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Lee Byberg, M.B.A.

President & Faculty

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Vidar (Lee) was born in Chicago but raised in South America as well as his parents’ native Norway. Lee moved to Minnesota in 1982 after graduating from high school in Norway and attended the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management, where he achieved his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (1987) and Master of Business Administration (1990). Lee was employed by Life-Science Innovations & Affiliated Companies (LSI) since 1996 through 2014 and served in multiple leadership roles with affiliated companies. LSI is a privately held company headquartered in Wilmar, Minnesota, and employs 1,500 people in Minnesota, Ohio, Virginia, Kansas and Missouri. LSI serves in the industries of agriculture, engineering and bio-science. Lee has a variety of experience managing and leading companies. His experience includes being the Senior Economic Internal Consultant for Phillips Petroleum Company (where he was responsible for the economics of a $300 million water injection project) to being the Vice President of Operations of Life-Science Innovations in Wilmar, MN, to being the President of Epitopix (R&D of vaccines for food safety in field of livestock) and CEO of Syntiron (a human R&D company focused on the development of a vaccine against Staphylococcus and other community-acquired infections). Lee has since 2014 served as CEO of Rivendell Education Company, LLC, a company based in Minnesota focused on developing and licensing curriculum and critical thinking software for customers in the field of education.

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Peter Ikeda, B.B.A.

Director of Lead Cultivation & Resident Assistant

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Peter Ikeda is a graduate from Baylor University with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Business Management and Entrepreneurship. An uninspired student during his academic career, Peter found he learned best by doing rather than regurgitating information on a test. Having jobs since he was 16 years old, Peter has garnered experience working for various types of companies across multiple industries. His favorite opportunities include interning for the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts company, working for the Small Business Development Center network in VA, and serving as Marketing Director for Kennedy Wilson, an international commercial real estate firm. His interest in business and heart for the Gospel led him to engage in Youth With A Mission's DTS program where he focused on Business As Mission. During his outreach trip, Peter worked alongside PURNAA, a clothing manufacturer in Nepal, whose focus is on empowering people with dignity through gainful employment and earning a living wage.

Peter is also fiercely passionate about people. Having come from a broken home life with many insecurities and difficult experiences in his past, Peter has seen the grace and mercy of God meet him in painful moments, turning darkness into light. As he has walked with the Lord in his life, Peter felt the call to let his testimony be an encouragement to others to recognize they are loved by their Father in Heaven. As such, he has dedicated his life to walking with others to realize and pursue their identity and destiny in the Lord.

Intersecting his love for people and passion for business, he has found his “dream job” as the Director of Lead Cultivation at CreatEd Institute. In his role, Peter wears a myriad of different work hats, acting as an admissions counselor, financial advisor, prayer partner, and corporate strategist. In his free time, Peter enjoys traveling and experiencing new cultures and cuisines, being active, spending time with family and friends, and engaging in conversations that search for the deep mysteries of life.

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Kevin Jenson, M.Ed.

Director of Academic Affairs & Faculty

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Kevin's background in educational development stems from his research and study at over 10 different universities on 4 different continents where he earned an M.Ed. in Education and Human Resources (Adult Education & Training) and a B.A. in Marketing, Finance, Global Economics & International Business. University affiliations include Macquarie University (Sydney, AU), Colorado State University (CO, USA), New College (Oxford, UK), Cedarville University (OH, USA), Dongbei University of Finance and Economics (Dalian, CN), Dublin Business School (Dublin, IE) and others. A certificate of Christian Ministry and extensive practice with leadership training and development have convinced him that it is the duty of a Christian educator to facilitate an experience of discovery and encounter with Truth that leads to the transformation of the individual.

When Kevin is not immersed in reading or writing, he likes pretending to be Professor X, drawing out the passion and purpose of individuals through the art of asking questions. Another one of his hobbies aims to restore the culinary arts to a more prominent role in everyday life. The drums have recently topped the charts as his favorite musical instrument to jam out with for hours, but he still maintains a strong affection for the piano where he first learned to fall in love with music. Teaching teenagers how to drive in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado is probably the most rewarding thing he has ever done, while the scariest moment of his life was probably walking into a classroom full of elementary students on the first day of substitute teaching. He has learned that little steps are what it takes to climb big mountains and that courage grows within the arms of love. The patience of God astounds him on a regular basis and he is thrilled by nothing more than the discovery and pursuit of the kingdom of heaven at work in his life and in the world around him.

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Jeff Ingle, M.A.

Director of Operations & Faculty

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Jeff Ingle (M.A.) earned his Bachelor's degree in Biblical and Theological Studies from Crown College (St. Bonifacius, MN). He did his graduate studies in Systematic Theology at Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL), and has completed studies from Moody Bible Institute (Chicago, IL) and the University of Northwestern St. Paul (MN). He and his wife Lauren were married in 2012. Beyond his academic interests in the intersection of theology and the liberal arts, Jeff has a passion for "traveling on a shoestring." He values the opportunities it affords for adventuring and especially for seeking new ways to love and learn from people around the world. In addition to broad travel through North America, he has embarked on several hitch-hiking journeys through the British Isles and Eastern Europe. He has also explored central locales of the Old and New Testaments in parts of the Middle East, Turkey, and Greece.

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Pete Lackey, M.A.

Faculty Advisor

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Pete Lackey, M.A. M.Div., received a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies as well as a master’s degree in Theology and History from Criswell College (Dallas, TX) before receiving a second master’s degree in Philosophy of Religion from Yale Divinity School (New Haven, CT). He has also completed a number of additional studies in the areas of language, culture, and religion from the University of Georgia, the University of Minnesota, and Luther Seminary (to name a few), and is currently pursuing two doctoral degrees in Theology, Art, and Culture and the Great Books respectively. With a heart for the community at large, Pete has filled a number of academic, administrative, and ministry posts with various organizations such as the T.A.Patterson World Mission Center (Dallas, TX), the Overseas Ministries Study Center (New Haven, CT), InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and the MacLaurin Institute (a Christian study center serving the University of Minnesota). and served as Resident Scholar of the Rivendell 5 Pursuits Honors Program. He has also worked with developmentally disabled inner-city children at a St. Paul charter school. His overseas experience includes humanitarian relief efforts with theological instruction in Sri Lanka, Chad, Brazil, and Chile

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Jean Norment

Student Life Director

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For over 25 years, Jean Norment has been teaching in churches and schools around the world. Her passion is to see Christians released into the joy of experiencing intimacy with God through a fresh revelation of the power and glory of the cross. Seeing the enormous scope of Christ’s finished work from God’s perspective is one of the main keys to helping people discover their true identity and destiny in Christ. Jean’s call into the ministry came in 1975 when God spoke clearly to her, saying, ‘I will send you to the nations of the world and you will teach My Word.’ She spent many years alone with God in careful preparation for that calling. At that time, she and her husband, Bobby, lived in Montgomery, Alabama where Bobby was President and CEO of Norment Industries. In 1994, God called Jean and Bobby to Kona, Hawaii, where they joined the staff of the University of the Nations-Kona, which is part of the family of ministries of Youth with a Mission. Both Jean and Bobby served on the leadership team of the University of the Nations for 10 years. Jean continues to teach in YWAM Discipleship Training Schools and Counseling Schools around the world. In 2009, Bobby and Jean moved to Bloomington, Minnesota where they are helping to pioneer CreatEd. God has gifted and anointed Jean as a counselor. She enjoys training and equipping other Christians to minister to the broken-hearted through the power of the Holy Spirit, and she loves mentoring young people. Jean and Bobby have two sons and three grandchildren who are the joys of their lives.

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Annie Slocum, B.F.A.

Life & Learning Coach

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Annie Slocum: Annie was born and raised in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. In 2012, she graduated summa cum laude with Rivendell Sanctuary’s inaugural cohort (CreatEd Institute’s beta program). She transferred to Belhaven University in Jackson, MS and to earn her BFA in Creative Writing. During the summer of 2013, Annie studied abroad for five weeks at the University of Oxford. When she graduated from Belhaven in 2014, Annie was invited to return to Rivendell Sanctuary for a sixteen-month faculty internship. During that time, she served as resident advisor, building authentic mentoring relationships with students while supervising residence hall life. She also developed and taught advanced composition workshops, provided coaching for academic essay writing, assisted in administration and grading, and aided professors in the facilitation of cohort discussions. On the side, Annie discovered a passion for minimalism and began conducting personal decluttering sessions, coaching individuals through a process of self-examination, elimination of excess, and delight in signature staples—habits that foster internal transformation and empower individuals to live with greater peace and effectiveness within their spheres of influence. In 2016, Annie began her graduate work in strategic leadership at North Central University in Minneapolis, MN, which she will complete online. In addition to working for CreatEd Institute, Annie plans to apply her knowledge, skills, and passions to the field of entrepreneurship.

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Davis Norment, B.A.

Director of Strategy & Vision and Life & Learning Coach

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Davis Norment received his undergraduate degree in Christian Ministries from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. He went on to complete additional post-graduate work in Biblical Studies from the University of the Nations where he spent fourteen years as an accomplished teacher and curriculum developer. At the UofN-Kona, Mr. Norment shared leadership and teaching duties in a 36 credit-hour master’s level Biblical Studies course, and a 20 credit-hour Discipleship Training Course. During this time, Mr. Norment began to identify a core set of unanswered questions that is leaving a void in the lives of many young Christians today. Mr. Norment realized that this void is the result of students being taught “what” to believe without the context for “why” to believe it. Burdened to solve this issue, Mr. Norment developed a 12 credit-hour Biblical Worldview curriculum focused on answering life’s most fundamental questions. The course quickly became one of the most popular classes at the UofN-Kona. Mr. Norment partly attributes its success to his own personal frustration and struggles in learning. As a student, the institution’s forms, methods and curriculums left him bored and uninspired. Yet, these early struggles and frustrations with learning were the experiences that made Mr. Norment a successful teacher and curriculum writer. He understands today’s culture and student body and knows how to build curriculums that can inspire this generation to excel. His strength lies in his ability to take the underachiever—young men and women who never excelled academically—and generate within them a passion for God and learning. As a result, Mr. Norment has seen numbers of his students, many of whom gave little thought to continuing their college education, go on to excel in their studies, with a significant number completing their masters or doctorate degrees, including one at Harvard University. This experience profoundly impacted Mr. Norment’s life and is the springboard to his being one of the founders of the CreatEd Institute.

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Charity Manwaring, B.A.

Life & Learning Coach

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Before joining the CreatEd Life & Learning team, Charity graduated from the Rivendell Sanctuary Honors Program (CreatEd’s beta program in Minnesota). As a student, she became passionate about pursuing the examined life and discovered the communal potential of sharing that life with others. In addition to her socratic studies, she began learning the arts of administration, marketing, and professional hospitality while she worked as an admissions assistant for the program. Throughout her time at Rivendell, she was also introduced to the joys of art, theatre, fine dining, and etiquette — all of which have been lasting loves. Having begun the journey of discovering life’s wonders and curiosities, her search for meaning continued as she furthered her pursuits in western Pennsylvania, earning a B.A. in English and Literature at Grove City College. While there, she thrived academically and eventually served as a Resident Assistant, which provided the opportunity for her to grow in discipleship, event planning, and cultivating team flourishing.

After graduating, Charity spent the latter half of 2016 in Sydney, Australia, where she became a personal tutor for families throughout the city. In her free time, she ventured into Sydney’s live theatres and pursued opportunities to see Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, an off-Broadway show of Disney’s Aladdin, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Othello, as well as multiple trips to the Art Gallery of New South Wales. She also invested her time in feeding her love for literature, exploring methods of discipleship, and engaging in cross-cultural relationships with native Australians and other travelers from a variety of different countries. Upon returning home to New York, her love for writing and editing led her to accept a project editor position at an ERA Real Estate company while she substitute taught and invested in ministering to inner-city youth. She’s pursued her interests in culture, missions, and education throughout the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean, West Africa, Italy, Australia, and Thailand. Passionate about transforming lives for Christ, she’s come back to serve as a Life & Learning Coach at CreatEd Institute. To supplement her role in the classroom, she has begun pursuing her M.A. in the area of Christian and Classical Studies at Knox Theological Seminary.

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Zeb Weyrick

Network Director

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Zeb grew up in rural Minnesota to a family rooted in the Christian faith and hard work. At the age of 14 he took on the responsibility of maintaining the 40-acre farm where he lived with his mother and younger brother. He credits that responsibility with teaching him the business principles that he values today such as diligence, ingenuity, and having a “do or die” attitude. Zeb was homeschooled during his high school years and worked fervently in the landscaping, construction, and automotive industries, giving him valuable hands-on experience in multiple businesses. He cultivated his intuitive problem solving skills and learned the value of ingenuity through working smarter rather than harder. Zeb went on to take advantage of the Minnesota PSEO program and attended college courses during his high school years. By the time he graduated high school he had earned an A.A. degree, where he discovered first hand just how erroneous the traditional education system could be. Shortly after, he went on to author the book Dare To Be American: Renewing the Mindset that Built America. During this process he discovered the significance of the three main pillars of society: Education, Family, and the Church. It is Zeb’s ambition to revitalize these spheres of influence through faith and utilizing business projects that connect with his personal passions for entrepreneurship, cars, and mechanical design. After completing both Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the CreatEd Program, Zeb has returned to help expand CreatEd's reach to the upcoming generations.

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Danielle Walz

Student Life Coordinator & Resident Assistant

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Danielle grew up in Hastings, Minnesota and has one younger brother. Passionate about the outdoors, activities such as camping, fishing, and exploring have become a tradition in her family. Her eagerness to be more involved in extracurriculars lead to becoming a four season athlete where she competitively engaged in Volleyball, gymnastics, track, and ultimate frisbee.

Along with being heavily involved in the athletic community in high school, she invested her time in choir, band, and show choir. While this took up a large portion of her time, serving at Young Life and Overflow gave her the opportunity to take on many different leadership positions. After spending time in the Dominican Republic, Danielle became a sucker for adventure and now loves to immerse herself into new cultures. When she graduated high school, Danielle moved on to attend CreatEd Institute in Black Mountain, North Carolina where she completed CreatEd’s beta program with the C1 cohort. Along with being a recreational gymnastics coach, she functions as the event coordinator, organizes the Re:creatEd series, and facilitates personal visits for prospective students. She is passionate about bringing people together in community and sharing conversation over a good cup of coffee. In addition to her current vocations, Danielle plans to study medicine and bring healing to impoverished communities by applying her skills, passions, and knowledge. Some of Danielle’s favorite things include spending time with friends, playing cards, listening to music, jet-skiing, jogging, and swing dancing.

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