Meet the BASIC Crew Some people wake up and don't know if they're making a difference.

These guys don't have that problem.


  • Jonathan & Nicki Burgio

    Jonathan is the Executive Director of BASIC and played Division 1 football at the University at Buffalo. He gave his life to God in college. He was the first ever collegiate athlete to win the “Frank Reich Call to Courage Award.” Jonathan left his career as a Financial Advisor to work for BASIC in June of 2010. He focuses on speaking at the many BASIC groups and networking with other churches. He has been the Executive Director since January 2014.Nicki is the Office Manager and has been leading worship since the age of 12. She helped lead her youth group for three years before stepping down to help run the University of Buffalo BASIC group for 3 years. She graduated a year early from UB with a dual major while working full time, helping to run the BASIC group and leading worship at her church.
  • Chris Zeigler

    Chris is the Assistant Director of BASIC College Ministries. He was a student leader with BASIC at the SUNY Oswego campus and has never lost his heart for college students since then. He works advising new groups, traveling and speaking, and writing a blog for campus ministers among other things.He and his wife, Cheryl, have started BASIC groups at SUNY Geneseo, Monroe Community College, and the University of Rochester. They have a daughter and Cheryl still volunteers with BASIC regularly.
  • Cathy Allport

    Cathy is the Financial Director for BASIC. She has been involved with BASIC since its inception in 1978 when she was a student leader at the State University of New York at Oswego. She has two daughters and lives in Lima, NY.
  • Elizabeth Dorsey

    Elizabeth went to school at Nazareth College where she earned a degree in Music Theatre. While at school she began going to BASIC conferences and got more involved in different ministries on and off campus. After graduating in May of 2013 she started the adventure of full time ministry on staff with BASIC College Ministries.Since starting she has been working on event planning, video production, traveling and speaking. She also is a monthly contributor to the blog as a vlogger. Her favorite part of working for BASIC is using her passion for theatre and art to help communicate the gospel in new and creative ways.
  • David Hummer

    Dave joined the BASIC staff after graduating Elim Bible Institute in 2013. BASIC was the perfect fit after Bible school because it applied everything he learned and combined it with his love to serve people. He works with BASIC as an administrative assistant and gets to communicate with the different BASIC groups as well as visiting the campuses with the leaders. Dave is also a drummer and has served with various worship bands. He was a part of “Patmos Worship” for a few months, traveling with a group of people on tour across the US. Dave now serves on the worship ministry at Elim Gospel Church.
  • Sam DiStefano

    Sam went to school at SUNY Geneseo where she earned a degree in Childhood with Special Education. It was at college, through BASIC, that she learned what it meant to be a disciple of Jesus. Shortly after attending her first meeting, Sam experienced the BASIC conference and fell in love with the heart and mission of BASIC. She became very involved on her campus, serving on BASIC leadership as Prayer Coordinator and Vice President, organizing events, and helping with outreach.With a hunger to pursue God more, Sam attended Elim Bible Institute after graduating from Geneseo. She completed the Year in the Son program and in June 2014 joined the BASIC staff. BASIC has deeply affected Sam's life and she feels called to help other students experience freedom and hope in Christ.
  • Josiah Ball

    Josiah grew up as a pastors kid in a small town. He graduated from Cato-Meridian High School which landed him at Elim Bible Institute where he graduated with a degree in Applied Sciences in Theological Studies and a three year diploma. After graduating, Josiah jumped right into ministry and joined the BASIC crew. Josiah has a passion to see people push for what they are passionate about and pulling out the best in people. He is a hip-hop artist in the medium of rap music and will be able to use his gifts and talents throughout his time working for BASIC.
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