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Visiting Scholars & Visiting Fellows

The visiting scholar/fellow program provides an opportunity for individuals with professional expertise and distinction to connect with the Murdock Trust and enrich our mission and the constituencies we serve.

Visiting scholars/fellows are provided a space of work at the Murdock Trust for professional renewal and development, and they are given the opportunity to advise the Trust on areas and sectors of key interest. They may convene professionals and colleagues in their areas of expertise for conversation and connection and serve as a resource in the region by speaking, presenting or serving in other ways.

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Meet Our Current Visiting Scholars/Fellows

Luisa Gallagher | Visiting Scholar

Originally from Wollongong, Australia, Luisa Gallagher has been part of the Pacific Northwest community since 2011 and currently serves as a pastor at The Evergreen Community and teaches leadership, spiritual formation, and biblical studies at Portland Seminary and George Fox University.

She holds a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University and a master’s degree in Educational Ministry from Wheaton College Graduate School. Prior to her current roles, Luisa spent over 12 years in higher education, working alongside emerging adults in student development and has worked in areas of social justice education and service-learning among marginalized populations.

Luisa’s book Unscripted Spirituality: Making Meaning of Faith and Leadership in College will be published with Wipf and Stock in 2019.

Jordan Skornik | Research Fellow

Jordan Skornik recently graduated from the University of Chicago Divinity School, where he received his M.A. (2010) and Ph.D. (2018) in Biblical Studies, and is excited to return to the Pacific Northwest, where he got his start in higher education as an undergraduate at Warner Pacific College (now University) (2004).

Prior to joining the Trust, Jordan served in a variety of adjunct professorial roles at the University of Oregon, the University of Chicago, Rockford University, Rock Valley College. He is currently teaching in the same capacity at Warner Pacific University and Concordia University-Portland.

Outside the fields of liberal arts and theological education, Jordan is drawn to any and all opportunities that might help improve our world and the lives of those who live in it. As a Research Fellow, Jordan will help support a variety of initiatives, including convenings of community leaders and facilitating relationship-building across sectors.

Recent Visiting Scholars & Visiting Fellows

Dave Kresta | Visiting Scholar

Dave comes to the Trust as a Ph.D. candidate at Portland State University where he is researching the role of churches in neighborhood change. In addition to advancing his dissertation research, Dave will help connect the philanthropic/non-profit sector with academic research in community and economic development during his time at the Trust. Beyond his work in the nonprofit sector, Dave has over 20 years of experience in the high-tech industry, 8 years in the energy efficiency emerging technology field, and 5 years board-level experience with faith-based non-profits. He holds a B.S in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan, and an M.B.A from Portland State University.

Jesse Richards | Visiting Scholar

In his work with the Trust, Jesse focuses on cultivating young leaders from diverse backgrounds across the Pacific Northwest, as well as working on a variety of educational initiatives. As a Cuban-American and the first in his family to attend college, he is passionate about inspiring underprivileged and underrepresented students to further their education. Jesse has an MPhil from the University of Oxford, where he studied Judaism and Christianity in Antiquity, and will begin doctoral studies in the fall of 2018.

Ron KingRon King | Visiting Fellow

King comes to the Trust having recently left a successful career in the food industry. For the past twenty years he led Western Family Foods as its CEO. As well, he has held a number of leadership positions on nonprofit boards. King graduated from Washington State University and the Stanford Executive Program. He and his wife, Pam, reside in Cedar Mill and have two adult daughters.

Kelly BartzKelly Bartz | Research Fellow

As a research fellow, Kelly leads projects advancing the Trust’s organizational strategies, strengthening partnerships, and aiding in programmatic assessment. Her research focuses on nonprofit management, collaboration, and conflict resolution with special attention to marginalized and under-resourced communities. Prior to joining the Trust, she pursued service-oriented fellowships both domestically and internationally including the Presidential Administrative Fellowship and the UNESCO Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship. An Oregon native, Kelly is particularly passionate about “building bridges” and “equipping and empowering others to serve their communities”. Kelly holds a MPA in nonprofit management and a BA in international affairs, both from The George Washington University.

Gene Cochrane

Gene Cochrane | Visiting Scholar

Gene comes from serving as president of the Duke Endowment, one of the nation’s leading philanthropies, based in Charlotte, NC. Cochrane joined the Endowment in 1980 after serving as a hospital administrator. At the Endowment, he served as director of health care and as executive vice president prior to becoming president in 2005. Gene brings leadership and knowledge of health care, one of the areas served by the Murdock Trust. He also serves on the board of the Council of Foundations, the Kate B. Reynolds Trust and as former board chair of Grantmakers in Health.

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Cameron Anderson | Visiting Scholar

Cam is an artist and a writer. He currently serves as the executive director for Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA), a position that he has held since February 2009. Prior to joining CIVA, Cam served on the staff of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for thirty years and from 1994 to 2009 he was national director for the organization’s Graduate & Faculty Ministries. Cam earned his M.F.A. at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and completed additional graduate study in art history and art criticism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His book, The Faithful Artist: A Vision for Evangelicalism and the Arts, was published by InterVarsity Press in 2016. He is married to Cynthia (C.K.) Anderson. They live in Madison, Wisconsin, and have two adult children, Jesse and Emilie.

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Hunter Hampton | Visiting Scholar

Hunter came to the Trust to work on his dissertation, “Man Up: Muscular Christianity and the Making of 20th-Century American Religion.”

He is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Missouri and has his M.A. in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and a B.A. in history from the University of Arkansas.

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Makoto Fujimura | Visiting Scholar

Makoto is an artist, writer, and speaker who is recognized around the world as a cultural shaper.

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Michael McGill | Visiting Scholar

Michael holds a B.A. in Communications, an M.A. in Counseling, and is a Ph.D. candidate at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is researching how to better engage young people in peace, justice, and change processes. He has invested time in 40 countries and started The Asha Forum, which helps coordinate and expand the global Christian response to human trafficking and child sexual exploitation. He currently serves as senior partner of children and youth at Breakthrough Partners, and as the founder and director of Just Children. Michael has special interest in programs, projects, and organizations that engage in capacity building of international leadership.

Michael states, “Overcoming big issues like human trafficking, poverty, civil war, natural disaster recovery, displaced people, and so many other issues requires effective partnerships in a dynamic and interconnected world. Such partnerships do not easily come together nor stay together. There are sets of factors that work against a partnership in each stage of its development and practices that can be implemented to overcome those obstacles. There is much to learn about how to explore, develop and sustain effective partnerships. Identifying, mentoring, and promoting the development of such skill sets are critical for the future. They can be applied in a variety of settings and help save time, money, energy and achieve things that are only possible when we work together. I am eager to continue my research and contribute in any way I can to the work of the Trust and its constituencies.”

Read Mike McGill’s recent work on nurturing young peacebuilders — “Children and Youth Perpetuating Violence or Our Hope For Peace

Henry Hooper | Visiting Fellow

Henry joined the Trust to work on a variety of special investment and finance projects.

He holds an M.B.A. from Yale School of Management and was most recently a partner in an investment management firm.

 Rick Ganz | Visiting Scholar

As director of university ministry at Gonzaga University and a member of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), Fr. Ganz assisted the Trust in its “Vision and Call” internship program and other leadership initiatives.

“Fr. Ganz is one of the outstanding educators in the region and we were fortunate to have him serve to advance our thinking and work in these areas,” said Steve Moore, the Trust’s executive director.

Steven Mayer | Visiting Scholar

Dr. Mayer, associate professor and chair of the Chemistry Department at the University of Portland, served as visiting scholar with the Trust during the 2009-2010 academic year. Dr. Mayer has a Ph.D. in physical chemistry and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington. He is a research grant recipient from the National Science Foundation, the American Chemical Society, and the Murdock College Science Research Program.

During his time as a visiting scholar, Dr. Mayer established a dialogue with industry leaders, educators, philanthropic leaders, and legislative leaders to impact STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education through innovative pedagogical programs at predominantly undergraduate institutions. He also assisted the Trust in providing an audit of innovative foundation efforts in science education.

Executive Summary: Educating Future Science Faculty for Careers at Predominately Undergraduate Institutions