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.
When Sandra’s not busy letting every girl in FOCUS borrow her clothes, she can be found watching CNN or mourning the death of Bruiser Woods. 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 last year, so she trusted God when he called her to join the Dallas staff. She is so excited for what God has in store in the coming years!
Ashley grew up in Plano, so the idea of attending Collin College with every other local 18-year-old did not seem ideal to her. Little did she know, God had big plans for her at community college. She went on to get her degree in Social Work at the University of North Texas and got to work at a Child Placing Agency. While she still has a vision for serving at-risk populations, she is thrilled to come back to her love of campus ministry. Ashley looks forward to growing and learning this upcoming year and to hopefully beat out Sarah Worsham as the loudest person on staff.