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.
The Rt. Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows (Province V)
The Rt. Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows is the 11th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis. Prior to being elected bishop, she served in the dioceses of Newark, Central New York and Chicago. She is the first Black woman to be elected a diocesan bishop in The Episcopal Church.
Bishop Baskerville-Burrows’ expertise includes historic preservation of religious buildings, stewardship and development, race and class reconciliation, and spiritual direction. She is an accomplished distance runner and triathlete and a passionate chef and baker.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture with a minor in urban studies from Smith College, an M.A. in historic preservation planning from Cornell University, and an M.Div. degree from Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP).
She and her husband, Harrison Burrows, are parents to Timothy.
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.
Michael Carscaddon (Province IV)
Michael Carscaddon is Executive Vice President of Administration and Chief Financial Officer at Habitat for Humanity. In his twenty-five years with the organization, he has served in a variety of roles, including leading Habitat’s International Field Operations where he was responsible for directing and supporting Habitat for Humanity’s work in 70 countries outside of the United States. He also serves as Chair of the Board of Directors and Investment Committee for Habitat’s MicroBuild Fund. This $100 million fund provides debt capital and technical assistance to microfinance institutions around the world which in turn make housing microfinance loans to individual families for the purpose of improving their shelter conditions. Prior to joining Habitat, he worked in the financial services industry with First Union Corporation (now Wells Fargo).
Mr. Carscaddon earned a BS in Accounting from the University of North Carolina Charlotte and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.
He worships at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Atlanta.
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 serves as Managing Director of The College for Bishops of The Episcopal Church. Her work is primarily dedicated to the formation and continuing education of Bishops, supporting their role in executive leadership in the church. She is resigned as Bishop of The Diocese of El Camino Real as of January 2020, following twelve years of service to Episcopal congregations and communities from the southern end of rural San Luis Obispo County on the central coast of CA to the heart of Silicon Valley in the bay area of San Francisco.
Prior to becoming bishop, Mary served in the diocese of Southeast Florida from 1998-2007, first as rector of St. Margaret’s, Miami Lakes (1998-2005) and then as Archdeacon of Deployment (2005-2007). Prior to that, Mary was ordained to the diaconate (1994) and priesthood (1995) in the Diocese of Los Angeles, serving two congregations as Clergy Associate there.
As a life-long learner, a bi-vocational journey is now forming for Mary. Both in religious and secular contexts, mediation, coaching, consulting, public speaking, retreat and conference leadership are part of Mary’s interests and skill set. She hopes to develop these capacities across sectors.
Mary co-authored The Hospitality of God (2011) with Michael Perham and authored Unearthing My Religion (2013); books related to the practice of spirituality and liturgy in a variety of contexts. She is Vice-President of the House of Bishops, has served on various committees and task forces in TEC, a member of the American Leadership Forum and International Women’s Forum.
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. She enjoys time with friends and family (including her Rocky Mountain Gaited Mare, Calla), hiking, reading, cooking, and travel.
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.
Kenneth Jones II is a finance & business professional with over 25 years of proven success and leadership abilities with international experience in Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe. He is currently Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation where he is responsible for Finance, Accounting, Compliance, Information Technology and Administrative Services functions for the Foundation. He also leads the supplier diversity initiative for the foundation and oversees the IT governance team to support programmatic & administrative priorities. Prior to that he was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. His private sector experience includes working at the Pfizer Corporation and the Ford Motor Company and the Prudential.
He has served on numerous boards including Lutheran World Relief where he chaired the Finance & Investments Committee and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy where he served at Treasurer and Board Secretary. He currently serves on the CORUS board. He is the Immediate Past Board Chair of the Association of Black Foundation Executives.
Mr. Jones holds degrees from the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management, the State University of New York at Buffalo and Boston University.
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.
Ms. Karen Longenecker, MA, LCSW, IMH-III is a clinical social worker at the University of New Mexico’s Center for Development and Disability. Ms. Longenecker has diverse experience in early childhood and infant mental health including her background in home visiting, developmental care in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at UNM Hospital and early intervention with the UNM FOCUS program. Her work currently focuses on supporting high-risk parents and children who suffer from addiction and trauma.
Ms. Longenecker was a member of the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church where she served as the Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on World Mission. Her experience in The Episcopal Church includes involvement in international and ecumenical affairs, women’s issues and work within the Anglican Communion.
She has a Masters in Latin American Studies and conducted research in Chile on reproductive health policy, women’s health initiatives and political and cultural influences affecting women’s access to reproductive health care. She also has a Masters in Social Work from New Mexico State University.
She is fluent in Spanish and attends church at St. Mark’s in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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 Evaluation Officer at the World Health Organization (WHO). He previously served as Chief of Section in the Inspection and Evaluation Division (IED) of the United Nations Office of Internal Oversight, prior to which, as Senior Evaluation Specialist with UNICEF, he was responsible for the evaluation of that agency’s humanitarian work. Before joining the UN system 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. He is an adjunct faculty member in the MSc program in Applied Analytics at Columbia University.
Rob 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.
Rob is married to Jeffrey Shumaker.
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 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.
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.
Dr. Radtke provides strategic leadership to the agency’s programs in nearly 35 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, Dr. Radtke 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.
Dr. Radtke was a founding trustee of the Anglican Alliance for Development, Relief & Advocacy. He also served on the board of the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Dr. Radtke 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.
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.