Our Instructors

ARTHUR DENYER

Arthur joined DAI in 2015, out of a passion for bringing relevant and contextualized training options to leaders serving in poor, rural or small communities, and for walking alongside those leaders.
Trained as a psychologist, Arthur worked for 24 years in market research, as well as a consultant in product development and consumer behavior. For 18 years, he has been learning to train leaders and facilitators. For 16 years, he has been an apprentice of parachurch ministry direction. For 15 years he has been a hands-on student of church leadership. He has served for 10 years as a facilitator and instructor in soft skills and personal development, and is a certified coach.
Arthur lives with his wife and two teenage sons in San Jose, Costa Rica, where they serve with their local church. In his spare time, Arthur enjoys reading and having long conversations around a good cup of coffee.

 

MICHELE BREENE

Michele joined DAI in 2013 bringing with her over 10 years of executive leadership coaching for Fortune 500 companies in the USA and UK. Michele continues to use her leadership coaching skills with DAI staff ensuring they have the knowledge and skills they need to thrive.

She also serves as a facilitator for DAI’s Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership program and non-formal leadership training. Michele has a Master’s of Education from the University of London.

Hani-Instructor-PhotoHANI MORCOS

Hani joined DAI in 2014 to develop curriculum on the topics of marriage and family life for the training of Christian leaders in underserved communities worldwide including the immigrant and refugee communities of North America. Hani has worked for DAI in Egypt since 2001 offering leadership development and mentoring as well as marriage seminars through a large Arabic church in Cairo, Egypt. Before joining DAI he worked in different professions including marketing and sales in corporate telecommunications as well as working for a number of non-profit organizations.

Hani is a regular speaker on the topics of relationships, marriage and family life in conferences and church events in Arab-American churches in the US and abroad. He is regularly interviewed on live Arabic satellite television. Hani has worked as a lay-counselor for couples for more than 30 years and is now completing his licensure as a professional Marriage and Family Therapist in California.

Hani has a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Cairo University and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with a Marriage and Family Therapy focus from Azusa Pacific University, California. Hani and his wife Tertia both work for DAI and frequently co-facilitate courses and teach together in the US and abroad. Hani was born and raised in Egypt and has lived in Cyprus and Lebanon.

 

Jane-Instructor-PicJANE OVERSTREET

Jane joined DAI in 1996, working alongside DAI co-founders Jim Engle and David Fraser. She was appointed President/CEO in 1999. Prior to joining DAI, Jane served for many years as the Director of Legal Services for Youth with a Mission (YWAM) International while living in the Middle East and Europe in addition to providing legal consulting for numerous other Christian organizations. She has published manuals on various legal topics including taxation, child abuse prevention, and immigration.

She is a member of the American Bar Association and the Colorado Bar Association. She serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations and is a member of the Lausanne Leadership Development Working Group.

Jane received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Oral Roberts University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Tulsa, College of Law. She has done additional graduate studies in international law at the European campus of the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and in Global Economic Development at Eastern University.

 

John-Rogers-SmJOHN ROGERS

John has extensive experience in writing curriculum and in facilitating adult learning in a number of contexts. His career has included working in adult education in the UK, serving overseas with a Christian radio ministry and working with three international leadership ministries, which has involved him in running training workshops in more than 30 countries over the past 32 years.

He joined the staff of Development Associates International (DAI) in 2006 as Senior Consultant for Non-Formal Training and Adult Education, where he has written the workshop curriculum for the “Facilitating Learning” workshop and the “Fundraising in Ministry” workshop, and the DAI MA courses in “Teaching and Learning for Impact”, “Partnerships” and “Fundraising”. He has taught on DAI’s MA programme in Uganda, Nigeria, Burundi, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Myanmar, and has also facilitated non-formal workshops for DAI in each of those countries and also in South Africa, Russia, Turkey and the Philippines. He is currently working on a complete revision of DAI’s “Introduction to Leadership” Course and on a workshop on Curriculum Design. John and his wife Kathryn are members of a large evangelical Anglican church in the UK, where he has served on the lay leadership team, leads a Home Bible Study Group and is chair of the Missions Team. He has, until recently, served as board chairman of a Christian ministry in the UK and is a member of International Partnering Associates.

 

Daneli_finalDANELI UREÑA

Daneli was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and the US. She joined DAI in 2013 after serving for a summer as an intern. Daneli pursues opportunities for offering DAI workshops in new locations throughout Latin America. She has a M.A. in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. She currently is serving DAI as a New Projects Consultant.

 

Greg-SmerdonGREGORY ALLEN SMERDON

Greg was born, raised and schooled in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. He came to faith in 1988 during the final year of a BA degree at the University of Kwa Zulu Natal, Durban. Greg taught Mathematics at Senior Secondary level for nine years. In 1990 Greg married Noeleen and they have two children Lydia and Philip. Greg was invited to join African Enterprise in 1998 as a full time Evangelist and pioneered a vibrant youth evangelistic ministry called Foxfire. In 1999 Greg attended Haggai Institute Advance Leadership Training for Evangelism in Maui as a participant and was later invited to be part of the faculty where he still serves currently. Greg served as Youth and Young Adult Pastor at St. Martins Anglican Church, Cape Town from 2001-2004 and during this time he completed a Masters degree in Organizational leadership through Eastern University, Pennsylvania, USA. On returning to African Enterprise after completing his MA, Greg began setting up city-wide crusades/missions as the Deputy Missions director from 2004-2005. He was promoted to Team leader/CEO of African Enterprise South Africa and served in this role until February of 2010 when he responded to the call of God to Shepherd a local church known as God’s Family Life Centre Community Church (GFLC), which he does currently.

In addition to being the Senior Pastor at GFLC, Greg also gives apostolic oversight to two church plants that have grown out of the ministry and other churches and ministries further afield. Greg also serves in a part-time capacity as Program Director of DAI South Africa.