Meet the Board

Reflecting Kanuga’s diversity and passion for mission


The board members who serve Kanuga from all over the country provide diverse talent, resources and points of view for our non-profit conference, retreat and camp center.

2018 Board of Trustees for
Kanuga Conferences Inc.

The Rev. Robert L. Sessum, Chair
Rector Emeritus, The Good Shepherd Episcopal Church & Former President of Province IV
Raleigh, NC
Michael R. Sullivan, President
President, Kanuga Conferences Inc.
Hendersonville, NC
Lori M. Garst, Vice-Chair
Associate Curator, The Biltmore Company
Asheville, NC
Kathy Horton-Brown, Secretary
Civic and Church Leader, Retired Attorney
Pensacola, FL


The Rev. J. Edwin Bacon Jr.
Retired Rector of All Saints Church, Pasadena, CA
Hoover, AL
Emily Gowdy Canady
Program Officer for Youth, University and Young Adult Ministries, Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina
Kinston, NC
Thomas G. Fisher Sr.
President and Owner, Custom Brick & Supply and Nash Brick Company
Raleigh, NC
The Rev. Dr. John M. Barr III
Retired Rector of the Holy Comforter
Columbia, SC
Cooper Bratton
Parish Life Coordinator, Christ Church
Raleigh, NC
Rebecca Byrne
President and CEO, The Community Foundation of South Alabama
Mobile, AL
Robert K. Doyle
President, Doyle Wealth Management
St. Petersburg, FL
The Rev. Canon Connor B. Gwin
Canon for Engagement and Formation, Episcopal Diocese of Southwestern Virginia
Roanoke, VA
Bryan M. Haltermann
President, Haltermann Partners Inc.
Augusta, GA
Elizabeth B. Henry
Civic and Church Leader
Pisgah Forest, NC
Josephine H. Hicks
Vice President of Episcopal Church Programs, Episcopal Relief & Development
Charlotte, NC
The Rev. Dr. Deborah Jackson
Associate Dean for Community Life, Recruitment and Admissions at the School of Theology at the University of the South
Sewanee, TN
Jerry T. Kendall
Civic and Church Leader
St. Petersburg, FL
The Rev. Dr. Harrison M. McLeod
Rector, Christ Episcopal Church
Greenville, SC
The Rt. Rev. José A. McLoughlin
Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina
Asheville, NC
The Rev. George D. Muir
Rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Augusta, GA
The Rev. Lisa Flores Musser
Associate Rector of Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church
Dallas, TX
Tarry Baker Payton
Project Director, Duke CE
Durham, NC
Wendy Pineda
Houston, TX
Karen Phillips
President, Atlantic Coast Asset Management, Inc.
Charleston, SC
Charles M. Redfern IV
Senior Consultant, CGI Group
Charlotte, NC
The Rt. Rev. Samuel S. Rodman III
Bishop, The Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina
Raleigh, NC
Allison Taylor
Civic and Church Leader
Suwanee, GA
The Rev. David Umphlett
Rector, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
High Point, NC
Caroline S. Vroon
Civic and Church Leader
Atlanta, GA
Julie M. Walters
Civic and Church Leader
Charleston, SC
H. Edward Weidlich
Retired Attorney
Bay St. Louis, MS
Heather Zdancewicz
Vice President, Finance & Administration, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Austin, TX

2018 Board of Directors for
Kanuga Endowment Inc.

The Rev. Stephen Y. McGehee, Chair
Associate Rector, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
Richmond, VA
Michael R. Sullivan, President
President, Kanuga Conferences Inc.
Hendersonville, NC
Marshall Stuckey
Vice Chair Senior Portfolio Manager, Wells Fargo & Company
Charlotte, NC
Derek S. Stapleton
Hendersonville, NC


J. Hodge Alves III
Attorney at Law, Hand Arendall LLC
Mobile, AL
William M. Coker
Sr. Vice President & Director of Relationship Management, South State Private Wealth
Spartanburg, SC
Jonathan M. Engram
Partner, Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice
Winston-Salem, NC
Sumner S. Finch
Civic and Church Leader
High Point, NC
Bradley C. Jones
Vice President, Entegra Bank
Hendersonville, NC
Caroline Knox
Owner/principal at The Law Office of Caroline Knox
Hendersonville, NC
G. Trone Sawyer
Financial Advisor, Strategic Financial Partners
Nashville, TN