Brandon went to UTD as a freshman in 1997 and never left. His dad became a Christian in college while studying chemistry, and then a campus minister, so campus ministry is in his blood. He has 2 degrees in business from UTD and worked on the side in business consulting for much of his career. He enjoys reading, racquetball, and ultimate frisbee, but mostly just spending time with friends–especially college students! He has a booming laugh and sometimes gets texts while in the Student Union that say, “I know you’re here somewhere–I heard you laughing.” He’s married to Sarah, who leads FOCUS at UT Arlington. Fittingly, he proposed in front of over 600 students.
Mandy graduated from UT Dallas with a Bachelors in Economics and Finance and from Amberton University with a Masters in Human Relations and Business. She was involved in starting FOCUS at UTD while she was a student there. This is where her passion and love for campus ministry began. Mandy married Andrew in 2002 and they both are crazy about their labradors, Harvey and Daisy.
A West Coast transplant, Peter tries his best to pass as a native Texan, including learning to love two-step dancing, country music, and that southern drawl. He enjoys spending time with college students and getting a front-row seat to watching Jesus transform their lives. Since starting full-time campus ministry, Peter has achieved his life goals of home and dog ownership. Now he’s trying to achieve the next milestone: having lots of cute kids. But Mandy insists that he needs to find a suitable wife first.
Sarah was just a small town girl, living in a lonely world. Then she took a 6-hour drive going anywhere (UTD). Now school’s out forever because she graduated with her B.S. in Psychology and Child Learning Development. During her internship, God took her deeper than her feet could ever wander and her faith was made stronger. She’s realized since then through her various life experiences that girls just want to have fun, so she feels called to be a campus missionary at UTD to help them not just keep chasing pavement and shake it off.
Rhett first joined FOCUS as a seventeen-year-old freshman with bad hair at the University of Texas at Dallas. There, he learned what it means to follow Jesus and disciple others. After realizing the heart God had given him for ministry, he decided to pursue the FOCUS Apprenticeship, which landed him in Denton. It was there that he matured, grew his trust in God, and was given free pizza by a homeless man late one night. Now, he’s back at UTD, and he loves getting to be with the new students from his alma mater.
Growing up, members of FOCUS were a big part of Cort’s life. FOCUS students and staff taught his Sunday School classes and volunteered at his camps all the way up until he graduated high school. Cort joined FOCUS at Collin College in the Fall of 2014 and, after 2 years of study at Collin, Cort transferred to The University of Texas at Dallas to complete a Bachelors of Arts in Arts and Technology. Even though his dream is to work in the production of games and cartoons, Cort felt led by God to go back and continue doing ministry with FOCUS.
Kylie Von Runnen
Kylie graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas (Whoosh) in 2019, with a B.S. in Business Administration. She previously attended Collin College (Go Cougs) for her freshman and sophomore year, where she was introduced to FOCUS. This ministry made a profound impact, not only on her experience in college but on her life as a disciple. She was able to stay at UTD post-grad for the apprenticeship and had so much fun that she decided it wasn’t time for her to leave yet. Some of Kylie’s other interests include singing, reading, dancing, Disney, and her dog, Moose.
Victoria Milian Seiler
Andrea was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, where she was never more than a couple of blocks away from a breakfast taco. After high school, she moved to Dallas and fell in love with Jesus (and of course Temoc, UTD’s school mascot). Andrea graduated in 2020 with a degree in Psychology and Child Learning and Development. She also minored in Visual Arts, mostly as an excuse to spend more time in the beautiful arts building.
Lindsey graduated from Texas Christian University (Go Frogs!) with a degree in Psychology. During her freshman year, a campus missionary invited her to meet Jesus! Her life was transformed and ever since then, she has wanted to help other college students come to know Jesus. She spent all four years at TCU cheering on the sidelines and even now, you can always count on Lindsey to cheer you on! She recently married her husband, William, who was involved with FOCUS throughout college.
Lailah is a San Francisco native who graduated from Howard University with a BFA in Dance. Following graduation in 2015, she worked with Dallas Black Dance Theatre for 6 years as a dancer and dance teacher. In year 5 of her time at DBDT, a co-worker, friend, and FOCUS grad studied the Bible with her, and it was there that her desire to follow Christ emerged. As her new walk with Christ deepened, so did her hunger for being an effective disciple. With that goal in mind, she decided to transition from her dance career to the FOCUS apprenticeship, and expects to learn how to love people and be a trustworthy leader for Christ in the world.
Michelle graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in Sociology. She got involved with FOCUS her freshman year at Collin College, where everything clicked and she found a new purpose for her life: knowing Jesus and making him known. Along with campus ministry, she loves her husband, Kurt, and her three guinea pigs, Cuddles, RayRay, and Sugar.
Taylor graduated from UTA with a degree in Marketing & Management. Having spent his entire life in Arlington, he now moves to Plano to enter full-time ministry at UT Dallas. Taylor is passionate about the relationship of apologetics and genuine servant-like friendship in pointing people toward Jesus and the fullness of life he brings, as these were the 2 primary things that cemented Taylor’s faith as he wrestled with God in college. Taylor is also passionate about spikeball, disc-golf, and video-games. In all these things, he admittedly tends to think he’s a little better than he truly is…