Chief Executive Officer
Greg Leith is the CEO of Convene. He was born in Canada and lived in all four corners of North America. His career spans over 35 years of senior leadership roles in corporate, non-profit and academic sectors. Recently, he served as Director of Strategic Alliances for 13 years at Biola University in California. Greg has served the persecuted church with food, brought relief and long term jobs to Orissa, India, assisted mission agencies in China with strategy and helped envision a School of Journalism in Haiti. He and Shelley, his wife of 35 years, have crisscrossed Canada for over a decade speaking on marriage and parenting for FamilyLife helping thousands of marriages. Greg was a senior executive for 20 years with the $9 billion ServiceMaster Company, serving in various leadership capacities. He was Vice President of Arrow Leadership and Director of Leadership Development for Christian Leadership Alliance, creating learning experiences for the most influential Christian organizations in the world. He serves on various boards related to his passion of faith integrated with the marketplace, and he loves helping people get clarity on mission and purpose as a certified life coach. Married for over 35 years to his wife Shelley, he’s the father and friend to five thriving young adults.
Chief Operations Officer
Sheryl has more than 20 years leadership experience, and over the course of 13 years served in the roles of President, CFO and COO for a start-up software company, helping to grow sales to $20 million, and eventually negotiating its sale on behalf of the company owners.
Sheryl’s passion for business and serving others led her to start a consulting practice where she has worked with numerous organizations, assisting them with strategic planning, implementation and business process review. She also serves on the Board of Directors for a privately held software company and a non-profit community based youth sports organization.
Sheryl and her husband, Don, worship at Calvary Chapel East Anaheim. They have one daughter who is currently attending Biola University.
VP of Business & Leadership Advancement
Paul is originally from New England and spent most of his younger years on Long Island just outside of New York City. He attended The Ohio State University for his undergraduate degree and then attended Duke Business School for post-graduate studies. He moved to Orange County, California in 1981 where he currently resides with his beautiful wife Margaret. They are blessed with 7 children and 5 grandchildren.
Paul began his professional career in the corporate world of the pharmaceutical industry where he spent 25 years with several Fortune 100 companies in a variety of leadership roles within business development, sales, and marketing. In 2009 Paul retired from the corporate world to pursue his entrepreneurial desires. He founded a vacation property management company called Newport Beach Vacation Properties, which grew to be the largest luxury vacation rental company in Newport Beach. Paul eventually sold the company to pursue full-time ministry.
While Paul was building his career and companies, he felt a perpetual tug to further explore his faith. He began to attend Saddleback Church where Rick Warren is the senior pastor. Pastor Rick had a big influence on Paul and inspired him to listen to God’s voice calling him to transition his God-given leadership gifts from a focus on business and personal success to a strong desire of serving others and being significant. Paul spent 10 years in a variety of leadership roles within the men’s ministry of Saddleback Church under Kenny Luck’s leadership and eventually became the Men’s Ministry Director at Saddleback’s regional campus in San Juan Capistrano, Saddleback Rancho Capistrano.
God used this experience at Saddleback Church to prepare Paul for his next role as the Men’s Pastor at Mariners Church in Irvine, California. God used him to lead several thousand men through transformation during his leadership at Mariners Church. Paul is excited to begin a new chapter in his life here at Convene where he feels God is calling him to lead, develop, and inspire kingdom leaders of influence in the workplace.
Business Development, Board Member
Marc has more than 30 years of leadership experience and served as President of ProSound & Stage Lighting for 10 years. ProSound is a company utilizing catalog and web channels for sound and lighting products delivered to schools, churches, military and the musician/dj market. He grew that organization into a recognized national niche leader and sold it in 2005. Today he maintains minority positions at ProSound and Convene.
Marc left ProSound at the end of 2002 to join Convene. He serves in business development where he focuses on finding excellent group leaders and helping them launch groups across the nation.
Marc came to Christ in 1987 and worships at North Hills Church in Brea, CA where he leads the men’s ministry. Marc is married to Kasey. They have three children and a desire to live the abundant life of followers that pray, listen and obey our Lord Jesus Christ.
Director of Convene Consulting Network, Advisory Board Chairman
Out of a life spent building an enterprise and walking beside his first wife during her long cancer battle, Mark pared and honed and answered the question, “If there is just one thing to which you give your life, what will it be?” The answer for Mark is to love enterprise leaders while they claim their vocation as stewards.
Mark holds deep experience in process consultation, group process and process design, especially with franchised businesses and associational systems. He has provided extensive assistance to businesses, nonprofits, and ministry organizations in guiding leadership transitions, untying organizational knots, and moving forward in mission.
Mark is author, contributor or co-author of a number of books, including, Becoming a Steward Leader, A Christian View of Money, The Selfless Leader, and Fighting Disease, Not Death: Finding a Way Through Lifelong Struggle. He regularly contributes to the Convene blog, the CLA blog, and The Organizational Muse.
Bob is the president and owner of Omni Duct Systems, a manufacturer of sheet metal for the air conditioning industry, with locations in Anaheim, Sacramento, Ontario and San Diego, California, Everett Wa., Coeur D’ Alene Id. and Chandler Az. Bob leads Omni Duct with the primary goal of honoring God in all that is done, based on the company’s core values of Integrity, Caring and Stewardship.
Bob has been a member of Calvary Church of Santa Ana since 1983. He has served on the board of The Sheepfold, a ministry for battered and abused women and children, since 1993. He also serves on the boards of The Pocket Testament League, Project Hangout, The Barnabas Group and Convene.
Bob graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Architecture. He is also a graduate of The Masters Program and was a member of TEC/Vistage for four years.
Ric started, built and sold a multi-state, $150+ million distribution business through acquisitions and strategic partnering. Additionally, he built a water management business, which uses computers and high-tech communication technology to control and manage large public institutional water use. He is experienced in and has done consulting in the areas of strategic planning, partnering, turnarounds, operations management and growth through acquisitions.
Ric graduated from Cal Poly University with a degree in engineering and later earned an MBA from the University of Southern California, with an emphasis in marketing and finance. He was also a member of TEC/Vistage for 17 years and is currently in a business partnership with his son. Ric has been actively involved with Saddleback church for over 27 years.
Member Recruitment Manager
Prior to working with Convene, Jennifer was a Senior Reporting Operations Analyst for the Sales Team of Evangelical Christian Credit Union. Over her 9 years of service there, Jennifer became well known for her high level development and implementation of sales strategies and enterprise-wide projects.
Learning and investing in others is a passion of Jennifer’s. She loves to problem solve by using her creative and organizational skills developing order where there was chaos. This has moved her towards being a part of various trainings and certifications to better understand how she can help people and processes. She has taken part in training from Microsoft Office, LinkedIn, The Alexander Group (Sales Compensation Analytics), Franklin Covey Project Management, Situational Self Leadership, StrengthsFinder, and Strength Development Inventory.
Jennifer and her husband, Jeremy, are members of High Desert Church. She serves as a small group leader there and enjoys supporting other women in the church. She and her husband also own Miller’s Card Memorabilia and Strategically-Connected.
Member Recruitment Specialist
Bellingham, Washington was Michael’s birthplace (nearly a Canadian!). Many moves followed in the next 15 years until the family settled in the Silicon Valley. Mike graduated from Fremont High School in 1978 and completed a music education degree at Biola University three and a half years later. With education matters settled, Michael met, befriended, courted and married Kerilyn before heading back to his home church in the Bay Area to begin vocational ministry in music and youth. Later, Mike’s college ministry and Kerilyn’s interior decorating career filled their early married lives together.
In 1985, Michael earned an MA in choral conducting from San Jose State University while serving the choral and orchestral departments as a graduate assistant. Full time music ministry followed in SoCal and Arizona churches. Mike, Kerilyn, Kelsey and Katie moved to Fresno, California in 1998. Vocational and volunteer ministries, adjunct professorship at Fresno State University, and agency work with New York Life Insurance Company have filled the Ogdon’s lives with a generous amount of wonderful friends.
Prior to working for Convene, Kimberly was a student at Biola University where she received a degree in Sociology with a Minor in Biblical Studies. Through her studies and past job experiences, Kimberly was able to develop and strengthen skills in service, leadership, communication and organization.
Kimberly is passionate about serving her family, friends, colleagues and community. Her passion for service is what led her to work for Convene where, she felt she could put her strengths and passions to work.
In her free time, Kimberly enjoys reading, journaling, and spending time with her close friends and family.
Manager, Speaker Resources
Before coming to Convene, Nolan graduated from Corban University in Salem, OR where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a Minor in Biblical Studies. While attending Corban, he served as the captain of the Men’s Soccer Team and worked at a local bank in town. Working at multiple financial institutions, in a variety of different roles, Nolan brings to Convene a passion to serve others.
Nolan and his wife, Hilary, attend church at EV Free Fullerton, in Fullerton, CA. In their free time, they enjoy traveling, attending sporting events, and spending time with friends and family.
Member Engagement Manager
Prior to working for Convene, Kalien graduated from CSU Long Beach with her B.A. in English and is currently a MBA candidate at the Crowell School of Business at Biola University. She has worked in a variety of roles including financial services, marketing and organizational planning. Kalien is from Seal Beach, California has two dogs and enjoys bike riding and playing volleyball on the beach in her free time.
Social Media Manager & Marketing Assistant
Content Manager + Copywriter
Carson was born in Vancouver and then spent most of his growing up years in Southern California. He graduated from Biola University where he studied English, Business and Classic Literature. He’s managed and worked in the fishing and tourism industry off the coast of western Canada as well as led worship for 6 years at Saddleback Church in Southern California.
Most recently his work has been in content management and copywriting for Convene. Carson is an M.Div. student at Regent College and the Residential Dean at Carey Theological College, with plans to become a pastor. He is married to his wife Lauren and enjoys reading, writing, and playing music.