Our Staff

Vladimir Bunta

Vladimir Bunta

President

Hometown: Angola

College & degree: SIU, BS in Mining Engineering

Chi Alpha helps me to live not up to the world, neither other Christian’s standards but up to God standards and expectations.

Danae Price

Danae Price

Secretary

Hometown: Carbondale, IL

College & degree: SIU, BA in Music

Chi Alpha is a place where I know I can go to experience God’s presence and grow in my faith. It has given me the opportunity to be connected to an incredible family of believers from all over the world without having to leave my hometown!

Yelsin Ramirez

Yelsin Ramirez

Treasurer

Hometown: Nicaragua

Major: TESOL

Chi Alpha is the perfect opportunity to experience and share God’s true love

Kudzai Musuhmi

Kudzai Musuhmi

Assistant Director

Hometown: Harare, Zimbabwe

College & degree: SIU, Dual MA in Mass Communication and Media Arts and Curriculum Instruction

How did you hear about Chi Alpha? I first heard about Chi Alpha from a member of the church I was going to

What is Chi Alpha for you? Chi Alpha has been a lifeline for me, I can’t imagine life without it. Chi Alpha has been a home away from home for me and God used it to anchor my faith. My Chi Alpha group is more than an organization it has been my family.

Sayaka Ikeda

Sayaka Ikeda

Assistant Director

Hometown: Chiba prefecture, Japan

College & degree: SIUC, BS in Athletic Training and Psychology, MS in TESOL

How did you hear about Chi Alpha? Through Japanese Bible Study

What is Chi Alpha for you? My loving family away from home!

Fabi Rojas

Fabi Rojas

Assistant Director

Hometown: Lima, Peru

College & degree: SIUC, Master in Business Administration

How did you hear about Chi Alpha? It was through the Office of International Students. Chi Alpha opened their doors for me to stay at their international house while I was in my first year as a grad student.

What is Chi Alpha for you? It is my family. It is where I met Jesus, got transformed by His love and where I learned what life is about.

Beth Swartzendruber

Beth Swartzendruber

Assistant Director

Hometown: German Valley, IL

College & degree: SIUC, BS in Elementary Education

How did you hear about Chi Alpha? I first came to CCC as a transfer student to SIUC.  While visiting CCC, I was invited to XA the following week.  My life has never been the same since!!

What is Chi Alpha for you? XA is a place of belonging, a powerful community of like-minded believers & a launch pad for servant leaders that will transform the world for God’s glory.

Bruce Payne

Bruce Payne

Director

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

College & Degree: Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education from SIUC

How did you hear about Chi Alpha? I heard about Chi Alpha from a friend not long after graduating from college.

What is Chi Alpha for you?  Chi Alpha is an international family of Jesus lovers who seek to know Him, follow Him, and share Him with others by being salt and light to their campuses.

Beth Heren

Beth Heren

Advisor

Hometown: Carbondale, IL

Degree: BFA (Art Studio degree) from SIU and MPA  (Masters Public Administration) from SIU

How did you hear about Chi Alpha? Chi Alpha meetings are always announced in our Calvary Campus Church meetings

What is Chi Alpha for you?  Chi Alpha is a way for our local church members to meet and make friends with SIU students