National Executive Officers
Brooke Bayer (formerly Brooke McDowell) is the National President of Gamma Alpha Lambda, Inc. As a Founding Mother of our first GAL chapter at Missouri State University, and as a Founding Mother of our national organization, Brooke has guided the formation, mission, and vision of GAL on many fronts. The passion to unite Christian women in the most volatile and influential years in their lives, when many slip away from their faith, has given Brooke the drive to pursue her calling from the Lord to continue to build and play an active role in Gamma Alpha Lambda. Brooke is a positive influence in the lives of numerous young ladies as she offers counsel and guidance.
Brooke married T.J. Bayer on June 10, 2006. She is also a graduate of Missouri State University in which she earned her Masters of Business Administration degree in May 2007, having previously graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing in May 2006. Living in St. Louis, Brooke works as a Product Specialist for Tactile Systems Technology and sells the Flexitouch Pneumatic Compression pump (medical equipment) that treats patients suffering from lymphedema (chronic swelling). Alongside her husband, Brooke and T.J. are members and servant leaders at The Journey church in St. Louis and daily work to grow in their personal relationships with the Lord. Brooke’s passions include spending time with her husband, family, GAL members, and friends in addition to working on home projects, jogging, and enjoying movies and music. Brooke is extremely excited about the future of Gamma Alpha Lambda and in discovering the great plans that the Lord has in store for the lives of our members.
Emily Landis (formerly Emily Brooker) is the Vice President of Gamma Alpha Lambda, Inc. While attending Missouri State University, Emily along with five other women founded the Christian Sorority Gamma Alpha Lambda. As a member of Gamma Alpha Lambda she served as the Social Chair and Vice President of Membership. Emily graduated from Missouri State University in May 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Since her graduation Emily worked three years for the Missouri Children’s Division as an Alternative Care case manager until she married and moved to Georgia. Emily is currently working as a social worker in Atlanta, GA.
Emily married Andrew Landis on May 2, 2009. Emily and her husband Drew are members of Church of the Apostles in Atlanta and co-lead a small group Bible study. Emily and Drew also serve together as Ambassadors for the Alliance Defense Fund. Emily greatly enjoys traveling, scrapbooking, and spending time with her GAL sisters, family, and friends.
Emily is most well-known for her strong Christian stance while a Social Work student at Missouri State University. With the help of the Alliance Defense Fund, Emily won her case on religious liberties and academic freedom. Emily now speaks across the country about her case and encourages other to stand up for their Christian beliefs. When ending her talks about her court case, Emily always encourages people to be prepared for the answer to the simple prayer, “Lord, Use Me.” because you never know how the Lord will choose to use you.
Monica Vezendan is the Treasurer for Gamma Alpha Lambda Nationals. She is currently student teaching in 2nd grade at St. Michael the Archangel in Leawood, Kansas and will begin student teaching at Blue Valley North in the special education department in mid-October. She will graduate with an Elementary and Special Education degree from Northwest Missouri State University in December 2012.
Monica is from Olathe, Kansas and enjoys spending time with family and friends. She likes reading, working out, playing games, and spending time in the city. While at Northwest, Monica was involved in GAL and CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ) all 4 years. She was Prayer Chair for GAL her sophomore and junior year and became V.P. of Membership her senior year. Monica’s junior year of college she was on Leadership with CRU as Prayer Leader.
God has continually blessed Monica with opportunities to grow in Him and serve in different ways. She has loved getting to serve along side some of her best friends in GAL the past few years, but Monica is excited for this next season of life outside of college and is excited see how the Lord will continue to use her in ministry. She has a strong love for the women in GAL and how the Lord has used this ministry to impact her life. She is passionate about serving God through GAL and continuing to point others to the cross the same way older women did that for her.
Kristen Kientz is the president of the Beta Chapter at Northwest Missouri State. She is currently a senior, majoring in Elementary Education. She plans to graduate in December 2012 after student teaching this fall. Kristen was a member of the Beta chapter and served as President, Vice President of Membership, and Retreat Chair.
Kristen is from Raymore, Missouri, and enjoys spending time there with her family. She is close to her parents, her brother (Jarod), and sister (Melissa), as well as her extended family. While at Northwest, Kristen worked as a desk assistant in the residence halls and was involved in CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ) and the Northwest Dance Company.
For the last three summers, Kristen has been on Summer Project with CRU, first in San Diego, then in South Africa, and most recently, back to San Diego as staff. She also went on a mission trip with GAL to Chicago. These trips have had an incredible impact and have taught Kristen more about herself, her relationship with the Lord, how to better evangelize, and how to create and sustain a community of believers. She thanks God for these experiences because they have made her a better leader, and allowed her to better serve GAL.
More than anything else, however, Kristen loves to see women grow in their passion and love for the Lord. She makes sure even the smallest things associated with GAL focus on God’s Word in some way. She loves the sisterhood within GAL and all of her best friends are currently or have been a part of GAL. She also loves the accountability and encouragement found in GAL. GAL played such an important role in Kristen’s life her freshman year, helping her learn what it truly meant to walk with Christ, so she wants to make sure that it positively impacts other women’s lives in the same way.