About the Board

Tony Tibshirani
Board Chairman
Tony is the Senior Director of Business Development at Nokia. He worked directly for the CEO of Space-Time Insight and prior to that was their Vice President of National Field Operations/Sales. Tony has over 30 years sales, sales management, and operational experience in the information technology industry. He is an objective thinker, rationalizing various views with an ability to turn insight into actions. Tony’s sense of service extends beyond the CAYM board; he also serves on several Christian organization boards as well as on his neighborhood HOA Board. Tony and his wife, Linda, live in California near their two daughters and three grandchildren.

Stuart W. Epperson 
Stuart is co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Salem Communications. Through his involvement in that Salem, he is a member of the board of directors of the National Religious Broadcasters Association. Time Magazine has named him one of the 25 most influential evangelicals in America. Stuart is one of the co-founders of the Christian Association of Youth Mentoring and served as Chairman for the first decade. He has a passion for mentoring boys who are growing up without their dads. The Eppersons lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. His wife, Nancy, is on the board of international Christian broadcaster, Trans World Radio. Many successful men and women throughout the country attribute their success to mentoring from Stuart and Nancy. They have four children, daughters Kristy, Karen, and Kathy, and son Stuart, Jr., along with a multitude of grandchildren. 

Douglas Karber
Doug has worked for Koch Industries for over twenty years in strategic business development and leadership roles. Prior to his role at Koch, he worked as an accountant for Pepsico and a regional banking firm doing financial planning along with roles in merger/acquisitions.  He is a graduate of Wichita State University with a B.A. in Accounting and a MBA. Doug and Kristy Karber have been married for over twenty years and have three children. They attend River Community Church in Wichita where they serve in several ministries.

Michael J. Karcher, PhD
Michael is Associated Dean for Research and Professor of Educational Psychology in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He received a doctorate in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University (1997) and a doctorate in Educational Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin (1999). He conducts research on school-based and cross-age peer mentoring as well as on adolescent connectedness and pair counseling. He co-edited two editions of the Handbook of Youth Mentoring (with David L. DuBois) and authored the Cross-age Mentoring Program (CAMP) program, the implementation for which is described in CAMP Program Manual, Training Guide, Connectedness Curriculum, and Mentor Handbook. Most recently, he has worked with Donnovan Karber and Peter Vanacore, along with Boy with a Ball international leaders, Jamie Johnson and Anna Currie, on a tiered mentoring program for faith-based communities. The curriculum is called CAMP John, drawing inspiration from the Gospel of John, which is used in the coaching by adult of teen mentors in the CAMP Graceland model. Michael lives in his hometown of San Antonio with his wife, Sara and three children.

Courtney Walton
Courtney currently serves in the role of Training and Content Director for UNDIVIDED which is a non-profit that is focused on racial solidarity and healing. She was recognized as an influential female leader receiving the Greater Cincinnati YWCA Rising Star Award. She is a TEDx speaker, Social Impact Global Fellow with MovingWorlds, certified Framework for Understanding Poverty trainer and Trauma Competent Care trainer. Courtney received her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Elon University, her master's degree in Women and Gender Studies at the University of Cincinnati and she is currently pursuing her doctorate from Northern Kentucky University in Educational Leadership focusing her dissertation research on identifying the most effective resilience and resistance practices that help mitigate the impact of racialized trauma.

Joel Werdell
Joel is the Principal Product Manager in Artificial Intelligence for T-Mobile where he lead sa team of data scientists and engineers to build products that accelerate the adoption of AI. Joel is one of the founders Peak7 – a faith-based 501(c)3 providing life-changing outdoor adventures to under-resourced youth. He lives in Washington State with his wife, Amanda, and their three children. 

Paul White. PhD 
Paul White is a Christian psychologist, speaker, and leadership trainer. He has written articles for and been interviewed by Bloomberg’s Business Week, CNN/Fortune.com, Entrepreneur.com, Fast Company, FoxBusiness.com, Huffington Post LIVE, U.S. News and World Report, and Yahoo! Finance. Dr. White is the coauthor of three books including, The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace,which has sold over 500,000 copies (written with Dr. Gary Chapman, author of the #1 NY Times bestseller, The 5 Love Languages). Their Appreciation at Work training resources have been used by numerous corporations, medical facilities, schools, non-profit organizations, and government agencies, over 725 colleges and universities, and in over 60 countries. Additionally, his expertise has been requested by numerous Christian organizations including the Salvation Army, Compassion International, and Focus on the Family, just to name a few. He has been married for over 40 years and is the father of four adult children. Paul and his wife, Kathy, have been involved in small group ministry for many years.