Executive Director

Alexis Philips loves connecting people to one another and to great experiences that root faith. She graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a BA in Organizational Behavior and has worked in a variety of settings including radio, brain research, investment banking, and served as a preschool director. Alexis is married to her best friend, Troy, and together they have two kids: Gavin and Angela. After choosing to set her career aside to stay home and be Mom, she joined Center to focus on event management and program development. Alexis is passionate about family, friendship, really good coffee, books from a variety of genres, gardening, and mountains.


Senior Associate

Jeff Vancil is a Senior Associate with executive responsibility. In any given week, you can find Jeff being a loyal champion of college students, young professionals, business leaders, civic leaders, and everyone in between. He is a big University of Washington fan and some say he bleeds purple and gold.


Senior Associate

Karen Johnson, is married to her best friend Dean, is mother to Chris, Jake, Karli and son-in-law Zack, and is Gramma to Tennyson and Clinton. She is an R.N. with a BSN from the University of Washington, is a co-founder of SHARE (Sexuality, Health, and Relationship Education), and has worked at Group Health hospitals. Karen taught at Bellevue College and Bellevue Christian High School, where she also coached golf for 11 years. Prior to joining Centered, she worked for the Luke 1248 Foundation, where she led an initiative for women and youth. Karen’s passion continues to be sharing the love of Jesus and investing in the next generation. She loves to golf, ski, waterski, hike, SUP, and explore God’s amazing world.


Senior Associate

Wes Anderson is a Senior Associate with Centered as well as the team’s voice of reason and wisdom. Wes has experience all around the world serving simply as a friend and an ambassador of Jesus. In his spare time, Wes enjoys getting away and spending time with friends and family at Tumble Creek.



Grant Gustafson is an Associate with Centered. Grant helps with event coordination, team administration, and leads discipleship groups. Grant is passionate about seeking the presence and voice of God on a daily basis… and also the Portland Trail Blazers!