Board of Directors
Bishop Hope Morgan Ward, President
Hope Morgan Ward was appointed as the resident bishop of the Raleigh Area (North Carolina Conference) by the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference (SEJ) in 2012. Bishop Ward, a clergy member of the NC Conference when elected to the episcopacy in 2004, is completing here eighth year as resident bishop of the Mississippi Conference. In addition to her local church appointments in the NC Conference, Bishop Ward served as executive director of Conference Connectional Ministries and as Raleigh District superintendent.
was elected a bishop of The United Methodist Church and appointed to Mississippi in 2004. She is believed to be the first woman to lead a mainline denomination in Mississippi and is only the second female bishop elected to serve in The United Methodist Church’s Southeastern Jurisdiction, which includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee.
Bishop Hee-Soo Jung, Vice-President
Jay Brim, Treasurer
Jay Brim is a 30-year lawyer/litigator who has represented thousands of licensed professionals (primarily in the fields of education, medicine and counseling) in matters related to employment and licensure. He has also represented non-profit and governmental entities in matters related to government regulation and corporate organization.
His clients have included employees of public and private schools, colleges and universities, educational institutions, non-profit corporations and associations of the members of various professions, as well as many individuals with regard to their employment in the private sector. He has tried cases before the court and to juries throughout Texas, and argued before the Texas Supreme Court and all but two of the fourteen Courts of Appeal. He has actively practiced in all four of the four U.S. District Courts of Texas and in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Ron Kraybill, Secretary
Ron Kraybill has worked full-time as a mediator, group facilitator, and trainer in peacebuilding since 1979. He was founding director of the Mennonite Conciliation Service from 1979 to 1988, director of training at the Centre for Conflict Resolution in Cape Town 1989-1995, and cofounder and professor in the Conflict Transformation Program at Eastern Mennonite University, 1996-2006. Currently he runs Riverhouse ePress and does training and consultancies in peacebuilding around the world in particular in theMiddle East. He is based for the past two years in the Jerusalem area.
Ingrid McIntyre is the executive director and co-founder of Open Table Nashville. She graduated from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. in 2007 with a Masters of Theological Studies. Previously, her work had primarily been within the infrastructure of the United Methodist Church. She also serves on the Board of JustPeace: Center for Conﬂict Resolution in Washington, D.C.
Richard Rettberg, Advisory
Stephen Bryant is the world editor and publisher of the Upper Room in Nashville. The devotional guide ministry is part of the United Methodist Board of Discipleship.
The Rev. Neal Christie is Assistant General Secretary of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society (GBCS) for Education and Leadership Formation.
Neal was first appointed to serve GBCS in 1996 as Program Director for the United Methodist Seminars on National and International Affairs. In 2001 he assumed duties as Assistant General Secretary for the Education and Leadership Formation ministry area of the board.
Neal is an ordained Elder in the Greater New Jersey Conference of The United Methodist Church. He holds degrees from New School for Social Research in New York City, Yale University Divinity School in New Haven, CT, and Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey. He has done additional graduate work in conflict resolution at the School of International Service, The American University in Washington D.C.
David Anderson Hooker
Calvin Sharpe clerked for U.S. District Judge Hubert L. Will (Northern District, Illinois), practiced law in Chicago, spent four years as a trial attorney with the National Labor Relations Board, and began his teaching career at Virginia. Since coming to Case Western School of Law in 1984 he has taught Evidence, Trial Tactics, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and courses in labor and employment law; he has published in all four areas. His most recent publications include Optmality Theory and Its Implications for Arbitrator, [vol 57] NAA Proceedings (forthcoming 2004), The Story of Emporium Capwell: Civil rights, Collective Action, and the Constraints of Union Power (with Marion Crain and Reuel Schiller) in Labor Law Stories (Laura Cooper and Catherine Fisk eds.)(Foundation Press 2005), Reliability Under Rule 702: A Specialized Application of 403, 34 Seton Hall L. Rev. 289 (2003),”Integrity Review of Statutory Arbitration Awards”, 54 Hastings L. J. 311 (2003), and “Evidence Teaching Wisdom: A Survey”, 26 U. Seattle L. Rev. 2 569 (2003), as well as a book, Understanding Labor Law, (2d ed. with Douglas Ray and Robert Strassfeld), (Lexis 2005). He has chaired the Evidence Section of the Association of American Law Schools and held visiting appointments at George Washington, DePaul, Wake Forest, and Minnesota. He was member of the Board of Governors of the National Academy of Arbitrators and currently serves on the United States Executive Board of the International Society of Labor and Social Security Law and the Board of Directors, JUSTPEACE Center for Mediation and Conflict Transformation.
Stan Siemens has nearly 30 years of experience in reservoir engineering, petroleum engineering and upstream management with Phillips Petroleum Company (now ConocoPhillips). He became interested in conflict resolution early in his career and was recognized within Phillips for his conflict management successes. Through the proactive and focused management of conflict Mr. Siemens and his project managers and teams were able to improve performance in construction, well drilling, well intervention, asset development and other upstream projects. He also led various corporate conflict resolution initiatives such as the development and behavior of well construction and asset development teams.
Following his retirement in 2000, he obtained a graduate level Certificate in Conflict and Dispute Resolution from Missouri State University. He developed and currently teaches a petroleum industry course in preventing and addressing conflict in petroleum organizations and provides volunteer conflict transformation services in his local community through Missouri State’s Center for Dispute Resolution.
The Rev. Dr. B. Wiley Stephens is senior minister of Dunwoody United Methodist Church in Dunwoody, GA. He has served in the North Georgia Conference of the UMC for 45 years. A graduate of the University of Georgia and Candler School of Theology at Emory University, he earned a doctor of ministry degree from McCormick Theological Seminary. He taught preaching at Candler for 16 years.
Jerre Stead became Executive Chairman of IHS Inc. December 1, 2000, after retiring from Ingram Micro in May of 2000, where he served as Chairman and CEO. Jerre assumed the additional role of CEO for IHS Inc. on September 20, 2006.
He joined Ingram Micro in 1996 with a proven track record and is characterized as having great vision and global expertise. Mr. Stead took Ingram Micro public on November 1, 1996. Under his leadership Ingram Micro grew from an eight billion dollar company to a 30 billion dollar company doing business in over 120 countries. The company was number 41 in the Fortune 500 for the year 2000.
Mr. Stead began his career in 1965 at Honeywell, Inc., where he spent 21 years and held a number of executive management positions in the United States and Europe.
In 1987, he was named President and COO of Square D Company, a leading manufacturer of electrical distribution and factory automation products, based in Palatine, Illinois. He was promoted to Chairman, President and CEO in 1988 and served in that capacity through 1991.
In 1992, Mr. Stead was named Chief Executive Officer of AT&T Global Business Communications Systems. He was promoted to Executive Vice President of AT&T and Chairman and CEO of AT&T Global Information Solutions (NCR Corporation) in 1993. He was a member of AT&T Management Executive Committee. During this time Mr. Stead was also the chairman of NCR Japan, a publicly traded company.
He became chairman and CEO of the Legent Corporation January 2, 1995–leading its sale for over $2.2 billion in May of 1995 and resigned upon the successful merger in September of 1995.
David George Trickett
David Trickett served for just over six years as the President and CEO of the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. There, he also was the Henry White Warren Professor of Ethics and Leadership. At Iliff, Trickett led a fundamental repositioning of the institution that included the development and deployment of an array of new products and services, historic successes in customer engagement, marketing communications to a wider public than ever before, historic cost containments, and the adoption of a strategic planning process that has changed the operational and planning life of the organization.
Prior to joining Iliff, he was chairperson of the board and senior fellow at the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University in the Washington, D.C. area. In the mid-1990s, Trickett founded The Jefferson Circle to address the absolutely crucial need to attain alignment of deep life-giving principles with strategic purpose and executable performance. He put The Jefferson Circle on pause while leading Iliff, but has elected to return to this work. He is based in Denver.
His service to the United Methodist Church includes membership on numerous groups from local to worldwide, including a recent appointment to the board of the National Association of Schools and Colleges of the UMC, a body of over 100 educational institutions. As an interfaith practitioner and student of leadership involved in global dialogues of different kinds, Trickett has worked to bring many different perspectives in various non-profit and for-profit arenas together on complex issues including Royal Dutch/Shell, Polaroid, the Indonesian National Commission on Human Rights, the Parliament of the Czech Republic, and the National Center for Family Philanthropy.
Trickett’s teaching experience includes work at several theological schools, including Perkins School of Theology at SMU in Dallas; Washington Theological Consortium (which he also headed), and especially some of its constituent schools, such as Virginia Theological Seminary, Howard University School of Divinity, and the Catholic University of America. He has also been a guest speaker in various business schools, such as Kellogg, George Washington, SMU, USC, University of Colorado, as well as in various medical schools, such as Georgetown.
Trickett was formally educated first in physics, then the history of institutions and ideas, then theology and ethics, and finally management and strategy. He holds a Ph.D. in ethics from SMU in Dallas, has authored over one hundred articles, reports, chapters in books, and other writings. Trickett has had extensive preparation in various modes of guidance, counseling and coaching, especially (but not only) in connection with his ordination as clergy in The United Methodist Church.
Janet Wolf, an acclaimed preacher, storyteller and advocate for the poor and marginalized, is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and a clergy member of the denomination’s Tennessee Annual Conference. Wolf , who earned her M.Div. from Vanderbilt Divinity School, currently chairs the Division of Church Vocations as American Baptist College in Nashville, and is a frequent speaker/preacher on issues of social justice, Biblical themes on ministries of empowerment with the poor and application of Christian life and work to challenge social and political injustice. She is a frequent faculty member for urban ministry academies in the United Methodist Church.
Jayne Seminare Docherty
Alice Frazer Evans
Robert A. Evans
Speed B. Leas
John Paul Lederach
Bishop Donald Ott
Gilbert R. Rendle
John B. Stephens
Bishop Jack Tuell
Bishop Joseph Yeakel