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Meet Our Team

Our board has a broad range of experience and expertise in various fields. We come together for the common goal of serving children in our community.
  • Zack Nicholson

    Zack Nicholson


    Zack is the President and Founder of Minding the Gap. He has served on the pastoral staff at the International House of Prayer since moving to Kansas City from Wichita, KS in 2007. Zack has had extensive experience partnering with public schools in the Hickman Mills and Grandview school districts. He is passionate about education and believes that every child has the right to receive a quality education. Zack and his wife Holli have five children. Outside of his professional responsibilities, Zack can be found at the ice rink coaching his boys' ice hockey teams.

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  • David Ridder

    David Ridder

    Vice President

    David is the Chief Operating Officer of Performance Systems Integration, a full-service fire & life safety company in the Pacific NW. Actively engaged in his community, David has worked as a consultant developing and implementing scalable solutions that address food insecurity, and has served as a volunteer in youth ministry and men’s recovery programs. David lives in Los Gatos, CA with his wife and three children.

  • Lisa Christensen

    Lisa Christensen


    Lisa has worked in education for more than 10 years, starting out as a Christian middle school teacher and working her way up to an adjunct college instructor. Lisa earned her masters and Ph.D. in leadership with her emphasis in trauma healing. In addition to teaching, she also provides Biblical Counseling and Coaching through her own LLC, Deeper Wells Life & Leadership. Additional certifications are with the state of Missouri in MHFA, with the Trauma Healing Institute & American Bible Society as a trauma healing group facilitator, and with the American Association of Christian Counselors as a Mental Health First Aid coach. Lisa and her husband Mike live in the Kansas City area.

  • Holli Nicholson

    Holli Nicholson


    Holli owns and operates Nicholson Business Services, a full service accounting firm. She has extensive business experience and serves on multiple non-profit boards. Holli is from Dallas, TX and currently lives in Lee's Summit, MO with her husband Zack and their five children.

  • Curtis Wright

    Curtis Wright


    Curtis serves as the Director of Juvenile Justice Ministry For YFCKC (Youth for Christ serving Kansas City) and as part of the pastoral staff for Forerunner Church. He has over 15 years of experience in pastoral ministry and non-profit management. He is fueled with passion for a bibliocentric view and approach to the areas of social justice, racial reconciliation and empowering this generation of youth to fulfill their purposes in Christ. Curtis currently resides in South KC with his beautiful "Wife for Life" and three super cute children.

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I am the principal of Compass Elementary and I can attest to the fact that it has been a wonderful and rewarding experience to work side by side with Zack Nicholson. He has been faithful in his dedication to partner with the staff, students and families of Compass Elementary. He has left an indelible mark on the stakeholders of Compass through his sacrificial service of meeting the needs of our school community. Through his partnership with Caring for Kids, he has worked to get us the resources and support needed to create a great culture and climate.  We are grateful to have him as one of our biggest supporters.  Thank you Zack for continuing to be a positive influence at Compass Elementary.

Erica Hoard, M.S.Ed
Erica Hoard, M.S.Ed, Principal
Compass Elementary Principal

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    We are looking for passionate people with a heart for the next generation. If you want to make a positive difference in the life of a child and change the trajectory of their life, then we want you on our team!