WILLIAM CANDELARIA | Chair
William A. Candelaria is a partner in DLA Piper, specializing in corporate transactions, private equity, and capital markets. He was previously a partner in Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, and Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP. In addition to his board service with Union Seminary, he is an active member of the Board of Directors of the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund, and he serves on the board of the Economic Development Corporation of the City of New York. He received his undergraduate and Master of Arts degrees from Stanford University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School where he served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Following law school, Mr. Candelaria served as a law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Los Angeles.
Religious Affiliation: Episcopalian
CLIFFORD HUDSON | Vice-Chair
Clifford Hudson spent 35 years of his career at Sonic Corp., an Oklahoma City-based, publicly-held company that owns, operates and franchises SONIC Drive-In restaurants. Most recently, he was chairman of the board and chief executive officer of this public company with more than 3,500 franchised and company-operated drive-in restaurants. He left the company upon its sale in December 2018.
Hudson graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in History, from which he also received in 2011 an honorary doctoral degree in humane letters. He holds a J.D. from Georgetown University, where he served as Chair of the Board of Visitors from 2013-2016. In 2014, Georgetown University awarded him the John Carroll Award, it highest alumni recognition.
Hudson served as chairman of the board of directors of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC), a presidential appointment, from 1994-2001. He served as chairman of the Oklahoma City School Board from 2001-2008, a position created in 2000 as part of a $530 million turnaround of a 40,000 student, inner-city Oklahoma City Public School system, for which he received the 2012 David T. Kearns Award for Excellence and Innovation in Education. He served as trustee of the Ford Foundation (New York) from 2006-2017 and is a past chair of the board of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Religious Affiliation: Presbyterian (PCUSA)
Caroline Laguerre-Brown is a seasoned lawyer and higher education executive with deep expertise in diversity, inclusion, and institutional compliance. She has an extensive background leading the design and implementation of policies, educational programs, and risk management activities for global organizations related to a broad range of anti-discrimination laws. Caroline specializes in sexual harassment policy, prevention and compliance management. She is an experienced facilitator/trainer on a wide variety of workplace discrimination and diversity training topics, including unconscious bias and anti-racism training. Ms. Laguerre-Brown engages university Board of Trustee members multiple times a year through board presentations on institutional diversity and compliance activities. Caroline also plays a central role helping senior leaders develop strategic communications to manage crises and mitigate reputational harm.
Caroline currently serves as the Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She oversees multiple departments serving 26,000 students including the Title IX/Sexual Assault Prevention office, the Multicultural Student Services Center, GW’s Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service, and the Office of Disability Support Services. She joined the GW Community in August of 2016 and has since led an external review and overhaul of the university’s sexual harassment/assault policy, established its first-ever required diversity & inclusion training program for incoming students, and implemented the university’s first bias incident reporting protocol. Caroline is a member of the University Leadership Council and regularly provides reports to trustees at key committee meetings, namely Audit and Compliance and Academic Affairs.
Prior to joining GW, Caroline served as the Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer at Johns Hopkins University where she developed their first university-wide sexual harassment prevention training initiative, spearheaded unconscious bias training for faculty search committees, launched a Race in America speaker series, and co-developed a comprehensive faculty diversity initiative.
Caroline currently serves as a charter committee member of the Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity, a multi-million-dollar fellowship program aimed at developing clinicians and researchers leading efforts to tackle health inequities. She is also an advisory board member for the George Washington University Online High School. In the past, she served on the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center Pediatric Oncology Advisory Board.
She is a graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton and the University of Virginia School of Law. Caroline is admitted to practice in New York, the District of Columbia, and Maryland. She is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys where she has repeatedly served as a panelist on compliance and diversity-related topics. She is also a member of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education.
Geoff Brown directs government relations activities for Pew’s domestic environmental campaigns, which have ranged from addressing the maintenance backlog in our national parks to promoting clean energy policies, and improving the ability of communities to cope with flooding and sea level rise. He also has been involved with several of Pew’s oceans and international campaigns. Geoff joined Pew in 2008. Previously, he was the legislative director for the National EnvironmentalTrust and spent 10 years working in the U.S. Senate on a range of environment, energy, and economic development issues.
Geoff holds a master’s degree in resource policy and behavior from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in American studies from Yale University.
CYNTHIA A. FIELDS
Cynthia A. (“Cindy”) Fields serves as the President of Cynthia Fields & Company (CFC). CFC has served clients such as The Disney Company, Boston Proper, and J. Crew. Cindy is also a Consultant to the direct marketing industry. Previously, she spent 12 years as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Victoria’s Secret Catalog (VSC) and VictoriaSecret.com from 1986 to 2000. She also recently launched an online retail business. Cindy is a graduate of Miami University of Oxford, Ohio.
Religious Affiliation: Methodist
Millicent Fortunoff is President of M. Fortunoff Communications. She has extensive experience managing global and national media relations campaigns. Prior to opening her own consultancy, she was a Senior Vice President in the Global Issues Communications Group at Ruder Finn (Finn Partners) from 1999-2009. Her non-profit issues clients include a range of Interfaith, theological, social justice, education and women’s organizations. She serves on the advisory councils of the American Friends of the Parents Circle-Families Forum, The Of Many Institute for Multi-faith Leadership at NYU and Let’s Win PC (pancreatic cancer). She is a graduate of Penn State University with a degree in Speech Communications and History.
Religious Affiliation: Jewish
BLAKE FRANKLIN ’88
Blake T. Franklin is a lawyer and was a partner based in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP for 25 years. His other board service includes Feeding Santa Fe, Andean Resources, S.A, and he serves as President of the National Law Center in Tucson. Blake earned his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School and an A.B. degree from Dartmouth College.
Religious Affiliation: Episcopalian
FAITH E. GAY
Faith E. Gay is is a founding partner of Selendy & Gay. She was previously a partner in Quinn Emauel Urquhart & Sullivan, Co-Chair of the Firm’s National Trial Practice, and Co-Chair of the New York White Collar Practice. She has been repeatedly recognized as one of the leading trial, appellate and white collar lawyers in the United States. Ms. Gay has also devoted significant time and energy to public interest litigation. Faith is a member of First Presbyterian Church, Cooperstown, NY. She is a graduate of Northwestern University Law School and has a B.A. from Duke University.
Religious Affiliation: Presbyterian (PCUSA)
REV. AMY GOPP ’05
The Reverand Amy Gopp is the Vice President of External Relations for IMA World Health, a global and ecumenical public health organization. Gopp is an ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) with two decades of experience in faith-based relief and development. Amy is a graduate of the American University School of International Service, Antioch University and Union Theological Seminary.
Religious Affiliation: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Olga Hartwell is a recent graduate of Yale Divinity School, where she explored the relationship between faith and literature. She is currently at work on a novella and a collection of essays and creative non-fiction.
Olga spent 25 years as a tax lawyer, most recently as Vice President & Senior Tax Counsel of the General Electric Company, where she led a diverse, global team responsible for all tax matters worldwide. Before joining GE, Olga was a partner at Covington & Burling, where
she worked in the Washington, D.C., and London offices, specializing in international tax matters. Olga is a graduate of Stanford Law School, and she has a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Yale.
Olga lives in Manhattan with her husband, Chris Hartwell.
Religions affiliation: United Church of Christ
REV. NANCY STEEGER JENNINGS ’95, ’99
Nancy Jennings is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and an Honorably Retired member of the Presbytery of Long Island. She has served that body as chair of the Committee on Preparation for Ministry and on the Committee on Ministry. As an interim minister with a focus on congregations experiencing conflict, transition or demographic change, she has served churches in East Hampton, Amagansett, Merrick, Sweet Hollow in Melville and currently Remsenburg, all on Long Island.
She was trained at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Direction and Oasis Ministries and has offered a ministry of spiritual guidance for individuals and groups for 25 years. She practices traditional sacred circle dance and movement meditation internationally and teaches in the US.
Nancy has served on a number of non-profit and educational boards, including the National Urban League, the Spence School and Auburn Seminary. She received the MDiv ’95 and STM ’99 degrees from UTS and a BA from Smith College n 1967.
A lifelong New Yorker, she was married for over 46 years to the late Richard B. Jennings, president of Realty Capital International, a commercial real estate investment banking firm.
She is blessed with 3 daughters and 4 beautiful grandchildren.
MICHAEL J. JOHNSTON
Michael Johnston served as executive vice president of The Capital Group Companies. Before joining Capital Group, he served as president of Paine Webber Capital Markets. A chair emeritus of The New School, Mike is a trustee and former chair of the board of Claremont Graduate University and a trustee of the Schumann Center for Media and Democracy. He also serves on the Solutions Council for the Rocky Mountain Institute and the national advisory council of the Harry S Truman Library Institute. He has an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Engineering and Physics from the University of Kansas.
Religious affiliation: Roman Catholic
REV. DR. SERENE JONES
The Reverend Doctor Serene Jones is the 16th president of the historic Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. The first woman to head the 183-year-old nondenominational seminary, which is in Manhattan and neighbors with Columbia University, Dr. Jones came to Union after seventeen years at Yale University, where she was the Titus Street Professor of Theology at the Divinity School, and chair of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She was co-principal investigator on the “Women, Religion, and Globalization Grant” for the Henry T. Luce Initiative on Religion and International Affairs at Yale. Dr. Jones is a prolific and popular scholar in the fields of theology, religion, globalization, and gender studies. In addition to publishing five books, and 37 articles and book chapters since 1991, she has delivered a long list of professional papers and public lectures across the United States and around the world. In November 2016 she completed her term as the President of the American Academy of Religion. She holds degrees from the University of Oklahoma, Yale Divinity School and Yale University. Jones is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ.
Religious Affiliation: Disciples of Christ, United Church of Christ
DAVID A. KLASSEN ’03
David Klassen is the Chief Investment Officer for the Pensions Board of the United Church of Christ. David has significant experience in the fields of investment and finance. His Wall Street credentials include working as V.P. and portfolio manager at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter and Managing Director and Head of Equities at JPMorgan Chase. A graduate of Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York with an M.Div., he also holds a B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College.
Religious Affiliation: Presbyterian (PCUSA)
REV. CANON PETER KOON
The Reverend Canon Peter Douglas Koon, is an Anglican priest, is Provincial Secretary General of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui (the Province of the Anglican Communion in Hong Kong and Macao) and member of the Standing Committee of its General Synod. He was ordained to the deaconate in 2004 and to the priesthood a year later. He is a chaplain of St John’s Cathedral, Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui, responsible for the development of its Chinese ministry. He has been a member of the 4th Council Session of the China Overseas Friendship Association since 2013, and in the same year he was appointed a sub-committee member of the Committee on Free Kindergarten Education in Hong Kong. In November 2014, Peter joined Our Hong Kong Foundation as an advisor. Canon Koon is Publisher of Echo (official Provincial newspaper), Chairman of the Anglican (Hong Kong) Early Childhood Education Council Limited, and Chairman of S.K.H. St. Christopher’s Home Limited. He holds bachelor’s degrees in sociology and theology from Hong Kong College and Hong Kong Bible Seminary respectively, and a master’s degree in divinity from HKSK Ming Hua Theological College.
Religious Affiliation: Anglican
DR. TIMOTHY LIGHT ’65
Dr. Timothy Light began his career at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he held several teaching and administrative positions from 1960 to 1971. He was a faculty member and director of the East Asia Study Center at the University of Arizona between 1974 and 1980. He was a professor and chairperson of the Department of East Asian Languages and Literature at Ohio State University from 1980 to 1986 when he was named provost and professor of linguistics and Asian studies at Kalamazoo College. He went on to serve as acting president at Kalamazoo College in 1989-90 and then served for a year as president of Middlebury College before coming to Western Michigan University to serve as provost. He stepped down from that post in 2000 to pursue his academic work. He is currently a Professor Emeritus of Chinese Religion at Western Michigan University. He holds a BA from Yale College, an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary an M.A. from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from Cornell University.
Religious affiliation: Presbyterian (PCUSA)
SISTER JOAN MAGNETTI ’72, RSCJ
Sister Joan Magnetti is currently the Executive Director of the Catholic Academy of Bridgeport, one inner-city Diocese of Bridgeport Catholic elementary school with four campuses: St. Andrew, St. Ann, St. Augustine and St. Raphael. These schools serve 950 children, many of whom are from the poorest families in the State of Connecticut. Previously, Sr. Magnetti was headmistress for 19 years at Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich and prior to that served 13 years as Headmistress at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in Princeton, NJ.
She is a product of public and private schools, and graduated from Manhattanville College. Upon graduation she entered the Society of the Sacred Heart, an international group of 3,000 religious women who seek to reveal the love of God through the work of education.
She holds a Masters from Union Theological Seminary, an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Manhattanville College, and has served on many Network of Sacred Heart school boards: New York 91st St., Bloomfield Hills, Newton and college boards of trustees, including Manhattanville College, Union Theological Seminary, and Horizon Program at Sacred Heart University.
Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic
DAVID M. MCALPIN
David M. McAlpin has practiced architecture in New York City since 1979, and has led his own practice as principal since 1984. He is well-known for his ability to adapt and update structures to modern uses. David’s interest in design, education, and nature is the foundation of his professional practice and his public service efforts. He served New York Trinity School as a board member from 2001-2007, chairing its diversity committee. From 1997 to 2002 and from 2007 to 2015, David chaired the board at Manitoga/The Russel Wright Design Center, the house, studio and woodland garden of iconic mid-century industrial designer He also contributes to The Wild Center in the Adirondacks and New York City’s Broadway Mall Association as an advisory board member. David has taught and continues to be a visiting critic for Architectural design studios. David earned his Masters in Architecture and his B.A. cum laude from Princeton University. He and his wife, a book critic, have lived in New York City since 1980.
RHONDA JOY MCLEAN
Rhonda Joy McLean is the former Deputy General Counsel of Time Inc., where she managed one-third of the Law Department and oversaw legal compliance and data privacy protocols for over 200 clients and 22 brands, including PEOPLE, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, FORTUNE, TIME, MONEY AND ESSENCE. A co-author of two popular books on leadership development for women, entitled “The Little Black Book of Success” series, Ms. McLean is a principal of LEADS LLC, a consulting company.
A graduate of Yale Law School, Ms. McLean has served as Chair of the Yale Law School Executive Committee and a director of the Yale Law School Fund Board. She is the immediate past president of the Greater New York Chapter of the Links, Incorporated, an international organization of businesswomen of African descent with 15,000 members in the United States, the Caribbean and Great Britain. The Links are dedicated to public service and support community work in the Arts, Services to Youth and Scholarships, Health and Human Services, National Trends and Services and International Trends and Services. Ms. McLean is also an active alumna of the New York Women’s Foundation Board of Directors and a past Board Co-Chair. She resides in Brooklyn with her husband, William Craig.
CALVIN M. MEW ’73
Calvin M. Mew is an independent management consultant for nonprofit organizations. Previously he was Executive Vice President, Managing Director Latin America, at Bozell, Worldwide, Inc., the advertising agency. He is President of James Lenox House, Inc. (senior residences in Manhattan). He is a Trustee of Norfield Congregational Church, Weston, CT., and a member of the boards of directors of the Religious Institute and Community Partners Consulting, Harvard Business School Club of New York. He is a graduate of Yale College, Union Theological Seminary and the Program for Management Development, Harvard Business School.
Religious Affiliation: Presbyterian (PCUSA)
Caroline Sharp earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Princeton University, and a master of fine arts degree from Columbia University. She is also a graduate of the Writers Boot Camp and worked as a screenwriter in Los Angeles during the 90’s. She has two children: Margaret and Henry. She has described being their mother as the most important, glorious, frustrating and miraculous experience of her life. Caroline shared with them her deep spiritual belief that glory and wonder lives in life’s smallest moments.
In 1993 Caroline established The Sharp-Curtis Foundation after the death of her father. The Foundation’s mandate is to find organizations in need of funds to help educate, house and provide medical support for families and children in need. It also donates to The Fistula Foundation and organizations that specifically help women in danger of physical harm from sexual abuse and trafficking.
From 2009 to 2011, Caroline worked at Inwood House for Pregnant Teens in NYC. There she assisted in tutoring young girls who had dropped out of high school and were striving to obtain their GED.
Eleanor Roosevelt said in 1960, “You learn by living.” Caroline’s great hope for this next chapter of her life, is to commit her full energy and gusto to learn, live and work widely. She wants to reach people who are suffering – no matter how small or how faint their cries for help may be.
STAN J. SLOAN
The Reverend Stan J. Sloan began serving as Senior Strategist at Auburn Seminary in October of 2020 after having served four years as the CEO of Family Equality. Family Equality is the nation’s organization for LGBTQ families and for those who want to form families, including LGBTQ youth in the child welfare system who need parents. Prior to his work at Family Equality Council, Sloan was the longest-serving CEO in the history of Chicago House. Chicago House was a classic HIV-service organization that evolved into a national leader in LGBTQ poverty during Sloan’s tenure. Sloan and his husband Jan Lopes, a cardiologist from Sao Paulo, Brazil, currently reside in Jersey City.
Religious Affiliation: Episcopalian and Roman Catholic
THE REV. WINNIE VARGHESE '99
The Rev. Winnie Varghese is a Senior Priest for Trinity Church Wall Street.
Before coming to Trinity, Rev. Varghese was the rector of St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery, a historic Episcopal congregation in New York City. From 2003‐2009, she served as the Episcopal Chaplain at Columbia University. From 1999‐2003 she served as the curate at St. Alban’s, Westwood and Episcopal Chaplain to UCLA. She graduated from the Union Theological Seminary (M.Div. 1999) and Southern Methodist University (B.A. Religious Studies 1994). As an intern in the Episcopal Service Corps (1994‐1995) she worked with the Mental Health Association of Los Angeles as an outreach worker to people who were homeless and living with severe mental illness.
She is a blogger for Patheos; author of Church Meets World; editor of What We Shall Become; and author of numerous articles and chapters on social justice and the church.
Religious Affiliation: Episcopalian
Jason Wright is president of the Washington Football Team. His responsibilities include leading the organization’s business divisions, including operations, finance, sales, and marketing. He is the first Black team president in the history of the NFL and currently is the youngest team president in the League. He is the fourth former NFL player to become president of a team.
Prior to joining the Washington Football Team, Jason was a partner in McKinsey & Company’s Washington DC office. His work focused on expanding the value of large, complex organizations through operations and culture transformations. Jason has specialized in steering companies through their toughest moments- in crisis and turnaround scenarios. Projects have covered topics from systemic personnel misconduct to financial distress to COVID-19 response. Jason also led McKinsey’s global inclusion strategy and recently spearheaded the rollout of McKinsey’s anti-racism and inclusion strategy. He co-founded the Black Economic Institute, a research entity that analyzes the racial wealth gap, and is a prominent voice in public discussions regarding racial equity in corporate America. Jason is also on the Board of Trustees at Union Theological Seminary where he is helping the institution better equip a changing student body focused on community organizing and social entrepreneurship.
Wright spent seven years as a running back in the NFL and was team captain and NFLPA player representative for the Arizona Cardinals during the 2011 NFL Lockout. He has a B.A. in psychology from Northwestern University, where he was an Academic All-American student-athlete, a two-time All-Big Ten football selection, and the president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He received his M.B.A. in Operations and Finance, with honors, from the University of Chicago- Booth School of Business.