Charles LaFond, Canon Steward at The Cathedral of Saint John’s in the Wilderness, is a potter, bee-keeper, priest and author on spiritual depth and philanthropy. Charles developed a tool for churches seeking to improve all aspects of financial development in churches of any size while Canon for Congregational Life in the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire and which became his first book Fearless Church Fundraising. He spent a decade as a corporate non-profit development officer and a second decade as an Episcopal priest and monk, and now lives in Denver where he raises money and membership at the Episcopal Cathedral. He blogs daily on spiritual life, food, hospitality and generosity at http://sjcathedral.org/DailySip and has considerable resources for parish financial development including videos and manuals at www.charleslafond.com. Charles is designer and lead presenter for Project Resource, an initiative to train Bishops and their teams of teachers in financial development and membership marketing excellence so that they may return to their dioceses to lead and teach on financial development, membership growth, meaningful case development and the spiritual depth which underpins these essential activities to raise money and people in our churches.
Suzy Mink is the Director of Principal Gifts, Mid-Atlantic region, for The Nature Conservancy, focusing on gifts of $5M and above. Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy she was Senior Advisor for Institutional Relations at Washington National Cathedral (1981-1994). She was Vice President for Development at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation; Vice President for Development of the World Wildlife Fund in Washington, DC; Vice President of Campbell & Company, a fundraising consulting firm headquartered in Chicago; Vice President for Advancement at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE); and Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey.
She holds a B.A. from Hollins University, an advanced degree from the University of Salamanca, and an M.A.T. from the University of Virginia. Volunteer involvements have included serving on the Board of Directors of the Alumni Program Council, the Board of Trustees of The College of Preachers, the Board of the National Cathedral Association, the Board of Directors of the Arlington Arts Center, the Board of Trustees of St. Margaret’s‑McTernan School, the Board of Friends of the National Zoo, the Board of the Episcopal Church Foundation, and the Board of the Choral Arts Society of Washington. She is an active parishioner and lay reader at St. Alban's in Washington, DC, and currently chairs the Planned Giving Committee for the parish.
Ernest Q. Petrey, Jr.
Mr. Petrey was born in Charlotte, NC, raised in Gastonia, NC, and educated at Belmont Abby College and Vanderbilt University with majors in Chemistry and English. For over 15 years he was involved internationally in the chemical industry in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and North Africa. He was CEO of North East Chemical Corporation (sold in 1994), which was awarded the Weatherhead 100 Award for one of the fastest growing companies in Ohio in 1989, 1990 and 1991. He later formed Ardleigh Minerals, Inc., a recipient of the Weatherhead 100 award in 2001, 2008, and 2012.
Mr. Petrey has been involved with the Episcopal Church on various levels. He served as a Vestry member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights, OH, for seven years (late 80s to early 90s), was reelected to the Vestry (2001 to 2005), and also served his second tenure as Treasurer. Within the Diocese of Ohio, he has been a member of numerous boards and commissions, and an active delegate to thirteen diocesan conventions (1982 to 1999) and the election of two Bishops and a Bishop Suffragan.
He has been involved in the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes since 1986, incl Program Committee from 1991 to 1996, elected a member of the Board in 1996, served as Secretary from 1996 to 1998, elected Treasurer of the Consortium in 1999 and chaired its Endowment Committee. On a national level, Mr. Petrey was appointed and reappointed to the Audit Committee of The Episcopal Church. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of The Episcopal Church Foundation. Mr. Petrey previously served as trustee of Cedar Hills, was an original trustee of New Life Community, and a founding trustee of Open Doors Academy, Inc. Mr. Petrey is a published author in the field of genealogy.
The Rt. Rev. Stacy F. Sauls
Bishop Stacy F. Sauls is the Chief Operating Officer for The Episcopal Church, a post he has held since September 2011. He is an ex-officio member of the Episcopal Church Executive Council and an active member of the board of Episcopal Relief & Development. Sauls’ first career was in law, and he is a graduate of Furman University in Greenville, SC, and the University of Virginia School of Law. He worked as a corporate lawyer, most notably with the law department of Delta Air Lines. Sauls graduated from General Theological Seminary in New York City, and was ordained a priest in 1989 at St. George’s Church in Griffin, GA (Diocese of Atlanta). He continued his parish ministry at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Atlanta and St. Thomas’ Church, Savannah, GA (Diocese of Georgia).
Sauls was elected the Sixth Bishop of the Diocese of Lexington in 2000. He is a past member of the Episcopal Church Executive Council and has served on the Standing Commission on World Mission, the Standing Commission on Constitution and Canons, the Budgetary Funding Task Force, and the Joint Committee on the Philippines Covenant, of which he was co-chair.
He is also active with mission projects in Japan. General Theological Seminary presented him with a D.D. honoris causa in 2001, as did the University of the South in 2002, where he served as a trustee. He earned a masters degree in Canon Law from Cardiff University in 2009. Sauls and his wife Ginger, a special education teacher, are the parents of two adult sons.
John C. Whitehead
John C. Whitehead was born in Evanston, IL. He graduated from Haverford College in 1943, and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Mr. Whitehead received his M.B.A. degree from Harvard in 1947 and began at Goldman, Sachs & Co. He became Partner in 1956, and Senior Partner in 1976. In 1985, Mr. Whitehead was asked by President Reagan to become Deputy Secretary of State. He was sworn into office in July 1985, and served until January 1989. He served as Co-Chairman and Co-Senior Partner of Goldman Sachs. He is the former Chairman of such diverse organizations as The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, The Harvard Board of Overseers, the International Rescue Committee, the United Nations Association, Haverford College, The Asia Society, and the Hungarian-American Enterprise Fund.
He is Chairman of the Boy Scouts of America/GNY. In late 2001, he was appointed as Chairman of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, the organization responsible for the rebuilding and revitalization of Lower Manhattan. He served in that position until May 2006. He is also the Founding Chairman of the National September 11th Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center.
The Rev. Dr. Wesley S. Williams, Jr. B.A., M.A., J.D., LL.M., LL.D., K.St.J., and D.Min. candidate
The Rev. Dr. Wesley S. Williams, Jr., is the Bishop’s Sub-Dean for St. Thomas and St. John, in the Episcopal Diocese of the Virgin Islands (U.S. and U.K.). In this capacity, he oversees key aspects of the programmatic operations of the six Episcopal (Anglican) churches on the two islands. On the Diocesan level, Father Williams serves as Missioner for Congregational Development, and as Chairman of the Diocese’s Disciplinary Board. On the parish level, Father Williams is Vicar of the Church of the Holy Spirit in the West End of St. Thomas, Vicar of Nazareth By The Sea Church in the East End of St. Thomas, and a Priest/Associate on the staff of the Cathedral Church of All Saints in St. Thomas’ downtown Charlotte Amalie.
In his secular career, Father Williams serves as President and Co-Chairman of the Lockhart Companies, a 35-company conglomerate based on St. Thomas and engaged in real estate development, food retail, finance, and insurance. Father Williams is also a member of the Executive Committee (and is Development Committee Chairman) of the Board of Trustees of the University of the Virgin Islands, and continues as a director (and Audit Committee Chairman) of the National Capital Bank of Washington, DC. He holds a BA in French Literature from Harvard College, an MA in United States Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, a JD from Harvard Law School, and an LLM from Columbia University Law School. Fr. Williams has been married for nearly 45 years to the Hon. Karen Hastie Williams, with whom he has three children and four grandchildren.