Rev. Patricia de Jong an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, has served as Senior Minister at the First Congregational Church of Berkeley and the Urbandale United Church of Christ in Des Moines, Iowa. She also served as the Minister of Education for Christian Discipleship at The Riverside Church in New York City. Patricia’s roots in social justice began as a campus minister, serving on university campuses in Michigan, Oregon and California. She currently teaches at the Omega Institute, Esalen Institute and the Theater School in Sonoma, California. Rev. de Jong is Chair of the Board of Directors.
Katy Keck's career is in the culinary field, with an emphasis on hunger and the effect of poverty on food security. Her strong skill sets lie in the areas of board governance, fundraising and partnership development. She spent nearly a decade intimately involved in the launch of the organization Infinite Family, an international non-profit which uses video technology to connect adult mentors with South African teens affected by HIV/AIDS. She received her BA in Liberal Arts at DePauw University and served on its Alumni Board. Katy obtained her MBA in Finance & Marketing from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She is a two-time Daytime Emmy Awards honoree and ordained Deacon at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church. She is First Vice Chair of the CWS Board.
Laura Roberts is co-founder and chief executive officer of Pantheon Enterprises, which was honored with Ethisphere’s 2012 World’s Most Ethical Companies Award. She also serves on the Conscious Capitalism National Board of Directors, promoting higher purpose in business, and is a member of the American Sustainable Business Council and the Young President’s Organization (YPO). Roberts is Secretary of the CWS Board.
Paul Chan is an M.D. (Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Cardiology) living in Kansas City. He has raised significant funds for CWS through fundraising walks in the Grand Canyon. He has served on the board of a Guatemalan development organization, and is the founder and has been director of Community Impact, an umbrella organization at Johns Hopkins Medical School for initiatives in inner city Baltimore. Dr. Chan was named one of "50 Missourians You Should Know 2018" by Ingram's. He is the Treasurer of the CWS Board.
Phil Atkins-Pattenson is of counsel at the international law firm Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton (host of the January 2019 CWS Board meeting). For the past 25 years, he has been a partner in the Business Trial Practice Group, handling complex business trials, arbitrations and appeals in state and federal courts. He is the former co-managing partner of the firm’s San Francisco office.
Throughout his 37-year career, Mr. Atkins-Pattenson also maintained an active pro bono practice. In 2007, he was recognized as a California Attorney of the Year and as Sheppard Mullin’s Pro Bono Attorney of the Year for his work as lead outside counsel in a successful 20-year federal court litigation for NRDC that resulted in a comprehensive settlement to restore California’s San Joaquin River and its historic salmon populations. Mr. Atkins-Pattenson has been an active member of First Church Berkeley (United Church of Christ), where he has served on various ministry teams. He joined the board of IMA World Health in November 2017. Mr. Atkins-Pattenson holds an A.B. from Stanford University, a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School, and a Doctor of Law from University of San Francisco School of Law.
Rev. Chris Dorsey currently serves as President of Higher Education & Leadership Ministries for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), based in Indianapolis, IN. An ordained Disciples minister, Dorsey received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas at Austin and earned a Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. He is a Ph.D. candidate at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago.
Rev. Dorsey has taught at a variety of academic and theological institutions and previously served as a local church pastor, university chaplain at Clark Atlanta University, and as the vice president of development and marketing at Chicago Theological Seminary. Previously, he served as assistant professor of theology and preaching at Western Theological Seminary, where he taught classes on Preaching Foundations; Race, Culture, and Reconciliation; Theologizing Violence; and the Theologies of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Rev. Dorsey currently leads a ministry that works with higher education and leadership development programs. Part of his work with young adults includes helping young people connect with opportunities to give and to serve the common good. He is particularly interested in how to better connect young people with the mission and work of CWS. Rev. Dorsey believes that CWS helps to gather resources from across the ecumenical church and distribute them to communities where it is most needed.
Martin Ferenczi has successfully served as CEO in various companies, assisting them in moving forward on a solid financial footing. Currently, he serves as Principal of Martin Ferenczi LLC, advising private equity firms and start-ups in the payments, authentication, and identity spaces. His career in fraud deterrent includes start-up clients, those with award winning platforms for enhanced due-diligence and crime prevention, and a no-battery, dynamic credit card verification to reduce card-not-present fraud. Martin Ferenczi LLC is also an independent contractor to Oliver Wyman, a leading global management consulting firm.
Mr. Ferenczi graduated from Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management and earned a PMD from Harvard Business School. He has appeared on Bloomberg and on CNBC, among media outlets. Mr. Ferenczi holds both British and American passports, and is multilingual speaking English, French, Italian and German fluently. He is based in Washington, DC.
Dr. Elizabeth Ferris is a Research Professor at Georgetown University in the Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM) and a non-resident senior fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution. She served for nine years as a Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the Brookings Project on Internal Displacement. She has extensive professional background in the areas of refugees and migration specifically, and justice and peace more generally. Dr. Ferris notes that she believes “in ecumenism and in the power of churches to bring about change in our troubled world.” Dr. Ferris spent 20 years working in the field of international humanitarian response, most recently in Geneva, Switzerland at the World Council of Churches. She was an earlier Director of the Church World Service Immigration and Refugee Program in New York. Dr. Ferris is a Quaker (Friends General Conference) and has attended a United Church of Christ congregation for the last ten years.
Caroline S. Gesami is Senior Legal Researcher in the Judiciary of Kenya (Court of Appeal) by appointment of the Judicial Service Commission. She graduated from the University of Sussex (U.K.) with a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and received her Post-Graduate Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law, and a Masters in Oil & Gas Law (LL.M) from the University of Aberdeen (U.K.). She is fluent in English and Swahili with a working knowledge of French and Spanish. She is a member of the Young Lawyer’s Committee of the Law Society of Kenya and the International Federation of Women Lawyers-Kenyan Chapter. Caroline brings long-term fundraising strategies; strategic networks; and ability to advise on regulatory compliance matters. Her religious background is as a Catholic.
Beth Houle has nearly 25 years experience building nonprofits dedicated to community development, microfinance, women’s issues, youth development and civic engagement. Prior to serving as Executive Director with the Taproot Foundation, she served for 13 years with Opportunity International. She has an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. As a Ford Foundation fellow, Beth lived in India researching the social impact of U.S.-based companies. She is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Nobi Kaneko is the Founder and President of Kaneko and Associates, an executive search/leadership consulting firm since 1988, with locations in Tokyo and Newport Beach, CA. The firm specializes in executive search and leadership consulting in the areas of professional services, insurance/banking, consumer goods and high technology sectors. Previously, he served as Senior Minister at First Christian Church, Tucson, AZ and Foothill Christian Church, La Crenscenta, CA. Mr. Kaneko earned a Master of Divinity from Texas Christian University and did additional studies at San Francisco Theological Seminary and University of Cambridge. Since transitioning to the corporate world, he has become an advocate for inclusivity and diversity. He holds an expansive and ecumenical view of the Church and represents a bridge between the faith-based community and the business world. He is currently a Global Board Member and Asia Chair of the Association of Executive Search Consultants and Leadership Consulting (AESC). He is also a member of 30% Club/Japan, a global campaign to increase gender diversity at board and senior management levels.
Rev. Vy Nguyen is Executive Director at Week of Compassion with the Disciples of Christ (Christian Church). He places special emphasis on connecting younger generations to the faith-based humanitarian and development work. Vy formerly served as a CWS staff member in the fundraising office based in Northern California. A former refugee himself, he has volunteered at various refugee organizations in Chicago & Dallas and has served on both his Church’s National & Executive Boards.
His Eminence, Metropolitan Zachariah Mar Nicholovos, is the ruling Metropolitan of the Northeast American Diocese of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church. His Eminence currently serves as a Central Committee and Executive Committee member of the World Council of Churches, Governing Board member of the National Council of Churches in the United States, and as a member of the Board of Trustees for St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, New York. Most recently His Eminence was appointed by the Malankara Church to serve as the President of the Department of Ecumenical Relations.
Harriett Jane Olson has served as chief executive officer of the United Methodist Women’s national administrative and policymaking arm since 2007. United Methodist Women is a nearly 800,000-member organization within the United Methodist Church in the United States. United Methodist Women members give approximately $15 million a year for work with women, children, and youth in the United States and around the world. UMW operates the Church Center for the United Nations in New York City, a retirement home for deaconesses and missionaries in North Carolina, a publication and distribution network, and a series of mission education and leadership development events annually. Through these events and their connections around the world, UMW staff and members are inspired, prepared, encouraged, and celebrated for their direct service and advocacy for justice.
A Harvard Law School graduate, Ms. Olson practiced real estate and environmental law (1983-96) at a N.J. law firm that is now part of Day Pitney before working for the church full-time. From 1996-2007, Ms. Olson was senior vice-president for publishing, editor for church school publications and United Methodist Church book editor at the United Methodist Publishing House in Nashville, TN. Ms. Olson has a bachelor's degree from Houghton College in Houghton, NY, where she serves on the Board of Trustees. Ms. Olson previously served on the CWS Board when the Board was still a representative board. Ms. Olson is based in New York City.
Dr. Shirley Cason Reed currently serves as International President of the Women’s Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She is a member of the Tullie Quinn Missionary Society of Ward AME Church in Washington, D.C. She has served the Women’s Missionary Society for more than 34 years, as Connectional Recording Secretary, Connectional Chair of Membership & Recruitment, Connectional Chair of Special Missions, and President of local societies.
Rick Santos is the CWS President and CEO as of 2021. He was most recently the President and CEO of IMA World Health from 2009 to the end of 2018, where he led several strategic pivots that well-positioned the agency for the future.
Mr. Santos has a decade of field experience in Asia and has spent 23 years working for and with faith-based organizations, including - earlier in his career - more than a decade with Church World Service. His developmental approach includes building and prioritizing robust local and regional partnerships—communities, organizations, and networks—which he believes are the key ingredients to successful and sustainable development work. Rick has significant experience overseeing and managing projects and organizations in the health, livelihoods, and nutrition sectors. He began his time with Church World Service as a Program Officer in Vietnam, rising through the ranks to eventually serve as Coordinator of Strategic Planning and Evaluation. Prior to joining IMA World Health, Rick also served as Director of Communication and Advocacy at International Relief and Development (IRD).
Mr. Santos holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Johns Hopkins University’s Carey Business School, a Masters of Theological Studies degree from Harvard Divinity School, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from George Washington University.
Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia Thompson was recently appointed to the position of Associate General Minister of Global Engagement and Co-Executive of Global Ministries, the common overseas ministry of the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Rev. Thompson has been working in the national setting for ten years, first as Minister of Racial Justice before assuming the role of Minister for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations. She believes both of these positions have provided her a foundation and skill sets that will be necessary in the role as AGM for Global Engagement.
Thompson has shared her skills and gifts in a variety of settings nationally and internationally. Her ministry is informed by her passion for racial justice. A strong proponent of human rights, she currently provides leadership for the joint United Church of Canada and United Church of Christ committee working on the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent. Before joining the National Staff, Thompson served in the Florida Conference United Church of Christ as a pastor, and on the Conference staff. She has extensive experience in nonprofit management, having served in leadership in nonprofit organizations and in academia.
Thompson earned a Bachelor of Arts from Brooklyn College in New York, a Master of Public Administration from North Carolina Central University in Durham, and a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York. She earned her Doctorate of Ministry at Seattle University.
Rev. Dr. David Vásquez-Levy is the President of the Pacific School of Religion. Vásquez-Levy is the first Lutheran and the first Latino to lead the seminary; at age 45, he is one of the youngest to do so. The new president’s most recent position was as part of a co-equal team of campus pastors at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, where he led a dynamic ministry on campus as well as the school’s many connections with congregations and communities. He describes himself as an activist, a changemaker, and a citizen of the world.
His story begins in Central America and extends to Canada and Germany prior to his ordained ministry in the American Midwest. Born in Guatemala City in 1969, Vásquez-Levy’s surname follows common practice in Spanish-speaking cultures of using two last names—the first from his Christian father, the second from his Jewish mother. Ana Mireya Levy de Vásquez’ family migrated to Central America from Alsace-Lorraine in a displacement of Jews that occurred around the time of the First World War.
Rev. Vásquez-Levy’s ability to put Global Migration into a theological framework will be of great value for CWS.