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The All Souls Board of Trustees, 2018 - 2019

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  • See the Board History page to view previous incarnations of the Board. 

- Board's Charge to the Bicentennial Committee
-Board of Trustees Position Description

    If you have any comments or questions, feel free to email the Board of Trustees at Board@AllSoulsNYC.org.

MEMBERS OF THE BOARD (elected by the congregation)


 Richard Ford

Julie Brannan

Julie Brannan has been a member of All Souls since 1989, and was previously on the Board of Trustees from 1998-2001, serving as President from 2000-2001. A Deacon since 2001, Julie is particularly involved in the music program, but has served in the past in budgetary, fund raising, and adult education arenas as well. She is a member of the Capital Campaign Steering Committee.

Julie holds a Ph.D. in Biopsychology and is a former faculty member at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She was the Executive Director of Musica Viva from 2005-2014. She is currently a residential associate real estate broker with The Corcoran Group. Julie enjoys travel, the New York theater scene, the arts, her three daughters and walking through Central Park whenever possible.





Carol Kirkman
First Vice President


Carol Kirkman began attending All Souls in 2002 and became a member since 2004. She joined the Board of Trustees in 2014, serving as President in 2016 and for three years as First Vice President. In the year ahead, Carol looks forward to the board further strengthening our governance practice and board oversight, strengthening the church’s finances and congregational giving, and strengthening the board’s linkage to the congregation with greater transparency and broadly-based communication.

Carol is a member of the Women’s Alliance, and an occasional but enthusiastic volunteer at Friday Soup Kitchen. In previous years, she co-chaired the RE Committee, co-chaired the Stewardship Committee, taught 4th grade Unitarian Universalism / Our Whole Lives curricula for six rewarding years, and served on the Heart & Soul Fund board.

Carol worked for JP Morgan for 25 years in the areas of sales, marketing, and consulting for foreign exchange and derivative products. She also worked in the not-for-profit sector as a fundraiser and for the U.S. government as an economist. Carol has a BA (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in mathematics from Kalamazoo College and an MA in economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she completed the requirements for a Ph.D. except dissertation. Carol and her husband have three adult children who enjoy participating in the All Souls community.

Heidi DuBois

Heidi DuBois
Second Vice President

Heidi DuBois Heidi DuBois is Global Head of BNY Mellon’s Philanthropy and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) group. In this enterprise-wide role, Heidi is responsible for sustaining and expanding BNY Mellon’s leading reputation in Philanthropy and CSR by building and strengthening firm performance externally and supporting employee engagement internally. She serves as a lead subject matter expert and primary liaison with key business, industry, government and civil society leaders at the global, national, regional and local levels.

Heidi is a member of the Aspen Institute Business and Society Leaders Forum, a past member of the Consumer Goods Forum’s Social Steering Group and past president of the New York Chapter of the Society for Corporate Governance.

Heidi lives in New York City with her husband, Nicholas, and their daughter,Willa.


 Robin Bossert

Robin Bossert
Board Member

Robin Bossert has run his own video production company for over 28 years. As a writer/director/editor he enjoys all aspects and types of production working in the corporate, public relations, educational and nonprofit arenas.

He leads hikes for the Appalachian Mountain Club, was past President of the Miramar Ski Club, he bikes, sails, and kayaks. He son, Cameron, went through Coming of Age over 15 years ago! He lives in the West Village and has his studio in East Williamsburg.

An active member of All souls for 20 years, Robin Bossert is a Deacon, runs All Souls Thanksgiving, founded and is Executive Director of the Navigators USA, the largest alternative scouting organization in the country.

 Elizabeth Hutchinson

Elizabeth Hutchinson
Board Member

Elizabeth Hutchinson is a member of the faculty of Barnard College since 2001, where she is Associate Professor of American Art History. At Barnard and Columbia University she teaches courses that examine American visual culture from the colonial period through the early twentieth century, including courses on the Harlem Renaissance. She earned a Bachelors degree from Yale and a doctorate in Art History from Stanford University.



Cory Labanow

Cory Labanow
Board Member

Cory Labanow has been a member of All Souls for nearly twelve years, and been involved in a variety of activities, most notably with helping to lead the young adult groups for six and a half years, and recently serving as Co-Chair of the Search Committee for the All Souls Associate Minister. Cory earned a PhD in Theology from the University of Aberdeen and his thesis, Evangelicalism and the Emerging Church was published in 2009. He also earned an MBA degree from Columbia Business School, currently works in the field of business intelligence at Goldman Sachs, and is an adjunct professor in the Department of Management at Baruch College. .


David Poppe

David Poppe
Board Member

David Poppe is president of the investment management firm Ruane, Cunniff & Goldfarb Inc., and co-manager of the firm’s flagship, the Sequoia Fund. In 2010, the mutual fund ratings service Morningstar named David and his Sequoia co-manager as its equity managers of the year, recognizing the fund’s outstanding long-term performance. He oversees a team of 10 stock analysts and holds securities licenses 7, 24 and 66. David is a 1986 BA graduate of Columbia University and also spent a year studying English Literature at Girton College, Cambridge University. He was a journalist for 12 years, mostly in Florida, and won numerous state and regional prizes for financial reporting before transitioning to a career as a securities analyst. He is married to Cherie Henderson and they have a son, Douglas, who completed All Souls’ Coming of Age program in 2014.

A member of All Souls since 2008, David is a former co-chair of the RE Parents Association and an active volunteer for the Stewardship Steering Committee. He is also an active volunteer for Boy Scout Troop 662, where he has camped more than 65 days with the troop over the past six years. He enjoys sports and ran the New York City marathon very slowly in 2007. He was elected to the board of trustees in 2015.


Ramsey Shehadeh

Ramsey Shehadeh
Board Member

Ramsey Shehadeh was elected as a Trustee in 2017. He serves on the Audit Committee and the Finance Committee. He also has participated as a co-chair of the Capital Campaign and as visitor for the Capital Campaign. Ramsey is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist and began attending All Souls with his family in 2007. He has been a member of All Souls since 2009.

Ramsey is managing director and partner of NERA Economic Consulting, where he has worked for 25 years. He received a B.S. in mathematical economics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University.


Li Yu


Li Yu
Board Member


Li Yu has been a lawyer with a federal agency since 2007. Prior to that he was an associate with Davis Polk & Wardwell and Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr; a volunteer attorney, Bronx Defenders; and a law clerk for US District Judge Sidney H. Stein, US District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Li received his B.A. from Wesleyan University in 1999 and his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 2002.

Li has been a member of All Souls since 2004. He is a RE teacher for the eighth grade - Our Whole Lives curriculum. He also volunteers at the Monday Night Hospitality meal program and is the coordinator for the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. He was Secretary to the Board of Trustees, 2007 — 2012 (Assistant Secretary, 2005 — 2007). Li was elected to the All Souls Board of Trustees in February 2013.


Jeff Friedlander

Jeffrey D. Friedlander
Clerk of the Society

Jeff Friedlander was the longest serving First Assistant Corporation Counsel in the history of the City of New York, second-in-command of the New York City Law Department, an office of over 700 attorneys representing the City. During his tenure at the Law Department, Mr. Friedlander played a significant role in many cases and laws including the handling of South Africa anti-apartheid legislation and divestment; establishment of the Campaign Finance law and the Civilian Complaint Review Board, and the drafting of the City’s pioneering Gay Rights Law. Following the events of September 11, Mr. Friedlander supervised the drafting of the executive orders and legislation necessary to keep the City functioning, and now serves as an appointee of the Mayor on the World Trade Center Captive Insurance Company. In 2017, he was appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council as a member of the New York City Conflicts of Interest Board, which is empowered to administer, interpret and enforce the City's public ethics and financial disclosure laws.

Mr. Friedlander authored a column on “Municipal Law” that appeared regularly in he New York Law Journal for a decade. He is active in the City Bar and has been the recipient of a number of awards for his legal service to the City.

Here at All Souls, Jeff has served as a member and president of the Board of Trustees, president of the Board of Deacons, and is now the president of the Heart & Soul Charitable Fund. He was first elected Clerk of the Society by the congregation at the 2014 annual meeting. He and his wife Marjory have been members of the church since 1990, and their daughter Julia is a graduate of the church school.

Board Officers (appointed by the Board)

Kevin Billet

Kevin Billet

Kevin Billet is a retired general corporate lawyer who spent more than 20 years as in-house counsel in the sports, entertainment and television industries. Prior to law school, Kevin worked for the National Board of the YWCA with responsibility for planned giving.

Kevin graduated from Rutgers College and Rutgers Law School and holds a Masters of Law degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Kevin was a member of All Souls through most of the ‘80s and left the Church in 1993 when he and his family moved from New York City. Upon returning to the City several years ago with his wife, Annick, Kevin rejoined All Souls.

Kevin chairs the Planned Giving Committee which is dedicated to encouraging members and friends, after consultation with their professional advisers, to include All Souls in their estate plans as a way of perpetuating their values and of standing with future generations.

Winnie Olsen

Winifred Olsen
Assistant Secretary

Winifred Olsen worked for more than twenty years at the Japanese Mission to the United Nations as speech editor, writer, translator, and now does occasional free-lance editing of scholarly works relating to Japanese history and literature. She graduated with a BA from Beaver College (now Arcadia University) and an M.A. from Columbia University in modern Japanese studies. She also earned a Certificate in multi-disciplinary East Asian Studies from Columbia’s East Asian Institute.

At All Souls, she co-founded and was a leader for four years of its Brownie Girl Scout troop; is on the boards of Musica Viva and the Annie Eaton Society; is a member of the Deacons; and has served as Secretary of the Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2005 and from 2011 to present.

Winnie spends the summer and early fall months in Rowland, PA, where she volunteers with The Lackawaxen River Conservancy and the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, reflecting her passion for the protection of the earth and its resources, and the “interdependent web of all existence, of which we are a part.”

Elizabeth Wahab

Elizabeth Wahab

Elizabeth Wahab is the Chief Operating Officer at Cornell Capital. She previously worked at Viking Global Investors from 2012-2017 as Head of Investor Relations, Human Resources and the Viking Global Foundation. Prior to that she spent 14 years at Goldman Sachs in the firm’s private equity and investment banking groups. Elizabeth holds an MBA from The Wharton Business School and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. She is married and lives in New York City with two teenage boys. Elizabeth is the chair of the Women’s Leadership Council of the United Way of New York City.

Erika Halford

Erika Halford
Assistant Secretary

Erika Mikkelsen Halford is the Associate General Counsel of Consumer Reports, the non-profit product testing and consumer advocacy organization and publisher of Consumer Reports magazine. Before joining Consumer Reports in 2006, Erika was an associate from 2000-2006 at the law firm of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler in New York City. Erika graduated from Stanford University with a BA in History and holds a JD from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.

Erika is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist. She has been a member of All Souls since 2001 and has volunteered as the All Souls Board of Trustees Assistant Secretary since 2008. Erika and her husband, Michael Halford, whom she married at All Souls in 2007, live in New York City with their daughter and son. Their daughterparticipates in the All Souls RE Program.

Congregational Business

Verified members of All Souls have access to congregational reports, such as the budget, financial statements, and Board meeting minutes. Members may view these here (if you are not logged in, you will be asked to do so).

Congregational Annual Meeting:

On the first Sunday in February each year, All Souls holds its Annual Meeting of the Congregation.

At this meeting, among other tasks:

  • New members are elected to the Board of Trustees
  • Reports are presented by ministers and key staff
  • Reports and other supporting material are available for review
  • Issues are discussed

A packet of material is prepared for this meeting, which includes biographies for Board candidates, a call to meeting and agenda, and group reports. Read the 2013 Annual Meeting packet. Read results of the 2013 Congregational Survey.

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