Our People

Meet the CAP Team, Partner Churches, Core Team Leadership and Trustees behind CAP America

The CAP America Team are:

  • Simon Wilce - Executive Director
  • Christi Parker - Vice President, Engagement and Development
  • David Atkins - Credit Counselor and Operations Manager
  • Melinda Wong - Marketing Manager
  • Gary Walthall - Tulsa CAP Center Manager
  • Dave Buth - Chicago Western Suburbs CAP Center Manager
  • Betsy Strong - Chicago Near West Suburbs CAP Center Manager
  • Katy Hurst - Chicago Near West Suburbs CAP Debt Coach

Partner Churches - CAP Debt & Financial Health Services:

Partner Churches - CAP Money

 

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Simon Wilce

Executive Director

Simon has worked for CAP since completing his Law Degree in 2003. After working in credit counseling and managing teams, he moved to New Zealand in 2009 to lead the national work there. Simon returned to the UK in 2013 as Director of Debt Operations, and from 2017-2018 was CAP UK’s Operations Director, leading alongside Dr John Kirkby CBE - CAP's Founder, and Matt Barlow - CAP UK's CEO. Simon's passion for international work hadn’t wavered and he stepped out in faith to pioneer CAP America in 2019. Simon is committed to empowering the local Church to reach out to those in need and to share the good news.

Christi Parker

Christi Parker

Vice President, Engagement and Development

Christi Parker joined CAP America in 2023 to develop church partnerships and increase engagement and awareness of the tools and services CAP provides.   Christi is a graduate of Wheaton College with a degree in Spanish.  She spent most of her career in Los Angeles working with top leadership for Dreamworks, Disney, and Ferrari.  In 2019, she moved back to the Chicago area to bring her skills and experience to market and promote church programs and ministries with organizations like the Evangelical Covenant Church and Food For The Poor.   Christi is passionate about the vision and mission of CAP America to serve the local church and reach out to the poor with the good news of Christ.  In her free time, she enjoys recreational activities such as running, biking, swimming, and tennis, spending time with her family, serving with her church and mentoring women and youth through discipleship and study of the Bible. 

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Melinda Wong

Marketing Manager

Melinda Wong joined the CAP America team in 2021 focusing on the growth of clients for all Debt Centers in America. Trained in Marketing and Non-profit Management, Melinda worked previously for Crisis Pregnancies Centers in Indianapolis to expand their client marketing and fundraising. Her Masters from Wheaton College trained her in  Intercultural Communications and Missions, helping to bring hope to people of all nations. She has also been involved in small business management and pioneering national education projects through Northwestern University. She enjoys supporting growth in individuals and organizations through coaching and marketing strategies. Her passions are in coaching, evangelism, and finance.

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David Atkins

Credit Counselor and Operations Manager

David is CAP's Certified Credit Counselor. David spent the first 35 years of his career working in Information Technology for large corporations, specializing in systems supporting supply chain networks. Over the past 15 years, David became an informal financial coach to fellow employees seeking guidance on a variety of personal financial questions. In 2020 David began to help teach the CAP Money Course through his local church. Then in 2022, the opportunity to join CAP came about and David stepped out in faith to make a career change and bring a focus to helping others on their financial wellbeing journey.

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Kevin Palau

Trustee - Chair of the Board

Kevin Palau is President and CEO of the Luis Palau Association. Kevin joined LPA in 1985 and began directing the day-to-day operation of the ministry in the late 1990s. Under his leadership, LPA has united tens of thousands of churches in hundreds of cities to love and serve their communities and clearly share the Good News of Jesus. During Kevin’s time at LPA he has also helped develop a global network of hundreds of partner evangelists.

Kevin helps lead TogetherPDX, a sustainable, united movement of churches in Portland, Oregon. His book, Unlikely: Setting Aside Our Differences to Live Out the Gospel describes the ongoing impact of the movement.

Kevin lives in Beaverton, Oregon with his wife, Michelle, and enjoys serving on the boards of Alpha USA, Christians Against Poverty, and Transforming the Bay with Christ.

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Kim Huffman

Trustee

Kim loves the local church and our call to love our neighbors. She has worked at two multisite churches over the last 25 years, serving as a Children’s Director at The Chapel’s Libertyville Campus and the Pastor of Community Impact at The Compass Church’s Naperville Campus. She’s passionate about activating the body of Christ to engage the poor, vulnerable, and marginalized in our community with the heart of Jesus. She does this by developing leaders and building teams – communities of life transformation -- that take the time to understand the needs in our community and prayerfully consider how to engage those needs. Prior to serving in the local church, Kim worked for a large healthcare corporation in the area of Marketing Communications. She and her husband, Dan, have invested nearly 20 years in supporting a nonprofit organization that does holistic development of orphaned children in Kenya. Kim loves how CAP America works through the local church to equip individuals to budget and save through the CAP Money Course, as well as how they equip the church, through the CAP Debt Center, to walk alongside our neighbors experiencing financial distress, offering hope.

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Dr John Kirkby CBE

Trustee & Founder

John founded Christians Against Poverty in 1996, combining his 17 years’ experience in the consumer finance industry with his personal experience of being in overwhelming debt. His faith-filled journey through CAP’s early years is recorded in the book Nevertheless. His vision to see lives transformed and set free from poverty has led to CAP being built not just in the UK but also in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and most recently in America. John inspires churches and connects with stream leaders as he speaks about CAP wherever he goes. He was awarded a CBE in 2018 at Buckingham Palace by Her Majesty The Queen for his work and is an honorary Doctor of Bradford University.

Brady Boyd

Brady Boyd

Trustee

Brady is a CAP trustee and the Chief Operating Office of Coronado Investment Advisors in Coronado California. Brady’s primary duties include: running the firm's day to day operations, wealth and portfolio management, financial planning, investment analysis and business development responsibilities. Brady has a decade of professional experience as an investment and financial advisor both in the U.S. and abroad. Brady worked for CAP in New Zealand as a creditor liaison in 2014 and 2015. In his role at CAP, he partnered with many of the top creditors in New Zealand to negotiate lower repayment terms and interest rates. Brady has a passion for helping those in need, especially those with financial hardships. He has a big heart for seeing people become debt free through CAP.

Outside of work, Brady enjoys spending time with family, doing community volunteer work, running, sailing, traveling and playing golf.

Core Team

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Simon Wilce
Executive Director
Christi Parker
Christi Parker
Vice President, Engagement and Development
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Melinda Wong
Marketing Manager
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David Atkins
Credit Counselor and Operations Manager

Trustees

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Kevin Palau
Trustee - Chair of the Board
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Kim Huffman
Trustee
John Kirkby
Dr John Kirkby CBE
Trustee & Founder
Brady Boyd
Brady Boyd
Trustee