Keynote and Featured Speakers
The Rev. Bonnie A. Perry
Rector, All Saints Episcopal Church, Chicago, IL
Bonnie has been the pastor at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Chicago, IL since November 1, 1992. She cares deeply about preaching, outreach, pastoral care, congregational development and sea kayaking. Her hope is to continue creating a community where people come to ask the deep questions of life. She believes that each of us has been given a unique gift by God that we may choose to use to better our world. An accredited kayaking instructor trainer in the United States and the United Kingdom and a Wilderness First Responder, while on vacation Bonnie coaches and guides sea kayaking around the world in Baja, New Zealand, Scotland and Canada. Bonnie has a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA; A Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York, NY; and A Doctor of Ministry in Congregational Development from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL.
Dr. Sandra T. Montes
Educator, Musician, and Speaker / Spanish Resource Consultant, Episcopal Church Foundation
Sandra was born in Perú, grew up in Guatemala and settled in Texas as soon as she could. Her passions are God, family (especially her son), music, education, and writing and she has been hoping and praying for this position for years. Sandra has been developing original bilingual resources for her church, school, and others for years. Sandra has been volunteering and working in the Episcopal Church since she was welcomed in 1986. She serves as musician, translator, speaker, consultant, and writer. She is a full-time teacher and doctoral student.
Sandra T. Montes nació en Perú, se crió en Guatemala y se instaló en Tejas lo antes que le fue posible. Sus pasiones son Dios, familia (especialmente su hijo), música, educación y escribir, y ha estado esperando y orando por este puesto por años. Sandra ha estado elaborando recursos bilingües originales para su iglesia, escuela y otros por años. Sandra ha estado trabajando como voluntaria y en la Iglesia Episcopal desde que le dieron la bienvenida a Ella en 1986. Se desempeña como música, traductora, oradora, asesora y redactora. Es docente a tiempo completa y está estudiando para obtener su doctorado.
Ms. Nedgine Paul
Co-founder & CEO / Anseye Pou Ayiti, Haiti
Nedgine is the co-founder & CEO of Anseye Pou Ayiti. A lifelong educator, she returned to her native Haiti to launch and lead Anseye Pou Ayiti – a fellowship program which recruits and trains a new generation of local teacher leaders. She earned her B.A. in History from Yale College and a master’s in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She was named a top global social innovator by Echoing Green and was selected for the Forbes list of “30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs.” In partnership with existing primary schools in rural and underserved communities (many of them run by local churches), the desired outcome is to dramatically raise education outcomes, rooted in a deep appreciation for Haitian culture, customs, and community. Anseye Pou Ayiti (APA) will also accelerate our teacher leaders impact not only by fostering a network of fellowship alumni who play diverse roles across Haitian society, but also as lifelong advocates of education equity.
The Rt. Rev. Brian N. Prior
Bishop / The Episcopal Church in Minnesota
The Rt. Rev. Brian N. Prior was elected IX Bishop of Minnesota at Diocesan Convention on Saturday, October 31, 2009. He was ordained and consecrated on February 13, 2010. Before moving to Minnesota, Bishop Prior was the Rector of the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Spokane, Washington for 14 years. He served as the Vice President of the House of Deputies. He received his Master of Divinity from Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP) in Berkeley, California in 1987. He was presented with an Honorary Doctorate Degree from CDSP in October of 2014.
Bishop Prior has been married to Staci Hubbard Prior for more than 25 years. They have two college-aged sons.