Staff Listing


Joshua Anderson
Associate Program Director (212) 870-2841 | Joshua Anderson is Associate Program Director in ECF’s Endowment Management, Planned Giving & Donor Solutions area. In this role, he supports ECF’s Endowment Management Solutions (EMS), Planned Giving, and life income gifts programs. He spends his time working with congregations, dioceses, and other Episcopal organizations to enhance and develop their programs and resources.

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 priest in the Diocese of New York, relocated to New York City from Lafayette, Indiana in the summer of 2014.

Louise Baietto
Managing Program Director (212) 870-2842 | Louise is Managing Program Director for Strategic Resources and Client Services at ECF with responsibility for providing flexible, customized, innovative and holistic approaches to capital campaigns as well as strategic visioning.

Prior to joining ECF, Louise was Deputy for Finance and Administration for the Diocese of Long Island, a position she held for 22 years. Her professional career in nonprofit finance and administration spans 30+ years, including positions with The Ford Foundation and one of its major grantees. She also serves as finance faculty for Education and Wellness programs 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
Associate Program Director (212) 870-2852 | Kjerstin is Associate Program Director for Leadership and Communications at the Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF).

Her work focuses on the Fellowship Partners Program, the production of Vestry Papers, 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.

Adriane Bilous
Project Coordinator (212) 870-2839 | Adriane Bilous serves as Project Coordinator for ECF's Lilly Endowment Initiative "From Economic Challenges to Transformational Opportunities."

She works to support all programmatic aspects of ECF’s three-year grant from the Lilly Endowment Initiative, including management of resources for new project initiatives, mitigation of new project issues to ensure successful project completion, and post-project evaluation.

Prior to coming to ECF, she taught at Fordham University in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Adriane received her MA from the University of Chicago and her PhD from Fordham University. Her PhD dissertation explored the relationship between gender, faith, and social activism. Originally from Toronto, Adriane is a proud hockey mom and supporter of all things Canadian.

Bill Campbell
Program Director (212) 870-2839 | Bill Campbell is the Executive Director of Forma | The Network for Christian Formation (

He is now a program director at ECF through a collaboration between ECF and Forma that combines the best discipleship practices and networks of Forma with the amazing leadership resources and networks of ECF.

Brendon Hunter
Program Director (212) 870-2849 | 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 | Sandra is the Spanish Language Resource Consultant at ECF. She 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 earned her doctorate in education in 2016 and is a full-time freelance consultant and musician.

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 sido voluntaria y trabajado en la Iglesia Episcopal desde que le dieron la bienvenida a Ella en 1986. Se desempeña como música, traductora, oradora, asesora y redactora. Obtuvo su doctorado en educación en 2016 y es consultora y música de tiempo completo.

Jim Murphy
Managing Program Director (212) 870-2844 | Jim is Managing Program Director for Endowment Management, Planned Giving and Donor Solutions 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 | Leslie is Associate Program Director for Strategic Resources and Client Services and a 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 (210) 262-1479 | 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 (800) 697-2858 | Ken is the Senior Program Director for Endowment Management Solutions. He 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.

Melissa Rau
Senior Program Director (212) 870-2847 | Melissa Rau is the Senior Program Director of Leadership.

She joined the ECF staff in April 2018 and is responsible for overseeing the Leadership Resources areas, which includes Vital Practices, webinars and training, publications, and the ECF Fellowship Partners program. In addition to overseeing ECF’s existing leadership initiatives, Melissa is helping ECF discern its unique contribution to entrepreneurial and transformational leadership in the wider church. Prior to joining ECF, she served churches as a consultant doing strategic visioning, assessments, facilitation, training, and coaching. She has studied with Princeton Theological Seminary, the General Theological Seminary, and Candler School of Theology. She has written and published curriculum and numerous articles for online and printed publications, and more recently co-authored a book—Ten Solutions for Small Churches. She has extensive ecumenical experience in parishes throughout the country.

Melissa is married to the Rev. Mike Rau, Rector at Holy Nativity in Rockledge, PA. They have two daughters and a son. Melissa loves to read and is particularly fond of giraffes and the color orange.

Brad Roberts
Assistant Program Director (212) 870-2857 | Brad Roberts is Assistant Program Director in ECF’s Endowment Management, Planned Giving & Donor Solutions area.

In this role, he supports ECF’s Endowment Management Solutions (EMS), Planned Giving, and life income gifts and Donor-advised Fund programs. He spends his time working with congregations, dioceses, and other Episcopal organizations to enhance and develop their programs and resources.

Prior to joining ECF, Brad worked several years in banking in Georgia in various roles with varying responsibilities. He also has experience in public accounting. He has served in various capacities at St. Peter’s Episcopal in Rome, GA including treasurer, vestry member and senior warden. Brad and his wife, Rebecca, moved to New York City in the fall of 2017 for Rebecca to attend General Theological Seminary.

Carsten Sierck
Program Director (347) 803-9389 | Carsten Sierck is Program Director for Endowment Management, Planned Giving and Donor Solutions at the Episcopal Church Foundation. She advises churches, dioceses, schools and other Episcopal organizations on how to structure, manage, use and grow their endowments. She also consults with lay and clergy leaders considering socially responsible investing at their churches.

Previously, Carsten held positions at financial planning and wealth management firms in Cleveland, Ohio. She also founded her own firm where she worked to improve the financial lives of families in transition. Earlier in her career, she practiced law in New York City and Washington, DC. Carsten is a graduate of Columbia University and the University of Virginia Law School. A lifelong Episcopalian, she attended the National Cathedral School in Washington, DC, for fourteen years.

Erin Tharp
Assistant Program Director (800) 516-8322 | Erin Tharp is Assistant Program Director for Strategic Resources and Client Services providing administrative support to this program and 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.

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