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Chesterton House

A Center for Christian Studies at Cornell

Governing Board

 

Karl E. Johnson '89, PhD '11, Founding Director of Chesterton House, received his bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees from Cornell University. Johnson previously served as the Dan Tillemans Director of the Cornell Team and Leadership Center, a division of Cornell Outdoor Education. Johnson has received several writing awards, including the 2014 Literary Award of the Christian Society of Kinesiology and Leisure Studies. His interests include human relations with the natural landscape, from wilderness to urban environs. Read more.  

 

Jonathan Butcher is an Associate Professor and the Associate Director of the Nancy E. and Peter C. Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University, where he has taught since 2007. He received his BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Virginia in 2000, and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2004. Jonathan is also the first Director of Undergraduate Studies for the undergraduate major of Biomedical Engineering at Cornell, which began in 2015. He has a passion for building student community and exploring the intersections of science, engineering, and the human condition. He and his wife Christine live in Ithaca NY with their five children.

 

 

Craig Higgins is the founding and senior pastor of Trinity Church in Westchester County, NY.  He is a graduate of Mercer University (BA in philosophy, religion, and political science), Westminster Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry near Pittsburgh (D.Min.).  He currently serves as North American regional director of the World Reformed Fellowship, as a participant in the Catholic-Evangelical Conversation of the global Lausanne Movement, and is a member of the T.F. Torrance Theological Fellowship, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the American Scientific Affiliation.  He and his wife, Ann, have three adult children and live in Rye.

 

Nelson Mead '81 graduated from Cornell University with a degree in business management and marketing, and has worked in financial services since 1984. He became a Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner in 1989 and a Chartered Financial Analyst® charterholder in 2003. Nelson currently holds the position of Senior Portfolio Manager at Cornell Pochily Investment Advisors. Previously, he was Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager for HSBC Private Bank. Nelson serves numerous local non-profits as volunteer and board member, is an Elder at Covenant Love Community Church in Dryden, NY, and is Captain of the Freeville, NY Fire Department. Nelson and his wife Kathy have three children and reside in Freeville, NY.

 

David Williamson is a professor at Cornell in the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering (ORIE). Currently, he is serving as chair of the Chesterton House Board. He previously worked as a Senior Manager at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California and a Research Staff Member at the IBM Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York. His degrees (bachelor, masters, and doctorate) are all from MIT. He lives with his wife and three children in Ithaca. In his rare moments of spare time he enjoys reading and road biking.

 


Former Governing Board Members

Christian Anible served as Graduate & Faculty Ministries Staff for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) at Cornell University and Syracuse University until his death in 2007. He had served with IVCF since 1982 and came to Ithaca in 1999. He had a Masters degree in New Testament from Regent College and was a member of the Emerging Scholars Network. Christian, who was an avid lover of hiking and cross-country skiing, leaves behind his wife, Barbara, and three children. Best known for his leadership in worship for conferences of IVCF and the Institute for Advanced Christian Studies (IFACS), he was a passionate advocate for environmental stewardship and social justice.

Steve Calk served until recently as a lecturer in finance at the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell where he was also faculty advisor to the Johnson Christian Fellowship. Formerly an investment banker (J.P. Morgan, Credit Suisse and Lehman Brothers), Calk received his B.S. in Philosophy and Economics from Columbia University and M.B.A. from the Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business.

Grace Chung '10 is an HR Client Consultant at Capital One, responsible for advising the business on talent and organization. Ms. Chung has previous experience at other companies in the financial services industry, including BlackRock, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley. She also serves on the board of the YWCA of Queens, a local community organization for immigrant and low-income families. Ms. Chung lives in New York City with her husband James and is a member of North Shore Baptist Church in Bayside, Queens.

Robert C. Fay is Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at Cornell University, where he has been a faculty member since 1962. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard University and the University of Bologna, an NSF Science Faculty Fellow at the University of East Anglia and the University of Sussex, and a NATO/Heineman Senior Fellow at Oxford University. His interests include the history of Christianity and its connections to science. See his article, Science and Christian Faith: Conflict or Cooperation?

Steve Froehlich is Pastor of New Life Presbyterian Church in Ithaca, NY. In his prior position, he served as Executive Vice President of Reformed Theological Seminary. An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America, Froehlich completed undergraduate studies in theatre, and graduate studies in theology and pastoral ministry. His interests include the intersection of Christianity and the arts, especially literature and film.

Linda Møskeland Fuchs served on the Chesterton House governing board from 2008-2014, and as Chair from 2011-2014. Fuchs does research on late Roman and early Christian sculpture, with a focus on resurrection themes. She is a member of the Association of Scholars of Christianity in the History of Art. Her recent work is found in Art as Spiritual Perception, ed. James Romaine (2012) and an ASCHA volume, Methodological Studies of Christianity in the History of Art (Jan. 2013). Fuchs has degrees from Wheaton College (IL), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, the University of Chicago and Cornell University. She has served on the Community Advisory Board of Cornell’s Herbert L. Johnson Museum.

Hugh G. Gauch, Jr.is a Senior Research Specialist at Cornell University with expertise in statistical analysis of ecological and agricultural data. He has authored three books and is one of the most cited research scientists at Cornell. Gauch's book, Scientific Method in Practice (Cambridge Press, 2002) is an interdisciplinary treatment of the history, philosophy, and method of science. His interests include natural theology--a topic on which he read a paper at the Gifford conference in Aberdeen (2000). The paper was published in Philosophia Christi 4:45-88, and is available athttp://www.ibri.org/.

Carolyn Hendrickson is the Chief Development Officer for the Rescue Mission, based in Syracuse, N.Y. She is a graduate of Syracuse University (BA in English/photojournalism) and spent 13 years in the financial services field prior to joining the Rescue Mission in 1997. A graduate of Leadership Greater Syracuse and former president of the local chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals she is active in women’s ministry at North Syracuse Baptist Church, enjoys photography  and honing  her culinary skills.  She and her husband David live in Liverpool.

Dave Jones formerly served as Senior Pastor at Bethel Grove Bible Church in Ithaca, NY. Also formerly Associate Pastor at West Church in Peabody, MA, he has degrees from Messiah College, Wheaton College Graduate School, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Jones also serves as Board President for International Health Services, a medical mission to Eastern Europe. His interests include biblical teaching and developing Christ-centered marriages.

James Keller '84 is a Senior Managing Director at Cantor, Fitzgerald responsible for structured credit products trading. A 1988 graduate of Columbia Business School, Keller previously worked for eight years at UBS and 12 years at Citibank. He is a board member of Sinergia, a micro-finance organization in Trujillo, Peru, and the Christian Missionary Society, which ministers among Reformed churches in Peru. He lives in Rye, NY with his wife and two children.

Ryan P. O’Dowd has spent half of his career in the military and half in the academic world. He has served as a Senior Visiting Lecturer of Aerospace Studies at Cornell University, and previously taught Religion and Biblical Studies. He holds degrees from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Reformed Theological Seminary, and the University of Liverpool (PhD). He is the author of The Wisdom of Torah: Epistemology in Deuteronomy and the Wisdom Literature (V&R, 2009) and, with Craig Bartholomew, Old Testament Wisdom Literature: A Theological Introduction (IVP Academic, 2011). His articles in Comment Magazine may be found here.

Kelly O'Neal '85 served as chair of the Chesterton House Board. She has most recently worked as the Community Impact Strategy Director and Event Management Coordinator for Liberty Institute, the largest law firm in the nation dedicated solely to religious liberty cases. In her free time she teaches Financial Literacy in inner-city Dallas and does mission work with church planters and orphanages overseas. She received her BS in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University, MBA from Southern Methodist (SMU), and Masters in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. Kelly previously worked in finance and market research at PepsiCo and Electronic Data Systems. She also created and directed an ESL program for refugees in Dallas, was youth director at her church and ministered for five years at a residential lock down unit for children in Denton, Texas. She lives in Dallas with her husband Kevin and has two adult children.

Martha H. Stipanuk is the James Jamison Professor in Nutrition in the Division of Nutritional Sciences, where she has been a faculty member since 1977. She has published numerous research articles in the area of amino acid metabolism, and has edited Biochemical and Physiological Aspects of Human Nutrition (2000). Her interests include mentoring Christian women in the academic community.

James R. Stouffer is Professor Emeritus of Animal Science at Cornell University, where he taught from 1956-1988. He has served as Food Science Advisor to University of Nigeria, and as a visiting professor at several universities, including University of Goettingen, West Germany. He is the founder of Animal Ultrasound Services and a consultant to the livestock industry. His interests include developing electronic technology for evaluating market animals.

Kathleen Vogel is an associate professor at Cornell University, with a joint appointment in the Department of Science and Technology Studies and the Peace Studies Program. Prior to joining the Cornell faculty, Vogel worked as a William C. Foster Fellow in the U.S. Department of State's Office of Proliferation Threat Reduction. Vogel has also spent time as a visiting scholar at the Cooperative Monitoring Center, Sandia National Laboratories and the Center for Nonproliferation Studies working on biosecurity and BW nonproliferation issues.

Camille Wilson '00 graduated with a Bachelors in International Agriculture and Adult Education. She is currently in her final year of a Masters program at at Johns Hopkins University in Clinical Community Counseling. She is actively involved in her church in northern Virginia ministering to young families while serving as the Nursery Coordinator.

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Former Student Board Members

Claire Bryant '09, studied Sociology and Inequality. A native of Pittsburgh, she plans to go into international social work and has spent two summers during college working and living in a home for children in Paraná, Brazil. Claire was one of the founding editors of Translations magazine and was very involved in Cornell Christian Fellowship. Her other interests include politics, advocacy, hiking, biking, rock climbing, and conversations over coffee.

Victor Fei '15 is an Electrical and Computer Engineering major from Vancouver, Canada. His career interest lies in technology entrepreneurship. His hobbies include skiing, golfing, photography, Roman history, and political theories. His favorite Christian authors include Henri Nouwen, St. Augustine, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and C. S. Lewis.

Stevie Hull '10, majored in Classics and wrote her senior honors thesis on the literary uses of Scripture in the Latin letters of Paulinus of Nola, a 4th century senator turned bishop. She served as President of Cornell's Undergraduate Classics Organization, Kai Ta Loipa, a member of the student advisory board of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship, and a mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program. She writes poetry and short fiction and hopes to pursue a PhD in Classics.

P.J. Kemerer MBA ’13 is from Harrisburg, PA, where he has returned to pursue a career in commercial banking. He served as the president of the Johnson Christian Fellowship. His interests include music theory, Reformation history, and business ethics. Formerly a music teacher in upstate NY, he received his B.M. in Music Education from Mansfield University and M.M. in Music Education from Ithaca College. He currently lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and two children.

Josh Pothen '07 was a Pre-med Computer Science major. Currently an MD student at University of Vermont, his career interests lie in orthopedic surgery and computational modeling of the musculoskeletal system. He has worked at the National Cancer Institute, and presented at the 2005 American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) Aquatic Sciences Meeting. His interests include theology, bioethics, anime, film criticism, literature, comic books, photography, blogging and hiking.

Ife Samuel-Adedoyin '11 was a Hotel Administration major from Lagos, Nigeria. She plans to pursue a career in hospitality industry on the African continent and is interested in education, sustainable energy and social entrepreneurship. She was the Vice-President for Hotelie Entrepreneurs, a member of COAH, the umbrella organization for Christian groups on campus, and the Cornell Ambassador for Shakepoverty Foundation--a non-profit organization that serves to unite, inspire and empower students to support the alleviation of extreme poverty. She enjoys reading, cooking and visiting new places.

Keren Wong '12, Biology & Society major with an Education minor, is from Wappingers Falls, NY. Curious about Chinese and Chinese-American social identity, she served as a research assistant in the Communication department studying cross-cultural communication. She pursued music as a member of the Cornell Chamber Singers, and was involved with Asian American InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Her passions include the abolition of modern-day slavery.