KPMI Foundation Directory
David Garmus, Chair
||Dr. David Garmus served in various Council, Area, and Florida State
roles, twice as the Florida State Chair, before serving on the International Council,
KPMI Board, and Foundation Board. He served as a member of the KPMI Board Finance,
Audit, HR, and Location Committees, four years as the Vice Chair of KPMI responsible
for Long Range Planning, and as Vice Chair of the Foundation. Dr. Garmus stated: "It
was in Kairos that I found my faith strengthened by the power of the Holy Spirit; I
experienced and witnessed God's love, peace and joy during every correctional institution
visit. I have been truly blessed by God in serving Him." He has served in numerous
church leadership positions in administration, missions, finance, and fund raising.
He was an Alpha leader twelve times and attended Cursillo before becoming involved in
Kairos. Dr. Garmus was a Navy Supply Corps Officer and the Development Manager at the
CACI Design and Development Center before founding DDB Software and The David Consulting
Group. He serves as a Past President of the International Function Point Users Group and
as a Founding Director of Waste Not Want Not in Orange Park, FL. He received a BS from
UCLA; Honor Graduate recognition at Navy Supply Corps School; MBA from Harvard Business
School; DWS from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies, and Certificates in
Team Leadership Development in Nonprofit Organizations, Board Governance, and
Fundamentals of Successful Fundraising from Rollins College.
Mike Springer, Vice Chair
||Mr. Mike Springer has spent over 35 years in the high tech industry
starting out in the Boston tech corridor. This experience included Tech Support
management, Manufacturing management, Product Management, Product Development, and
Corporate Marketing. Currently, Mr. Springer is the Executive Director of MISSIONeering, Inc,
a non-profit ministry developing software for Churches to help the Church grow and the pastor
return to their calling of guiding persons into deeper waters of faith and discipleship.
Mr. Springer has served on a number of non-profit boards, including Kairos Prison Ministry,
Central Texas Walk to Emmaus, Kingdom Authority Ministries, and MISSIONeering. Over the years,
Mr. Springer has served in almost all local church leadership roles in the United Methodist Church,
including Worship, Evangelism, Missions, Personnel, Finance, Trustees, Ministry Council, and Youth.
He has served as the Conference Chair of the Council on Ministries, Conference Personnel, and Camps
and Conferences. He is a recipient of the Central Texas Conference's Lay Leadership award.
Mr. Springer has served in the Kairos Inside ministry as a Weekend Leader, Texas State Chapter
chairperson, and an Advisory Council chairperson. Mr. Springer developed the ministry's Ezra
software for weekend leaders and the Ad Council's KairosDonor software for financial management
and volunteer/fund raising. In 2010, he was nominated and elected as a Term Director for the KPMI
Foundation served as the previous Foundation Chair.
Ron Smith, Treasurer
||Mr. Ronald Smith has been engaged in the private practice of law in
Shreveport, Louisiana, for more than 38 years, concentrating in the areas of wills,
estate planning, probate, estate administration, real estate and mineral law. He received a
Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in History from Louisiana State
University and was commissioned in the U. S. Army Reserve. He received a Juris Doctor
degree from Louisiana State University Law Center. Mr. Smith served on his first Kairos
Outside team in 2000, and he has served on a total of 12 Kairos Outside teams and 12 Kairos
Inside teams, starting in 2001 and served as a Weekend Leader. Mr. Smith served as Advisory
Council Financial Secretary for Kairos Outside for several years. During the years of
2008-2013, he served as the Louisiana State Financial Secretary. Mr. Smith is also very
active in his home church in Shreveport, Louisiana. He has served three three-year terms on
his local church's board of directors over a period of 34 years, and he served for four years
on the Diocesan Finance Committee. He served as Treasurer of his local church and is a licensed
Worship Leader. Mr. Smith has provided legal counsel to numerous non-profit organizations and
has served on several non-profit boards of directors.
Carol Ihrig, Secretary
||Ms. Carol Ihrig holds a Bachelor's degree in Telecommunications
from the University of Southern California. She retired in the fall of 2008 as
Chief Operating Officer of the Girl Scout Council headquartered in Tampa, Florida,
after 30+ years as a Girl Scout professional. She served as Finance Development
Director of the Girl Scout Council in Memphis, Tennessee, and as Executive
Director of Memphis Area Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation. Other
professional experience includes serving as Director of the YWCA Central Program
Center in St. Petersburg, Florida; Radio Show Host for WKNO-FM, Memphis, Tennessee;
Bookkeeper for Memphis Flying Service; and Audio Producer-Director for Mattel
Toymakers in California. In Florida, Ms. Ihrig currently serves on the Board
Development Committee of Girl Scouts of West Central Florida and has served as
Treasurer of her Homeowners' Association. She attends St. John's Episcopal Church in
Tampa, Florida, where she serves as a Leader of Stephen Ministry. She is a member of the
Outreach Committee and is active in two Bible study groups. Ms. Ihrig has been actively
involved in Kairos since January of 2008. She has served on several Women's Inside
Teams as well as serving on support teams for men's inside weekends. She previously
served as Chair of Florida Kairos Area 11 and as Treasurer of Area 11.
David Farmer, Term Director
||Mr. David Farmer previously worked in New York City as a Senior Vice President
of a wholesale clothing company for thirteen years, where he traveled extensively to oversee
production and sales in many foreign countries and throughout the United Sates. He and his wife,
Nancy moved to Greensboro, North Carolina in 1991 when he joined a 350 million dollar division of
VF Corporation as Vice President and General Manager. For the past eighteen years they have been
the owners of eight retail stores (Once Upon A Child and Plato's Closet).
Mr. Farmer is an ordained elder of the Presbyterian Church and Chairman of Outreach Ministry. He
has led mission trips to Peru, Belize, Romania and South Africa. He is a Stephen Minister and Stephen
He has participated In Kairos Men's Inside since 2002 and has led the North Carolina Kairos #23. Mr.
Farmer was key in bringing Kairos Torch to North Carolina. As the leader of Torch #1 he was instrumental
in opening both a boys and a girls facility. Mr. Farmer currently is Vice Moderator of the State Advisory
Committee and the Torch National Representative for North Carolina.
Vicki Spurgeon, Director
||Vicki Spurgeon is the mother of one young adult and has made Lawton, Oklahoma her
home for 26 years. She has served as managing attorney of the Great Plains Child Support Office
since 1985 and continues in that role with Great Plains Improvement Foundation, the local Community
Action Agency. St. Paul's United Methodist Church is her church home where she serves as Lay Leader.
Vicki has a passion to serve in mission. She has participated in seven Volunteer in Missions (VIM)
journeys to locations in Kenya, Rio Bravo Mexico, Alaska, Israel and Haiti and been team leader for
five VIM's for groups to Israel, Haiti, and Cookson Hills in Oklahoma.
She is a certified lay speaker and has led services, devotions and other worship opportunities upon
invitation by churches, UMW, and study groups. She teaches Sunday School and adult bible studies
(with emphasis on women's studies) and participates in others for personal spiritual growth. Vicki
is a member of the Great Plains Emmaus Community, and has served as Community Lay Director as well as
having participated in and spoken at many of the women's weekends and as Lay Director for Great Plains
Women's Walk to Emmaus #44. Since 2003 Kairos Prison Ministry has been a huge part of her life. She
participates in and mentors at Southwest Oklahoma Juvenile Center in Manitou. She has served at all
levels of the ministry and chaired the local Advisory Council and the Oklahoma State Chapter Committee.
Before being elected to the Board of Directors, she was the Oklahoma International Council Representative
where she served as chair of the Ministry Coordination Committee.
Von Brister, Director
||Von began his Kairos ministry service in 2005 and has served in
leadership roles in every level of the ministry. He led a Kairos weekend in 2006,
served as his Advisory Council Representative to the State Chapter Committee, served
as the Misssissippi State Chair and served for 3 years on the International Council
and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2015. Von has regularly been asked to
support re-organizing Advisory Councils in Florida and recruiting efforts in Louisiana,
Florida and Mississippi. Von has a servant's heart and has stepped up to serve in many
capacities. He received his business management degree from Copiah-Lincoln Community
College in 1957. He has been married to his wife Peggy since 1983 and they have 4
children, 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Von resides in Biloxi Mississippi
and is retired from the Heavy-duty truck sales and service management.
Terry Crockett, Director
||Mr. Terry Crockett makes his home in Carmel Indiana and Naples Florida.
He graduated from Indiana University and has been married for 45 years with two adult
children and one grandson. He retired from the food industry after 37 years, with 28
years as a food broker. He is ordained as an Elder of the Presbyterian Church and served
on Session. He attended Zionsville Great Banquet in 1999, served on many teams and served
as Community Lay Director for 5½ years along with his wife. He served on his first
men's Kairos team in Indiana in 2004 and seven other number one weekends, both in Indiana
and Wisconsin. He has served in various leadership roles in Indiana including State Chapter
Committee Chair for two years and as a volunteer chaplain. He was elected to the Board of
Directors while serving as an At-Large member of the International Council and served on
several International Council committees. He is currently serving facilities, both in Indiana
and Florida; and as an Advanced Kairos Training (Inside) Trainer. This ministry is a calling,
as Jesus said, "I chose you and appointed you to go and bear much fruit, the kind of
fruit that endures." John 15:16.
Barb Jensen, Director
||Barb began her Kairos ministry service in 2005 in Maryland, initially as a
support team member for a Kairos Inside men's weekend and then as a Kairos Outside team member.
Since 2005, Barb has led several support teams for men's weekends, served as a
core team member for many Kairos Outside weekends culminating in her leading a Kairos Outside
weekend in 2014. Barb served as Advisory Council Chair for 3 years and has served on the
State Chapter Committee as the Kairos Outside representative. In 2014, Barb became an
Advance Kairos Trainer for Kairos Outside, traveling across the country meeting future leaders
and being inspired by their dedication. Barb was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2015
to fill a vacant position and was elected as the Board Secretary during the 2015 Annual Conference.
When not doing something involving Kairos, Barb and her husband Paul, enjoy
their retirement at home in central Pennsylvania watching the wildlife in their backyard or
volunteering at their local church.
Evelyn Lemly, KPMI Chief Executive Officer
||Evelyn serves as CEO of Kairos Prison Ministry International and its Foundation. She began
in January 2013 after experiencing a calling to work in an area that she is passionate about: sharing Jesus
Christ with those who society has forgotten. Under Evelyn's leadership, the ministry currently serves in nearly
500 institutions and communities throughout the world. Through enhanced financial health and advancement in
operations, Kairos has grown to over 30,000 active volunteers that ministers to and impacts over 27,000 incarcerated
and those impacted by incarceration annually.
Her previous experience includes Executive Leadership roles at Bible League and Biblica in areas of resource
communications, branding and strategic planning. She also served as the President of
the ministry foundation. These global ministries in their own distinctive way placed Bibles to share the gospel
with people around the world. In her ministry work she has worked with staff and volunteers, thus realizing the
importance of the people and strong communication to fulfill the mission.
Evelyn has broad experience in corporate business and nonprofit ministry. Prior to ministry service, Evelyn
worked for BASF and American Cyanamid in various sales, marketing, strategic planning, management and leadership
positions. She left the corporate world to serve full time in ministry work that shares Jesus Christ to impact and
In her role, Evelyn has traveled the US extensively and to numerous countries around the world. She earned her
Bachelor of Science degrees from North Carolina State University and her MBA from Columbia Business School at
Columbia University in New York.