Denton Roberts, President
Occupation: Retired, Chief State External Affairs Officer, Sprint Corporation, Overland Park, Kansas
Fellows Connection: Chair, Trinity Fellows
Denny became convinced of the transformational value of The Fellows Program, when auditing the Fellows’ seminary coursework at the Trinity Fellows Program in Charlottesville, VA in 2009. “If I would have had the framework for understanding how my faith informs my work at age 22 – many things about career would have been different – so much better. Now, I’m excited to help young adult believers get that framework on the front-end of their careers.”
Karen Parks, Vice Chair
Occupation: Director of Global Ministry and Organizational Development, MOPS International, Denver Colorado
Fellows Connection: Former Chair, Rockland Fellows, Golden, Colorado
Karen is passionate about “Next Generation” leadership for the church and the intergenerational transfer of experience and learning. A Fellows program transforms both the young Fellows and the entire community of the church in profound ways.
Her work with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) has shown that young families often “reconnect” to a church when they begin having children (usually in their early 30’s). The decade of the 20’s often seems to go missing!
TFI addresses that missing decade of leadership potential by engaging young Christians in the formative space of emerging adulthood. The experience of a Fellows year can shape and transform a young person into an active, responsible leader for Christ’s Kingdom.
Steve Skancke, Chairman
Great Falls, Virginia
Occupation: Chief Investment Officer, Keel Point, Vienna, Virginia
Fellows Connection: Chair, The Falls Church Fellows Program
Steve co-founded The Falls Church Fellows Program over 21 years ago, and subsequently co-founded TFI in response to the strong interest in developing programs like the Falls Church Fellows. “Fellows Programs provide a new life paradigm: Faith integrated seamlessly into all dimensions of our lives. Conformance with this paradigm simplifies and enriches the experience of a life in Christ and provides understanding and meaning in areas of family, work and community that otherwise would confound us.”
Vicki Simmons, Secretary
Occupation: Executive Director, Second Presbyterian Church Foundation, Memphis, Tennessee
Fellows Connection: Board Member and Seminar Chair, Memphis Fellows, Memphis, Tennessee
Vicki has volunteered for eight years in a variety of capacities with her local Fellows program as it has matured and is now ten years old. She is also the parent of a Fellow alumni. “The Fellows experience tangibly and intangibly benefits the host church, the city of the program and the world. I choose to be involved to help secure a vibrant future for young adults in the coming years so that they too can have impactful lives of ministry wherever God calls them.”
Nancy Skancke, Treasurer
Great Falls, Virginia
Occupation: Attorney, NJS Law PLC
Fellows Connection: The Falls Church Fellows Program, The Falls Church Anglican, Falls Church, Virginia
Nancy has assisted The Falls Church Fellows Program over the past 21+ years in various capacities including assisting in the Program’s start-up and implementation, being a host family for ten Fellows, and serving as a mentor multiple times. “The Fellows Programs are transformational not only for the Fellows who participate, but also for the host families, work place colleagues, and mentors that interact with them during the Program year. Watching the Fellows Program start as a dream and then be implemented at our Church, and then spread through TFI, has been exciting. I am honored to be part of the TFI effort to help strengthen existing Programs and to establish new Programs.”
MATT AVERY, MEMBER
Occupation: Director of Discipleship at Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church
Fellows Connection: Founder and 5-year executive director of the Charlotte Fellows
Matt is passionate about gospel transformation in the lives of young adults. He has witnessed God use the various components of the Fellows experience working in concert to enable Fellows to understand and experience more of the transformative power of the gospel in every area of life. "When recent college grads begin to grasp the reality that the entirety of their lives and every square inch of our world belongs to God and that God himself has appointed them to certain relationships, professions, churches, neighborhoods, and communities for his ends, then suddenly everything and everyone is eternally significant. To understand the gospel in this way changes the entire trajectory of a person's life, and it has been an absolute joy to witness this kind of life change every year in the lives of Fellows."
Sam “Bo” Bartholomew, Member
Occupation: President of PharmMD
Fellows Connection: Chair of The Nashville Fellows Program
Bo Bartholomew has been an advocate for Faith & Work initiatives and Mentoring programs since his days at Regent College. His hope is that all Fellows will learn to pursue excellence in their vocational callings and see through the cultural confusions that so often distract individuals from the long journey of faith. The next generation will impact the world when their actions and their articulations of truth are in concert and match a fully informed faith over and above a compilation of seminary sound bites. The heart of the Fellows programs are built to transform a community around a class of Fellows and Bo hopes to serve TFI as we seek to support these communities of faith around the country.
Rick Kuhlman, Member
Occupations: Founding Director, Knoxville Fellows, Knoxville, Tennessee, Air Liaison Officer, United Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Instructor, Father Teen Adventure, Buena Vista, Colorado
Fellows Connection: Director, Knoxville Fellows
Rick's passion in life is training up the next generation of Christian leaders. He has be able to fulfill his calling through high school and college Bible studies, small groups, and one on one mentoring. He believes the best way to bring about positive change is through life on life relationships. Rick is convinced that the Fellows' program has the promise to bring transformation to our world through the blending of youthful energy and life experience along with opportunities to engage in the culture. He prefers to be the "Man in the Arena" and to encourage others to be the same! Rick is active in a new church plant, Grace Presbyterian Church in Knoxville. He has been married to Beverley for over 40 years and they have a son Rick who resides with his wife Jamie in Austin, Texas.
Matt Young, MEMBER
Raleigh, North Carolina
Occupation: Managing Director, Triangle Capital Corporation
Fellows Connection: Former Falls Church Fellow, Chair of the Raleigh Fellows Program, assisted in founding the Trinity Fellows Program
Mr. Young joined Triangle Capital Corporation in 2010 and serves as a Managing Director responsible for all aspects of transaction origination, structuring, underwriting and deal execution. He has significant principal investing and transactional experience across asset categories. His industry experience includes real estate, information technology and healthcare.
Prior to joining TCAP, he was a Principal with Oaklane Capital, a real estate private equity fund based in Charlotte, NC. Prior to that, Mr. Young served as Vice President at Cherokee Investment Partners, a real estate private equity fund based in Raleigh, NC with approximately $2 billion in assets under management. Prior to Cherokee, he served as the Chief Strategic Officer of AwayMed, a healthcare information technology firm based in Raleigh, NC. He began his career as an Associate Director with The Advisory Board Company, a healthcare research and consulting firm based in Washington, DC.
He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he earned a BA with distinction in Political Science. Additionally, he earned a JD and an MBA from the University of Virginia. Mr. Young is a member of the North Carolina Bar and is active in his local community serving on the board of several non-profit organizations.
Hugh Whelchel, Member
Occupation: Executive Director, The Institute for Faith, Work & Economics, McLean, Virginia
Fellows Connection: Board Member and Founder, Capital Fellows Program, McLean, Virginia
Hugh was instrumental in starting the Capital Fellows Program at McLean Presbyterian Church in 2006. His conviction for the faith and work principles of the Fellows program led him to found the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics several years later. “In my opinion the Fellows Program is the most powerful experience for helping people understand their biblical vocational calling within the larger community of the body of Christ.”