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The Board of Trustees, as provided by the revised Articles of Incorporation, consists of a maximum of 33 people and a minimum of 13, of whom the majority must be members of the Religious Society of Friends. Members of the Board are appointed for four-year terms, with a limit of three successive terms. Each year faculty and student representatives meet with the Board on a regular basis.

All corporate power and authority is vested in and exercised by or under the direction of the Board of Trustees. The Board meets in plenary session three or four times a year. Interim meetings of the Executive Committee are held as needed, usually bi-monthly.

Officers of the Board are Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Assistant Secretary. Standing committees include: Executive (the officers and committee chairs), Academic Affairs, Enrollment Management, Financial Affairs, College Advancement, Student Affairs, Trusteeship and Buildings and Grounds. Ad hoc committees are set up from time to time and trustees are frequently asked to serve on task forces that consider particular problems or areas of College operations.

Richard SidwellRichard Sidwell, Chair

Birthright member of Middleton Ohio Friends Meeting (Ohio Yearly Meeting of Friends, Conservative).  Head of School, Olney Friends School (2003-2011); Business Manager, Olney Friends School (1999-2003); Self-employed co-owner of Sidwell Division, Raven Rocks Concrete, Beallsville OH (1975-1999). Co-Founder and Treasurer of Raven Rocks, Inc. a 1250 acre wilderness preserve and alternative energy demonstration center near Beallsville, OH (1970-Present).  Founding and current President of the Barnesville Area Rails to Trails Committee; Past President and member of the Barnesville Rotary Club. Other board service: Ohio Association of Independent Schools; Friends Council on Education; Barnesville Blue Ribbon Economic Development Committee; and current Executive Director of Captina Conservancy Land Trust. 1968 B.A. (History and Secondary Education) graduate of Wilmington College; While at Wilmington was a Work-Study participant (Randall Auto parts), Soccer player, residence Hall counselor, and scholarship recipient.

Daniel BuckleyDaniel J. Buckley, Vice Chair

Dan recently retired as a senior trial lawyer and partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease in Cincinnati.  His practice was principally complex litigation, business litigation, and estate and trust litigation, with significant underlying jury experience.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been listed in Chambers USA since its inception.  Dan was consistently listed by Super Lawyers among the top 100 lawyers in Ohio and was in the top 10 for 2019.  He is a founding member of the “Bet the Company” section of the Best Lawyers in America and has twice been named as “Bet the Company Lawyer of the Year.”  One source interviewed by Chambers USA described Dan as a “fantastic advocate, who doesn’t waste time or make things personal.”  Dan is a recipient of the University of Cincinnati College of Law Distinguished Alumni Award, has served on the law school’s Board of Visitors, now Dean’s Advisory Board, for many years, and taught trial skills as an adjunct professor for 15 years, having received the Adjunct Faculty Teaching Excellence Award.  His first position upon graduation from law school was law clerk to Senior United States Judge Julius J. Hoffman.  He has studied law in England and Scotland, and recently served on the Ohio Civil Justice Task Force to examine and recommend changes in the Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure.  He is a past president of the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati.

Tim BurenTimothy A. Buren, Treasurer

Tim Buren began his professional career in 1983 after graduating from Wilmington College of Ohio with a BA in Business Administration. Joining his Father and one staff person in what was known then as Barnard Insurance from West Salem, Ohio. Tim began to understand firsthand the life as an independent agent. His entrepreneurial spirit fueled their agency to grow, and their vision centered on nurturing and developing the key relationships with customers, staff and carriers. Over time, he summoned his brother Jeff from the banking industry to partner in managing agency operations and changed the name to honor their Father, Don, to The Buren Insurance Group Inc. Due to continued growth, they now employ 32 Associates over 4 locations. Tim’s largest focus now is working with agencies all over Ohio and the surrounding states to help them grow their revenue, build their agency and perpetuate their life’s work. Tim has also earned a Certified Insurance Counselor designation as well as a certificate from the College of Financial Planning. He currently serves as a Trustee at Wilmington College and has served on numerous insurance company advisory boards. Tim resides in Galena, Ohio, with his wife Sharon and they have 2 daughters, Brooklyn and Olivia.

Brent BillBrent Bill, Secretary

Brent is a writer, photographer, retreat leader, writing coach, and Quaker minister. He’s written and co-written many books including Holy Silence: The Gift of Quaker Spirituality and Life Lessons from a Bad Quaker. He’s also penned more than one hundred articles and short stories. A graduate of Wilmington College and the Earlham School of Religion, he’s served as a local church pastor, director of Christian Education for Western Yearly Meeting, on the staff of the Indiana Association of United Ways, an adjunct faculty member at Earlham School of Religion, the executive vice president of the Indianapolis Center for Congregations, and associate secretary for Friends General Conference. Over the years, Brent has served on the boards or committees of various Quaker organizations including Friends World Committee for Consultation – Section of the Americas and Friends United Meeting, Quaker Haven Camp, Indiana Yearly Meeting, and Western Yearly Meeting. Brent lives on Ploughshares Farm, which is fifty acres of Indiana farmland that is being reclaimed for native hardwood forests and warm season prairie grasses.

Taylor StuckertTaylor Stuckert, Assistant Secretary

Taylor Stuckert, AICP, serves as the Executive Director of the Clinton County Regional Planning Commission and leads planning and development efforts across Clinton County, Ohio. Taylor is also the Co-Founder of Energize Clinton County (ECC), a non-profit organization whose work, in collaboration with the CCRPC, was awarded the 2013 National Planning Achievement Award for Innovation in Economic Planning and Development by the American Planning Association. Taylor has been featured in a range of publications and as a speaker at state, national, and international venues.Taylor is a board member of the County Planning Directors of Ohio, the Ohio State University Swank Program in Rural-Urban Policy and serves on several local boards including: the Clinton County Trails Coalition, History Center, Business Advisory Council, and Joint Recreation District.Taylor holds a Master of Community Planning, with a specialization in Economic Development, from the University of Cincinnati-College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Butler University. Taylor is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) having served in Bolivia. Taylor is an 8th generation Clinton Countian, a descendant of a Quaker lineage dating back more than three centuries, and is an active member of Campus Friends Monthly Meeting (Ohio Valley and Wilmington Yearly Meeting).

BesongEdmund Besong

Ed is a licensed CPA and Attorney, an educator, a philanthropist, and an entrepreneur based out of New York City. Ed, his brother Leroy, his wife Kate (all class of 2013) and his dad Manfred (class of 1978) are WC alumni. Currently, Ed oversees the Besong & Associates corporate and tax law firm, the Edbesong custom-clothing line, and the Besongsmile nonprofit organization, and he has been a visiting/adjunct professor of accounting and business at Wilmington College since 2018. Ed and Kate enjoy listening to podcasts and audio books, going on long walks or hikes, and traveling across the world.

Che Christopher

Christopher Che

Christopher Che is President and CEO of the Che International Group, LLC (CIG), which he founded in 2005. CIG is a multi-national holding company that identifies, acquires, supports, and grows scalable subsidiary companies in diverse industries through startups, strategic acquisitions, joint ventures, and alliances, to help customers maximize supply chain diversity while promoting supply chain excellence. Christopher is an accountant by profession and a veteran Senior Financial Executive with over 35 years of vast and dynamic business management experience.

CIG’s subsidiary acquisition experience includes Hooven-Dayton Corporation (HDC), high-quality prime product labels, flexible packaging, promotional coupons, and specialty printing solutions (2007); Digital Color International, LLC (DCI), point of purchase/entry display, specialty folding cartons, and commercial offset print and bindery (2011); a controlling interest in Cog, LLC, customized graphics production solutions (2012), and chairman of TrueChoicePack Corporation (TCP), manufacturer and distributor of traditional and green private label and customized packaging and disposable products (2014). After successful exponential growth—HDC grew over 300% in 10 years, DCI tripled growth in five years, and Cog and TCP each grew over 3000%—CIG divested all of its Packaging Holdings to focus on Global Supply Chain Excellence for customers across multiple industries including Healthcare, Logistics, Technology, and Telecom.

Consistent with his vision to influence global supply chain excellence, Christopher founded Transworld Supply Network (TSN) in 2018 and Transworld Delivery Corporation (TDC) in 2020. Originating primarily as a medical supplies, products, and equipment company, TSN has evolved into an innovative central marketplace, a multiproduct, multi-division, multi-industry business-to-business, and global supply sourcing enterprise. Powered by transparent Alliance Partnerships with First-class Industry Leaders, TSN is now the Source for Medical Supplies, Products, & Equipment (accounts for 10% of PPE supplies in the U.S.); Industrial & Safety Supplies & Equipment; Building Maintenance & Janitorial Supplies; Construction Supplies; Marketing & Communications Products & Services, Warehousing, Fulfillment & Logistics Services, Sustainable and Biodegradable Food Packaging, and Retail Packaging. TDC is an Amazon-branded Delivery Service Provider (DSP), a last-mile delivery company that quickly grew to over 25 delivery vehicles with 50 employees by the end of 2020. TDC is forecasted to exceed 50 vehicles and 100 employees by the end of 2021 and will continue to expand in the Logistics space through acquisitions.

As President and CEO of CIG, Christopher’s responsibilities include setting strategy and vision, building cohesive executive teams that will lead the company to the next level, creating a positive culture of sustainable growth, and properly allocating capital resources. CIG’s rapid expansion has resulted in its being recognized by Black Enterprise Magazine as a 2012 BE 100s company, one of the nation’s largest black-owned enterprises, and by Inc. Magazine as a 2012 Inc. 500|5000 company, one of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S.

Christopher’s community involvement includes serving as a member of President (Obama)’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness from 2011 to 2012, board member of the Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce, the African American CEO Roundtable of Cincinnati, the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, the Dayton Area Business Advisory Council, and chairing the Ohio Minority Business Input Committee for all Ohio Minority Companies. Professional, business and civic awards and honors include the President’s Award from the Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council in 2013, the “Outstanding American by Choice” Award in 2012 from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at the recommendation of the White House (this is the highest award presented to immigrants by the Department of Homeland Security), induction into the Association of Ohio Commodores in 2011 by Ohio Governor Kasich; the Cameroon Professional Society (CPS) 2011 Distinguished Leadership Award; the Dayton Business Journal 2010 “Executive of the Year” Award; and the Dayton Business Journal’s 2010 Top 10 Most Influential People in the Greater Dayton Region.

Christopher earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting with a minor in Computers from Wilmington College.

College-Ohio in 1985 and a Master’s of Accountancy degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 1986.  He resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with his wife Rose and is the proud father of two sons and one daughter.

Daniel Smith-ChristopherDaniel Smith-Christopher

Daniel Smith-Christopher is a Quaker from Portland, Oregon, and maintains membership at Reedwood Friends. Named one of the “pioneering scholars” in T. Palmer’s: A Long Road: How Quakers Made Sense of God and the Bible (2018), Daniel also served with Quaker Peace & Service (UK) in Israel/Palestine from 1986 to 1988, and maintains an active interest in peace and justice issues connected to minority and indigenous peoples. Daniel is currently Professor of Old Testament at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he has taught for 32 years, receiving numerous teaching awards. Committed to ecumenical relations, he served for a term on the Theological Commission of the Archdiocese of LA, and is a frequent teacher in the “Catholic Bible Institute”, as well as teaching in United Methodist, Presbyterian, as well as Quaker education programs. Daniel has written and edited over 14 books and 45 academic articles, including commentaries on the Biblical books of

Micah (OTL), Daniel (NIBC), Esdras (Fortress), and Ezra-Nehemiah (Oxford), and his Old Testament textbook (Ave Maria Press) is approved by the American Bishops for Catholic High Schools. He also served as Director of Peace Studies at LMU (2000-2015), and edited: Subverting Hatred: The Challenge of Nonviolence in World Religions (10th Anniversary edition, 2007). Since 2006, Daniel has led summer academic programs in Aotearoa/New Zealand with a strong emphasis on Maori indigenous history and culture, working closely there with the Maori Anglican Archbishop. Daniel attended G.F.U. (B.A.); Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (M.Div., Indiana) and his D.Phil. in Old Testament Studies at Oxford University (UK), in 1986. Daniel is married to Zsa Zsa Christopher, and they have two grown children, son Jordan, and daughter Sydney.

Christen CloughertyChristen Clougherty

Founder and Executive Director of the Nobis Project, a non-profit educational support organization that focuses on developing educators’ capacity to foster reciprocal and meaningful community partnerships, build culturally responsive classrooms, and promote a social justice approach to global service-learning. Christen attributes her commitment to using service-learning and civic engagement to promote global citizenship to her experiences as a student at the Carolina Friends School. Christen received her Ph.D. in Quaker Studies from the University of Birmingham, UK’s collaborative program with Woodbrooke Quaker Study Center. Christen has over twenty years of experience as an educator and administrator in community organizations, K-12 public, charter and independent schools, and colleges/universities. Based in Savannah, GA, Christen attends the Savannah Friends Meeting and is a founding board member of two charter schools, Tybee Island Maritime Academy and Susie King Taylor Community School.

Aaron DeNuAaron DeNu

Aaron is a nonprofit entrepreneur with over 15 years of leadership experience and extensive event and operational management experience. He pulls from his interdisciplinary background of computer science, anthropology, and history when maintaining client relationships, building communication strategies, and addressing broader corporate concerns. He has initiated international partnerships with Diplomatic Missions to the U.S. including the Embassy of Germany, Embassy of Ireland, Embassy of Sweden, Embassy of Belgium, Embassy of Finland, and the Delegation of the European Union. Aaron received the 2013 President’s Volunteer Service Award from the White House and the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. In 2011, he was recognized by The George Washington University Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service for “Staff Excellence in Exemplary Service to the Community”, and in 2010, he was recognized by the Washington, DC Advisory Neighborhood Commission for “Outstanding Work in Building a Better Community.” Not to mention his previous TiERl awards – High­Performance Employee of the Year and Outstanding Project Award. He is also nationally recognized for several publicly hosted arts and cultural projects in Washington, DC. Aaron played 4 years of soccer at Wilmington College and was on the academic all-state team. He’s held his Division I high school all-time goal scoring record since 1997, and was inducted into his high school’s athletic Hall of Fame in 2018.

Elizabeth GarveyElizabeth J. Garvey

Birthright Quaker; resident of southeast Michigan; WC graduate (‘65): English, psychology, religion, secondary education; 2 masters’ degrees, Michigan State University: 2015 recipient, WC’s John Frazier Award for Distinguished Volunteer Services; PAC; active in multiple community organizations: Salvation Army, Love INC (Love In the Name of Christ), P.E.O. and my church; had weekly radio program 15.5 years; private tutor, 27 years; presenter of legacy-building sessions for women; financial supporter of scholarship programs locally, nationally and especially at WC; teaching career: secondary & college levels, as well as in a high-security juvenile prison; world traveler for missions and adventure travel; passion for volunteer service locally & worldwide; Girl Scout leader & trainer; motivational speaker; prison ministry of restoration and reconciliation for incarcerated parents and their children; 2 adult children who are married with families.

GuapponeJeremiah Guappone

A lifelong Ohioan and technology professional, Jeremiah has a devotion to the Liberal Arts. Raised on a family farm in rural Northeastern Ohio, by parents who own & operate local businesses, he is very familiar with country life and the hard work that is required to send a child to college. Jeremiah attended Ohio Dominican University in Columbus Ohio, where he was a first-generation college graduate on one side of his family. Jeremiah was graduated in May of 2010 with a degree in Computer Information Systems, and minors in Philosophy and Business Administration. During his time in undergraduate school, Jeremiah learned the great importance of a holistic college experience, which encourages students to succeed not only academically but also on the sports field, on the theatre stage, and in other extra-curricular activities. Jeremiah is convinced that this type of college experience will build a well-rounded individual who is better equipped to succeed in a global society.

Jeremiah currently resides in Cleveland Ohio, where he is the General Manager of Data Genomix. Data Genomix is an award-winning marketing technology company that brings targeting, analytics, and demonstrable results to industries such as political advertising, civil actions, recruiting, and other instances of hyper-targeted online marketing. DG executes digital marketing, conversion, and outreach campaigns with rigorous measurement. From strategy & data modeling to media buying & analytics, DG is the pinnacle of hyper-targeted, person-based advertising.  He was previously with BrandMuscle, a SaaS industry leader in Brand-to­-One & distributive marketing.  Jeremiah is a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in South Euclid. He is also a Board Member of Playhouse Square Partners, a young professional group that supports the performing arts in Cleveland and in a particular way elementary schools that have a majority of students below the opportunity divide, to provide theatre programs & education.

Delores HargroveDelores Hargrove-Young

Delores Hargrove-Young is Vice Chairwoman for d.e. Foxx & Associates, Inc. In her role, she acts as a key strategic leader, ambassador, and advisor for d.e. Foxx & Associates, Inc. and is responsible for driving the structure that facilitates the success of the organization’s strategic initiatives through established and emerging partnership. Before stepping into this role, she was President & COO of XLC Services, LLC, a single-source provider of manufacturing services, warehouse management solutions, distribution services, and R&D services. The company boasts strategic alliances with Fortune 500 corporations nationwide and an impressive portfolio of successful case studies. Delores was one of XLC’s principal founders in 1986 and was responsible for business operations in fourteen states. In past years, Delores led XLC in its attainment of various prestigious awards, including: Cincinnati USA Supplier Diversity Circle of Excellence, Eli Lilly & Company Supplier of the Year, P&G Minority Supplier of the Year (two-time winner), and the African American Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year. Delores has been, and continues to be, a distinguished community leader.  Currently, she serves on the National American Red Cross Diversity and Inclusion Board.  She serves as the Chair of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Member of the Board of Trustees at ArtsWave, Vice-Chair, Development of The Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio, Board of Directors of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and Board of Directors for Inspiring Service. She is the 2021 Chair for Go-Red- For-Women and Secretary of The Sister Accord Foundation, LLC.  She also serves on the Boards of Seven Principles Foundation, Inc., Lindner Executive Cabinet, Carl H. Lindner College of Business, University of Cincinnati, and Vehr Communications Board of Advisors.She is the Past Board Chair of the American Red Cross Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region, Past Board Chair of the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the 2017, 2018, and 2019 “Circle of Red” Co-Chair for The American Heart Association as well as the Chair for 2020. In 2015, Delores was Co-Chair of the MLB All Star Game played in Cincinnati.  She is also Past President of Advocates for Youth Education (AYE).  Delores’ involvement in the community extends beyond sitting on boards.  She also works in collaboration with the Greater Cincinnati Human Resource Association, Ohio Staffing Services Association, Society for Human Resource Management, Association of Ohio Commodores, and Queen City (OH) Chapter of the Links, Incorporated.  Alongside these organization Delores is committed to inspiring and developing young female leaders, increasing supplier diversity, and improving the economic stability of Cincinnati.In 2003, the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati honored Delores as a Career Woman of Achievement and in 2005 she served as the event’s Co-Chair.  Furthermore, the United Way of Greater Cincinnati awarded her the 2012 New Century Community Service Award for Strengthening Our Region.  In 2015, Delores received the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio Women of Distinction Award, as well as the Medical Mutual Pillar Award Nonprofit Board Executive of the Year for the American Red Cross, Cincinnati Area Chapter.  Most recently, Delores was the recipient of the Maketewah 2017 MBA Success & Service Award, was honored by the Boy Scouts of America, Dan Beard Council, with the 2018 Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award, the Women’s Alliance, Inc. 2019 Jewel of the Community, the 2019 Metropolitan Award, and 2020 Enquirer Woman of the Year.

Marcy HawleyMarcy Hawley

Marcy is co-owner and publisher of Orange Frazer Press, Inc., an independent book publisher in its thirty-fourth year that serves a local, regional, and international author and client base. The company has won numerous awards for their product quality along with kudos from clients ranging from nonprofit organizations to universities to Fortune 500 companies. From 2009 through 2015 she was a member, then vice chair, then board chair of Clinton County’s Clinton Memorial Hospital during which time she was integral in facilitating its sale (and thus its survival) to Regional Health Care Partners (Nashville, Tennessee). Marcy’s local interest in Wilmington’s downtown development has included purchasing and renovating four Main Street buildings, co-managing the Murphy Theatre in the early 90s, and serving fifteen years on the Downtown Community Improvement Corporation. She also served fifteen years on Wilmington City Schools Diversity Committee. Her degree is in education from The Defiance College, Defiance, Ohio, an institution she chose from one thousand miles away, thinking it would be the perfect place for her 1960s activist mindset. While that notion was quickly dispelled, her passion for education and social justice was not.

EllenEllen H. Hiatt

Ellen was born and raised in Wilmington (Ohio) Friends Meeting where the influence of Wilmington College was deeply felt and experienced by four Hiatt generations of Wilmington College graduates. After graduating from Carleton College, Northfield, MN, and Yale Divinity School, Ellen became a minister ordained In the United Church of Christ in 1981.  She pastored local congregations before serving as chaplain in several institutional settings, retiring in 2019 from Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO.  Ellen reconnected with her Quaker roots through St. Louis Friends Meeting and is active in Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) St. Louis Advocacy Team.  Ellen is married to Barnet “Mike” McKee.  They have two children and four grand-children.

Jonathan McKayJonathan C. McKay

Jonathan is a birthright Quaker and a lifelong resident of Clinton County. He received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio Dominican University, where he majored in history and minored in political science. He is currently employed with Leadership Clinton as their program coordinator. Coming from a banking background, Jonathan has served as the chief business development officer for Wilmington Savings Bank. He also holds a real estate license in the State of Ohio, and formerly worked as a realtor with Kersey Real Estate and Auction Company, where he was also an auction assistant. Many relatives of Jonathan’s have attended Wilmington College since its founding, from both the McKay side and his mother’s side, the Folands. Jonathan is also a very active member of the community in Wilmington; he is a member of Wilmington City Council, a member of the Stewardship and Finance Committee of Wilmington Friends Meeting, where he has also served as a trustee, member of the Antique Power Club, ex officio member of the Clinton County Regional Planning Commission, past-president and current board member of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for Wilmington and Clinton County, and sits on many other boards in various capacities. In 2016, Jonathan became a graduate of Leadership Clinton and a recipient of the coveted Oil Can Award in Clinton County. In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys working with his antique tractor collection and spending time outside.

Elizabeth Newby

Elizabeth Newby

Elizabeth completed her under graduate education in Communications,  Public Relations and Counseling Psychology at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, and did her graduate work at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.  She has worked in the areas of mental health, education, social work and counseling, in clinics, hospitals, public schools, and in the Department of Social Services (DHS) as a child abuse investigator dealing with trauma and sexual abuse cases of children and the elderly.

When her husband accepted a call to serve the Plymouth Congregational Church in Des Moines, Iowa, Elizabeth was appointed Executive Director for Latino Affairs for the State of Iowa by then Governor Vilsack. When she and her husband moved to the Twin Cities of Minnesota, she worked in the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration, doing case management and counseling with immigrants, guiding them through the immigration court process and coordinating needed services.

Elizabeth came to Cincinnati in the spring of 2016 when her husband became the Minister at Cincinnati Friends Meeting (Indian Hill), Ohio.  Currently Elizabeth is a Parent Educator and Counselor primarily for Hispanic families.  In brief, she says, “My life goal is to live a meaningful and purposeful life serving those who are living on the fringes of society…the persons that our society has labeled as “expendable” or “untouchable.”

Elizabeth is the author of one book, A Migrant With Hope, (Broadman Press) and the editor of two other books, A Philosopher’s Way(Broadman Press) and Between Peril and Promise(Thomas Nelson Publishers)  She is featured in two book anthologies, Immigrant Women, American Culture: An Anthology of Civilization Texts, and A Certain Kind of Perfection: An Anthology of Quaker Writers.  In 2002 she was awarded the Passport to Prosperity Award from the Iowa Council for International Understanding.

Elizabeth and Jim have one daughter, Alicia Marie Clark who lives near Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband, David.  For relaxation she likes to play golf and spend time at her home, Newbeginnings, on the coast of North Carolina.

 

Evans NwankwoEvans Nwankwo

Evans was born in northern Nigeria, the seventh of 13 children. His family was nearly killed in, and subsequently uprooted by, Nigeria’s civil war in the late 1960’s. Days before his 10th birthday, his father died. The family stayed together, and through sheer tenacity and hard work, all 13 children completed their education and went on to college. His parents’ faith, integrity, generosity and fortitude have inspired Evans throughout his life. In 1978, Evans came to the U.S., and attended Texas A&M University, working part-time as a security guard at a Holiday Inn during semesters and as a cook on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico during summer and Christmas breaks. In 1982, he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Building Construction Engineering, and joined Turner Construction Company. For 12 years, he climbed the corporate ladder at Turner, earning his CPE (Certified Professional Estimator) designation and becoming an American citizen. However, like his entrepreneurial parents, Evans dreamed of owning

his own business. In 1993, one week before marrying fellow engineer Catherine, he resigned from Turner and started Megen Construction Company in the basement of his home. The name Megen is a combination of a tribute to his mother Margaret (Meg) and his own initials (en). Today, Megen Construction is respected for its commitment to quality, integrity, and diversity. The award-winning firm has been involved in most of the Greater Cincinnati region’s most important and unique projects, including the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Great American Ball Park, Fountain Square Revitalization, Washington Park Renovation, Sharonville Convention Center and other projects across the country. In 2006, Evans founded the NUWAY Foundation, a non-profit, charitable organization that transforms the lives of those who are less fortunate in his native African village, and beyond, through healthcare, economic opportunity, pure water, and education. He is a lifetime member of the American Society of Professional Estimators, and sits on several local boards including Artswave, the Cincinnati State Foundation, Wilmington College, Mason Arts Council, and NuWay Foundation. Evans is the recipient of the 2018 John F. Barrett Entrepreneur Vision Award; 2017 Spirit of Construction Lifetime Achievement Award; 2017 OSBA Southwest Region President’s Award; 2014 LEAD Magazine Family and Privately Owned Business Leadership Award; the 2011 Venue Magazine Award for Civic Leadership and Community Service; a 2007 Gentleman of Substance and Style Honoree by Cincinnati Magazine and the Cincinnati Parks Foundation; a 2004 Cincinnati YMCA Character Award recipient, and was named one of Cincy Magazine’s Most Interesting People of 2013. Evans lives in Mason, Ohio, with his wife and business partner, Catherine, and their three children.

Ruth Olmstead

Ruth Olmsted

Professionally, I spent my entire career in academe, from part-time/adjunct teaching in 1974 while working toward my PhD in Comparative Literature, through full-time teaching at two colleges and a prep school, and finally 26 years at Excelsior College. Excelsior is an external degree program for adult learners who complete their studies through coursework and assessment of prior learning. These adult learners include three unique populations: nursing students; active duty and veteran military students; and Orthodox Jewish students. For the first 21 years, I served in the assessment group, developing college-level proficiency exams and portfolio assessment systems and advising on the applicability of other exams to degree programs. My last 5 years I was a Program Director (department chair) in the School of Liberal Arts, responsible for the general (non-major) liberal arts programs. One of my programs offered degree completion options to soldiers at the Sergeants Major Academy (Ft. Bliss, Texas). Working with the military mindset was an eye-opening experience for a Quaker and provoked some interesting discussions with colleagues! The other key program, one that I began developing while I was in the assessment group, allowed Orthodox Jewish students to pursue an Excelsior degree without compromising their religious principles. We also offered an Israel Study Abroad program for which we evaluated the curricula of more than 30 post-secondary institutions for college credit. Since my retirement in April 2019, I have continued service to the Orthodox population as a consultant in test development and portfolio assessment for Excelsior and for Elyon College and Genesis University, which serve this population exclusively.

Other experience highlights, possibly relevant to the Wilmington College Board of Trustees:

Accreditation and evaluation reviews: I was in a leadership position during two cycles of self-review for Excelsior’s Middle States accreditation. All of our exams were evaluated multiple times by the American Council on Education. I also helped the School of Nursing and the School of Business & Technology with their specialized accreditation reviews.

Program and course development: I love curriculum and course design and have indulged that love at all my institutions. At Excelsior, the Judaic Studies program and the competency-based general liberal arts capstone course were my signature projects. I developed new courses wherever I was teaching through my whole career.

Degree completion insights: Since my earliest encounters with returning adult students, I have been dedicated to enabling efficient and mindful degree completion. I think Wilmington would benefit from looking at additional options here.

Professional/technical editing: I have years of experience polishing and tightening other people’s writing, re-casting written and oral presentations for different audiences, and providing expert guidance on language and style.

Friends ties: I am co-clerk of my Monthly Meeting. I have taught at William Penn College and Wilmington and belong to the Friends Association for Higher Education. I have been involved with FCNL since around 1979, most of that time as a General Committee member and including service on the Policy, Field, Futures, Annual Meeting Planning, Personnel, and Nominating committees. With Sterling Olmsted and Mike Heller, I edited the second volume of the Nonviolence and Social Change series, Mohandas K. Gandhi: The Last Eighteen Years.

David RaizkDavid L. Raizk

David L. Raizk has a more than half-century affiliation with Wilmington College as student, alumnus, summer theatre co-founder and member of the Board of Trustees. A native of Wilmington, David attended the College from 1968 to 1973 and, during that time, became WC’s first president of the Student Government Assn. He later co-founded the Wilmington College Summer Festival of Arts, which continues to this day as the Wilmington College/Community Summer Theatre. David was a member of the College’s Board of Trustees from 1992 through 2006 and served on three presidential search committees. The College conferred upon him an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in 2012.

David is general manager at Bill Marine Ford, a position he has held since 1978, and has served as executive director of the Community Improvement Corporation since 2013. The mayor of Wilmington from 2000 to 2011, he previously held positions as Wilmington’s director of public safety (1981-1983) and president of Wilmington City Council (1984-1999).

A Quaker and member of Wilmington Friends Meeting, David is married to Mary Ann, who served on the Board of Trustees from 2008 to 2020. They have two daughters, Leyla (Kevin Shay) and Lauren, the latter of whom with her husband, Joshua Wulff, are members of WC’s Class of 1999. David and Mary Ann have two grandchildren, Holden and Barrett Wulff.

John “JR” ReidJohn JR Reid

Birthright member of Smith Neck Friends Meeting, located in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. Held numerous positions in the College and University segment of Sodexo Campus Services and predecessor companies. B.A. degree from Earlham College.

William D. Shoecraft

President/CEO and Founder of Did You Know Publishing, Inc. Other companies employed by: Franchisee Operator (PCR) Personal Computer Rental, Standard Register Company, Dayton Black Press, Dayton Daily News, Wyoming City Council. Some professional/volunteer experiences: Camp Kern Management Board, Recreation Commission, Streets and Roads Committee, New St. John Baptist Church Board of Trustee Chair, Public Safety Committee, Green Areas Committee, Youth Basketball Coach, Chair Robert Flowers Scholarship Committee, Chair NSJ Long Range Planning Committee, Dayton Public Schools Partners in Education Steering Committee, Whittier Community Education Council, Organizer Career Day, Co-Chair Whittier Green Leaf Award, Co-Founder of Resurrection Summer Basketball Camp, Co-Founder Food For Friends, Founder of LunchTime Mentoring Program. William D. Shoecraft received his B.A. Business Administration from Wilmington College 1979.

Lawrence W. Sidwell

Retired Senior Vice President, Global Credit & Risk, John Deere Financial, a position he began in 2014. He was responsible for all John Deere Financial global credit and risk activities, including risk management, credit policy, credit administration, credit audit, and credit training. In addition, Sidwell was responsible for ensuring compliance with financial services regulators globally and manages relationships with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Federal Reserve. Sidwell joined John Deere in October 1999 as Process Owner, Market Development for John Deere Financial. He became Senior Vice President of e-commerce in 2000 and Senior Vice President of iVesta, the Company’s dot com joint venture with CoBank in 2001. In 2003, he was named Senior Vice President, Ag Financial Services. In 2012, Sidwell was appointed

Senior Vice President, Credit and Operations, Region 4 and led the wholesale, retail, and credit operations groups supporting customer service and credit management activities for all financial services operations in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Before joining John Deere, Sidwell worked for Farm Credit Services in Perry, Iowa, holding the positions of Vice President and Credit Supervisor, from 1976 to 1985. He was Vice President for Rabobank Nederland in New York, New York in 1985, and went on to be Vice President at the company’s Chicago location in 1993. In 1996, he became Chief Executive Officer for Agricredit Acceptance Company in Des Moines, Iowa. A native of Galion, Ohio, Sidwell earned a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural economics from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement USA, a former member of the Board of Trustees for Wilmington College and former Chairman of Capital Campaign for Olney Friends School.

Nancy SummersNancy Summers

Birthright Quaker.  Graduate of Westtown, Wilmington College, Pennsylvania State University and Loyola University of Maryland.  A licensed clinical psychologist and professor emeritus Harrisburg Area Community College.  Appointed to the Next Gen committee at Harrisburg Area Community College to assist in redefining goals for the college and developing innovative educational initiatives for the future. Directed and developed curriculum for community education and training programs for numerous county Non-profit organizations. Chaired the Human Services Program at the community college, taught courses in history and human services there for over 40 years.  Taught college courses at the Camp Hill State Prison.  Author of several textbooks on case management, most popular – Fundamentals of Case Management Practice 5Ed.  Past president and currently secretary of the Michaux State Forest Association of cabin owners and conservationists on the Michaux Forest with a red oak planted in Pine Grove Furnace State Park in honor of extensive work on behalf of the Association. Overseer of Warrington Monthly Meeting.

Lucy Y. Steinitz

Lucy describes herself as a New Yorker by birth and personality who gained a foundational education, deep sense of self, and profound appreciation for Quaker values while attending Wilmington College (graduating in 1972). She went on to get a PhD in social work from the University of Chicago and spent the next 20 years in domestic social policy and non-profit management, most of the time as Executive Director of Jewish Family Services of Central Maryland. This job offered some opportunities for international learning and consultation (Israel, China, Poland, Zimbabwe and the Ukraine), until finally the travel bug got the better of her and she moved with her whole family to the newly-independent country of Namibia (Southern Africa) for one year – except that the one year became fourteen.  In Namibia, Lucy co-founded Catholic Aids Action with a local nun and also the Church Alliance for Orphans.  Following Namibia, Lucy and her husband spent three years working under USAID in Ethiopia until they finally returned to the USA in 2014.  Lucy now works for Catholic Relief Services on issues of justice and peace-building. She has authored, co-authored or edited over fifty publications including two books and multiple training manuals for children and adults affected by conflict, illness and loss. In her spare time she volunteers for various Washington, DC- area organizations and the international  Alternatives to Violence Program, and she enjoys “lazy-river kayaking” and  long walks in nature.

Evan WilliamsEvan Williams

A 1984 graduate of Wilmington College, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Theatre, and a Master’s degree in Lighting Design and Theatre Technology from Indiana University.  Evan is the CEO and Co-Founder of Riverview Systems Group, Inc., a 34 year old Northern California-based Live Event Production firm. Riverview specializes in the staging of corporate events, trade and award shows in the video, audio, and lighting disciplines, and has been the recipient of an Infocomm/L&SA Magazine Staged Event Award in both 2010 and 2011.

In addition, Evan is a member of IATSE and an adjunct member of AVIXA’s Rental and Staging Council. He was the Production Director on the Entertainment Service and Technology Association Board of Directors from 2009 through 2015 and is once again on the ESTA board in 2021 and ’22. He has held faculty and staff positions at Indiana University, as well as San Jose State University, continuing the growth and evolution of the entertainment industry through education.  Evan has designed over 800 Theatrical and Industrial productions since 1982 and has been the Production Stage Manager for events such as the DGA Honors, the Gotham Awards for Bravo Television, and the Opening ceremonies for the premiere of the Tribeca Film Festival in 2002.  Evan feels very fortunate to have attended Punahou School in his formative years in Hawaii and is proud to have grown up and graduated with POTUS #44, Barack Obama.  When he can get their attention, Evan enjoys time spent with his children, Abigail, an elementary school teacher, and Aaron, an Audio Engineer. When there is some spare time, Evan is enjoying his 1st grandchild and producing music projects in his studio in the woods of Portola Valley in Northern California.