Richard Miles, Chairman of the Board

Richard Miles is the co-founder of the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention in Gainesville, Florida. From 2017-2021 he was a Senior Fellow and a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C.

Previously, he served for 20 years as a Foreign Service officer at the U.S. Department of State and as an intelligence officer with the U.S. Army. His diplomatic assignments have included embassies in Argentina, Barbados, Germany, and a Provincial Reconstruction Team in Iraq. From 2007-2008 he directed Mexican and Canadian issues on the National Security Council staff at the White House. Continue Reading…

Cherie Harder, President

Cherie HarderCherie Harder serves as President of the Trinity Forum. Prior to joining the Trinity Forum in 2008, Ms. Harder served in the White House as Special Assistant to the President and Director of Policy and Projects for First Lady Laura Bush.

Earlier in her career she served as Policy Advisor to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, advising the Leader on domestic social issues and serving as liaison and outreach director to outside groups. From 2001 to 2005, she was Senior Counselor to the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), where she helped the Chairman design and launch the We the People initiative to enhance the teaching, study, and understanding of American history. Prior to that Ms. Harder was the Policy Director for Senator Sam Brownback and also served as Deputy Policy Director at Empower America. Continue Reading…

Claude Alexander

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Claude Alexander has served as the Senior Pastor of The Park Church in Charlotte, North Carolina for the past 27 years. Under his leadership, The Park Church has grown from one local congregation of 600 members to a global ministry of thousands with three locations and weekly international reach.

Currently, he serves on the boards of Charlotte Center City Partners, Wycliffe Bible Translators USA, Christianity Today, Mission America Coalition, Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, The New York City Leadership Center, and the Joint College of African-American Pentecostal Bishops. He is the incoming Chair of Gordon-Conwell Board of Trustees and the Second-Presiding Bishop of the Kingdom Association of Covenant Pastors. Continue Reading…

Mike Brenan

Mike Brenan is the Regional President for Truist Financial Corporation. He oversees the South Carolina region’s team of experienced financial professionals dedicated to serving the company’s diverse mix of clients, including: business banking; commercial banking; middle market banking; and regional commercial real estate.

With more than 46 years of experience, Mike began his banking career in 1975 as a management trainee. In 1988, he became the President and Chief Executive Officer of Bank One, Portsmouth. In 1994, he became Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of MainStreet Financial Corporation. In 1998 MainStreet was acquired by BB&T Corporation and Mike has been the Regional President in South Carolina since 1999. Mike was named Regional President for the South Carolina Region of the newly formed Truist Financial Corporation in 2019. Continue Reading…

Barbara Bryant

Barbara Bryant is the co-author of The Bryant Family Vineyard Cookbook (Andrews McMeel, 2009) and Almonds: Recipes, History, Culture (Gibbs Smith Publisher, 2014). She has been involved in many philanthropic adventures; she is currently a trustee of The Trinity Forum and serves on the board of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis.

A long-time supporter and Foundation board member of the Bowery Mission in New York City, Barbara donated a portion of the proceeds from The Bryant Family Cookbook to the Mission, and supported inner-city education in St. Louis with proceeds from Almonds: Recipes, History, Culture.  Continue Reading…

George Clark

Along with his service as a Trustee of the Trinity Forum, George L. Clark, Jr. is co-founder and a partner of Gerygone Capital, a private commercial real estate finance and investment company, and Chairman of Home Interiors, an international direct sales organization.

Prior to co-founding Gerygone Capital, Mr. Clark served as the co-founder and Managing Director of Freestone Partners, a private equity firm focused on investing equity capital in middle market companies, and President of Northstar Partners, Inc., a consulting firm focused on strategically serving investment groups in North America. Continue Reading…

Howard Dahl

Along with his service as Trustee of the Trinity Forum, Howard Dahl is President and CEO at Amity Technology. Amity Technology is, in a sense, a fourth generation company. It follows in the proud tradition of a family that has been involved in the manufacturing business in North Dakota for more than 60 years. Howard and Brian Dahl, the founders of Amity, are grandsons of E. G. Melroe, the founder of the Melroe Company, which developed the Bobcat Loader.

After the Melroe Company was sold in 1970, Howard’s and Brian’s father, Eugene Dahl, and his brother-in-law, Les Melroe, bought control of Steiger Tractor. It became the leading manufacturer of 4-wheel drive tractors in the world, and was sold to Case Corporation in 1986. Continue Reading…

Sam Funk


Sam Funk is a founding member of Sims|Funk, PLC, a boutique law firm in Nashville which represents clients in complex business litigation matters across Tennessee and the United States.  Mr. Funk graduated with honors from Wake Forest University and cum laude from the University of Maryland School of Law.   He is regularly recognized by such organizations as Benchmark Litigation, Chambers USA, Woodward/White: The Best Lawyers In America, the Nashville Business Journal Best of Bar, Mid-South Super Lawyers. Continue Reading…

Katherine Haley

Katherine Haley is the founder of Oak Rose Group, LLC, an independent strategy consulting firm focused on human flourishing. Before starting her firm, she served as the vice president of programs and senior director of K-12 programs at The Philanthropy Roundtable from 2016 until 2020 where she helped donors across the country make strategic investments to break down barriers to opportunity and strengthen civil society. Continue Reading…

Price Harding

Price Harding is a Founding Partner of the executive search firm CarterBaldwin. Mr. Harding’s clients include academic institutions, non-profit organizations and privately held companies.  In a career that now spans three decades, Mr. Harding has been principal consultant on nearly 1000 successfully completed recruiting engagements.  Mr. Harding’s recruitment consulting focus includes searches for C-Level leadership and corporate officers and directors, with an emphasis on senior management selection and board governance. Continue Reading…

Nathan Hatch

Dr. Nathan O. Hatch has served as President of Wake Forest University for 16 years and will be retiring this summer. While leading Wake Forest, U.S. News and World Report named Wake Forest 23rd among 281 national universities – the highest ever ranking for the University.

Dr. Hatch is an active leader in American higher education and in local and community affairs. He has served on the board of the American Council on Education and was Chair of the Division I Board of Directors of the NCAA. He is a past chair of the board of directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. Continue Reading…

Shirley Hoogstra

Shirley Hoogstra serves as president of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities. She is passionate about Christian higher education and the role it plays in the common good. Shirley joined the Trinity Forum Board of Trustees in 2018.

Having received a bachelor’s in education at Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI) and a Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of Connecticut School of Law, Hoogstra spent more than a decade practicing law as a partner at a firm that specialized in litigation in New Haven, Connecticut. While at this practice, she served on the New Haven County Bar Association, as well as on a number of civic boards and at local schools and churches. She was also a founding board member and officer of the Bridgeport Rescue Mission. Continue Reading…

Roger Laing


For 32 years Roger has provided executive leadership at RLG International, leading the US, European and Canadian Operations. He is now serving as part of the Senior Executive Team.

RLG is a global management consulting firm that specializes in on-site implementation of measurable and sustainable performance improvement projects spanning across multiple and diverse industries such as oil and gas, mining, petrochemical, power generation, forestry, manufacturing, aerospace and defense. Continue Reading…

Paul McNulty


Paul J. McNulty is the President of Grove City College a highly-ranked, national private liberal arts, science and engineering college of 2,500 students located in Western Pennsylvania. He is a 1980 graduate of the College. Prior to returning to his alma mater in 2014, Mr. McNulty spent over thirty years in Washington, D.C., as an attorney in both public service and private practice. In 2005, the United States Senate unanimously confirmed Mr. McNulty to the position of Deputy Attorney General, the second in command at the U.S. Department of Justice and the Chief Operating Officer of the department’s 100,000 employees. He also served from 2001 to 2005 as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and was a leader in our nation’s response to the terrorist attacks of September 11. Continue Reading…

Byron Smith

Mr. Smith is a principal and co-founder of Mountain Group Partners, LLC. He was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Trinity Forum in 2010. Recently he has also taught entrepreneurship as an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management and been an active angel and venture capital investor.

Mr. Smith is actively involved in his community and currently sits on the board at the MTSU Honors College Board of Visitors, Nashville Chess Center, Nashville Entrepreneurship Center and St. Paul Christian Academy. Continue Reading…

James T. Spear

James T. Spear was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Trinity Forum in 2010. Mr. Spear is the retired executive vice president and chief financial officer of Cadence Health, where he served from 2006 to 2012. Prior to that Mr. Spear served as vice president finance at Keebler Foods and also operated an independent advisory and consulting business.

Since his retirement, Mr. Spear has periodically engaged in various consulting and advisory activities. Mr. Spear also currently serves on several boards of directors of including Flowers Foods, Inc., a NYSE manufacturer and marketer of bread and snack products, The Trust Company of Illinois, and Center for Economics, Government, and Policy at Wheaton College. Mr. Spear served on the Board of Directors of Cadence Health and its predecessor companies for over 17 years. Continue Reading…

David Sveen

Dr. David Sveen is President of Cedarstone Partners, an accounting and consulting practice in Wheaton, Illinois. Prior to founding Cedarstone Partners, David was Senior Vice President at Griffin, Kubik, Stephens, & Thompson, an investment banking firm in Chicago, Illinois. David serves on the Board of Directors of the Trust Company of Illinois, the Heska Corporation and Cummins-Allison Corporation, and also serves as a Trustee on the Swedish Covenant Hospital Foundation and the Domanada Foundation boards. David teaches Leadership Development, Organizational Theory, and Entrepreneurship, at Wheaton College. David has a BS from Northern Illinois University, Masters Degree’s from DePaul University and Wheaton College, and his Ph.D. is from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Continue Reading…

P. Douglas Wilson

Doug WilsonDoug is the founder and Chairman of Monon Capital. The firm engages with partners around ideas and opportunities for innovation and imaginative/redemptive entrepreneurship through venture investments, a thought and conversations studio, a venture lab, and a charitable fund. Prior to founding the firm, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Hillenbrand, Inc. He previously held senior executive positions at Boston Scientific Corporation, Guidant Corporation, Ronald Blue Trust, and Eli Lilly & Company. Continue Reading…