THE CONSORTIUM’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS
THE REV LUKE BACK, President
Rector, Church of the Heavenly Rest // Abilene, TX
Prior to his ministry at Heavenly Rest Luke served as canon and priest-in-charge at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Oklahoma City where he worked extensively on expanding the ministries and facilities in a changing downtown setting. Luke has served on the Conference Planning Committee of the Consortium, presented workshops on the use of technology and information management in church ministry.
Vision for CEEP: All of us who are members of the Consortium have been given a great inheritance in earthly and heavenly treasure. We have many things in common and many things to learn from one another. Sharing the ministry of Christ, preserving beautiful historic space, and teaching faithful stewardship remain priorities of the Consortium. We will continue to encourage and enable best practices that lead to the reconciliation of differences and the financial security and expansion of the church. Through shared worship, research, conversation, and collaboration the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes will continue to knit together churches that will respond to reality with intelligence, vitality, and Divine inspiration.
MS. JENNA BING
St. Hubert's // Kitrland Hills, OH
Jenna Bing is a consumer market research professional with 20+ years of experience at Fortune 100 consumer product and service organizations. She recently opened Jenna Bing Research, a qualitative and quantitative market research consulting firm. She utilizes her strategic leadership skills serving as Sr. Warden currently at St Hubert’s and previously at Trinity Episcopal, Highland Park, IL. She has helped in the assessment of parish strengths through surveys and group discussions, led stewardship campaigns, and dealt with major land stewardship issues. She has served on Altar Guilds for years having been trained by her mother for the Jr. Altar Guild at St. Andrew’s, Roswell, NM. She holds an MBA from Rice University Jones Graduate School of Management, MA (geology) from Duke University, and a BA (geology) from Rice University.
Why does Jenna want to serve on the Board of CEEP? CEEP conferences have helped me as a church leader. I want to help CEEP grow: grow in who it can help and grow in how it can help.
THE VERY REV. STEPHEN CARLSEN
Dean, Christ Church Cathedral // Indianapolis, IN
The Very Rev. Stephen Carlsen , Rector and Dean, Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis. Steve has served in Consortium parishes most of his ministry and participated in nearly all conferences for the past decade. Prior to Christ Church Cathedral, he was Sub-Dean at St. John's Cathedral in Denver. In Indianapolis, he serves a 175 year-old Episcopal congregation on Monument Circle, both a thriving Episcopal congregation and a church for the City of Indianapolis. Christ Church Cathedral was a founding member of the Consortium. In addition to its renown tradition of sacred music, his congregation has been active in reaching out to it neighbors, local and global. At the CEEP conference in Chicago, Steve presented on the efforts to rebuild the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Port au Prince, Haiti. He also serves as a Trustee of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale.
Vision for CEEP: I believe that the Consortium is a vital source of help for the Episcopal Church. Founded to help churches learn to manage endowments, its mission has grown. It is now network of congregations sharing best practices in leadership, ministry, finance and outreach. Most members in CEEP come from dioceses with relatively few peer congregations. CEEP provides its members a venue for conversation and creativity. Fresh ideas, critical insight and healthy exchange fostered among our network spread to benefit not just our members but the whole Episcopal Church.
SHELAGH CASEY BROWN
Virginia Theological Seminary//Alexandria, VA
As Director of Alumni and Church Relations at Virginia Theological Seminary, Shelagh has the delight and privilege of working with the 3,200+ alumni of VTS. She previously served for over 15 years at the College of Preachers and Washington National Cathedral, working in fundraising, communications, public events, and strategic program development. She oversaw the programmatic life and operations of the College’s residential preaching programs and other educational programs in theology, spirituality, and Christian formation. Before joining the Cathedral, she was on staff at the Association of American Colleges and Universities. She served on the Governing Board of the Washington Theological Consortium for several years including two years as Board Chair.
Serving CEEP: I’ve been a huge advocate and supporter of CEEP since my first conference back in 2008, the blizzard year in St. Louis. Serving on the Program Committee this year has only deepened my appreciation for the positive impact the annual conference has for participants and the parishes they serve. CEEP members are committed to a healthy and vibrant future for the Church and bring great gifts to the journey. I’m honored to join the board as CEEP continues to be a significant resource of programmatic excellence and networking opportunities.
THE REV. MATTHEW HEYD, Vice President
Rector, Church of the Heavenly Rest // New York City, NY
The Rev. Matthew F. Heyd was called to serve as Rector of Church of the Heavenly Rest in New York City during the spring of 2013. Prior to that he served as director of Faith in Action for Trinity Wall Street, supporting the Parish's engagement and partnership ministries in Lower Manhattan and around the world-- including Anglican Partnerships, support for public schools, the Charlotte's Place neighborhood center, local and global mission & service relationships, and the Trinity Grants Program. Before coming to Trinity in 2003, Matt helped start Episcopal Charities in the Diocese of New York and served as chief operating officer of a non-profit supporting service in schools across the United States. He was a Morehead Scholar and student body president at the University of North Carolina. He received a master's of arts in religion summa cum laude from Yale Divinity School and a master's of sacred theology from The General Theological Seminary. He is a member of the Standing Committee of the Diocese of New York. His wife, Ann Thornton, is Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Library. They have a five year-old daughter and a seventeen month old son.
On Serving CEEP: I’ve been a huge advocate and supporter of CEEP since my first conference back in 2008, the blizzard year in St. Louis. Serving on the Program Committee this year has only deepened my appreciation for the positive impact the annual conference has for participants and the parishes they serve. CEEP members are committed to a healthy and vibrant future for the Church and bring great gifts to the journey. I’m honored to join the board as CEEP continues to be a significant resource of programmatic excellence and networking opportunities.
MR. MILES LACKEY
Trinity Wall Street // New York, NY
Miles Lackey is Senior Advisor to the Rector of Trinity Church Wall Street in New York City. He joined the staff of Trinity Church in 2016 after more than two decades of public service in senior government positions in Washington, DC, including Chief of Staff to two United States Senators; as Staff Director of a Congressional Committee; and as Special Assistant to the President of the United States in the Clinton White House. He is a 1982 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a 1986 graduate of Yale Divinity School. His focus at Trinity is long-term strategic planning.
Why is Miles interested in serving on the Board of CEEP? The consortium is an extraordinary resource for the whole church, especially in the essential mission of gathering and communicating best practices. The leadership of the Board plays an important part in advancing the Consortium's mission, and I look forward to the opportunity to serve.
THE REV. LOUANNE LOCH, Immediate Past President
Rector, St. Paul's by-the-Sea// Jacksonville Beach, FL
The Rev. Louanne Loch was born in Charleston SC and received her M.Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary. In 2016, she accepted a call to serve as Rector at St. Paul's by the Sea, Jacksonville Beach. In the Diocese of Florida, she was elected to the Diocesan Executive committee, chaired the convention nominating committee, and currently serves on the Board of Examining Chaplains. She also co-founded the Alatchua County Committee on interfaith relations. She also serves on the Committee on Interfaith Relations as Co-President, an organization she helped found. Her former experience included the Diocese of Marland where she served on the Standing Committee, the Ecclesastical Commitee, the Constitution and Canons Committee, the Evangelism Committee and the Committee for Jewish-Christian relations.In the Diocese of East Carolina, she served on the Standing Committee, the Finance Committee, and as a member of the Diocesan Reconciliation Committee where she served as Chaplain.
Vision for CEEP: Louanne is honored to serve on the CEEP board and looks forward to help facilitate its conference and help continue its mission of being a resource for knowledge, skills and as a facilitator of inter connectivity of parish leaders.
MS. SUZY MINK
St. Alban's // Washington DC
Suzy is the Senior Philanthropic Advisor at Hollins University. Suzy graduated from Hollins in 1974 with a BA in Art History and Spanish. Other degrees include a Certificada Filologia from Universidad de Salamanca, and an MAT in Spanish from UVA. Her career in Development includes time with The Nature Conservancy, the Pediatric Aids Foundation, the World Wildlife Fund, and Campbell & Company. She spent a great deal of her professional life serving at the Washington National Cathedral as Senior Advisor for Institutional Relations, Director of both Philanthropy and Development, Director of the annual fund, and major gifts officer. Among numerous honors she has received is membership in the Honorary Order of St. John of Jerusalem, election to the Hollins University Athletic Hall of Fame, and in 1996 she was invited as commencement speaker at St. Margaret’s-McTernan School. She served on the College of Preachers Governing Board, was President of the Washington Chapter’s Chirons and Colitis Foundation, and served on the Board of Directors of the Episcopal Church Foundation and General Theological Seminary. She has also served on the United States Olympic Committee’s Speakers Bureau.
What Suzy says about the Consortium: My first meeting with the Consortium was when I was working at Washington National Cathedral and I found it to be a wonderful resource as well as a great group of leaders with whom to communicate and learn. I am honored to be affiliated with the Consortium as it continues to grow and prosper and provide important leadership to our Church.
MR. ERNIE PETREY, Treasurer
Treasurer// St. Pauls Episcopal Church// Cleveland Heights, OH
Ernest Petrey became Treasurer of CEEP July 1, 2016.
Mr. Ernie Petrey firstname.lastname@example.org is the CEO of Ardleigh Minerals, Inc., a company supplying raw materials manufactured from recycled industrial by-products to the steel, cement, agricultural, and plastics industries in the U.S. and Canada. Prior to moving to Ohio he was involved in the chemical industry internationally, primarily in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and North Africa. He has been involved in the Consortium since 1986, serving on the Conference, Finance and Audit Committees, and as a member of the Board of Directors. His Episcopal credits include serving on ECF’s Board and on the Development Advisory Committee for the Episcopal Church. As an avocation, Mr. Petrey assists parishes in setting up and reformatting their endowments so as to maximize endowment growth
Vision for CEEP: In the case of family, church, civics and career,it is important to give more time and energy than is expected. For church and civics, the pocketbook should also be deeply committed.
MR. GEORGE M. PLEWS, CHANCELLOR
Trinity Episcopal Church // Indianapolis, IN
Mr. George M. Plews has practiced for thirty years as a successful appellate and trial advocate. He was lead counsel in key cases that shaped Indiana insurance coverage law. George’s environmental law practice spans a range of matters including state and federal environmental statutes. George’s litigation practice includes a wide range of other complex cases, including products liability, finance, class actions, and personal injury cases. In 2009, George was named a Distinguished Barrister by the Indiana Lawyer. His yearly listings in “Best Lawyers in America” and Indiana “Super Lawyers” (for both environmental and insurance coverage law) commenced respectively in 2001 and 2004.
Vision for CEEP: I have had the privilege to serve as CEEP’s legal counsel for many years. I have seen both the wonderful practical and spiritual connections it creates in our church and how it has developed as a catalyst of constructive growth. I would be honored to be a part of CEEP’ expansion to reach out to parish and non-parish partners to grow the Kingdom.
MR. MARK PRIEST, Secretary
Christ Church Cathedral // Cincinnati, OH
Mark Priest has served as Cathedral Administrator for Christ Church Cathedral since 2006. Formerly he worked as a Manager of Finance at General Electric and Convergys and has managed operations for large and small call centers. He serves as a volunteer on his church finance committee and was a volunteer with Junior Achievement for five years. A CPA, Mark holds a degree in public accounting from Indiana University.
What Mark says about the Consortium: The Consortium has been a valuable resource for me professionally as much as it is for Christ Church Cathedral organizationally. I have been attending the annual conferences for seven years, and each year I meet new people with valuable information and insights to share. My hope is that the Consortium continues to expand its offerings, as well as its membership, so that the valuable resource it is becomes a useful benefit to even more people.
THE REV. CANON ANNE MARIE RICHARDS
Trinity Church, Newport // Rhode Island
Anne Marie serves as the 30th Rector of Trinity Church in Newport, Rhode Island, the first female rector in the parish’s 300+ year history. She was previously the Associate Rector of Trinity Church in Princeton, New Jersey, a call she accepted after graduating from Virginia Theological Seminary in 2005. Anne Marie is active in the life of the Diocese of Rhode Island, having served on Diocesan Council and the Bishop’s Search and Nominating Committee, and is a long-time member of Gathering of Leaders. Before entering seminary, Anne Marie worked for several years as a lay school chaplain and teacher; was the third employee at a start-up commercial ticketing firm; and spent many years in the non-profit professional theatre world.
How did Anne Marie wind up on the CEEP Board? Leslie C. Smith, then Rector of Trinity Princeton, brought me to my first CEEP Conference in 2006, and I haven’t missed one since. For several years I served on the Conference Planning Committee, working with an amazing group of colleagues, and seeing more and more the benefits of both the annual gathering and the network of connections that continue to grow and develop through the years. I am an unabashed, though deeply imperfect, disciple of Jesus Christ, and I do believe that the Episcopal Church has great gifts to offer a broken and hurting world. I’m delighted to join the board as we work to provide opportunities to ponder together how we might best preach the ancient truth of the Gospel in a language that 21st Century ears can hear.
THE REV. MICHAEL SULLIVAN
Kanuga Camps & Conference Center // North Carolina
The Rev. Michael R. Sullivan became Kanuga’s 10th president in November 2016. A native of Seneca, South Carolina, Michael holds a Master of Divinity from The University of the South–Sewanee, Tennessee; a Juris Doctor cum laude from the University of South Carolina–Columbia, South Carolina; and a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude, Wofford College–Spartanburg, South Carolina (Phi Beta Kappa). Michael is the author of two books and numerous articles. Windows into the Soul and Windows into the Light, both published by Morehouse explore the place of art in spirituality. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, fitness, hiking and writing.
Why is Michael interested in serving on the CEEP Board? No other organization has helped me professionally more than CEEP. As a resource for fundraising, endowment management, and general stewardship, there really is no other group that is as resourceful, challenging, and engaging. I always leave conference and meetings with fresh ideas and approaches that expand the concepts of leadership so imperative for shared mission in the world. I am thrilled to serve on the board as we expand our scope and reach to encompass all challenges before us.