Christina Butler, President
Dr. Butler is the Past President of the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio and currently serves as the 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 year, she ahs 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 at 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.
Derek K. Heyman, Treasurer
Dr. Heyman is a manager at PwC, where he works with businesses 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 director for the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio and the Buddhist Network of Central Ohio. Dr. Heyman received his doctorate from the University of Buffalo, where his studies in philosophy emphasized phenomenology and Buddhism. Prior to attending law school, he worked as an accountant and taught philosophy at various institutions of higher learning.
Mr. Burns has served 6 years as a volunteer with Horizon Prison Ministries, including Outside Brothers, 4 sessions as an Awakenings Facilitator at Chillicothe and London Correctional Institutes and is currently a Board Member of the organization. He has more than 15 years of experience leading middle school and high school youth in disaster recovery and construction projects throughout the U.S, and is a Certified Early Response Team Member and Trainer for the United Methodist Committee on Relief. He has led numerous Early Response Teams deployed to disaster sites throughout the U.S.
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. Burns is currently employed as a Business Relationship Manager by Sophisticated Systems and is under contract to International Business Machines (IBM.) His duties include client engagement, facilitating large Information Technology projects and the maintenance of business relationships with more than 13 State of Ohio Agencies.
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 volunteers in Oho 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 second 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 those years, she worked with Caritas – Peru, and as Director of the Center for Communication. Sr. Germaine is a volunteer with the Restorative Justice Circles of the Franklin County Domestic Juvenile Court. She holds a BA from St. Mary of the Spring (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’ s, Hilltop, Crossroads, and the UMC for All People. She is currently Assistant to the District Superintendent for the Capital 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 nonprofit agencies.
Thomas F. Needles
A lobbyist since 1998, Tom leads the Ohio office for Compass Consulting Group, LLC. Previously he served in state and federal governments for 15 years, including eight years as Senior Advisory to Ohio Governor George Voinovich, as Special Assistance 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.
O. Richard Lundy
Richard Lundy is an educator by profession, a Human Resources Consultant and Life Coach Specialist with Fathers and Sons. For well-over (30) years Lundy has devoted his time and energy designing, developing programs for African/American Males, to empower, educate and expose young men to the severity of the challenges absent fathers and fatherless boys face throughout their lives.
Given his professional work experience, educational background and his entrepreneurial interests he has acquired a broad range of business experience that allow him to offer a vast array of successful tools, special skills and valuable resources to challenge business owners, educators and students in the following: Intervention/Re-Entry, Diversity Training, and Team Building. He has conducted consulting and training programs in School Districts, Government Agencies, and non-profit organizations in Central Ohio and in Northern California. Some of his more successful experiences were at Antioch University in Admissions, Director of Human Resources at Yosemite Junior College, Director of Admissions at the National Hispanic University and Director of Student Services at Wilberforce University. More recently Lundy teamed up with “Real Men Talk” a faith-based Pre-Release and Re-Entry Program at the Pickaway Correctional Facility. The Program is educational with the modality of a variation of the 12 Step-Program, utilizing educational materials, class exercises and educational DVD’s to help develop skills in preparation for release.
Lundy has devoted much of his adult life to working with African American Males in Mentorship Programs, Life Skills, rites of Passage, Re-Entry ad Inter-Generational Dialogue between Elders and young men. One of the high points of his career was his re-connecting with his eldest son and co-authoring a book entitled, “The Father-Son Connection: Abandonment to Reconciliation”.
REV. DR. Susan Ritchie
The Rev. Dr. Susan Ritchie is Director of the Unitarian Universalist House of Studies and Fully Affiliated Faculty Member at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio. In addition, she has served as Minister to the North UU Congregation in Lewis Center Ohio since 1995. She recently completed two elected terms as a member of the Board of Trustees and Secretary of the Unitarian Universalist Association. A historian of UU identity, history and politics, she has published two books and many articles. Ritchie has been teaching and visiting at the Ohio Reformatory for Women as a volunteer for Horizon sin.