Leadership Team

Eric Simmons

Eric is the Prayer & Worship Coordinator for Bethany International and the Director of the “Furnace Prayer Room” located on the campus of Bethany Global University. Eric mentors and trains all Lead Venture participants in the Prayer & Worship track. Eric earned a Christian Ministry Diploma in House of Prayer Leadership from the International House of Prayer University in Kansas City, MO and then later served as an intercessory missionary and worship leader at the International House of Prayer for more than four years. He also served two years as the Youth Department Worship Director at Hillsong Phoenix. Eric has a passion and a calling to raise up this generation to seek the face of Jesus in prayer and worship. He loves reading, camping, hockey, and enjoying time with his wife and three beautiful children.

David Hasz

David is the Executive Vice President & Provost of Bethany Global University. He serves as one of the classroom instructors for Lead Venture and gives executive oversight to the Lead Venture staff team. David has earned a B.S. in Education from Oral Roberts University and M.A. in Intercultural Leadership from Bethany Global University.  He has 30 years of experience leading, teaching, coaching young people, and has ministered cross-culturally in 25 countries while serving in leadership on short-term mission trips.

La’Tia Coleman

La’Tia is the Program Coordinator for Lead Venture. She serves as our primary administrator, spends time mentoring the women in the program, and serves as one of our instructors. La’Tia also holds the honor of being the only member of our leadership team that is a graduate of Lead Venture. La’Tia has earned a B.A. in Communication from Thomas Edison State University and a Diploma of Pastry Arts from The Culinary Institute of Virginia College. In 2015, she was awarded the prestigious “Arnold Fletcher Academic Award for Exceptional Self-Directed Learning.” She is currently in the Bethany International Ministry Internship program and is also currently pursuing an M.A. in Intercultural Ministry Education from Bethany Global University. La’Tia loves baking, cake decorating, reading, writing, and watching movies (especially Disney).

Kenneth Freire

Kenneth is the Dean of Work Education for Bethany Global University. He manages a variety of essential initiatives related to academic accreditation, campus life, student industries, curriculum development, and practical training development. Kenneth was the founder of the Lead Venture program, and he still serves as one of the instructors for the program as well as serving in a strategic advisory role. Kenneth has earned a B.S. in Biblical Studies from Liberty University and M.Div. from Regent University. Kenneth has many years of experience with leadership development and has trained 500+ men and women in leadership and apologetics. Kenneth is married with one daughter.

Leslie Balla

Leslie Balla is the Assistant Media Director for Bethany International, and helps to manage the Lead Venture Media Track. She started assisting in the management of the media department in 2011 and has continued to grow in her skills and responsibilities. Leslie has a strong track record in missions experience as well as in digital media production. Her resume includes extensive film making and script writing (both in the USA and in Bangladesh), as well as using film and media to effectively document the ministry of Bethany missionaries and interns all around the world. Leslie also has a strong passion to mentor and disciple Lead Venture participants. Leslie has a B.A. from Bethany Global University. She loves photography, playing drums, and enjoying unique coffee shops around Minneapolis. Leslie is married to Andrew. Together they love to take on all sorts of adventures.

Kasey Norman

Kasey Norman is the Overseas Logistics Manager for the LEAD Venture Program. She is a recent graduate of Bethany Global University with a B.A. in Intercultural Studies and Bible Theology and did her 16-month internship in South Asia. Currently, she is pursuing her M.A. in Intercultural Ministry Studies. She is passionate about missions and is excited to be leading the team to Guatemala. When she is not serving, Kasey enjoys reading, playing guitar and singing, and hanging out with friends.