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Cynthia Bailie, member, serves as director of the Office of Philanthropy, Technology, Identity and Communication (OPTIC) of the United Church of Christ.  Prior to that, Ms. Bailie worked with the Veale Foundation as executive director. Before that Ms. Bailie worked for the Foundation Center (now called Candid.), most recently as director of the Cleveland office and special information initiatives. Ms. Bailie has extensive experience in philanthropy and the development of information and programmatic assets for delivery both in-person and virtually with audiences worldwide. Her many accomplishments include directing the development of the Veale Foundation’s youth, entrepreneurship, and grantmaking programs, and the Foundation Center’s award-winning web site, GrantSpace.org.

Rev. Mike Denton, member, currently serves as conference minister for the Pacific Northwest Conference of the UCC. He was ordained in 1999 after graduating from Chicago Theological Seminary. He has been working in churches and religiously affiliated institutions for more than 30 years. His positions have included working as a street-based outreach worker for youth, a housing rights activist, a local pastor and an Association Co-Minister for the Chicago Metropolitan Association (CMA) of the Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ. He began his ministry in the Pacific Northwest Conference in January of 2008. He is married to Rev. Lauren Cannon, associate pastor of Keystone United Church of Christ in Seattle.

Sara Fitzgerald, treasurer, is retired following a career in journalism and public policy that included 15 years at The Washington Post as an editor and new media developer. She is the author of “Elly Peterson: ‘Mother’ of the Moderates,” a biography that was recently published by the University of Michigan Press. She helped found, and served as vice president, communications, of Funds For Learning, LLC, a consulting firm that specialized in the federal E-rate program and school technology funding. She also served as director of member services for the Interactive Services Association in the mid-1990s. She has written widely on such topics as online safety for children, Internet marketing and privacy, online taxation and Total Cost of Ownership of technology for K-12 schools. A longtime member of Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ in Arlington, VA,, she served as president of the board of directors of the United Church of Christ’s Central Atlantic Conference from 2007-09.

Rev. Hyo-Jung Kim, member, currently serves as pastor of Morsemere Community Church UCC in Ridgefield, NJ. Born in Seoul, Korea, and raised in Boston, MA, she is a graduate of Boston College and Yale Divinity School where she studied theology and religion. She also has a master’s in education, which focused on human development and psychology with an emphasis on cultural identity formation and adolescent psychology, from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Commissioned by the Common Global Ministries Board of the UCC and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the USA and Canada, she served with the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea, a partner church (1993-1999), in the General Assembly Office. For seven years, she lived in Dublin, Ireland and worked as Communications Officer at the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin, responsible for general communications and marketing, digital media and events management. She served as a member of the UCC’s Executive Council (2009-2013), the Board of Directors of the Central Atlantic Conference (2010-2016)), and has been a member of the UCC's Pacific Islander Asian American Ministries (PAAM). She is currently a member of the UCC’s New Jersey Association Council.

Brian Lapis, secretary, is a professional communicator, employed as the Chief Meteorologist and evening weather anchor at WWLP TV, the NBC affiliate in Springfield, Mass. Like many professional broadcasters, he has worked at a variety of stations, both radio and television, in a variety of cities, predominantly in southern New England. Mr. Lapis is a past member of the UCC Executive Council and Office of General Ministries Board of Directors. He is active in the UCC's Massachusetts and Connecticut Conferences. Mr. Lapis holds a BS in Television, Radio and Film Management from Syracuse University and a Broadcast Meteorology Certificate from Mississippi State University.

Jessie Palatucci, member, is the senior digital communications manager for the Friends Committee on National Legislation, a Quaker Lobby in the public interest. In that capacity she oversees FCNL’s digital advocacy program and web communications. Prior to joining FCNL, Jessie spent more than a decade working in online communications and public policy advocacy for the United Church of Christ’s Justice and Witness Ministries and with the D.C. interfaith advocacy community. She holds a M.A. in Communications from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications from Saint Michael’s College. Jessie lives in Washington, D.C. and is a proud Vermonter.

Rev. Lawrence T. Richardson, member, is a pastor, prophet, digital evangelist and author. He is a graduate of St. Catherine University and Liberty Seminary. Rev. Richardson is on staff as lead minister at Linden Hills UCC, is a media trainer for Auburn Seminary and works as an executive clergy coach for the Center for Progressive Renewal. The author of, I Know What Heaven Looks Like, Rev. Richardson writes about and advocates for LGBTQ people, people of color, and the flourishing of all; with his works appearing in Huffington Post Religion, The Root, Believe Out Loud, The Salt Collective and numerous national and international publications. When he is not ministering, researching, or writing about what he researches, Pastor Lawrence loves reading, trying different cuisine, traveling, spending time with family, and empowering people to live life from a place of joy, abundance, faith and gratitude. You can read more about him and his work at www.ltrichardson.com

Marti Pascale Weston, member, is retired after a longtime teaching career at schools in the Washington and Chicago area. In 2015, she was recognized as an Outstanding Educator by the International Society of Technology Educators (ISTE). Currently, she maintains two blogs, “Media! Tech! Parenting!: Timely Topics on Teaching & Parenting Digital Learners,” and “As Our Parents Age: Timely Topics for Adult Children.” The daughter of a UCC clergyman, she is currently a member of Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ in Arlington, VA.

Earl Williams, Esq., chair, is a graduate of the Cleveland State University, Cleveland Marshall School of Law and Ohio University Scripps School of Communication. Mr. Williams served as a legal intern with Citizens Communication Center, Washington D.C. and as an undergraduate intern at WGN Radio Television, Chicago. Ill. He is a member of the Ohio Bar. He has served as an Assistant County Public Defender and Assistant County Prosecutor. He currently serves as a city council member of the City of Shaker Heights. Married with three children, he is a member of Euclid Avenue Congregational Church UCC, Cleveland, Ohio.



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