Our Team

CEO and Cofounder

Al Lopus is the CEO and Cofounder of Best Christian Workplaces Institute, founded in 2002. The Institute provides research-based measurement tools and culture change advisory services with a single vision: to help Christian organizations set the standard as the best, most effective workplaces in the world. At BCWI, Al has conducted the broadest-ever employee opinion…

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President and COO

Jay Bransford is the President and COO of Best Christian Workplaces Institute. Jay is passionate about maximizing the performance and effectiveness of Christian leaders, teams and organizations in alignment with Jesus’ prayer in John 17 – for believers to be united as one in order to be a reflection and witness of Christ to the world.  He has 27 years…

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Survey Operations Manager

Heather serves as our Survey Operations Manager, ensuring the highest quality and timeliness for the delivery of our projects. Heather leads the administration of all of our surveys, marketing, and customer service. Heather specializes in guiding ministry partners through the Employee Engagement Survey, Pulse Survey, Volunteer Survey, and 360 Leadership Review processes. Heather comes to…

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Consulting Director

Cary is a Consulting Director for Best Christian Workplaces Institute.  Cary helps organizations in their decisions to use the BCWI Employee Engagement Survey and then supports their understanding of the conclusions and the actions that can follow.  He has also helped leadership teams grow focus and cohesion through coaching and off-site retreats. Helping leaders and…

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Consulting Director

Giselle serves as a Consulting Director with Best Christian Workplaces Institute; she provides consulting to organizations seeking flourishing cultures by developing outstanding leadership and by designing programs that attract, retain, and develop fantastic people. She works with a variety of ministry partners through the Employee Engagement Survey, 360 Leadership Review process, and Culture Consulting services.…

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Project Manager

Kathy capably fills the role of BCWI’s Project and Office Manager. Her objective is to work with each of the survey participants to ensure a positive experience. Kathy is also responsible for BCWI’s office and ongoing administrative management of the firm. Kathy manages the overall implementation of the Employee Engagement Survey, Pulse Survey, Volunteer Survey,…

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Senior Engagement & Talent Consultant

Tara is an organizational leadership and engagement consultant.  She is an experienced talent strategist, HR manager, trainer, public speaker and culture champion.  She has expertise in implementing best practices that increase employee and volunteer engagement, managerial competence, and organizational outcomes. Tara provides consulting through the Employee Engagement Survey, 360 Leadership Review process, and Culture Consulting services.…

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Canadian Regional Director

Barry Slauenwhite is the Canadian Regional Director for Best Christian Workplaces Institute. In his role, Barry invests in helping leaders and ministries thrive and build healthy cultures through the introduction of BCWI’s Employee Engagement Survey and consulting tools. Barry has more than 40 years of experience in leading churches and NGOs. Before joining BCWI, he…

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Social Media and Marketing Manager

At BCWI, Solape Osoba is responsible for project management and social media management. Solape brings to the team seven years of experience in Information Technology and 10 years of experience in Project Management. She is also skilled in social media platforms, blogging, and email marketing. She helps to highlight those organizations who are Certified Best…

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Senior Consultant

Doug serves as a Senior Consultant at BCWI, specializing in culture engagement, leadership development, and strategic planning. Utilizing BCWI’s Employee Engagement Surveys and 360 Leadership Reviews, he serves ministry partners through consulting, training, and coaching. Doug has 25+ years of senior leadership experience. Early on, he consulted with a workplace assessment publisher, leading a team…

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Project Specialist

Andrea serves as a project specialist who helps to administer our surveys. Andrea serves as the primary resource for our clients regarding the reporting from our engagement surveys, and she completes special projects. She provides support to ministry partners who conduct the Employee Engagement Survey, Pulse Survey, or Volunteer Survey, and she also is a…

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Project Specialist

Jackie serves as a project specialist helping to administer our 360 Leadership Reviews, as well as accounting and bookkeeping responsibilities for BCWI. With a background in finance, she spent much of her career in the investment brokerage industry. She is excited to be working to further the efforts of the various Christian organizations that BCWI…

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Project Specialist

With a wealth of knowledge and expertise, Robin serves BCWI in capacities such as: maintaining the consultants’ schedules, marketing proposals, database support, internal meeting scheduling/administration, and other planning. Robin specializes in the support and scheduling of consultant debriefs for Employee Engagement Surveys, Pulse Surveys, Volunteer Surveys, and 360 Leadership Reviews.  She also has experience in…

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Executive Assistant

Nicole serves as the Executive Assistant for Al Lopus and for Jay Bransford. She grew up in her local church in Surprise, Arizona, and quickly realized her passion and heart for the church. Nicole graduated from Grand Canyon University with a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Her…

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Research and Culture Analyst

Heather Godsey serves as BCWI’ s Research and Culture Analyst. Heather is currently obtaining a PhD in Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology at Seattle Pacific University. Her research interests include leadership, organizational strategy, assessment development, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.Born in California and raised in Alabama, Heather has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Auburn University, an…

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Emerging Ministries Director

As Emerging Ministries Director of Best Christian Workplaces Institute, Kevin conducts research and analysis, and he provides consulting for organizations seeking more specialized assistance in improving organizational trust, communications, and leadership. Prior to his work with BCWI and the Employee Engagement Survey, Kevin completed a 30-year career as a Captain in the U.S. Coast Guard, where…

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