Dan De La Forest

dandelaforest@gmail.com | (651) 558-6017

Campus Director

Jesus met Dan as a junior studying chemical engineering at UMD and called him to be a campus pastor.  He has spent most of his adult life helping students in Duluth to discover God’s love and walk out his great purpose for them.  Dan is a “Bible nerd” and is currently working toward his Masters in New Testament Theology.  He and his wife Sarah, an E.R. nurse at St. Mary's hospital, are currently wrangling two 7-year-olds (Elanor and Isaac) and two 5-year-olds (Cate and Jack). When they do find a moment to breathe, they can be found reading, baking, playing sports, cheering on our MN teams, or actively enjoying the outdoors of Duluth, especially the Boundary Waters.

Danielle Hoel 

dkenow1228@aol.com | (651) 324-2281

Teaching Pastor

Pastor Danielle aka "Momma D" was a Chi Alpha student at UMD many moons ago. She met her husband Grant there, and they've been serving together in Chi Alpha since 2008! She is a Mom to twin daughters Eden & Hope, and "Mom" to many young adults around Duluth. Danielle is passionate about discipling the next generation to read God's Word, serve others, and have healthy relationships. She also loves to read, play music, and plan outdoor adventures!

Rebecca Haavik 

rebeccahaavik@gmail.com | (218) 340-7622

Associate 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 fifth year in ministry, she is excited about supporting students as they find, explore and define their faith in college. 

Jenny Chladek

chla0015@d.umn.edu | (715) 471-0278

Associate Director

Media & Marketing

Jenny grew up near Eau Claire, Wisconsin and moved to Duluth to attend the U of M Duluth. After graduating college she took her first step into full-time ministry as an intern with Chi Alpha Duluth. Upon completing the internship she joined the Chi Alpha staff team as a Campus Pastor. One of Jenny's greatest passions is creating spaces for people to meet with Jesus. She loves leading worship and prayer meetings, 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, dance, swim, cook, spend time with loved ones and be outside! One of her greatest joys recently is biking around town and on the mountain biking trails in beautiful Duluth. 

Brian Ziolkowski


Student Leadership Director

Brian grew up in Lino Lakes, MN and studied Finance at Winona State University. After graduation, he worked on staff with Chi Alpha at Winona State with his wife, Bethany. In June 2019, Brian and Bethany moved from Winona to Duluth to join the Chi Alpha staff team at UMD. Brian co-leads our small group ministry and leadership development with his wife. He is passionate about leadership, worship, and discipling students as they grow their faith in Jesus. In his free time, Brian enjoys hiking, a good cup of coffee, exploring the great outdoors and anytime he can go golfing. Brian and Bethany are preparing to grow their family by one in March 2021!

Bethany Ziolkowski

Jbethany66@gmail.com | (507) 995-6766

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 helps lead our small group ministry and outreach. She is passionate about letting people know of their value in Jesus and sharing her life with them. 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. Bethany and Brian are eagerly awaiting to grow their family by one in March 2021!

meet the staff


Bruno Cheney

chene087@d.umn.edu | (218) 766-7364

Bruno graduated from UMD in December 2019 with a degree in Communications and a minor in business administration. He joined the staff of Chi Alpha Duluth this fall as a Campus Missionary In Training, which is a nationally recognized internship program through the Assemblies of God. Bruno loves getting to mentor students in their walks of faith as well as study and learn about Jesus in his theology classes through his internship. Bruno loves playing games, hiking, camping, playing soccer, and spending time with his friends and family.

Rachel Cheney

jens1601@d.umn.edu | (218) 368-2742

Rachel grew up in Bemidji, MN. She got involved with Chi Alpha as a freshman in 2014 and has been around since! She graduated from UMD in 2018 and worked with XA as a volunteer while she taught special education for two years at Bay View Elementary. She is happy to be working with Chi Alpha full time! Rachel and her husband Bruno got married in 2018 and love working together on the XA Duluth team! Rachel loves mentoring students as they navigate all the highs and lows that college brings! She is passionate about helping students find their identity in Jesus and live life to the fullest. Some of Rachel's favorite things include roller coasters, water parks, lakes, board games, thrift stores, long hikes, and new recipes!

Tony Walters

tonywalters98@gmail.com | (651) 323-4870

Tony graduated from UMD May of 2020 with a Bachelor's degree, majoring in Communication and minoring in Deaf Studies. He was involved in Chi Alpha Duluth all throughout college and has met some of his closest friends through the community. Seeing Jesus change the lives of college students is the reason Tony loves campus ministry. Some of his favorite hobbies are hammocking, disc golfing, and playing board games. His favorite thing to do is to be with friends and his fiance, Grace. Tony is getting married and is thrilled to pursue a career in ministry and start a marriage!

Laura Miller

mill7602@d.umn.edu | (952) 322-0444

Laura graduated in the Spring of 2020 with a Bachelor's degree in Communication. After 3 years in Chi Alpha, she felt the Lord stir in her heart an excitement for doing college ministry full-time and decided to jump on staff as a Campus Missionary in Training. Laura enjoys kayaking, hiking, and spending time with friends. She is passionate about worship and diving into theological discussion. She LOVES 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. Her passion in ministry is to help people discover their true identity as His masterpieces; intentionally created; sons and daughters of the King.

Levi Rainwater

rainw008@d.umn.edu | (507) 217-3575

Levi is from New Ulm Minnesota, and graduated from UMD in 2020 with a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering. He enjoyed discipling and leading students in Chi Alpha throughout his college career, and felt led to join the staff as an intern with the CMIT program for the 2020-2021 school year. Levi enjoys spending time reading, playing games of all kinds, and being with family and friends.

student officers

Kaylee Hechtel

This is Kaylee's fourth year in Chi Alpha and she is continuously filled with joy to be apart of this community. She was baptized in the Spring of her freshmen year after redeclaring her faith in Christ. Kaylee grew up in Central Minnesota on a hobby farm with goats and chickens. She is a senior double majoring in Sales and Management with a minor in Theater. She studied abroad in Australia during Fall 2019 and also traveled to New Zealand. Kaylee looks forward to what God has in store for her future.

Kyle Goetz

Kyle Goetz is a senior at the University of Minnesota Duluth studying Civil Engineering with a focus in Transportation and Highway Design. Chi Alpha ministries was the first place he was able to take ownership of his faith and truly make it his own. Kyle's freshman year, he met lots of awesome people who were all trying to learn more about who God is and why He loves us so much. As a leader in Chi Alpha, he is passionate about helping other students discover Christ and connect with other believers. Kyle wants others to have the same experience encountering the Lord as he did his freshman year.

Grace Riedel

Grace is a senior at UMD and will be graduating in the spring with a degree in Communication. Grace has always had a heart for ministry and wants to pursue ministry full time after graduation. Chi Alpha has been a community that Grace has loved to be part of in college and is excited to continue being a part of as an officer this year. Being an officer is an opportunity to serve the community and for Grace to grow in her leadership and ministry abilities.

Gabe Gracza

Gabe Gracza grew up on the northern border in Roseau, MN and has now found a home in Duluth. Gabe is a junior at UMD, studying chemistry, and as if that doesn't already peg him as a nerd, he can usually be spotted in a Star Wars T-shirt. He was raised in the church but founded his own relationship with Jesus while working at Bluewater Covenant Bible Camp the last three summers, and by being a part of XA. He's a big fan of God's creation and all the things we can do in it, from canoeing and camping to climbing and snowboarding. Gabe is also slightly addicted to Tang and handstands.

If there's anything he said that you want to talk about, or you know if you just have a really good pun, give him a call!