Staff Listing

Program

Joshua Anderson
Assistant Program Director, Financial Resources (212) 870-2841 | janderson@episcopalfoundation.org Joshua Anderson is Assistant Program Director in ECF’s Financial Resources area. In this role, he supports ECF’s Endowment Management Solutions (EMS), Planned Giving, and life income gifts programs.

Prior to joining ECF, Josh worked for 5 years in local non-profit organizations in Lafayette, Indiana and New York City, operating out of school time programs for youth ages 5 to 18. Josh studied Elementary Education at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana. Josh and his wife, who is a second year Master of Divinity student at General Theological Seminary, relocated to New York City from Lafayette, Indiana in the summer of 2014.

Louise Baietto
Senior Program Director (212) 870-2842 | lbaietto@episcopalfoundation.org Louise Baietto is Senior Program Director for Strategic Resources with responsibility for providing flexible, customized, innovative and holistic approaches to capital campaigns, special appeals, annual giving and stewardship, as well as visioning and planning tools.

Prior to ECF, Louise was on the staff of the Diocese of Long Island, The Ford Foundation and one of its major grantees. She also serves as finance faculty for CREDO conferences, a clergy wellness program of the Church Pension Fund. Louise holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from St. John’s University. She is a communicant and Canon of the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City, NY.

Kjerstin Besser
Assistant Program Director for Leadership Resources and Communications (212) 870-2852 | kbesser@episcopalfoundation.org Kjerstin is Assistant Program Director for Leadership Resources and Communications at the Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF). She supports the Leadership Resources and Communications team by assisting with the production of the online publication ECF Vital Practices and ECF's educational events and resources.

Prior to working for ECF, Kjerstin was the Information & Referral Specialist at the National Down Syndrome Society. She earned a BA in International Relations from Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, IL.

The Rev. Ronald Charles Byrd, Sr.
ECF Vital Teams Lead Consultant (703) 609-9707 | rbyrd@episcopalfoundation.org Ron is serving his eighth year as rector of St. Katherine’s Church in Williamston, Michigan.

In 2011, Ron and St. Katherine’s developed and successfully launched the Forster Woods Day Center, a day care facility that provides assistance to persons living with dementia and other physical and mental impairments. Prior to becoming an Episcopal priest in 2007, Ron was employed for over 20 years in executive management and leadership positions at four Fortune 500 companies. Ron is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and hold degrees in Marketing, Management, Finance, and Business Administration.

Rebecca (Becky) Earl
Senior Consultant, Impact Study, Strategic Solutions, Financial Evaluations (860) 424-7052 | rearl@episcopalfoundation.org Rebecca joined ECF in 2008 after a career as a senior executive in a large non-profit organization.

At ECF, she has put those skills to work first as a capital campaign consultant and more recently as a member of staff teams working on Strategic Solutions, Planned Giving On Demand, and a major study of ECF’s organizational impact of its programs and services on congregations and Episcopal organizations. Her degrees are in education and administration, with a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut.

Susan Erdey
Program Director, Endowment Management Solutions (212) 870-2850 | serdey@episcopalfoundation.org Susie is Program Director for Endowment Management Solutions (EMS) at the Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF). She provides consultation and assistance to parishes, dioceses, and other Episcopal organizations on visioning, organizing, structuring, and investing endowments and other permanent funds. She works closely with the Senior Program Director for EMS in promotion and marketing EMS and related services to Episcopal institutions.

Susie is a non-profit management professional with over 20 years of service to Episcopal Church-related organizations, including dioceses, schools and seminaries, and parishes. Most recently, she worked with the Church Pension Group for 14 years in publishing, research, and corporate communications. She holds a M.S. in non-profit management from The New School–Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy and a B.A. from Wells College.

Brendon Hunter
Program Director, Leadership Resources (212) 870-2849 | bhunter@episcopalfoundation.org Brendon is Program Director for Leadership Resources at ECF, focusing on ECF Vital Practices and the Fellowship Partners Program.

He also coordinates all of ECF’s events and partnerships, which includes ECF’s in-person presentations and workshops and online webinars. Brendon is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and brings a passion for spiritual practices and creative approaches to strategic thinking. He came to ECF having most recently served as Director of Administration for a congregation in the Diocese of Chicago as well as years of work with diocesan convention and communications, young adult ministries, and campus ministries.

Sandra Montes
Spanish Language Resource Consultant (281) 889-8531 | smontes@episcopalfoundation.org Sandra was born in Perú, grew up in Guatemala and settled in Texas as soon as she could. Her passions are God, family (especially her son), music, education, and writing and she has been hoping and praying for this position for years.

Sandra has been developing original bilingual resources for her church, school, and others for years. Sandra has been volunteering and working in the Episcopal Church since she was welcomed in 1986. She serves as musician, translator, speaker, consultant, and writer. She is a full-time teacher and doctoral student.

Sandra T. Montes nació en Perú, se crió en Guatemala y se instaló en Tejas lo antes que le fue posible. Sus pasiones son Dios, familia (especialmente su hijo), música, educación y escribir, y ha estado esperando y orando por este puesto por años. Sandra ha estado elaborando recursos bilingües originales para su iglesia, escuela y otros por años. Sandra ha estado trabajando como voluntaria y en la Iglesia Episcopal desde que le dieron la bienvenida a Ella en 1986. Se desempeña como música, traductora, oradora, asesora y redactora. Es docente a tiempo completa y está estudiando para obtener su doctorado.

Jim Murphy
Managing Program Director, Financial Resources (212) 870-2844 | jmurphy@episcopalfoundation.org Jim is Managing Program Director for Financial Resources at the Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF).

He oversees ECF’s financial resources programs:planned giving, endowment management and donor solutions, including ECF’s Donor-advised Fund program. He works with congregations, dioceses, and other Episcopal organizations to enhance and develop their programs and resources. Jim holds a Certificate in Fundraising from New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies, MA in Christian Spirituality from General Theological Seminary, and BS from NYU's Stern School of Business. Jim is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive.

Leslie Pendleton
Associate Program Director (860) 490-8585 | Lpendleton@episcopalfoundation.org Leslie is Associate Program Director and Capital Campaign Consultant for ECF. She has worked with a diversity of congregations, enthusiastically guiding them through the communal process of a capital campaign.

Previously Leslie directed the Bishops’ Fund for Children in the Diocese of Connecticut where she was responsible for all fund raising, board development, donor relations, and writing of marketing and appeal materials. With her perspective as a clergy spouse, Leslie has in-depth knowledge of the day-to-day joys and challenges parishes face today, and she is passionate about helping congregations identify and embrace their missions for future ministry.

Demi Prentiss
Program Consultant (860) 490-8585 | dprentiss@episcopalfoundation.org Demi Prentiss is a Program Consultant in the Endowment Management Solutions division of Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF), offering support to dioceses and congregations in structuring and growing their endowments.

Previously, she served five years as ministry developer for the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, partnering with individuals and congregations in that re-organizing diocese to re-imagine how to be the church. She has served a brief stint on the Presiding Bishop’s staff as Program Officer for Lay Leadership, and spent many years as a ministry developer in congregations varying from family to resource size. She holds degrees from Seabury-Western and Harvard, and is author, with Fletcher Lowe, of Radical Sending: Go to Love and Serve. She lives in Denton, TX, where she has built a practice as a life and leadership coach for leaders in congregations and non-profit organizations.

Kenneth H. Quigley
Senior Program Director, Endowment Management Solutions (800) 697-2858 | ken@episcopalfoundation.org Ken joined ECF in July 2005 and is responsible for marketing, customer service and account management for Episcopal entities that collectively invest their endowment and invested funds in the program.

He also counsels churches on defining purposes, building structure, and growing endowment funds. Prior to joining the Foundation staff, Ken was president and CEO of the Continuum International Publishing Group (North America). He had led the Morehouse Group, a publisher serving the Episcopal Church, from 1995 through its acquisition by Continuum in 2002. Ken earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI. Currently he serves on the board of the Children's Medical Mission of Haiti, working with the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti.

Erin Tharp
Assistant Program Director (800) 516-8322 | erin@episcopalfoundation.org Erin Tharp is Assistant Program Director providing administrative support to ECF’s capital campaign management services program including the coordination, writing and analysis of feasibility studies.

Prior to joining ECF in 2005, Erin worked for Holliman Associates writing feasibility studies for religious and community organizations.

Erin Weber-Johnson
Program Director (800) 697-2858 | eweberjohnson@episcopalfoundation.org Erin Weber-Johnson, Program Director of Strategic Resources, first joined the Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF) as a capital campaign consultant in 2009. She currently works with Episcopal leaders to faithfully answer “What is God calling this organization to be/do?” through Strategic Visioning and Planning.

She has facilitated cross-denominational events, national plenaries and workshops, diocesan trainings, vestry retreats and live webinars. Her content areas include: the Strategic Thinking Process, annual, capital and planned giving, volunteer engagement, generational giving characteristics. She also serves as a primary faculty member for Project Resource 2.0, a program developed by multiple institutions of the Episcopal Church, which trains Diocesan teams to successfully raise funds for God’s mission. Prior to her work with ECF, Erin worked as a grants officer at Trinity Wall Street in New York City and at the General Theological Seminary. She was a missionary of the Episcopal Church, holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from New York University and is a member of St. John the Evangelist Church in St. Paul, MN.

Andrea Zmuda
Program Associate for Constituent Relations (212) 870-2857 | azmuda@episcopalfoundation.org Andrea is Program Associate for Constituent Relations for ECF’s Financial Resources, Strategic Solutions and Development teams. Andrea is responsible for database management and various administrative tasks.

Andrea has worked for non-profits in the New York City area for the last 11 years in a variety of roles including administration, donor relations and accounting. She has a BA in Communications and Culture and a MS in Business Management from the CUNY School of Professional Studies.

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