Marcia Ball, Ed.D

Founder

Backround and Education

Before co-founding Kerus Global Education, Dr. Marcia Ball was a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She has 11 years of experience in higher education and has written and directed numerous state and federal grant projects related to youth risk behavior. She also served on the Governor of Virginia’s Maternal and Child Health Council’s Subcommittee for Teen Pregnancy Prevention. Dr. Ball is the co-author of the Life at the CrossRoads and It Takes Courage! curricula and training programs used in HIV/AIDS prevention programs in over 50 nations. Dr. Ball is also a certified Birkman International Learning Partner.

Jennie Cerullo, Ph.D.

Founder

Backround and Education

Dr. Jennie Cerullo holds academic degrees in education, human resource leadership, and cross-cultural education. She has worked as a principal in a Vietnamese refugee camp in Hong Kong, taught in private and public schools, and served as an administrator for an English language development program in California. Dr. Cerullo has also taught in the graduate education program at Azusa Pacific University. She regularly consults internationally in the areas of character education and adult learning methods. She is the co-author of the Life at the CrossRoads and It Takes Courage! curricula and training programs used in HIV/AIDS prevention programs around the world. Dr. Cerullo is also a certified Birkman International Learning Partner.

Jennifer Sommers

Administrative Assistant

Backround and Education

Jennifer Sommers has an Associate of Arts Degree from Hesston College and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Bethel College (KS). She has faithfully worked as the Administrative Assistant for Kerus Global Education since 2006, and is such an incredible blessing to the Kerus team. Jennifer has traveled numerous times to South Africa and has mentored the financial team at the orphan care center to learn and utilize Quickbooks for financial processes. She is married to Dickson and has one child, Aliyah. Jennifer loves travel, cooking and a competitive game of volleyball.

Carrie Christopher

Kerus Ambassador Coordinator

Backround and Education

Carrie graduated from the University at Albany, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a minor in Journalism. Over the years she has worked avidly in Development, Marketing, Public Relations, Non-profits, Children’s Ministry and Higher Education. Carrie’s heartbeat is to generate community support for Kerus Global, while praying into innovative strategies to fuel funding, church and volunteer engagement. She desires to see Kerus Global’s worldwide efforts change the lives of many. She has a passion filled love to serve the orphans, and truly desires to assist the Kerus team in their mission to change the world with the imprint of Christ. She would love to help you find your passion and purpose serving Kerus Global! Please reach out to learn how to use your unique gifting.

Debbie Garrick

Graphic Design and Curriculum Development

Backround and Education

Debbie holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Wheaton College and a Masters in Biblical Counseling from Grace Theological Seminary. She has been an educator since 1982, including nine years in Germany and Austria, teaching music and working with children who have learning disabilities. Presently, Debbie is a free-lance musician, regularly braving the rehearsal halls of choirs from ages 7 to 97 as director and accompanist. She is also a freelance graphic artist, working primarily with educational and service organizations locally and internationally. Debbie joined Kerus before it was Kerus, helping with graphic design and curriculum development. She has had the privilege of helping communicate its message through every phase of its growth, which means, if you’ve seen it, chances are it came through her desk at some point!