Our Staff has over 45 years of combined service at Bethel Neighborhood Center.
Each is dedicated to the mission of offering a renewed sense of hope to our neighbors.
If you would like to get to know each person a little better please read their biographies below.
Mang Sonna became the Executive Director of Bethel Neighborhood Center in May 2009. Bethel gives him the opportunity to use his native language, other languages he knows, all his skills and creativity in the Bethel ministry. He said, “I am blessed to be able to use my whole being to serve God and God’s people. God is using me to be the voice for the voiceless to offer hope and help to those who need them the most.”
Mang oversees the programs and services, makes and executes plans, travels to speak at churches and visit donors, advocates, and interprets for refugees. In addition, Mang serves as one of the pastors of the Bethel Center Baptist Church. The lives that are transformed and the new hope people find because of the Bethel ministry excites him the most.
He believes that God made each human being equal, with a special purpose, and loves everyone the same. He said, “An inner city ministry like Bethel has many opportunities to show God’s love in words and in deeds. I am investing my life in the Bethel ministry because it emits the love of Christ and offers hope to the hopeless and empowers those who are powerless to become what God wants them to be.”
Mang’s top three goals are to bring financial stability, to have a new multipurpose hall, and to fulfill Bethel's mission of offer HOPE by making Bethel as a place of love, acceptance and renewal for all ages.
He is confident that by the grace of God and with the support of the churches, the community, and God’s people, Bethel will continue to serve as the hands and feet of Jesus Christ in our community.
Rosa Macias, a native of Wyandotte County, has been with Bethel Neighborhood Center since February 2007. She is the Administrative Assistant and Community Support Coordinator, and is most likely the friendly voice that will greet you when you call Bethel. She is responsible for many tasks such as administrative duties, managing the food pantry, coordinating with schools and groups for food donations, co-coordinating the Christmas Shop, working two mornings a week with our senior group, receptionist and office assistant duties, notary public and Spanish translation.
Rosa continues to serve at Bethel knowing she is using her skills to help the community and is happy to see that those in need have a welcoming environment to come get the services they need. Working at Bethel for her means helping to make a difference in the lives of many individuals and families whether it be a bag of groceries or a much needed smile.
Rosa feels the impact of what Bethel offers through the kind comments of those who have been helped by Bethel. As well as when she is out in her normal day life when she hears one of Bethel’s children say “Ms. Rosa, Ms. Rosa” waving to her with a huge smile. “I’m touched that they are so excited to see a Bethel staff member that they call your name out loud in the middle of a store or parking lot”.
She hopes to one day see Bethel grow into a larger facility, expand their food pantry and to be able to offer low-cost daycare for working parents which is much needed by many families in the community.
Liliana Arreola Perez
Program Director and
Elizabeth Gregory-Vile, is a native of Wyandotte county. She graduated from Sumner Academy of Arts and Science in 2015, and graduated from K-State in May 2019 with a bachelor of arts degree in Psychology. She is very active in her church and has worked with many children’s programs. She was recently married to Brenson Vile in August 2019. She enjoys running and playing with her puppy.
She has been working with Bethel Neighborhood Center as program staff since the summer of 2018. She was recently hired as Program Director and Volunteer Coordinator as of September 2019. She has enjoyed her time at Bethel working with the summer program and looks forward to working with them more in the future. She is excited to be part of a team that educates and equips young people, takes care of senior citizens, and provides emergency food assistance to our community.
She looks forwarding to leading the after school program and working with other nonprofits in Wyandotte County. She said, "We all have the ability to meaningfully and positively impact a child’s life," and she hopes that Bethel and its staff can and will do that for many years to come. Bethel is blessed to have her as a team leader!
Assistant Program Director
Keith Kaduce was born in Mason City, Iowa, and his father was the pastor of a small rural church. He graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography and a minor in Philosophy and Humanities, and from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. He worked for more than 10 years both as a volunteer and professionally with international students on several college and seminary campuses.
Prior to coming to Bethel, he was the manager of a box company in Kansas City, Missouri. He is very active in his church and has served in many capacities there including education committee, worship committee, church cabinet, deacon, and custodian, among others.
Keith has served Bethel as a staff member in the children/youth program since April of 2018. His passion is in teaching students about the beauty of diversity in culture, race, language, and environment in the entire world.
He also enjoys leading the Bethel English Second Language program. His interests include travel (especially to Disney World), reading, drawing, writing, music of all kinds, and doing activities with his family.
He is recently promoted to become our Assistant Program Director.
Julio Gonzalez Macias
Julio Gonzalez Macias has been with Bethel for about 12 years. He started participating in the Bethel after school program when he was in 1st grade, and he is still in the program as a high school program participant. He is a senior in high school, and is looking forward to graduating in May of 2022. He started to volunteer in the after school and summer program when he was in the 9th grade and got offered a job in 11th grade.
Now as a staff, he works with kids, helping them with their homework, lead group games and other activities. He is more mature than his age, and he has become a great leader. He is hardworking and takes his responsibilities seriously. He enjoys working with children and other Bethel staff. During our summer program, he taught how to cook and bake healthy food to our students. He has been teaching and encouraging our youth to cook some healthy food at home. When not working with kids, he helps clean around Bethel and in the food pantry or wherever help is needed. Bethel is proud to have a very responsible young man like him.
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Pau Cing was born and raised in Myanmar. Her family came to the United States in May of 2017. She graduated from Washington High School in 2021, and she goes to Kansas City Kansas Community College. She volunteered at Bethel about a year before joining as a program staff in Spring 2020. In addition to speaking the English language, she also speaks Tedim and Burmese languages fluently.
Pau Cing enjoys dancing, singing and reading books. Her childhood dream was to become a flight attendant because she enjoys meeting new people and experiencing new cultures. Working at Bethel has given her the opportunity to do that. She enjoys spending time with the kids and helping them with homework. Bethel is blessed to have her as a program staff.
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Vernita McMurtrey is a seasoned nonprofit executive and consults in the areas of strategic planning, grant funding and nonprofit management. Vernita has more than 25 years of executive management expertise serving over 13 years as the chief executive of the Missouri Health Insurance Pool. Ms. McMurtrey has provided executive management leadership of a full service family medical clinic, achieving the FQHC “look alike” designation.
Vernita previously served as the President of NAIC (National Association of Insurance Companies), a national organization leading nonprofit “high risk” health and insurance programs. Vernita has extensive experience in grant writing, planning, volunteer engagement, major gift development and stewardship, family philanthropy and strategic planning including matters of governance.
She is passionate about helping nonprofits, family foundations and individual philanthropists improve their practices effectively and joyfully impacting the causes to which they are committed. She is committed to community service and has presented on numerous topics to professional, community, donor and volunteer audiences across the country. Bethel is blessed to have her join the Bethel team.
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Sewing Instructor & Coordinator of Women's Program
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