Truefaced Team


Bill Thrall

There’s a reason why everyone from CEO’s of worldwide companies to heads of mission organizations to the newlyweds down the block want to have Bill Thrall as their mentor. His experience and wisdom prove true as he helps others establish trust in all their key relationships and nurtures grace-based communities.

As Vice Chair and co-author with Truefaced-Leadership Catalyst since 1995, Bill’s genuine desire to see relational health in those he works with, has been vital in setting the tone of the organization. His eloquence and integrity have given him opportunities to teach Truefaced’s principles internationally. His wisdom has been penned throughout the entire series of The Ascent of a Leader, Beyond Your Best, and The Cure.

Prior to joining Truefaced, Bill founded and pastored the influential church, Open Door Fellowship, for over 20 years. While there, he developed an effective character development training program that nurtured visionaries such as Kit Danley, founder of Neighborhood Ministries in Phoenix, AZ.

In his spare time, Bill can be found fishing, crafting furniture for his family in his wood shop or cultivating fruits, vegetables and herbs in his beautiful backyard garden. Bill and his wife, Grace have three grown children Wende, Bill, and Joy and nine grandchildren.


Bruce McNicol

Truefaced wouldn’t be here without the global vision, teaching wisdom, and business skills of co-founder and President, Dr. Bruce McNicol. His passion to restore the Original Good News for diverse world cultures through transformed leaders and their platforms of influence has built the foundation of this organization.

With degrees in finance-law, theology, leadership, and organizational development, Bruce’s ability to write to diverse readers and leaders has proved true in the best-sellers he has co-authored: The Ascent of a Leader, The Cure, Bo's Cafe, and the High Trust Cultures guide for leaders.

Bruce’s inspirational teaching, through story and metaphor, continues to draw audiences in public arenas, small groups, and one-on-one. One of his greatest joys is walking with young leaders in business and professional life, government, education, entertainment, sports, and the church.

Living in Oregon, California, Chicago, and now Arizona, Bruce has gained a variety of interests over the years. He enjoys reading, sports, learning to play golf with Bill Thrall and John Lynch, travel, and observing world cultures. His constant interest is his wife Janet, who is a homemaker, nurse and mentor. Bruce and Janet have received extensive personal tutoring and life skills from their three wonderful children and spouses, Nicole, married to Kory (and granddaughter Willo); Chad, married to Erica; and Ryan.


John Lynch

As a great communicator and writer, John Lynch is a vital staff member of the Truefaced team and co-writer of The Cure and TrueFaced the book. In addition to speaking nationally with the Truefaced team since 1997, John has authored On My Worst Day and co-authored a number of books and resources with Truefaced, including the bestseller The Cure and the popular TrueFaced Two Roads audio-video message.

John served for 27 years as teaching pastor at Open Door Fellowship in Phoenix, Arizona, a position that he held since 1985. He recently stepped out of that role to begin working full time at Truefaced. The authenticity, longevity, and playfulness of these two flawed communities, Open Door and the Truefaced group, brings real-world reality and potency to this Truefaced message.

John used his love for writing and performing as the co-founder and playwright for Sharkey Productions, a theater troupe focused on Gospel-anchored theater productions for those still seeking Jesus. John and his wife Stacey are passionate parents to their three children Caleb, Amy and Carly. They have two adorable granddaughters and one grandson that they can't get enough of.


David Pinkerton

A talented communicator and a natural on the stage, David Pinkerton uses his gifting as Communication Director and Events Manager.

David honed his communication skills in college, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Arizona State University with a degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Public Relations. While there, he traveled the country as a part of the college’s speech team. His talents led to voice over work for commercials and TV shows and an opportunity to help write for a local television program for kids.

In addition to his service at Truefaced, David is in his twelfth year helping to lead high school students at Open Door Fellowship. While serving as a high school leader, he has been learning about identity in Christ and the beauty that comes from growing up in an environment of grace.
David and his wife Kelsie have three precocious and fun loving littles.


Mari Basham

When you combine creativity, contagious laughter and an uncanny joy in accounting, you get Mari Basham, Truefaced’s Director of Finance and Administration.

Prior to joining Truefaced, Mari received her B.A. from Grand Canyon University in Christian Leadership. She also worked at her former alma matter in the Business and Accounting Department for over 19 years. During her time there, she served in many roles including Director of Business and Auxiliary Services.

Mari lives with her husband of 39 years, in Glendale, AZ. In addition to creating artwork for her home and reading the latest novels, one of her greatest joys is spending time with her two grown sons, two beautiful daughter-in-laws and four wonderful and delightful grandchildren that live nearby.

Ally Hotchkiss

Ally serves as the Executive Administrator to TrueFaced where her natural gifts of organization, attention to detail, and “technological saviness” are put to good use. Her quirky humor and sweet spirit are a complete joy to her coworkers.

A self starter, Ally established her own photography business in 2009. Through her talents, she is able to use her passion for art and beauty to capture significant events in the lives of people around her and create lasting memories. She graduated from the University of Arizona in 2011 and received a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis on photography, business/professional practice, and family studies/human development. Following graduation, she worked as a paraprofessional at a CPA firm where she expanded her skills in business and organization.

Ally’s greatest desire is to do work that affects people’s hearts and nothing gives her more joy than using her own story to encourage others. Since 2013, she has served on staff at Scottsdale Bible Church in Junior High and High School ministry. She is also a caregiver to toddlers and enjoys fostering relationships with the kids that teach them they are safe and valued within the body of Christ.

Ally and her husband Ted live in Scottsdale, AZ.


Shannon McCarthy

Filled with youthful spirit, a passion for spreading the TrueFaced message, and a desire to see authentic, trusting relationships become the norm, Shannon McCarthy has been a blessing to our team since 2006. She has had many roles over the years and currently serves as a part time assistant.

Shannon graduated nursing school from Scottsdale Community College in 2012. When she’s not lifting spirits at TrueFaced, she serves the community as an RN at Arizona Pain Treatment Centers where she works in outpatient surgery. She has a heart for providing support to people in uncertain times and uses her knowledge and skills to reach those in physical pain. She loves to balance her passions of helping to heal hearts with helping to heal bodies and is looking forward to growing in both areas in the future.

When she’s not at work, we can usually find Shannon adventuring in the wilderness through hiking and roadtrips, with her nose buried in a book, or spending time growing deeper relationships with her friends.

Expert Contributors:

Bailey Carlin

Bailey is an Arizona native with a heart for community and a dream to spread the message of Christ’s love through social media. As an Arizona State University graduate, she received her Bachelors in Communication. She has spent the last 5 years working in the local advertising industry. Her gifts have lead her here to Truefaced to assist with social media and digital marketing efforts.

Brushfire Interactive

Brushfire interactive is a team of technologists who share an insatiable desire to create market defining software. Through the years, they've built digital experiences for some of the world's top brands. As a result, the Brushfire team has worked on products that received Apple's App Design of the Year, NRB Mobile Initiative of the Year, 3 Apple Hall of Fame Apps, and a NY Times Top 10 App. Their work has also been featured on CNN, Mashable, Forbes, USA Today, and Wired Magazine. Truefaced is lucky enough to have Gabe Cooper and Ryan Smeets of Brushfire working with us on the creation of The Cure for Parents.

Karen Hunt

Karen graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.S. in nursing.  She served as assistant director of nursing at the UK Medical Center in Lexington, KY, and later as a faculty member at Creighton University College of Nursing in Omaha, Nebraska.  Karen and her husband David have been involved in international missions for 43 years.  Karen assisted in developing the short-term missions programs for the flagship church, Southeast Christian Church and Edge Outreach.  Her contributions included creating cross-cultural training material, establishing pre-trip team retreats, and mentoring new team leaders. She currently serves on the board of Evergreen Foundation, which supports family oriented children’s homes in Romania. Currently, Karen serves Truefaced as the Faculty Dean for the Center for the Cure.

David and Karen met at Asbury college and were married in 1971. They have three children and one grandson.  They all live in Louisville, KY.

Jonathan Sharpe

Jonathan Sharpe is a writer and lecturer on history, religion and culture, serving as a member of the Christian Studies faculty for Grand Canyon University, instructing courses in history, interdisciplinary studies and Christian worldview. Jonathan graduated from Seattle Pacific University in 2000, with a B.A. in history, and from Fuller Seminary in 2005, with an M.A. in Theology (focusing on Christian History). Jonathan and his wife have also served refugees in various ways, lived in Romania mentoring those in urban poverty, and served as youth pastors for a church in Seattle. For Truefaced, Jonathan is a creative specialist working in the development aspect of The Cure for Parents. He and his wife Amy live in Phoenix with their daughter and son.

CHTL Adjunct Faculty:

Kayla Bergholz - Colorado

Stewart Black - Arizona

Scott Boyd - Missouri

Don Crook - Washington

Mark Hanke - Oregon

Dave Hunt - Kentucky

Scott Morrison - Arizona

TA Powell - Virginia

Louise Sedgwick - Arizona

Roger Shepherd - Florida

Sue Tell - Colorado

Gary Wittevrongel - North Carolina

Monique Woodward - Washington

Deon Wynia - Iowa




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