Born in Windsor, Ontario, Sirak lived in Canada until 2000, when he moved to the United States. The son of Ethiopian immigrants, his life has been anything but ordinary. Upon arriving at Collin College to study Nursing, the Lord introduced him to FOCUS and changed his life forever. Through authentic community, he gained a vision for what a campus could look like when the students make Jesus Lord of their lives. He earned two degrees in Sociology and immediately joined the FOCUS staff. He also teaches sociology as an adjunct professor at Richland College.
Sandra graduated from UNT with a degree in Integrative Studies, concentrating in Journalism, Spanish, and Sociology. Sandra loved being involved in FOCUS as a student because it was through this ministry she was introduced to Jesus. Different people in her life encouraged and challenged her to do the apprenticeship so she trusted God when he called her to join the Dallas staff and is here for the long haul. She enjoys listening to 70’s and 80’s music, playing Mexican train dominoes, and watching sad movies.
Joey graduated with a BA in English Literature from UT Dallas, where he first learned to love the Lord. After doing his pastoral apprenticeship at Collin College, he has joined our Richland College team. On the weekends you’ll probably see him playing disc golf, ultimate frisbee, or video games with his roommates.
A graduate of UTD and lover of the beautiful interconnectedness of God’s creation, Connor was a high school science teacher for 4 years. He taught Biology, Chemistry, and Physics before becoming a FOCUS apprentice. He is eager to serve at Richland College and help pioneer a new ministry at Brookhaven College. Connor also has a strange affinity for spiders and currently owns three tarantulas, all of which he has raised with love and curiosity. Nicknamed “Bob Ross”, Connor enjoys nature thoroughly and loves to go on hikes with friends.
Claire graduated from UTD with a BS in Supply Chain Management. She has been a part of UTD FOCUS since her freshman year and is excited to be part of the Richland FOCUS staff. The past few years, Claire has enjoyed changing her hair color to fun, bright colors. If you see her sporting a new color suddenly, don’t be too surprised. She hopes to meet as many students as possible and show them God’s abounding love.