Meet the Board of Directors

Nathan Anderson – has been with Wake Forest University since 1999 and is currently the Director, Financial Systems & Analysis. Mr. Anderson received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Computer Science as well as his Masters of Business Administration degree from Wake Forest University. He is a Deacon and Ruling Elder and currently attends Westminster Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Steven Bass –  is a ruling elder at Magnolia Presbyterian Church. He has served in various voluntary roles for the Presbytery of Seattle. He is an audit principal for Clifton Larson Allen LLP and specializes in service to non-profit organizations. Since 2010 he has been a trustee for the PCUSA Foundation serving as the chair of the audit and compliance committee during most of that time. He is currently on the Social Witness committee. Steve earned his B.A. degree in accounting from the University of Washington. His wife Stella is a retired middle school science teacher. They have two children and four grandchildren.

Gregory Chan – is a Teaching Elder currently serving as chair of the Presbytery Associates, a part of the San Francisco Presbytery. Greg has served on many boards and over the last several decades has served as a public affairs executive and manager at the Bay Area Rapid Transit District, the Hong Kong Christian Council, and the East Bay Municipal Utility District. he holds a degree from California State University, a M.Div. from Princeton and San Francisco Theological Seminary, and a MBA from Golden Gate University.

Sharon Core – currently serves as the General Presbyter for the Presbytery of the Western Reserve. Before beginning this work, she was a parish pastor for 25 years serving the Arlington Presbyterian Church and the Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church. She is a graduate of Agnes Scott College and Columbia Theological Seminary.

Margaret Cyrus – is an experienced administrator serving as an administrative services and program coordinator in a variety of roles including recruitment and training for leading California universities and non-profit organizations. Margaret earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles, California. She is a native of Bardstown, Kentucky and currently lives in Palmdale, California.

Jesse Hite –  is a retired Civil Engineer who has also served as the Church Administrator for the First Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, North Carolina. In his over 40-year engineering career, Mr. Hite provided planning and consulting services to a wide range of both public and private clients in the environmental and transportation areas. He is a Ruling Elder and has served on a number of committees and was Clerk of Session at his home church. He has served the Presbytery of Charlotte including chairing its Finance Committee and was chair of its Council for several years. Mr. Hite has been a Commissioner from the Presbytery of Charlotte to the General Assembly on two occasions. He served for eight years as a Board member for the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation including two years as its Board Chair. Mr. Hite has a Civil Engineering degree from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Master of Engineering degree from Old Dominion University.

Kathy Lueckert  (non-voting, ex-officio) – a Ruling Elder, accepted the call to serve as the President of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), A Corporation in August 2019. In her role she will also manage the Administrative Services Group. Before her latest call, she served as Director of Finance and Administration at Village Presbyterian Church in the Kansas City area and as Director of Strategic Projects for World Vision. Prior to that she served as the Executive Vice President and Deputy Executive Director of the General Assembly Council in Louisville — a predecessor to the Presbyterian Mission Agency. Kathy has also worked in local government management for over fifteen years. Originally from Columbia, Missouri, Kathy has degrees from George Mason University, George Washington University and University of Mary Washington.

Thomas C. McNeill, Jr. – (CHAIR) lives in Avon, Connecticut with wife Mildred McNeill. They have four adult children. McNeill is on the Session and Chairs the Investment Committee of First Presbyterian Church in Hartford, Ct. He was elected three times to Avon Board of Education. He serves as an administrative hearing officer for several Connecticut State Agencies. He worked for nine years at Aetna as real estate investment counsel. McNeill has been self-employed since 1987 as a lawyer doing financing, real estate, and probate estates and holds a Real Estate Broker’s license in Connecticut. He graduated from Middlebury College with a BA in History in 1975 and graduated from Northwestern University School of Law in 1978.

Raphael Medina – a Ruling Elder at the Porta Coeli Presbyterian Church in San German, Puerto Rico where he serves as treasurer and primary preacher. Mr. Medina is a retired US Army Colonel and war veteran. He has served on many PC(USA) boards, including the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board He is a graduate of the Southwest Presbytery Lay Leader course, holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical engineering and a master’s degree in Business Administration.

James Parks – has worked as a community organizer and journalist. He served as an editor for five newspapers including the Cincinnati Enquirer and the Baltimore Sun. He has served on numerous boards within the PC(USA) and currently serves as chair of the Steering Cabinet for Baltimore Presbytery. He attended Davidson College, University of North Carolina – Asheville and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Stephen Rhoades – has been the Stated Clerk for the Presbytery of Santa Fe since 2016. Mr. Rhoades is a retired attorney who is currently an inactive member of the State Bars of West Virginia, and New Mexico. He holds a B.A. in accounting from Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania and a J.D from the West Virginia College of Law in Morgantown, West Virginia. Currently, Mr. Rhoades lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico and attends First Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque.

Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson II (non-voting) – ex-officio) – currently serves as the Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) He is a teaching elder and member of National Capital Presbytery who has served since 2010 as a director of the PC(USA) Office of Public Witness in Washington, D.C. From 1998 to 2010 he was the organizing pastor for Liberation Community Church in Memphis, Tennessee. From 1986 to 1997 he served as pastor of St. James Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, North Carolina. He has a Doctor of Ministry degree from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity degree from Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Johnson C. Smith University.

Olivia Hudson Smith – is a retired attorney. Ms. Hudson Smith began as a Special Education teacher for five years before becoming an attorney. She practiced as an attorney for thirty years, the last twenty years of which were as an Assistant City Attorney Specialist in the Denver City Attorney’s Office from which she retired in 2012. After being ordained as a Minister of the Word and Sacrament in 2017, Ms. Hudson Smith has served as the Stated Clerk of the Presbytery of Denver. She has also served as Moderator of Denver Presbytery and as a board member of the Presbytery Publishing Corporation. Ms. Hudson Smith earned her J.D. in 1982 from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and graduated from seminary at Iliff School of Theology in 2013. She presently lives in Denver, Colorado, where she attends People Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Richard H. White – retired in June 2013 after serving as Chaplain and Director of Religious Ministries at Princeton Healthcare System for ten years. Rev.White was a commercial banker for 25 years prior to going into the ministry. His background also includes service as an Economic Development Consultant for Partnership for Productivity (Rhodesia and Kenya), as well as active duty military service.

Donald Wingate – is a state certified building contractor and owns and manages commercial rental properties. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida. Mr. Wingate has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Mission Development Resources Committee of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board and the West Orange Habitat for Humanity, and he currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Bond Foundation. He is also a member of the Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board for the City of Winter Garden, Florida. Mr. Wingate previously was a Commissioner in the 2012 General Assembly. He is a Ruling Elder of Oakland Presbyterian Church, Oakland, Florida.

Rev. Dr. K. Nicholas Yoda – currently serves as the Pastor and Head of Staff of the Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church, teaches theology at Xavier University, and is completing a three year term of service (Vice Moderator, Moderator, and Chair of Council) for the Cincinnati Presbytery. Dr. Yoda has previously served the larger denomination on the Committee on Theological Education (2006 to 2014), as a General Assembly Commissioner (220th GA/Vice Moderator of GA Committee on the Confessions), the National Presbyterian Youth Ministry Council (1998-2002), as well as a variety of other special committees and leadership gatherings in and out of the church. His studies include Berry College,Columbia Theological Seminary, and the Graduate Theological Foundation.