TERRI AKBAS (Senior Warden) - Professionally, she is a consultant to an environmental assessment and claims management firm based in the Hudson Valley and has been engaged in environmental consulting for 23 years. She and her family have lived in Garrison for 19 years. She holds a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Rhode Island.
She is a lifelong Episcopalian and has been a member of St Philip’s for 13 years where she has served as a Sunday School teacher, as the organizer and longtime director of the Cross Trainers group (the very active youth group of St. Philip’s) and as coordinator of the Parish’s Realm database. (Eligibility ends 2022)
SARAH BAYNE (Junior Warden) - After an extensive career in primary and secondary independent schools all over the United States in which she served first as teacher and administrator, and then head of school in Silicon Valley for 15 years, Sarah became one of the five educator-founders of Avenues: The World School in New York City, which grew to a 2,000 student population, and before starting her own consulting business which assists with school start-ups in the area of program and curriculum design. She holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence and MAs from Columbia in both history and education.
She is a lifelong Episcopalian, was married for many years to an Episcopal priest who was the Rector of churches in Alaska, California, Indiana and Massachusetts, in which she was not only an active clergy spouse, but also served on vestries, ran Sunday Schools, and participated in all aspects of church life . She is the niece of an Episcopal bishop and a member of an extended family rich in active Episcopal lay people. She became a member of St. Philip’s after settling in Garrison with her husband Gil Burke nine years ago. (Eligibility ends 2025)
PAUL KANTOR (Treasurer) is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Fordham University. Since receiving his BA in Political Science and Economics at the University of Illinois and a Ph.D in Political Science at the University of Chicago, he has lectured, taught and conducted research on American and comparative politics at educational institutions here and abroad, and chaired the Political Science Department at Fordham University. He is author of many books and articles on the subject of urban policy and politics in North America and Western Europe. Paul served his discipline as John Marshall Distinguished Fulbright Professor, Fulbright Senior Specialist, President of the American Political Science Association’s Urban Politics section, and as member of many editorial boards.
Paul was born in Chicago and raised in the Roman Catholic faith. He began attending the Episcopal church when he settled in New York City. Paul married Anna Desmond in 1975, and they attended St. John’s Episcopal Church in Larchmont, New York for 35 years. They joined St. Philip’s Church in 2014 after moving to Cold Spring, and witnessed the baptism of their two granddaughters at St. Philip’s. (Eligibility ends 2025)
SARAH CORNWELL - has been a Vestry member since 2018. She is a Philadelphia native raised in the Lutheran Church. She joined the Episcopal Church in 2011, and was married at St. Thomas in Manhattan in 2012 to her husband James. Sarah’s undergraduate and graduate studies revolved around the role of the arts in community development with a steady interest in theology. She has an undergraduate degree in dance and religious studies from NYU, and a master’s degree in International Humanitarian Assistance, focusing on the role of religion in peace and conflict. Her career has included work in development and program implementation for international and local non-profits. Most recently she administered the Sunday School and Nursery programs for St. Thomas and this year she became an associate with the Sisters of St. Mary, an Episcopal convent in Greenwich, NY. When she’s not wrangling her children—Jamie, Tommy, Francis, and Rose—she teaches dance in a studio in Cornwall-on-Hudson, and volunteers for The Living Church magazine, writing daily devotionals throughout the year. (Eligibility ends 2024)
PEG MORAN - has been a Vestry member since 2014 and is currently on the St. Philip’s Search Committee. She was formerly a Vice President at the Center for Regional Healthcare Innovation at Westchester Medical Center. Her prior experience included: Senior Vice President for FEGS Health and Human Services and senior hospital management positions at Mt. Sinai, St. Vincent’s and Four Winds. Peg also served as the Director of State Operations at the NYS Office of Mental Health and was a Board Member of the Putnam Family and Community Services and of the Mental Health Association of NY. She was an Adjunct Assistant Professor at New York Medical College. She holds an MSW from Syracuse University. She is an active volunteer at San Miguel Academy in Newburgh, serves as a volunteer tutor for Literary Solutions (Peekskill), a member of the Philipstown Garden Club and volunteers at Puppies Behind Bars.
DAN POTTS moved to Garrison with his wife Hildy in 2013 after 22 years in Sydney, Australia, and has been attending St. Philip’s since that time. He grew up in New Jersey, was educated at Harvard (AB and PhD), and is an archaeologist and historian with particular expertise in the ancient Near East, especially Iran. Having taught from 1980-2012 at the Free University of Berlin, the Univ. of Copenhagen, and the Univ. of Sydney, he took up a Professorship in Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology and History at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU, in 2013.
Beginning as a child at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit in Verona, NJ, he has been exposed to a wide variety of great (and not so great) Episcopal and Anglican churches in Europe and Australia. Some or all of his three children (Rowena, Morgan and Hallam) and his unbelievably artistic wife Hildy have accompanied him on archaeological excavations in the United Arab Emirates, Iran, Armenia and Kurdistan. Living abroad for 32 years, with only intermittent visits to the States, and spending long periods in the Middle East on fieldwork, has undoubtedly shaped his view of the world. He loves living in Garrison and couldn’t imagine not being part of the St. Philip’s community. (Eligibility ends 2028)
PRESTON LAWRENCE PITTMAN - is a descendant of immigrants from England who settled in Jamestown in the 1600s. Born and raised in North Carolina, Preston completed college in NYC and worked at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Before a long career at AHRC NYC, he worked for a Broadway producer, Mobil Corp, and Morgan Stanley (not at the same time). Preston is a contributor to Episcopal New Yorker, Chair of the Putnam History Museum, and on the Board of the Constitution Island Association. (Eligibility ends 2020)
JOE PLUMMER - Dr. Joseph T. Plummer is president of Sunstar Foundation. He serves as an Advisory Director of Media Advisory Partners, LLC. Dr. Plummer is adjunct Professor in the Columbia Business School and Senior Associate at Olson Zaltman Associates. He is co-author of The OnLine Advertising Playbook focusing on the emergence of the internet as a marketing platform. He served as Executive Vice President, Director of Research & Insight Development for McCann-Erickson WorldGroup, since July 1997. Dr. Plummer served as Director of Brand Strategy on Global Accounts for McCann-Erickson WorldGroup. His responsibilities included helping global clients develop brand vision and values, creating growth strategies for the future and developing communication strategies to build brand equity.
Dr. Plummer served as Managing Director of Paine Webber/Young & Rubicam Ventures from 1986 to 1989. He served as and Chief Research Officer at the Advertising Research Foundation. He served as Worldwide Research Director of Young & Rubicam, Inc. He served as Senior Vice President at Leo Burnett. Prior to joining McCann-Erickson in 1997, Dr. Plummer served as Vice Chairman and Worldwide Planning Director at DMB&B advertising and a Member of the DMB&B Board of Directors. He served as Vice Chairman of ASW from 1995 to 1997 and its Board Director from 1995 to 1999. Dr. Plummer serves as a Member of Advisory Board at Media6Degrees, LLC. He serves as a Director of Zogby International, Voxpop Investing, Innerscope, LLC, and C3 Research. Dr. Plummer serves as a Member of the Board of Advisors of AdSafe Media, Inc. He served as Vice Chairman of Audits & Surveys Worldwide Inc. from August 1996 to June 1997. Dr. Plummer served as Director of Audits/Surveys Worldwide since March 1997. He served as a Director of Sunstus, McCann Worldgroup, DMB & B, and Young & Rubicam.
He was a member of the Board of Trustees at his alma mater Westminster College, where he earned his BA; and on the President Council at the Ohio State University where he received his Masters and PhD degrees. In addition to The OnLine Advertising Playbook, Dr. Plummer has published more than twenty-five articles in journals, written over twenty chapters for books and been the editor of The Journal of Advertising Research. He was selected Distinguished Marketing Practitioner by the Association of Marketing Science in 2007. (Eligibility ends 2022)
JENNIFER SANDLUND - has been a member of St. Philip's, along with her husban Chris, since 2001. Besides raising her two children, now teenagers, she has been a member of the altar guild for most of that time and has been a Sunday School teacher since 2011. Jennifer is a self-employed graphic designer and has volunteered her graphic design services to various organizations in the community and to St. Philip's projects over the years. (Eligibility ends 2024)
JANE THORNQUIST - has been a member of St Philip’s congregation for the past twelve years, happily joining this spiritual community through the choir. In addition to her deep love of music and choral singing, Jane spent many years pursuing classical ballet professionally. Following her career in dance, she taught yoga for a number of years before becoming a registered nurse. Jane has worked as an oncology nurse for twelve years and currently works at the NYU Cancer Center in NYC. Beyond the path of service afforded by the church vestry, Jane is eager to complete training in pastoral ministry at St Philip’s in order to extend caregiving to a broader community. Further areas of interest include reading, cooking, language study, hiking and running. (Eligibility ends 2022)
LAURA WILSON has been a member of the Garrison community for twenty years and is an active member of St. Philip’s. Laura is currently serving on our “Future Initiatives Committee” which, has worked for the last few years to meet the financial needs of our church’s restoration and renewal project. Laura is a Skidmore College graduate and a past member of Skidmore College President’s Advisory Council. She has also served on the Development Committee of the Civil Support Division of NYC’s Legal Aid Society. She currently serves as Vice President of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival and is on the Board of Karitas, a grassroots led mission ministry in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
At Princeton Seminary, she is involved in an ongoing project in Spiritual Direction. For many years, Laura served in leadership roles at Paoli Presbyterian Church, including as an Elder, Trustee and President of the Board during a major building campaign. At Marble Collegiate Church, Laura assisted in creating a Women’s Ministry, chaired the Board of that ministry, trained leaders, and led Bible Studies. As a member for over 25 years of the Board of “Faith at Work,” a liberal ecumenical national Christian organization, Laura served as Co-‐Chair of the Board, led the search committee that hired a new Executive Director, and led retreats on Spiritual Formation and building Christian Community for clergy and lay leadership. Laura is honored to be nominated to serve on the Vestry. She welcomes the opportunity to be in service to St. Philip’s as it is such an important part of her and her family’s life in Garrison, as well as the life of our greater community. (Eligibility ends 2027)