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Taylor Aikin
Associate at MBB Architects
Taylor Aikin is an Associate and Senior Project Architect at MBB Architects. Taylor has worked on a broad range of project types and scales from cultural and educational to residential. He is experienced in all aspects of project development and execution, from budgeting and feasibility through all design phases to construction administration.

Among Taylor’s recent projects are the Glass Walls project, an integral aspect of the restoration and renovation of St. Patrick’s Cathedral—and winner of a 2018 Glass Magazine Innovation Award. He has also worked on the Master Plan for Temple Sharay Tefila, and is currently designing a residential tower for a large development in Sofia, Bulgaria. For the past two years Taylor has been consulting with the Bricks and Mortals working group; a consortium of New York City churches exploring changes to the city’s zoning resolution to provide relief to non-profit institutions.

Taylor holds a Master of Architecture from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation, and a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is the recipient of Columbia University’s Honors for Excellence in Design, and the AIA Colorado Young Architects Award for Graphic Technology. He has served as a guest critic at Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, Parsons School of Design, and Pratt Institute, and currently serves on the AIANY Cultural Facilities Committee.
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Garwood Anderson
Provost and Professor of New Testament and Greek Nashotah House Theological Seminary EO Tours
Dr. Anderson's academic journey in biblical studies began while an undergraduate. Sensing a call to ministry of some kind and having a persistent interest in theological issues, Anderson prepared to attend seminary upon graduation. That plan was deferred and enriched by seventeen years of ministry on the staff of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (1984-2001), where he ministered on numerous college campuses, including as the Divisional Director for Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for eleven years. Before coming to Nashotah House in 2007, Anderson was on the faculty of Asbury Theological Seminary (Orlando, FL campus) from 2002-2007. He has also taught as a visiting professor at Bethel Theological Seminary, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Reformed Theological Seminary, and the West African Theological Seminary in Lagos, Nigeria.
A committed teacher and frequent retreat speaker, Anderson was recognized with Asbury Theological Seminary's 2006-2007 Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award. Anderson's research interests center especially on narrative approaches to reading the gospels, the parables of Jesus, Pauline soteriology, and the theological appropriation of the New Testament. Anderson's most recent publication is a major study on Pauline soteriology, Paul's New Perspective: Charting a Soteriological Journey (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2016). He has also published articles and reviews in the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, The Journal for the Study of the New Testament, The Scottish Journal of Theology, Review of Biblical Literature, Catalyst, Lectionary Homiletics and numerous reference articles in The Dictionary of Major Biblical Interpreters, the New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible, the Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels (2d ed.), Lexham Bible Dictionary and Lexham Theological Wordbook (Logos Bible Software). Additionally, Dr. Anderson is a regular contributor to the Covenant blog and writes articles and reviews regularly for The Living Churchmagazine.
Anderson's hobbies include sports of all kinds and music - especially classical, English choral music, and jazz. He married his wife Dawn in 1983, and they have three adult children: Thaddaeus, Lindsay (married to George), and Lauren. He and his family attend Zion Episcopal Church in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, where he sings in the choir and serves as Senior Warden.
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Charlotte Atkinson, CPA, CGMA
C.F.O. & Acting C.O.O., Washington National Cathedral
Charlotte S. Atkinson is Chief Financial Officer at Washington National Cathedral, where she is responsible for the financial policies and processes, budgetary development and compliance, and strategic financial planning, and helps to influence crucial financial and operational decisions and supports their execution. She also oversees the Preservation & Facilities and IT departments. She is a CPA licensed in Virginia, DC and Maryland, and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales. Prior to joining the National Cathedral, she was a Managing Director in BDO’s Business Services and Outsourcing group, helping non-profit and commercial clients around the world with their finance and accounting needs. Previously, she was CFO at the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a high profile non-profit founded by businessman and philanthropist, Ted Turner, and former US Senator, Sam Nunn. She spent her early career as an auditor at Deloitte in London, and Washington DC. She holds a Masters degree in International Studies, and a Bachelors degree in Physics. She enjoys reading, hiking and spending time with her husband and three sons.
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Chris Andersen
President and Executive Director, InFaith Community Foundation
"Chris has served as InFaith Community FoundationÕs Executive Director since its inception in 1995. Since 1995, outright and deferred gifts to InFaith have grown to more $1.2 billion, with more than $25 million distributed annually to charities and causes worldwide. Prior to InFaith Community Foundation, Chris managed community and nonprofit lending programs, and supervised corporate and private foundations, at First Banks and Marquette Banks. He has helped create six nonprofit organizations and served on the board of 10 more, including Lutheran Services in America and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services.
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Donna Ashley
VP of Institutional Advancement, The General Theological Seminary
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Andrew Barnett
Associate for Worship and Music, Washington National Cathedral
The Rev. Andrew K. “Andy” Barnett is a priest, musician, and teacher. Hailing from Minnesota, he earned degrees in music and environmental studies at Oberlin, then attended Yale Divinity School, Yale Environment School and Yale Institute of Sacred Music. As founding director of the Theodicy Jazz Collective, Andy works to expand Anglican tradition while honoring the beauty of what has come before.
He has performed broadly across the United States and England, including a commissioned jazz mass (with William Cleary) for Canterbury Cathedral. Incorporating sounds from jazz, gospel, Latin America and Africa, the music is a constant prayer, sometimes a cry of joy, sometimes a shout for action, sometimes a deep, silent, hope. In his environmental work, he researched and wrote for the Presidential Climate Action Project- a menu of policy options that was presented to President Obama and informed that administration’s climate action. He also served on the Presiding Bishop’s delegation to the UN climate summits in France, Morocco, and Germany.
Beyond work, he loves running, dogs, cooking and rooting for the Minnesota Twins.
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Dominic Barrington
Dean, St. James Cathedral
The Very Rev. Dominic Barrington was installed as Dean of St. James Cathedral in September 2015, after twenty years of ordained ministry in the Church of England. During his theological training, he spent a year as an exchange student at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, the Episcopal seminary in Berkeley, California, from which sprung a deep-seated affection for The Episcopal Church.
“In Dominic Barrington, St. James Cathedral has called a strong, loving, and wise priest to be its dean,” Bishop Jeffrey Lee said when Barrington’s appointment was announced. “I believe he will be an inspirational leader at the cathedral, and a strong presence in the city of Chicago, championing the mission and ministry of the cathedral as a place of extraordinary hospitality, significant outreach, and excellence in the arts.”
Dominic is well known in both England and the United States for his knowledge and experience of the Holy Land, where he leads pilgrimages structured to provide income and employment for the Christian communities of Palestine and Israel.
Before entering seminary, Dominic spent five years with Arts Council England working to create and fund new performance opportunities for the London Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic, and other orchestras. He also worked for several years with some of Britain’s leading professional choirs and vocal groups, including The Sixteen and the Hilliard Ensemble.
Dominic is married to Alison, a music therapist, who has worked in both clinical and academic contexts. They have two young sons, Benedict and Linus.
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Alan Bentrup
Alan Bentrup is co-founder and curator of the Missional Voices conference (www.missionalvoices.com). Missional Voices serves as a hub of conversation about innovative ministries and missional communities in The Episcopal Church.
A 2016 MDiv graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary, Alan was the first student to earn the New Mission Practices concentration at VTS. He currently serves as Curate at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Cypress, Texas.
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Alison Bevilacqua
Vice President, 1919 Investment Counsel
Alison is a Vice President at 1919 Investment Counsel and the Head of Social Research. As a Social Research Analyst, she specializes in Corporate Responsibility research. In addition, she is a member of the Proxy Committee.
Prior to joining 1919, Alison was part of the Socially Responsive Investing team at Scudder, Stevens and Clark, and held a staff position at a multi-disciplinary university-based group pursuing development of an undergraduate business school curriculum that embraced sustainability. Alison is a member of the FTSE4Good U.S. Advisory Committee, and regularly represents her firm at meetings of other socially responsible investing-related organizations. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona and the graduate studies program in Economics at Miami University of Ohio.
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Michael Boney
When he was just 13 years old, Michael played a pipe organ for the first time. Today, Michael is Christ Church Cathedral’s director of music, and is responsible for the administration and execution of all musical activities. He loves CCC’s music heritage, and enjoys entertaining guests, as well as his dog, Dexter.
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Leigh Bordley
Executive Director, Latino Educational Achievement Partnership
Since receiving her Masters in Social Work, Leigh Bordley has worked with a variety of social justice organizations. She founded and led Partners in Youth, a mentoring program dedicated to supporting young people striving to complete high school and prepare for college and careers. Leigh served as a member of the Board of Education for Durham Public Schools, 2008-16. She is currently the Director of LEAP, which allowed her to work on issues close to her heart - including but not limited to education, childhood development, and immigration. Leigh has three children who think they are grown (ages 19-25) and she loves spending time with the kids who attend LEAP and is learning to speak Spanish.
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Robert Broesler
Managing Partner, North Star Strategies
Robert is a gifted public speaker, facilitator, and teacher. He has over 35 years of experience facilitating groups where he leveraged his strategic thinking and exceptional listening skills. At North Star Strategies, Robert specializes in fostering alignment within, between and among groups. With a background in individual, marriage, and family therapy, he helps people articulate their own, often unexpressed, opinions, concerns, and aspirations thereby increasing the richness of communication and alignment of outcomes.

Previously Robert worked for a variety of faith-based, non-profit and public organizations in roles of executive leadership, administration, management, advocacy and education. He is experienced in both small agencies and large complex organizations. He has built coalitions in his previous employment in New York, Connecticut and Delaware, drawing together government, business, non-profits and faith-based communities. These initiatives have addressed systemic, multigenerational societal issues with market-based, measure-directed approaches.

Robert has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Welfare from SUNY StonyBrook, a Master of Divinity from the University of the South, and a Master’s degree in Human Services Administration from Antioch College.
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Lisa Brown
Director of Digital Ministry, Membership Vision
Lisa is passionate about creatively enriching the spiritual lives of people of all ages, facilitating digital engagement, experiential and immersive learning opportunities, and collaborative art installations. As the Director of Digital Ministry for Membership Vision, she teaches churches to tell their stories in the digital space, helping them to form powerful relational connections using this new media.
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Mary Burnham
FAIA, Partner, MBB Architects
Mary Burnham, a native New Yorker, has practiced architecture for over 25 years. Her design sensibility and mastery of color and light are influenced, in part, by her experience as an accomplished painter. Ms. Burnham’s conviction is that design is an integrated endeavor where the lines of architecture, interior design, and landscape design blur and overlap.

Along with receiving numerous design awards, many of Mary’s projects have been widely featured in design publications. Her work includes design of educational, cultural, residential, and commercial projects. In addition to her architectural work, she oversees the interior design division of the firm.

Mary holds a Master of Architecture from Yale University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania where she studied the History of Architecture and Fine Arts. She has served on the Honors Committee of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and is a member of the League Council of the Architectural League.
She is the founding Board Chair for the Lighthouse Works, a not-for-profit arts organization. She has been a guest critic in various graduate architecture programs including Pratt Institute, Yale University and Parsons The New School for Design.
Mary was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 2018.
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Barbara Lea Callaghan
Rev. Barbara Lea Callaghan is a Minister at Hancock United Church of Christ. Barbara is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, earned a Masters degree in Counseling and Educational Development from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a Masters of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in NYC.

Previously, Barbara has served as a campus minister with a non-denominational organization, and practiced counseling for ten years as a licensed professional counselor in North Carolina. She provided counseling in a children’s Hospice, and later to a wide array of clients in her counseling practice, Sacred Journeys. Barbara grew up in an Evangelical Presbyterian Church in North Carolina. She found, and joined, a United Church of Christ church in her mid-20’s.

Barbara is passionate about building communities of depth and love that are engaged in liberative social transformation through the power and grace of God. Barbara is a runner, cyclist, hiker, writer and general lover of life. When Barbara is not working she can be found outside exploring near and far with her wife Kate, their daughter Eliza, and dog Cuzco.
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Bill Campbell
Executive Director, Forma
Bill Campbell was hired by the Forma board in August of 2016, after having served as Director of the Annual Fund for Virginia Theological Seminary. Previously, he had spent five years working as the Director of Christian Education at St. Paul's in Alexandria, VA and two years as a Youth Ministry Intern at St. Stephen's in Richmond, VA. Bill also spent one year living in community at Richmond Hill, an ecumenical retreat center focused on social justice and praying for the city of Richmond. Before that, Bill was a volunteer in the Diocese of Georgia and worked as a chef in restaurants across the Southeast.

Bill is a level one trained Catechist for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and is certified in Godly Play. He has completed the training for Journey to Adulthood (J2A) and Rite 13 and has experience with Workshop Rotation Model (WoRM) and "build-your-own" youth programs. He enjoys fundraising for important causes and is committed to an improved future for The Episcopal Church and Christian Formation.
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Steve Carlsen
Rector and Dean, Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis
Steve has served in Consortium parishes most of his ministry and has participated in nearly all CEEP conferences for the past decade. Prior to Christ Church Cathedral, he was Sub-Dean at St. John's Cathedral in Denver. In Indianapolis, he serves a 175 year-old Episcopal congregation on Monument Circle, both a thriving Episcopal congregation and a church for the City of Indianapolis. Christ Church Cathedral was a founding member of the Consortium. In addition to its renowned tradition of sacred music, his congregation has been active in reaching out to its neighbors, local and global. At the CEEP conference in Chicago, Steve presented on the efforts to rebuild the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Port au Prince, Haiti. He serves as a Trustee of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale.
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Jean Carroon
FAIA, LEED Fellow, Principal Design, Preservation, and Sustainability
Jean leads Goody Clancy’s preservation practice, focusing on the opportunities inherent in the stewardship and creative reuse of existing buildings to create a healthy resilient world. She leads a team dedicated to helping clients and the public connect historic legacies to current realities and future possibilities. Her approach combines a mastery of history and building technology with a commitment to transforming places – redefining their relevance, utility, and flexibility while sustaining and enhancing essential beauty and value. Jean has been responsible for the restoration or adaptive reuse of a dozen National Historic Landmark buildings. Her book “Sustainable Preservation: Greening Existing Buildings” was published by Wiley in 2010.

She is a frequent speaker, teacher and advocate for creative building reuse and preservation. Jean’s current work includes reuse of historic buildings at the historic St Elizabeth’s campus in Washington DC for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and for the State of Vermont offices in Waterbury, and ongoing work at Trinity Church in the City of Boston.
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Joshua Case
Associate Rector, Christ Church Charlotte, NC
Joshua brings a wealth of experience working with children, youth and families, having led programs in the United States and Europe, most recently at Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church in Atlanta. A native of Alabama, he attended the University of Alabama and the Candler School of Theology at Emory University.
Case is married to Laura, and they have two children. Outside of ministry, he is an avid golfer. As a golf instructor Case earned a national reputation for his unique way of teaching golf to children.
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Joshua Castaño
Director, Community Engagement Services, Partners for Sacred Places
Joshua brings professional experience in historic preservation, community development, and fundraising together in his role at Partners. Raised in Paterson, NJ, Joshua earned a BA in Art History from Oberlin College, after which he served the City of Paterson in the Department of Community Development. There he helped developed heritage programs and supported preservation-focused development. Following his passion for American faith communities and historic religious properties, Joshua transitioned to Partners where his role has grown to include leadership in Partners' groundbreaking model of consulting services and other key program areas. Joshua manages a growing list of diverse congregational clients across the nation who are working on new endeavors with community partners from redevelopment and reuse of their historic properties to capital fundraising. In addition to his work at Partners, Joshua presents lectures and adult education sessions on the history of liturgical art and architecture with special focus on the Gothic Revival and Anglican tradition. As a person of faith, he currently serves on the vestry of the historic Saint Mark's Church in Philadelphia.
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Joe Causby
Director of Music
Joe Causby, a native of North Carolina is a highly talented musician who believes in the power of collaboration and inclusivity. Joe built one of the most active music programs in the country at St. Mark’s, San Antonio, working with the Choral Society of San Antonio, the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio, the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio, Trinity University, and Montessori Schools.
Joe grew up in Morganton and holds a bachelor of music from Appalachian and his master’s degree from Rice University. He was the first American Organ Scholar at Durham Cathedral, in Durham, England, where he received his PhD.
Prior to his tenure at St. Mark’s, Joe served as organist and choirmaster at Trinity Church, Houston.
A highly talented musician who believes in the power of collaboration and inclusivity, Joe has built one of the most active music programs in the country at St. Mark’s, working with the Choral Society of San Antonio, the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio, the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio, Trinity University, and Montessori Schools.
His choirs—more than 120 strong—participate in the Royal School of Church Music training curriculum and have served residencies in England at Exeter Cathedral, Durham Cathedral, and St. Alban’s Abbey.
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Christina Cleveland
Duke Divinity School
Dr. Christena S. Cleveland is the associate professor of the practice of organizational studies at Duke Divinity School. She is a social psychologist and reconciliation scholar-practitioner who writes and lectures widely on the theology and practice of reconciliation. Cleveland joined the faculty in 2015.

Cleveland’s scholarly work includes integrating social psychological perspectives on intergroup and intercultural processes with current reconciliation dilemmas within the Christian church and the broader society. Her research examines how culture influences theological/ideological approaches to peacemaking and reconciliation; how social processes, such as identity and self-esteem, impede a group’s ability to reconcile with culturally-different groups; and how individual factors (e.g., professed theologies/ideologies) interact with social factors (e.g., the status of one’s social group) to allow certain individuals or groups to dominate others.

Dr. Cleveland has published her work in scholarly journals such as Small Group Research, for which she received a 2011 Best Article award, as well as magazines such as Christianity Today, which named her as one of 33 millennials leading the next generation of Christian faith.

In her book, Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart (Intervarsity Press, 2013), she examines and offers research-based strategies to overcome the nonconscious cognitive, emotional, and identity processes that pull Christians into homogeneous groups, fuel inaccurate perceptions of culturally-different others, contribute to an “Us vs. Them” mentality, stimulate intergroup prejudice and hostility, and ultimately inhibit reconciliation. The book received the 2013 Leadership Journal Book Award. Cleveland is currently researching and writing The Priesthood of the Privileged, which investigates power and inequality in the church, and proposes methods for addressing and reducing this equality as a pathway to reconciliation.

A fifth-generation minister, Cleveland comes from a long tradition of leadership in the Church of God in Christ denomination, ranging from bishops to pastors to laypeople. She currently ministers in various ecumenical settings.
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Justyn Comer
Justyn Comer was first taught meditation as part of his confirmation training by an Anglican priest in the UK. Since then he has studied many different forms and traditions including time in monasteries in India, Europe and the United States. He did his undergraduate degree in Theology and Religious Studies at Cambridge University in England under the guidance of Canon John Bowker. He has been practicing meditation for thirty years and teaching for the last nineteen. He is the co-founder of RWM Education, Inc (www.realworldmeditation.org), a non-profit dedicated to making meditation available to as many people as possible. He has been teaching weekly classes at St Peter's Episcopal Church in Morristown, NJ since February 2016. His first book on the subject, "Meditation for Life", was published in March 2018 by Panoma Press. His teaching emphasizes that anyone and everyone CAN meditate, as well as the practical benefits of meditation for every aspect of life.
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Lee Curtis
Christ Church Cathedral
Lee grew up just north of Cape Canaveral, Fla., where shuttle launches were a regular routine during his childhood. He became a Christ Church Cathedral clergy member in August 2015. He loves chatting with parishioners at CCC’s Fountain Square location and enjoys hearing stories from Sunday breakfast patrons. In his free time, Lee enjoys spending time with his family and two dogs.
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Kelly Brown Douglas
Dean, Episcopal Divinity School at Union and Professor of Theology
Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, the inaugural Dean of Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary, leads EDS at Union in the education and preparation of students in fulfilling requirements for ordination in the Episcopal Church while receiving their degree from Union.
Prior to coming to Union, Dr. Douglas was the Susan D. Morgan Professor of Religion at Goucher College in Baltimore. Previously, she was Associate Professor of Theology at Howard University School of Divinity (1987-2001) and Assistant Professor of Religion at Edward Waters College (1986-1987) and was an Associate Priest at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. for over 20 years. Since 2017, she has served as the Canon Theologian at the Washington National Cathedral and continues in that role today.
A leading voice in the development of a womanist theology, Dr. Douglas is widely published in national and international journals and other publications. Her groundbreaking and widely used book Sexuality and the Black Church: A Womanist Perspective (1999) was the first to address the issue of homophobia within the black church community. Her latest book, Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God (2015) examines the deep roots of “Stand Your Ground” culture in America and the challenges it brings for the Black Church community. Other books include The Black Christ (1994), What’s Faith Got to Do With It?: Black Bodies/Christian Souls (2005), and Black Bodies and the Black Church: A Blues Slant (2012) which seeks to move the black church beyond its oppressive views toward LGBT bodies and sexuality in general.
Dr. Douglas is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Denison where she earned a Bachelor of Science summa cum laude in Psychology. She went on to earn a Master of Divinity and a Doctoral Degree in Systematic Theology from Union Theological Seminary.
A native of Dayton, Ohio, Dr. Douglas was ordained at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in 1985 — the first black woman to be ordained an Episcopal priest in the Southern Ohio Diocese, and amongst the first ten to be ordained nationwide.
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Lisa D'Amico
Founding Board Member and Director of Development
Lisa D'Amico is an experienced event planner and nonprofit development coordinator. In professional and volunteer roles over the past 20 years, she has managed events, engaged volunteers and donors, and delivered successful results for a variety of Triangle-area nonprofits. She is currently an Interim Consultant with moss+ross Strategic Development firm for nonprofits in Durham, NC.
In the past 6 years, Lisa has been instrumental in guiding the formation and growth of the Latino Educational Achievement Partnership (LEAP) in Durham. As a founding volunteer Board member, and Board chair for 3 years, she assisted with strategic planning and gaining nonprofit status, pursued grant processes that achieved important partnerships, recruitment of volunteers, and execution of all fundraising events. Most recently, she is developing a relationship with ETapestry donor management to further improve fundraising. Lisa continues to serve on the development committee of LEAP where she coordinates the Jingle Bell LEAP annual fundraiser walk/run. She has led this community fundraiser for the past 6 years, growing it to an annual event with 10 sponsors, 25 volunteers, and over 200 participants.
Lisa has prior professional experience working for Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center Development for 6 years. She coordinated fundraising walks, runs, and full Ironman distance Triathlons, managing volunteers, soliciting sponsorships, and ensuring safe and effective event execution. She also supported fundraising events hosted by board members, planning the events, managing vendors, and following up with donors.
Lisa is an active volunteer in the community, including at her church (St. Luke's Episcopal) where she has served as Senior Warden in 2017 and helped to write its Emergency Evacuation Procedures and Gift Policy. She volunteers for PORCH as neighborhood organizer.
Lisa has a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University (2015) and a BS in Nursing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (1984). She is a veteran of the U.S Army Nurse Corps (Captain, 1989). Lisa and her husband Tommy live in Durham where Tommy is Professor of Surgery (Thoracic) at Duke University Medical Center. They have 3 adult daughters. Lisa enjoys running, walking her dog Rosie, travelling and spending time with her girls, wherever they may be
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Adam Dawkins
Director of Welcome and Stewardship, Trinity Church Boston
Adam Dawkins is Director of Welcome and Stewardship at Trinity Church in the City of Boston, where he has served since early 2016. Adam’s career in stewardship and development began at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Trinity’s staff, Adam was a Senior Director with CCS Fundraising, and directed capital campaigns for the University of Maine at Augusta, University of Vermont Medical Center, and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. He was the founding Director of Development for the Geneva-based International Catholic Migration Commission, and is formerly the Executive Director of the Paulist Fathers’ Office for Financial Development. Adam’s service to the Church has its roots in ministry with young people, as he served as Youth Minister at St. Michael and All Angels’ Episcopal Church and St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, both in Columbia, South Carolina, and as Diocesan Missioner for Youth and Young Adult Ministries in the Episcopal Diocese of Nevada.

Adam is a native of Greenville, South Carolina, and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina and an MBA from Trinity University. He is currently pursuing an M.Div. degree at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. Adam lives in Stoughton, Massachusetts, where he holds the elected office of Town Moderator.
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Steven Dray
Chief Invest­ment Offi­cer, Senior Port­fo­lio Manager
As our chief invest­ment offi­cer, Steven chairs the Invest­ment Com­mit­tee and co-​ordinates its work. Within this group he con­tributes to the macro­eco­nomic sce­nar­ios, asset allo­ca­tion, and secu­rity selec­tion deci­sions made on behalf of all firm clients. He also man­ages invest­ment port­fo­lios and rela­tion­ships for indi­vid­ual and insti­tu­tional clients at Zevin.
Before join­ing Zevin Asset Man­age­ment in 2016, Steven was a senior port­fo­lio man­ager over­see­ing client port­fo­lios and equity mutual funds at AlphaOne Cap­i­tal in Boston. He began serv­ing those clients in 2001 while at sis­ter com­pa­nies David L. Bab­son and Oppen­heimer­Funds, where he sim­i­larly served as a port­fo­lio man­ager. Prior to earn­ing his MBA in Finance at Indi­ana Uni­ver­sity, Steven taught Eng­lish as a Sec­ond Lan­guage in Costa Rica and worked in the engi­neer­ing field ana­lyz­ing fiber optic com­mu­ni­ca­tions. He received his BS in Elec­tri­cal Engi­neer­ing in 1991 from Tufts Uni­ver­sity, where he also fur­thered his pas­sion for soc­cer on the Tufts men’s team. Steven most recently became a CER­TI­FIED FINAN­CIAL PLAN­NER™ pro­fes­sional to deepen his pri­vate client expertise.
Steven is a mem­ber of the CFA Soci­ety Boston, the Char­tered Finan­cial Ana­lysts Insti­tute, and the Boston Estate Plan­ning Coun­cil. He has served as a board mem­ber of Indi­ana University’s Reese Invest­ment Fund for the past 15years and is a for­mer board mem­ber of Lead­ers of Tomor­row, Inc., a non­profit that closely sup­ports at-​risk youths in the Allston-​Brighton com­mu­nity. One of Steven’s great­est joys has come from coach­ing youth soc­cer in his town for the past 11 years.
Steven cher­ishes fam­ily time spent with his wife and teen daugh­ter and son. He is an avid world trav­eler and is pas­sion­ate about social jus­tice and cor­po­rate gov­er­nance, espe­cially as it relates to exces­sive pay for those at the top.
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Kate Eaton
Kate Eaton founded Mishkhah in 2010 to reveal the mystery of Christ by stirring the senses and opening the heart through the arts, music, movement and interaction. Through careful integration of music, images, textures, found objects, light, movement and prayer, all are invited to rediscover the landscape of our souls as we encounter the Holy.

Mishkhah is grounded in the beauty and wonder of the tradition, sacraments and architecture of Anglicanism. Kate brings her experience in directing the arts and music for the first 20 seasons of the Wilderness, a Sunday night service at Saint John’s Cathedral in Denver, CO. Since 2007, the Wilderness has drawn hundreds of new worshipers and regularly gathers a congregation of 100+.

Mishkhah fosters worship and prayer environments that enable us to fall into the embrace of our Creator. New rhythms in our breathing open us to ancient truths. We sense the possibility of healing and move out into the world again, restored and hopeful.
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Mark Edington
Bishop of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe
The Rev. Mark D.W. Edington was elected bishop of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe on October 20, 2018.

He will become the second elected bishop of the convocation, after the Rt. Rev. Pierre Whalon. Edington currently is rector of Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Newtonville, Massachusetts, and director of the Amherst College Press.

Mark writes frequently on issues at the intersection of public policy and religion. His essays have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and other national publications. He has blogged on The Huffington Post and on WBUR’s Cognoscenti, and is a frequent commentator on New England Public Radio. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, where he is active in the Religion and Foreign Policy program.

Mark is a graduate of Albion College, where he received the A.B. in philosophy and political science summa cum laude, and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa; the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; and Harvard Divinity School. He has studied in programs focused on European integration at the Université libre de Bruxelles, and on post-Cold War European security at Christian-Albrechts-Universität. He is married to Judith, a graduate of Albion College, Boston College, and Harvard Law School, who is Counsel in the Tax Department of Sullivan and Worcester, Boston. She is admitted to the bar in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of Illinois.
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Amber Fairbanks
portfolio manager & Senior Securities Analyst, Zevin
Amber researches and analyzes company financial information and industry trends to recommend investment decisions. She has been in the investment industry since 2001 and has worked as an analyst for J.L. Kaplan Associates, a division of Evergreen Investments, and for Delta Partners, LLC, a Boston based hedge fund. Amber received her M.B.A. from Boston College.
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Donald Fishburne
Custom Pilgrimage Planner and Host, EO Tours
Donald is a consultant to parishes, foundations and endowment boards. He is a mentor to clergy and lay leaders in leading Episcopal congregations and has served as Rector of St. Paul’s Chattanooga, Saint Michael and All Angels Sanibel Island, and St. Paul’s downtown Augusta, GA. He helped manage an $11 million endowment in Chattanooga and launched endowment trusts in Sanibel and Augusta. Donald was a leader in an extraordinarily fruitful campaign for annual giving, capital giving and planned giving at St. John’s Church Tallahassee. He is active leadership in the Episcopal Church in Coastal SC and is on staff at Holy Cross Faith Memorial Church, Pawleys Island. He is trained in Gallup Consulting Faith Practice methodologies, Interim Ministries, and in the Clergy Leadership Institute’s Appreciative Way, as well as Living Compass ministries.
He is skilled in helping congregational leadership move through change and stress into new and more healthy and powerful ministries. He has served on the Board of Regents of The University of the South where he chaired the College Committee, and he has preached on www.Day1.org Donald holds a D.Min. in Congregational Development from Sewanee and is a mentor in Virginia Theological Seminary’s Second Three Years Program as well as in the $70 million Lilly-funded Thriving in Ministry initiative. He meets frequently with networks of consultants as well as rectors and deans of leading parishes, cathedrals and seminary deans.

Donald is a past president of the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes, a resource network of best practices in endowment-building and management, Christian Education, leadership and administration, outreach and justice ministries, and more.
He and his wife Sarah lead groups on faith pilgrimages, and for their own refreshment they also enjoy time on the coast of Maine.
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Meghan Froehlich
Director Office for Transition Ministry, The Episcopal Church
The Reverend Meghan F. Froehlich is Director of the Office for Transition Ministry, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff serving The Episcopal Church. The Office for Transition Ministry provides support to bishops, Diocesan Transition Ministers, clergy, and laity throughout the Church. Along with the Board for Transition Ministry, this office analyzes trends in clergy calls and congregational data, and provides support to those in search and call processes. Meghan brings more than 30 years in management, ministry, finance, technology, pastoral care, executive leadership coaching, hospice chaplaincy, and preaching to her work. She has served large, midsize, and small parishes, and has also served on diocesan staff as Canon to the Ordinary. Meghan’s ministry has been across the church in the dioceses of Western North Carolina, Dallas, Kansas, and Ohio, and now as a mobile member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff. Prior to ordination, Meghan was a consultant based in Washington, DC with national and international clients. She is published in the areas of eucharistic theology, hospice care, and financial management. Meghan earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Old Dominion University and her Master of Divinity degree from Duke University.
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Jeanie Garrett
Jeanie Garrett was the Director of Communications at St. David’s, Austin from 2008-2018. St. David’s is a large, downtown parish with a number of safety challenges, which Jeanie began addressing by creating and leading a Church Safety Committee. Considered a "passion project" for Jeanie, she continues to work with St. David's as a consultant focusing on such things as physical safety for parishioners and staff, disaster preparedness, and continuity of operations planning. Jeanie believes safety planning shows a deep commitment to protecting others and ensuring your congregation's ability to pursue its mission regardless of devastating circumstances that may arise.
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Sada Geuss
Investment Manager, Trillium Asset Management
Sada Geuss is an Investment Manager in the Boston office. Prior to joining Trillium in 2015, Sada was an Investment Analyst at Deutsche Bank where she spent over ten years providing investment advisory services to individual, family office, and institutional clients.

Sada received her B.A. in Environmental Studies, with a concentration in Policy and Management, from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. She holds the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® designation.
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Chip Graves
Chip Graves is a former executive with American Express and international mission entrepreneur, developing ministries in India, Africa and South America.

Chip has an MBA from Thunderbird, an MDIV from Virginia Seminary and a Doctorate in Congregational Development from Virginia Seminary.

Chip is an active member in CEEP and rector for Trinity Episcopal Church, an historical parish located in Huntington, WV. Chip has developed the Metro Theology concept (www.metrotheology.com) as a means to grow and deepen the local parish outreach ministry. Trinity's ministries now serve over 10,000 people per year with food, clothing, counseling, shelter and medical assistance.
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Mark Green
Trinity Church Indy
Mark Green has spent more than thirty years in the investment and wealth management industry, helping families and non-profit organizations achieve their financial goals. Particular areas of interest and focus include investment policy formation, asset allocation, portfolio construction and the behavioral dynamics that drive decision making. Mark is a CFA Charterholder, a member of the CFA Institute and lives in Friday Harbor, WA
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Jerusalem Greer
Evangelist for Episcopal Initiatives and Projects
Jerusalem lives with family in rural Arkansas. She a minister, speaker, and formation consultant. She is also the author of At Home in this Life and A Homemade Year. Jerusalem is the Family Minister at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Conway, Arkansas and is a licensed preacher and Eucharistic Minister. In addition to her work at St. Peter’s, Jerusalem is a writer, speaker, blogger, and the author of the book At Home in this Life: Finding Peace at the Crossroads of Unraveled Dreams and Beautiful Surprises, and A Homemade Year: The Blessings of Cooking, Crafting and Coming Together, both published by Paraclete Press. Jerusalem loves helping busy modern people (families, churches, individuals) discover how to live slower, more whole lives, through the rich traditions of the Church Year and formative spiritual disciplines.
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Shawn Grubb
Shawn Grubb has been in ministry around 25 years. After graduating from bible college, Shawn was a youth pastor in Tennessee and then a Senior Pastor in Pennsylvania. Shawn is currently a bi-vocational pastor, and he has been with Servant PC Resources for a year and a half. Shawn is married with 4 children
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Suzanne Hall
Director of Stewardship and Development, St. James’s Episcopal Church Richmond
Suzanne Hall has been Director of Stewardship and Development at St. James’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, Virginia for three years. She is in charge of Annual Giving, Planned Giving, major gifts, and memorials. The Whitlock Society is St. James’s Planned Giving group, and the Society now includes which includes more than 180 generous bequests. St. James’s provides a valuable end-of-life planning booklet and/or a writable PDF called the Omega File.

Suzanne has been an active parishioner at St. James’s for 40 years, having served on the Vestry, three strategic planning committees, the Missions committee, Mardi Gras for Missions, WomanKind, as a Lay Eucharistic Minister, and on the Video Squad, among many other ministries. Suzanne completed the four year Education for Ministry (EFM) program in 2009, and has been an active missioner on domestic and international mission trips for 25 years.

After retiring after 30 years as director of communications and marketing for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Suzanne is active in the arts, community, historic preservation, and social justice. She currently serves on the boards of the Woman’s Club of Richmond, RVA Rapid Transit, Historic Monument Avenue and Fan District Foundation, and is Co-Chair of the 1708 Gallery 40th Anniversary. She is a graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond, past national board member of the American Alliance for Museums, past President of the PR and Marketing Committee for the American Alliance for Museums, and is a member of the Virginia Society of Fundraising Executives. She and her husband Joe Willis live three blocks from St. James’s and have four children and five grandchildren.
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Rebecca Hall
Director of Adult Education and Spiritual Formation, St. David’s Austin
Rebecca Hall joined the St. David’s staff in April 2007. She has a degree in International Studies/Romance Languages from the University of Missouri, and a Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation from Seminary of the Southwest. Particular areas of interest are in vocation and discernment, Benedictine and Ignatian spiritualties and practices, Christian discipleship, and contemplative practices. Rebecca practices spiritual direction with groups and individuals and leads retreats. She also periodically consults with other churches on how to integrate small group ministry and other adult formation programs into the life of Episcopal parishes. In addition to St. David’s, Rebecca also works for St. Benedict’s Workshop as a theological reflection group leader.
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Donald Hamer
The Rev. Donald L. Hamer is the twelfth Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, having served since January 1, 2004. He is a graduate of Georgetown University College of Arts and Sciences (A.B. 1972), Georgetown University Law Center (J.D. 1977) and The Yale Divinity School (M.Div. 2000).
Prior to his ordination to the priesthood in 2000, he practiced law for 23 years in private practice in Washington, D.C. and Glastonbury, CT, serving a term on the Glastonbury Board of Education and for nearly 14 years as Judge of Probate for Glastonbury from 1990 – 2004, during which time he served as President of the Connecticut Probate Assembly from 2003-2004. Following ordination in 2000, he was called as Assistant Rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Manchester, CT, serving there until his call to Trinity in 2004.
In addition to serving as Rector of Trinity, Don presently serves as Board Chair of the Conference of Churches, based in Hartford, and as Board Chair of the Farmington Asylum Business District. He is married to Deborah (Metzger) Hamer and has two adult children, Katherine and Frank. Don and Debbie make their home in Hartford.
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JoAnn Hanson
President and Chief Executive Officer, Church Investment Group
JoAnn is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the non-profit Church Investment Group (CIG) which works on behalf of Episcopal endowments. CIG enables Episcopal entities to realize the benefits of investing at scale and encourages the adoption of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing approaches. CIG works with Episcopal endowments to review their mission goals, spending policies and asset allocation, to consider adopting ethical investment policies and integrating ESG criteria into investments, and to institute proxy voting.

Prior to CIG, JoAnn was a founder of Avanti Investment Advisors, which managed over $1.2 billion for institutional investors. Earlier investment management roles included serving as a managing director of Lazard Freres & Co. and a Vice President of J.P. Morgan Investment Management, Inc.

She currently serves on the Real Estate Advisory Committee of the New York State Common Retirement Fund and the Advisory Board of the Alternative Investment Forum. She is also a member of the United Nation’s Climate Change Support Team as part of the Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance.

JoAnn is a member of St. Mary’s-in-Tuxedo and also attends Good Shepherd, a mission church for the Ramapough Lenape Native Americans. JoAnn has a BA from Yale University (summa cum laude) and an MBA in Finance from Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania.
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Chris Harris
Christ Church
Chris Harris comes to Christ Church Cranbrook from San Diego, California. Chris serves The Episcopal Church as a member of the Board of Directors of The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS) and as a member of the steering team for Invite-Welcome-Connect, a national evangelism ministry. Chris is also the creator of Living Wi$ley, a faith and personal finance ministry and is a national speaker on congregational development topics, including The Consortium for Endowed Episcopal Parishes (CEEP), The Episcopal Church Foundation (EFC), and Evangelism Matters. Chris is married to Joe, a native of Sterling Heights, Michigan. Chris and his husband have two twin girls, Gianna and Aleena.
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Jadon Hartsuff
Rector, All Souls Episcopal Church, Washington, D.C.
Jadon Hartsuff found his way to the priesthood after an early career in marketing and the design business. He is rector of All Souls Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C., a Rite I, Anglo-Catholic leaning parish that has long embraced "traditional worship, progressive thinking." He previously served as the Canon for Liturgy and Formation at Saint John's Cathedral in Denver, where, in addition to a broad range of liturgical duties, he wrote and directed the cathedral's untraditional, innovative Wilderness liturgy. Jadon's thoughts about liturgy and music have been shaped by staffing liturgical experiences that run the liturgical gamut; from the Sarum inspired liturgy of Christ Church in Bronxville, New York to the broad, soaring liturgy of All Saints Beverly Hills, the Saturday evening pop music Masses of Saint James in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, quiet Anglican chapel services in Venice, Italy and Bern, Switzerland, and diocesan youth events in the Rocky Mountains. He is passionate about the power of (good) liturgy, of any and every variety.
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Ellen Hayes
Director of Development, All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Atlanta
Ellen Hayes has been Director of Development for All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Atlanta, GA since 2009.
Her work includes the Annual Canvass, Planned Giving, Strategic Planning, Endowment Marketing, and two major Capital Campaigns that totaled over $10million.
Ellen serves on the Board of Trustees for Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta. She and her husband Kevin have fun visiting their three young adult children in Atlanta, Colorado and California.
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Matt Heyd
Rector and Dean, Church of the Heavenly Rest, New York City, NY
The Rev. Matthew F. Heyd was called to serve as Rector of Church of the Heavenly Rest in New York City during the spring of 2013. Prior to that he served as director of Faith in Action for Trinity Wall Street, supporting the Parish's engagement and partnership ministries in Lower Manhattan and around the world-- including Anglican Partnerships, support for public schools, the Charlotte's Place neighborhood center, local and global mission & service relationships, and the Trinity Grants Program. Before Trinity, Matt helped start Episcopal Charities in the Diocese of New York and served as chief operating officer of a non-profit supporting service in schools across the United States. He was a Morehead Scholar and student body president at the University of North Carolina. He received a master's of arts in religion summa cum laude from Yale Divinity School and a master's of sacred theology from The General Theological Seminary. He is a member of the Standing Committee of the Diocese of New York. His wife, Ann Thornton, is Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Library. They have a five year-old daughter and a seventeen month old son.
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Tara Holley
Director of Development, The Episcopal Church
Tara Elgin Holley is the Director of Development of The Episcopal Church. The former Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Seminary of the Southwest. she is a fundraising professional with a 30-year-career within the non-profit sector. Tara Holley has served as senior fundraiser for three major universities including The University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University and The George Washington University. She has served as consultant to a number of social-service organizations in Texas and Washington, D.C. including United Ways of Texas and Appleseed Foundation. As the Senior Counsel for Custom Development Solutions, Holley completed a $65M campaign raising major gift/matching funds for the Kroc Corps Community Center Campaign of the Salvation Army of Greenville. She continues to serve in an advisory capacity as Counsel-At-Large representing the consulting firm of Custom Development Solutions, Inc. Art and cultural institutions that have benefited from her expertise include Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego; Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, Austin; ARTPACE of San Antonio, Austin Museum of Art (AMOA) and Washington Performing Arts Society. Formerly a program officer and grants administrator for the Texas Commission on the Arts and an intern with Texas Council for the Humanities, she is experienced both as a funder and a grantee.
Holley holds degrees in music and musicology and completed her Master of Musicology from the University of Texas after completing studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Den Hague. In 1997 Tara co-authored the award-winning book, My Mothers Keeper, published by William Morrow. The book has won numerous mental-health and literary awards.
A sixth-generation Texan, Holley is proud of her Episcopalian roots. Elgin, Texas is named after her great-grandfather, Deputy Land Commissioner, Robert Morris Elgin, who moved to Texas from Virginia in 1825. For 38 years he served as Sr. Warden at Christ Church Cathedral in Houston, Texas, after saving St. David's Episcopal Church from splitting during the Civil War. Tara has two children: 27-year-old daughter Kate is an artist and and 33-year-old son Peter works at The Washington Post. She is married to Cliff Avery, President of GCP Association Services.
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Carlye Hughes
Bishop, Diocese of Newark
On September 22nd, the Rt. Rev. Carley J. Hughes was consecrated as the 11th Bishop of the Diocese of Newark. She is the first woman and African American to serve as bishop of this diocese.

A life-long Episcopalian, Hughes was born Tulsa, Oklahoma and raised in Ft. Worth, Texas. She earned a BA in Drama from the University of Texas in Austin, and for 20 years she made her home in New York City, while pursuing a career in Human Resources as a corporate trainer, mostly in the hotel industry.

While in NYC she discerned a call to the priesthood and attended Virginia Theological seminary, earning a M.Div. in 2005. After a Lilly Fellowship at St. James’ Church in New York City, she was called to serve as rector first at St. Peter’s, Church Peekskill NY; and most recently at Trinity Church, Ft. Worth, Texas. Hughes describes her ministry there as one in which she helped others “discover the ways they are called to serve God and God’s people… supporting, encouraging, and empowering them to go and do what God created them to do. Because, Hughes stated, “Today’s church is not one that can rest on the past while waiting for people to come and ask about the faith. Instead God is guiding us to be active participants in the world. An important element of my ministry… is to nurture and guide our capacity to build relationships with neighbors locally or on the other side of the globe.”
Hughes has been active on the Board of Trustees of The Virginia Theological Seminary; as a member of the Standing Committee, Commission on Ministry, Diocesan Convention Chaplain in the Diocese of New York, and in the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth as a member of the Standing Committee and as a General Convention Delegate. At the national level, she has served the General Convention on the Task for the Study of Marriage and the Racial Justice & Reconciliation.

Hughes is married to David Smedley and they have a dog, Abbey.
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Kimberly Jackson
Associate Rector, All Saints’, Atlanta, GA
The Rev. Kim Jackson is Associate Rector for Adult Formation and Service Ministries. She is a public theologian and a fierce community activist. Kim works to end the death penalty, advocates for women and children’s issues, and is passionate about sharing the liberating Gospel of Christ. When she’s not wearing a collar, you can find her in the gym perfecting her weightlifting techniques.

Kim is a graduate of Furman University and Candler School of Theology at Emory university. She and her wife, Trina, live on a small hobby farm in Stone Mountain with goats, ducks, and chickens.
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Rebecca Jackson
Director of Organizational Equity Practice, Trinity Boston Foundation
As a social worker at Trinity Boston Foundation since 2012, Rebecca found in her work with Boston’s Youth of Color that racial trauma creates real life consequences, and that Systemic Racism and White Supremacy Culture hurt everyone. In order to engage Boston’s Youth of Color effectively, Trinity Boston Foundation became committed to establishing racially equitable policies and processes that propel people along their journey towards racial equity. The learning gained from this internal work is now being shared with other nonprofits with similar goals. As Director of the Foundation’s Organizational Equity Practice, Rebecca is helping other organizations to learn specific practices involved in being racially equitable, in such areas as hiring, fundraising, power structures, and program development/execution. Her Racial Equity Learning Community was recognized in 2018 as one of Boston’s ten game-changing equity ideas by Get Konnected. She obtained her MSW from Simmons College in 2009, and was trained in trauma informed counseling at Children's Charter in Waltham.
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Bob Jaeger
President, Partners for Sacred Places
Before co-founding Partners for Sacred Places in 1989, Bob worked with the Philadelphia Historic Preservation Corporation as Senior Vice President for the Historic Religious Properties Program. He is the co-author of Sacred Places at Risk (1998) and Strategies for Stewardship and Active Use of Older and Historic Religious Properties (1996), author of Sacred Places in Transition (1994), and editor (from 1985 to 1989) of Inspired, a bi-monthly magazine with news and technical articles on religious property preservation. Bob holds a master’s degree in preservation planning from Cornell University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
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James Jordan
Auditor, Fraud Examiner, Educator, Author
Mr. Jordan is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner. His consulting and auditing practice is dedicated to serving only churches and their higher denominational organizations. He is the author of Financial Management for Episcopal Parishes, Revised Edition, 2017, Church Publishing, Inc., New York. He earned his Executive Masters of Business Administration from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, with international business emphasis from London Business School. His speaking engagements span the globe to six continents and dozens of countries. He conducts live webinars and on-line learning courses for candidates for the Masters of Divinity degree and post-graduate Continuing Education credit. Mr. Jordan is an adjunct professor at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, Atlanta; Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley, CA; and General Theological Seminary, New York City. He is a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Newnan, Georgia. Mr. Jordan is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the AICPA Not-for-Profit Section, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).
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Hannah Kanstroom
Vice President · Practice Expert, US Trust
Hannah B. Kanstroom is a Practice Expert for the National Consulting and Advisory Practice, Nonprofit Consulting Services team at U.S. Trust based in Boston. Hannah has been with U.S. Trust’s Institutional Investments & Philanthropic Solutions team since 2014 working with institutional clients across the country. As a Nonprofit Consulting Practice Expert, Hannah and her team deliver customized consulting and advisory services to U.S. Trust institutional nonprofit clients' boards of directors, investment committees and senior leaders. Her team’s areas of focus include strategic planning, mission advancement, nonprofit governance and board dynamics. Hannah is a key contributor to her team’s thought leadership development and publication and supports the practice in providing specialized solutions to help nonprofits advance their missions.

Before joining U.S. Trust, Hannah held roles with Morgan Stanley on their Community Affairs team and on the business development team of a social media advertising start-up called appssavvy, as a Senior Strategic Partner Manager, managing relationships and driving business growth. Hannah holds a B.A. in Psychology from Boston College and a Masters in Social Work with a focus on Corporate Social Responsibility and Nonprofit Management from Columbia University.

Currently, Hannah serves on the Board of Directors and is the Chair of the Mission Advancement Committee for the Boston Center for the Arts, is a Steering Committee Member for the Boston Chapter of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) and is a Co-Chair for the EPIP Arts and Culture Committee.
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Maggy Keet
Director of Stewardship and Communications, Church of Heavenly Rest, NYC
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David King
Lake Institute
David P. King is the Karen Lake Buttrey Director of Lake Institute on Faith & Giving as well as Assistant Professor of Philanthropic Studies within the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. He arrived at IUPUI in 2014 after serving as Assistant Professor of Christian History at Memphis Theological Seminary in Memphis,TN.

He earned his Ph.D. from Emory University with a specific interest in American religious history and its intersections with the growing field of world Christianity. His recent research focuses on the rise of evangelical relief and development NGOs, religious humanitarianism, and religion’s engagement with international affairs.

He is passionate about research and teaching but as an ordained minister having served local churches and national faith-based organizations, he is also fueled by facilitating conversations with faith leaders, donors, and fundraisers (of all generations) around the intersections of faith and giving.
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Jim Klote
James D. Klote & Associates, Inc.
A native of Detroit, Michigan, Jim Klote is the president and founder of James D. Klote & Associates, Inc. This international firm helps churches, schools and other non-profit organizations realize their capital stewardship goals. The firm specializes in Capital Campaigns for building projects throughout the United States and Canada.
After graduating with a dual major in Political Science and Sociology from Capital University located in Columbus, Ohio, Jim began his capital stewardship career with the United Way. Jim served the United Way in both Detroit, Michigan and Columbus, Ohio.
Recruited by the most established capital stewardship firm in the country, Jim left the United Way to become the youngest director hired by Ward, Dreshman, and Reinhardt in it’s 100-year history. Several years later he was elected the youngest president in the history of the firm.
After serving several years as president, Jim and his Board of Directors created James D. Klote & Associates, Inc. to focus solely on churches and church related stewardship concerns. Today Ward, Dreshman & Reinhardt, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of JDK&A, focuses primarily on community campaign efforts. James D. Klote & Associates, Inc. is the largest full-time stewardship consulting firm in the United States. The firm is a thriving, active part of the church community with a commitment to capital stewardship excellence.
Jim is the author of, Stewardship: The Proven Path. He is an invited speaker across the country at non-profit foundation meetings.
In addition to churches and church related institutes, Jim has worked in various regional and national capital stewardship efforts. He has served on the Wesley Seminary Foundation Board in Washington DC for many years, and has recently been elected to the Board of Trustees of Berkeley Seminary at Yale University.
Jim lives in Great Falls, Virginia with his wife Molly, a physician, and their three children Philip, Andrew, and Meredith.
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James Kwon
Founder, GoChurchApp
James Lemler
Vice President, the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation
James Lemler is an executive, consultant and teacher who has worked with numerous organizations and institutions. Assuming the executive office of Vice President, Dr. Lemler has served the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation as a director and officer since 2003. He has been a consultant to several other local and national philanthropic organizations including the Lilly Endowment, Inc. He has consulted widely in areas of organizational development, conflict negotiation, mission clarity and organizational transformation with a variety of non-profit and educational institutions. He is a Senior Consultant for the Ki Thoughtbridge, a national and international consulting practice.

James Lemler is a teacher and educator for non-profit, religious, and educational institutions. He has published in the areas of organization life and renewal. Dr. Lemler served previously as the Dean and President of Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, its Seabury Institute, and the President of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools. He has also been a trustee of the National Association of Episcopal Schools and a keynoter and leader for educational conferences. Educated at DePauw University, Oxford University, Nashotah House Episcopal Seminary, and Christian Theological Seminary, he also holds certificates from Trustee Leadership Development, the Lake Institute of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University, and the Center for Courage and Renewal (a center founded by Parker Palmer for work in education, stewardship, and civic engagement).

Dr. Lemler served for four decades in congregations and other institutions of the Episcopal Church including a university chaplaincy, three congregations (one with an Episcopal Day school), a divinity school presidency, and the mission and program executive leadership as the Director of Mission for the Episcopal Church (national organization.) He has provided leadership in three metropolitan centers; Indianapolis, Chicago, and New York, shaping organizations for more effective civic leadership and service. He has also functioned in ambitious program and fund development work for institutional advancement in these settings.

Dr. James Lemler is a Sagamore of the Wabash, awarded by the State of Indiana, and holds a citation of recognition from the State of Connecticut. He has also received special recognition from the cities of Indianapolis, Evanston Illinois, and Greenwich Connecticut
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Colin Lynch
Mr. Colin Lynch serves as Associate Director of Music and Organist at Trinity Church, Copley Square in Boston, MA, and was previously the Director of Chapel Music and School Organist at St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH. He has been a featured performer at national conferences of the American Guild of Organists, the Organ Historical Society, the Association of Anglican Musicians, and the Royal School of Church Music. Mr. Lynch earned an Artist Diploma from Oberlin Conservatory, studying with James David Christie and Olivier Latry. He holds a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance with Thomas Murray at Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music and earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance from Northwestern University, where he studied with Douglas Cleveland.
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Julie Lytle
Julie Lytle joined the faculty in 2018 as Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Director of Distributive and Lifelong Learning Initiatives. She has degrees from Boston College, The University of Notre Dame, and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Julie teaches courses in congregational development, digital evangelism, educational leadership, and faith formation and has extensive expertise in the area of distance education. She was on faculty at the Episcopal Divinity School and developed their distributive distance learning model for masters degrees prior to her appointment at Bexley Seabury. Her research interests explore the intersection of theology, faith formation, and technology and the ways people connect with one another and resources to enact the Dream of God. Julie continues to serve as the Executive Director of Province I where she is responsible for ministry development.
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Pat Malloy
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Gary Mason
Gary Mason holds a PhD from the school of Psychology at the University of Ulster. He was also awarded an honorary Doctor in Divinity for his role in peace building in Ireland, from Florida Southern College. He completed his theological studies at Queens University and holds a Bachelor’s in Business Studies from the University of Ulster. Gary is a Senior Research Fellow at the Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention at Maynooth University in Ireland. He is also an adjunct Professor at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta.
Gary has lectured in political, religious and academic forums throughout Europe, South Africa, the Middle East and the U.S.A. seeking to engage, mentor and share lessons from the Irish peace process. He has travelled widely in the USA and has spoken in Churches of all Christian denominations as well as other faith settings. Gary has also given lectures in a number of College, University and denominational settings across the United States from Harvard University, Boston College, Boston University, Tufts University, Emory University, Duke University, University of Alabama, Florida Southern College, Birmingham Southern College, Fairmont State University, Wesleyan WV, Rollins College, St. Cloud University, St. John's University Minnesota and Hamline University.
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Laura McCoy
Lara McCoy is the digital news producer at WAMU 88.5, the NPR member station in Washington, D.C. Before coming to WAMU, Lara spent most of her 15 years in print and digital journalism working for Russian news outlets. She was based in Moscow for nine years, where she held editorial positions with The Moscow Times and Russia Beyond the Headlines, overseeing multinational teams producing print, digital and social content. She has also worked as a media consultant for a number of organizations, including Deloitte and the Library of Congress. She has been a vestry member at Trinity Episcopal Church in Danville, Kentucky; St. Andrews Anglican Chaplaincy in Moscow, Russia and St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C.
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Deirdre Mary McElroy
Deirdre Mary McElroy is a financial planner dedicated to providing independent, unbiased financial management and advice. She enjoys a long track record of working closely and passionately with individual and institutional clients since 1991.
Deirdre earned the Series 7 General Securities, 66 Insurance and 31 Managed Futures/Commodities registrations early in her career. She gained valuable designations in Retirement Planning, Private Wealth Management, and Financial Planning for Women at Legg Mason and Smith Barney, and earned her A.A.M.S. prior to joining LPL Financial in December 2007.
Deirdre is a frequent speaker and moderator at meetings on Socially Responsible Investing and greening portfolios. She is highly capable and passionate in assisting your family or organization with education and guidance in this area.
Deirdre is a professional with consulting experience on all continents. She has lived, worked or studied in Egypt, Morocco, Spain, Sydney, Vienna, Hong Kong, the Philippines, the United Kingdom and New York/New Jersey. She speaks Spanish and Arabic and is a spirited traveller.
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Andrew McGowan
Dean and President of Berkeley Divinity School and McFaddin Professor of Anglican Studies and Pastor, Berkeley Divinity School
Andrew McGowan was appointed Dean of the Berkeley Divinity School in 2014. An Anglican priest and historian, his scholarly work focuses on the life of early Christian communities, and on aspects of contemporary Anglicanism. Professor McGowan’s project of re-describing early eucharistic practice in relation to ancient food and meals is found in Ascetic Eucharists: Food and Drink in Early Christian Ritual Meals (Oxford, 1999) and in subsequent articles and chapters produced in conversation with members of the Meals in the Greco-Roman World group of the Society of Biblical Literature. His most recent book, Ancient Christian Worship (Baker Academic, 2014) seeks to describe discursive and ritual practice in the ancient Church, including use of music and speech as well as sacramental ritual, and to acknowledge the diversity of early Christian belief and practice. He is currently working on how early Christian and other ancient Mediterranean groups used, changed, and created notions of sacrifice.
Before coming to Yale Professor McGowan was Warden of Trinity College at the University of Melbourne, and a Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne. He was an member of the General Synod of the Australian Anglican Church and of its Doctrine Commission, contributing to published conversations on environmental theology, restorative justice, and the theology of worship. He continues as editor of the Journal of Anglican Studies. He blogs at Andrew’s Version (abmcg.blogspot.com(link is external)) and is on Twitter as @BerkeleyDean (for Yale- and Church-related topics and higher education) and @Praxeas (for ancient world and personal interests).
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Jamie McMahon
Jamie McMahon, CFRE, is advancement director at Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, where he manages a portfolio of major gift prospects with philanthropic interests across the institution including Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and the Andy Warhol Museum. He also manages a gift officer assigned to the Museum of Natural History.

He previously worked as director of development for the Medical and Health Sciences Foundation of the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC. In addition, he spent a number of years as a fundraising consultant with Ketchum, one of the oldest and most renowned national fundraising firms in the United States. While at Ketchum, McMahon worked with non-profit organizations across the country on board development, strategic planning, and capital campaign planning for projects with goals up to $550 million, and he directly managed fundraising campaigns in the range $4.5 million up to $15 million.

McMahon has an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College in English with a minor in engineering and a master's degree in church history and theology from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. He is currently finishing a dissertation in the doctoral program in higher education administration at the University of Pittsburgh, and holds the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification from CFRE International, the only internationally recognized baseline professional credential for philanthropic fundraising executives.

In addition, McMahon has presented several times at fundraising conferences in Western Pennsylvania as well as at the Association of Fundraising Professionals International Conference. He also teaches two courses on fundraising in the Master of Arts Management program at Carnegie Mellon University. From 2009-2015, he served on the national Standing Commission on Stewardship and Development of The Episcopal Church, with three years as its chair, has served on the Legislative Committee on Stewardship and Development as a deputy to General Convention in 2015 and 2018, and from 2010-2013 was a member of the board of directors of the Western PA Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, with two years as treasurer.

McMahon’s home parish is Calvary Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh where he currently serves as senior warden, as well as being a verger and member of the choir.
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Elizabeth Melchionna
Rector and Dean, The Chapel of the Cross
The Rev. Elizabeth Marie Melchionna was called as the rector of the Chapel of the Cross in July of 2016. The Rev. Melchionna (pronounced mel-SHO-na) is a native of Roanoke, Virginia. She holds degrees from Davidson College and Yale Divinity School. Prior to joining the Chapel of the Cross, she was Canon for Discipleship and Parish Life at St. John’s Cathedral in Denver, Colorado. She was the associate rector and Davidson College Episcopal campus minister at St. Alban’s in Davidson from August 2009 through June 2013. She speaks several languages, has traveled extensively, authored numerous publications, and is in demand for her preaching and presentation skills.
Rev. Melchionna is married to North Carolinian Will Roberts. They have two sons, Liam and Edward.
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Ann Mellow
Associate Director, National Association of Episcopal Schools
Ann Mellow joined the National Association of Episcopal Schools
(NAES) on July 1, 2008 as assistant director for program development
and was named to her current position in January 2010. As Associate
Director, Ms. Mellow develops educational programs and materials
for NAES member schools and consults frequently on Episcopal
school leadership, governance, and Episcopal identity.

Prior to her arrival at NAES, Ms. Mellow was interim director of the New York
Interschool Association, New York City, a consortium of eight K-12 independent
schools. From 1995 to 2007, she was head of school at St. Luke’s School, New York
City, a co-educational Episcopal school serving students in pre-kindergarten through
grade 8 associated with the historic Church of Saint Luke in the Fields.
Ms. Mellow began her teaching career at Garrison Forest School in Baltimore,
Maryland and subsequently served as middle school head at Poly Prep Country
Day School and the Chapin School, both in New York City. A past trustee of the
New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS), she has chaired
accreditation committees and presented frequently at NYSAIS conferences, including
the Experienced Teachers Institute, Beginning Teachers Institute, Early Childhood and
Lower School Heads Conference, and Emerging Leaders Institute.

Ms. Mellow is currently a trustee at Grace Church School, New York, New York and
Brooklyn Heights Montessori School, Brooklyn, New York. She holds an A.B. from
Middlebury College and an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
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Mike Michie
The Rev. Mike Michie is the Staff Office for Church Planting Infrastructure for the Episcopal Church. Before that he served as the rector of St. Andrew's in McKinney, TX, a congregation he planted. During his time, the congregation grew to a 650-member church, with a series of community-based ministries, including an outreach program, The Bless Mobile, a food truck ministry.

He is a graduate of the Seminary of the Southwest and holds a Master of Arts in Practical Theology from Oral Roberts University Seminary, a Master in Public Administration from Texas State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Government from the University of Texas.

He lives in McKinney, Texas with his wife Laurie. They have three daughters, Kellie (23), Jennifer (21) and Mariana (17).
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Kristine Miller
Senior Vice President and Partner, Horizons Stewardship
Kristine began her interest in generosity as a member of the stewardship team at her church. Like many others who find themselves in this position, she discovered she had much to learn about God’s view of generosity and became a stewardship junkie. Kristine believes, “This journey of discovery is one of the many ways in which God has expressed generosity to me. It is a journey that I expect will last a lifetime.” She serves as a Senior Vice President and Partner of Horizons Stewardship.
Kristine is a blogger, book author and frequent speaker at stewardship conferences and other events. She has served as a vestry member at her parish and on several non-profit boards including TENS (The Episcopal Network for Stewardship) and Canterbury on-the-Lake, a non-profit senior care facility in Waterford, Michigan. A native of Ohio, Kristine did her undergraduate work in Business Administration at The Ohio State University and received her M.B.A. from Northern Illinois University. Kristine has also achieved C.F.R.E. (Certified Fundraising Executive) status.
Kristine is a co-author of Bounty: Ten Ways To Increase Giving At Your Church (Abingdon Press, 2013) a book that helps churches to jumpstart their stewardship efforts. She is also co-author of C.L.I.M.B. Higher: Reaching New Heights in Giving and Discipleship that outlines the process and theology for churches that wish to reach the summit of transformational stewardship.
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Sandra Montes
Episcopal Church Foundation
Sandra Montes is ECF's Spanish Language Resource Consultant. Born in Perú, Sandra grew up in Guatemala and settled in Texas as soon as she could. Her passions are God, family (especially her son), music, education, and writing. She has been developing original bilingual resources for her church, school, and others for years. Sandra has been volunteering and working in the Episcopal Church since she was welcomed into Her in 1986. She serves as musician, translator, speaker, consultant, and writer. She is a full-time teacher and doctoral student.
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Tracy Morgan
Managing Partner, North Star Strategies
Tracy is both a minister’s wife and an experienced executive dedicated to strategic planning, marketing, market research, organizational development, and financial analysis for organizations. She has developed, analyzed, presented, and implemented expansion, growth, or collaboration strategies for churches, nonprofits, middle-market companies, Fortune 500 divisions, and alliances. She also has extensive experience in niche market development, program implementation, and financial modeling. Her core focus has been on the execution of transformational changes. For the past seven years her projects have been primarily with faith-based and non-profit organizations.

Throughout her career, she has developed and implemented programs for organizations – large and small – that have grown ministries and programs, increased collaboration, conserved resources, and developed leaders.

Tracy earned a chemical engineering degree from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard University. She has published articles in industry journals and is a guest lecturer at business schools and conferences. Her book, “How to Conduct an Effective Strategic Planning Process with Minimal Effort” has been an Amazon top seller for nonprofit organizations. Her new book, “Church Leadership and Transformational Change: Strategies for the 21st Century” is now available on Amazon.

She is also the producer of the race reconciliation play and upcoming film, “The Stain,” which is used by organizations to foster dialogue on misconceptions and miscommunications stemming from different racial backgrounds and experiences.
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Scott Moore
The Rev. Scott A. Moore was received in 2018 as a priest into the Episcopal Church on the Feast of the Oxford Martyrs. His life before that began in the Washington DC area in an un-churched family and he came to the faith through an Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod elementary school. After studying Music (Voice & Music Ed) at the University of Maryland, he went on to pursue theological studies at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettsysburg (ELCA). Upon receiving the Master of Divinity, he moved with his then wife, Claudia Bergmann, to Chicago, where he served parishes in Indiana and Chicago both as a regular pastor and as an intentional interim. During this tenure in Chicago, Scott completed a certificate of study as a Liturgical Design Consultant at the Institute of Liturgical Consultants based at the Catholic Theological Union and completed his practicum with Christine Reinhard. In 2003, he moved to Germany to serve the Evangelische Kirche in Lutherstadt Eisleben, sharing responsibilities for the historic churches where Martin Luther was baptized (Ss. Peter and Paul) and where he preached his last sermons (St. Andreas). In 2010, he began his Dr. theol. (doctor of theology) at the University of Erfurt in liturgical studies and is writing about corporate liturgies of baptismal remembrance. From 2013-2016, he served the United Methodist Church in Germany in Erfurt which is housed in the Ägidienkirche on the famous Krämerbrücke (Merchants’ Bridge), the reportedly oldest church building housing a Methodist congregation. Since 2016, Father Moore has been tending the mission of St. James the Less in Nürnberg, Germany with hopes of beginning a mission in the cities of Erfurt and Weimar.

The exciting architectural renovations to Ss. Peter and Paul in Eisleben led to numerous lectures and a few articles in both in English and in German and he is proud to have designed an original “Play Church” (Swedish lekkyrke) for a parish in the Church of Sweden in Malmö. Scott has worked with the Diocese of Lund (Church of Sweden) at various levels, through lectures and workshops, on the topics of “baptismal identity and architecture” and “room and rite”. Scott is very excited to be able to enter into this conversation within his newly adoptive family of faith.
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James Murphy
Managing Program Director Endowment Management, Planned Giving and Donor Solutions, Episcopal Church Foundation
Jim is Managing Program Director for Endowment Management, Planned Giving and Donor Solutions at the Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF). He oversees ECF’s financial resources programs:planned giving, endowment management and donor solutions, including ECF’s Donor-advised Fund program. He works with congregations, dioceses, and other Episcopal organizations to enhance and develop their programs and resources. Jim holds a Certificate in Fundraising from New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies, MA in Christian Spirituality from General Theological Seminary, and BS from NYU's Stern School of Business. Jim is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive.
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Jeffrey Murphy
FAIA, MBB Architects
Jeffrey Murphy is a founding Partner of MBB Architects. His expertise in design for cultural, civic and educational institutions has led to a range of rich and compelling projects, many of which have been recognized for their design excellence and social engagement.
A LEED-accredited professional, Jeffrey believes sustainability is an integral component of architecture and leads the firm in seeking design solutions that embody both conceptual clarity and environmental responsibility. As partner-in-charge, Jeffrey has led projects for a diverse group of clients including Princeton University, UNICEF Innovations Lab, the Chewonki Foundation and the Trustees of St. Patrick's Cathedral. His work at St. Patrick’s Cathedral won a 2016 AIA National Honor Award.
Jeffrey holds a Master in Architecture degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Virginia. At Harvard he was the recipient of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture Research Fellowship and was awarded the post-graduate Wheelwright Fellowship. Jeffrey is currently a Graduate School of Design Appointed Director for the Harvard Alumni Association.
Jeffrey’s work in and outside of the office reflects the idea that well-considered design positively impacts communities. He has served as Secretary of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, a board member of Community District 7 in Manhattan and as a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals for the Village of Saltaire.
Jeffrey was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 2016.
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Julie Faith Parker
Associate Professor, General Theological Seminary
Julie Faith Parker combines her passions for the Church and Scripture in her role as Associate Professor of Biblical Studies. She holds a Ph.D. in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible from Yale University, awarded with distinction, and also has degrees from Hamilton College (B.A.; Phi Beta Kappa), Union Theological Seminary in NYC (M.Div.), and Yale Divinity School (S.T.M). During her education, Parker spent a year in Paris studying art history and also lived in a barrio in Central America for six months studying liberation theology. She is ordained in the United Methodist Church and worked full-time in ministry prior to doctoral studies, first as a congregational pastor then as a university chaplain. Her research interests focus on feminist biblical interpretation, childist biblical interpretation, and ancient Near Eastern languages and cultures. She has authored or edited six books. Parker is also strongly committed to working with people who are incarcerated.
Prior to coming to General, Parker taught at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio where she founded the Trinity Prison Project. She has also taught at Yale Divinity School, Colby College, Fordham University, Andover Newton Theological School, and New York Theological Seminary, with a program teaching students incarcerated in Sing Sing Maximum Security Prison.
She is married to the Rev. Dr. Bill Crawford and they are the proud parents of two grown children, Graham and Mari. She enjoys going to museums, singing, and running, and has run the New York City Marathon twice.
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Ernest Q. Petrey, Jr
President and CEO, The Ardleigh Group
Mr. Ernie Petrey is the CEO of Ardleigh Minerals, Inc., a company supplying raw materials manufactured from recycled industrial by-products to the steel, cement, agricultural, and plastics industries in the U.S. and Canada. Prior to moving to Ohio he was involved in the chemical industry internationally, primarily in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and North Africa. He has been involved in the Consortium since 1986, serving on the Conference, Finance and Audit Committees, and as a member of the Board of Directors. His Episcopal credits include serving on ECF’s Board and on the Development Advisory Committee for the Episcopal Church. As an avocation, Mr. Petrey assists parishes in setting up and reformatting their endowments so as to maximize endowment growth.
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John Reilly
Vice President, 19/19 Investment Counsel
John is a Portfolio Manager at 1919 Investment Counsel, LLC. As a Portfolio Manager, his primary responsibility is overseeing portfolio construction and ongoing monitoring for individuals and institutional clients. John works with clients and prospects in providing customized investment solutions. In addition, he is Secretary of the Asset Allocation Committee, Secretary of the Proxy Committee, and a member of the Third Party Committee.
John entered the Financial Services Industry in 1998. He joined Scudder Private Investment Counsel (a predecessor firm) in 2003. Previous to joining the firm, John worked at Deutsche Bank Private Banking working with high-net-worth individuals.
John is a Board member of the Delaware County Community Foundation.
John is a graduate of Lehigh University with a B.S. in Finance and holds an M.B.A. from Villanova University. John is a CFA charterholder. John is a member of the CFA Institute and CFA Society of Philadelphia. John is also an Eagle Scout.
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David Rocchio
Director of Stewardship and Gift Planning, Cathedral of St. Philip (ATL)
At the Cathedral of St. Philip, David builds relationships with parishioners, staff and clergy in order to build the financial resources needed for the Cathedral's operating, capital and endowment funds. The 7,000+ members of the Cathedral contribute over $5,000,000 each year. David's presentation will focus on a simple tool that can be used with parishioners to powerfully share a church's story, needs, and opportunities for financial investment. In the past year, David has used the document to generate tens of major gifts including a $35,000 annual pledge increase, a $2,000,000 planned giving commitment, and over $200,000 in matching gifts.
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Libby Roberts
Vice President, Lois L. Lindauer Searches
Prior to her role with LOIS L. LINDAUER SEARCHES as Vice President, Libby Roberts served as Vice President, Campaign and Major Gifts at Boston Children's Hospital Trust, Director of Development for Campaign and Major Gifts at the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Secretary of Phillips Academy, Vice President for Development at Northeastern University, Director of Development at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Director of the Harvard Law School Fund and Assistant Campaign Manager at Milton Academy. A 1979 graduate of Dartmouth College with a religion major, Libby returned to her alma mater as Associate Director of the Dartmouth Alumni Fund. She was a member of one of Dartmouth's early coeducational classes and received Dartmouth’s Distinguished Young Alumni Award. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, MA Chapter; the Beacon Hill Village Council; the Board of Visitors at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy; the Board of Directors of the Boston House: Hope and Healing for Children with Cancer, recently as President; and just completed her term as a member of the Vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church, Boston, where she co-chaired its successful capital campaign.
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Canon Chuck Robertson
Canon to the Presiding Bishop, Episcopal Church
A Fellow of the Episcopal Church Foundation and former professor of ethics and communication, Robertson, 43, has served congregations in both Georgia and Florida and worked as a consultant in leadership development and conflict management in both the Church of England and the Episcopal Church. He is an honorary canon of the Diocese of Dar es Salaam.
Robertson is the author of several books including "Conflict in Corinth: Redefining the System," "Religion as Entertainment," "Religion and Alcohol: Sobering Thoughts," "Religion and Sexuality: Passionate Debates," "Barnabas: A Model for Holistic Stewardship," and the upcoming "Exploring the Sacred Bundle." He has also written various articles for journals including the Anglican Theological Review.
Robertson holds a bachelor of arts degree (cum laude) in communication from Virginia Tech, and a master of divinity degree (cum laude) from the Virginia Theological Seminary. While earning his doctorate in theology from England's Durham University, Robertson assisted at Durham Cathedral from 1996 to 1999.
He was rector of St. Stephen's Church, Milledgeville, Georgia, from 1999 to 2004. While there he was on the faculty of Georgia College and State University, teaching courses in communication and ethics. He was priest-in-charge of St. John's Church, Melbourne, Florida, from 1993 to 1996.
As canon to the ordinary based in Phoenix, Robertson has assisted Arizona Bishop Kirk Smith and focused on areas of new church plants, growth initiatives, and fundraising.
He has served on national boards for the Alliance for Christian Media and the Episcopal Network for Stewardship, and in 2001 co-founded Film Clips Inc., a "creative synergy between education and entertainment."
A native of El Paso, Robertson has been married for 16 years to Debbie, and they have three children, David, Jonathan, and Abigail.
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Joshua Rodriguez-Hobbs
ECF Fellow
Josh serves as the Episcopal Chaplain to the Johns Hopkins Hospital, a shared ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland and the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Before going to seminary, Josh was encouraged by his bishop to take a gap year. During this year, Josh worked as a Chaplain Resident in Covenant Health System’s Clinical Pastoral Education program in Lubbock, TX, where he discovered his love of chaplaincy. Josh’s call to ministry is rooted in this experience of lay chaplaincy. Today, Josh provides sacramental ministry to Episcopal patients through the Johns Hopkins Hospital as well as serving as the unit chaplain to two inpatient psychiatric units and as a Certified Educator Candidate in the hospital’s Clinical Pastoral Education Program. Josh is also active in the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center’s Healthy Community Partnership Program (HCP), which provides local clergy and lay leaders to provide medical advocacy and spiritual care to members of their faith communities. Josh’s project will support the HCP by providing training and grants to five local Episcopal parishes to begin or expand a public health ministry. Josh is a graduate of Yale Divinity School and Berkeley Divinity School, the Episcopal Seminary at Yale, and has previously served as a parish priest and a hospice chaplain.
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Donald Romanik
President, ECF
Donald has been President of ECF since 2005. Formerly, he has served as an attorney in both government and private practice and has been active in civic, charitable and religious organizations.
While at ECF, Mr. Romanik has stabilized its infrastructure, led a comprehensive strategic planning process, and developed partnerships and collaborations throughout the Church He is a proponent of lay leadership and the ministry of all the baptized. His book, Beyond the Baptismal Covenant: Transformational Lay Leadership for the Episcopal Church in the 21st Century, advocates for a new type of entrepreneurial priest and effective clergy+lay partnerships
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Vivian de los Santos
Associate Director, Afterschool - on - South
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Van Sheets
Van Sheets is the author of Rector Transitions: A Handbook for Episcopal Lay Leaders, the only book about Episcopal parish transitions written from a lay leader’s perspective.
He has served Saint Michael and All Angels Church-Dallas, Texas, as senior warden, treasurer, foundation trustee, and co-chair of its Rector Search and Transition Committee during 2015-16; St. Stephen’s Church-Belvedere, California, in numerous roles including senior warden; and Trinity Church-New Orleans, Louisiana, in numerous roles including foundation trustee.
Van was CEO and/or chairman of companies in six industries, and has been an adviser or board member in about 20 industries. He has been a volunteer or board member for numerous social enterprises, particularly in education and economic development. He now serves as Executive Director of Educational First Steps, a nonprofit that partners with over 100 child care centers to bring high quality social-emotional development and early learning to over Texas 6,500 children from low income families. His professional profile is available at http://www.linkedin.com/in/vansheets.
He was educated in North Carolina public schools and earned his AB from Duke and his MBA from Harvard. Van and his wife Brenda met at Saint Michael and All Angels Church-Dallas. They have been married 31 years and have three daughters.
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Andrew Sheranian
Since 2010, Andrew Sheranian has been Organist and Master of Choristers at the Parish of All Saints, Ashmont in Boston, an Anglo-Catholic church known for its commitment to excellence in liturgy and music. His duties at Ashmont include recruiting, training, and conducting the Choir of Men and Boys, as well as playing the parish’s two pipe organs: C.B. Fisk Opus 103 of 1995 and Skinner Opus 708 of 1929, the latter installed in 2015 during Mr. Sheranian’s tenure.
Prior to Ashmont, Mr. Sheranian served seven years as Organist and Choirmaster at Christ’s Church in Rye, New York, working with a large semi-professional choir of adults, teens, boys, and girls. Before that, Mr. Sheranian was enrolled at Yale University through the Institute of Sacred Music, where he completed his Master of Music degree. While at Yale, Mr. Sheranian was the Fellow in Church Music at Christ Church New Haven, working alongside Martin Jean and Robert Lehman. His undergraduate training was completed at the New England Conservatory of Music, under the tutelage of William Porter. As a student in Boston, Mr. Sheranian worked with Michael Kleinschmidt as Assistant Organist at All Saints, Ashmont.
As a recitalist, Mr. Sheranian has given recitals at Boston’s Old West and Old South Churches, Christ Church in Cambridge, Busch Hall at Harvard University, Methuen Memorial Music Hall, St. Mary the Virgin and St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York City, and the Cathedral of the Madeleine and on Temple Square in Salt Lake City. In February of 2006, Mr. Sheranian undertook a concert tour of Japan, playing recitals at Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and Minato Mirai Hall in Yokohama. In 2017, he was granted a four-month sabbatical from his post at Ashmont, part of which was spent observing collegiate and cathedral choirs in England and Germany. A lifelong disciple of Johann Sebastian Bach, Mr. Sheranian is also the founding director of The Bach Project, a baroque ensemble of instrumentalists and singers aiming to perform the full spectrum of Bach’s music in performances at All Saints’ Ashmont.
Mr. Sheranian is a member of the Association of Anglican Musicians, and has served as a Regional Chair of that organization. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Royal School of Church Music in America.
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Casey Shobe
Rector and Dean, Church of the Transfiguration
Casey became the fourth rector of Transfiguration in October 2014 after having served churches in Rhode Island and Houston. He is married to Melody Shobe, also an Episcopal priest, and they have two daughters, Isabelle and Adelaide. Casey grew up in Temple, Texas, and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin. His Master of Divinity was earned at Virginia Theological Seminary and his Doctor of Ministry at the School of Theology at the University of the South (Sewanee). He loves playing golf, road cycling, hiking, brewing beer, and working in his yard.
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Jay Sidebotham
Director, RenewalWorks
The Rev. Jay Sidebotham is the Director of RenewalWorks. He also now serves as associate rector at St. James’ Parish in Wilmington, NC. Sidebotham comes to this work out of his experience as rector of Church of the Holy Spirit in Lake Forest, IL, where he led the congregation through a period of sustained focus on spiritual growth and renewal. Before coming to Church of the Holy Spirit, he served at St. Bart’s, New York City; St. Columba’s, Washington, DC; St. Luke’s, Durham, NC; and St. Martin’s, Providence, RI. He is well known for his cartoons about church life and his animation work on the television series Schoolhouse Rock!
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Chris Sikkema
Christopher serves as the Manager for Special Projects in the Episcopal Church Office of Communication. His portfolio includes Sermons That Work, social media for the Presiding Bishop’s Office, and the Episcopal Asset Map. He is currently based from Rochester, MN. He earned a B.A. in Political Science and Religion from Hope College in Holland, Mich., and a Masters in Theology, focusing on the history of religion in America, from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. Before serving in this role, he served with Jubilee Ministries of The Episcopal
Church, taught elementary school, and studied the history of Appalachian serpent handling and the Catholic Movement in the 19th century Episcopal Church.
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J. David Simpson
Chief Operations Officer, Christ Church Cathedral
David Simpson is the Chief Operating Officer of Christ Church Cathedral in Houston, responsible for operations, facilities, insurance, HR, budget development, and general management. A native Houstonian, David grew up at the Cathedral where he has been a member for over 60 years. Prior to joining the Cathedral staff, David had a broad-based career in management consulting and finance spanning work on every continent as a global partner with one of the largest international accounting and management consulting firms. David graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with both a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master of Business Administration, and has served on numerous non-profit boards.
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Melissa Spas
Melissa Spas is the Managing Director of Education and Engagement for the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving. She joined the staff of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in 2016, having spent two years developing new initiatives and strategic partnerships for Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs in Bloomington. From 2007-2013, Melissa worked for Leadership Education at Duke Divinity, where she contributed to the development, design, and delivery of strategic leadership programs and resources for Christian institutions. A native of Chautauqua, New York, Melissa is a graduate of Allegheny College and Harvard Divinity School, and she is an active lay person in the United Methodist Church.
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Will Stanley
The Rev. William Smyth Stanley serves as Associate Rector of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills, California. Will came to All Saints’ in July 2018, after serving on the clergy staffs of St. Cross, Hermosa Beach, Calif. and Holy Innocents’, Atlanta, Ga. Will’s work at All Saints’ focuses on pastoral oversight of pastoral care and adult formation, and he presides, preaches, and teaches as a member of the clergy staff.
A native of Washington, DC, Will graduated with honors from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee in 2012. After college, Will attended seminary at Yale Divinity School, together with its Episcopal component, Berkeley Divinity School. While at Yale, Will was also a student of the Institute of Sacred Music, an interdisciplinary graduate center that draws a diverse group of students and faculty from the Divinity School and School of Music. A 2004 graduate of the American Boychoir School in Princeton, New Jersey, Will’s life and sense of vocation are rooted in his formation as a musician.
Will grew up at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church in Washington where he began to discern a call to the priesthood at a young age. This discernment continued during his time in Sewanee as he went through the ordination process in the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, sponsored through All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Midtown.
Will was ordained to the diaconate (December 20, 2014) and priesthood (June 209, 2015) by the Rt. Rev. Robert C. Wright, Bishop of Atlanta, at the Cathedral of St. Philip.
In his spare time, he enjoys yoga, golf, exercise, and spending time with friends.
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Fred Stanley
Associate for Administration, Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea
Until coming to Palm Beach in 2013, Fred Staley was a lifelong resident of East Tennessee. Having grown up in Knoxville, he spent four years at King College in Bristol, TN, where he received a B.A. in History/Political Science with a minor in business. He later earned an MBA with an emphasis in Management from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN.
After marrying his college sweetheart, they returned to Knoxville where Fred spent twenty years in management in the construction and manufacturing industries. He gained experience in many business disciplines including human resource management, risk management, customer service, and others. He also spent time on the National Safety Council of the American Bus Association. At this point, Fred felt a call to apply his experiences in business toward furthering God’s kingdom. In 2006 he left secular business and took on the position of Business Administrator for Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church. Fred is an active member of the National Association of Church Business Administrators and served a term as President of the local chapter.
Fred is a huge baseball fan, especially the Philadelphia Phillies. He enjoys team sports such as softball and volleyball and looks forward to trying to translate his indoor skills to a sand volleyball court. His wife, Debbie, is an award winning author and teaches creative writing. She has a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Goddard College. You can find her published works using her full name Deborah Grace Staley. Their son, Ethan, is a graduate of Maryville College in Maryville, TN, where he earned a varsity letter in baseball in addition to a B.A. in History. Ethan also holds Master’s Degree in Sports Management from East Tennessee State University.
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Judy Stark
Judy Stark consults with Episcopal dioceses as they prepare to elect new bishops; she is currently involved in her 16th search. She also works with parishes as they seek new clergy leadership. She is the immediate past chair of the Board for Transition Ministry. Her work in the church follows a long career as a newspaper journalist. Judy is a member of the Cathedral Church of St. Peter in St. Petersburg, FL, and is active in the Diocese of Southwest Florida.
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Liz Steinhauser
Director of Youth Programs, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Boston
The Reverend Liz Steinhauser joined St. Stephen's staff as the Director of Youth Programs in August 2003. She brings over 30 years of professional training and experience as a youth worker and community organizer to the position. As Lead Organizer of the Boston Youth Organizing Project, Liz developed the leadership of over 750 youth. Together, they won $1 million for additional textbooks in high school classrooms, new procedures for cleaner bathrooms in the schools, and longer hours of free public transportation for students. She also did labor organizing with the Service Employees International Union in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, building a union of school support workers and in Boston, Massachusetts mobilizing community support for janitors.
Trained by Dr. Marshall Ganz, as well as the Industrial Areas Foundation, Liz has taught community organizing to graduate students at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, undergraduates at Stonehill College, and high schoolers in various organizations throughout Massachusetts. Following the tragic shooting death of a St. Stephen’s teen in September 2012, Liz helped convene teens, young adults, and others to take leadership in the B-PEACE for Jorge Campaign, a diocese-wide effort to address the root causes of violence.
Liberation theology developed her commitment to social justice. Girl Scouts built her arts and crafts skills and her repertoire of goofy songs. She is a graduate of Colgate University and Harvard Divinity School and is an ordained priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. She lives in Boston with her modern family.
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Nathan Stelter
The Stelter Company
Nathan Stelter is vice president for The Stelter Company, a leading source for gift planning marketing solutions for the nonprofit community. The Stelter Company, which was founded in 1962, currently partners with more than 1,700 organizations nationally with a staff of over 100 individuals.

While Nathan wears many hats at Stelter, his primary concentration and passion is overseeing Stelter's consulting and marketing teams and using his expertise to develop distinct marketing solutions that engage donors and provide results.

Nathan’s expertise places him in high demand as a lecturer at national and regional industry meetings on gift planning marketing trends and cutting-edge donor and fundraising research. He’s been quoted in Planned Giving Today, Advancing Philanthropy and other trade publications. Nathan has recently accepted a nomination to join the board for the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners, he’s a past board member of the National Capital Gift Planning Council (Washington, DC) and a current member of the Mid-Iowa Planned Giving Council.
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Ray Suarez
Veteran journalist Ray Suarez was most recently the host of Al Jazeera America’s daily news program, Inside Story. The program covered a wide array of national and international news stories, from the rise of Donald Trump to long-term unemployment to the Russian seizure of the Crimean peninsula to the arrival of the zika virus on US soil.
Before coming to AJAM, Suarez spent 14 years as a correspondent and anchor at public television’s nightly newscast, The PBS NewsHour where he rose to become chief national correspondent. During his years at The NewsHour, Suarez covered the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington, four presidential elections, broadcast from the floor of seven party political conventions, moderated two presidential primary candidates’ debates, reported from the devastating Haitian earthquake, the 2006 Mexico elections, the H1N1 virus pandemic in Mexico, and on the explosion of tuberculosis/HIV co-infection in South Africa among hundreds of other stories.
Before arriving at The NewsHour Suarez was the Washington-based host of NPR’s Talk of the Nation for six-and-a-half years. During Suarez’ time as host, the program’s carriage more than doubled to more than 150 radio stations, and the audience more than tripled in size to two-and-a-half million. The New York Times called Suarez the “thinking man’s talk show host,” and “a national resource.” The magazine Utne Reader called him a “visionary.” Talk of the Nation made history, broadcasting live coast to coast across South Africa and across the United States, connecting these two audiences to talk about the post-apartheid future during the first elections after liberation. During Northern Ireland’s first Christmas in peace after decades of The Troubles, Talk of the Nation became the first radio program ever simulcast over Ireland’s RTE, Britain’s BBC, and NPR in the United States.
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Jeremy Tackett
For more than 10 years, Jeremy’s professional work and personal creative ambitions have centered around finding “what’s next” for sharing the message and mission of the Church. In his role as the Senior Manager for Creative Services for the Episcopal Church, Jeremy leads the Church’s efforts to strategize for the building of relationships, creating community, and fostering an aspirational online social presence by managing and implementing the Episcopal Church’s growing digital evangelism ministry. A member of the Office of Communications, his position reports to the Presiding Bishop’s Canon for Ministry Within the Episcopal Church. Prior to joining the Presiding Bishop’s staff, Jeremy served as the Director of Communications at Christ Episcopal Church in Raleigh, N.C. A native Kentuckian and University of Kentucky graduate, he currently resides in and works from Lexington, Kentucky.
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Erika Takacs
Church of the Atonement
The Rev’d Erika L. Takacs was elected as the eleventh rector of the Church of the Atonement in April of 2018. Before coming to Atonement, Mtr. Takacs served as the Associate Rector at Saint Mark’s Church, Philadelphia, where she played an integral role in the formation of programs to welcome families and children to the parish, including the celebrated Saint Mark’s Boys and Girls Choir. She also served at Christ Church, Alexandria, first as a clergy resident in the Foundations for Spiritual Leadership program and then as the Associate Rector for Faith Formation and Evangelism.
Mtr. Takacs is a 2007 graduate of the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. Before attending seminary, she was a high school and middle school chorus teacher in New Hope, Pennsylvania. She has also enjoyed a career as a singer specializing in early music. She holds degrees from West Chester University of Pennsylvania (1995) and Westminster Choir College (1998).

Mtr. Takacs is a member of the Association of Anglican Musicians and is a founding member of the Society of Catholic Priests in North America, an organization for which she previously served as the national Convener. She is a regular speaker at national conferences on music and liturgy, including the Sewanee Church Music Conference, the Mississippi Conference on Music and Liturgy, and national and regional AAM conferences. Mtr. Takacs has been happily married to her husband, Daniel Shapiro, since 2015. Outside of her work and her family, her three great loves are the music of J.S. Bach, reading (of all kinds), and baseball.
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Cynthia Taylor
The Reverend Dr. Cynthia (Cindy) Taylor has served in a variety of churches from Florence (S.C.) to Paris (France) to Augusta, Georgia. In 1999 she was asked by the Diocese of Georgia to start a new Episcopal Church in Columbia County. That church became Holy Comforter and has been her passion in ministry ever since.
Cindy is especially interested in the areas of Christian Formation, Pastoral Care and Preaching. She often serves as a guest preacher, teacher and retreat leader. Cindy has a Master of Divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from the University of the South's School of Theology. In her spare time, she likes to work with her corgis and makes therapy dog visits.
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Alan Taylor
St. James, Chicago
Alan Taylor communicates the good news of St. James Cathedral and the Good News of Jesus Christ. His primary functions are electronic and print communications, social media, and print production. Alan has certificates in practical internet marketing, business writing, social media strategy, and building effective marketing plans. He has been a member of the cathedral and its choir since 2011 and has served as a member of the Cathedral Chapter and co-chair of the Stewardship Committee. He is a member of the Episcopal Communicators.
He is a graduate in voice performance from Samford University (B.M.) and Northwestern University (M.M.) and a member of both the Chicago Symphony Chorus and Grant Park Chorus.
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Andrew Thompson
Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics and Director of the Non-Degree Theological Studies Program, School of Theology, The University of the South
Dr. Andrew Thompson is the visiting assistant professor of theological ethics and director of the Non-Degree Theological Studies Program at the School of Theology. Thompson earned his Ph.D. in Religion from Yale University, and his M.A.R. from Yale Divinity School. He also holds a B.A. in Music Performance from Duquesne University. Prior to coming to Sewanee, he served as an Episcopal missionary in El Salvador, where, with his wife, the Rev. Leigh Preston, he helped establish a school and rural mission. His work at Sewanee also builds on his experience with international development and community supported agriculture.
Thompson’s research focuses on environmental and social ethics and the work of ethicist H. Richard Niebuhr. His first book, All My Holy Mountain: A Christian Ethical Response to Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining, was published in the fall of 2015 by University Press of Kentucky. He has also written on mission and on religion and place, and has taught ethics, philosophy, and world religions.
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Danielle Tummunio
Assistant professor of Pastoral Theology, Seminary of the Southwest
Danielle Tumminio is Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology and serves as Director of Field Education. Prior arriving at Seminary of the Southwest, she was a lecturer at Yale and Tufts Universities, in addition to serving as chaplain at Groton School and as a parish priest in Lexington, Lincoln, and Quincy, Massachusetts. She is the author of God and Harry Potter at Yale (Unlocking Press, 2010)—which discusses the intersection of Christian theology with the Harry Potter series—and Expecting Jesus (Morehouse, 2014), a series of Advent daily reflections. She is also the co-editor of When Two or Three Are Gathered, an anthology of spiritual vignettes composed by a diversity of individuals throughout The Episcopal Church. In addition to her books, Dr. Tumminio has written extensively for publications including Huffington Post and The Guardian about the intersection of popular culture and faith. She is also a member of the Yale Divinity School Alumni Board and serves the national Church as a member of the Board of Examining Chaplains.
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Javier Viera
Dean, Drew Theological Seminary
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Merrill Whatley
Founder and President, Membership Vision
Merrill believes digital communication is a priority for churches, that an authentic and natural online presence can build and strengthen relationships. He has been a communications consultant to multiple Episcopal congregations since the year 2000, and what he has learned and witnessed over the years has informed his aims with Membership Vision: to create something simple and sustainable for churches that encourages connection, and for churches to be able to tell their story in such a way that others feel invited to take part in the telling -- in short, freeing clergy and staff to perform their mission. He runs operations in Ventura and enjoys both web and actual surfing.
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Peter Wild
Executive Director
Peter Wild is a consumer packaged goods marketing and advertising professional working in the nonprofit sector.
Peter came to work in nonprofit in 2000 with Trinity Wall Street to lead the newly launched national magazine Spirituality & Health which grew to an award winning, advertised supported, bi-monthly thought leader in the field. Through growth, leadership changes, and the 2008 recession, Peter counts the survival of the magazine under the present owners to his success. In addition he co-led the production of three national conferences while at Trinity for clergy leaders at the Kanuga Conference Center with keynote speakers to include Archbishops The Most Reverend Tutu and The Most Reverend Carey.
Peter’s most recent projects have been with two New England nonprofit organizations as Executive Director. Lyme Research Alliance of Greenwich, CT; and more recently The Hull Lifesaving Museum on Boston’s South Shore. Among his successes in these roles Peter is most proud of that revenues doubled during his tenure as Executive Director of Lyme Research Alliance, creating the momentum for a merger of equals to form Global Lyme Alliance, now the largest not-for-profit organization supporting Lyme disease scientific research. At Hull, the expanded Hull Harbor Illumination Festival is symbolic of Peter’s impact on elevating the visibility and donor appeal of the institution and its viability as a vehicle for corporate sponsorship.
A native of the U.K., Peter now lives in Connecticut with his wife Kay. While humbly learning the ropes as a new grandfather, his spare time activities include writing his memorable moments as an offshore sailor, marathoner, therapy-dog owner and beekeeper.
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Richard Webster
Richard Webster -- composer, church musician, conductor and organist -- is Director of Music and Organist at Trinity Church, Copley Square, Boston. As a composer and arranger he completes several commissioned works a year. His hymn arrangements for brass, percussion, organ and congregation are heard across the world, including the CBC's Christmas and Easter broadcasts, BBC's "Songs of Praise,” at a hymn festival in Sweden’s Lund Cathedral, in an Australian celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and on a recording of hymns from Taiwan.
At Trinity, Boston, where he cofounded the Trinity Choristers, he has led the choirs on 3 tours of England, with residencies at Westminster Abbey, Ely, Lincoln, Chichester, Winchester and St. Paul’s Cathedrals. Richard is Music Director of Chicago's Bach Week Festival, featuring some of the nation's most acclaimed musicians. Sought after as a choral clinician, he has led choir courses and workshops across the U.S., South Africa and New Zealand. He is an honorary Fellow of the Royal School of Church Music (FRSCM), and in 2016 was awarded the Doctor of Music degree, honoris causa, from the University of the South at Sewanee.
Richard has performed and recorded as organist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in works from the Saint-Saens Organ Symphony to Ives’ Fourth Symphony. He is the Organist and Choirmaster Emeritus of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Evanston, Illinois, where, from 1974 to 2003 he directed the Choir of Men and Boys, the Girls Choir, Schola and the St. Luke’s Singers in a program widely respected and emulated. The restoration of the celebrated 1922 Ernest M. Skinner organ, Opus 327 at St. Luke’s was accomplished under his leadership.
A native of Nashville, Mr. Webster studied organ with the late Peter Fyfe, Karel Paukert and Wolfgang Rübsam. He was a Fulbright Scholar to Great Britain, as Organ Scholar at Chichester Cathedral under the late John Birch.
Webster's works are published by Augsburg Fortress, Church Music Society, Church Publishing, Selah and Advent Press. His articles on church music have appeared in The American Organist, The Diapason, Chicago Tribune, The Living Church, Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians, the Choral Journal of the ACDA and the Windy City Times. He was a contributing author to Leading the Church’s Song, published by Augsburg.
Richard loves running, and has completed 34 marathons, including 15 Boston Marathons.​
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Sam Wells
Vicar, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Innovation in the Church of England
Join the Rev. Dr. Sam Wells, Vicar of St. Martin-in-the-Fields London for an insighful conversation about innovative ministy in the Church of England. Learn what our brothers and sisters across the pond are doing to renew and revitalize ministry and expand the Gospel work.
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Kent Woodyard
Director of Business Development, Pushpay
Alan Yarborough
Communications Coordinator and Office Manager, The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations
Alan Yarborough is the Communications Coordinator and Office Manager for The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations. He is primarily responsible for the maintenance and growth of the Episcopal Public Policy Network and the resources aimed at educating, equipping and engaging the church in policy advocacy. Prior to this, he lived and worked in Haiti with the Young Adult Service Corps, spending two years in Cange working in economic development and communication and one year in Cap-Haitien with the St. Barnabas Agriculture Center as a project manager for their revitalization program. He holds a BS in economics from Clemson University in South Carolina.
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Chris Yaw
Chris Yaw is an Episcopal priest and founder of churchnext.tv, which produces online learning resources. A life-long Metro Detroiter, he is the rector of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Southfield, MI and is interested in exploring the interaction between online learning and face-to-face dialog to enhance the process of disciple-making, including its relation to leadership. He is interested in helping congregations become more vital sources of knowledge and learning hubs for their communities.
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Noelle York-Simmons
Rector, Christ Church
The Reverend Doctor Noelle M. York-Simmons is the 28th rector of Christ Church, joining the Christ Church community in September of 2016. Originally from Atlanta, she received her Bachelor of Arts from Emory University, Master of Divinity from the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University, and Doctor of Ministry from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Prior to moving to Alexandria, Noelle served churches in Atlanta and Nashville. She has served as convocational dean in the Diocese of Atlanta, as well as on diocesan committees and task forces exploring the full life of Christian formation from infancy to adulthood. She is a committed lifelong learner and a passionate pilgrim, both gifts she is excited to share with Christians and seekers of all stripes. In addition to a passion for Christian formation, Noelle is a student of homiletics, having published articles in preaching guides and commentaries over the last decade. Her most recent project is a doctoral thesis on preaching controversial topics, that was presented and accepted at Emory University in May of 2017. Noelle and her husband Kevin, a college professor in Religion and Ethics, have two children, two dogs, and two guinea pigs. They are enjoying exploring Alexandria and the greater DC area.
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