Meet Our Staff

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Adam Donyes | Founder & President

(2003) B.A. in Communications, Boise State University

(2004) Kanakuk Institute

(2007) M.A. in Youth and Family Ministry, John Brown University

(2012) Certified Centurion, Colson Center for Christian Worldview

(2014) Certified Biblical Counselor, Association of Biblical Counselors

Adam is extremely passionate about maximizing the potential within each and every individual that steps foot onto Link Year’s campus. He has been speaking across the Nation and World for the past 10 years showering his passion for Jesus upon others. He holds an active role in the teaching aspect of Link Year and operates as an ad-junct Professor for the Communications course Link Year offers through JBU. 

Apart from Link Year, Adam also serves on the teaching team for Woodland Hills Family Church and The Fort.

He is dreaming about raising a remnant of young leaders to change this nation for Christ. Aside from Link Year, Adam’s greatest passion in life is his family. First, his wife, Stephanie, and his sons Aiden and Anders.

"Some of us dream of doing great things for God, others wake up and do it!"

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Stephanie Donyes | Women's Director

(2005) B.A. in Education, Ole Miss

(2006) Kanakuk Institute

(2014) Certified Biblical Counselor, Association of Biblical Counselors

Stephanie is defined by all who know her as someone who is filled with joy. She loves to shower that upon college aged students. In a world that is constantly trying to rob young women of that joy by selling them cultural lies, she loves discipling young women and pointing them back to the Cross. She believes the Cross is the only place we’ll ever find true joy and security.

As the Women’s Director, her role is primarily focused on nurturing growth and discipleship amongst the female Link Year students and staff. She leads Bible Studies with the women and assists in administrative needs. But above all, her biggest passion is being a wife to Adam and a mom to Aiden and Anders.

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Adam Martin

ADAM MARTIN | VP of Operations

Adam Martin is the K-Kauai Assistant Director and Kanakuk Link Year's VP of Operations. He is a proud graduate of  Texas A&M where he received a business finance degree in 2006.  Adam helped start the Kanakuk Link Year in it's inaugural year and served as the VP of Operations for the first three years. In 2014, Adam took over as the Executive Director of AfterDark, an event which shares the Gospel on college campuses around the nation, through a concert and Joe White's cross builder presentation until the Spring of 2017. He is excited to come back and serve Link Year and disciple students. In  He is very happily married to his wife, Katlyn, and together they have two son's, Trent and Truett.




Ashley Harris | ASSISTANT WOMEN'S Director

(2014) Greenville College

(2015) Kanakuk Institute

Ashley is originally from Denver, Colorado, and graduated from Greenville College in 2014. After finishing her undergraduate degree, Ashley furthered her Biblical education at The Kanakuk Institute here in Branson. Following the completion of the KI program, we hired Ashley to come and serve on our team as the Admissions Coordinator. Ashley is the first voice that many students hear during their application process to Link Year, and is unbelievable at communicating the Link Year program to prospective students and families. Ashley married her husband, Marcus, in the spring of 2014 and they are both extremely dear to us at Link Year. A passionate lover of the Gospel and college-aged girls, Ashley is a vital part of our team, and we are lucky to have her!

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Kevin Smith


(2012) B.A. Corporate Communications, Baylor University

Kevin was born in San Diego, California, but grew up in Waco, Texas. Kevin has a passion and desire for every student at Link Year to know and understand discipleship. Since graduating college, Kevin has led and directed different para-church ministries, from Kanakuk K-West to KLIFE and now to Link Year. As a result of doing ministry full-time, he has developed a passion to disciple and invest in college students. 

We are so excited to have Kevin leading the guys side and continuing to encourage each of our students in their personal walks with Jesus here at Link Year and beyond.


Dana Carlson

Dana Carlson | Administrative assistant

Bri Coone

Bri Cone | Admissions coordinator