Christina Butler, President
Dr. Butler is Past President of the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio and currently serves as Interfaith Liaison on the board of the Spirituality Network. In 2014, she retired from her position as Director of the Martin de Porres Center—a place for spirituality, interfaith dialogue, and the arts—sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Peace. For five years, she has been an Advisory Committee member for the African-American Historical Collection at the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Since completing her doctorate in 2002, she has focused her work on older adult learning, but prior to that time, she taught all age levels, elementary school through college.
John Cantrell, Vice President
Mr. Cantrell has focused his career on mental health and the criminal justice system. He worked 29 years at The Buckeye Ranch in various roles, including Clinical Coordinator, Director of Group Home Services, and Spiritual Life Director. A graduate of Manchester University, Ohio University, and The Methodist Theological School, Mr. Cantrell served 10 years as an ordained Methodist pastor. He is passionate about interfaith and ecumenical issues; social, racial, and gender equality; and servant leadership.
Joe Edwards, Secretary
Dr. Edwards has worked to serve vulnerable populations in the central Ohio area for over 25 years. He is an experienced leader in service provision, clinical supervision, and management with nonprofit organizations in both the public and private sectors. He worked at The Buckeye Ranch, served in leadership roles at Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities and ADAMH Board, and worked with homeless populations at OSU Star House. He received his BSBA, MS, and PhD from The Ohio State University. He currently works as a psychological consultant with Social Security and The Buckeye Ranch, and he has a private practice with Overbrook Clinical Associates.
Derek K. Heyman, Treasurer
Dr. Heyman works as Manager of State Tax Planning and Special Projects at Cardinal Health. He was previously a manager at PwC, where he worked with business clients on complex state and local tax issues. He has also worked as an attorney for the Ohio Legislative Service Commission, where he helped to draft bills and perform research for Ohio legislators. He has served on boards of directors for the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio and the Buddhist Network of Central Ohio. Dr. Heyman received his doctorate in Philosophy from the University at Buffalo, where his studies emphasized phenomenology and Buddhism. Prior to attending law school at the Ohio State University, he worked as an accountant and taught philosophy at various institutions of higher learning.
For five years, Mr. Burns has volunteered with Horizon Prison Ministries as an Outside Brother and an Awakenings Facilitator. He is currently refining the second cycle of a curriculum for a 19-week re-entry seminar at London (Ohio) Correctional Institute. Mr. Burns has more than 15 years of experience leading youth in disaster recovery and construction projects throughout the U.S. He is a Certified Early Response Team Member and Trainer for the United Methodist Committee on Relief and a leader of numerous Early Response Teams deployed to disaster sites around the country. Mr. Burns is currently employed as a Business Relationship Manager by Sophisticated Systems and is under contract to IBM. His duties include client engagement, facilitating large Information Technology projects, and maintenance of business relationships with more than 10 State of Ohio Agencies. In 2012 he retired from his position as the Assistant Chief Information Officer and Resource Manager for the Division of Information Technology at the Ohio Department of Transportation.
Mr. Clegg is a financial planner with his own financial planning firm, Columbus Financial Concepts, serving clients for over 30 years. A longtime resident of Dublin, Ohio, he has been volunteering in Ohio prisons since 1994 and currently serves as a facilitator of Horizon’s Character Reformation at London Correctional Institute.
GERMAINE CONROY, OP
Sr. Germaine has been a member of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, formerly, St. Mary of the Springs, since 1956. where she served as a primary and secondary teacher of science in schools in Pennsylvania and Puerto Rico, Hospital Administrator in Cincinnati, and member of the Dominican Leadership Team. She served for 21 years as a Missionary in Chimbote, Peru. During these years, she worked with Caritas—Peru, and as Director of the Center for Communication and Social Promotion and Director of the Social Justice Commission of the Diocese of Chimbote, which included programs for young inmates in the Prison of Cambio Puente. Currently, Sr. Germaine is Coordinator of the Motherhouse residence for Dominican Sisters and is a volunteer with the Restorative Justice Circles of the Franklin County Domestic Juvenile Court. She holds a BA from St. Mary of the Springs (ODU) and an MHA from St. Louis University.
Rev. Karen Cook
Rev. Cook has served as pastor in many Columbus-area United Methodist Churches, including St. Luke’s, Hilltop, Crossroads, and the UMC for All People. She is currently Assistant to the District Superintendent for the Capitol Area North District and Director of Community Ministries for the Capitol Area Districts. In addition to her leadership in the church, she has served as a workshop and retreat leader across the state. Rev. Cook has also served on several conference committees, task forces and Boards related to faith communities and nonprofits agencies.
Marian L. Harris
During her time in office, former Ohio State Representative Harris introduced bills dealing with domestic violence, sexual predators, and cyber bulling. She met regularly with district school leadership and community groups to discuss issues and opportunities. Harris worked as a partner at SPM Associates; a consultant for special events and public affairs; a consultant for the Ohio Federation of Teachers; and an organizing director at the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence. She has served on many boards of directors, including Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, National Council of Jewish Women, Ohio Commission on Aging, Huckleberry House, Godman Guild Settlement House, Parenthesis, and Columbus YWCA.
Ms. Hudnell is a marketing professional with over 20 years of experience in the financial services category. She is a passionate leader who is motivated by transforming cultures and leading teams to solve problems and achieve business goals. Hudnell currently holds the position of Senior Vice President of Digital Marketing for Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati, Ohio. Prior to that, she spent the majority of her career at JPMorgan Chase and Nationwide Insurance. Hudnell holds a Bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University and an MBA from The Ohio State University. As a long-time resident of Westerville, Ohio, she has volunteered for the Westerville City Schools, the Boy Scouts of America, and the Westerville Area Resource Ministry. She is also actively involved in youth programming with the Westerville Community United Church of Christ and has attended multiple mission trips with the church. She is married and has two teenage sons.
Fatma Suheda Kural
Ms. Kural is an environmental engineer in Columbus. Originally form Turkey, she started her career with the Environmental Protection Department in Istanbul. In Massachusetts, she worked as a research aid at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Immune Disease Institute. Kural most recently worked in the Intracellular Dynamics Laboratory at The Ohio State University. Her volunteer work includes the Turkish American Society of Ohio, the Turkish Cultural Center in Boston, and the Intercultural Friendship Foundation at the University of Illinois.
Thomas F. Needles
A lobbyist since 1998, Tom leads the Ohio office for Compass Consulting Group, LLC. Previously he served in the state and federal governments for 15 years, including eight years as Senior Advisor to Ohio Governor George Voinovich, as a Special Assistant to George Bush (41) in the White House, and as a congressional press secretary and legislative assistant on Capitol Hill. Tom has served under four Ohio Governors as Chairman of the Ohio Higher Educational Facility Commission, and is also a gubernatorial appointee to the Ohio Motor Vehicle Dealer Board. He serves on corporate and family boards.