Board of Directors

John Talty, President

  • Seix Advisors, Former President and Chief Investment Officer
  • Bedford Free Library, Trustee
  • The Foundation Fighting Blindness

Peter W. Keller, Vice President
  • Berkeley Research Group, Managing Director
  • St. Matthew’s, Bedford, Member
  • St. Matthew’s, Bedford, Search Committee Chair
  • St. Matthew’s, Bedford, Former Vestry Member and Treasurer
  • St. Mary the Virgin, Chappaqua, Former Vestry Member and Clerk of the Vestry
  • Hebron Academy, Trustee Emeritus and Former Treasurer
  • Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York, Advisory Committee member

Matthew Ailey

  • GenRock Capital Management, Founder
  • Corvex Management, Former Analyst
  • Saint Thomas Church, Manhattan, Member

John P. Banning, Jr.

  • Black Sheep Hill Farm, Owner and farmer
  • Grace Church, Millbrook, member
  • Church of the Regeneration, Pine Plains, member
  • Episcopal Diocese of New York, Trustee
  • Indian Mountain School, Trustee
  • Dutchess Land Conservancy, Trustee

Sarah Beshar

  • Davis Polk, Former Legal Advisor
  • Whitney Museum, Conservation Fellow
  • Lincoln Center, Corporate Board
  • Invesco Ltd., Board of Directors

Helen Cantwell

  • Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, Partner
  • Yale Law School, Clinical Visiting Lecturer in Law

Susannah Carrier

Donald R. Crawshaw

  • Sullivan and Cromwell LLP, Partner
  • Wagner Society of New York, Finance Committee Member
  • Compass Rose Society,  Member
  • Church of St. Luke in the Fields, New York City, Concert Committee Member

The Rt. Rev. Andrew M L Dietsche, Ex-Officio

  • XVI Bishop of New York
  • General Theological Seminary, Board member
  • House of the Redeemer, Board member
  • Seaman’s Church Institute, Board Chair
  • Cathedral Trust, Board Chair
  • Bard College, Board member

The Rev. Dr. Pierre Andre Duvert

  • St. Luke’s Church, Bronx, Rector
  • Mercer School of Theology, Former Board Vice President
  • Episcopal Community Services, Former Board Member

Curran B. Estreich, Ex-Officio

  • Grace Church, Manhattan, Outreach Committee Member, Former Vestry Member
  • Grace Church School, Former Trustee
  • McCann Erickson, Former Art Buyer
  • The General Seminary, Candidate for MA in Spiritual Direction

Scott D. Ferguson

  • Sachem Head Capital Management, Founder and CEO
  • Henry Street Settlement, Board member

James A. Florack

  • Davis Polk, Partner and Co-Head of Global Credit Group
  • St. Peter’s Church, Millbrook/Lithgow, Member

Charles S. Garland

  • Hamlin Capital Management LLC, Partner and Senior Equity Portfolio Manager
  • Christ’s Church, Rye, Two-term Vestryman and Chairman, Investment Committee
  • Yale University, Past Executive Committee member of Yale Alumni Fund Board, Chair of Agents, and 25th Reunion Co-Chair

Andrew Horrocks

  • UBS Investment Bank, Managing Director
  • Credit Suisse, Former Managing Director and Global Co-Head of Transportation & Autos Group
  • Cornell University School of Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, Former Acting Professor
  • The Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest, Former Warden, Outreach Committee Co-Chair

The Rev. Phillip A. Jackson

      • Trinity Wall Street, Vicar
      • Christ Church of the Ascension, Paradise Valley, AZ, Former Rector
      • Former attorney

Richard Pell, Treasurer

      • R Squared Capital Management LLP, Chairman
      • Christ’s Church Rye, Member

Lawrence E. Phillips

          • Moreland Partners, Co-Founding Partner
          • Christ’s Church, Rye, Member

Philip D. Sherman

          • Independent consultant
          • Citi Institutional Investment Management, Former Global Head
          • Asia Securitization & Infrastructure Assurance (Pte), Ltd., Former CEO

Douglas E. Schimmel

      • Sandler Capital Management, Managing Director and Portfolio Manager
      • Merrill Lynch, Former Equity Research Analyst
      • Wertheim Schroder & Co., Former Analyst and Portfolio Manager
      • The Autumn Ridge Foundation, Founder
      • Trinity Church, Wall Street, Member

Nicholas C. Walsh

      • AIG, Senior Advisor
      • Jardine Lloyd Thompson, PLC, Non-Executive Director
      • Norton Rose Fullbright, LLC, Senior Advisor
      • BritishAmerican Business, Chairman

Caroline Williamson

          • B. Robert Williamson, Jr. Foundation, President, Treasurer and Trustee
          • The Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest, Manhattan, Warden

Campbell Wharton

  • Penguin Random House, Associate Publisher
  • St. James’ Church, Manhattan, Former Vestry Member

The Hon. Gordon Whiting

      • Angelo, Gordon & Co, Managing Director
      • Corporate Property Associates 14, President and Portfolio Manager
      • St. James’ Church, Manhattan, Member

Cecil Wray, Past President

          • Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, Partner (retired)
          • Search and Care, Inc., Board Member
          • Church Pension Fund, Trustee
          • Church Insurance Company, Director
          • Adirondack Park Agency, Commissioner
          • East Side Community Center, Board Member

Paul H. Zumbro

      • Cravath, Swaine & Moore, Partner and Head of Financial Restructuring and Reorganization Practice
      • St. Barnabas Church, Irvington, Vestry Member


Directors Emeritii

Advisory Committee

The Episcopal Charities Advisory Committee oversees our grant process by reading applications and evaluating programs. Committee members also provide technical assistance on an as-needed basis.

Curran B. Estreich, Chair

          • Grace Church, Manhattan, Outreach Committee Member, Former Vestry Member
          • Grace Church School, Former Trustee
          • McCann Erickson, Former Art Buyer
          • The General Seminary, Candidate for MA in Spiritual Direction

The Rev. Yamily Bass-Choate

  • Liaison for Global Mission, Episcopal Diocese of New York
  • San Andres Episcopal Church, Yonkers, Former Vicar
  • General Theological Seminary, Former Trustee
  • Hispanic Trust Fund for the Episcopal Church, Trustee
  • Episcopal New Yorker, Board Member

Carla Burns

          • Church of the Holy Innocents, Highland Falls, Warden
          • Province II Antiracism Network, Leader
          • Executive Council of the Episcopal Church, Committee for Antiracism, Member
          • Diocesan Anti-Racism Committee, Chair
          • Diocesan Social Concerns Commission, Member
          • P.S. 154 (Central Harlem),  Retired Faculty

The Rev. Deacon Eliza Davies

          • St. Martha’s Church, Bronx, Clergy in Charge
          • Wells Fargo Bank Real Estate Capital Markets, team member
          • Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., past Community Support Campaign Coordinator
          • St. James’ Church, Bronx, past Vestry member and Finance Committee Chair
          • Interfaith Caregivers of the Northwest Bronx, past Board member

Clarissa Davis-Igle

  • NYC-DOHMH Nurse-Family Partnership Program, Administrative Clinical Supervisor, Advisory and Quality Improvement Boards
  • Nurse-Family Partnership National Service Office, Innovation and Advisory Committee
  • 3100 Block Homeowners Association, Recording Secretary
  • St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Bronx, Vestry Member

The Rev. Dr. Gawain F. de Leeuw, OA

          • St. Bartholomew’s Church, White Plains, Rector
          • Order of the Ascension, Member
          • Meals on Wheels, Board Member
          • Westchester United, Board Member
          • Planned Parenthood, Clergy Advocacy Board
          • Housing Action Council, Board Member

The Rev. Deacon Gail Ganter-Toback

          • St. James Hyde Park, Deacon
          • Episcopal Relief and Development, Mid-Hudson Region, Diocesan Coordinator
          • Diocesan Council, Former Mid-Hudson Executive Committee Member
          • Diocesan Strategic Advisory Committee, Former Member
          • Rural and Migrant Ministries, Volunteer

The Rev. Canon Susan Harriss

  • Christ’s Church, Rye, Former Rector
  • Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Former Canon Pastor
  • Former Chaplain to Bishop Paul Moore
  • Diocesan Board of Trustees, Former Member
  • National Association of Episcopal Schools, Board Member
  • Racism Task Force, Former Co-Chair

The Rev. Deacon Mavourneen Hubbard

          • St. George’s Episcopal Church, Newburgh, and St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, New Windsor, Deacon
          • Loaves and Fishes, Newburgh, Board member
          • Abraham’s Table, Newburgh, President
          • Shepherd’s Kitchen, Church of the Good Shepherd, Newburgh, Director

Peter Keller

          • Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York, Board Member
          • BNY Mellon, Retired Managing Director & Energy Division Head
          • St. Matthew’s Church, Bedford, Member
          • St. Matthew’s Church, Bedford, Former Vestry Member and Treasurer
          • Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Chappaqua, Former Vestry Member and Clerk of the Vestry
          • Hebron Academy, Trustee Emeritus and Former Treasurer

The Rev. Lewis E. Marshall

          • Priest in Charge, All Saints’ Church, Staten Island
          • Member, Rockefeller University Institutional Review Board

Ann Natale

          • St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Mount Kisco, Vestry, Outreach Committee Chair
          •  Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry, Member, Board of Directors and past President
          • McGraw-Hill, Inc., former manager, Standard & Poor’s and Business Week

Donia Quon

          • St. Thomas’ Church, Manhattan, Member
          • St. Thomas’ Church, Manhattan, Every Member Canvass Committee
          • United States Fund for UNICEF, Manager of Volunteers & Community Partnerships
          • California State University, Long Beach, M.A., Applied Anthropology

The Rev. Deacon Ella Roundtree-Davis

          • Christ Church, Riverdale, Deacon
          • New York City Public Schools, Retired Educator
          • Kairos Outside New York City (Prison Ministry), Spiritual Director
          • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Member
          • Philanthropic Educational Organization, Member

Jane Barber Smith

          • Christ Church, Poughkeepsie, Member
          • Christ Church, Poughkeepsie, Past Clerk of the Vestry
          • Former elementary school teacher, Virgina, Maryland and New York
          •  SUNY New Paltz, Former graduate instructor in special education

Melina Luna Smith

          • Calvary-St. George’s Church, Manhattan, Creative Arts Camp Coordinator
          • Former social worker and behavioral specialist, Arizona, Pittsburgh, and New York
          • Northern Arizona University, Masters of Education in Counseling and Human Behavior

Sibby Tower

          • St. Margaret’s Staatsburg, member
          • St. Margaret’s Staatsburg, former Vestry Member and Treasurer
          • St. Margaret’s Staatsburg, outreach volunteer (homeless shelter, Dutchess County “Lunch Box,” holiday meal program
          • Former HR Coordinator, John Jay College
          •  Former Customer Service Director, Green Mountain Power Corporation (Vermont); duties included corporate grant making

Gwendolen Wade

          • Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York, Board Member
          • St. James’ Church, Manhattan, Health Ministries Committee Chair
          • St. James’ Church, Manhattan, Former Senior Warden
          • Health Advocates for Older People, Board of Directors, First Vice President

Mary-Jo Weber

          • St. Barnabas, Irvington, Member, lay reader and acolyte
          • Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry
          • Columbia University School of Nursing, Instructor in Clinical Nursing



  • Mary Beth Sasso

    Mary Beth Sasso

    Mary Beth Sasso joined Episcopal Charities in June 2007 in the role of Executive Director. She received her Master of Arts degree from The University of Michigan and worked in Strategic Management Consulting in a variety of Marketing and Business Development roles prior to transitioning into Not-For-Profit management.
    Phone: 212-316-7403

    E-mail Mary Beth Sasso
  • Henry E. Enright

    Henry E. Enright

    A seasoned professional, Henry has helped advance the causes of public broadcasting, maritime and overseas ministries, higher education, and help for homeless families. He has also consulted on a volunteer basis with organizations serving the developmentally disabled and victims of domestic abuse. Henry holds a BA in Psychology and MA in Counselor Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
    Phone: 212-932-7376

    E-mail Henry E. Enright
  • Leeanna Varga

    Leeanna Varga

    Leeanna has worked in both parish and not-for-profit settings managing service programs and grants for people in need. She began her career in Jackson, Mississippi and has also worked in and around Boston and New York City, including as Associate for Mission at St. James’ Church, Manhattan. She holds a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School.

    Phone: 212-316-7426

    E-mail Leeanna Varga
  • Rachel Crosby

    Rachel Crosby

    Rachel received her BA in Religious Studies from University of Chicago. Prior to working at Episcopal Charities, she worked in student organizing in Davis, California and in software testing in Madison, Wisconsin. Rachel originally joined Episcopal Charities through the New York Intern Program before taking on her new role as Volunteer Coordinator.

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  • Amalia Vavala

    Amalia Vavala

    Amalia graduated with a degree from Art History from Fordham University, where she was awarded the Vasari Prize for excellence in art history. Previously, she was the Office Assistant at the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington’s Office for Catholic Youth Ministry and the Editorial Intern at Oxford University Press.

    Phone: 212-316-7575

    E-mail Amalia Vavala
  • Sunny Lawrence

    Sunny Lawrence

    Sunny received her BA in 2017 from Smith College, where she majored in Religious Studies and the Study of Women and Gender. She joins Episcopal Charities through the New York Intern Program.

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