Board of Directors
Angela Parker is a Co-founder and President of Realized Worth. Realized Worth is a global consultancy focused on the design and implementation of employee volunteer programs with wide range of clients including Apple, Microsoft, Abbott Labs, At&t, McDonald’s, AstraZenenca, and others. Prior to launching Realized Worth, Angela managed long-term volunteers at non-profit organizations, worked with at-risk youth and children, and led groups in disaster relief efforts. With an additional background in communications, Angela writes for various publications on the topics of engaging employees in volunteering, entrepreneurship, and employee engagement.
An Eagle Scout, Greg has loved the outdoors since his parents first took him camping in the Colorado Rockies when he was only two months old. His favorite places for adventure include the Rocky Mountains and the southern Utah desert. After more than 25 years in the corporate world, Greg stepped away to pursue theological studies and training to become a spiritual director. In addition to serving on the board of Renewal in the Wilderness, Greg is on the board of the Chicago Theological Seminary. Greg believes that it is vital for each of us to periodically take time to separate ourselves from our normal, typically hectic routines, in order that we might be able to gain some perspective on our lives while being renewed and restored. Not surprisingly, Greg feels that the best place for renewal is in the wilderness.
Rev. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, Ph.D.
Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite is Professor of Theology at Chicago Theological Seminary and is currently a consultant to the Carter Center “Scholars in Action” and the Women, Religion, Violence and Power program. An ordained minister of the United Church of Christ since 1974, she is the author or editor of thirteen books. Susan has become widely known as a blogger on religion in the public square and she writes for several online news outlets. From June of 1998 until June of 2008, she served as the 11th President of Chicago Theological Seminary. Prior to the Presidency, she had been a Professor of Theology at CTS for 20 years and director of the Ph.D. Center for five years. Her book, "Women’s Bodies as Battlefield: Christian Theologies and the Global War on Women" has been #1 on Amazon’s “Hot New Bestsellers” in the Human Rights category.
Sharon Welch, Ph.D.
Raised on a ranch in the Texas Panhandle, Sharon Welch has long known the restorative power of deep engagement with the bounty and beauty of the natural world. Sharon is currently a member of the Unitarian Universalist Peace Ministry Network, and a Fellow of the Institute for Humanist Studies. She is Provost and Professor of Religion and Society at Meadville Lombard Theological School (Unitarian Universalist) in Chicago, IL. She has held positions as Professor and Chair of Religious Studies, Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Adjunct Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Missouri from 1991-2007. She was assistant and then associate professor of Theology and Religion and Society at Harvard Divinity School from 1982 to 1991. In her work as Provost, Sharon has led in the development of a model of education that is grounded in deep immersion in both the social and natural worlds that surround us and sustain us. She is the author of five books and numerous articles in the field of social ethics.