Earlham School of Religion Board of Advisors

 

Lavona Bane

Lavona Bane, a birthright Quaker, grew up in Kansas and Nebraska, the daughter of Quaker pastors. She graduated from Olney Boarding School in Barnesville, Ohio in 1948 and entered Earlham College that fall. She took a leave from Earlham to raise her five children. In 1968, Landrum Bolling hired her as Earlham’s Registrar. She served in that role until 1995, when she retired. During six of those years, she also served as Associate Dean of Student Development. While at Earlham, she served on the Curricular Policy Committee, the Academic Advisory Committee, chaired the Commencement Committee and directed or co-directed the New Student Week Committee and Big May Day Committee for several years.

 

Lavona has been very involved in the Richmond community, serving on several boards: Leadership Wayne County; Townsend Community Center; Green Acres (now Achieva); Adult Day Care; Richmond Friends School; and Earlham College Board of Trustees. She also serves on Earlham’s Community Partnership Council and has been a Hospice volunteer for over 30 years caring for the terminally ill.

 

Lavona has been a long-time member of Richmond First Friends and has served as Presiding Clerk, Co-Clerk of Ministry and Oversight and currently serves as Clerk of Stewardship & Finance, Co-Clerk of Hospitality Committee and one of the coordinators for the Care Team.

 

She and her husband, Duane, have a combined family of nine children and fifteen grandchildren. Lavona’s five children all graduated from Earlham College.

 

Ellie Bewley

Ellie Bewley graduated from Earlham in 1969 and then attended the University of Southern California and received an MA in physical education. She taught high school physical education and U.S. government for 5 years, and then was employed by Rio Hondo Community College in Whittier, Ca., where for 35 years she taught physical education courses in health and fitness and coached the women’s tennis team. For the last twenty years at Rio Hondo she served as the Dean of physical education and health science, and was the athletic director for men’s and women’s programs.

 

Bewley served on the California state athletic governing board, The Commission on Athletics, for 20 years, and served as chair for three years. She chaired the Gender Equity Committee, the Constitution Committee, and represented the sports of women’s basketball and volleyball. She also served on the executive committee of the state Athletic Director’s Association, and served as President of that organization. In addition, she was twice the President of the Foothill Athletic Conference.

 

In addition, she has served on the Whittier, YMCA Board of Directors, the Rio Hondo College Foundation Board, and as President of Delta Sigma chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma.

 

She has been a member of First Friends, Whittier for 60 years, has clerked the Personnel and Nominating committees, and has served on the Finance and Trustees committees. While previously serving on the Earlham Board, she chaired the Education and Nominating committees.

 

Max Carter

Max L. Carter is a 1975 graduate of ESR. A recorded minister in NCYM-FUM, he is currently the director of Friends Center and campus ministry coordinator at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C. His undergraduate work was in German and mathematics at Ball State University, and his Ph.D. was in American Religious History at Temple University. Max has taught at the Friends Schools in Ramallah, Palestine, at Earlham College, and in Quaker secondary schools in Philadelphia. With his wife Jane (Earlham '75) he leads annual work/study trips to Israel and Palestine.

 

Mary Lee Comer

Mary Lee Comer began her career in public service when teaching high school English in Mooresville, Indiana. She was elected in 1982 to serve as judge of Hendricks Superior Court # 1, commencing January 1983. She served in that position for eighteen years before retiring on December 31, 2000. After leaving the court, Comer was a Senior Judge for the state for four years before her appointment by Governor Mitch Daniels as State Ethics Director. She served in that role until June 2006. Afterward, she served as Special Counsel to the Office of the Inspector General and as an Administrative Law Judge for the Indiana Gaming Commission before returning to the judiciary in 2009 as a Senior Judge. In 2011, she began serving as a Mortgage Foreclosure Settlement Conference Facilitator as well as continuing to serve as Senior Judge.

 

Comer received B.S. and J.D. degrees from Indiana University at Indianapolis, and is a graduate of the Indiana Judicial College. She served as the chair of the Indiana Judicial Conference Probate Committee and is a past president of the Indiana Judges Association. She was appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court’s Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program, served as president of the Hendricks County Bar Association, and is a registered Public Policy Mediator.

 

In 1993, she was honored by the Indiana State Bar Association as a “Woman in the Law Honoree” at its annual conference. In 1998, she was chosen by the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence as Judge of the Year. In 2000, Governor Frank O’Bannon named her a Sagamore of the Wabash.

 

Comer has served on many other other Quaker and community boards and committees.

 

Bill Eagles

Bill Eagles describes himself as an eastern North Carolina farm boy who has ended up practicing law for over thirty years in North Carolina, the District of Columbia, and Arkansas. He studied agriculture at NC State, higher education at UNC-Chapel Hill, and law at Wake Forest University. He has represented colleges and universities, worked as director of institutional research at a public HBCU, and taught in college and law school. He is a member of the corporation of Haverford College.

 

Eagles and his wife have two sons, each of whom graduated from Haverford and entered the legal profession. They are members of New Garden Meeting and NCYM-FUM. Eagles is a former presiding clerk of NCYM and has done various things over the last 25 years at New Garden and in yearly meeting that have lead to that role. He originally came to Quakerism in the late ‘60s, as a Christian pacifist attracted by the peace testimony, and was subsequently imprisoned for refusing induction to the army.

 

Eagles is now a solo practitioner after completing a stint as managing partner of a 14 lawyer firm. He now focuses on mediation and teaching.

 

Sylvia Graves

Sylvia (Mills) Graves grew up in the Plainfield/Mooresville area of central Indiana as one of six children and on a farm. She graduated from William Penn College with an education degree and received her masters degree and additional school principal's training at Butler University. After a 34-year career as a teacher and principal in the Mooresville Schools, she served nearly six years as General Secretary of Friends United Meeting during which she had opportunities to travel and building relationships among Friends in Kenya, Uganda, Ramallah, Jamaica, Belize, and Cuba as well as across the U.S. A member since birth at West Newton Friends (Indianapolis), she is also a recorded minister in Western Yearly Meeting. Sylvia enjoys invitations to speak for various Friends occasions. She is married to Dale and they have two grown children and four grandchildren.

 

Peggy Hollingsworth

Peggy Ann Hollingsworth earned the B.S. in Education with High Distinction and the Master of Library Science degrees from Indiana University at Bloomington. In 2004, she retired after 36 years as a high school librarian, with 34 of those being in the Whitewater Valley at nearby Connersville H.S. There, Earlham related programs often benefitted staff and students. In 2007 Peggy joined the Earlham College Board of Trustees, representing Western Yearly Meeting. Her travels among Friends have included Ramallah Friends Schools and the 1652 country in England as well as many yearly meetings in the U.S.

 

Peggy has been a lifelong member of Russiaville (Indiana) Friends Meeting, along with her parents, Helen and Isaac (1914-2004). She is active in Western YM, currently serving as the president of their USFW (United Society of Friends Women). Peggy worked for several years on the small committee, which published the history book commemorating WYM’s 150TH anniversary (1858-2008). She continues to write frequently for WYM publications. From 1974-2010 Peggy was the Historian of USFW International. Peggy has been a part of the Friends Association for Higher Education (FAHE) since its founding in 1980. She enjoys auditing an occasional class at ESR and often attends events both there and at the College.

 

Carol Holmes

Carol Holmes holds a BA in Art History and an MA in 19th-Century British Literature from the University of Pennsylvania, and has completed all but her dissertation toward a PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo, having finished research for a variorum edition of Norman Mailer’s The Deer Park—but never writing up what she found. Life in New York City became more interesting than scholarship.

 

Part of that life was rejoining the Quakerism she’d been raised in outside Philadelphia, becoming active in New York Yearly Meeting and serving as clerk of Ministry & Counsel in 1989 and 1990. During that time she attended two consultations at Quaker Hill sponsored by ESR. She followed M&C service with a year in the School of the Spirit and returned to an old passion, studying acting at HB Studios.

 

In 1995 she earned Screen Actors Guild and Actors Equity memberships with a small part in a movie titled Milk & Money. On stage, she played a series of large roles in tiny venues in the off-off-off Broadway scene—Raneveskaya in The Cherry Orchard, Mrs. Alving in Ghosts, Mrs. Solness in The Master Builder, and Mrs. Sorby in The Wild Duck. Wallace Shawn gave Holmes permission to do his monologue The Fever as vocal ministry, rising out of the silence, in Quaker venues.

 

On September 11, 2001, she was six miles from Ground Zero. That day made theater work irrelevant. She enrolled as an ESR Access student and also began nine years on the FUM General Board, the last three as recording clerk.

She is currently on the board of the Norman Mailer Society, is an editorial adviser to The Mailer Review, and contributed to the authorized biography, Norman Mailer: A Double Life.

 

She attends Scarsdale Meeting with her partner, Bowen Alpern, who is a software engineer at Google. She works as a freelance proofreader.

 

Jennifer Karsten

Jen Karsten is the Executive Director of Pendle Hill, the Quaker center for study and retreat in Wallingford PA. A member of Doylestown Monthly Meeting in childhood, and Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting currently, she has lived at Pendle Hill with her family since 2010. Directly prior to working at Pendle Hill, she held positions with Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and Awbury Arboretum. Jen holds a Ph.D. from McGill University, is a member of Sigma Xi (the National Scientific Research Society), and is a senior fellow with the Environmental Leadership Program. She holds a “master teacher” designation from the PA Department of Education and enjoys leading workshops, delivering lectures and facilitating group process in a variety of settings. Committed to sustainability and social justice, she has served on the boards of schools, civic groups, and progressive organizations. She enjoys volunteer service, time in nature, and travelling with her family.

 

Dan Kasztelan

Dan Kasztelan is the campus minister at Wilmington College, and director of the WC Quaker Leader Scholars Program as well as an independent visual journalist. He is a member of Campus Friends Meeting and Wilmington Yearly Meeting. He graduated from ESR in 1999.

 

Susan Kaul

Susan Kaul was born in Jeffersonville, Indiana right across the river from Louisville, the youngest of five. Her mother was an active member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and until Susan began first grade she was often there with her as she fulfilled various support roles. No doubt this is where she first learned about a call to service.

 

Kaul’s mother was killed in an automobile accident when she was nearly eleven. She went to live with her father, step-mother and three younger siblings in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Subsequently they were posted (her father worked for USAID) to Managua, Nicaragua and Lima, Peru. No doubt this is where she first unknowingly encountered the truth that there is God in every person.

 

Kaul was introduced to the Religious Society of Friends through her son’s elementary school, where she served on their Board of Trustees. She became a member of Bethesda Friends Meeting in 1997. The call she early understood—one of service—combined with the understanding she knew about the divinity present in all humanity, resonated fully with her understanding of Quakerism.

 

Kaul and her husband, Pradeep, have one son, Vijay. While Pradeep is actively looking at retirement, Kaul feels she is just getting started; finally following the path God has been nudging her toward her entire life! She provides a “friendly ear” to the residents at Friends House Retirement Community in Sandy Spring, Maryland, and it is a blessing to her to be among the residents there.p>

She is an avid reader of non-fiction and mysteries.

 

Kaul graduated cum laude from American University in Washington DC with a BA in philosophy (1997), and from ESR Access (the Pioneer Class!) with an M.Div (2007). She served on the Boards of Friends Elementary School (1989-1993); Sandy Spring Friends School (1993-1994); Friends Meeting School (1996-1999).

 

Alexander Levering Kern

Alex is executive director of the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service at Northeastern University. He has 18 years of experience in higher education, interfaith leadership, and nonprofit work in the US and abroad. Alex has served as executive director of Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries (CMM), the greater Boston area's oldest interfaith social justice network, and as Protestant Christian Chaplain at Brandeis University, where he directed the US government-funded Brandeis University Interfaith Leadership Development (BUILD) Fellows program. At CMM and Brandeis, he founded the Interfaith Youth Initiative (IFYI), an internationally recognized peacemaking and leadership program for students and younger religious leaders.

 

As an educator, Alex has served as adjunct faculty, speaker, or panelist at Harvard, Brandeis, Pendle Hill, Andover Newton Theological School, Hebrew College, the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), and as a consultant at the Harvard Pluralism Project and Merrimack College Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations. A widely published writer, he edited the anthology Becoming Fire: Spiritual Writing from Rising Generations. His essays, articles and poems have appeared in Georgetown Review, the Boston Theological Institute Bulletin, The Wick (Harvard Divinity School), Spare Change News, and in books on a wide range of topics, including interfaith relations, African American theology, Quakerism, and contemplative and Franciscan spirituality.

 

A member of the Religious Society of Friends, Alex is the product of Quaker education at Sidwell Friends School and Guilford College (BA in Religious Studies, History, and African-American Studies). Alex received his Masters of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School and a graduate certificate at Boston Theological Institute, focusing on global issues and restorative justice.

A native of Washington, DC, Alex has traveled, studied, and worked in post-earthquake Haiti, post-apartheid Southern Africa, Cold War Europe, the Middle East, Hiroshima, Japan, Brazil, and the mountains of Honduras. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts with his wife Rebecca Grunko, who teaches ESL in the public schools, and their two young children, Elias and Ruthanna.

 

Elizabeth (“Betsy”) Meyer

Elizabeth Meyer grew up in Pennsylvania, and joined the Religious Society of Friends when she was 20. She majored in mathematics at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster PA, and went to law school at Boston University, where she met her husband Scott. They were married at Plymouth Meeting during their third year of law school. Her husband, a West Point graduate, was in the Army, and his career took them to Tennessee, where she practiced law and public accounting and earned her CPA certificate, and where their daughter Sarah was born. Afterward, they moved to Washington DC.

 

As an educator, Alex has served as adjunct faculty, speaker, or panelist at Harvard, Brandeis, Pendle Hill, Andover Newton Theological School, Hebrew College, the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), and as a consultant at the Harvard Pluralism Project and Merrimack College Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations. A widely published writer, he edited the anthology Becoming Fire: Spiritual Writing from Rising Generations. His essays, articles and poems have appeared in Georgetown Review, the Boston Theological Institute Bulletin, The Wick (Harvard Divinity School), Spare Change News, and in books on a wide range of topics, including interfaith relations, African American theology, Quakerism, and contemplative and Franciscan spirituality.

 

A member of the Religious Society of Friends, Alex is the product of Quaker education at Sidwell Friends School and Guilford College (BA in Religious Studies, History, and African-American Studies). Alex received his Masters of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School and a graduate certificate at Boston Theological Institute, focusing on global issues and restorative justice.

A native of Washington, DC, Alex has traveled, studied, and worked in post-earthquake Haiti, post-apartheid Southern Africa, Cold War Europe, the Middle East, Hiroshima, Japan, Brazil, and the mountains of Honduras. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts with his wife Rebecca Grunko, who teaches ESL in the public schools, and their two young children, Elias and Ruthanna.

 

Kara Newell

Kara Newell and her husband, John Wilkin, live in Milwaukie, Oregon (a suburb of Portland). They are both retired and spend their energies gardening, reading, being active in church, and keeping up with kids and theirs to the third generation! With family living in many parts of the U.S., there is incentive to travel several times a year. Kara's career was in education, communication and administration. In her retirement years, Board and Advisory activities have been numerous. This is Kara's second time to serve on the ESR Board, having done so in the 70's.

 

John Norris

John Norris grew up in Amboy, IN and still resides there today. He has a B.A. from Manchester College and currently works as an insurance agent. He and his wife, Carolyn, have three children and are members of Amboy Friends Meeting, Indiana Yearly Meeting.

He is a runner and plays baritone horn in a community band, and is a Forever Scouter, Boy Scouts of America.

 

Bud Shore

Marion (Bud) Shore holds an MBA from Ball State University graduate and holds a CPA since 1979. He is co-owner of Shoreline Asset Management, and affiliated accounting firms (Shore & Company, PC and Rammelsberg& Rumsey, PC). Among the first 1,200 accountants in the country to achieve a combined CPA/PFS (Personal Financial Specialist) designation, Bud was an early champion of combining best practices in finance and accounting to help individuals reach their most important personal and professional goals. Bud founded Shoreline Asset Management in 1998 as a Registered Investment Advisor and wealth management firm. He is currently serving or has served on numerous local and regional boards and committees for organizations including Citizen State Bank, Earlham College (trustees and foundation boards), Henry County Foundation, Henry County Hospital, New Castle Henry County Public Library (during its building campaign), United Way, the YMCA, Rotary, and his church. He is a member of the Indiana CPA Society and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He was a founding member of Bright Sky Group, whose members were instrumental in forming the BAM ALLIANCE, a community of investors and advisors who have discovered a better way to take control of financial futures and achieve life’s most important goals. He and his wife Linda have one daughter, Sarah Elizabeth. He enjoys golf, reading and singing in his church choir.

 

Tom Stave

Tom Stave has been a Friend since discovering Eugene (Oregon) Friends Church in 1980. His and his wife Vicki's four children were raised and nurtured at EFC, and all have found meaningful community there and in Northwest Yearly Meeting. Tom currently serves NWYM as presiding clerk. He will retire from the University of Oregon Libraries on November 30, 2013, after 33 years of service there. God has loved him and given him a three-legged stool of nourishment and inspiration: Quakers, libraries, and his family.

 

Thomas Fuller Taylor

Thomas Taylor grew up in Glenview, IL where his parents, Lewis and Margaret Taylor, both Earlham College Graduates, were part of the small group of Friends who started Evanston Meeting during the 1930s. He and Nancy Emmons (EC, ‘63) were married in Nancy’s home meeting, Florida Avenue, Washington, DC in 1963 and lived in Richmond during 1962-64 while he taught Music at Earlham. They then moved to Evanston IL, where Thomas completed his PhD in Musicology. After teaching for a year at IU in Bloomington, they moved to Ann Arbor, MI, where he took a position in the Musicology Department at the University of Michigan School of Music. There, they reared two children, Jen and Clarke.

In 1985, the couple answered the call to work for the world family of Friends in London, England, where Thomas served the Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) as Associate Secretary (1986-91) and General Secretary (1992-97) and Nancy served as warden (resident Friend) of Sutton Friends Meeting (Britain YM) and worked for Quaker Peace & Service. In 1998, they moved back to Ann Arbor and resumed active membership in Ann Arbor Friends Meeting (Lake Erie YM).

 

Taylor has served LEYM, clerking Ministry & Nurture and Nominations, Recording Clerk, and clerking the Policy Committee of Friends Committee for National Legislation as well as on the International Programs Executive Committee of AFSC.

 

His hobbies include international walking holidays, which often puts him back in touch with Friends in different parts of the world, playing the piano, gardening, canoeing, and two lively grandchildren who live just around the corner.

 

Patricia C. Thomas

Patricia Thomas grew up in the Religious Society of Friends in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She was the first Junior Clerk for Green Pastures Quarterly meeting and remained active in LEYM until she and her husband, Kirby, moved to Colorado in l968.

 

Patricia and Kirby have two sons, Kevin and Aaron both of whom are married and have produced 7 grandsons. Kirby died of cancer in January 1995, while Patricia was working as Campus Minister at Wilmington College (WYM). In October 1998, she and Doug Woodmansee were married under the care of Campus Friends and Highland Friends Meetings. Doug is a professor of biology at Wilmington College. They live on his family farm, where he is the seventh generation on this land.

Patricia has served FWCC as representative and as Associate Secretary in London. She is currently presiding Clerk of her Yearly Meeting Ministry & Counsel, where she clerks the Task Force to update Faith & Practice, is Clerk of Campus Friends Meeting, and is presiding Clerk of the ESR Board of Advisors.

She has a B.A. from the University of Michigan ’64, and a M. Min. degree from ESR ’90.

Clarice Warrick

Clarice Warrick grew up in Jay County, IN and presently resides in Richmond, IN. Her husband is deceased, and she has one daughter, two step-daughters (one is deceased), one step-son, and eight grandchildren. She is a graduate of Reid Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, and Earlham College. I am retired from Reid Hospital after 30 years, where she was a Registered Nurse, mostly in Infection Control.

 

Clarice is a member of West Richmond Friends Meeting (IYM).

Her hobbies include reading, music, volunteering for church, Achieva, and Rock Solid Petra Project.

 

Dwight Wilson

From 2002 to 2009, Dwight Wilson was Head of Friends School in Detroit, a PK-8th grade Quaker school founded in 1965 and dedicated to “offering superior education to students of all races, religions and incomes.” Prior to his work at Friends School in Detroit, he served as executive director of Mariana Bracetti Academy in Philadelphia and as Dean of Students, Assistant Upper School Director, and Chair of the Social Studies Department at Moorestown Friends School. Early in his career, Dwight served as General Secretary and Executive Director of the Meetinghouse Fund at Friends General Conference. He is now retired and spends much of his time volunteering weekly for Mott Childrens Hospital, Meals on Wheels, S.O.S., where he tutors homeless children. In addition, he serves on the Boards of Interfaith Council for Peace Justice, SafeHouse (domestic abuse prevention) Center and the Earlham School of Religion. Several times a year he donates blood to the Red Cross and assists at Arbor House (for homeless families).

 

Wilson received his B.A. magna cum laude in history and sociology from Bowdoin College and a M.Div. degree in theology and counseling from Bangor Theological Seminary. He has been invited to the White House on three separate occasions, first by Lady Bird Johnson after being selected one of the top teenagers in America, a second time by Jimmy Carter after being named one of the most influential religious leaders in America by Christian Century magazine, and most recently at the request of the Bush administration to participate in a summit on inner-city children and faith-based schools.

 

Wilson currently attends the Ann Arbor Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends and attended Moorestown Meeting when he lived in South Jersey. A devoted Quaker, he has been deeply involved with Quaker organizations throughout his life, serving on the National Board of the American Friends Service Committee, chairing an advisory committee to the President of Haverford College, and serving as Trustee at numerous institutions over the years, including Friends World College and Rancocas Friend Academy, Medford Leas Retirement Center. Wilson has been an invited speaker at Yale University, Sidwell Friends School, the University of Virginia, Stanford University, Friends Central School, Guildford College, Brooklyn Friends School, and at conferences organized by the Friends Council on Education, the National Association for Independent Schools (NAIS), and the Independent School Association of the Central States (ISACS).

 

Dale E. Dorrell

Biography to come.

 

James F. Lawrence

Biography to come.

 

Julie-Ann Silberman-Bunn

Biography to come.

 

Vivian Wyatt

Biography to come.

 

David Dawson

Biography to come.