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

Chris Zeigler

Chris is the Executive 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. After working for a public television station, God spoke to him and his wife at a conference in the spring of 2009 about joining the BASIC Crew. When they first came to BASIC he and his wife, Cheryl, worked with volunteers from local churches to start BASIC groups on three campuses in the Rochester, NY area and worked in the offices helping plan conferences.

Now he has the best job in the world getting to lead the BASIC Crew and encourage thousands of college students to live a life that chases after Christ. He and Cheryl live in Lima, NY with their three children.

Selina Oquendo

Selina attended SUNY Oswego and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. It was at college where Selina started her relationship with Jesus and encountered BASIC. After being plugged in, Selina started serving at her BASIC Chapter as the worship leader and BASIC President. During her time serving, she grew a strong passion and burden for college students that only intensified through her time in college.

She started to realize that BASIC was more than an extracurricular activity; it was a part of her calling. At BASICcon in 2015, Selina felt called from the Lord to join the BASIC crew. She joined the staff in January of 2016 and now works with students in the Rochester area along with traveling, speaking and planning conferences. BASIC has been a huge part of Selina’s life and she feels a call to serve the young adult generation and show them the promise and life in Jesus Christ.

Sam DiStefano

Sam went to school at SUNY Geneseo and 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 in her chapter, serving in 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 & College after graduating.

In 2014, she joined on staff and planted a chapter at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY. BASIC has deeply affected Sam’s life and she feels called to help other students experience freedom and hope in Christ.

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.