Friends,

Per our Association by-laws, we need to elect a new Executive Board member to serve a 3 year term.  Section 6 of our by-laws state:  “Association members shall ballot by mail, returning their ballots not less than three weeks prior to the Association meeting.  The nominees receiving the largest number of votes shall be declared elected.”

Jon Heath, our longtime Executive Board President is rotating off, and the Executive Board is deeply grateful for his dedicated service.

Three members, Marshall Ingwerson, Jodie Fisher, and Michael Brown have graciously agreed to leave their names in for consideration,and have submitted a brief bio.

Marshall Ingwerson-Class of 1985-I’m a Los Angeles native who graduated from Principia College and went to work in the newsroom of The Christian Science Monitor.  I’ve been a reporter based in Boston, LA, Miami, Washington DC, and Moscow.  Currently, I am the Monitor’s managing editor.

I first heard Ron speak when I was in college.  I liked his matter-of-fact, clear-headed way of speaking and thinking. It seemed honest and intelligent. That made the inspiration more credible and useful to me. When I was ready for class, he was the first teacher I thought of.  My conversations with Ron over the years have deepened those early impressions. I loved his clear, fresh thoughtfulness and his unsentimental honesty.  Still do.
Jodie FisherClass of 1981-Jodie grew up in Ventura and Santa Barbara, CA where she attended Sunday School from age 8, and later joined The Mother Church in junior high.  In 1981 she took class with Ron Ballard, CSB. After graduation from Principia College, she started her career with Union Oil (UNOCAL) and lived and worked in Los Angeles, Santa Rosa, El Centro and Orange County, and Oklahoma.  Her career included positions as a consultant, leadership roles with Tosco, Phillips, and ConocoPhillips in a variety of program development positions in the energy business.  She is currently an active church member in the Rancho Santa Fe Church, CA and enjoys teaching Sunday School to Marine Recruits at Camp Pendleton.  She is currently serving as President of the Board of Sunland Home Christian Science Nursing facility in Encinitas, CA, and also works part time as a Transition Workshop Facilitator for Marines transitioning back to civilian life at Camp Pendleton.  After 8 years in Oklahoma, she moved back to California in July, 2012.
Michael Brown-Class of 2008-Michael Brown is a Navy Chaplain currently serving in Norfolk, VA.  After graduating from Principia College, Michael briefly taught religion and ethics at the school.  Returning to his hometown of Seattle, he worked for Attorney Bud Krogh, also a long-time friend of Ron’s, to develop programs and lectures to promote integrity in public policy and decision-making.  He followed this work with a career shift into the aviation industry, where he worked as a station and flight operations manager for a Seattle seaplane airline.  In response to a growing desire to enter the public practice of Christian Science, Michael joined The Mother Church’s Chaplain Training Program in 2009 and moved to Boston to attend graduate school at Boston University.  After graduating magna cum laude with a Master of Divinity and completing the US Navy’s chaplain candidate program, he was selected for active duty service as a chaplain.Michael first met Ron at one of his lectures in Washington State, and when he approached him afterwards, he remembers having the clear feeling that he was speaking with his Christian Science teacher.  That first introduction led to many more conversations, and Michael became a member of Ron’s 2008 primary class.  He lives in Norfolk with his wife, Lane, and their new son, William.