Bradford Newton, Chair

Bradford Newton, Chair

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.

Jana Aagaard

Jana Aagaard

Jana Aagaard is an attorney specializing in health care law, with emphases in health information privacy and technology and clinical research. She graduated from Pacific Union College in 1976 (BA, English literature) and earned an MA degree in English literature from the University of California, Irvine, in 1977. She received her JD degree (magna cum laude) from the University of San Diego in 1992.

She was an associate at Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps in San Diego, CA before becoming in-house counsel at Sharp Healthcare (Sa...

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Leon Brown

Leon Brown

Dr. Leon B. Brown, Sr., is currently the President of the Nevada-Utah Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. He received his undergraduate degrees in Theology and Business Administration from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama, going on to receive a Masters of Divinity (MDiv) from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, and a Masters of Business Administration from the School of Business, both at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. He has also earned a Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree from the San Francisco Theologic...

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Ramiro Cano

Ramiro Cano

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 Compa...

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Ruth Chung

Ruth Chung

Dr. Ruth H. Chung is Professor and Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy program at the University of Southern California where she has been teaching for over 23 years. She graduated from PUC ('84) with a B.S. in Psychology summa cum laude.  She then went on to earn her M.A. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is a recipient of a Fulbright Award to South Korea and continues to teach globally in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Dubai as part of a global executive doctoral program in ed...

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Karen Cress

Karen Cress

Dr. Karen Cress is the founder and CEO of Culture Shift, LLC, a church management consulting company. Dr. Cress worked for 30 years as a pastor and administrator in various conferences across America. She holds a BA in Theology from Walla Walla University, a Master’s in Organizational Leadership, and a Doctorate in Strategic Leadership/Foresight from Regent University. Karen’s most significant achievements include helping religious organizations turn from declining to thriving. Her ultimate goal is to use her skills to glorify God and his peopl...

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Ricardo B. Graham

Ricardo B. Graham

Ricardo B. Graham, 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.

Steven Herber

Steven Herber

Steven Herber, MD, FACS, is a board-certified plastic surgeon and medical director of the St. Helena Institute for Plastic Surgery. Herber earned a bachelor of science degree from Pacific Union College in Angwin, Calif., and a medical degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine. He completed a general surgery residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center, plastic surgery residency at Yale University, as well as a fellowship in maxillofacial and pediatric plastic surgery at Akron Children's Hospital Medical Center in Akron, Ohio.

Kristine Johnson

Kristine Johnson

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

Dwayne Leslie

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.

Stephen Mayer

Stephen Mayer

Stephen Mayer previously served as undertreasurer of the Pacific Union Conference since 2013 and has worked in the Pacific Union Treasury department in various roles since 2004. He is a graduate of Pacific Union College where he studied Business Administration with a triple emphasis in accounting, marketing, and management. Mayer also received his certification in Planned Giving and Trust Services in 2009 and currently serves on the board of the Western Adventist Foundation. Mayer is a California native, and along with his wife, Michelle, and f...

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Jarrod McNaughton

Jarrod McNaughton

Jarrod B. McNaughton, MBA, FACHE, is the Chief Operating Officer of Inland Empire Health Plan, one of the top 10 largest Medicaid health plans in the country. Previously he served as President of Kettering Medical Center, Vice President of San Joaquin Community Hospital and Administrative Director of Ukiah Valley Medical Center. He also served as an Adjunct Professor at Pacific Union College where he taught upper division public relations and communication courses.

Jarrod holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from PUC and a...

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Jorge Soria

Jorge Soria

Jorge Soria is the assistant to the president for Hispanic and Portuguese Ministries at the Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Soria earned his BA in Theology and Spanish from Pacific Union College (1974), and went on to earn a Master of Divinity degree in 1977 from Andrews University. After serving various congregations for over 40 years, he has held a variety of conference administrative posts.

Berit Von Pohle

Berit Von Pohle

Berit Von Pohle is the director of education for the Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. She has a B.S. in Business Education from Loma Linda University-La Sierra, an M.A. in Counseling and Guidance from Loma Linda University-Riverside, an Ed.S. in Educational Administration from La Sierra University, and an Ed.D. in Educational Administration 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 C...

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André Wang

André Wang

André serves as General Counsel for the North Pacific Union Conference and is an adjunct instructor of Business Law at Mt. Hood Community College. A violinist since the age of 6, he plays with the Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra as its principal second violinist. A product of Adventist education, André attended Portland Adventist Elementary School, Auburn Adventist Academy and holds his B.A. from Pacific Union College. He holds his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Golden Gate University School of Law.

Ralph Watts

Ralph Watts

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.

Kenneth Weiss

Kenneth Weiss

Kenneth is executive vice president at Maranatha Volunteers International, Inc.

Larry Witzel

Larry Witzel

Larry Witzel, MBA, is a respected innovator with a passion for harnessing technology and business processes for ministry. He is the founder and president of SermonView Evangelism Marketing, an Inc 5000 company that handles outreach event marketing and Bible study interest generation for churches throughout North America. He received a BA in theology and mass communications from Walla Walla University in 1991, and in 1998 earned his MBA from the Michael G. Foster School of Business at the University of Washington in Seattle, with concentrations ...

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Marc Woodson

Marc Woodson

Dr. Marc Woodson began serving as the Executive Secretary for the Northern California Conference November 1, 2007. He is a native of Southern California and a product of Adventist Christian education. Woodson has an associate degree in communication and a bachelor’s degree in theology from Oakwood University, a master of divinity degree from Andrews University, and a doctorate in ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary.

He is an ordained minister and has served in various capacities for over 20 years as a campus chaplain, youth pas...

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