Trustees & Advisors
Earlham Board of Trustees
Deborah Miller Hull, Chair
Daufuskie Island, South Carolina
John G. Young, Vice Chair
Raymond Ontko, Secretary
Peggy Ann Hollingsworth
|David Jones West Chester, Pennsylvania|
The Woodlands, Texas
John "Chip" Scarlett
Marion "Bud" Shore
New Castle, Indiana
David C. Stump
Honorary Lifetime Trustees
C. Robert Bell
St. Petersburg, Florida
Mary "Shorty" Birenbaum
West Lynn, Oregon
New York, New York
Eugene S. Mills
Lee, New Hampshire
Shepherdstown, West Virginia
P. Gerald Mills
Earlham School of Religion Board of Advisors
|Lavona Bane||Peggy Hollingsworth||John Norris|
|Ellie Bewley||Carol Holmes||Bud Shore|
|Max Carter||Jennifer Karsten||Tom Stave|
|Mary Lee Comer||Dan Kasztelan||Thomas Taylor|
|Dale Dorrell||Susan Kaul||Patricia Thomas|
|Bill Eagles||Alexander Levering Kern||Clarice Warrick|
|Sylvia Graves||Betsy Meyer||Dwight L. Wilson|
|Margaret Hawthorn||Kara Newell|
Board of Advisor Bios
Lavona Bane, a birthright Quaker, grew up in Kansas and Nebraska, the daughter of Glenn & Velma Reece, 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.
I graduated from Earlham in 1969 and then attended the University of Southern California and received my MA in physical education. I taught high school physical education and U.S. government for 5 years, and then was employed by Rio Hondo Community College in Whittier, Ca. for 35 years. I taught physical education courses in health and fitness and coached the women’s tennis team. For the last twenty years at Rio Hondo I served as the Dean of physical education and health science, and was the athletic director for men’s and women’s programs. I served on the California state athletic governing board, The Commission on Athletics, for 20 years, and served as chair for three years. I chaired the Gender Equity Committee, the Constitution Committee, and represented the sports of women’s basketball and volleyball. I also served on the executive committee of the state Athletic Director’s Association, and served as President of that organization. In addition, I served twice as President of the Foothill Athletic Conference. I have 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. I have been a member of First Friends, Whittier for 60 years, and I have clerked the Personnel and Nominating committees, and have served on the Finance and Trustees committees. While serving on the Earlham Board previously, I chaired the Education and Nominating committees.
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.
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.
I grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where some schoolmates were Presbyterians, some were Catholics, some - like me - were Episcopalians, and some were Quakers. As a teenager I participated in AFSC-sponsored workshops in inner city Philadelphia. Inspired to learn more about Quakers, one Sunday I rode my bicycle to Solebury Meeting near my home. A group of silver-haired Friends welcomed me. “We are glad to see thee,” they said. I had found my spiritual home.
I graduated from Goddard College in Vermont in 1970 and moved to New York City, where I worked for American Youths Hostels for several years and completed an MFA at Sarah Lawrence College in Medieval and Renaissance music performance.
In 1978 my husband Bruce and I moved with our infant daughter Molly to Winchendon, MA. For the next thirty-four years we owned and operated Camelot Farm, a home for mentally disabled veterans. Two more daughters, Ruby and Sadie, were born at home on the farm, and all three daughters grew up, for better and for worse, in a home with twenty men who needed lots of TLC.
I have been an active member of Monadnock Friends Meeting in Jaffrey, NH, and in New England Yearly Meeting (NEYM), for as long as I have lived in the area. One important part of my involvement in NEYM has been serving on the Puente de Amigos Committee, which has led to travel among Cuban Friends numerous times. I also served as a NEYM representative to FUM in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, and attended the triennial in Kenya in July of 2002.
As our daughters moved through their teen years I often thought about what I wanted to do when they left home. The same answer always came: I wanted to be a full time practicing Quaker, however that might manifest itself. Once the girls were on their own I became a student at ESR, taking six years to do a combination of terms in residence and classes online. For my field study I spent the fall of 2007 in Ramallah, Palestine, offering writing workshops for students at the Ramallah Friends Boys School and interviewing people about life under occupation. I graduated from ESR with an M. Div in 2008.
Two years later our oldest daughter Molly was murdered in her home in New Hampshire as she studied for final exams. She was two weeks from graduating from nursing school. The years in seminary had given me opportunity to read, think, talk, and write continuously about possibilities of God. In one brutal morning that work shifted from theoretical to practical. I learned to know and – surprising to me – trust God at a new level.
Today I am active in working to abolish the death penalty in New Hampshire, the last state in New England to retain capital punishment on its books. As a victim’s family member I have a voice I would never have chosen, and a ministry I couldn’t have foreseen. ESR helped invaluably in preparing me to face this crisis and to take up the work that presented itself in its wake.
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 (1914-2004). 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.
I hold a BA in Art History and an MA in 19th-Century British Literature from the University of Pennsylvania, and an all-but-dissertation 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 I found. Life in New York City became more interesting than scholarship.
Part of that life was rejoining the Quakerism I’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 I attended two consultations at Quaker Hill sponsored by ESR. I 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 I earned Screen Actors Guild and Actors Equity memberships with a small part in a movie titled Milk & Money. On stage, I 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 me permission to do his monologue The Fever as vocal ministry, rising out of the silence, in Quaker venues.
On September 11, 2001, I was six miles from Ground Zero. That day made theater work irrelevant. I enrolled as an ESR Access student and also began nine years on the FUM General Board, the last three as recording clerk.
I am currently on the board of the Norman Mailer Society, am an editorial adviser to The Mailer Review, and contributed to the authorized biography, Norman Mailer: A Double Life.
I attend Scarsdale Meeting with my partner, Bowen Alpern, who is a software engineer at Google. I work as a freelance proofreader.
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. I 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).
Alexander Levering Kern
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.
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 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
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 I 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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