Dan De La Forest


Campus Director

Before becoming a full-time campus pastor at Chi Alpha, Dan was employed as a chemical engineer. God radically changed his life in college and has called him to campus ministry. His desire is to see everyone know the great love of Jesus and walk out every moment together with Him. He and his wife Sarah, an E.R. nurse at St. Mary's hospital, are currently wrangling two 6-year-olds (Elanor and Isaac) and two 4-year-olds (Cate and Jack). When they do find a moment to breathe, they can be found reading, playing sports, cheering on our MN teams, or actively enjoying the outdoors of Duluth. 

Danielle Hoel 


Women’s Pastor

Pastor Danielle is a UMD and Chi Alpha alumni.  She moved back to Duluth with her husband Grant in 2008, and they have been serving with Chi Alpha ever since.  Danielle is passionate about teaching and equipping others, spiritual direction, missions, and simply helping others grow with Jesus.  She is also a Mom to twin girls, Eden and Hope! Grant and Danielle love being outside with their girls, playing music, and traveling to new places. 

Rebecca Haavik 


Discipleship Director

Rebecca is a Duluth native and UMD alumni. She likes hiking and exploring the trails around town, drinking good coffee and teaching her dog, Willie, the most basic of tricks. Before coming on staff with Chi Alpha, she worked in nonprofit administration. As she begins her fourth year in ministry, she is excited about supporting students as they find, explore and define their faith in college. 

Jenny Chladek


Wednesday Night Director

Jenny grew up near Eau Claire, WI. She graduated from UMD and took her first step into ministry through the National Chi Alpha CMIT Internship at UMD. Upon completing the internship she joined the Chi Alpha staff team. Jenny is passionate about worship, prayer, women’s ministry and seeing the love of Jesus transform student's lives. In her free time, she loves to play the piano, write music, cook, spend time with loved ones and be outside at the beach or hiking trails in beautiful Duluth.

Brian Ziolkowski


Student Leadership Director

Brian studied at Winona State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. After graduating, he worked four years with Chi Alpha at Winona State with his wife Bethany. In June 2019, they moved from Winona to Duluth to work with Chi Alpha at UMD. He oversees student leadership development and is passionate about leadership, worship, men's ministry and discipling students as they grow their faith in Jesus. In his free time, Brian enjoys hiking, a good cup of coffee, hanging out with friends, exploring the great outdoors and anytime he can go golfing.

Bethany Ziolkowski


Outreach Director

Bethany and her husband, Brian, studied at Winona State University. After graduating,  she worked with the Winona Chi Alpha team for 3 years before moving to Duluth. Bethany and Brian joined the UMD Chi Alpha staff in the summer of 2019. She oversees our mission trips, outreach, and local community service teams. She is passionate about letting people know of their value in Jesus and sharing with them her life. She enjoys running along the Lake Walk of Superior, seeing life as a musical (dancing & singing any chance she gets), eating lots of dairy-free ice cream, baking, and spending quality time with the people in her life.

meet the staff


Noah graduated from UMD with a B.A. in Communication in 2015, afterwards spent a year completing the CMIT internship with Chi Alpha Duluth.  Currently, he is in an Associate Staff role, volunteering his gifts to Chi Alpha on a part-time basis while also working in the marketplace.  In ministry, he is most passionate about seeing others connect with God through creative arts, specifically with music and visual media. Noah enjoys playing music and old nintendo games, and if anybody can teach him how to skateboard like Rodney Mullen, they should call him ASAP. 

Brandon Jensen

Brandon graduated from UMD in 2019 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. Currently, he is currently in a volunteer staff role, helping out part-time while working in the marketplace. He co-leads the Transitions small-group along with his fiance, Maddie, and provides support with tech as needed. Brandon loves to spend time outdoors and enjoys hunting and fishing. Skol Vikes, GO DOGS.

Kaylee Pelkey

Kaylee grew up in Nashwauk, MN and graduated from Bemidji State University in 2016. In Bemidji, she was involved with Chi Alpha by leading a small group and playing on the worship team. After moving to Duluth to pursue a full-time teaching job, she continued to be involved with Chi Alpha through volunteer staff. 

She enjoys being outdoors, lots of coffee, playing the piano, and traveling. 

Student officers

Drew Lewis

Drew is from Maple Grove, MN and is currently a senior at UMD pursuing a degree in Industrial Engineering.  He currently serves on Tech Team and leads a small group on Thursday nights. Drew loves to spend quality time with friends playing board games or just chatting.  Chi Alpha continues to equip Drew to bring the gospel with him into the workforce and his relationships. He is currently engaged to be married to his fiance, Dana.  They will get married when Drew graduates in May of 2020, and are very excited to see what God has planned for their future together.

Alana Wells

Alana is from the Twin Cities and in her senior year at UMD and working for the university as a Resident Advisor. It's also her fourth year in Chi Alpha, looking forward to what God and this year have in store for her!

She's currently studying Organizational Management and hopes to one day work with companies to build stronger teams. Alana likes taking personality tests, long walks with friends, and her newest hobby flying kites! 

Tony Walters

Tony is a senior at UMD graduating in Spring 2020 with a degree in Communications and a minor in Deaf Studies. This is his fourth year as a student and second year as an officer with Chi Alpha Duluth. He loves the outdoors and doing activities such as hiking, sailing and finding new and exciting places to hammock. He loves the campus and is beyond excited to see what blessings are in store for the University of Minnesota Duluth!!

Laura Miller

Coming in as a transfer student in 2017, Laura got involved with Chi Alpha. Little did she know she would meet her lifelong friends and truly form an authentic relationship with Jesus through a community that would be her home for the next three years. She is in her last year as a Communications major at UMD and is approaching graduation in the spring. Laura enjoys running, hiking, and looking for sea glass along the North Shore. She is passionate about worship, playing instruments and singing. She lives for the hours she gets to spend talking with her girls, figuring out life with the help of a little coffee and a whole lot of Jesus. And most importantly, her goal in leadership is to help people discover their true identity as His masterpieces; intentionally created; sons and daughters of the King.

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