Joanna Almond oversees planning and implementation of the Annual Members and Trustees Meeting, Corporate Meetings, Board of Advisors Meetings, and other Foundation events. She also supports the President’s communication with Trustees and Members throughout the year. She oversees and coordinates the selection of and the logistics for one of the Foundation’s affiliated programs, the Templeton Prize.
Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked for a marketing and meeting planning company where she provided meeting management and organization to several widely-known companies. She also worked in the training department of a major retail company and was responsible for the delivery of integrated and effective education and training programs that aligned with company goals, identified needs, and maximized learning. She managed production training and certification processes along with supervising projects.
Ms. Almond majored in Communications at Cabrini College with a focus on Video Productions, which allowed her to serve as the executive video producer for their local cable show and provided her a base for logistical meeting organization of various projects. She received her certification in Meeting Planning in 2007 and her CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) in 2013.
Alexander Arnold is responsible for developing new funding initiatives and managing the full life-cycle of the grant process in the areas of philosophy and theology. Before working at the Foundation, he was a teaching fellow at the University of Notre Dame where he taught and conducted research in philosophy.
Dr. Arnold received his B.A. in philosophy from the University of California, Irvine, and his Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Notre Dame with a dissertation in epistemology. He has published in the Australasian Journal of Philosophy, and continues research in epistemology, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of religion.
Kevin Arnold is responsible for the Genetics portfolio as well as managing current and future projects in the Life Sciences. New funding initiatives in Genetics investigate fundamental mechanisms which underpin human identity and genetic determinism, the neuroscience of behavior and cognition, and epigenetic research. Prior to joining the Foundation, he held an adjunct faculty position in Biology at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois.
Dr. Arnold received his B.S. in biochemistry from Messiah College and his doctorate in biomolecular chemistry from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His research on determinants of enzyme specificity for histone acetyltransferase complexes has resulted in several peer-reviewed publications.
Richard Bollinger is responsible for the management of the full life cycle of the grant process and the development of new funding initiatives within the Character Virtue Development and Voluntary Family Planning funding areas. He is a licensed clinical psychologist and previously worked as the Director of Psychotherapy Services at the Clinical Practices of the University of Pennsylvania’s Outpatient Psychiatry Center.
Dr. Bollinger received his Ph.D. from the Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University and his B.A. in History from Cornell University. He continues as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine.
Dawn Bryant manages the legal affairs of the Foundation. She worked previously in the private client group at Dechert, LLP, an international law firm in Philadelphia, where she focused on U.S. and international estate and tax planning and on tax-exempt and other nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and abroad. Ms. Bryant worked closely with the late Sir John Templeton in developing the structure and operations of the John Templeton Foundation.
Ms. Bryant received her B.A. in history from the University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School, where she earned Order of the Coif honors and was a student note editor on the Journal of Transnational Law. Ms. Bryant is a member of the American Association of Corporate Counsel and has been a guest speaker for various professional groups on estate and tax planning and fiduciary law.
Thomas Burnett is responsible for identifying the most thought-provoking, under-appreciated, and potentially beneficial findings from recent research initiatives in order to enhance public engagement with “Science and the Big Questions.”
Before joining the Foundation, Mr. Burnett worked in communications at the National Academy of Sciences. Prior to that, he worked for BioLogos as well as the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion. He also served as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in Innsbruck, Austria. Mr. Burnett received his B.A. in philosophy from Rice University and pursued his doctoral studies in the history of science at University of California, Berkeley.
John Churchill is the Director of Philosophy and Theology programs at the John Templeton Foundation. He is responsible for the development and management of initiatives intended to foster progress in various areas of philosophy and theology, as well as initiatives that employ philosophical and theological knowledge as a means to scientific progress.
Dr. Churchill received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Indiana University, with research foci in metaphysics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, and philosophy of religion. He has published articles on the topics of free will and mental causation.
Sarah Clement is the Director of Character Virtue Development programs at the John Templeton Foundation. She is responsible for the development of new funding initiatives and the management of the full life-cycle of the grant process for projects that seek to advance the science and practice of good character. She also oversees grants in the Voluntary Family Planning portfolio, which includes research and programs intended to help families achieve their ideal family size.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Dr. Clement was a postdoctoral fellow at the Rutgers University Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research. She received her B.A. in child development from Tufts University and her doctorate in developmental psychology from Cornell University. She has published articles on the topics of positive youth development and character development.
Heather Templeton Dill is president of the John Templeton Foundation. Most recently, she served as executive liaison to the president under her father, the late Dr. Jack Templeton. Dill is the granddaughter of the late Sir John Templeton.
Prior to joining the Foundation staff, she taught high school level history, government, and economics in Pennsylvania. While living in Charlottesville, Virginia, she was a homeschool educator as well as a manuscript editor and research assistant at the University of Virginia. She served as a trustee of the John Templeton Foundation from 1997-2003 and 2009-2015 and has been a member of the Foundation’s executive, finance, and strategic planning committees. Dill is currently a member of the board of First Trust Bank and previously served on the Templeton Religion Trust steering committee and the Templeton World Charity Foundation board.
She holds a master’s degree in American history from Villanova University and is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in history and a concentration in public policy.
Steve Fitzmier manages the Planning and Evaluation department of the John Templeton Foundation. Over the past four years, he has restructured the Foundation’s grantmaking and performance management systems, instituted cyclical programmatic strategic planning, and directed grant evaluation initiatives that improve programmatic decision-making.
Prior to the John Templeton Foundation, Mr. Fitzmier was an entrepreneur, starting and developing a technology consulting firm, followed by a philanthropic advisory organization. In 2000 he was named in PhillyTech’s top thirty under 30, recognizing his entrepreneurial achievements in founding one of the mid-Atlantic region’s fastest-growing IT advisory firms. His firm consulted with established and start-up businesses to develop and implement their online strategy. Serving in an advisory role and then in an executive leadership position, he helped launch and develop Geneva Global, a recognized leader in philanthropic advisory services for international development. While at Geneva Global, he developed innovative methods for assessing philanthropic return on investment, quintupled grant research and evaluation operations, and implemented a global IT infrastructure in a developing world context.
Nicholas Gibson is responsible for developing grant programs on the scientific study of religion and non-religion, the psychology of virtues and character strengths, and the interface between spirituality and health. He has a particular interest in projects taking a cognitive approach to these areas.
Dr. Gibson studied psychology and physiology at the University of Oxford and received his Ph.D. in psychology of religion from the University of Cambridge. He was subsequently a research fellow in science and religion at Queens’ College, Cambridge, where he also taught social psychology.
Jinde Guo is a Chartered Financial Analyst and is responsible for the Foundation’s investment management activities. Before joining the Foundation, she worked at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for seventeen years, where she was in charge of investment strategy development and implementation, manager selection and monitoring, and risk management. She also worked at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation as Managing Director, Marketable Securities.
Christopher Levenick leads the public engagement efforts of the John Templeton Foundation. In that role, he works to support programs that advance the Foundation’s mission within the broader public, with a special emphasis on outreach to opinion leaders in the media, religious communities, and students and teachers in pre-baccalaureate programs.
Before joining the Foundation, Mr. Levenick served as Editor-in-Chief of Philanthropy, where he worked closely with dozens of the world’s leading philanthropists to explore the principle and practice of effective charitable giving. Prior to that, he was a W. H. Brady Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., where his research centered on the intersection of religion, public policy, and free-market economics. A graduate of Georgetown University, he pursued a Ph.D. and received a M.A. from the University of Chicago.
Mary Ann Meyers served for more than a decade as Secretary of the University of Pennsylvania, where she also taught the history of religion in America. Dr. Meyers had previously taught at Haverford College, and she subsequently served as President of The Annenberg Foundation.
A magna cum laude graduate of Syracuse University, Dr. Meyers earned a Ph.D. in American civilization at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Art, Education, and African-American Culture: Albert Barnes and the Science of Philanthropy (2004) and A New World Jerusalem: The Swedenborgian Experience in Community Construction (1983), and the co-author of Religion in American Life (1987), Coping With Serious Illness (1977), and Death in America (1975).
Karen Miller is the Foundation’s Chief Financial and Operating Officer and oversees finance, accounting, human resources, facilities, program operations, grant operations, and information technology.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Miller spent almost 14 years at the Annie E. Casey Foundation where she was Director of Finance and Chief Compliance Officer. Before moving to philanthropy, she spent 20 years in the healthcare information technology sector in roles ranging from Controller to Chief Financial Officer. She is President of the Foundation Financial Officers Group (FFOG), a nonprofit organization comprised of over 400 members, primarily Chief Financial Officers and Chief Investment Officers, from private foundations across the United States. Ms. Miller has served on the FFOG board and in other capacities and has been recognized as a FFOG Though Leader.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from California State University, Northridge. Ms. Miller is recognized by the Virginia Board of Accountancy as a Certified Public Accountant and by the Institute of Management Accountants as a Certified Management Accountant.
In 2017, Ms. Miller was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by The Daily Record.
Paul A. Mullin manages the program operations of the Foundation. In this role he is responsible for overseeing the development and refinement of all grant-related processes and systems. Prior to his move into program operations, he served the Foundation in a project management role, designing and implementing special projects that cut across the operational divisions of the Foundation. From 2002–2005 he worked for Templeton Venture Philanthropy Associates as an evaluation analyst and director of outreach efforts to high net worth individuals. Prior to and during his tenure with the Foundation, he also served as a varsity rowing coach at both St. Joseph’s University and Rutgers University.
Mr. Mullin received his B.A. in psychology from Rutgers University and his M.A in psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is an active member of the Delaware Valley Grantmakers and the Grants Managers Network.
Michael Murray oversees the Philosophy & Theology, Natural Sciences, Communications, Public Engagement, and Philanthropic Outreach areas of the Foundation. Before joining the Foundation, he was the Arthur and Katherine Shadek Humanities Professor of Philosophy at Franklin and Marshall College.
Dr. Murray received his B.A. in philosophy from Franklin and Marshall and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of Philosophy of Religion: The Big Questions (with Eleonore Stump), Reason for the Hope Within, Philosophy of Religion (with Michael Rea), Nature Red in Tooth and Claw: Theism and the Problem of Animal Suffering, The Believing Primate: Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Reflections on the Origin of Religion (with Jeffrey Schloss), Divine Evil?: The Character of the God of the Hebrew Bible (with Michael Rea and Michael Bergmann), and On Predestination and Election.
Jim Pitofsky plays a vital role in the creation and management of new strategies for connecting and engaging with entrepreneurial philanthropic and business leaders around the world. His primary goals are to increase enthusiasm and engagement among highly influential people in specific areas already supported by the Foundation’s programmatic activities and to forge mutually beneficial alliances.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Mr. Pitofsky was chief strategy officer at the $500M+ Arizona Community Foundation (ACF) where he oversaw strategic planning and execution, public policy, education, and strategic alliances, as well as ACF’s Center for Business Philanthropy. Prior to that, he served as the ACF’s director of education where he led education grantmaking and advised high net-worth donors on their education grantmaking. Mr. Pitofsky has also served as the vice president and acting president of the Echoing Green Foundation, supporting hundreds of social entrepreneurs around the world; the deputy director of the National Youth Leadership Council, one of the leading service-learning organizations in the U.S. and the world; and the executive director for Hands on Bay Area, the leading manager of corporate volunteerism in the Bay Area. Additionally, Mr. Pitofsky founded and directed an organization that worked internationally to create school/community and business/education partnerships and was adopted by the National Association of Partners in Education. During that time, he also served as the elected president of the National and Community Service Coalition and led their federal public policy efforts.
Throughout his career, Mr. Pitofsky has worked closely with CEOs, foundation executives, philanthropists, celebrities, policy-makers, and nonprofit leaders to advance philanthropy, education reform, leadership development, social entrepreneurship, community service, and racial and economic equity. He has been a speaker at the World Economic Forum (Davos), FORTUNE Magazine CEO Forum, the White House Conference on Philanthropy, the Milken Institute, and hundreds of other convenings of corporate, philanthropic, and nonprofit leaders. Mr. Pitofsky earned his B.A. from Stanford University and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center where he was a Public Interest Law Scholar.
Amy Proulx currently serves as Program Officer, Individual Freedom and Free Markets, at the John Templeton Foundation. In this capacity, she identifies and supports grantees whose work promotes our understanding of freedom, entrepreneurship, competition, and personal responsibility.
Previously, Ms. Proulx was the Director of Academic Talent Development at the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. There, she developed a suite of intensive educational and career development programs for undergraduate and graduate students, specifically designed for those interested in pursuing academic careers. She earned her B.A. from Ashland University, where she studied history, philosophy, and politics.
Kimon Sargeant is Vice President, Programs at the John Templeton Foundation. He is responsible for developing new research and engagement initiatives on virtues such as generosity, purpose, and gratitude, and how these can contribute to human flourishing. His portfolio also includes projects that document and analyze global trends in religion and spirituality, as well as those that examine the connections between spirituality and health.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Dr. Sargeant served as a program officer at The Pew Charitable Trusts. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Virginia, and earned his B.A. in history from Yale University. He is the author of Seeker Churches: Promoting Traditional Religion in a Nontraditional Way and co-editor of Spirit and Power: The Growth and Global Impact of Pentecostalism.
Kristen Shaw manages the accounting and finance department at the Foundation. Previously, she was director of financial planning and analysis and director of financial reporting for a large nonprofit organization. Ms. Shaw also has over 20 years of public accounting experience, including 10 years with a Big Four accounting firm. She provided accounting, audit, and tax services to mid-market and nonprofit clients.
Ms. Shaw received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Scranton and is currently pursuing her MBA at Widener University. She is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the AICPA and PICPA.
Felicia Smith leads the Foundation’s human resources, facilities, and internal events functions. Previously, she was the Chief Human Resources Officer for Fox Rothschild, and headed the HR functions at Akerman Senterfitt and Morgan Lewis LLP. Her prior experience spans numerous senior level HR, operational, and legal roles across many varied industries. Her experience includes banking, wholesale distribution, marketing, technology, insurance and working as the Assistant Director of Administration at the Pew Charitable Trusts, a renowned Philadelphia and Washington DC foundation.
Her international experience includes supporting Unisys with matters across several European divisions and working for the Department of Defense in Germany. Additionally, she was an HR consultant at AIG’s Life Insurance division in Wilmington, DE, and also practiced as an in-house counsel and immigration and nationality lawyer.
Ms. Smith has a B.S. from the University of Maryland in Business and Management and a J.D. from Delaware Law School/Widener University. She also attended the University of Brussels, in Brussels, Belgium, and Pace University in New York. She is a member of the Philadelphia and Delaware County Bar Associations, the National and Philadelphia Society of Human Resources chapters, the Human Resources Executive Alliance, and a board member of HIAS (a renowned refugee and migration services organization) and the Association of Corporate Health Risk Management.
Paul Wason is responsible for developing new research initiatives investigating the evolution and fundamental nature of life, human life, and mind, especially as they relate to issues of meaning and purpose. Before joining the Foundation, he spent ten years at Bates College as director of foundations and corporations and as a sponsored-research administrator.
An anthropologist with a specialty in prehistoric archaeology, Dr. Wason received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Bates College, where he earned a B.S. in biology. His research on inequality, social evolution, and archaeological theory has been published as The Archaeology of Rank (1994).
John Witcoski is responsible for providing the Foundation with a world-class technology infrastructure and for implementing new technology initiatives. Before joining the Foundation, he spent five years as director of information technology at the Metanexus Institute. Previously, he worked for ten years for Verizon Communications to develop, deploy, and maintain its global information technology infrastructure.
Mr. Witcoski graduated from Lafayette College with a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and holds a Masters of Business Administration from Drexel University.