KPMI Board of Directors



Steve Smith, Chair
Steve has had a lifelong love of the hills and streams of Arkansas and has lived in Russellville since 1970. He was raised on the banks of the Buffalo River where he camped and fished at every opportunity. He has been married to Becky for 40 years, is father to Stacy and Andrew, and Pops to 4 grands. He is a musician and has been leading music in the 1st United Methodist church for the past 30 years and on Kairos Weekends for the past 20. He began his Kairos journey in 1995 on Kairos #4 at the Pine Bluff Unit. He has served in 2 adult facilities in Arkansas in many different capacities. He was part of the Kairos Torch ministry for several years when it began in Arkansas and has volunteered with Kairos Outside. He served on the State Chapter Committee for 2 terms. He has been employed by AXA Advisors for 40 years as a financial advisor in Russellville.
Steve loves music, fishing and canoeing, but defers to whatever his grandchildren have in mind most of the time. He was working on an Emmaus weekend in the kitchen in 1995 when he felt God calling him, in a way that he had never before experienced. He was certain that this was something he was supposed to do and has never regretted it for one moment. He counts Kairos as one of the biggest blessings of his life.

Susan Dyer, Vice Chair
Susan Dyer began volunteering for Kairos in 2008. She finds joy working beside the hands and feet of the ministry. She began in the ministry like many, after attending a Weekend Closing. She has acted on a local level with two Advisory Councils, served as Weekend Leader, Advisory Council Chair, State Chapter Representative, and Facility Liaison. On a state level, she has served as Advisory Council Coordinator, Advanced Kairos Training Coordinator and currently co-chairs a monthly Weekend Leadership telephone conference. Nationally, she had led and co-led seminars at Kairos National Conferences and currently is an Advisory Council Training trainer. Susan considers getting to know and encouraging the volunteers of Kairos a true blessing.
She and her husband, Michael, are the parents of a married daughter who lives in the Pacific Northwest. A graduate of Ivy Tech State College, she later held a position on the Business Administration Advisory Board. Susan and Michael are owners of a communication business, founded in 1989. The business has been awarded the FUSE Business Innovation Award, the Bill Cook Entrepreneurship Award and Kelly School of Business Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship Award. A passion to advocate for the least of these, she has volunteered in her community as a Court Appointed Special Advocate followed by a Board of Directors position. A member of Bible Study Fellowship since 2000, she considers her leadership roles to have been great influence for learning to lead in the cause for Christ. She enjoys traveling with Michael, the company of two Norwich Terriers - Lola and Iris, cooking, and hiking the Sonoran Desert. In all things, Susan finds reason to rejoice and praise God.

Ken Perduyn, Treasurer
Ken is a native New Yorker whose professional career was wrapped up in various financial positions taking him to Venezuela, New Mexico, Texas and finally Arizona. He has a BA in Accounting from Queens College (NY) and an MBA from University of Texas in Austin. He has been married to Joan since 2000 and between them have 3 adult children, 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren, and live in Gilbert, Arizona. Ken was ordained to the ministry in 2007 and currently serves a clergy role in Kairos Inside.

Beginning in 1986, Ken has served Kairos in several positions including team leader (twice - TX and AZ), as Advisory Council Chair, State of Arizona Chair, and International Council Representative. He has served in numerous #1 weekends including #1 at La Victoria Prison in the Dominican Republic. Ken chaired the recruitment committee 2014-2015. Very active on Kairos Inside teams, he is currently serving at La Palma Correctional Center, a medium security prison in Eloy. Ken is very passionate about his love for Jesus and Kairos. He serves his local church (Central Christian Church of Arizona) as a Life Group Leader, prayer partner, baptizer, soul care advisor and a volunteer staff person. Ken has been a part of a short term mission's team to the Dominican Republic for over 10 years and provides translation help to the team. He preaches at Red Rock Correctional Center on a fairly regular basis.
Joining the Board as a director in 2016, Ken seeks to "deny himself, pick up his cross daily and follow Jesus." My mission is to please an audience of one - Jesus.

Benjy Cook, Secretary
Edwin B. (Benjy) Cook is a graduate of Oklahoma State University (Go Pokes) with a major in finance and a minor in accounting from Oklahoma City University. Benjy resides in Yukon, Oklahoma with his wife Lamarla who is a minister in the Methodist church and serves Newcastle United Methodist. Benjy has two daughters who are married and live nearby with 4 grandchildren, 3 boys and 1 girl. Benjy recently retired from employment with American Bank Systems where he served for 40 years. Benjy retired as President and CFO and was responsible for virtually every operational and sales aspect of the company that develops and sells software to the financial services industry.
Benjy obtained a passion for prison ministry that started about 10 years ago when leading a bible study at the El Reno Federal Correction Center. Benjy has served on several Kairos Weekends and has been Weekend leader. His Weekend was the first maximum security Weekend to be held outside by using 20 exercise cages that served 38 participants. Benjy has served at the state chapter and on the local ad council. Benjy loves serving our Lord and is active in Emmaus and also volunteers at Joseph Harp Correctional Center as the sponsor for “Cup of Joe” which the inmates affectionately call Jesus Over Everything.

Benjy has served on every board and committee in the Methodist church. He has been part of the church buying new property and going through two building campaigns. Benjy loves to play golf, work in his garden, enjoy his grandchildren and when he has time, go fishing.

Bill Brown
Bill Brown was born and raised in Southern California, and currently lives in San Diego with his beautiful wife, Mary. They have 4 adult children and three grandchildren. They worship and serve together at Bonita Valley Community Church.

Bill earned his A.B. degree at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, his Masters in Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary, and his doctorate in higher education administration at United States International University. Bill was ordained to the Gospel Ministry with the Conservative Baptist Association
in 1974. He has served as Registrar and Dean of Student Services at Christian Heritage College, Academic Dean at Shasta Bible College, Director of Learning Assistance Services at National University, and Assistant, Associate and Acting Registrar at the University of California, San Diego.

In 1994 Bill was invited to “work” a Kairos Weekend (#7) at R.J. Donovan in San Diego, CA. At the conclusion of the weekend, he was asked, “How does this compare with other ministries you’ve been a part of?” He responded: “There is no comparison; it’s all contrast. Everything else is spiritually pale and anemic.” In addition to his involvement with Kairos Weekends, Reunions and Retreats, he became progressively more involved in other aspects of the chapel program. When Chaplain “Buzz” Brewer (the founding Chaplain who sponsored the start of Kairos at Donovan), was preparing to retire, he asked Bill to consider applying for the vacancy created by his retirement.

With God’s leading, Bill submitted an application and was hired as the Protestant Chaplain at Donovan in 2003. As the Protestant Chaplain from 2003 through the end of 2016, he managed chapel services and programs at Donovan correctional facility for five chapels with 600-800 volunteers providing 18 worship services each week in two languages, along with 200+ other classes and meetings each month for Protestant and other faith groups. By the grace of God, Bill managed three Kairos Weekends simultaneously, twice a year for 14 years. During these years, Mary has been a partner in prison ministry, regularly volunteering in multiple chapel services and programs.

Now retired, Bill enjoys traveling with his wife, Mary, visiting family and friends, serving as clergy on Kairos teams, and attends monthly reunions.

Tony Coriaty

Tony was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. His mom and dad immigrated to the U.S. and instilled in him, and his 9 siblings, a love of God, family, and country. Tony proudly served in the U.S. Air Force for 23 years working in Research and Development Laboratories. He then worked as Chief Service Engineer installing and servicing analytical research instruments in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and South America. He has been retired since 2013 and now works for our Lord full time.
He and his wife, Donna, teen sweethearts, have been married for over 50 years and remain God’s greatest gift to one another as are their 4 children and 6 grandchildren. They currently reside in Dover, NH.

Tony has been active in his church as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and a Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults team member and sponsor. As a member of the NH Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and the coalition’s Faith Initiative Committee, he helped to secure successful passage of the Bill in 2019. Prior to his election to the Board, Tony served for 6 years as Vice president and as Facilities manager on the Founding Board of Dismas Home of NH, a non-profit where formally incarcerated women are given the tools, encouragement, and support, in a nurturing family home atmosphere, to successfully transition back into society. He has also been a long-time team member of the Dover Friendly Kitchen providing wonderful meals and fellowship to those in need.

In 1994, Tony was invited to serve on a Kairos weekend by one of his Cursillo weekly Group members. One weekend team experience and he never looked back as he served in the states of NJ and NH in 4 State prisons and a Federal Correctional Institution. After serving on a number of weekends, and holding positions on Advisory Councils and as the state of NH Committee Chairperson, Tony currently serves Kairos Inside locally at the Concord state prison as a weekend team member and Prayer and Share facilitator and nationally as an Advanced Kairos Trainer. He is also a member of the NH Kairos Outside Advisory Council.

Phil 4:13, “I (we) can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (us).”

Ron Ford

Ron brings to Kairos a unique combination of experience and background. His core values are integrity, compassion and service. Ron is personable, analytical and cost-conscious. In everything he does he strives to help people, organizations and his country. He consistently seeks the highest standards of work ethic, professionalism and integrity. Ron's core competencies are communicating and administering organizational policies and programs as well as ensuring regulatory compliance with State and Federal guidelines.
Ron was born in Nashville, TN and moved around the world during his first 18 years as his US Army father was assigned to various posts. He began his own service to his country by serving in the Air Force for over 20 years having assignments state-side as well as in Vietnam, Germany and Spain. While in the Air Force he completed his Bachelor's degree, his MBA, Officer Training School, and served as a Policy Writer.

After retiring from the Air Force, Ron began another career, with the State of Alabama, where he held a variety of Project Management positions helping various organizations analyze their requirements, develop implementation plans and install/maintain complex computer network systems.

Ron started two businesses on his own and in so doing, discovered that his real passion was for helping people at the grass-roots level. Ron has served with 5 non-profit agencies in various positions. He held an instructor position in a behavior modification program for domestic violence perpetrators and as an instructor for severely mentally and physically handicapped adults. Ron was a Division Chief in the North Alabama Region for a Federally-funded program to provide energy-efficient housing, food and clothing for low income and disabled individuals. Later he served as the Deputy Director for a non-profit that provided food, clothing, meals and household/personal items to the homeless and those living in poverty.

Ron began his Kairos career in 2000 by serving on Kairos #11 at Staton Correctional Facility and, as various jobs moved him around the State, he served on numerous men's inside teams and a few women's outside teams. He has served as a Weekend Leader, State Representative for 2 Advisory Councils, Alabama State Committee Chair, International Council Representative and is currently an Advisory Council Trainer.

Ron and His wife Sheryle live in Gadsden, Alabama and enjoy traveling in their RV, square dancing and ballroom dancing. They were married in 2017 and between them have one daughter, 6 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

Mary Davis
Mary was born in East St. Louis, IL; however, most of her young adult life she was raised with her five other siblings in St. Louis, MO. Life and work took her to North Carolina in 1987 and that is where now she calls home. Her interests through work have always been customer-centric, and she leads a global customer marketing team for a supply chain management software company.

Like many others, she became involved in Kairos after attending a Cursillo weekend. Since 1997, she he has held many positions within Kairos and has been instrumental in starting up two Kairos Inside Women’s Weekends in
North Carolina. For the last 10 years she has been one of Karios Trainers for Kairos Inside and loves hearing the stories from everyone she meets.

Another one of Mary’s passions is singing. She is an active member of the Asheville Choral Society where you can find her in Alto section every Monday night. She looks forward to serving God and seeing what He has in store for her!

Robert B. Kimmel
Robert was born in Lubbock, Texas, and attended First Baptist Church while growing up. He received a BA from The University of Texas, and an MD degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston. Robert went back to school at The University of Texas at San Antonio and earned his MBA.

While at The University of Texas, Robert met the love of his life Shelley, and they married his last year in medical school and have resided in San Antonio, Texas. They have been married over 40 years and are the proud parents of two married children, and grandparents of five grandchildren.
Robert practiced as an orthopedic surgeon in San Antonio and for the last several years has been a Medical Consultant for a prominent law firm in San Antonio.

After his marriage, Robert joined the Alamo Heights United Methodist Church. Robert attended a Walk to Emmaus and afterward began to serve in Kairos. He has been active in Kairos Inside and has served on the Advisory Council and as a state representative including as International Council.

Robert enjoys his Kairos activities at all levels. In addition, he has been a Bible Study Fellowship attendee for fifteen years and still meets with his Emmaus Fourth Day Group, as well as a weekly accountability group at his church.

Willus Luster
Willus was born and raised in Keyport, New Jersey. Upon receiving his high school diploma in 1973, he reported for active duty service in the US Army and served 3 years in the supply field before serving an additional 3 years in the US Army Reserves as a trainer. Willus made a shift in career fields by enlisting in the US Navy. After 17 years, Willus retired as a Chief Electronics Technician and settled in Rocky Mount, NC. He is currently employed by Collins Aerospace as a Senior Engineering Electronics Technician.

Willus married Judy and they have three children and three grandsons. He answered his calling to serve the Lord in 1998 after a supernatural encounter while working as a correctional officer. He has been a member of Unity of Faith Family Worship Center to this date. Willus attended a number of Bill Glass CFL events and sought to maintain contact with the incarcerated. In 2005, he was connected to Kairos after his Walk to Emmaus weekend retreat. Willus has been a team member in all three Kairos ministry programs, and active at the local and State level. He is a Kairos Torch AKT trainer.

Whenever possible, Willus’ favorite activities he finds relaxing is taking road trips with Judy, or riding his Harley, or maybe even an occasional deep sea fishing trip. Still nothing compares to the joy he experiences while reaching out to the incarcerated and their families.

Beth Maycumber
Beth was born and raised in Jacksonville, Fla. She moved to Georgia in 1980 where she currently lives near her two sons and three grandsons. She is retired from AT&T where she worked for twenty years.

She has been serving in Kairos for over thirty years and has served in many leadership positions throughout the ministry, including State Chair of Georgia and International Representative. She has been an Advisory Council Trainer and has led and co-led many workshops at the Kairos Annual Conference. She has also helped start Kairos Inside in four women’s prison’s in Georgia and is currently working with the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice to help get the Kairos Torch program started in all Youth Development Centers there.

Her hobbies include making and decorating wedding cakes, but she also enjoys spending time outdoors, swimming and boating.

Steve Musselwhite
Steve and his wife, Billie Sue, are blessed to have three children and seven grandchildren and live in Vinton, Virginia. He graduated from Marshall University and has worked in the insurance, financial and pension planning business for years. He is a real estate investor and manages both commercial and residential properties in several states.

Steve started serving in Kairos in 1998 and is thankful to have served with his wife, brother, mother, son, son in law and nephew. He has helped open seven prisons since 2002 for Kairos and is grateful for all God is doing in this amazing
ministry. Steve and his wife worship at Thrasher Memorial United Methodist Church and he has served as Chair of the Administrative Board, co-Lay leader and has taught Sunday School for 18 years. Steve serves on numerous boards including Carilion Clinic Foundation, Jefferson College of Health Sciences, The Foundation for Roanoke Valley and Virginia Cares. He also served as Community Lay Director for the Southwest Virginia Emmaus Community and led an Emmaus Walk. He is the immediate past chair of The Kairos Virginia Council. He loves serving his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ in Kairos and is so thankful for the opportunity to witness The Holy Spirit transforming people’s lives, including his own!

Steve Norris
Steve was born and raised in Columbus Ohio. He lives in Ft Myers, FL with his wife Judy. They have three grown children and three granddaughters. They attend and are actively involved at Cypress Lake Presbyterian Church.

After school Steve served seven years as a Nuclear Submarine sailor followed by eight years on the Queen Mary. Following his life at sea he worked as a Construction Engineer building major projects for Kroger Food Stores as well as others.
In 1979 Steve encountered Jesus Christ for the first time in his life at a Marriage Encounter weekend. Followed up with becoming a church member for the first time in his life. Next came Cursillo and eventually Kairos.

Since 1998 Steve has served Kairos in many capacities. He has active in Kairos at the local and state levels including International Council. He is All IN for Jesus Christ as well as Kairos and is excited to be serving on the board of this great ministry.

Larry (Buck) Rodgers
Larry has served with Kairos Prison Ministry International since 1998. He was involved in the new-start at the Jim Rudd Unit, and the Torch Harris County Leadership Academy in Houston, TX. He held several positions as a Kairos Inside Weekend Leader, clergy coordinator for Kairos of Texas, Kairos of Texas executive committee, and International Council Representative. Kairos has been an integral part of his life and it was in Kairos ministry that he found his faith renewed and the call to share Christ love to all who have been impacted by incarceration. He was born in Dallas, TX and has a beautiful wife Lillie and three children; he served in the U.S. Navy as a radioman aboard a nuclear submarine during the Vietnam Era, and the Cold War.
He is now a Leaking Petroleum Storage Tank Engineer Technician and is certified in hazardous waste material and a first responder in waste spill incidents. He attended Sunset International Bible Institute; he has a Bachelor's degree in Christian Ministry from Wayland Baptist University and is completing his Master of Divinity at Asbury Theological Seminary. He attends Lakeridge United Methodist Church.

Lisa Trahan, International Council President, Ex-Officio
Lisa was born and raised in South Louisiana in the heart of Acadiana. She attended McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA receiving a BS in Social Studies Education and a Masters in Religious Education from Loyola University of New Orleans. She has served the youth through Catholic youth ministries since 1979 serving as a Catholic school teacher for nine years and as the Director of Religious Education (DRE) for two Catholic parishes for thirty-five years. Currently she has served as the DRE for St. Patrick Catholic Church in Baton Rouge for twenty-three years. In 1992 she joined the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) as a Food Stamp worker and has served in numerous case management positions as well as upper management positions for Child Support Enforcement, Child Welfare, and Human Service
programs. Currently she serves on the executive team as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Recovery for DCFS.

In 1975, while attending McNeese State University she attended an Awakening Retreat and was committed her life to living and serving Christ in all areas of her life. In the 1980’s she attended and participated in Catholic Cursillo where she experienced the unconditional love of Christ and deepened her trust and relationship with Christ. She served on Cursillo teams, quarterly leadership trainings and in the continuing ministry for thirteen plus years. In 2002 she served on her first Kairos Inside team and was hooked. The unconditional love shared by the team and participants deepened her own personal experience of God’s forgiveness. In addition to Kairos Inside she has served on a couple of Kairos Outside teams. Over the last seventeen years she’s served in a number of leadership positions on the Advisory Council as well as the State Chapter Committee. For the last five years she has served as an Advanced Kairos Trainer for Kairos Inside. Kairos has been the purest ministry where God’s love is visibly present and lives are changed.

Evelyn Lemly, Chief Executive Officer, Ex-Officio
Evelyn Lemly is the CEO of Kairos Prison Ministry International, where she has been a catalyst for positive change since January 2013. Evelyn embraces a vison and makes it reality through her sound decision making. She is an inspirational leader respected for her incredible work ethic and integrity. Evelyn earns a seat at the table wherever she serves.

Under her leadership the ministry currently serves in nearly 500 institutions and communities throughout the world sharing God's love and forgiveness to those affected by incarceration.
Evelyn's experience spans the corporate and nonprofit ministry sectors in areas of executive leadership, strategic planning, program and business development, fundraising, marketing and communications including brand innovation, creative development and media relations. Her passion for the ministry is demonstrated by her tireless work on behalf of men, women, youth and their families affected by incarceration. She serves on the advisory board of Correctional Ministries and Chaplain Association and the advisory board of The Institute for Prison Ministries, a department of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College. She participates and hosts the Fourth Day Ministries annual forum and also serves as Secretary on the Executive committee of COPE, the Coalition of Prison Evangelist. She is a supportive and active leader in her church.

Evelyn earned her Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina State University and her MBA from Columbia Business School at Columbia University in New York.