Meet the Officers

James G. Rissler

President

James is Chief Executive Officer of the Program. Mr. Rissler served as the Program’s Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from 1999 through 2014. Prior to joining the Program he spent seventeen years in the banking industry most recently serving as a vice president with PNC Bank, N.A. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Business Administration from Vanderbilt University. Mr. Rissler is a Trustee on the board of the Presbyterian Homes & Services Foundation, Inc., and was past Chair of the Board of Presbyterian Homes & Services of Kentucky, Inc. He is a Ruling Elder and a former Trustee of Harvey Browne Memorial Presbyterian Church.

Lorraine Recchia (Senior Vice President Finance and Administration) joined the Program as Chief Operating Officer in February 2015. She brings over 21 years experience in the financial services industry most recently serving as a vice president of BMO Harris Bank. She started her career in public accounting for Price Waterhouse. She holds a Masters of Business Administration from York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Clare Lewis (Vice President, Sales and Marketing) Clare has seventeen years of experience developing marketing and sales programs in the not-for-profit industry. Most recently, Ms. Lewis served as publisher of Congregational Ministries Publishing – a ministry area of the Presbyterian Mission Agency. She holds a degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Ms. Lewis worships at Springdale Presbyterian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, and is a former youth pastor at First United Church, Kelowna, British Columbia.

Martha E. Clark (Secretary) is the General Counsel of the Church Corporation. She serves on the staff of the Presbyterian Mission Agency. She received a B.S. degree from Western Kentucky University, an M.A.T. degree from the University of Louisville and a J.D. from the University of Louisville. From 1985 until joining the Legal Services Office of the Church Corporation in May 1996, she was an attorney with Humana Inc.

Michael K. Kirk (Assistant Secretary) is an Associate General Counsel on the staff of the Presbyterian Mission Agency. He received his B.A. degree from Colgate University, a J.D. from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, and an LL.M. from Georgetown University School of Law. From 1985-1987 he was an Assistant District Attorney for Ulster County, New York. From 1987 until joining the Legal Services Office of the Church Corporation in March 2009, he was a partner with the firm of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP. He is a Ruling Elder and Clerk of Session at Highland Presbyterian Church in Louisville, KY.

Laura Olliges (Assistant Treasurer) is Manager of Accounting & Internal Compliance and provides accounting and internal control services for PILP. She has worked for PC (USA) since 1992, in World Mission, Finance and Accounting, and Internal Audit offices. Her work with ILP started in February 2011. She is a Certified Public Accountant and has an MBA from the University of Louisville. She also has a B.A. (Spanish major) from Earlham College. She serves as Treasurer of the Board of Cedar Ridge Camp, a Presbyterian camp and conference center. She attends Highland Presbyterian Church in Louisville, KY.