Trustees & Advisors
Earlham Board of Trustees
Peggy Ann Hollingsworth
The Woodlands, Texas
John "Chip" Scarlett
Marion "Bud" Shore
New Castle, Indiana
David C. Stump
Honorary Lifetime Trustees
|C. Robert Bell||Thomas A. Gottschalk||P. Gerald Mills|
|Mary Birenbaum||Eugene Mills||Mark Myers|
|Landrum R. Bolling||Howard Mills||Gwendolyn Weaver|
Earlham School of Religion Board of Advisors
|Eleanor Bewley||Howard Macy||Marty Smith|
|Max Carter||Keith Mardock||Brett Stewart|
|Mary Lee Comer||Brent McKinney||Thomas Taylor|
|Bill Eagles||Betsy Meyer||Patricia Thomas|
|Sylvia Graves||Kara Newell||Clarice Warrick|
|Peggy Hollingsworth||John Norris||Justin Weber|
|Dan Kasztelan||Norval Reece||Dwight L. Wilson|
|Susan Kaul||Bud Shore|
Board of Advisor Bios
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
I began my career in public service when with teaching high school English in Mooresville, Indiana. I was elected in 1982 to serve as judge of Hendricks Superior Court # 1 commencing January, 1983. I served in that position for eighteen years before retiring on December 31, 2000. After leaving the court, I was a Senior Judge for the state for four years before my appointment as State Ethics Director by Governor Mitch Daniels. I received B.S. and J.D. degrees from Indiana University at Indianapolis. I am a graduate of the Indiana Judicial College. I have served as the chair of the Indiana Judicial Conference Probate Committee and am a past president of the Indiana Judges Association. I was appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court’s Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program and served as president of the Hendricks County Bar Association. I am a registered Public Policy Mediator. I was appointed on April 11, 2005 as the director of the State Ethics Commission by Governor Mitch Daniels and served in that position until June, 2006. I then served as Special Counsel to the Office of the Inspector General and as an Administrative Law Judge for the Indiana Gaming Commission. I returned to the judiciary in 2009 as a Senior Judge. In 2011, I commenced serving as a Mortgage Foreclosure Settlement Conference Facilitator as well as continuing to serve as Senior Judge.
I have served on the faculty of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, teaching in Indiana, Illinois, and Minnesota. I have served on the faculty of ICLEF and the Indiana Judicial Conference on the topics of domestic relations, domestic violence, trial skills, Indiana Rules of Evidence and Procedure, trial management, judicial ethics, and various probate topics. In 1993, I was honored by the Indiana State Bar Association as a “Women in the Law Honoree” at its annual conference. In 1998, I was chosen by the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence as Judge of the Year. In 2000, Governor Frank O’Bannon named me a Sagamore of the Wabash.
I have served on various other boards and committees:
- Danville Public Library Board
- Presiding Clerk of Western Yearly Meeting of Friends (2001-2006)
- Danville Community School Foundation
- Right Sharing of World Resources
- Earlham School of Religion Board of Advisors
- Western Yearly Meeting Financial Trustees
- Friends Extension Corporation -Director
- Fairfield Friends Meeting Ministry and Counsel Committee
I am an eastern North Carolina farm boy who has ended up practicing law for over thirty years -- in North Carolina, DC, and Arkansas. I studied agriculture at NC State, higher education at UNC-Chapel Hill, and law at Wake Forest University. I have represented colleges and universities, worked as director of institutional research at a public HBCU, and taught in college and law school. I am a member of the corporation of Haverford College.
My wife and I have two sons, each of whom graduated from Haverford. John Ivey is studying law and Thad is a paralegal with legal aid in Philadelphia and expects to begin law school in 2012. We are members of New Garden Meeting and NCYM-FUM. Currently, I am assistant presiding clerk of NCYM and have done the various things over the last 25 years at New Garden and in yearly meeting that would lead to that role. I originally came to Quakerism as a Christian pacifist attracted by the peace testimony in the late ‘60s. I was subsequently imprisoned for refusing induction to the army.
Life provides new turns; I'm now adjusting to practicing law alone, focusing on mediation and teaching. I'd always practiced in a firm and recently completed a stint as managing partner of a 14-lawyer firm.
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 (now age 91) and Isaac (1914-20004). 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.
I am the campus minister at Wilmington College, and director of the WC Quaker Leader Scholars Program as well as as an independent visual journalist. I am a member of Campus Friends Meeting and Wilmington Yearly Meeting. Graduated from ESR in 1999.
I was born in Jeffersonville, Indiana right across the river from Louisville, the youngest of five. My mother was an active member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and until I began first grade I was often there with her as she fulfilled various support roles. No doubt this is where I first learned about a call to service.
My mother was killed in an automobile accident when I was nearly eleven and I went to live with my father, step-mother and three younger siblings in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Subsequently we were posted (my father worked for USAID) to Managua, Nicaragua and Lima, Peru. No doubt this is where I first unknowingly encountered the truth that there is God in every person.
I was introduced to the Religious Society of Friends through my son’s elementary school, where I served on their Board of Trustees. I became a member of Bethesda Friends Meeting in 1997. The call I early understood—one of service—combined with the understanding I knew about the divinity present in all humanity, resonated fully with my understanding of Quakerism.
My husband, Pradeep, and I have one son, Vijay. While Pradeep is actively looking at retirement, I feel I am just getting started; finally following the path God has been nudging me toward my entire life! I provide a “friendly ear” to the residents at Friends House Retirement Community in Sandy Spring, Maryland, and it is a blessing to me to be among the residents there.
I am an avid reader of non-fiction and mysteries.
I 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). I served on the Boards of Friends Elementary School (1989-1993); Sandy Spring Friends School (1993-1994); Friends Meeting School (1996-1999).
My wife, Margi, and I have two children, Nathan and Hannah. I received a BA from George Fox University; MA from the Earlham School of Religion; and Ph.D from Harvard University. I’m currently a Professor at George Fox University.
I was a high school junior when I chose to pursue being in full-time Christian service rather than being a band director. I had no idea, of course, of the twists and turns of the path that followed.
My eager discovery of the Old Testament in seminary and my love of teaching eventually led me to university work, which I have enjoyed now for over 20 years. Along the way, I’ve also served as youth and Christian education worker and as a pastor. As a Friends minister, I still see my teaching as a way of supporting the work of the church.
My love of both the Psalms and the Prophets blends well with a strong secondary interest in Christian spirituality, a subject that I get to teach in a variety of ways at George Fox.
These subjects also support my work in worship, both in teaching and weekly planning activities.
My current research and writing is about humor and the spiritual journey. It explores how we experience and use humor and how that relates to Christian maturity. It also explores how to recognize and interpret humor in the Bible.
I am a member of Newberg Friends Meeting.
I also enjoy sports (basketball, bicycling, etc.), music (brass ensemble, choir, etc.), photography and going to the Oregon coast as often as possible.
I was born in Wichita, Kansas July 27, 1936. My first wife, Joyce Pickering and I spent 2-1/2 years in Christian service work in East Africa. We arrived in Kenya 6 months after Independence, which was an exciting and hopeful time for everyone. My son, Kirk was born just 2 months after our arrival. Having spent my life in construction and teaching industrial education my training adequately prepared me to accept a position with the Operations and Industrial Department in Kenya, which included a sawmill, electrical system, water system, carpenter shop, auto garage and eighty employees.
After returning from Kenya, I entered ESR in 1973 part/time until 1975 when we moved to Richmond to become a full time student until graduating in 1977. I received my B.S. from Friends University, and my M.Min. from ESR.
I was divorced in 1979 and remarried Myrna White in l988. The last 23 years in Iowa have been the happiest time in my adult life. After attempts in the corporate world and several pastoral positions, I received a call to Hesper Friends Meeting in 1985, where I continue to minister today.
I have two children; A son, Kirk who is an Industrial Technology teacher in Maryland, and a daughter, Jayne, who is a Legislative Director for the American Kidney Foundation in Washington DC. I also have two stepdaughters, three grandchildren and 6 step-grand children.
I served for 18 years on the William Penn University Board of Trustees. I have served in several positions representing Iowa Yearly Meeting, and volunteered many days designing and building new cabins and the retreat center at Camp Quaker Heights.
My hobbies include working in my shop, and building and repairing things. I sing with the Decorah Chorale and have sung in choirs for the last 58 years, and I played football for 4 years.
I’m originally from Surry County, North Carolina and am married to Brenda who is a Physician’s Assistant. We have three children, Mamie, Bryson and Leah. Mamie is married with one child, Bryson is married and Leah is a senior at Guilford College.
I am a transportation engineer and received degrees from the following institutions: Wingate College, ASCE; NC State Univ., BSCE; and Purdue Univ., MSCE.
I am a member of Pine Hill Friends Meeting and Surry Quarter, NCYM.
My hobbies include farming and traveling.
Elizabeth (“Betsy”) Meyer
I grew up in Pennsylvania. When I was 20, I joined the Religious Society of Friends, and I have been a Friend all my adult life. I majored in mathematics at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster PA, and went to law school at Boston University (“BU”). I met my husband Scott at BU, and we were married at Plymouth Meeting during our third year of law school. My husband, a West Point graduate, was in the Army back then, and his career took us to Tennessee (where I practiced law and public accounting and earned my CPA certificate, and where our daughter Sarah was born) and then to Washington DC. The Lord works in mysterious ways, and by making me a Quaker military wife, the Lord taught me to get along with people even if I don’t agree with them.
We settled in the Washington area, eventually moving to the Maryland suburbs. Once Scott’s military commitment was fulfilled, he worked for the Justice Department and now works for a corporation. I worked at the Securities and Exchange Commission for ten years but retired when Sarah became a teenager and needed more attention. Now, my daughter is grown and on her own, and I am the director of domestic affairs of the household, taking care of husband and cat.
For the past 15 years or so, I have been a part of the leadership of the Baltimore Yearly Meeting Spiritual Formation Program, which enriches the spiritual live of Friends through retreats, local spiritual community, readings and individual practices. I have served the Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting as Clerk and on committees and have recently begun to serve Baltimore Yearly Meeting as the Clerk of Interim Meeting. A while ago, I received a leading to devote myself to the Psalms, and I started committing them to memory. After nine years, I was able to learn them all, and now I recite Psalms to myself when I run in the mornings. I volunteer at the National Zoo as a Large Mammal Interpreter (talking to visitors about the elephants and hippo) and as an elephant behavior watcher. I am grateful for God’s many blessings, the greatest of which is the presence of the Lord in my life, molding me and forming me according to the Divine will. And the Lord is not finished with me yet.
I grew up in Amboy, IN and still reside there today. I have a B.A. from Manchester College and currently work as an insurance agent. My wife, Carolyn and I have three children and we are members of Amboy Friends Meeting, Indiana Yearly Meeting.
I am a runner and play baritone horn in a community band, and am a Forever Scouter, Boy Scouts of America.
Norval D. Reece
I am President of Reece Communications, founded in 1988 to develop cable television in the USSR and Eastern Europe, Founding Chair and CEO of Polska Telewizja Kablowa, the largest cable TV company in Poland, and Chairman Emeritus of Kane Reece Associates, a global appraisal and consulting firm for media and financial companies. I served on White House Conferences on Small Business, Economic Development, and Business Opportunities in Eastern Europe under Presidents Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush. I am former Secretary of Commerce in Pennsylvania and was a candidate for the U.S Senate in the PA Democratic Primary.
As a political activist in the ‘60s for civil rights and against the Vietnam War, I marched with Martin Luther King Jr. in Alabama, met with King regarding plans for his campaign for economic justice, organized and ran political campaigns locally and nationally, and was a senior aide to Senator Eugene McCarthy in his campaign for President in 1968.
A member of Newtown Friends Meeting (PA), I have served as Meeting Clerk, Financial Oversight Clerk, and on the Newtown Friends School Committee. Past service on boards includes Vice-Chair of the American Friends Service Committee, Founding Board member of C-SPAN, Friends World College, and Village Charter School (Trenton, NJ). Current boards/committees include: Friends Fiduciary Corporation, Corporation of Haverford College, Earlham School of Religion, Quaker Quest of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, and the David Library of the American Revolution.
B.A. DePauw University; B.D., M.Div. Yale University.
I grew up in Indiana, near Indianapolis, and now reside in Moorestown NJ. I am married to Bill Smith (Hometown: Van West OH), and we have 2 children and 5 grandchildren. I have an MS in Early and Middle Childhood Education from Ohio State. I lived 2 years in Kenya. My first child was born in Nairobi. At 55 years I survived a brain aneurysm and brain surgery to correct. I am a member of Moorestown Meeting, PYM, and my hobbies include tennis and calligraphy.
I am a Richmond, IN resident and a member of Earlham School of Religion’s class of 2010. I am currently employed in the Wayne County Clerk’s office, though my ministry work typically takes place in the context of engagement with neighbors. Beginning as a supervised ministry project at Earlham School of Religion, I formed a loose community of neighbors interested in mutual care and neighborhood activism. This project opened the door to become the representative for Vaile neighborhood on Richmond’s Neighborhood Services Clearinghouse Board of Directors. I particularly enjoy facilitating new relationships in the neighborhood and advocating for infrastructure improvement. I was raised attending Lynn Friends Church in nearby Lynn, IN and retain membership at this meeting. However, I most often attend Williamsburg Friends Meeting, while also visiting the Friends’ meetings in Richmond along with the Methodist Church in my neighborhood. In the past, I have served as an intern at Indiana Yearly Meeting, Quaker Haven Camp, as a guest speaker at various IYM meetings, and briefly as an interim pastor at Williamsburg Friends Meeting.
I have a wife, Sarah, and two children, Grace, 6, and Melody, 1.
Thomas Fuller Taylor
I grew up in Glenview, IL, where my parents, Lewis and Margaret Taylor (both Earlham College Graduates), were part of the small group of Friends who started Evanston Meeting during the 1930’s. Nancy Emmons (EC, ‘63) and I (EC, ’59) were married in Nancy’s home meeting, Florida Avenue, Washington, DC in 1963 and lived in Richmond during 1962-64 while I taught Music at Earlham. We then moved to Evanston IL, where I completed my PhD in Musicology. After teaching for a year at IU in Bloomington, we moved to Ann Arbor, MI and a position in the Musicology Department at the University of Michigan School of Music. Here, we reared two children, Jen and Clarke.
In 1985, we answered the call to work for the world family of Friends in London, England, where I 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, we moved back to Ann Arbor and resumed active membership in Ann Arbor Friends Meeting (Lake Erie YM).
I have 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.
My hobbies include international walking holidays (which often puts me 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
I grew up in the Religious Society of Friends in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ann Arbor Meeting is a large, FGC unprogrammed meeting. I was the first Junior Clerk for Green Pastures Quarterly meeting and remained active in LEYM until my husband and I moved to Colorado in l968.
Kirby and I have two sons, Kevin and Aaron both of whom are married and have produced 7 grand sons! Kirby died of cancer in January 1995, while I was working as Campus Minister at Wilmington College (WYM). In October 1998, Doug Woodmansee and I were married under the care of Campus Friends and Highland Friends Meetings. Doug is a professor of biology at Wilmington College and we live on his family farm, he is the 7th generation on this land.
I have served FWCC as representative and as Associate Secretary in London. I am currently presiding Clerk of our Yearly Meeting Ministry & Counsel, where I am clerking the Task Force to update Faith & Practice as well as Clerk of Campus Friends Meeting, and presiding Clerk of the ESR Board of Advisors.
I have a BA from the University of Michigan ’64, and a M. Min. degree from ESR ’90.
I grew up in Jay County, IN and presently reside in Richmond, IN. My husband is deceased, and I have one daughter, two step-daughters (one is deceased), one step-son, and eight grandchildren. I am a graduate of Reid Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, and Earlham College – Registered Nurse. I am retired from Reid Hospital after 30 years, mostly in Infection Control.
I am a member of West Richmond Friends Meeting (IYM).
My hobbies include reading, music, volunteering for church, Achieva, and Rock Solid Petra Project.
From 2002 to 2009, I 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 my work at Friends School in Detroit, I 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 my career, I served as General Secretary and Executive Director of the Meetinghouse Fund at Friends General Conference. I am now retired and spend much of my time volunteering weekly for Mott Childrens Hospital where I hold babies on the cardiac ward; Meals on Wheels delivering food to sick and shut-in and S.O.S. where I tutor homeless children. In addition I serve on the Boards of Interfaith Council for Peace Justice, SafeHouse (domestic abuse prevention) Center and the Earlham School of Religion. Several times a year I donate blood to the Red Cross and assist at Arbor House (for homeless families).
I received my B.A. magna cum laude in history and sociology from Bowdoin College and a Master of Divinity degree in theology and counseling from Bangor Theological Seminary. I have 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.
I currently attend the Ann Arbor Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends and attended Moorestown Meeting when he lived in South Jersey. A devoted Quaker, I have been deeply involved with Quaker organizations throughout my 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. I have 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).
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