Our board of directors is drawn widely from the world of theological education and governance.
The members' extensive experience guides us as we chart our future, broaden our approach, and model good governance for those we would teach.
Dr. Diane Ashley
Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer
Director, Office of Minority and Women Inclusion
Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Board of Trustees
New York Theological Seminary
Before joining the Federal Reserve, Ashley was senior vice president and director of supplier diversity at Citigroup. She has also worked for The Hollins Group Inc., Eric Salmon, and Gould, McCoy and Chadick.
A Baptist lay person, Ashley serves on the board of ThinkQuest NYC.
Dr. Rebekah Burch Basinger
(In Trust's Board Secretary)
Chair of the Board of Directors
MOPS International (Mothers of Preschoolers)
Member of the Board
Friends of the Theological College of Zimbabwe
Rebekah Burch Basinger is an In Trust Governance Mentor and developed many of the In Trust assessment tools for boards. She previously served on the In Trust board from 1995 to 2003.
She has been an independent consultant for board development and fundraising for more than 15 years and has served on the boards of numerous organizations, including MAP International (Medical Assistance Programs) and the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. She is currently helping develop a master's program in higher education administration at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania.
A former interim editor of In Trust magazine, Basinger remains a regular contributor. She is also author of a chapter in Revolution in Generosity: Transforming Stewards to Be Rich Toward God (Moody, 2008) and lead author of "The President's Role in Institutional Advancement," a chapter in the Handbook for Seminary Presidents published by the Association of Theological Schools. She and Thomas Jeavons are also coauthors of Growing Givers' Hearts: Treating Fundraising as Ministry (Jossey-Bass, 2001).
Basinger received a B.A. in English from Trinity College (Deerfield, Illinois), a master's in English from Wichita State University, and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from Temple University. She is a member of The Grantham Church (Brethren in Christ) in Grantham, Pennsylvania.
Dr. George K. Brushaber
Chair of the Board of Directors, In Trust
George K. Brushaber was president of Bethel University for 27 years. During this time, the enrollment in the college and graduate school increased to more than 5,500 students and its graduate school of ministry, Bethel Seminary, was among the 10 largest institutions in the Association of Theological Schools. Before being called to Bethel, Brushaber held academic and administrative posts at Gordon College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and was chief academic officer at Westmont College.
Brushaber chaired the Minnesota Private College Council and the Consortium of Minnesota Theological Seminaries. He maintains a diverse consulting practice with schools, churches, and denominations.
Brushaber has had a dual career in religious publishing. He was founding editor of the Christian Scholars’ Review, now in its 43rd year of publication, and he served for more than a decade as the executive editor and chair of the editorial committee of Christianity Today magazine.
Brushaber holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Boston University, and he is an ordained minister of the Baptist General Conference.
Mr. Howard Claussen
Director of Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Plans Department (Retired)
Board of Regents
Concordia Theological Seminary
Claussen was employed by DuPont for 39 years in various technical, manufacturing, marketing, and management functions before retiring in 1994.
A member of the board of directors of Valparaiso University for 18 years, Claussen served at various times on the executive, administration and finance, facilities and campus planning, and public relations and marketing committees.
He is a member of Concordia Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) in Wilmington, Delaware.
Mr. Robert B. Coutts
Executive Vice President (Retired)
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Board of Governors
Wesley Theological Seminary
Former Chair of the Board
Coutts has served on the boards of directors of Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems, Lockheed Martin United Kingdom, and Lockheed Martin Espana, and he is an elected member of three New York Stock Exchange boards of directors. He is a member of the endowment investment committee at Wesley Theological Seminary and has served on the seminary's board for 12 years. He is a member of University Methodist Church in Syracuse, New York, and an associate member of Hunt's Memorial United Methodist Church in Riderwood, Maryland.
Dr. Edwin I. Hernandez
Senior Program Officer for Research, Education, and Congregational Initiatives
DeVos Family Foundations
Center for the Study of Latino Religion
University of Notre Dame
Board of Trustees
After earning master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Notre Dame, Hernandez served on the faculty of Andrews University in the department of sociology. In 1996, Hernandez was named vice president for academic affairs at Antillian Adventist University in Puerto Rico, and later he served as a program officer at the Pew Charitable Trusts. From 2002 to 2006, he was director of the Center for the Study of Latino Religion at Notre Dame, and today he remains as a research fellow there.
Ordained in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, he is a member of the Berrien Springs Spanish Seventh-day Adventist Church in Berrien Springs, Michigan.
The Very Rev. Martha J. Horne
(In Trust's Vice Chair)
Dean and President Emerita
Protestant Episcopal Theological Seminary
Horne retired in 2007 after heading the largest Episcopal seminary for 13 years. Previously she served on the seminary's faculty for eight years and was associate dean for six. She was president of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) from 1990 to 1992 and has served on several ATS committees and task forces. A member of the executive committee and board of the Washington Theological Consortium for many years, she received its distinguished service award in 2007.
Horne is an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church. Since retiring, she has joined the faculty of CREDO, a vocational wellness initiative for clergy and lay leaders in the Episcopal Church. She also serves as dean of ATS leadership development initiatives for presidents of theological schools in the United States and Canada.
Mr. David Jennings
Founding Member and Principal Irwin, White & Jennings Barristers & Solicitors
Board of Governors Vancouver School of Theology
Chair of the Board St. Andrew's Hall, Vancouver, British Columbia
David Jennings is an attorney who specializes in corporate finance and securities law. He has served as convener of the Assembly Council of the Presbyterian Church in Canada and helped to merge two Canadian religious think tanks, the Centre for Cultural Renewal and Cardus, serving on the organization's board of directors after the merger.
An advocate of the arts, Jennings has served on the boards of Pacific Theatre in Vancouver, the Renovaré Fund, the International Justice Mission (Canada), and the Center for Religious Humanism, which publishes the journal Image. In 2003 he founded Incarnation Ministries, a Christian charity that promotes arts and culture, and he remains its executive director.
Jennings is an elder at St. Andrew's and St. Stephen's Presbyterian Church in North Vancouver.
Dr. Carol Lytch
Lancaster Theological Seminary
Lytch became president of Lancaster Theological Seminary in 2011. Previously she was associate executive director of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. An ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Lytch has also served as a pastor and as an adjunct faculty member at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
The author of numerous articles on theological education and a fellow of the Fund for Theological Education, she is a frequent speaker on issues related to theological education.
Ms. Patricia A. Maloney
Associate Principal Director
NPOESS Integrated Program Office,
The Aerospace Corporation
Board of Trustees
Washington Theological Union
Maloney is a senior technical and programmatic executive with 30 years' experience in aerospace, defense, and energy.
Maloney earned an M.B.A. at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. From 2003 to 2007, she was a member of the board of Covenant House California, a faith-based social service agency for homeless youth. She served on the board of trustees of Washington Theological Union for 2000 to 2009, and she has recently been re-elected to a term that will begin in 2011.
She is currently a lector and chairs the finance council at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Reston, Virginia.
Msgr. Roger McGrath
(In Trust's Board Treasurer)
Catholic Diocese of Camden, New Jersey
A Catholic priest of the diocese of Camden, New Jersey, Msgr. McGrath served as both an associate pastor and pastor of parishes in the diocese before he was named director of diocesan relations at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Later he served on the faculty and then as vice rector of St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore. McGrath has also served on the boards of both institutions. For 12 years he was treasurer of the Catholic Theological Society of America.
Ms. Amy Northcutt
Chief Information Officer National Science Foundation
Former Vice President for Administration Wesley Theological Seminary
In her role at the National Science Foundation, Amy Northcutt is responsible for information technology investments, governance, policy, planning, compliance with federal mandates, and annual budget requests. Previously she served as the NSF’s deputy general counsel and acting director of the Office of Information and Resource Management.
Northcutt is on the executive committee of the American Council for Technology and is a member of the board of directors of the Worldwide Assurance for Employees of Public Agencies. She has also served on the boards of Just Neighbors and Bread for the City, two local nonprofit organizations in the Washington, D.C., area.
Northcutt is a member of Church of the Reformation (ELCA), Washington, D.C.
Mrs. Anne M. van den Berg
Board of Trustees
St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological
In addition to her service on the board of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, van den Berg has served as parish council president for the Orthodox Church of St. Stephen the Protomartyr in Orlando, Florida, and as capital campaign director for the parish. At St. Vladimir's she spearheaded a summer internship program for students.
Admitted to the bar in two states, van den Berg currently tends her family of six children ranging in age from grade school to college.
Dr. John Vissers
Director of Academic Programs and Professor of Historical Theology
Knox College, Toronto
In addition to his academic posts, Vissers currently serves as Moderator of the 138th General Assembly of The Presbyterian Church in Canada. From 1999 until 2012 he served as Principal of The Presbyterian College, Montreal and served two terms as Director of the Montreal School of Theology affiliated with McGill University. He has also served as Professor of Systematic Theology and Academic Dean at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto and has pastored three congregations in The Presbyterian Church in Canada.
He has published three books and numerous articles on theology and theological education.