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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.

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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(2014) B.A. Mass Communications, Ouachita Baptist University.  

Garet was born in Bolivar, MO. Before joining the Link Year Team, Garet work for Kanakuk's After Dark team!  This allowed Garet to pursue his love of mentoring and equipping college students to impact the World for Christ.  Garet will be serving students as the Men's Director of the Kanakuk Link Year!

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Dana Carlson

Dana Carlson | Administrative assistant

Certified Christian Life Coach, Light University

Dana has a passion for helping others and looks forward to touching the hearts of our students during their time here on campus. With 3 adult boys of her own, and a daughter-in-law, she is fully equipped to lift up and guide these young students on their journey.  She will also assist and support both Adam Donyes and Adam Martin so that they are able to focus on discipleship with your student. She is happily married to her husband Ryan and they have come to love the Branson area and community since their move from California in 2016.  Aside from Link Year, Dana serves at Woodland Hills Family Church in several different ministries and also helps educate others on natural health and wellness alternatives.

Bri Coone

Bri Cone | Admissions coordinator

(2016) B.A. in Recreation & Sport Management, University of Arkansas

(2017) Kanakuk Institute

Bri was born and raised in Waco, Texas and graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2016.  After finishing her undergraduate degree, Bri furthered her Biblical education at the Kanakuk Institute here in Branson, MO.  Bri loves reminding teenage girls where their identity lies and is passionate about discipleship.  She married her husband, Patrick, in December 2016 and they enjoy spending their summers at Kanakuk K-2 as they get to do ministry together. 

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Anna willis| women’s director

(2016) Liberty University

(2017) Kanakuk Institute

Anna is originally from Rocky Mount, Virginia and graduated from Liberty University in 2016. She studied Graphic Design in undergrad and then went on to the Kanakuk Institute to receive more training and equipping on how to disciple and teach teenage and college age girls. Anna has a passion for discipleship and a desire to see young adults succeed spiritually after leaving home. After her time at the Kanakuk Institute, Anna was hired as one of Link Year’s Campus Shepherds but is now serving them as an Assistant Women’s Director. 

Kassie Boyles | Head Chef

Kassie was born and raised in the beautiful state of Wyoming. She graduated from Johnson & Wales University in 2015 where she studied Baking & Pastry Arts and Food Service Management. She joins the Link Year team as the Head Chef. She has a passion for feeding bodies as well as hearts as she works side by side with the students in the Kitchen. Teaching the students to serve and love others well is her focus and mission.