Mr. Van Bensett has worked in diverse Chicago communities for over 20 years. Mr. Bensett completed a Master’s Degree in Theology at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. In 2004, Mr. Bensett joined Life Directions and was named its Project Director in 2009. Mr. Bensett has led the adaptation of Life Directions’ donor and volunteer relations management to the web-based Salesforce Customer Relations Software, managed the development of and websites, and social media and crowdsourcing communications. Life Directions is part of the Mayor’s Mentoring Initiative and delivers its Peer Motivation and Peer Mentor programs at Bowen High School.