with GoCorps on the University Outreach track in South East Asia. While overseas she was known as a language and cultural student, taught English, and helped open a new language center. It was overseas where she also realized the great need for more workers to be sent to the harvest field. Now she is working as a mobilizer and missions coach for GoCorps and hopes that her efforts will encourage young adults to among the unreached peoples overseas on behalf of the Good News!

Colton White Campus and Church Partnership Mobilizer

In 2011 Colton graduated from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor with a BA in Christian Studies and is currently pursuing his Masters of Theological Studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Colton previously served as Youth and Missions Pastor in Holland, TX for four years and a College Pastor in Belton, TX for three years.  Colton’s passion to see every people, tongue and tribe hear and respond to the gospel began in college. Since then Colton has seen God do incredible work through the local church to reach the nations with the Gospel. Colton has been married to fellow staff member Katy White for four years. He has an unhealthy obsession with the Houston Astros, he is less then average at basketball, and his best friend is his dog, Springer.

Isaiah McAleese Operations

Isaiah has a passion for missions that has lasted two decades. His missions-minded pastor and Urbana '96 were the catalyst. In 2005, Isaiah moved from Chicagoland to Boston to help plant, then serve in leadership, at REUNION Christian Church. From there, he served on four one-week mission trips and a three-month internship in the Dominican Republic. Isaiah's 18 years of retail experience and eight years of church plant service and leadership have helped prepare him for his role at GoCorps. He is a big fan of Keith Green and Star Trek, and enjoys utilizing his connectedness strength frequently. Isaiah is often asked by friends to dance to Thriller at weddings, including his own. Isaiah, his wife Lindsey, and their two kids, are based outside of Philadelphia, PA.

Jessica Hayson Director of Mobilization

Jessica has had a successful career in corporate recruitment for over 10 years, and recently completed her Master’s degree with University of Northwestern – St. Paul in Organizational Leadership.  It was during her MOL program that she started to sense God was calling her to use those recruiting skills for another purpose when she found GoCorps.  Jessica is passionate about helping emerging adults transition well from college into their career and strongly believes that investing 2 years in global service after graduation should be normalized among recent grads to help fulfill the Great Commission.  She is currently involved with a local church plant in Minneapolis and believes God has called us all in unique ways to live missionally wherever he calls us, whether in the city or overseas.  Jessica loves music, reading all kinds of books, spending time with family and friends at the lake, and a good cup of coffee.  Jessica is based in Minneapolis, MN. 

Julia Van Der Werf Director of Training

Julia was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, and attended Penn State University.  From the very beginning of her teaching career, she had a passion to serve inner city youth which eventually led her to start an inner city ministry in Washington, DC called DayBreak in which she served as the Executive Director until 2009 when she married Paul and began serving with GoCorps.  Her roles on the GoCorps team have included: director of coaching, fundraising event coordinator, and fundraising campaigh trainer. Julia loves her family and friends who are scattered all over the country and world and enjoys reading, watching movies, traveling, going for long walks in pretty places, photography, and being a mom to three little ones. 

Katy White Director of Coaching

Katy graduated from Texas A&M in 2012 with a degree in Communication. While in college, the urgency of making Christ known in all nations captured her heart and her passions followed suit. She now desires to ignite a passion for the least reached in the lives of college students and to see this generation realize their strategic place in global missions. Katy’s hobbies include cooking fancy recipes and playing the guitar. Katy resides in Belton, TX with her husband Colton. Together they take as many opportunities to travel as they can, and are currently half-way into their goal of visiting all seven continents.

Lindsey McAleese Mobilizer and Mission Coach

Lindsey has spent the last decade encouraging, equipping and motivating college students to know the love of Jesus and share it with others. She is energized by conversations with students about what they will do after college and how they will make a difference. Lindsey believes that life is meant to be lived to the full and she inspires others to do the same. Lindsey graduated from Taylor University in 2003, then served on staff with the CCO for nine years.  Lindsey enjoys drinking coffee at coffee shops and spending time with her neices and she played field hockey in middle and high school. Lindsey is a native of the Philadelphia, PA area where she lives with her husband, Isaiah.

Mike Nelson Operations and Admin

As a student at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, Mike had many opportunities to share the Gospel around the US and overseas.  These experiences sparked a passion for global service and eventually God brought Mike and his wife, Jackie, overseas for a year with a church planting organization.  Mike loves hearing about how God is working in the lives of college students and how to connect them with opportunities to serve globally.  Mike, Jackie, and their two daughters are based just outside of Minneapolis.

Paul Van Der Werf Executive Director

Paul has a passion for helping the emerging generation use their gifts, talents and abilities to share the gospel among the least reached globally. After graduating with a degree in Business from Wheaton College, Paul has spent the last 15 years figuring out how to help recent grads integrate their faith, passions and degree in global missions. Toward this end, in 2009, he founded GoCorps. Paul loves travel and has visited all 50 states and 46 countries. He enjoys urban bike riding, ultimate Frisbee, reading and iced coffee. Paul and his wife Julia and three young sons are based in Minneapolis.

Tana Petty Mission Coach

Tana grew up in west Texas and developed a love for dance and sports that led her to pursue a degree in Kinesiology at the University of Texas at Arlington. Tana used her degree and therapy knowledge to serve as a 2014 Goer on the Medical Track. As a Goer she served orphans, locals and expats with her physical therapy background; and because she was an international language student, she was also able to reach college students for Christ and help the local church build a discipleship program for young believers. She now focuses on sharing her experience with college students and strives to push this generation of believers to consider missions as their next step after graduation.