New Trustees Elected to Foundation Board

August 26, 2022 by Robyn Davis Sekula

At the 225th General Assembly in June, five new members were elected to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. At the June Board of Trustees meeting, the trustees elected Rev. Wonjae Choi as Chair and Kathy Trott as Vice Chair. Additionally, Rev. Shannan Vance-Ocampo joined the board as the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board liaison.

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

Paul Baldasare

Paul Baldasare is the retired President of St. Andrews University (formerly St. Andrews Presbyterian College) in Laurinburg, N.C. He is an elder and long-time member of First Presbyterian Church, Durham, NC.

Paul was in private law practice before serving nine years as Associate Legal Counsel for UNC-Chapel Hill. He then returned to his alma mater as Vice President for Advancement and in 2007 was chosen to be the eighth and first alumnus President of St. Andrews University. He has served on the Boards of Directors of the Association of Presbyterian Colleges & Universities (APCU) and the NC Independent Colleges & Universities (NCICU).

Paul holds a Bachelor’s degree from St. Andrews Presbyterian College and law degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. Paul is married to Jane R. Wettach, retired Clinical Professor of Law at Duke University School of Law. They have two children, Gabriel and Leah.

British Hyrams

British Hyrams serves as Presbyterian Campus Minister at North Carolina Central University. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and holds two degrees from Union Presbyterian Seminary, a Master of Divinity (M. Div.) and a Master of Arts in Christian Education (M.A.C.E.).

British started her career as a consultant with Andersen Consulting and later as an IT project manager for various healthcare organizations. After deciding to leave corporate work to raise her three children with her husband, she served as an adjunct math instructor at local colleges and volunteered with various community service groups.

British served at Central Steele Creek Presbyterian church in Charlotte, N.C., as the Director of Christian Ministries, Associate Pastor, and for a few months as acting Senior Pastor. British’s most recent service in the wider denomination includes the UKirk National Gathering Planning Team (2022), Montreat High School Youth Conference Planning Team (2021), and as a board member for the William Black Lodge.

British is married to her college sweetheart Kevin. Jamal, Akilah, and Aman are their young adult children who continue to bring them blessings upon blessings.

JB Im

Joong-Bin (“JB”) Im is an Associate General Counsel at Meta, Inc., and a ruling elder at the Community Church of Seattle in Bothell, Washington.

JB has served as a board member of the Presbytery of the Northwest Coast, the UCIC (pre and primary schools in Bothell and Issaquah, Washington), and the Escuela Adelante (pre and primary school in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua).

JB received a Bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy and a law degree from the University of Washington School of Law. He lives in Monroe, Wash., and is married with two children.

Jenny Saperstein

Rev. Jenny Saperstein grew up in the PC(USA) and has served the church as a deacon and as a ruling elder. She is a graduate of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Jenny grew up “in the west,” notably, Washington state, California, and Colorado.

Jenny is anishinaabe, waganakising odawa — a member of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians in northern Michigan. After seminary in Texas, Jenny and her husband Patrick moved to Michigan where she found her first pastoral call at Northside Presbyterian Church in Ann Arbor. Jenny and Patrick have two children.

Wes Scovanner

Wes Scovanner is a member of Memorial Presbyterian Church in St. Augustine, Florida. He currently serves on the Finance/Administration Committee and the Investment Review Committee. Additionally, he has participated in the Pastor Nominating and Endowment Committees and serves as an usher. He has chaired the church’s annual stewardship campaign and as Chairman of the Board of Trustees, managed a recent multi-million-dollar funding and renovation of this historic church.

Wes received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania and also holds an MBA from Penn’s Wharton School of Finance and Commerce. After college, he was commissioned as a line officer in the U.S. Navy, serving on an amphibious ship and a guided missile frigate. He began his business career with Arthur Anderson & Co., later forming Wesley D. Scovanner & Associates, a consulting firm. He is a retired director and Vice Chairman of Insurance Office of America, Inc., where he served as the CFO.

Wes has been a director for numerous public and private companies, a bank, and charitable organizations. He is an advocate for children’s causes and enjoyed several years coaching and mentoring youth football and baseball. He had a long association with the Children’s Home Society of Florida where he participated as President for both the Central Florida Division and State of Florida Boards.

He and his wife, Cathy, reside in St. Augustine. They have three adult children and three grandchildren.

Shannan Vance-Ocampo

Rev. Shannan Vance-Ocampo serves the Presbytery of Southern New England as General Presbyter. Previous to this call Shannan served as the Transitional Presbyter for Albany Presbytery in New York, Pastor/Head of Staff at Watchung Avenue Presbyterian Church in North Plainfield, N.J., and as the Associate Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Rumson, N.J. Shannan serves as Co-Chair of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board. Previously she served as co-moderator of the Activist Council of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship following her extensive volunteer work on their accompaniment program for human rights in Colombia, South America in partnership with the Iglesia Presbiteriana de Colombia.

She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy and Religious Studies (honors) from The College of Wooster and a Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary. She spent an undergraduate semester at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. She is currently working on her Doctor of Ministry at Memphis Theological Seminary in the Land, Food and Faith Formation program.

Her passions are for organizational change, prophetic leadership and congregational transformation. At home she is an avid gardener, with a gaggle of chickens, fish and frogs living in her yard-habitat alongside many plants, flowers and vegetables. Her husband, Juan Gabriel Ocampo Valle, is a native of Bogotá, Colombia, and they are the proud parents of one daughter, Sofia Elena.

Robyn Davis Sekula is Vice President of Communications and Marketing at the Presbyterian Foundation. She is a ruling elder and member of Highland Presbyterian Church in Louisville, Ky. She can be reached at robyn.sekula@presbyterianfoundation.org.