Board of Directors


The EES Board meets virtually, Fall ‘23

Top Row (l-r): Linda Curtiss, Day Smith Pritchartt, Canon Sandy Milien, Heather Zdancewicz. Middle Row (l-r): The Rev. Philip DeVaul, the Rev. Canon Alissa Newton, the Rev. Zack Nyein, the Rev. Canon Eliacín Rosario-Cruz. Bottom row (l-r): Dr. Luisa Bonillas, the Rev. Canon Ranjit K. Mathews. Not pictured: The Rev. Jaime Briceño, the Rev. Canon Christopher Craun, Dr. Lisa Kimball.

Executive Director
The Rev. Troy D. Mendez
Phoenix, AZ
Troy has served as a leader in the Episcopal Church, from being the dean of Trinity Cathedral in Phoenix for over 10 years, to serving on the boards of Virginia Theological Seminary and the General Theological Seminary. Troy approaches ministry with tremendous joy and is passionate about seeing the Episcopal Church offer all people a sense of belonging, dignity, community and the grace of new life given to us in Jesus Christ.  He is thrilled to begin his service in this capacity for EES.

Multi-Cultural Missioner
Luisa E. Bonillas, Ph. D.
Los Angeles, CA
Luisa brings extensive experience in Latino/Hispanic ministries, and in the Episcopal Church, to her work as the Multi-Cultural Missioner. She is a passionate coach and mentor, and works both to make EES resources available to Spanish-speaking applicants and to share the benefits of their work with the wider EES community. She is a member of St John’s Episcopal Cathedral in Downtown Los Angeles. 

The Rev. Philip DeVaul
Cincinnati, OH
Philip is rector of the Church of the Redeemer in Cincinnati, Ohio. He brings a passion for relational, christocentric evangelism in the 21st century, that embraces both tradition and fearless creativity, to the work of EES.

The Rev. Canon Alissabeth Newton
Olympia, WA
Alissa is the Canon for Congregational Development and Leadership Formation for the Diocese of Olympia. Enthusiastic about the work of creative evangelism, she also brings valuable experience in both local ministry formation and equipping congregations to share the love of Christ to the work of EES.

Vice Chair
Canon Sandy Milien
Bethlehem, PA
Sandy Milien is the Canon for Racial Reconciliation and Community Engagement and Officer for Ecumenical and Interfaith Engagement in the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem. She believes that evangelism is at the core of who we are as followers of Jesus; she is enthusiastic about helping others who are creatively and faithfully making it part of their ministry. She is a member of the Cathedral Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

Linda Curtiss
Bradley Beach, NJ
A former EVP of the Church Pension Fund, Linda serves as a finance faculty member for Credo. As Treasurer, she coordinates the portfolio management for EES. She is a member of St. James, Bradley Beach and manages the Bradley Food Pantry.

Assistant Treasurer
Heather H. Zdancewicz, MBA
Burke, VA
Heather is Vice President for Finance and Administration at Austin Theological Seminary. Her financial acumen is of critical importance in directing the EES budgeting and portfolio management processes. She is a member of All Saints in Austin.

The Rev. Jaime Briceño
Chicago, IL
Jaime Briceño is Director of Admissions and Recruitment at Bexley Seabury, Priest-in-Charge at St. Michael and All Angels in Berwyn, IL. His experience with seminarians is most helpful in reviewing grant applications.

Dr. Lisa Kimball
Alexandria, VA
Lisa Kimball is the Vice President of Lifelong Learning and the James Maxwell Professor of Lifelong Christian Formation at Virginia Theological Seminary. She brings to the Board the deep compassion for the underserved that was the hallmark of her earlier grant work, along with a passion for imaginative hard work that is centered in the Gospel. She is a member of the Church of the Epiphany in Washington, DC.

The Rev. Canon Ranjit K. Mathews
Rocky Hill, CT
Ranjit K. Mathews is the Canon to the Ordinary for the Episcopal Church in Connecticut. He serves as the TEC clergy representative to the Anglican Consultative Council.  His understanding and passion for evangelism is inspired by South Indian theologian, Dr. D. T. Niles, who said, “evangelism is just one beggar telling another beggar where he found bread.”  His post-colonial perspective is essential to the practice of Episcopal Evangelism today; he brings great gifts to the EES Board.

The Rev. Zack Nyein
New York, NY
Zack Nyein is Senior Associate Rector at St. Bart’s Episcopal Church in New York. He is especially interested in the relationship between worship and evangelism, which was the focus of his prior grant work with Table on the Green, a dinner church community in New Haven, CT.

The Rev. Canon Eliacín Rosario-Cruz
Kingston, NY
Eliacín Rosario-Cruz is Priest-in-Charge at Holy Cross/Santa Cruz Episcopal Church in Kingston, NY; he is also a trainer for the College of Congregational Development. He brings a commitment to creating opportunities for broadening intercultural competency and awareness across the church to the EES Board.