Board of Directors

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

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
  • Episcopal Charities Advisory Committee Member
  • Christ Church Rye, Member

Susannah Carrier

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, MA in Spiritual Direction

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

Matthew Hurd

  • Sullivan and Cromwell Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice, Partner
  • Metropolitan Opera, Board Member
  • International Women’s Health Coalition, Board Member

The Rev. Phillip A. Jackson

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

Richard Pell

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

Douglas E. Schimmel, Treasurer

  • Sandler Capital Management, Managing Director and Portfolio Manager
  • The Autumn Ridge Foundation, Founder
  • Trinity Church, Wall Street, Member

Scott Sykes

  • Capital Group, Partner
  • St. Barnabas Church, Irvington, Finance Committee

Owen Thomas

  • Parishioner and Senior Warden, Christ Church Bronxville
  • Chief Executive Officer, Boston Properties

Hepsen Uzcan

  • Deutsche US Mutual Funds, Managing Director and President
  • Life Medical Technologies, Inc., Advisory Board Member
  • Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management, Director

Nicholas C. Walsh

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

Caroline Williamson, Vice President and Secretary

  • 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
  • St. James Church, Manhattan, 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, MA in Spiritual Direction

The Rev. Deacon Chisara Alimole

  • Deacon, Christ Church, Bronxville

Sarah Beshar

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

Meighan Corbett

  • Christ’s Church, Rye, Member and Former Vestry Member
  • St. Bartholomew’s Church, Manhattan, Director of Giving

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
  • Daughters of the King, Vice President for the Episcopal Diocese of New York

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

Nancy Farrell

  • Parishoner, St. James Church, Manhattan

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. 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

The Rev. Deacon Shiane Lee

  • Deacon, The Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Chappaqua

Kevin Lockhart

  • Managing Director, BMO Capital Markets
  • St. Barnabas Church, Irvington, Member and Former Vestry Member
  • Former Board Member, Episcopal Charities

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 Weekly

The Rev. Filomena Servellon

  • Priest-in-Charge, Santa Cruz, Kingston

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

The Rev. Deacon Geraldine A. Swanson

  • Richmond Episcopal Ministry, Deacon
  • Retired School Teacher and Administrator
  • Fund for the Diaconate, Board Member
  • Staten Island Hunger Task Force and Coalition for Housing Equality, Member

Polly VanderKruik

  • Christ Church, Warwick Vestry Member
  • Retired School Library Media Specialist
  • After School Homework Club for the Children of Farm Workers, Tutor
  • Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Volunteer


  • 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

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  • Elizabeth Starling

    Elizabeth Starling

    Before joining Episcopal Charities’ staff as Director of Development, Elizabeth spent 22 years working at the healthcare non-profit MTF Biologics, where she served as Vice President of Sales and Operations.  She holds an Master of Science in fundraising and non-profit administration from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University.  Elizabeth is a member of Grace Church, Nyack, where she currently serves as a vestry member.

    Phone: 212-932-7376

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  • Patrick Bergquist

    Patrick Bergquist

    Patrick brings with him varied experiences, including living with university students as a resident director to living with monks as a novice with the Society of St. John the Evangelist. He has written student leadership curriculum for high school and middle school students and run a large summer day camp program. Most recently Patrick has served at St. Bart’s, Manhattan as Minister for Children, Youth and Family Formation and Director of Special Projects for the Rector. He received a Master of Arts in Ministry and Theology from Northern Seminary in Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts with studies in Communication and Family Science from Anderson University.
    Phone: 212-316-7426

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  • Emily Collie-Beard

    Emily Collie-Beard

    For the past five years Emily has enjoyed organizing at the intersection of racial and economic justice throughout the South with The Fight for $15. Originally from Virginia, she recently returned to New York, where she earned her BA in sociology from Fordham University. During her time at Fordham, Emily worked with The Dorothy Day Center for Service and Justice to strengthen and expand their volunteer program.

    Phone: 212-932-7354

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  • Amalia Vavala

    Amalia Vavala

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

    Phone: 212-316-7575

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