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Chesterton House

A Center for Christian Studies at Cornell



Rachel Dill '09 is a registered dietician, serving as the Nutrition Resource Manager for Foodlink, the regional food bank in Rochester, NY. As an undergraduate student at Cornell, she was involved with Navigators Christian Fellowship and New Life Presbyterian Church. Her interests include growing and eating vegetables, and she has been known to whip up food for 50 at Chesterton House during reunion weekend. She makes print materials for Chesterton House, and (though a dietician) can't get enough of that 'fat man' logo.


Karlee Lillywhite moved from California to Ithaca in 2016 with her husband, who is a grad student in the English department at Cornell. She is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer who loves to create beautiful and whimsical images. She does design and communications related work for Chesterton House. Her other work can be seen at




Michael Matier is the Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness at Baylor University, where he oversees strategic planning, institutional research, assessment, and accreditation efforts. He attended Shippensburg State College, Westminster Theological Seminary, and the University of Oregon (PhD), and previously worked at Cornell University for 22 years. His interests include playing vuvuzelas collected at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. As a card carrying ISTJ, he lends a hand with information and data management.


Rich McDaniel, Vice President Emeritus, Cornell University. Rich is a longtime Cornelian, having completed graduate studies there long ago, followed by almost 35 years of service in senior administration. Upon retiring, he "repurposed" to advance successful entrepreneurial ventures centered on the development and deployment of course materials systems. Having invested a long and fruitful career in business, education and technology, he has repurposed yet again to devote primary energies and talents to coaching leaders of Christian ministries in adopting the highest standards of leadership and stewardship. In this capacity Rich continues to support Chesterton House by facilitating its periodic strategic planning activities.


Deborah Miller is a wife, mother and second generation Cornellian who never left Ithaca. She studied Animal Science and International Agricultural Development, and met her husband, Jay, during graduate school. Deborah loves learning and teaching, and has taught Latin and ESL. She enjoys gardening, reading and travel. She has venison, beaver and halal lamb in her freezer.



David Navadeh'19 is an Industrial and Labor Relations student from Wexford, PA. Since accepting Christ at age 11, David is passionate about spreading the Gospel everywhere, particularly on Cornell's campus through Christian Union and CRU. David runs a photography business specializing in portraits, events and photojournalism and has taken many pictures for Chesterton House. His other work can be seen at



Ann Williamson is a graphic design consultant who provides design services for Chesterton House when she is not busy (ha!) with her three children. Before moving to Ithaca with her husband David in 2004, Ann managed a communications department for URS Corporation, one of the largest architectural and engineering design services firms in the world.



Ray Zimmerman, Ph.D. '95, is a husband and father of two daughters and a son. He is Senior Research Associate in Cornell's Department of Applied Economics and Management, doing research in the engineering and economics of electric power systems. He is the primary developer of MATPOWER, an open-source power systems simulation software package used worldwide for research and education, and PowerWeb, a web-based electricity market testing platform. He has served Chesterton House above and beyond the call of duty as webmaster from the ministry's inception. In the early 1990s, Ray started an intentional Christian community that included CH Director Karl Johnson, and which served as the inspiration for CH's current residential initiative.