ABOUT EPISCOPAL CHARITIES

Episcopal Charities provides critical funding and operational support to strengthen nearly 100 local programs working to transform the lives of more than 1 million people in need each year.

ADDRESS

1047 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY 10025

 

PHONE

212-316-7575

 

MAIL 

episcopalcharities@dioceseny.org

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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

Caroline Williamson,
Vice President and Secretary
  • B. Robert Williamson, Jr. Foundation, President, Treasurer and Trustee

  • The Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest, Manhattan, Warden

Douglas E. Schimmel, Treasurer
  • Sandler Capital Management, Managing Director and Portfolio Manager

  • The Autumn Ridge Foundation, Founder

  • Trinity Church, Wall Street, 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

Matthew Ailey
  • GenRock Capital Management, Founder

  • Corvex Management, Former Analyst

  • Saint Thomas Church, Manhattan, Member

Jack Banning
  • 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
  • Managing Director, Silver Lake

Lauren Chung
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
  • Episcopal Charities Advisory Committee, 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

Felicia Eve
The Rev. Susan B. Fortunato
  • Christ Church, Poughkeepsie, Rector

  • Hudson River Housing, President of the Board

  • Diocesan Leadership Development Commission, 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

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

Ann Natale
  • Episcopal Charities, Advisory Committee Member

  • The Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry, Board Member and past President

  • St. Mark's Church, Mount Kisco, Vestry Member - Chair, Finance Committee and Co-Chair, Outreach Committee

Richard Pell
  • Nile Capital Group, Partner

  • R Squared Capital Management LLP, Chairman

  • Christ’s Church Rye, 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

  • Urban Land Institute, Global Chairman

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

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

 

DIRECTORS EMERITII

James L. Abernathy
Jesse Adelaar
Dale Akinla II
Thomas E. Angers
N. Kurt Barnes
Margot Bogert
The Rev. James L. Burns
David J. Callard
Helen Cantwell
Donald R. Crawshaw
The Rev. Roy A. Cole
Ellen Rouse Conrad
Evan A. Davis
Joyce Burrows Dinkins
Gordon DuGan
Wolcott B. Dunham, Jr.
Robert R. Dyson
The Rev. Terence L. Elsberry
June Yee Felix
Scott D. Ferguson
James A. Florack
Charles Garland
Peter Gevalt
Gary Giglio
Gary Glynn
The Rt. Rev. Richard F. Grein
Robert H. Gutheil

The Rev. Canon Susan C. Harriss
John C. Harvey
William H. Herrman
Christopher J. Hojlo
Karen T. Hughes
The Rev. Brenda G. Husson
The Rev. Deacon Robert A. Jacobs
Susan Jansen
Sandra T. Johnson
Hamilton F. Kean
Henry L. King
The Very Rev. Dr. James A. Kowalski
Lorraine A. LaHuta
The Rev. L. Kathleen Liles
Kevin Lockhart
Howard H. Mackey
Michael J. McPherson
Betty McWhorter
S. Christopher Meigher III
C. Douglas Mercer II
Newton P. S. Merrill
The Rev. Charles J. Minifie
Nancy E. S. Murray

 

Arthur J. Nagle
The Rev. Yejide Peters
The Rev. Deacon Frank L. Peterson, Jr.
Lawrence E. Phillips
Hope B. Preminger
Keith Reinhard
Deborah Roberts
John Sargent
Michael J. Shepherd
Philip D. Sherman
The Rt. Rev. Mark S. Sisk
Susan E. Skerritt
William C. Steere III
Sabin C. Streeter
Martin J. Sullivan
John Talty, Immediate-Past President
Laura Taylor Swain
Robert Taylor
W. James Tozer, Jr.
The Rev. William McD. Tully
Gwendolyn L. Wade
Anthony J. Walton
The Rev. J. Donald Waring
E. Waide Warner, Jr.
D. Scott Wise
William H. A. Wright II
Paul H. Zumbro

  • Deacon, Christ Church, Bronxville

 

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
  • Episcopal Charities, Board of Directors, 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

The Rev. Deacon Chisara Alimole
Sarah Beshar
  • Episcopal Charities, Board of Directors

  • 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
Clarissa Davis-Igle
  • 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
  • St. James Church, Manhattan, member and former Vestry member, chair of Property and Rockwell Committees

  • Fountain House, Vice Chair, Public Health

  • Retired healthcare executive, Weill Cornell Medicine

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
  • Lockhart Creative Capital Solutions, Founding Member

  • 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
  • Episcopal Charities, Board of Directors

  • The Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry, Board Member and past President

  • St. Mark’s Church, Mount Kisco, Vestry Member- Chair Finance Committee and Co-Chair, Outreach Committee

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

STAFF

Mary Beth Sasso
Executive Director

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

Email: mbsasso@dioceseny.org

Patrick Bergquist
Director of Programs

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

Email: pbergquist@dioceseny.org

Elizabeth Starling
Director of Development

Elizabeth joined Episcopal Charities’ staff as Director of Development in February 2019.  Previously she spent 22 years working at the healthcare non-profit MTF Biologics, where she served as Vice President of Sales and Operations.  She holds a 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

Email: estarling@dioceseny.org

Emily Collie-Beard
Associate Director of Programs and Volunteers

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

Email: ecolliebeard@dioceseny.org

Amalia Vavala
Administrative and
Development Associate

Amalia graduated with a degree in art history from Fordham University, where she was awarded the Vasari Prize for excellence in art history. She joined Episcopal Charities in 2016 as the Administrative Assistant. In 2019, she became the Administrative and Development Associate, expanding her role into development and communications. 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

Email: avavala@dioceseny.org

 
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