Meet the Team

Ben Wikner
Executive Director and Pastor of Dignity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Ben is husband to one woman and dad to seven children. He looks forward to being a GrandDad. In his free time, he likes to help people go deeper in their personal and spiritual development, so they can better connect with God and find greater clarity and purpose in their life and work. And he spends a lot of time finding ways to serve the community, to strengthen the fabric of our society, especially by advancing equity, inclusion, and belonging.

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Oscar Alvarenga
Community Outreach Manager
Theresa Wheeler
Board Member

My name is Theresa Wheeler, I am currently employed by MCPS as a Para Educator for Watkins Mill High School. For the last 5 years this position has allowed my people oriented skills to shine. As I partner with my co-workers, we labor to expand students desire to learn, grow, and mature through strong relational ties. As a educator I have the opportunity to collaborate with staff and community members to develop social skills and work ethic as well as academic. I am known as a team player, relevant communicator and organized person. I am also passionate about sharing the love of Jesus and feeding hungry children and families in need.

In my free time you will find me snuggled up next to my dog Bailey watching home design and cooking shows, laughing with friends over a cup of tea or gardening.

Edwige, Milagro, Faith, Adama, and Jay
Community JEDIs

Edwige – A proud Camaroonian, she has been actively serving the community for the past 5 years to help make the GMV a better place to live and work.

Milagro – Wife, Mother, and founder of Mujer Fuerza y Coraje, a group of Latina moms nearly 1000 strong in the GMV. She has been advocating for her community since coming to Maryland from El Salvador 13 years ago.

Faith – Fluent in English, Spanish, and Korean, she is able to nimbly navigate community outreach and coordinate volunteers in the effort to disrupt systems of inequity.

Adama – Is the leader of Safe Places, the community association of the Cider Mill Apartment Complex in Montgomery Village. For the past 7 years he has been on the forefront of the effort to create a safer, better place for the families in her 900 unit complex.

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Kwang Chul “KC” Whang
Board Member

Mr. Kwang Chul “KC” Whang, is currently the founder and CEO of The W Group Commercial Real Estate (WGCRE), established in 1991 in Laurel, MD. WGCRE is a boutique commercial real estate and business M&A, brokerage and consulting firm specializing in cross-cultural business and commercial real estate investment transactions. Prior to WGCRE, from 1987 to 1991, Mr. Whang was the President and CEO of a cross-cultural and multi-lingual business consulting practice, which he created to serve the immigrant entrepreneurs operating businesses in the Baltimore-Washington market. The practice was merged into The W Group Commercial Real Estate in 1991.

Mr. Whang has been an active volunteer in various civic and religious organizations for the last 30 years. His civic services include The Horizon Foundation, Columbia, MD, Maryland’s largest private health foundation where he served for 8 years on the Board of Trustees, 2010 to 2017. He also served on the board of the Howard County Economic Development Authority, a nationally recognized and award-winning economic development quasi-governmental agency serving Howard County MD. Mr. Whang has served on the board of several churches and nonprofit organizations, and has planted several Christian churches in the greater Washington metropolitan area. The last church he served was at Bridgeway Community Church, Columbia, MD, a multi-ethnic, non-denominational Christian church with a weekly attendance of over 4,000, representing people from over 50 nations, where he served on the board for trustees and elder board for over 10 years.

Andrew Kim
Board Member

Andrew grew up in the quiet suburbs of Rockland County, NY before attending Princeton University for his Electrical Engineering undergraduate degree. After graduating in 2016, he took a year to work on staff at Manna Christian Fellowship, a Christian campus group that had been central to his spiritual growth during his college years. In 2018 Andrew moved to Montgomery County, MD to start his first software engineering job. While searching online for local churches in an unfamiliar county, Andrew found a welcoming home in Cross Community and has been with them since, serving first with A/V setup for Sunday gatherings and now with food distributions that serve the local community throughout the week. As a part of Cross Community, Andrew continues to be blessed each week with opportunities to love, serve, and grow as he learns more about what it means to follow Jesus in a world filled with different perspectives and needs.

Shondra Jenkins
Board Member

Shondra B. Jenkins is the Founder and CEO of SBJ Consulting. SBJ Consulting draws on nearly 20 years of experience designing, implementing and measuring Corporate Social Responsibility Programs that have a global, national and local impact.

Previous to launching SBJ Consulting, Shondra held a leadership position at Sodexo, one of the world’s largest food service and facilities management companies with $11B in annual revenue. In her role, Shondra led Sodexo’s philanthropy team, which united the passion and engagement of 140,000 employees in the United States with targeted and impactful philanthropic programs, volunteerism and partnerships all designed to advance positive outcomes focused on youth engagement in the fight against childhood hunger in the US. Serving from 2014 through 2018 as the Executive Director of the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation in Gaithersburg, MD, Shondra led the fundraising and distribution of $35M in grants to non-profit partners working to end childhood hunger in the United States. Shondra brings a proven track record of creating strategic and innovative partnerships with organizations to advance their mission.

Shondra served two terms on the Board of Directors for Manna Food Center in Rockville, MD. Shondra is a co-founder of Business Leaders Fighting Hunger, a coalition of corporate citizens whose goal is to make strategic investments to improve food security in Montgomery County, MD. Shondra is a graduate of the 2016 CORE class of Leadership Montgomery in Rockville, MD, where she served on the Board of Directors.