PSR announces new board members

November 21, 2008

At its meeting this fall, the PSR Board of Trustees welcomed five new members.

Peter Hanashiro was born and raised in Hawaii and started his career in the Los Angeles office of Arthur Andersen following his graduation from UC Berkeley in 1988. He transferred to Hawaii in 1994, where he has since been providing accounting and advisory services to a variety of public, private, and governmental entities. He is a partner in KMH LLP’s Solutions Group and heads up the risk management practice areas. Named “Young Business Leader of the Year” in 2005 by Pacific Business News, Peter is married and has three children.

Joel Jung is vice president of finance for Celera Genomics Group, a molecular diagnostics business in Alameda, CA. A graduate of Purdue University, he earned an MBA from UC Berkeley. From 1995 to 2006, he held several executive and senior positions with Chiron Corporation, including vice president and treasurer.

Kenneth Lee Samuel is a native of Darlington, SC. A 1978 graduate of Wesleyan University, he earned an MDiv degree at the Candler School of Theology of Emory University and the DMin from the United Theological Seminary. In 1987, Dr. Samuel organized the Victory for the World Church, which has dual standing as an independent Baptist Church and an active congregation of the United Church of Christ. Located in suburban Atlanta, the Victory Church seeks to address the total needs of the person through a broad array of ministries and services.

Tai Amri Spann-Wilson serves as the student representative to the Board of Trustees. Born in New Jersey, he was raised in a Quaker household and has now found a home and practice also in Zen Buddhism, some forms of paganism, and African spirituality. A second-year MDiv student, he heads two campus organizations, the Oscar Romero Commemoration Planning Committee and the Seminarian Gender Task Force.

Kathy Speas serves as the representative to the Board of Trustees from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. Born and raised in Baltimore, MD, she received a BA from McGill University and an MSW from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A PSR graduate (MDiv 2004) with a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies, she worked in the criminal justice system and did marketing and social science research prior to her Swedenborgian ordination in 2004. She is currently chaplain for Hospice by the Bay in Sonoma County.