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Tom Barron, Nevin C. Brown, Esther Cohen, Linda A. Chisholm, Hope Procter Stokes

2/2/2006
[Episcopal News Service]   
  • NEW YORK: Barron retiring from Church Pension Group
  • NEW YORK: International Partnership for Service-Learning and Leadership announces new president
  • NEW YORK: Episcopal Relief and Development appoints Esther Cohen vice president for Finance and Administration
  • STOCKBRIDGE (MA): Hope Procter Stokes, widow of late Massachusetts Bishop Stokes, dies at 88


NEW YORK: Barron retiring from Church Pension Group

[Source: CPG] Tom Barron, Executive Vice President-Affiliate Operations for the Church Pension Group, will be retiring at the end of May 2006. During his eight years with CPG, Tom has made outstanding contributions to CPG and the Episcopal Church.

As leader of the affiliate companies (The Episcopal Church Medical Trust, Church Life Insurance Corporation, the Church Insurance Companies, and Church Publishing Incorporated), Barron spearheaded the development and implementation of new business models, including the reengineering of the Medical Trust, the implementation of Church Insurance Company of Vermont's national program and the relocation of its headquarters to Bennington, Vermont, the Church Insurance Agency Corporation's strengthened sales capabilities and streamlined operations, Church Life's Transformation Program, and, most recently, Church Publishing's acquisition of Morehouse Publishing and Living the Good News. Because of Barron's initiatives, the companies are better positioned to provide increased levels of service to Church clients in future years.

Barron also launched the Leapfrog Program across the entire CPG organization, converting business and client processes, financial transaction applications, and infrastructure to a leading-edge state, significantly increasing CPG's capacity to provide state-of-the-art service to its clients.

NEW YORK: International Partnership for Service-Learning and Leadership announces new president

[Source: International Partnership for Service-Learning and Leadership] Effective January 1, 2006,  Nevin C. Brown assumed the presidency of the International Partnership for Service-Learning and Leadership (IPSL).

Brown previously served as the dean of Academic Programs for IPSL. He holds a M.A. in American History from the University of Virginia (Minor Field: Early Modern European History) and a B.A. in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Prior to joining IPSL, Brown was a program analyst officer for the District of Columbia Public Schools; principal partner with the Education Trust and the American Association for Higher Education; and assistant director for Urban Affairs, National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges.

Brown replaces Linda A. Chisholm, co-founder and president of IPSL, who retired also on January 1, but continues to work on several writing, editing, and conference-related projects for IPSL through June 30.

Chisholm holds a Ph.D. in History and Higher Education Research from Columbia University; and a B.A. in History and M.A. in Renaissance and Reformation History from the University of Tulsa. She has been awarded the D.D. (Hon) from General Theological Seminary; Doctor of Human Letters from Cuttington University College in Liberia; and a University Fellowship from the University of Surrey Roehampton, England.

Chisholm served as president of the Association of Episcopal Colleges from 1987 to 2000 and was the founder and first general secretary of Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion.

NEW YORK: ERD appoints Esther Cohen vice president for Finance and Administration

[Source: Episcopal Relief and Development] Esther Cohen has recently been appointed vice president for Finance and Administration for Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD).

Cohen had served as director of Finance and Administration for ERD since June 2004. In that role, she helped the organization manage its growth from $10 million in donations to a projected $30 million in 2005.

Cohen has brought more than 20 years' experience in non-profit theatre administration to ERD.

She holds a M.F.A. in Arts Administration from Columbia University, and a B.A. in Drama and French from Dartmouth College.

She and her husband, Bob Bertrand, reside in New Jersey with their two teenagers, Sean and Eliza.

STOCKBRIDGE (MA): Hope Procter Stokes, widow of late Massachusetts Bishop Stokes, dies at 88

[Source: Boston Globe] Hope Procter Stokes, widow of the late Rt. Rev. Anson Phelps Stokes Jr., former Bishop of Massachusetts, died January 11, 2006 at her home in Stockbridge after a long illness. She was 88.

Stokes was born in New York City. She attended Miss Hewitt's School in New York City and graduated from St. Timothy's School in Stevenson, Maryland in 1935. In the early 1940s, she met the Rev. Stokes at his sister's wedding. In 1943, the couple wed in Stockbridge, then moved to Columbus, Ohio, where he was a rector. In 1945, they had their first daughter, and moved to Honolulu, where he served as canon at St. Andrew's Cathedral. In 1950, the family moved to New York City, where the Rev. Stokes served as rector of St. Bartholomew's Church. The family relocated to Brookline in 1954, after he was elected bishop of Massachusetts. He died in 1986, and she moved to Stockbridge in 2002.

Throughout her life, Stokes took pleasure in tending her garden, especially her orchids. Her knowledge of orchids led her to win several awards at New England horticultural shows. She also gained a reputation in her community for philanthropy. With an interest in natural and historical preservation, she donated to many organizations anonymously. She also helped establish a traveling fellowship for the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge.

Stokes became a member of the Church of the Redeemer in Chestnut Hill and St. Paul's Church in Stockbridge. She was also a member of the Country Club in Brookline; the Chilton Club, a women's club in Boston; the Massachusetts Society of Colonial Dames, a preservationist society; the Orchid Society of America; the Chestnut Hill and Lenox garden clubs; and the Emory Bag, a women's society in Brookline.

Stokes leaves behind two daughters, Carol S. Fremont-Smith of Seal Harbor, Maine, and Ketchum, Idaho, and Mary E. Stokes Waller of Stockbridge; four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a sister, Beatrice S. Procter Frelinghuysen.

Stokes' funeral service was held January 16 at St. Paul's Church in Stockbridge. A private burial followed at Woodlawn Cemetery in New York City.