Craig Mast - Executive Director
Craig began work with Connexus in March of 2020. As Director, he focuses on getting the word out about the mission and resources available to people in the Holmes and Wayne area.
A graduate of Goshen College's History Department, Craig has spent time teaching history and foreign language to middle and high school students. He and his wife Krista also spent time in San Lorenzo, Paraguay teaching English and learning the finer points of preparing and drinking yerba maté.
As a trained educator, Craig is excited about helping the community learn about conflict resolution resources and thinks there's no time like the present to get going on learning how to better live with and love our neighbors.
When he's not working for Connexus, Craig spends time biking and kayaking with his family. He also enjoys gardening, bonsai, raising chickens, and making music with friends.
Board of Directors
Lydell Steiner - Board Chair
Lydell resides in Dalton, Ohio with his wife, Rebeca, and their two children, Sofia and Kyros. He is a Development Coordinator at Tilmor in Dalton, Ohio. Lydell received an MA in Conflict Resolution and Organizational Leadership from Eastern Mennonite University and a BA in Business Management from Malone University. He also served for three years with MCC, (Mennonite Central Committee), in Nicaragua.
Some of his hobbies include farming, volunteering, and traveling. Lydell believes strongly in the need to transform how our culture views and relates to conflict. Instead of falling into either extreme of ignoring conflict or litigating conflict, he hopes individuals, families, neighbors, coworkers, and communities can create new patterns and reflexes for constructively responding to life's difficult encounters.
Kim Hartman - Board Secretary
Kim received her Bachelor of Music Education and later, her Associate of Applied Science with RN licensure and is currently retired. She resides in Wooster, Ohio with her husband, Jim of 33 years, has four grown children, two sons-in-law, a daughter-in-law and eight grandchildren. Kim has served on a variety of short-term service opportunities, volunteer work, and church work throughout the years. Her hobbies include studying scripture, biking, reading, nutrition and cooking, composing Bible memory ‘ditties’, weight-training, Pilates and other fun exercise classes.
Kim's dream for Connexus in the next five years is that the organization will provide regular opportunities for training in conflict transformation and become a recognized source of support and assistance with conflict in Wayne and Holmes Counties. She sees Connexus transforming the culture of conflict by teaching and modeling the handling of conflict in constructive ways in the community.
Danya holds a graduate certificate in Restorative Practices from the International Institute of Restorative Practices in Bethlehem, PA, and is a firm believer in the power of transformational approaches to conflict and conversation. She is a restorative justice and circles facilitator, a learner and teacher of non-violent communication, and a practitioner-researcher currently working on a Masters in Adult Education with Goddard College. Danya's research interests include the power of witnessing and connection in education work, supporting teachers in resiliency, and promoting joy and play in learning. Danya is a wilderness first aid instructor for NOLS Wilderness Medicine, a manager at a local teacher's supply store, and is proud to serve her community as a firefigher/EMT. Danya is also a member of the board at Knesseth Israel Temple, the synagogue serving the Jewish community of Wooster and the surrounding areas. She enjoys hiking with dogs (and people), paddling, camping, and sharing good food with friends and family.
Noah Boyd lives in Berlin, Ohio with his wife, Maryssa, and their goldendoodle, Nala. Noah received his bachelor's degree in Social Studies Education from Indiana Wesleyan University, and his master's degree in School Counseling from Malone University. He is currently serving as the school counselor at Hiland High and Middle School.
Mark lives in Mt Eaton, Ohio with his wife, Christal and sons. He is the Executive Director at Anazao Community Partners in Wooster, Ohio. Mark earned an MA in Public Policy and Management and a Master of Social Work from The Ohio State University and a BA in Criminal Justice from Bluffton University. Mark serves as a Youth Sponsor for Berlin Mennonite Church and as the Varsity Cross Country Coach at Central Christian School. Mark believes in the potential healing and closure power of restoration and recovery.