Ricardo B. Graham, Chair, is president of the Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Graham received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oakwood College, a Master of Divinity degree from Andrews University and a Doctor of Ministry degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary. Graham became executive secretary of the Pacific Union Conference in February 2006, after serving as president of the Northern California Conference since February 2001, and as executive secretary of that conference since 1995.
Chip Gabriel is a principal for Generations, LLC, a nationally recognized owner and operator of retirement facilities on the West Coast. He is also a managing director of Thurman Holdings I and Aequitas Real Estate Fund I, limited partnership private equity funds with over $50,000,000 of assets under management. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration from PUC in 1988 and went on to earn a Master of Management from the Atkinson School of Business, Willamette University.
Sheila Hodgkins is the programs chair of the National Auxiliary to the Alumni of the Loma Linda University School of Medicine. She is also the founding member and chief development officer of XRtainment Zone/MedPlay Technologies, and an active member of the San Bernardino County Medical Alliance. She holds a degree in behavioral science with an emphasis in psychology from Pacific Union College, and a Master of Science degree in marriage and family therapy from Loma Linda University.
Theodore Benson is the treasurer of the Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. He graduated in 1971 from what is now La Sierra University with a degree in business administration and accounting, and from 1969-1970 studied IBM systems engineering. Since then, Benson has held several positions in the union, including associate treasurer and undertreasurer, committing significant funds to PUC each year.
Leanor Boulin Johnson is a professor of family studies and African and African-American studies at Arizona State University. After studying at PUC from 1963-1965, she earned an M.S. and a Ph.D. in sociology from Purdue University. She is a leading member of the National Council for Family Relations. She’s also a prolific researcher, currently working on her third book, a study on work- and family-related stress among police officers.
Ramiro Cano is president of the Central California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. He began ministry as a lay pastor in New Mexico, until the Texaco Conference called him to a full-time pastoral position in 1993. He later moved to California, where he served as the senior pastor of the Milpitas Church and eventually as the executive secretary of the conference. He was elected to his current position in 2010. Before joining the ministry, Cano worked in corporate technology as manager of systems and programming for ARCO Transportation Company and director of information services for Syncor International. He also taught at Western New Mexico University.
Esther Chambi-Herold is an attorney in Washington, D.C. She graduated from PUC magna cum laude with honors, with a B.S. in government and history and a minor in business administration in 1998. She then went on to earn her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2001.
Donald Feltman is a managing member of Great Falls Heritage Partners, LLC, a 64-bed assisted living residence in Virginia. He’s also a consultant advising clients on marketing and strategic assessment, real estate analysis, entitlement procurement, and financial services. He holds a B.S. in business administration from Columbia Union College, with additional coursework from the University of Maryland, the University of Michigan School of Business, and the Aspen Institute.
Eleanor Marshalleck is the associate dean of the College of Health and Human Services at California State University, Los Angeles. She holds a B.S. in nursing from the University of Illinois, Chicago; an M.P.H. from the University of California, Berkely; M.A.s in education and sociology from Stanford University; and a Ph.D. in education from Stanford. She has also served as an administrator and professor in health science and nursing education, an education and public health consultant, a nurse, and published researcher on public health issues.
Clyde Holland is the chairman and CEO of Holland Partner Group, a Washington-based investment and development firm that builds urban apartment complexes. The group is responsible for several award-winning communities in the Seattle area. He also serves as an executive committee member of the National Multi-Housing Council. A certified public accountant, Holland graduated from PUC in 1983 with a BBA in accounting.
Kristine Johnson is a speech language pathologist at the Howell Mountain Elementary and Pope Valley Elementary schools. Starting her education at PUC in 1984, she studied speech pathology at Loma Linda University’s School of Allied Health, earning a B.S. in 1988 and an M.S. in 1989. In addition to her roles in elementary education, Johnson serves on the board of the Archie Tonge Education Foundation, which provides grants and scholarships to worthy PUC students.
Dwayne Leslie is the director of legislative affairs for the Seventh-day Adventist world church and the denomination’s liaison to the U.S. Congress and the White House. He graduated from Andrews University with a B.A. in economics in 1988 and then went on to earn a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1991. His legal career has spanned the realms of corporate law, health care, media production, and pharmaceutical development.
Bradford Newton is the executive secretary of the Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Before accepting his current position, he served as the president of Nevada-Utah Conference and director of religious liberty for the Pacific Union. He has pastored congregations in California and Illinois. Newton earned a B.A. in theology, an M.Div., and a D.Min. from Andrews University.
James Pedersen is president of the Northern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Pedersen earned B.A. degrees from Pacific Union College in both history (1974) and theology (1977), went on to earn a Master of Divinity degree in 1981 from Andrews University, and was ordained to the gospel ministry in 1983. After serving local congregations for 25 years, he has held a variety of conference administrative posts.
Steve Spears is the executive director of the California Housing Finance Agency, the state’s program to assist low-income homebuyers and renters. Spears graduated from Southern Adventist University with a B.S. in accounting in 1975, from the University of Tennessee the next year with an M.B.A. in finance, and with a J.D. from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in 1987. He has also served as a professor, and has taught in PUC’s business and administration program.
Arnold Trujillo is vice president of the Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Born in La Jara, Colorado, Trujillo graduated from Pacific Union College in 1965, with a B.A. in religion and history and a minor in Spanish. In 1970 he received a masters degree in educational administration, again from PUC. He has done doctoral studies at the University of California, in both Berkeley and Riverside, with an emphasis in policy planning and administration, organizational theory and research design. He has served as a pastor in congregations across the Southwest.
Larry Unterseher is president of the Nevada-Utah Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. He graduated from Walla Walla College in ’74 with a B.A. in theology and education, and went on to earn his M.Div and ministerial ordination from Andrews University. Unterseher as been involved in conference administration as a secretary for youth and education in the Nevada-Utah and Montana Conferences.
Berit Von Pohle is the director of education for the Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. She holds B.S., M.A., and Ed.S. degrees in education from La Sierra University. She has worked in Adventist education for over 30 years as a teacher, a counselor, a principal, and most recently as superintendent of schools for the Northern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
Ralph Watts is the president of the Hawaii Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. A citizen of the world, he grew up and attended academies in South Korea and Singapore, finally graduating from Sheyenne River Academy in North Dakota in 1976. He studied theology at Walla Walla and Union Colleges before earning an M.Div. at Andrews Theological Seminary in 1983. He returned to school to earn a D.Min. from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2001 with a dissertation on small group ministries.
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