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October 17, 2022 Press release

ECF Welcomes Three New Board Members

October 17, 2022, New York, NY - The Board of Directors of the Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF) recently elected three new members: Jo Ann Roberts of Chicago, IL, Charlie Schilling of New York, NY and Mason Lecky of Richmond, VA.

“We’re delighted to welcome these new directors to the ECF Board,” said Donald V. Romanik, ECF President. “They bring an incredible array of experience, enthusiasm, and energy. We all look forward to working with them as ECF continues to discern our call to address the changing needs of the church.”

Jo Ann Roberts

Jo Ann Roberts is a renowned educator, trustee, and experienced leader in managing complex organizations. Her expertise includes school finance, strategic planning, curriculum development, and operations.

For more than 30 years, she has provided educational leadership for school districts, boards, and government agencies in diverse settings across North America, having held the positions of Superintendent of Schools, Chief Deputy Superintendent of Schools, Director of Special Services, and Principal to Speech and Language Pathologist. Jo Ann holds B.S. and M.S. degrees with honors in Speech and Language Pathology from Wayne State University and a Ph.D. with honors in Education Administration and Management from Northwestern University.

In the Diocese of Chicago, Jo Ann serves as a Member of Diocesan Council, Bishop’s Associate, and formerly as a Member of the Bishop’s Search Committee. At her home parish of St. Paul & the Redeemer in Chicago, she has served as a vestry member and senior warden. Jo Ann has two children.

Charles H. Schilling

Charlie Schilling is a commercial and operational executive with a successful track record of building winning teams across education, information systems, and B2B (business-to-business) software and services.

Currently he serves as President, Enterprise Business – US, Europe & Canada for Emeritus, an online course provider committed to teaching the skills of the future by making education accessible and affordable to individuals, companies, and governments around the world. Collaborating with more than 50 top-tier universities across the US (including Stanford and MIT), Europe, Latin America, India and China, Emeritus offers short courses, degree programs, boot-camps, and senior executive programs. Its unique model of state-of-the-art technology, curriculum innovation, and hands-on instruction educates more than 250,000 students per year across more than 80 countries.

Charlie holds a BA from Georgetown University and a MBA from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Charlie and his wife Lindsey have two young daughters and worship at St. James’ Church, New York, NY and Church of the Atonement in Quogue, NY.

Mason Lecky

Mason Lecky has been Headmaster of St. Christopher's School in Richmond, VA since 2016. Serving approximately 1,000 boys in grades JK-12, St. Christopher’s has experienced growth and record-breaking philanthropy during Mason’s tenure, including a successful capital campaign and campus construction.

Before returning to his hometown of Richmond, Mason served St. Albans School in Washington, DC, as a teacher, coach, and administrator. From 2009 to 2016, Mason was the Head of School at St. Andrew's Episcopal School in New Orleans.

A 2014 Columbia University Klingenstein Fellow, Mason holds an undergraduate degree in history from the University of Virginia, a master's degree in education from Harvard University, and is proficient in Spanish. He has served on the Board of the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools, as Chair of the Elementary Accreditation Committee for the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest, and as Vice President of the Louisiana Association of Independent Schools. Mason presently serves as a Trustee for the International Boys' Schools Coalition, the Collegiate School in New York City, the Virginia Association of Independent Schools, and the Richmond Board of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities. Mason and his wife, Megan, have two sons and one daughter and are new members of Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Richmond.

ECF’s Board of Directors will convene in-person on November 10-12, 2022 in New York City and will focus on ECF’s missional and strategic direction for 2023 and beyond.

Communications Contact:
Charis Bhagianathan
[email protected]

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