Board Member Biographies
Shirley Stover Allen is a former commercial real estate attorney and active in numerous charitable organizations. She serves on the advisory board of SEARCH Homeless Services, the steering committee for Greater Houston Community Foundation’s (GHCF) Youth Homelessness Fund and GHCF’s Anti-Human Trafficking Donor Working Group. Ms. Allen is also a long-time member of the Compass Rose Society and the Alexis de Tocqueville Society of the United Way of Greater Houston. A member of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, she has served on the Wedding Guild, as a Bible study leader, an Altar Guild group co-leader as well as a Sunday school teacher and greeter.
Ms. Allen received both her JD and BA with honors from the University of Texas at Austin.
She and her husband, Skip, have one daughter.
Ms. Rosalie Simmonds Ballentine is an attorney in private practice in the US Virgin Islands. She is a former Solicitor General and former Attorney General of the Virgin Islands.
Ms. Ballentine is a cradle Episcopalian and has served The Episcopal Church on parish, diocesan and church-wide levels. She has served on the Standing Commission on Constitution and Canons, as well as Executive Council, where she was a member and chair of the World Mission Committee. She chaired the task force studying the Anglican Covenant, was a delegate to the Conference of the Americas and is a member of the Church Pension Fund Board of Trustees. She also serves as The Episcopal Church’s lay representative to the Anglican Consultative Council.
She earned her bachelor’s degree from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, and her JD from New York University School of Law.
She is married to Krim and they have one son, Jabriel, an Episcopal priest.
Mr. N. Kurt Barnes is the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society. His career spans finance and investment management in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Mr. Barnes began his career as an economist for the RAND Corporation. He later became an Associate Editor at Time Inc.’s Fortune Magazine.
Mr. Barnes worked for 20 years as a Financial Officer at Inco Limited (International Nickel Company of Canada). He subsequently joined Morgan Stanley as a Vice President in the Fiduciary Advisory Group. In 2002, in a reorganization initiated by the New York State Attorney General, Mr. Barnes became Chief Financial Officer of Hale House Center, Inc. He also served as the Interim Deputy Executive Director for Finance and Information Technology at Amnesty International USA.
Mr. Barnes is a life-long Episcopalian and his volunteer activities include service to the Episcopal Diocese of New York as a member of the program, budget and governance committees and Episcopal Charities. He is also the treasurer of an organization that provides funding to enhance the educational and social activities of a group of Yale University seniors. Mr. Barnes also serves on the Investment Committee of Amnesty International USA. He is an ex-officio member of Episcopal Relief & Development’s Board of Directors.
Mr. Barnes received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Yale University and master’s degree in economics from Harvard University.
He resides in New York City and serves on the vestry of Grace Church, Millbrook, NY.
The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry was installed as the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church on November 1, 2015. He was elected on June 27 at the Church’s General Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. Bishop Curry is the 27th Presiding Bishop, Primate, and Chief Pastor of The Episcopal Church. He also serves as President of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society.
Most recently, he served as the 11th Bishop of North Carolina. Bishop Curry is a graduate of Hobart College and received his Master of Divinity degree in 1978 from Yale University Divinity School. He has also pursued additional studies at The College of Preachers, Princeton Theological Seminary, Wake Forest University, the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary and the Institute of Christian Jewish Studies.
Bishop Curry was ordained to the priesthood in December 1978, at St. Stephen’s, Winston-Salem, North Carolina and began his ministry as deacon-in-charge at St. Stephen’s, Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 1978 and was rector there from 1979-1982. He next accepted a call as rector at St. Simon of Cyrene, Lincoln Heights, Ohio where he served from 1982-1988. In 1988, he became rector of St. James’, Baltimore, Maryland which he served until his election as bishop.
In his three parish ministries in North Carolina, Ohio and Maryland, Bishop Curry had extensive involvement in Crisis Control Ministry, founding of ecumenical summer day camps for children, preaching missions, the Absalom Jones initiative, creation of networks of family daycare providers, creation of educational centers, and the brokering of millions of dollars of investment in inner-city neighborhoods. He inspired a $2.5-million restoration of the St. James’ church building after a fire. The St. James’ After School Academy was designated a Jubilee Ministry by Presiding Bishop Edmund Browning.
Previously, Bishop Curry was chair of Episcopal Relief & Development’s Board of Directors before transitioning to its Honorary Chair in November 2015. He has served on the boards of a large number of organizations and was a member of the Commission on Ministry in each of the three dioceses where he has served. Bishop Curry has a national preaching and teaching ministry, having been featured on The Protestant Hour and as a frequent speaker at conferences around the country. He has received honorary degrees from Sewanee, Virginia Theological Seminary and Yale.
He is married to the former Sharon Clement and they have two daughters, Rachel and Elizabeth.
Mr. Escobar is Executive Director of Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary (EDS). There he works with the Very Rev. Kelly Brown Douglas in building a Master of Divinity in Anglican Studies program aimed at forming Gospel-based, social justice faith leaders for The Episcopal Church.
Previously, Mr. Escobar served as managing program director for leadership, communications and external affairs at the Episcopal Church Foundation. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in 2007 and served as the communications assistant to then-Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori from 2007 to 2010.
Mr. Escobar is a member of the board of directors of Forward Movement and serves on the advisory council of Duke Divinity School’s Leadership programs and Episcopal Relief & Development’s Church Programs Committee.
He grew up in the Texas hill country and attended Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas, where he studied the Roman Catholic social justice tradition, Latin American liberation theologies, and minored in Spanish. He joined the Episcopal Church through St. Mary’s, West Harlem, drawn by the congregation’s diversity and commitment to social justice, and is now a member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
The Rt. Rev. Mary Gray-Reeves is Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real, spanning Silicon Valley and the central California coast. She was ordained to the diaconate in 1994 and the priesthood in 1995, both in the Diocese of Los Angeles, and to the episcopate in 2007.
Bishop Gray-Reeves’ passion for making the Christian faith relevant in today’s complex world is reflected in her support for strong leadership in all orders of church ministry. Her books include Unearthing My Religion and The Hospitality of God, the latter co-authored with Michael Perham. She is involved with clergy formation groups including Beautiful Authority, which specifically supports young women clergy and The Gathering of Leaders. She serves on various committees and boards of The Episcopal Church and is a member of the International Women’s Forum. She has supported the strengthening of Anglican Communion partnerships through various opportunities provided by the triad partnership between El Camino Real, Gloucester and Western Tanganyika, including the Indaba process.
Bishop Gray-Reeves graduated from California State University, Fullerton, in 1987 with a bachelor of arts in history and a minor in music. She earned her master of divinity degree from the College of St. John the Evangelist in New Zealand in 1994.
Bishop Gray-Reeves was widowed in June 2014 following a long marriage to Michael Reeves. She is the mother of Katie and Dorian.
Ms. Sophie Hollingsworth is in the Associates Development Program at Hollingsworth & Vose Co., a technical and industrial paper manufacturer dedicated to producing “advanced materials for a cleaner world.”
Previously, she was the Senior Operations Coordinator for the TOPS program at Save the Children, managing tools and resources for the organization’s capacity-building training workshops on Commodity Management. She has volunteered extensively in Tanzania and Rwanda with programs that assist women and young school-aged children, spending a year in Dar es Salaam working for 2Seeds Network, helping rural farmers market their produce more efficiently. She is a trustee of the Roy A. Hunt Foundation and serves on the International Development Committee.
Ms. Hollingsworth is a cradle Episcopalian, attending St. Anne’s-in-the-Fields in Lincoln, MA, St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH, and churches in the Diocese of Ohio, where her father Mark is the Bishop Diocesan.
She is a graduate of the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
The Rev. David C. Killeen serves as Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Tallahassee, Florida. While at St. John’s, he and the congregation created Visioning the Vineyard, a prayerful, grassroots, five-year plan for the future of St. John’s, resulting in congregational growth and vitality.
Prior to St. John’s, Mr. Killeen served for three years as Associate Rector of St. Mark’s in Jacksonville, Florida, where his primary focus was family, youth and children’s ministries. While at St. Mark’s, he developed and taught children’s, youth and adult Christian formation classes and emphasized the importance of local and global outreach. Mr. Killeen had also been Curate and Interim Priest at St. Mary’s, Tuxedo Park, New York.
He is a trustee of the American Friends of the Anglican Centre in Rome and a member of the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes Program Committee. He also continues his role as a member of Episcopal Relief & Development’s Communications & Engagement Committee.
He is a graduate of The General Seminary of The Episcopal Church.
Ms. Teri Lawver is the Global Commercial Strategy Leader, Global Vice President, for the Immunology Therapeutic Area with Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson (J&J).
Ms. Lawver has more than 20 years of global healthcare and business leadership experience spanning four continents, three healthcare sectors, and dozens of disease areas. A vocal advocate for diversity and inclusion, Ms. Lawver has a proven track record of building new businesses, delivering sustainable, innovation-based growth and leading high-performance teams. Prior to joining J&J, Ms. Lawver was an Associate Principal with McKinsey & Company in the firm’s New Jersey, Atlanta and Sao Paolo offices, and was a leader in the firm’s global healthcare practice. She began her career as a Derivative Analyst with Bloomberg Financial Markets, LLP.
Active with community and philanthropic causes, Ms. Lawver serves on Board of Trustees for the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and has served on the Board of Trustees for the Seminary of the Southwest. A New Jersey native, Ms. Lawver was named to the NJBiz “Best 50 Women in Business” list in 2016.
She served on the Board of Directors of Episcopal Relief & Development from 2008 until 2013 and remained active on the Advancement Committee. She rejoined the Board on January 1, 2019 as Board Chair.
Ms. Lawver holds a Bachelor of Science degree, summa cum laude, from Georgetown University, and a Master of Business Administration from Duke University.
The Rt. Rev. Jeffrey D. Lee is the twelfth bishop of Chicago, a position he has held since 2008. He leads 40,000 Episcopalians in 127 congregations across Northern Illinois.
Bishop Lee is the author of “Opening the Prayer Book” in the New Church’s Teaching Series. He is a former member of CREDO Institute and has served on the boards of the North American Association of the Diaconate, the Council of Associated Parishes and Affirming Catholicism.
Bishop Lee is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Nashotah House Seminary and served as a curate, canon to the ordinary and church developer in the Diocese of Northern Indiana and rector of churches in Wisconsin and Washington before being elected bishop. He was a deputy to the 2000 and 2006 General Conventions, and in 2008 became an associate of the Society of St. John the Evangelist.
He and his wife, Lisa Rogers Lee, have two children, Katherine and Jonathan.
Dr. Martin is an independent consultant specializing in the technical analysis of software systems. Working in the software industry for over 40 years, he has lived and studied broadly, in locations near San Francisco, Stuttgart Germany, Boston, Denver, and the Chicago suburbs. He also served for nine years as a computer science faculty member at the University of Denver and the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Dr. Martin is also an elected city council member in Ames, Iowa, a city of approximately 65,000 residents and home to the land-grant Iowa State University of Science and Technology. As a council member, he represents constituents in setting the city government’s priorities, enacting and revising city ordinances, and in authorizing the city’s $250 million budget.
In the 1990s, Dr. Martin joined The Episcopal Church and was confirmed at the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Boston. Since then, he has served the church in the roles of vestry member, chorister, website manager, and clergy spouse. He presently serves on Episcopal Relief & Development’s Administration and Finance committee and attends St. Andrew’s in Des Moines, Iowa, where his husband, the Rev. Steve Godfrey, serves as rector.
Dr. Martin earned his BS in Computer Science, Mathematics, and German at Iowa State University, and his PhD in Computer Science from Boston University.
Mr. John A. ‘Jock’ MacKinnon is a partner in the law firm of Sidley Austin LLP in New York. From 2002-2014, he served as a member of their Executive Committee and as co-chair of the global investment management practice. He has also served on advisory boards such as Mutual Funds Directors Forum and Board IQ.
Mr. MacKinnon is in his sixth year as a member of Episcopal Relief & Development’s Audit Committee in his capacity as adviser. He has traveled on study trips to visit programs in El Salvador and Ghana.
He is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and Williams College.
He attends St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Tuxedo Park, New York and is married to Anne with two grown children.
Dr. Robert McCouch is Chief of Section in the Inspection and Evaluation Division (IED) of the United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), the independent oversight body of the 30-plus entities comprising the UN Secretariat. He previously led UNICEF’s large portfolio of evaluations focused on that agency’s humanitarian work, prior to which he served as Director of Research and Evaluation for a range of programs run by Harvard Medical School and the Harvard University Graduate School of Education that targeted vulnerable youth using a holistic systems-based approach.
Dr. McCouch holds a PhD in Social Policy from Brandeis University, master’s degrees in Political Psychology from the University of Copenhagen and in Foreign Language from Middlebury College, and a BA in International Affairs from The George Washington University.
He is a former member of the Advisory Board of the Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action and of the Grants Committee of the Humanitarian Innovations Fund. His research on violence-related trauma and its public policy ramifications in post-conflict settings has been published by Oxford University Press. He speaks six languages.
Dr. McCouch resides in Brooklyn, NY, with his husband Jeffrey. He currently attends the Church of the Ascension in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Ms. Laura Ellen Muglia, Co-Trustee of The Laura Ellen & Robert Muglia Family Foundation, has focused the past decade of her life on furthering initiatives in global health and sustainable economic development that aim to end extreme poverty. With Episcopal Relief & Development, Ms. Muglia was Co-Chair of the NetsforLife® Inspiration Fund and successfully co-led a three-year campaign across The Episcopal Church to raise $5 million for malaria prevention. She also led the Diocese of Olympia’s One-for-One Malaria Net Challenge, raising $350,000 in the first diocesan grass-roots campaign for NetsforLife®.
As a member of the Duke Global Health Institute’s Board of Advisors, she assesses the Institute’s work in relation to its vision and mission and provides input into its strategic direction and fundraising opportunities.
Her MBA is from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and her bachelor’s degree is from Duke University’s Trinity College of Arts & Sciences.
She and her husband, Bob, have one daughter, Flora.
The Rt. Rev. Wilfrido Ramos Orench was Provisional Bishop of Puerto Rico (2013 -2017), Provisional Bishop of the Diocese of Ecuador (2006-2009) and Bishop Suffragan in the Diocese of Connecticut (2000-2006). From July 2009 to November 2013 he was Officer of The Episcopal Church for Province IX.
Bishop Ramos’ passion for social justice and environmental issues has led him to serve God and the Church in many different contexts. Born and raised in Yauco, Puerto Rico, where he currently resides, he was called to serve as Latino Missioner in the Diocese of Connecticut in 1984. After his consecration in Connecticut, he later served on Executive Council, the Commission on World Mission and the Board of Trustees of General Theological Seminary. He taught at Hartford Seminary and served as a Trustee. He has been President of the Episcopal Urban Caucus and a member of CETALC (Commission on Theological Education for Latin America and the Caribbean).
He graduated from Catholic University of Puerto Rico in 1962 with a concentration in Social Sciences and Humanities. He earned his Master of Divinity from the Episcopal Seminary of the Caribbean in 1966 and was ordained to the diaconate and then to the priesthood that year in the Diocese of Puerto Rico. He studied Psychology and Religion at General Theological Seminary in New York in 1972 and completed a Doctor of Ministry degree in Marriage and Family at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, in 1993.
Bishop Ramos has been married to Marling Gotay Colon for the past 35 years. He has five children from a previous marriage and she has three. They have 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. His older brother Jose Antonio, recently deceased, was former Bishop of the Diocese of Costa Rica.
The Rev. Steven Paulikas is rector of All Saints’ Church, a growing and diverse Episcopal parish in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn. He serves on the Commission on Ministry in the Diocese of Long Island and the Board of Governors of the Episcopal Church at Yale and is a doctoral candidate in the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford.
Mr. Paulikas’ writing on religion and society has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, and Quartz. His essay on the political rhetoric of evil is included in the book, “The Stone Reader: Modern Ethics in 77 Arguments.”
Mr. Paulikas earned the degrees of Master of Divinity degree from the General Theological Seminary, Master of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge, and Bachelor of Arts from Yale University.
He is married to Jesse Lazar.
President & CEO
Episcopal Relief & Development
DR. ROBERT W. RADTKE has served as President & CEO of Episcopal Relief & Development since 2005. Prior to that he served in various senior-level posts at the Asia Society.
Rob provides strategic leadership to the agency’s programs in nearly 40 countries across Africa, Latin America and Asia, as well as the United States.
Episcopal Relief & Development facilitates healthier, more fulfilling lives in communities struggling with hunger, poverty, disaster and disease – and the organization is committed to demonstrating a measurable impact in three transformative program priorities: women, children and climate.
In his role as President & CEO, Rob has overseen a number of major initiatives, including NetsforLife®, the agency’s award-winning, flagship malaria prevention program, which to date has reached 47 million people in 17 African countries; and the US Disaster Preparedness and Response Program, which helps Episcopal dioceses, congregations and other church institutions to both prepare for and respond to disasters in their local communities.
Episcopal Relief & Development is a pioneer in the area of Asset-Based Community Development in a faith-based context, with programs that mobilize local resources in an integrated approach to achieve measurable and sustainable change for the most vulnerable. The organization has been recognized with major awards and grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.
Rob was a founding trustee of the Anglican Alliance for Development, Relief & Advocacy. He also serves on the board of the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Rob has a Bachelor’s Degree (AB) from Columbia College of Columbia University and a doctorate (DPhil) from New College of the University of Oxford, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. In 2012, Episcopal Divinity School awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree.
The Rev. Genevieve Razim joined the board in 2015 and serves as the Chair of Episcopal Church Programs Committee. She is a member of the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Texas and has served as Canon for Welcome & Evangelism at Christ Church Cathedral, Houston and as Associate Rector of Trinity, The Woodlands and Palmer Memorial, Houston. Prior to ordination, she was a graphic designer for RBMM – The Richards Group and the Dallas Museum of Art.
She is currently pursuing a certificate from the Leadership Institute for Nonprofit Executives (LINE) at Rice University. She holds a Master of Divinity cum laude from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of North Texas.
Mr. Matt Silva is the Director of Sales for Labatt Food Service in San Antonio, Texas.
Mr. Silva volunteered frequently at the Good Samaritan Center while growing up, where he was Director of the Good Sam basketball camp in high school. He served as an acolyte for St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in downtown San Antonio, where he and his wife, Virginia, are now members.
Mr. Silva earned his BA in American History from Boston University.
The Rev. Geoffrey T. Smith is Chief Operating Officer of The Episcopal Church, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff.
Most recently, Smith was the Director of Risk Management for C&S Wholesale Grocers in Keene, NH, and he previously served in a number of risk management roles for corporate organizations in the Northeast and Midwest.
In The Episcopal Church, he is a Deacon in the Diocese of New Hampshire and serves as a safe church training facilitator, co-convener of the New England Deacon’s Network and a member of the Our Kids Commission and Emergency Preparedness Committee. In the Diocese of Massachusetts, he was the Archdeacon and also served as a deacon in two historic churches, and as program chair for the New England Deacon’s Network. As a deacon in the Diocese of Maine, he was a member of Diocesan Council, Diocesan Review Committee and was a Safe Church Training Coordinator. In the Diocese of Chicago, he was a deacon at the cathedral, a board member of Cathedral Shelter and was a Safe Church Trainer.
He holds an MBA in Finance from DePaul University in Chicago and a BA in Economics from the University of Connecticut.
Mr. Thomas W. Stoever, Jr. is a partner in the international law firm of Arnold & Porter LLP.
He is a lifelong Episcopalian and has been a member of Saint John’s Cathedral in Denver for 20 years, serving on the vestry from 2007-2009 and as senior warden from 2009-2014. During that time, the mission and ministry of Saint John’s grew to include a women’s homeless shelter, new and broader support for programs that assist those who are homeless and programs that support the working poor. He is currently working with the Bishop’s office to develop a farm on diocese-owned land both to provide fresh food to low-income families in Denver and to create another ESC chapter in the diocese.
Mr. Stoever earned his bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins and his master’s degree in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. He holds a JD from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.
He and his wife lived in the Philippines from 1984-87 and witnessed first-hand the value of working through local organizations on political and economic development.