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  • ROB GURNEE

    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

    Rob became Executive Director of the Christian Association in August of 2010. He is responsible for providing the leadership, vision and direction for the organization. He is also responsible for fundraising, organizational development and operations to support the growth and development of the organization.

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    Rob came to the CA with some twenty-five years of combined business and community building experience, and is motivated by his faith and a commitment to social justice. Prior to joining the CA, Rob was the mostly-volunteer Executive Director of the Interfaith Coalition Building Blocks for Wilmington for 5 years. The Interfaith Coalition mobilizes faith leaders from diverse faith traditions, along with community based organizations, residents and youth, to create safer and spirit lifting lives in the high crime and poverty neighborhood of West Center City in Wilmington, DE. Rob’s “day job” at this time was with Incite Solutions, a software development and information management firm that specializes in technology solutions for nonprofit organizations.

    A graduate of American University (B.S. Political Science) and Emory University School of Law (J.D.), Rob had a successful career in banking and finance prior to undertaking ministry work. He has engaged along the entire spectrum of processes from strategic planning to organizational development, marketing and operational execution. His career evolved from senior management positions at a number of established institutions to owning his own socially conscious finance company.

    Not a member of any particular denomination, Rob primarily worships at the chapel service of the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew in Wilmington. He lives in Chadds Ford, PA with his wife Kathy, two sons…Wes (age 16) and Mike (age 10) and their hound dog, Lulu. He and his family enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, sports and music.

    rgurnee@pobox.upenn.edu

  • REV. MEGAN LECLUYSE

    CAMPUS MINISTER

    Reverend Megan LeCluyse serves as the Campus Minister of the Christian Association. She came to the CA in August 2012. She is in charge of much of the campus ministry programs at the CA including the weekly community dinner and worship service. She also does pastoral care, and various other things!

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    Megan felt called into ministry sometime around 8th grade. She completed a dual degree at Princeton Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Christian Education) in May 2012, and was ordained that fall as a Presbyterian minister at Mt. View Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale, Arizona, the church her family had attended since she was two. Seminary was a great experience for Megan, who loves learning and being a student, as well as the community that she found there.

    As an undergraduate, Megan attended the University of Arizona, where she majored in English and minored in History as well as Religious Studies. She played piccolo in the marching band all four years, which was an incredible experience that was also a ton of work. She also was very involved in the Presbyterian Campus Ministry. Her own experience of campus ministry was one of the best parts of her time in college, and where she formed the friendships that have lasted until today. She enjoys watching the students at the CA who are not forming these types of friendships, knowing what they have meant to her.

    Outside the CA, Megan pursues numerous interests. As a transplant from Arizona, she tries to be outdoors when it is nice and sunny out. This might be hiking, or more often, reading whatever novel she is reading in one of Philadelphia’s parks. She enjoys spending time with her parents, sister, and her family’s dog, who live in Princeton, NJ. She also enjoys traveling, and has had the opportunity to do a fair amount of it! She enjoys theater (and is a volunteer usher at Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts), and singing (which she does with the University Choral Society).

    lecluyse@pobox.upenn.edu

  • Dr. WILLIAM KELLY

    Coordinator of International Programs

    Bill has volunteered with the CA for many years. He is the CA's Coordinator of International Programs, a title that makes sense, given Bill's passion for all things foreign and his heavy involvement in providing opportunities for all nationalities, both here in America and overseas. This passion goes back to his decision in 1957, as a teenager, to begin studying Russian on his own. He majored in Russian and has a Ph.D. in economics from Rice University. He currently is working on "A Tadjik - Uzbek - English - Russian Dictionary and Phrase Book" (together with Firuza Muradova).

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    For many years he conducted research on science, technology, and economic issues in foreign countries, principally with Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio. Bill's work at Battelle included the publication of a major study on the Soviet Union entitled, Energy Research and Development in the USSR, Duke University Press, 1986 (together with Hugh L. Shaffer and J. Kenneth Thompson).

    In addition to his work with the CA, Bill is engaged in volunteer work at his church, Christ Presbyterian Church (Marlton, NJ) where he is active in mission work and serves on Session. His volunteer work has included teaching English to refugees and other immigrants and teaching Russian to Americans. Bill continues his interest in economics, especially in the area of migration.

    In recent years, he has become interested in the work of his grandfather (Rev. William Kelly, MD), a medical missionary who went to China in 1899 and spent most of his adult life there. After a visit to China in 1997 Bill began to develop a hospitality ministry at the CA for international students, known as SLANGuage.