Petros Network Welcomes New Board Members

Rachelle Polits, Program SpecialistChange Makers

Petros Network
Petros Network is pleased to announce the addition of three new board members to the Petros Network International Board. Sandra Cooper, Endashaw Kelkele and Doug Resler will be joining Doug Boone, Randy Carl, Jocelyn Leano-Martin, Kelly Orfield, Ron Stokes, and Sam Thannickal.

SANDRA COOPER, a retired executive with 30 years of Human Resources experience in public and private companies, most recently served as the Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Medivation. A publicly traded (MDVN) Pharmaceutical company recently acquired by Pfizer for $14B. At Medivation she led the development of a high-performance company culture based on employee engagement and alignment as evidenced by Medivation’s unparalleled receipt of the Top Bay Area Workplaces (in the large company category) designation four-consecutive years. Joining the firm during the precommercial phase she was instrumental in launching the first product, hiring and developing the senior executive team, determining the talent acquisition and total rewards compensation strategy, and implementing the company infrastructure including Workday HRIS.

Ms. Cooper’s experience includes successful entrepreneurial and dynamic global business environments in Bio-tech, Pharmaceuticals, Medical Device, and Enterprise Software Development. She possesses proven C-level HR leadership proficiencies in high-growth, early, pre-commercial and mature stage companies. Her resume represents extensive experience in acquisitions, post-acquisition multi-company global integrations, and strategic business reorganizations.

ENDASHAW KELKELE was born and raised in Tuka, a remote village of the Borana region of Ethiopia located on the border of Ethiopia and Kenya. Being raised in the Borana culture has shaped who he is today. The Borana people are known for their transparent, straight-shooter approach to communication, and community-oriented lifestyle.

Endashaw came to know the Lord in 1982 in Ethiopia. He was shaped by persecution and imprisonments which finally forced him to immigrate to Kenya as a refugee. While in Kenya he met and married his wife, Genet. Together they became missionaries with Youth with a Mission (Y.W.A.M) in Kenya before immigrating to America.

In 1993 Endashaw became the pastor of Ethiopian Evangelical Church of Denver. Endashaw has, by God’s grace, grown the church tremendously and has now even planted the first second generation church, called Avenue church, and is in the process of planning for the second Ethiopian church in Aurora.

DOUG RESLER currently serves as Senior Pastor for Parker Evangelical Presbyterian Church and Adjunct Professor at Denver Seminary. He has over twenty years of ministry experience, fifteen of which has been in pastoral ministry in a lead pastor position. He also has spent the last six years chairing the Ministerial Committee board of the Presbytery of the West which oversees all ministers and 40+ churches within her geographic boundaries.  Throughout his career, Doug has specialized in helping struggling churches become more healthy and vital by applying a systems theory approach. Under his leadership, Parker Evangelical Presbyterian Church has grown 20+% and more than doubled their budget in eight years. For the past four and a half years, Doug has taught courses on evangelism, mission, and pastoral leadership for Denver Seminary. Doug has written for Christianity Today on the subject of leadership, particularly how to persevere through the successes and failures of ministry. Doug is currently engaged in the work of the Petros Network as a trainer for church planters and has been to Ethiopia seven times.