New Foundation trustees begin terms

November 18, 2010


The Presbyterian Foundation welcomed six new trustees to the Foundation Board at the October meeting. These trustees were approved at the 219th General Assembly in June. "We are excited with the level of expertise and enthusiasm that the Foundation's new trustees bring to the table," said Tom Taylor, President and CEO of the Presbyterian Foundation. "Our board members have a long history of being deeply committed to providing vision and direction for the Foundation as we seek to fulfill our mission in ever-changing environments."         

Harry Bartel, a tax, trusts and estates lawyer, has worked extensively in the non-profit arena. An elder and trustee of First Presbyterian Church of Fort Worth, he has served multiple terms as a board member of the Synod of the Sun Presbyterian Foundation, as well as serving as a board member of other various Presbyterian foundations.

Steven Bass brings 36 years experience as a CPA and auditor and has served as a volunteer and as a professional in the not-for-profit industry. A member of Magnolia Presbyterian Church in Seattle, he has served on the church's session four times, as well as participating in many committees - both at the local and synod/presbytery levels.

Robert "Bob" Crist has been the church administrator for a top-ten 3,000 member church with duties ranging from leading major capital campaigns and building projects to basic areas of administration. Mr. Crist was formerly a partner of Ernst & Young, specializing in accounting and consulting services to large not-for-profit organizations. He is a member of First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue (Washington).    

Elizabeth "Terry" Dunning is a Harvard Law graduate who has served as an elder and on the Session at First Presbyterian Church of Salt Lake City in addition to being a member of their stewardship and mission committees. She has also been a member of other community not-for-profit boards.

Marilee Hopkins is treasurer and former trustee at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago . As a CPA and partner with 12 years experience in a public accounting firm, she has provided financial consulting for audit and tax clients. She has served on numerous non-profit boards over the years.

Robert "Rob" Olcott, CIMA, is a founder and managing partner of an investment consulting firm. He brings 30 years experience in advising fiduciaries, managing sizeable institutional portfolios, teaching asset allocation and socially responsible investing. He is a member of Immanuel Presbyterian Church in McLean, Virginia  and has served on its Finance Committee as well as the Planned Giving Committee.

A vital part of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Foundation cultivates, attracts, and manages financial resources of individuals and institutions to serve Christ's mission.  For over two hundred years, the Presbyterian Foundation has served the Church in this capacity by exploring innovative ways to fund Christ's mission.  The Presbyterian Foundation provides an opportunity for congregations, institutions and individuals to affect positive change in the world with their accumulated assets in accordance with their Christian principles and values.

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