MEMBERS OF THE BOARD (ELECTED BY THE CONGREGATION)
Julie Brannan has been a member of All Souls since 1989, and was previously on the Board of Trustees from 1998-2001, serving as President from 2000-2001. A Deacon since 2001, Julie is particularly involved in the music program, but has served in the past in budgetary, fund raising, and adult education arenas as well. She is a member of the Capital Campaign Steering Committee.
Julie holds a Ph.D. in Biopsychology and is a former faculty member at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She was the Executive Director of Musica Viva from 2005-2014. She is currently a residential associate real estate broker with Compass. Julie enjoys travel, the New York theater scene, the arts, her three daughters and walking through Central Park whenever possible.
First Vice President
Carol Kirkman has been a member since 2004. She joined the Board of Trustees in 2014, serving as President in 2016 and for four years, as First Vice President. Carol is a member of the Women’s Alliance, a Deacon, and an occasional but enthusiastic volunteer at Friday Soup Kitchen. In previous years, she co-chaired the Religious Education Committee, co-chaired the Stewardship Committee, taught 4th grade Unitarian Universalism/Our Whole Lives curriculum for six rewarding years, and served on the Heart & Soul Charitable Fund Board.
Carol worked for JP Morgan for 25 years in the areas of sales, marketing, and consulting for foreign exchange and derivative products. She also worked in the not-for-profit sector as a fundraiser and for the U.S. government as an economist. Carol has a BA (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in mathematics from Kalamazoo College and an MA in economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she completed the requirements for a Ph.D. except dissertation.
Second Vice President
Heidi DuBois Heidi DuBois is Global Head of BNY Mellon’s Philanthropy and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) group. In this enterprise-wide role, Heidi is responsible for sustaining and expanding BNY Mellon’s leading reputation in Philanthropy and CSR by building and strengthening firm performance externally and supporting employee engagement internally. She serves as a lead subject matter expert and primary liaison with key business, industry, government and civil society leaders at the global, national, regional and local levels.
Heidi is a member of the Aspen Institute Business and Society Leaders Forum, a past member of the Consumer Goods Forum’s Social Steering Group and past president of the New York Chapter of the Society for Corporate Governance. Heidi lives in New York City with her husband, Nicholas, and their daughter,Willa.
Elizabeth Hutchinson is a member of the faculty of Barnard College since 2001, where she is Associate Professor of American Art History. At Barnard and Columbia University she teaches courses that examine American visual culture from the colonial period through the early twentieth century, including courses on the Harlem Renaissance. She earned a Bachelors degree from Yale and a doctorate in Art History from Stanford University.
Cory Labanow has been a member of All Souls since 2006 and been involved in a variety of activities, most notably with helping to lead the young adult groups for six and a half years and serving as Co-Chair of the Search Committee for the All Souls Associate Minister. Cory earned a PhD in Theology from the University of Aberdeen and his thesis, Evangelicalism and the Emerging Church was published in 2009. He also earned an MBA degree from Columbia Business School, currently works in Enterprise Strategy at Mastercard, and is an adjunct professor at Baruch College and Columbia University.
Betty began attending All Souls in 2002 and became a member in 2007. She became a Deacon in 2017 and was elected to the Board of All Souls in 2019. She has been a Unitarian Universalist since 1960 and was an active member of two UU churches in Rochester.
At All Souls, Betty was the president of the Women’s Alliance for four years and became an emerita member of its Executive Board in 2018. She has served on the Caring Team, the Stewardship Steering Committee, and became a Lay Pastoral Associate in 2018.
Betty received an A.B. in psychology from Goucher College and an M.S.W. from the Smith College School for Social Work. She worked for over thirty-seven years as a clinical and school social worker in Rochester and was also involved in a part-time private clinical practice before retiring to New York City in 2002. She has served on the Board of the First Universalist Society of Rochester, the Board of the New York State School Social Workers Association, and is currently on the Board of the Smith College Club of New York City.
David Poppe is the former CEO of the investment management firm Ruane, Cunniff & Goldfarb, LLC. From 2006 until his retirement at the end of 2018, he was a co-manager and director of the firm’s flagship, the Sequoia Fund. In 2010, the mutual fund ratings service Morningstar named David and his Sequoia co-manager as its domestic equity managers of the year, recognizing the fund’s outstanding long-term performance. David is a 1986 BA graduate of Columbia University and also spent a year studying English Literature at Girton College, Cambridge University. He was a financial journalist for 12 years, mostly in Florida, before transitioning to a career as a securities analyst. He is married to Cherie Henderson and they have a son, Douglas, who completed All Souls’ Coming of Age program in 2014.
A member of All Souls since 2008, David is a former co-chair of the Religious Education Parents Association. He is a co-chair of the All Souls’ Capital Campaign and is also a member of the church’s Finance and Investment Committees. He also serves on the New York Advisory Board for the Trust for Public Land.
DAVID ROCKEFELLER, JR.
David Rockefeller, Jr. is a Trustee of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and previously served as Chairman of the Rockefeller Foundation. He was twice Chairman of Rockefeller & Company, which became Rockefeller Capital Management in 2018 and where he now serves as a Director.
David is a Life Trustee of the Museum of Modern Art, having served there as Trustee for nearly four decades. He is a board member of the Asian Cultural Council, a fellow of the Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
David has been actively using his voice as a performing instrument since he was ten years old, singing as a semi-professional chorister for more than forty years with Boston’s Cantata Singers and – more briefly – the Boston Camerata. More recently, David has focused on narration, having performed with the Boston Pops Orchestra (as John F. Kennedy), the Lexington Symphony and the Handel & Haydn Society – all in his former city of Boston. He has appeared in New York City twice as a narrator for Musica Viva NY performances, at the Century Association, and frequently as a reader at Stories with Soul.
He has narrated three films directed by his wife, Susan Cohn Rockefeller, and he was the voice of Albert Einstein for an audiobook on Audible.com.
Ramsey Shehadeh was elected as a Trustee in 2017. He serves on the Audit Committee and the Finance Committee. He also has participated as a co-chair of the Capital Campaign and as visitor for the Capital Campaign. Ramsey is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist and began attending All Souls with his family in 2007. He has been a member of All Souls since 2009.
Ramsey is managing director and partner of NERA Economic Consulting, where he has worked for 25 years. He received a B.S. in mathematical economics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University.
CLERK OF THE SOCIETY (ELECTED BY THE CONGREGATION)
Clerk of the Society
Jeff Friedlander was the longest serving First Assistant Corporation Counsel in the history of the City of New York, second-in-command of the New York City Law Department, an office of over 700 attorneys representing the City. During his tenure at the Law Department, Mr. Friedlander played a significant role in many cases and laws including the handling of South Africa anti-apartheid legislation and divestment; establishment of the Campaign Finance law and the Civilian Complaint Review Board, and the drafting of the City’s pioneering Gay Rights Law. Following the events of September 11, Mr. Friedlander supervised the drafting of the executive orders and legislation necessary to keep the City functioning, and now serves as an appointee of the Mayor on the World Trade Center Captive Insurance Company. In 2017, he was appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council as a member of the New York City Conflicts of Interest Board, which is empowered to administer, interpret and enforce the City’s public ethics and financial disclosure laws.
Mr. Friedlander authored a column on “Municipal Law” that appeared regularly in he New York Law Journal for a decade. He is active in the City Bar and has been the recipient of a number of awards for his legal service to the City.
BOARD OFFICERS (APPOINTED BY THE BOARD)
Kevin Billet is a retired general corporate lawyer who spent more than 20 years as in-house counsel in the sports, entertainment and television industries. Prior to law school, Kevin worked for the National Board of the YWCA with responsibility for planned giving.
Kevin graduated from Rutgers College and Rutgers Law School and holds a Masters of Law degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Kevin was a member of All Souls through most of the ‘80s and left the Church in 1993 when he and his family moved from New York City. Upon returning to the City several years ago with his wife, Annick, Kevin rejoined All Souls.
Kevin chairs the Planned Giving Committee which is dedicated to encouraging members and friends, after consultation with their professional advisers, to include All Souls in their estate plans as a way of perpetuating their values and of standing with future generations.
Winifred Olsen worked for more than twenty years at the Japanese Mission to the United Nations as speech editor, writer, translator, and now does occasional free-lance editing of scholarly works relating to Japanese history and literature. She graduated with a BA from Beaver College (now Arcadia University) and an M.A. from Columbia University in modern Japanese studies. She also earned a Certificate in multi-disciplinary East Asian Studies from Columbia’s East Asian Institute.
At All Souls, she co-founded and was a leader for four years of its Brownie Girl Scout troop; is on the boards of Musica Viva and the Annie Eaton Society; is a member of the Deacons; and has served as Secretary of the Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2005 and from 2011 to present.
Winnie spends the summer and early fall months in Rowland, PA, where she volunteers with The Lackawaxen River Conservancy and the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, reflecting her passion for the protection of the earth and its resources, and the “interdependent web of all existence, of which we are a part.”
Elizabeth Wahab is the Chief Operating Officer at Cornell Capital. She previously worked at Viking Global Investors from 2012-2017 as Head of Investor Relations, Human Resources and the Viking Global Foundation. Prior to that she spent 14 years at Goldman Sachs in the firm’s private equity and investment banking groups. Elizabeth holds an MBA from The Wharton Business School and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. She is married and lives in New York City with two teenage boys. Elizabeth is the chair of the Women’s Leadership Council of the United Way of New York City.
ERIKA MILLELSEN HALFORD
Erika Mikkelsen Halford is the Associate General Counsel of Consumer Reports, the non-profit product testing and consumer advocacy organization and publisher of Consumer Reports magazine. Before joining Consumer Reports in 2006, Erika was an associate from 2000-2006 at the law firm of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler in New York City. Erika graduated from Stanford University with a BA in History and holds a JD from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.
Erika is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist. She has been a member of All Souls since 2001 and has volunteered as the All Souls Board of Trustees Assistant Secretary since 2008. Erika and her husband, Michael Halford, whom she married at All Souls in 2007, live in New York City with their daughter and son. Their daughterparticipates in the All Souls RE Program.