In 2010 Mark founded Inverted Arts to help unleash the creative potential he saw in disadvantaged and marginalized youth. He worked for 15 years as a free-lance composer in Los Angeles, CA working with clients such as HBO, A&E Network, NASA, World Vision, Family Entertainment Network and Focus on the Family. He has over 20 years’ experience as Worship Arts Director in churches in Pasadena, Montrose and Pismo Beach, CA, and as Worship and Outreach Pastor in Maple Grove, MN. He has led short-term outreach teams to Mexico City, Nairobi, Kenya, San Jose, Costa Rica, and has led teams to both serve and learn from those trapped by poverty in California and Minnesota. He holds an MA in Global Leadership from Fuller Seminary, Film Composing and Composing and Arranging Certificates from The Grove School of Music, and BA in Business Administration from Trinity Western University.
Currently enjoying retirement, Renee’s work experience focused mainly around accounting in her early years. She excelled with a 4.0 in accounting and further studies in the Psychology of Women. Her passion was later found in Software Development Project Management with a focus on recovering failing projects by empowering the client, being their voice and resolving conflicts. She managed projects for large tech, investment and telecom companies with budgets in excess of 10 million. She has served on mission teams in Mexico, been an Artist Mentor for Inverted Arts in the DR, and is actively involved serving refugee families in the Twin Cities.
Kerry and his wife, Sheryl live in Plymouth, MN. They have been married for 39½ years, have 3 grown children and 9 beloved and active grandchildren. Kerry is a CPA (inactive) and has worked in the financial industry his entire career. He is currently the Chief Accounting Officer at a community bank located in Central Minnesota, but a transition to a life of retirement is looking likely later this year. Throughout his life his artistic release has included drumming and percussion. He is passionate about putting his skills and energy towards improving the lives of others. He joined the board of Inverted Arts in January 2019 because he believes in its mission and vision of helping disadvantaged youth realize their value and unlimited potential.
Bret holds a Master of Divinity from Bethel Seminary St Paul and a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. He has worked full time for the past 18 years as a new product development engineer at a major fluid handling original equipment manufacturer in the Twin Cities and is named as an inventor on four US design patents. He has led and participated in short-term outreach teams to Mexico City; directed church small group ministry and led many church small groups; and served as a children’s Sunday school leader. Bret is married to Katie and has three sons. The Denesons live in Otsego, MN.
LaVonne holds a Bachelors of Social Work degree from the U of M Moorhead and prior to becoming a mother, worked in Hospice, coordinating resources and counseling families facing critical life issues. Mathare Valley in Kenya holds a special place in her heart and she has been an Artist Mentor for the Art Camps there for several years. She has a heart for people trapped by poverty, especially children. She is passionate about creativity and enjoys dreaming up ideas and exploring ways to bring those ideas to life. LaVonne is married to Jason, a full time mom of three, and lives in St. Michael, MN.
Bob is a small business owner and was worked in manufacturing for the past 25 years. He has served as a volunteer youth group leader in his church. He has traveled to Mexico on short term missions. Bob is married to April and has 3 daughters and lives in Oak Grove, MN.