Ms. Amy L. Kardash


Amy Kardash has been the president of the In Trust Center for Theological Schools since 2017, serving as director of programs for eight years prior. She oversees and directs all the In Trust Center’s work in resourcing over 230 seminaries, theological schools, and affiliate organizations.

In 2012 she helped launch Resource Consulting, offering a new way of connecting leaders in theological education with resources they need to make transformative changes at their institutions. In addition to Resource Consulting, she oversees the organization’s work in In Trust magazine and in building learning communities via focused initiatives and through the In Trust Center’s popular webinar series, which she initiated in 2011.

Before joining the In Trust Center, Amy Kardash enjoyed a ten-year career in corporate banking and marketing at PNC Bank and Wilmington Trust Company. She holds both a B.S. in marketing and management and an M.B.A. from the University of Delaware.

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Mr. Jay Blossom

Vice President for Communication

Jay Blossom joined the In Trust Center in 2005 as editor of In Trust magazine. In 2013, he was named vice president for communication for the In Trust Center and publisher of In Trust magazine. He oversees all of the In Trust Center’s communication initiatives, including the 30-year-old quarterly magazine, a monthly e-newsletter, and In Trust Blog, which is updated frequently with news relevant to the leaders of theological schools.

Previously Blossom served on the editorial staffs of medical publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, the academic journal Church History and the William and Mary Alumni Association. He earned a bachelor's degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and graduate degrees at the College of William and Mary and Duke University, where he studied American religious and cultural history.

Blossom also serves as rector’s warden at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church in Philadelphia and as president (for the 2017–19 term) of the Associated Church Press, the nation’s oldest professional association of religious journalists.

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Ms. Gail L. Carlucci

Vice President for Operations

Gail Carlucci joined the In Trust Center in 2013. She previously served as director of the gift and scholarship programs at the Delaware Community Foundation and as program administrator at the Rodel Foundation of Delaware, both located in Wilmington, DE. Before that, she was vice president and business manager for Cohn & Wolfe’s New York office. In addition to her skills in business and human resource management, Gail also brings experience in nonprofit processes including finance, events, marketing, and partnerships. She has degrees in Marketing and Management from The Berkeley School and Business Administration from Nassau Community College.

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Ms. Ann Marie Glanden

Vice President for Programs

Ann Marie Glanden joined the In Trust Center staff in 2016. She previously served as program director of Education and Employment services at the West End Neighborhood House, a community support organization based in Wilmington. Prior to that, she held a number of other positions at West End Neighborhood House, including assistant director, academic instructor, and employment coordinator. Ann brings experience in administrative support, grant research and writing, program management, and human resources. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. Joseph’s University and a certification in nonprofit management from the University of Delaware.

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Ms. Theresa Griffith

Program Manager

Theresa Griffith joined the In Trust Center in 2018. She previously worked in youth ministry, both for Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic Parish in the Diocese of Wilmington and for Camp Arrowhead, an Episcopal summer camp in Lewes, Delaware. In this work, she led retreats for K-12 students, ran a youth leadership team, and served as co-chair of the diocese’s Board of Youth Ministry. She brings to the In Trust Center experience in program management and event planning and a familiarity with working in an ecumenical context. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Immaculata University in English, with minors in communication and theology.

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Ms. Nikesha Mason

Administrative Manager

Nikesha Mason joined the In Trust Center in 2019, bringing with her nearly 18 years of administrative and service-related experience, most recently as a customer service representative for a conferencing facility. She has also proudly served as a member of the Delaware Army National Guard.

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Ms. Lauren Meltzer

Managing Editor

Lauren Meltzer joined the In Trust Center in 2019. As owner of the Charles Press Publishers, a small book publishing company in Philadelphia, she brings extensive publishing and editorial experience. She has edited hundreds of books, primarily in the fields of behavioral and social sciences. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Ms. Grace Pennington

Program Assistant

Grace Pennington was a summer intern with the In Trust Center in 2019 and joined the staff on a full-time basis in 2020.  A graduate of the University of Delaware, she holds a B.S. in organizational and community leadership and brings with her several years’ experience as a front-of-house restaurant leader.  Grace was born in and has lived in Japan and is fluent in Japanese and English. An active member of Grace Evangelical Free Church, she has a strong desire to serve both religious organizations and the nonprofit sector.

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