* Gale Whitson-Schmidt chairs our board. She recently retired as the Deputy General Secretary and Treasurer of the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits of the United Methodist Church in Evanston, Illinois, where she watched over the $12 billion dollar socially responsible investment portfolio. She has been with the Board for more than 30 years. She holds a Masters of Management in finance from Northwestern University. She is an active proponent of the institutional financing of affordable housing, creating a program for the Board which has financed over $1 billion of such.
* The Rev. Dr. Dennis Kezar serves as vice chair of the board. Dennis was a Woodrow Wilson scholar in the philosophy of political-economy at Oxford. He has served as headmaster of two college preparatory schools and has long been the rector of Christ Church (Episcopal) in Bradenton, Florida, where he was instrumental in the development of the Saint Stephen's Preparatory School. He has also served as a trustee of the University of the South (Sewanee) in Tennessee. It is anticipated that Dennis will serve as liason with mainline Christian institutions.
* The Rev. Dr. John Santosuosso is the Academic Dean of TFS. John graduated from a Presbyterian (PCUSA) seminary; has served as chair of the history and political science department at Florida Southern College; and served as an ordained deacon in the Episcopal Church. He specializes in Canadian studies and has taught educators for the U.S. State Department. Demonstrating his love for helping the smallest of stewards, he has authored Shoestring Investing. He is the final determinant of the appropriate curriculum for all students of the seminary.
* Sherry Moore is the co-founder of TFS. She has twenty years of experience as a financial professional. She has also been active for many years in the Lutheran Church, Stephen Ministry, Hospice of Sarasota County, and Mote Marine.
* Gary Moore is the founder and Chief Spiritual Officer of TFS. As such, he exercises no formal power over seminary activities but accepts full responsibility for each of them. (He believes this is the leadership model of Jesus.) It is anticipated that Gary will primarily develop materials for teaching "stewardism" and make major presentations. But he will undoubtedly get diverted by wandering around and preaching to anyone who will listen.
Our Board of Advisors
* Robert Nelson, Ph.D., is professor of public affairs at the University of Maryland. He has extensive experience in the application of economics to public policy, having served as research economist in the Office of Public Analysis in the Office of the Secretary of the Department of Interior. He has authored Economics as Religion: From Samuelson To Chicago and Beyond, as well as Reaching For Heaven On Earth: The Theological Meaning of Economics. He has also been a columnist for Forbes and has written articles for The Wall Street Journal and many scholarly journals.
* The Rev. Dr. Luder G. Whitlock is the recently retired president of Reformed Theological Seminary, one of the ten largest seminaries in North America and now serves as president of Excelsis and the Executive Director of The Trinity Forum. He has been the president of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada; has served on the boards of the National Association of Evangelicals and the World Evangelical Alliance; and has authored The Spiritual Quest.
* The Rev. Dr. David Miller is Executive Director of Yale's Center for Faith and Culture. He has decades of experience in business and finance. While attached to the Divinity School at Yale, he also has teaching privileges in the school of business.
* Robert A. Schuller is the well-known co-pastor, with his father, of the Crystal Cathedral, which produces The Hour of Power global television ministry from Garden Grove, California.
* Mordechai Liebling is the Torah of Money Director at The Shefa Fund, where he focuses on issues of responsible wealth management. He is a member of the faculty at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College where he is also spiritual director; is a graduate of Cornell; and has a M.A. in history from Brandeis University.
* Myron D. Howie is president of Howie Capital Management, a Baltimore based investment firm which specializes in helping churches start endowments and foundations. His firm serves as investment advisor to the African Methodist Episcopal Church Foundation and Myron serves as the Executive Director of the AME Foundation. Myron has both a Masters in Divinity and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard.
* Thomas Seel is the Assistant Secretary and Investment Officer of the Presbyterian Church (USA) Foundation, where he has daily responsibility for over $1.5 billion of mutual funds. He has a doctorate in sacred music, is a certified financial planner and will soon complete work on his M.B.A. at the University of Louisville. He is an adjunct professor at Indiana Wesleyan and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
* Larry Reed is the Chief Executive Officer of the Opportunity International Network, a global coalition of 42 microfinance organizations in over 25 countries. He has also served as the Africa Regional Director of OI-US. He is a graduate of Wheaton College and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
* Peter Kinder is President of KLD Research & Analytics, which he co-founded in 1988. KLD's mission is to remove barriers to socially responsible investing by providing institutional investors with social research, compliance services, benchmarks, performance analytics and consulting. The firm is best known for creating the Domini Social Index. He has co-authored Ethical Investing, Investing for Good and The Social Investment Almanac. Peter is a graduate of Princeton and was awarded a J.D. from Ohio State.
* Scott M. Preissler, Ph.D., is President and CEO of the Christian Stewardship Association, a network of over 1000 primarily evangelical Christian stewardship officers from 52 denominations. Scott has particular interest in expanding stewardship consciousness beyond the traditional tithe among those students in our formal seminaries. It is anticipated that Scott will serve as liason with evangelical Christian institutions.
* Dick Towner is the well-known former director of the over 250 volunteer Good Sense Financial Ministry at WillowCreek Church. He now develops stewardship materials for the over 1000 churches of the WillowCreek Association. Dick was an educator at the University of Cincinnati before joining WillowCreek. A nationally known stewardship speaker, Dick will primarily serve as a liason with independent churches.
* Phyllis Bowers is Director of Planned Giving at the UMC Stewardship Foundation of Central Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of York College of Pennsylvania and the National Institute of Planned Giving at the College of William and Mary. She has been consecrated as a Diaconal Minister and certified as a Christian Educator. She has conducted more than 600 seminars over the years on planned giving and Christian stewardship.
* Paul Larsen Paul larsen has a dual degree in theology and economics from Bethel College. He was with a major Wall Street firm before aligning with Gary Moore's concepts several years ago. He is now an independent financial advisor in Naples, Florida.