Wespath’s leadership is committed to upholding the tradition of The United Methodist Church as a leader in providing benefits. Our leadership is guided by John Wesley’s example and the principles of the Church in making this agency an instrument for financial stewardship and social responsibility for those who serve.

Senior Leadership Team

Barbara Boigegrain
General Secretary and Chief Executive Officer

Barbara has served as the chief executive officer of Wespath Benefits and Investments since 1994. As general secretary, she oversees all fiduciary services and administrative operations.

Before joining Wespath Benefits and Investments, Barbara spent 11 years with Towers Perrin (now Willis Towers Watson). Prior to that, Barbara held positions with Dart Industries in the group insurance benefits function and with KPMG Peat Marwick tax practice. Barbara received her bachelor’s degree from Trinity University and completed graduate coursework at the University of Chicago and UCLA.

Barbara is active in a number of professional associations. She also serves as a standing director of the Church Benefits Association and is a standing Steering Committee member of the Church Alliance. Barbara chaired the Church Alliance from 2012 through 2018.

Bill Kavanaugh
Chief Operating Officer

Bill joined Wespath in 2016. As chief operating officer, he oversees Wespath’s administrative and operational departments.

Before joining Wespath, Bill worked at Allstate Insurance Company where he most recently held the dual role of senior vice president, Life and Retirement Distribution and president and chief executive officer, Allstate Financial Services, LLC. Prior to that, he spent 10 years with Securian Financial Group.

Bill received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of North Florida and his master’s degree in financial services from The American College. He also has received certification as a Certified Financial Planner, Chartered Financial Consultant, Chartered Life Underwriter and Accredited Estate Planner.

Eileen Kane
Chief Financial and Information Officer

Eileen has worked at Wespath Benefits and Investments since 1987. Eileen has held several leadership positions including Controller, Special Assistant to the General Secretary, Director of Business Systems Administration, Managing Director of the Enterprise Project Management Office, Managing Director of Information and Project Services and Chief Information and Analytics Officer.

In her role as Chief Financial and Information Officer, Eileen is responsible for overseeing accounting and forecasting, technology, information systems, project management and data analytics. Eileen earned her bachelor's degree in accounting from Eastern Illinois University and her MBA in strategy, execution and valuation from DePaul University.

Andrew Hendren
General Counsel

Andy joined Wespath Benefits and Investments in 2004. As general counsel, Andy oversees the legal and compliance departments, as well as Wespath’s audit and risk management functions. He serves as Wespath’s corporate secretary. From 2001 to 2004, he worked at the law firm of Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago, practicing in the area of ERISA and employee benefits. Prior to that Andy was a law clerk to Chief Justice William Ray Price of the Missouri Supreme Court.

He received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO, his master’s degree in economics from Iowa State University and his law degree from the University of California – Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. Andy serves as treasurer of the Church Alliance. He served as secretary/treasurer of the Church Alliance and chaired the Church Alliance's Core Lawyer Working Group from 2015 through 2018.

Dave Zellner
Chief Investment Officer

Dave has been with Wespath since 1997 and is responsible for the investments division, comprised of investment management, investment services and sustainable investment strategies.

Former employers include Shell Oil Company, where he managed equity portfolios for Shell’s retirement plans, and Investment Research Company (an investment management firm) where he was a portfolio manager and responsible for managing the firm’s investment operations.

As chief investment officer, Dave executes and administers Wespath’s investment program as directed by its Investment Strategy Statement and Statement of Administrative Investment Policy. Dave received his bachelor's degree in finance from Louisiana State University and his MBA from the University of Houston.


Board of Directors 2016-2020


Position Name Conference
Recording Secretary
Bishop Robert Schnase
Bishop Paul Leeland
Rev. Tracy Bass
Larry Baldwin*
Rev. Nate Berneking
Rev. Dr. Brenda Biler
Dan Carmichael
Christopher Davis*
Necia Dexter
Jean Edin
Rev. Joel Fitzgerald
John Goodwin
Kevin Goodwin
Dr. Will Green*
Rev. Jan Griffith
Stacie Hawkins
Glenn Heisey
Steve Johnson*
Bill Junk
Teresa Keese
John Kellington
Herman Lightsey
Jennifer Lineberry*
Rev. Dr. Bob Long
Irwin Loud*
Robby Lowry
Tonya Manning*
Liz Mariano
Paul Nessler
Rev. Dr. Jeonghyun Park
Rev. Tom Parkinson
Mathew Pinson
Neal Purcell
Rev. Charles Savage*
Rev. Elizabeth Ingram Schindler
Tim Smith*
Rev. Dr. Gray Southern
David Stotts
Cheryl Tillman
Rev. Dr. Ed Tomlinson
Neal Wise
Rio Texas
Western North Carolina
Eastern Pennsylvania
West Ohio
Western North Carolina
North Texas
Western Michigan
New Mexico
New England
Illinois Great Rivers
North Texas
Rio Texas
West Ohio
South Carolina
Western North Carolina
Northern Illinois
North Carolina
Western North Carolina
Western Pennsylvania
North Georgia
North Georgia
North Georgia
Pacific Northwest
New England
North Carolina
North Georgia
* NBCM = Non-Board (at-large) Committee Member


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