Olanda Carr is the Senior Ministry Relations Officer serving the East Region. He works with congregations to create a culture of generosity, offers seminars and workshops, develops gifts and fundraising plans for ministries, and provides coaching to finance, stewardship and endowment committees. Olanda shares his call to the Foundation, “God calls us each day to do new and exciting things. I believe my service with the Foundation is such a call, and it provides me with an opportunity to further God’s kingdom and the mission of the PC (USA)”.
Olanda brings a wealth of community involvement that includes serving as Treasurer for the homeless services organization, Peter’s Place, Inc. and Vice President of the Kappa Foundation of Charlotte. He is also board member of the Catawba Economic Development Association. He has also served as a delegate to the 219th General Assembly and a member of the Committee of Theological Education (COTE).
Olanda holds a BBA and MBA from Montreat College (North Carolina) and is an elder and assistant treasurer of First United Presbyterian Church. He resides in Charlotte with his wife, Monica.
Sherri Finke is the Ministry Relations Officer serving the Central Region. She works with congregations to create cultures of generosity, offers seminars and workshops, develops gifts and fundraising plans for ministries, and provides coaching to finance, stewardship and endowment committees. Sherri shares her call to the Foundation, “As I work to build relationships and work together, I will face all situations knowing our prayers will guide us to never fear the challenges we face.”
Sherri’s experience includes more than 25 years in sales and marketing. She brings to her work at the Foundation an ability to build strong relationships through providing exceptional service. Sherri volunteers and supports the Collinsville Food Pantry and Spirit of Sharing Soup Kitchen.
Sherri holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management and a Master of Arts in Business from Webster University in St. Louis, MO. She is also a Chartered Life Underwriter and a member of Fellow Life Management Institute (FMLI) Associate Customer Service (ACS). Sherri lives in Collinsville, IL where she attends First Presbyterian Church and serves as an elder.
Rev. Dr. Rob Hagan is the Ministry Relations Officer serving the Northwest. He works with pastors and church leaders to cultivate generosity and promote stewardship within their congregations. He also meets with donors to assist them in making gifts to support their church and other ministries.
“My passion in ministry is to serve churches and pastors in order for the church to flourish and thrive in their vision to serve Christ,” said Hagan. “I wish to listen to goals and aspirations which individuals and churches have for leaving a legacy to the next generation. I look forward to partnering with churches to accomplish the vision of expanding the Kingdom of God.”
Before joining the Foundation, Rob was serving as Pastor and Head of Staff at Kennewick First Presbyterian Church in Kennewick, Washington since 1990. Previously, he served in various roles at Calvary Presbyterian Church in Fresno, California, Glenkirk Presbyterian Church in Glendora, California and Valley Community Presbyterian Church in Raleigh Hills, Oregon.
Maggie Harmon serves as the Ministry Relations Officer for the Southwest. She works with congregations to create a culture of generosity, offers seminars and workshops, develops gifts and fundraising plans for ministries and provides coaching to leadership, finance, stewardship and endowment committees. “I believe that philanthropy is much more than just giving, it is our opportunity to respond to God’s commandment to care for each other, for this planet, and to ensure that our values live on for generations.”
Maggie’s experience includes 20 years of legal practice, management consulting, and leadership coaching. She is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and has extensive training in social science-based organizational development. Maggie brings all this experience to her work through holistic organizational planning, helping you and your organization to create programs that meet your unique needs. She is a member of Montclair Presbyterian Church in Oakland, Calif. and serves as a Ruling Elder and coordinates the service team.
Maggie holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California—Davis and a Juris Doctorate from the Santa Clara University School of Law. She also has certification in leadership, organizational growth, and social science from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Robert Hay, Jr.
Robert Hay, Jr. serves as the Senior Ministry Relations Officer for the Southeast. He works with congregations to create a culture of generosity, offers seminars and workshops, develops gifts and fundraising plans for ministries, and provides coaching and consulting to pastors, committees, sessions, and lay leaders.
Robert came to the Presbyterian Foundation in 2012. Prior to joining the Foundation, Robert served as the Chief Administrative Officer with the Hi-Hope Service Center in Lawrenceville, Georgia, and as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer with the Care and Counseling Center of Georgia. Robert is a ruling elder in the PC(USA) and has served on committees and commissions at all levels of the PC(USA). Robert holds a MPA degree with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from Georgia State University and a BS in Business Administration from Auburn University. Robert is a member of First Presbyterian Church in Peachtree City where his wife, Rev. Morgan Hay, serves as the pastor. They live in Peachtree City, a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia, with their children, Stockton and Anderson.
Allegheny and Chesapeake Region
Rev. Ellie Johns-Kelley serves as the Ministry Relations Officer for the Allegheny and Chesapeake Region. She works with congregations to create a culture of generosity, offers seminars and workshops, develops gifts and fundraising plans for ministries, and provides coaching to finance, stewardship and endowment committees. “Building on relationships and resourcing churches to help them increase funding for their ministry are my top priorities,” said Ellie. “I want to help others realize the vast amount of resources available through the Foundation and work in collaboration with other agencies of the PC (USA).”
Ellie came to the Foundation in 2013 after serving for three and a half years as Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Warren, Pennsylvania. Prior to that, she was Director of the Summer Youth Institute and Associate Director of Admissions at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
She is a member of the Presbytery of Lake Erie’s Administrative Committee and a Trustee. Previous service to the church includes: the General Assembly Permanent Judicial Commission and to the Synod of the Trinity as the Regional Representative for the Theological Education Fund, a member of the Campus Ministry Task Force and a member of the Synod’s Permanent Judicial Commission. While in Warren, Ellie served on the Forest and Warren Counties Children’s Roundtable. In addition, she was a Board member and treasurer for the Warren County Juvenile Probation Association.
Ellie received a BS in Biology at Muskingum College and a Master of Divinity degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She resides in Carmichaels, PA with her husband, Eric and their daughters Ibby and Karoline.
Great Lakes Region
Stephen came to the Presbyterian Foundation in 2004 and leads the Ministry Relations efforts for the Presbyterian Foundation. His team of Ministry Relations Officers serves pastors and their congregations throughout the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) from regional offices across the country.
Stephen and his staff work to help congregations create a culture of generosity in the church, offering seminars and workshops, developing gifts and fundraising plans for ministries, and providing coaching to finance, stewardship, and endowment committees.
Prior to joining the Foundation, he spent 15 years at Western Michigan University where he served in many fund-raising capacities within the development office including the Annual Fund, athletic fund-raising, corporate and foundation relations and finally as a major gift officer. Stephen has three degrees from WMU – Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, Master of Arts in Athletic Administration, and Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership. He is a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Portage, Michigan.
South Central Region
Rev. Joseph Moore serves as the Ministry Relations Officer for the South Central Region. He works with congregations to create a culture of generosity, offers seminars and workshops, develops gifts and fundraising plans for ministries, and provides coaching to finance, stewardship and endowment committees.
“I am convinced that the Spirit is at work in our Church and stories of hope and faithfulness are the cornerstone of effective ministry and stewardship,” said Joseph. “I am excited to walk with congregations as they explore innovative and effective ways to tell their stories, and to use the expertise and resources of the Presbyterian Foundation to help support their mission and ministry.”
Prior to joining the Foundation, Joseph served as pastor at several churches in Texas and Colorado. In addition to his work at the Foundation, he serves as moderator of the Presbytery of Plains and Peaks. He is a graduate of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and Trinity University (TX). He and his wife Shelley live in Ft. Collins, CO with their three children, Micah, Liam, and Hettie.
Rev. Dr. Rose Niles is a Ministry Relations Officer serving the Northeast Region, including Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, and the Pennsylvania Presbyteries of Philadelphia and Donegal. She works with congregations to create a culture of generosity, offers seminars and workshops, develops gifts and fundraising plans for ministries, and provides coaching to finance, stewardship and endowment committees.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Rose served as Development Officer at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She also served with the Committee of Theological Education for almost seven years as Associate for Theological Education and Seminary Relations. She served as pastor to congregations in the New York area and in Louisville. A life-long Presbyterian reared in the Bronx, Rose served as the Vice Moderator of the Synod of the Northeast at a young age. Later, as a young pastor, she served as the Moderator of the Synod. During her time at New York Theological Seminary she taught in multiple programs, supervised DMin projects, and taught in their master’s program in Sing-Sing maximum security prison.
A graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, Rose has degrees from Harvard University and New York Theological Seminary. Her daughter, son in law and fifteen month old granddaughter Selah live in Los Angeles California.
Upper Midwest Region
Rev. Kyle Nolan is a Ministry Relations Officer serving the Upper Midwest region, which includes North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin. He works with congregations to create a culture of generosity, offers seminars and workshops, develops gifts and fundraising plans for ministries, and provides coaching to finance, stewardship and endowment committees. He previously served as Associate Ministry Relations Officer at the Foundation.
Kyle was ordained into his calling as a Ministry Relations Officer at the Foundation on November 1, 2020, and began his position on Nov. 2.
Prior to joining the Foundation in January 2020, Kyle served Westminster Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, first as Minister to Youth and Their Families and most recently as Minister for Faith Formation and Mission. While studying for his MDiv at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, Kyle also served at Druid Hills Presbyterian Church in Atlanta and worked as a research intern at Morehouse College’s Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel. He completed his B.A. in Professional Writing at Grand Valley State University.
Kyle lives in Grand Rapids, MI, with his wife Amanda, their daughter Evangeline, and their Great Dane, Wolfhart.