UMDF Board of Directors Biographies
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Pursuant to the Fund's articles of incorporation, the management of the Fund is vested in its directors. There are 19 directors, five of whom are ex-officio members by virtue of their positions in the General Board of Global Ministries or the Fund, 14 of whom are elected by Global Ministries from nominees, six nominated by the Fund and eight nominated by Global Ministries. The directors meet monthly to act on loan applications and twice a year to conduct the general business of the Fund. The directors are elected for a four year term and cannot serve more than eight consecutive years. The directors receive no compensation for their services as directors.
Jorge Domingues was elected as the interim deputy general secretary for the Mission Context and Relationships program area (MCR), the Mission Education program unit (ME), and the Evangelical and Church Growth program area (ECG) of Global Ministries on October 9, 2007. He was graduated from the Methodist Theological Seminary, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1985, with a Bachelor of Science in Theology; from the Federal University, Rio de Janeiro in 1989, with a Bachelor of Science in Social Science, and in 1995 with a Masters Degree in Sociology (candidate); and in 2006; and from New York University in 2006, with a Masters Degree in Management of International Public Serving Organizations. Rev. Domingues served as executive secretary of MCR of Global Ministries from January 1, 1996 until January 1, 2000, and as its assistant general secretary from January 1, 2000 to June 18, 2004. In June 2004, Rev. Domingues was elected as the assistant general secretary for Global Network and Ecumenical Education. In June 2006, he was elected associate general secretary for MCR, ECG, and ME and he served in that capacity until he was elected as interim deputy general secretary, his current position.
Roland Fernandes is the treasurer of The Fund having been elected to that position in 1999. He attended St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta, India and was graduated in 1985 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. He also attended the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, and received a Chartered Accountant degree in 1987. From January 1997 until his election as General Treasurer of Global Ministries in August 2004, Mr. Fernandes was employed as an associate comptroller, an associate treasurer, and as interim general treasurer of Global Ministries.
Paul Kong is the co-executive director of The Fund; having been elected to serve in that position beginning September 1, 2008. He received a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, Texas, in 1995, a Master of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas in 2004, and began his Doctor of Ministry studies at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC in 2005. In addition to his current position as executive director of The Fund, Rev. Kong currently serves as a part-time pastor of the Lighthouse Christian Fellowship in Herndon, VA. In 2001, Rev. Kong helped to form Central United Methodist Fellowship in Irving, Texas, an English speaking Korean-American church. Rev. Kong served that church for four years. Rev. Kong also started and operated his own insurance agency from January 1998 to June 2001, managing a multi-staff operation overseeing all insurance and some investment needs.
Wayne Moy is the co-executive director of The Fund, having been elected to serve in that position beginning May 2, 2005. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Columbia University in 1995. He was a senior regulatory analyst at the American Stock Exchange from March, 2004 until he assumed his present position with The Fund, and from August, 2003 to March, 2004, he worked at Instinet ECN, as an equity transactions specialist and account manager. Mr. Moy was employed at Charles Schwab Capital Markets from August, 1999 until December, 2002 as a trader/market maker. From May, 1998 until August, 1999 Mr. Moy was an active trader and broker for Charles Schwab & Company. Mr. Moy is a member of the Securities Traders Association, and has passed the NASD Series 7, 55, and 63 examinations.
Bruce R. Ough has served as the bishop of the Ohio West Area of the United Methodist Church since September 2000, and was recently reassigned to the same area for the 2009-2012 quadrennium. He is the president of Global Ministries, having been elected to that office in 2008. He was graduated from the North Dakota State University in 1973 and received a Master of Divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in 1978. Prior to his election and consecration as a bishop in July 2000, Bishop Ough served as the senior pastor of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, a 2,800-member congregation in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Guy C. Ames III holds a degree from Phillips Theological Seminary, Tulsa, OK, a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Oral Roberts University, and a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY. As of June 1, 2006, Rev. Ames has been serving as District Superintendent in the Ardmore District of the Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church. He has also served as a Director of the Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation since 1994. Since 1978, Dr. Ames has served as a pastor in the Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church. He has been a member of the board of directors of Global Ministries since 2000 and has served as a delegate to General and Jurisdictional Conferences. Mr. Ames’ term of office as an elected director of The Fund will expire in 2012.
Alice Belton received an Associate of Arts degree in Business from Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, CA, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco. In 1992, she earned teaching credentials at St. Mary’s College of California. Ms. Belton has held the position of computer instructor at Peralta Community College District, Oakland, CA, and since 1993, the position of project assistant at West Contra Costa Unified School District. She has over 33 years of experience in data processing and business administration. Ms. Belton’s term of office as an elected director of The Fund will expire in 2012.
Warner H. Brown is the President of The Fund and serves as the resident bishop of the San Francisco Area of the United Methodist Church. He resides at 3019 Rubicon Way, West Sacramento, CA 95691. Prior to moving into the San Francisco Area in September 2008, Bishop Brown served the Denver Area front September 2000 through August 2008. He graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. In 1974 Bishop Brown received a Master of Divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C. Bishop Brown’s term of office as an elected director of The Fund will expire in 2012.
Phyllis M. Bowers earned a degree from York College of Pennsylvania, The National Institute of Planned Giving from the College of William and Mary, and in 1999 she graduated as a Deacon/Diaconal Minister from Wesley Theological Seminary. Rev. Bowers currently serves as executive director Planned Giving for The United Methodist Stewardship Foundation of Central Pennsylvania, Mechanicsburg, PA, a position she has held since November, 2005. Rev. Bowers also served as director of Planned Giving for The United Methodist Stewardship Foundation of Central Pennsylvania, Mechanicsburg, PA since 1987. She is a member of the American Association of Fund Raising Professionals; the Board of Directors of the United Methodist Church Foundation; the North American Conference on Christian Philanthropy Planning Committee; and the York County Council of Churches Board of Directors. Rev. Bowers’ term of office as an elected director of The Fund will expire in 2012.
Cashar W. Evans Jr. retired from real estate development in 1997. In 1968, Mr. Evans was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree, and in 1969 a Masters degree by the University of Delaware, Newark, DE. He presently serves on Southern Bank and Trust’s board of directors. He purchased a $10,000 Four Year Term Note from The Fund in 2001. That Note was recalled by The Fund in 2003. On June 13, 2006, a member of Mr. Evans’ immediate family purchased a $50,000 One Year Term Note, which Mr. Evans has inherited. Mr. Evan’s term of office as an elected director of The Fund will expire in 2012.
Rita Louise Gaither-Gant earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Home Economics June 1971 from Morris Brown College, Atlanta Georgia, a Masters of Science degree in Vocational Home Economics Education from Purdue University West Lafayette, Indiana in 1975, a Special Education Endorsement from Butler University Indianapolis in 1978 and an Education Specialist degree (Ed S) in School Administration from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana in 1983. She was employed by the Indianapolis Public Schools System in 1971 to 2005. Ms. Gaither-Gant acted as a director of the Women’s Division of the General Board of Global Ministries and as a director of Global Ministries from 2004 to 2008. Currently, she is Vice President Ecumenical Celebrations Church Women United, Indianapolis and State Church Women United Ecumenical Action Coordinator, and a member of Church World Service Indiana-Kentucky area. Ms. Gaither-Gant’s term of office as an elected director of The Fund will expire in 2012.
Jonathan Holston earned a Master of Divinity in 1983 from the Interdenominational Theological Center/Gammon Theological Seminary. In 1980, he received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Georgia. Rev. Holston currently serves the St. James United Methodist Church, Atlanta, GA since 2005. He has served as the District Superintendent for the North Georgia Annual Conference from 1997 to 2005. He serves as a board of director for the followings organizations: Paine College, Wesleyan College, Simpsonwood, Camp Glisson, Wesley Woods Senior Living, and Honduras Outreach, Inc. Rev. Holston’s term of office as an elected director of The Fund will expire in 2012.
Gloria E. Holt attended and graduated from the University of Alabama with a BS in Criminal Justice. She serves on several committees: lay leader at the Clear Branch UMC, where she was one of the seven-family core group that planted this church in 1996; Chair of the Episcopacy Committee in the North Alabama Conference and the past Conference Lay Leader; Vice Chair of the Committee of Episcopacy in the Southeast Jurisdiction; SPSARV (Special Program on Substance Abuse & Related Violence) in the General Church. In 2004, at the Southeastern Jurisdiction Conference, she presented the Laity Address at the General Conference. She is a certified Lay Speaker of the Emmaus Community and received two Conference honors: Barrier Breaker of the Year Award and the Denman Evangelism Award. Ms. Holt's term of office as an elected director of The Fund will expire in 2012.
Donald T. Kirby retired in March 2000 as financial director of Leake and Watts Services, Inc. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Pace University in 1958. Mr. Kirby has served as the elected treasurer of the board of directors of Brooklyn United Methodist Church Home since 2007, as President from 2004 until 2007, and has been a member of the board since 1978. He also serves as a member of the board of directors of United Methodist City Society and is chair of its audit committee. He is the elected treasurer of Methodist Retirement Community Development Corporation, secretary and treasurer of John Street Methodist Church Trust Fund Society, secretary of Five Points Mission, Inc., and is on the boards of directors of each of those three organizations. Mr. Kirby has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants since 1962. On April 28, 2005, Mr. Kirby purchased a $10,000 Four Year Term Note. Mr. Kirby's term of office as an elected director will expire in 2012.
Karon Mann has served since 1991 as vice president of Finance and Administration for Mangan Holcomb Partners, a marketing/advertising/public relations firm in Little Rock, AR, and has been with this same company since 1981. She was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, AR. Ms. Mann is a current member of the Board of Directors of Global Ministries and Women's Division of the General Board of Global Ministries, including Camp Aldersgate, Inc. in Little Rock, AR. Ms. Mann’s term of office as an elected director will expire in 2012.
Travis McKay graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1973 from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL. He has been employed as vice-president of Superior Bank, Birmingham, AL since June 2002. From September 1992 until June 2002, Mr. McKay was vice-president of Compass Bank, Birmingham, AL. Mr. McKay has served as a member of the board of directors for Superannuate Homes, North Alabama Conference of The United Methodist Church since 1999, and he has served as a member of the board of directors of Sylacuaga City Schools since 2003. Mr. McKay’s term of office as an elected director of The Fund will expire in 2012.
John A. Redmond graduated in 1968 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Duke University, Durham, NC. He currently serves as president of The Redmond Corporation, Greenville, SC, a fine jewelry brokerage firm since 1973. Mr. Redmond serves on the Board of Trustees of Bancombe St. United Methodist Church, Greenville, SC and on the Conference Council of Finance and Administration of the South Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, Columbia, SC. He is also the chair for the Investment Sub-committee of the GBGM. Mr. Redmond’s term of office as an elected director of The Fund will expire in 2012.
Kyung Yu graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree from Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea, in 1963, and a Master of Science in Medicinal Chemistry degree from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, Boston, MA in 1967. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Sciences, concentrating in environmental sciences, from Wright State University, Dayton, OH in 1985, Dr. Yu is a chemist working at the Wright-Patterson Air Forces Base since 1981. She is a member of Green Team (environmental advocacy group) in Women’s Division since 2005. She has been an officer of the West Ohio Annual Conference United Methodist Women since 1999, and she will serve as treasurer of the Ohio Annual Conference United Methodist Women through the end of December 2008. Dr. Yu’s term of office as an elected director of The Fund will expire in 2012.
None of the Directors has ever worked for or managed another company in the same business as The Fund.