Jeff Simpson

Originally from Damascus, MD, Jeff joined staff after graduating from the University of Maryland in 2012. Before coming to Charlottesville, he served with Cru at UMD and Washington University in St. Louis. While in St. Louis, he attended Covenant Theological Seminary, where he received a Master of Divinity (MDiv) in 2017. Jeff loves being an uncle, playing any team sport with mediocrity, reading good books, and continuously rewatching The Office and The West Wing.. Jeff is a Team Leader for Cru in Charlottesville. Contact Jeff at

Nicole Teichman

Nicole joined staff in 2011, as she spent a year overseas in Australia with Cru’s internship program. Upon arriving back to the States, Nicole started serving on the UVA team with her husband Joe. Together they have two sons, Rider and Mathias. She is passionate about mentoring students to help them grow in their relationship with Christ and help them to develop skills in Christian leadership. Nicole loves to learn about new cultures and has traveled to Venezuela, Australia, New Zealand and parts of Asia. Nicole serves as Team Leader in Charlottesville. Her husband Joe works as the Director of Operations at Portico Church and serves with Cru as affiliate staff. Nicole is a Team Leader for Cru in Charlottesville. Contact Nicole at

Dagoberto Valladares

Dagoberto and Tara Valladares graduated from the University of Virginia in May 2016. Since then, Dagoberto has been working with Cru. Tara serves with Cru as affiliate staff, while pursuing her PhD in Quantitative Psychology at UVA. Dagoberto began his career with Cru having realized how formative College years are in the lives and futures of students. He is passionate about introducing students to Christ, walking alongside them as their relationship with Christ develops, and equipping them to be Christ’s
ambassadors for the rest of their lives. In his free time, Dagoberto loves playing sports, FIFA, and board games, and enjoying the company of his community. Contact Dag at