New members join Foundation Board of Trustees

September 30, 2020 by Presbyterian Foundation

At the 224th General Assembly in June, four new members were elected to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. At the June Board of Trustees meeting, the trustees elected Rev. Dr. Neal Presa as Chair and Bridget-Anne Hampden as Vice Chair. Also, Rev. Warren Lesane, Chair of Board of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, joined the Foundation board as an ex-officio member.

Read on for information on each of the new members of our Board of Trustees.

Steve Aeschbacher

Steve Aeschbacher practiced law for 30 years. He was a civil trial lawyer and led Microsoft’s defense in many cases as Associate General Counsel during his almost 19 years in house. He has been a Ruling Elder in the PC(USA) for over 30 years and a Minister of Word and Sacrament for three years. He is currently serving as interim senior pastor at the church he and his wife Alice were married in, First Presbyterian Church of Salt Lake. Steve and Alice have two adult daughters, of whom they will not shut up about. Steve loves to read, to hike, to listen to music, and good conversation. He is hopeful he will get to hear live music again in the post-COVID world. Finally, he is very grateful for the opportunity to serve and shepherd the church and to encourage people to live into their calling as Christ’s ambassadors of reconciliation in a world that badly needs it.

Warren J. Lesane, Jr.

Warren J. Lesane, Jr., is Synod Executive and Stated Clerk of the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic. He is a native of Mayesville, S.C. and a product of Goodwill Presbyterian Church (USA). Warren attended Johnson C. Smith University, the Interdenominational Theological Center, and McCormick Theological Seminary. Further studies were done at Miami University’s Summer Public Policy Institute and at the University of British Columbia’s Summer Interfaith Institute. Warren served 28 years in the United States Air Force Reserves as a chaplain, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2010. He has served the church as an organizing pastor, university chaplain, assistant professor of religion and presbytery associate executive.

In January 2020, Warren traveled with World Mission staff to Chiang Mai, Thailand, to serve as chaplain, counselor, worship leader and preacher during the Asia Pacific Regional Gathering of PC(USA) Mission Co-Workers.

George Philips

George Philips is a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in University City, Missouri, where he is a ruling elder and serves on the adult education, endowment and personnel committees. From 2016 to 2018, George was Vice Chair of the Committee on Mission Responsibility Through Investment (MRTI), having previously served on what is now called the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board of Directors. He is currently on the board of MERS Goodwill Industries of Missouri and the advisory board of the Diversity Awareness Partnership of St. Louis. George received degrees from Washington University in St. Louis (M.A.) and Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota (B.A.). He is President of Philips & Associates, a management consulting firm specializing in market research and regulatory compliance. He and his wife, Alice, live in St. Louis and have three children.

Susan Menelaides Rose

Susan Menelaides Rose is a retired managing director of Deloitte & Touche, LLP, where she was a member of the firm’s National Audit Group. Her primary responsibilities included developing the firm’s policies, procedures and training for conducting financial statement audits by the firm’s United States auditors. During her career in public accounting, she was a director at the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) in New York and the partner in charge of quality control for the audit practice of a CPA firm in Chicago. Through acquisitions of that firm, she became a partner in the national audit group of McGladrey & Pullen until returning to Deloitte. From 1999-2003, Susan was a member of the AICPA’s Auditing Standards Board, which was responsible for developing auditing standards for financial statement audits conducted by auditors in the United States. She currently serves as Treasurer and member of the Finance Committee of Pinnacle Presbyterian Church. She and her husband, Bob, reside in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Dr. Corey Schlosser-Hall

Dr. Corey Schlosser-Hall serves as Executive Presbyter for the Presbytery of the Northwest Coast in Washington state. He is a Ruling Elder in the PC(USA) and grew up in the Dakotas. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon and also earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Communication from the University of Minnesota and is an ICF credentialed leadership coach. Prior to serving as Executive Presbyter, he served as Communications Director for the Presbytery of Seattle. His executive service is informed by his background as a university professor, wilderness guide, entrepreneur, food service manager, and consultant. Corey speaks, teaches and consults locally and nationwide on wholehearted discipleship, innovative leadership, and helping Christ’s church flourish in the 21st century. He served as faculty of the Presbytery Leader Formation Program of the PC(USA) from 2008-2020 where he taught convergence ecclesiology, visionary and financial leadership, and communications. Corey and his spouse, Adrienne, live in Bothell, Washington, and are parents of two daughters: Maya Ruth (20) and Hannah Rose (17). Corey likes to do anything with his wife and daughters, train for triathlons, and listen to good music.