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Wendy Chen


Wendy comes from an ethnically Chinese family, but was born and raised in South Korea, and immigrated to the United States as a child. She currently resides in Portland, Oregon and serves on the executive team for Cru City and has been on staff for 16 years; 6 of those with the Epic Movement. Wendy longs to see a generation of young women who will reject shame and know their true identity as image bearers of God. She loves nothing more than a table full of people she deeply loves, filled with good food and laughter. She currently resides in Portland, Oregon with her husband, Josh, and their four children.

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Mary Jacob

Social Media Coordinator

Mary has been on staff with Epic Movement for over 10 years. She was a team leader in the Washington D.C. Metro Area, where she still resides and now serves as a social media coordinator for Epic and Created For. Mary values understanding ethnic and cultural identity and desires to create safe spaces of flourishing and growth. She is married to Mobin and they have a little son and a dog. She also has a deep love for 90s and early 2000s’ R&B and hip hop.

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Chealsia Smedley

Host and Podcast Producer

Chealsia is a writer who values compassionate truth-telling that uplifts and platforms the unique contributions of others. She has written for Cleveland Magazine, The Majuscule Lit, Cru Storylines and currently writes the Created For’s weekly newsletter. She recently moved to Ohio and joined the Created For team in the fall of 2022. Before that, she lived and worked with Cru in Ljubljana,Slovenia for seven years. Her happy place is speaking Slovene while dancing Lindy Hop– the energetic, Black American partner dance– to live jazz music.

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Silverio Gonzalez

Content Strategist

Silverio has been on the U.S. Digital Strategies team with Cru for two years and is passionate about serving marginalized communities and championing inclusive design. He is an experienced podcaster, writer and editor. Alongside reading about UX design in his free time, Silverio also enjoys modern fantasy novels and books about theology and history. He and his wife Lisa live in Orlando, Florida with their two children.


Kathia Avilez

Graphic Design, Social Media Specialist

Kathia has worked for Cru for five years. She has managed several social media platforms with Cru and is an Enneagram coach. As a social media specialist and graphic designer for Created For, she is dedicated to creating spaces for people to share their stories and find a sense of belonging. Kathia enjoys making dinner with friends, taking hip-hop classes, and asking thought-provoking questions.