General Secretary and Chief Executive Officer
Barbara has served as the chief executive officer and general secretary of Wespath Benefits and Investments since 1994. She oversees all fiduciary services and administrative operations of Wespath, the largest reporting faith-based pension fund in the world. Under Barbara’s leadership, Wespath has established a strategic approach to secure the long-term viability of pension plans, retirement savings programs, and health and welfare benefit plans for more than 100,000 clergy and lay employees of the worldwide Church. Wespath’s investment program is also recognized for global leadership in sustainable investment.
Barbara is active in a number of professional associations, serving as a standing director of the Church Benefits Association and a standing Steering Committee member of the Church Alliance. She also chaired the Church Alliance from 2012 through 2018.
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.
Chief Operating Officer
Bill joined Wespath in 2016. As its chief operating officer, he manages Wespath’s overall operations, resources, policies and strategic direction. As the CEO of WII, he has overall accountability for WII’s goals and objectives, as prescribed by the WII Board.
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.
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.
Chief Legal and Governance Officer
Andy joined Wespath Benefits and Investments in 2004. As chief legal and governance officer, Andy oversees the legal and compliance departments, as well as Wespath’s internal audit and risk management functions. He also serves as Wespath’s corporate secretary supporting its board of directors and overseeing the governance of Wespath’s subsidiaries.
From 2001 to 2004, Andy 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, Missouri, his master’s degree in economics from Iowa State University and his law degree from the University of California – Berkeley, School of Law. Andy serves as secretary/treasurer of the Church Alliance and chaired the Church Alliance's Core Lawyer Working Group from 2015 through 2018 and continued as treasurer through July 2020.
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
Bishop Robert Schnase
Bishop Paul Leeland
Western North Carolina
Rev. Tracy Bass
- Larry Baldwin*, Texas
- Rev. Nate Berneking, Missouri
- Rev. Dr. Brenda Biler, Virginia
- Dan Carmichael, West Ohio
- Christopher Davis*, Western North Carolina
- Necia Dexter, North Texas
- Jean Edin, Minnesota
- Rev. Joel Fitzgerald, Western Michigan
- John Goodwin, New Mexico
- Kevin Goodwin, Peninsula-Deleware
- Dr. Will Green*, New England
- Rev. Jan Griffith, Illinois Great Rivers
- Stacie Hawkins, Texas
- Glenn Heisey, Susquehanna
- Steve Johnson*, North Texas
- Bill Junk, Oklahoma
- Teresa Keese, Rio Texas
- John Kellington, West Ohio
- Herman Lightsey, South Carolina
- Jennifer Lineberry*, Western North Carolina
- Rev. Dr. Bob Long, Oklahoma
- Irwin Loud*, Northern Illinois
- Robby Lowry, North Carolina
- Tonya Manning*, Western North Carolina
- Liz Mariano, Philippines
- Paul Nessler, Florida
- Rev. Dr. Jeonghyun Park, California-Nevada
- Rev. Tom Parkinson, Western Pennsylvania
- Mathew Pinson, North Georgia
- Neal Purcell, North Georgia
- Rev. Charles Savage*, North Georgia
- Rev. Elizabeth Ingram Schindler, Pacific Northwest
- Tim Smith*, New England
- Rev. Dr. Gray Southern, North Carolina
- David Stotts, Mississippi
- Cheryl Tillman, Baltimore-Washington
- Rev. Dr. Ed Tomlinson, North Georgia
- Neal Wise, Virginia
* Non-Board (at-large) Committee Member