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Board of Directors

Our Governing Board of Directors is comprised of both Clergy and Laity members of the United Methodist Church with representatives from the Eastern Pennsylvania, Peninsula-Delaware, and Baltimore-Washington Annual Conferences. All Board members are appointed to serve a four-year term with an option to serve two additional four-year terms. Annual Conference Treasurers are considered permanent members of the Board. Permanent committees of the Board include the Executive, Investment, Personnel, Marketing, Stewardship and Audit committees. The Members (i.e., shareholders) of our corporation are each Annual Conference’s Council on Finance and Administration.

Thomas Black

President

Tom serves as President of the Board. He retired as Treasurer of ICI Americas Inc., where he was responsible for pension and 401(k) investing. He then spent 6 years as a pension consultant to large corporations and government entities. He has served on the Board of Goodwill of Delaware and the national United Methodist Foundation and currently serves on the Board of Read Aloud Delaware.
Tammy Bowman

Tammy Bowman

Secretary

Tammy brings 30 years of financial experience to our board, serving on the Investment Committee and the Executive Committee for the MAUMF. She serves and worships at Cedarville UMC in North Coventry, PA. Currently employed at Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC, Tammy received her B.A in Accounting, Marketing, and Business Adm. from Alvernia College.
Barry Crozier

Barry Crozier

Investment Committee

In 2017 Barry retired after 39 years with Belfint, Lyons, Shuman, Certified Public Accountants, 21 of those years as Managing Director. Barry specialized in assisting clients with litigation support matters, business valuations, individual and corporate tax and management issues, and corporate service matters, as well as facilitating firm retreats for small to mid-sized accounting firms. Barry serves many community organizations, including the Delaware Hospice on the Board of Trustees, and as an Executive Mentor for the University of Delaware and Delaware State. Barry received a BS in Accounting from the University of Delaware and an MS in Taxation from Widener University.
Paul J. Eichelberger

Paul J Eichelberger

Assistant Treasurer

The CFO/Treasurer of the Baltimore-Washington Conference, Paul serves on MAUMF’s Investment and Executive Committees. He joined MAUMF after employment at Verizon Communications, where he was responsible for Fios capital/expense budgets and led several nationally-based reengineering initiatives; 11 years with Corning, Inc.; and seven years of service with the U.S. Navy Submarine Force. He is a member of the Mount Carmel United Methodist Church (Frederick, MD) and President of Rebuilding Together of Anne Arundel County. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he also received advanced degrees from Old Dominion University and Johns Hopkins University

Dan Hepner

Dan Hepner

Investment Committee
In June 2021 Dan retired from Ameritas Life Insurance Corp. after 28 years where for the last 13 years he served as the Corporate Manager of Field Investigations. Prior to his position with Ameritas, Dan was a field investigator with The Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York. Dan has a BS in Criminology/Criminal Justice from Chester University. Dan started his career as a police officer with theg the City of Charlotte North Carolina Police Department. Dan has also served as a Licensed Local Pastor since 2006, serving Glenmoore United Methodist Church (2006-2008), Hopewell United Methodist (2008-2021) and his currently serving again at Glenmoore United Methodist as Senior Pastor.
Sharon Herrmann

Sharon Herrmann

Chair, Investment Committee

Sharon retired in 2015 as a Sr VP and Sr Portfolio Manager after over 30 years of service with U.S. Trust Company, Bank of America Private Bank. Her experience includes the investment management of a large equity mutual fund, institutional assets and the assets of high-net-worth individuals and officers of Fortune 500 companies. She attended Virginia Wesleyan College and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Sharon attends UMC of West Chester, where she serves on the Finance Committee.
Marsha Johnson

Marsha Johnson

Co-Chair, Stewardship Committee
Marsha retired in 2015 after more than 30 years of holding various leadership positions in Hewlett Packard and Agilent Technologies Inc. She is a member of Simpson UMC in Wilmington, De where she has served in various capacities such as bible study lead, sunday school teacher, Finance and SPPRC chair. She currently serves as a lay servant and the Lay leader. Marsha holds a BA degree in Sociology (Cum Laude) from Princeton University and an MBA from University of Delaware. She is a certified Christian counselor and executive leadership coach. In addition to her work on the Mid Atlantic stewardship committee; she chairs the DE district Urban Center Ministries board, focusing on urban church revitalization and facilitates the Delaware district dMap team.

Andrea King

Stewardship Committee
Rev. Dr. Andrea Middleton King is an elder in the Baltimore-Washington Conference, currently serving at Emmanuel UMC in Beltsville, MD. She has a B.A. from the University of South Carolina, M.Ed. from The Citadel, M.Div. and D.Min. from Wesley Theological Seminary. She has pastored local churches and served as hospital, military, and hospice chaplains. Dr. King has also served as a board member of GCUMM, Executive Committee Member of SBC21, Disaster Recovery Manager for BWCUMC, Chairperson of the BWC Black Clergy Women, Associate Director of Ministry with the Poor, Dean of Mission u, NEJ Representative for Black Clergy Women UMC, and the Vice-Coordinator for the NEJBMCR. Her husband Rev. Curtis D. King is also an ordained UMC elder (retired).

Conrad Link

Co-Chair, Stewardship Committee
Conrad is a retired UMC clergy with 42 years of pastoral ministry. He has spent most of his career Maryland/West Virginia including serving as a District Superintendent and Cabinet Dean. While a member of the BWC he currently lives in the Pen-Del Conference (Ocean Pines, MD). Talking about resources, both personal and church, have been a part of Conrad’s ongoing ministry. Stewardship is everyday. He was charter member of Two Rotary Clubs and served as a board member of the local American Red Cross Board, Frederick Memorial Hospital Community Ethics Committee and various religious and community service ministries. Conrad and his wife, Cathy, love to travel and have 3 sons/daughters-in-law and 5 grandchildren.
George Monk, Jr.

George Monk, Jr

Stewardship Committee

George has served as Trustee and Financial Secretary at the Chevy Chase United Methodist Church where he also managed the Parsonage. He currently serves as the Administrative Officer of the Chevy Chase Fire Department in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

George spent 36 years in the financial services sector, including 25 years in NYC with the Depository Trust Company and JP Morgan Chase.

George received his BA in Economics from Wake Forest University and an MBA in Strategic Management from Pace University (NYC).

Lawrence Pelham

Lawrence Pelham

Stewardship Committee
Employed at E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. for the last 21 years, Lawrence brings broad experience in market and product development, customer service, and team leadership to MAUMF. He is the Lay Leader and Adult Education Ministry Chair at Simpson United Methodist Church, Chair of the Wilmington District Board of Building and Relocation, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Methodist Action Program. He received his M.B.A. from Drexel University and an M.S. in Civil/Environmental Engineering from Howard University.
John Ridgeway

John Ridgeway

John Ridgeway is a retired executive who served 44 years in Financial Services with Sears Roebuck Credit Operations, Bank of America Visa Operations, and Toyota Financial Services.

He is currently the Vice Chairman of Delaware State University’s Board of Trustees. Since 2006 John has been an active member of Buttonwood United Methodist Church, New Castle, DE.  He has held leadership roles as a member of Burns United Church, Des Moines IA., Dupage A.M.E., Lisle Ill, and Duryea A.M.E. Zion, Schenectady NY.

After earning a B.S. in Business Administration in 1975 from Delaware State University, John has received training and development from a variety of courses in Project Management, Six Sigma, Diversity, Kaizen and Leadership Development.

Barry Rose

Investment Committee

Barry's career began in the insurance industry, where he developed a passion for employee benefits, leading to an expertise in Pension Plans. He subsequently became a business coach and formed his own company, guiding business owners in growing their businesses, themselves and the bottom line. Barry has BSs in Sociology and Social Sciences from Elizabethtown College. He attends Jarrettown UMC and has served on the conference Board of Pensions for nine years including 4 years as President. He has been refereeing soccer for 48 years.
Barbara Rutt

Barbara Rutt

Personnel Committee
Barbara is a recent addition to MAUMF and looks forward to bringing her diverse experience to the Board.
William Westbrook

William Westbrook

Assistant Treasurer

William has served as the Conference Treasurer in the Peninsula-Delaware Conference for 12 years. He also serves on MAUMF’s Personnel and Marketing Committees. Prior to joining the Conference, William spent 14 years in various accounting positions, including controller, at International Reading Associates. He received both his B.S., in Accounting, and his M.B.A. from the University of Delaware.
Clarence White

Clarence White

Investment Committee

Clarence serves on MAUMF’s Investment Committee. A retired operations manager, he received his BS in industrial engineering from Tennessee Technological University.

Happy To Serve

“I have had the privilege of serving on the Board of the MAUMF for over 12 years, chairing the Board for all but 2 of those years. I am very proud of the work this organization has done and continues to do in preserving and growing funds of the local churches that they have and will continue to use for vital ministry programs and in our helping to educate pastors and lay leaders on best practices in stewardship and generosity. I am also honored to have been associated with the outstanding Christian men and women who have and are serving on the Board and staff of the MAUMF. These associations have helped me to grow in my own Christian faith. Serving has truly been a rewarding experience, both in seeing the results of what we do and how it has affected me personally.”

Tom Black, President

 

Why I Serve

We are asked in our churches to contribute our time, our talents and our treasurer.  Over the years I have been blessed with certain talents in the financial industry as a CPA. These came as a practitioner and as the leader of a large CPA firm.  My career has led me down many paths that have allowed me to build a repertoire of experiences that have given me tools to help others when it comes to financial and management issues. I have used these skills to help organizations and individuals. Volunteering has been a large part of my life. I am so blessed and I am happy to give back when I can.

We do not all have the same talents. God asks us to share what we have with others. It turns out that the giving is very rewarding!  As individual churches, we tend to look within our congregations for expertise in teaching, preaching, trusteeship, building, etc.  But we don’t always have the right talent to meet the task.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. You don’t need to go it alone.  MAUMF is here to help you in any way we can.  We have an amazing group of clergy, financial professionals and investment professionals who are very willing and able to help your church to make the best investment decisions and we can provide the necessary resources for your church to be successful financially. We all have different viewpoints and we bring them to the table to come to solid decisions.

We spend a very large amount of time looking over the investment spectrum and overseeing the investment that you have entrusted to our care. Your stewardship is our stewardship!

Thank you for your trust and your prayers.  We look forward to continuing to serve you and your church.

Barry Crozier, CPA, CGMA
Board Member