Board of Directors 2020
The Rev. W. Keith McCoy, President and Director (Deacon-Diocese of New Jersey). Keith is a professional librarian and has served as a public library administrator for over thirty years. He has been active in the NJ Library Association (eleven years on the Executive Board), and other professional and civic organizations. Ordained a deacon in 1985, Keith’s early ministry was with youth, but since the mid-1990s with the diaconate. He served as chair of the Committee on the Diaconate under Bps. Doss and Joslin, and as an archdeacon for Bp. Councell. He was active in NAAD (chair of Guidelines Committee, board member), and has written a column for Diakoneo for over ten years. He was elected as an alternate to GC 2006, 2015, and 2018. Keith has been deacon at St. John’s Somerville NJ since October 2001. He served as a director of the Fund from 1999 - 2007, and again from 2012; he has been president since October 2015.
The Ven. Dr. Pamela McAbee Nesbit, Vice-President and Director (Archdeacon-Diocese of Pennsylvania). Pamela is Archdeacon and formation director for deacons. She has been a deacon for nineteen years. She is a clinical psychologist in private practice who works with people suffering from childhood sexual abuse. Deacon Nesbit is a former president of the Association for Episcopal Deacons. She is a candidate for the board of directors of the Network of Episcopal Clergy Associations. Deacon Nesbit is currently on sabbatical from parish ministry, but will be serving at the Philadelphia Cathedral as deacon starting in 2016.
The Ven. Louise R. Thibodaux, Director (Deacon-Diocese of Alabama). By the time she stepped down recently from her position of Archdeacon of the Diocese of Alabama, Lou had served in that position for ten years. She has been active in the Episcopal Church since childhood, graduating from Chatham Hall and Mount Holyoke College. She has a Ph.D. in medical sociology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she taught on the occupational therapy faculty for 18 years. She is an advocate for the full inclusion of people with handicaps in the life of the Church. Since her ordination to the diaconate in 2002, Lou has been active in the Association for Episcopal Deacons. She edited "Seeking and Serving", the domestic poverty newsletter. She coordinated deacons serving in General Convention liturgies in 2009, 2012 and 2015. Lou has been an EfM mentor for over 20 years. Currently is the Pastoral Associate for St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Birmingham, Alabama. She is also on the Advisory Board of the Blackburn Institute, University of Alabama where she shares her knowledge of servant leadership with undergraduate and graduate students. Her most unique work has been with "Power Socks", a ministry that encourages local knitters to make and sell socks to pay utility bills of those living in or near poverty. She has previously served one term as a Board member of the Fund for the Diaconate.
The Rev. Robert A. Franken, Treasurer and Director (Deacon-Diocese of Colorado). Robert has been ordained as a deacon for over 30 years and has actively served three dioceses. In the ten years before retirement Robert served as a Leadership Advisor for the most senior executives of Catholic Hospital and hospital systems across the United States. While living in Missouri, Robert served as Chief Operating Officer (2005 - 07) and special advisor to the Bishop. Prior to that in Colorado, Robert served as Chief Administrative Officer (1998 - 2001) and helped to orchestrate a reorganization of this large diocese. In the Diocese of Alaska, where he was ordained, Robert served as a member of the Governor’s Council for the Handicapped and Gifted. He was their principal advocate to the State Legislature and helped in the creation of the Special Education Service Agency and passage of the Bill of Rights for the Physically and Mentally Disabled. In 2001, Robert started his own company, Strataventure LLC, which provides management and organizational development services to for-profit, not-for-profit and faith-based organizations. Robert has served as Chief Financial Officer of a publicly traded company, lobbied in two state legislatures for faith-based and non-profit entities, served on the Coordinator Team for several General Conventions, and served as a member of the Presiding Bishop’s Task Force on Accessibility, along with other local committees and task forces. He is a person with multi management skills and holds a Master of Arts in Economics and Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at El Paso. Robert is currently retired and living in Frisco, Colorado where he worships and assists at St John the Baptist. He is also still active in the larger church as a member of the Task Force to Reimagine the Episcopal Church and a member of the Transition Committee for the Elections / Installation of the Presiding Bishop. Robert is a current Director and Assistant Treasurer of The Fund for the Diaconate.
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The Rev. Kevin Gunn (Diocese of Los Angeles) I was born, raised, and graduated from high school in Omaha, Nebraska. I graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota with a B.A. degree in economics and political science. After college, I joined the Peace Corps and served for two years as a secondary school mathematics teacher at a Roman Catholic mission school in the Equateur province of what was then known as Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo). Following my time in Zaire, I spent one year at the Institut des Langues et Civilisations Orientales in Paris, studying Russian language, history, geography and culture. I returned to the United States in 1980, moving to Los Angeles and getting a job at a Big Eight accounting firm, Touche Ross & Co. After doing my two years there, I began working as a studio accountant in the entertainment industry which work continues to this day in my position as Vice President, Business Affairs Administration at HBO in Santa Monica. I was confirmed in the Episcopal Church in 1989 at the age of the 33 and served as the treasurer of St. John’s Church (now St. John’s pro-Cathedral) in Los Angeles for thirteen years. At that time the church had a multi-million dollar endowment that I helped to manage. For a brief period of time, I also served as the first chief financial officer of the then church-associated St. John’s Well Child and Family Center. Now an independent non-profit organization, I was able to help them get their first federal grant. I enrolled at the Episcopal Theological School at Claremont (Bloy House) in 2004 and received the diploma in theology in 2009. I was ordained to the diaconate in December 2015 and currently serve as deacon at All Saints Church in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. At All Saints, a predominately Latino parish, my focus has been on homeless ministry and the challenge of leveraging the cash-poor parish’s real estate assets to enable us to serve our working class parishioners and community more effectively.
The Rev. Anita Catron Miner (Diocese of Utah). Before being ordained a deacon in Salt Lake City, I was a financial advisor with Ameriprise Financial, helping families, individuals and non- profits navigate financial matters. I have been a trustee of the All Saints Episcopal Church Trust and clergy member of the Diocesan Council charged with financial oversight and budget matters of the Diocese of Utah. During General Convention 2015, held in Salt Lake City, I was the local contact for AED and secured a service project for deacons with UMCOR, an international relief organization. In addition, while serving on the Utah Symphony Guild, I was the treasurer. I have served as the deacon at All Saints Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City UT for 6 years. My current servant ministry is to advocate for the underserved and voiceless members of Salt Lake City by engaging with legislators and other government officials in Utah to help them understand how their policies might negatively impact vulnerable populations financially, environmentally and health-wise. In one instance, we were responsible for preventing an increase in food taxes, while the legislative majority spoke in favor of such an increase which would have greatly penalized the poor. In addition, I am a Board member of Utahns for Religious Scholarship and a sustaining member of Junior League to educate the community on vital programs benefitting young and old. As a volunteer for Junior League, I was responsible for securing three grants from Ameriprise Financial to help support a cloth closet for low-income individuals. Further, I was an invited member of Jubilee USA to meet with Utah legislators at their offices in Washington DC to speak about poverty issues. Among topics we engaged in were shell companies and the debt of the territory of Puerto Rico.Finally, I have secured six small grants from Franciscan Aid for various projects to enable start-up businesses or educational opportunities to benefit people in Brazil and Uganda. I am a former Minister Provincial of the Third Order, Society of St. Francis. I bring various financial gifts to the table as well as language skills. I am multi-lingual (Spanish, French and some Portuguese) and have lived in four countries besides the USA.
The Rev. Canon Brian P. Nordwick (Canon-Diocese of El Camino Real). Brian has served as Canon to the Ordinary for over eleven years. His areas of responsibility include administration, finance, investment, legal, business operations management, personnel, etc. He is past President of CODE (Conference of Diocesan Executives), past Treasurer of Province VIII, and a current faculty member of CREDO (CPG) with experience in finance and vocation. His vocational gifts come from 23 years of hiring and operations management work in international business, and nine years as a Transitions (Deployment) Minister. Brian has been a deacon for 21 years and a faculty member for the California School for Deacons for 20 years.
The Rev. Geraldine Swanson (Deacon-Diocese of New York). Ordained deacon in the Diocese of New York in 1997. Geri had a twenty-seven year career as an educator in both the private and public schools of New York City as a classroom teacher, mentor to new teachers, teacher-trainer of mentors, and as a staff developer for the New York City Department of Education. Her ministry has centered on serving under-represented populations in her work as Soup Kitchen Coordinator, afterschool music program director, Co-Chair of the Staten Island Hunger Task Force, and member of the SI Coalition for Housing Equality. For six years, she has served on the Board of Directors of the Association for Episcopal Deacons, having served as co-chair of their recent Triennial Conference in Minnesota. In 2008, Swanson earned an MA cum laude from the General Theological Seminary where her thesis centered on Deaconess Susan Trevor Knapp and the New York School for Deaconesses. She considers it an honor to be asked to serve on the board that is overseeing funds originally raised to help these forgotten heroines of the Episcopal Church.
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Bios of newly elected Board members will be posted in January, when their term begins.
The Rev. Theresa Lewallen, Grants Administrator (Deacon-Diocese of Virginia). Currently Deputy Director of the National Collaborative for Health Equity, Theresa also spent many years managing constituent services for the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. She is a graduate of Randolph-Macon College and Trinity College in Washington DC, and was ordained to the diaconate in April 2016.
The Rev. Anne Pillot, Communication & Marketing Director (Deacon-Diocese of Ohio). Anne creates print and web materials for the Fund, as well as handling communication needs. She is a self-employed graphic designer and communications professional with 20+ years of experience in ad agencies & non-profit. She creates materials for small business and non-profit clients, including diocesan materials; posters, brochures, social media ads, annual reports, and capabilities brochures. Anne is also the Communications Director for the Association for Episcopal Deacons. Ordained a deacon in 2011, she serves at two parishes in Northeast Ohio and is active in the local deacon community.