Kelsey Rice Bogdan
Kelsey Rice Bogdan, a Life Together Fellow from 2009-2010, returns to the community as the Director of Operations and External Partnerships after more than four years as the Director of Stewardship at Trinity Church in the City of Boston. Kelsey is passionate about the ways in which God is calling the Church to be a prophetic voice of transformation in the 21st century, and has sought to build up that movement through a variety of young adult ministry and leadership development roles. In addition to her Life Together and stewardship work, she has served as a coaching coordinator for the Leadership Development Initiative and was one of the founding board members of the Boston Food Justice Young Adult Volunteer program in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Kelsey’s commitment to young adult ministry began as an intern with the National Network of Presbyterian College Women in Louisville, KY.
A native of central Washington State, Kelsey graduated from Whitworth University in 2003 and earned a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School in 2009. Kelsey is a member and Ruling Elder at First Presbyterian Church in Brookline. She lives in Melrose with her husband and son, where she is attempting to grow a patio garden and teaching her son to play T-ball.
Associate Director of Operations and Training
Lindsey Hepler is thrilled to be working with Life Together as the Associate Director of Operations and Training. Lindsey is deeply committed to providing young adults with experiences that awaken them to spiritual practices and prepare them as future leaders with a passion for social justice. She is particularly interested in the role of the arts and creativity in spiritual formation and discernment. Her work with Life Together provides an opportunity to live into her vocational calling as a minister, educator, and administrator, in service of supporting young adults as they live into the transformational love of God.
Lindsey recently completed a Fellows year with Christ Episcopal Church in Charlottesville, VA. She worked at the University of Virginia (UVA) in arts-related administrative and teaching positions for the past five years. Lindsey graduated from UVA in 2009, and earned an MA from NYU’s Gallatin School for Individualized Studies in 2011.
Gerald H. Ellis, Jr
Development and Operations Manager
Gerald H. Ellis, Jr is a leader in labor economics and poverty and is an award winning teacher and researcher from the University of Minnesota, where he obtained his PhD in labor economics and organizational psychology. Jerry has several other degrees; he has an MBA in economics and strategy from John Carroll University Magna Cum Laude honors and a BS degree in finance and psychology from the University of Colorado Summa Cum Laude. Jerry is a Board member of the Boston Poverty Consortium and The PhD Project and has published articles in several economic academic journals. Jerry is currently a Deans Fellow working on his M.Div. degree and a member of the choir at Boston University School of Theology. After completing the M.Div. degree, Jerry is planning to attend a leading research institution for his doctoral studies in theology and ethics. Jerry is also on the ordination track for the Episcopal Church at Boston University.
Jerry has spent 25 years of his professional career working and consulting for the top healthcare, financial, and academic organizations in the country-namely University of Minnesota Mayo, Cleveland Clinic, Boston Children’s Hospital, United Healthcare, Harvard Medical School, KeyCorp, and Wells Fargo. Jerry is an exceptional teacher and has taught economics, ethics, and several management courses at the following academic institutions (MIT, University of Minnesota, Case Western Reserve University, John Carrol University, University of St.Thomas, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln). He is also a member of Academy of Management, American Academy of Religion, Beta Gamma Sigma, National Honor Society, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, and Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity.
His current research projects are focused on the theological, moral, and ethical implications on Poverty in the United States. Jerry is also the recipient of several research grants (National Science Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Grant and the National Black MBA research grants to name a few. Jerry is an avid chess player and loves classical and choral music and nature walks. In addition, Jerry’s current projects, involves the coordination and development of gathering the worlds’ leading scholars on Poverty, Racism, and Economics to share their thoughts at Boston University this coming fall term 2017.
Kendyll is an artist, illustrator and designer. Her illustrative work focuses primarily on capturing the emotional and narrative significance of food, objects and people through portrait-like mixed media illustrations. Her work has appeared in Vanity Fair, Supersonic Art and Anthology Magazine and her clients include Condé Nast, Time Inc., Sab Miller and Teneues Press. She also works with a select number of Boston-area non-profits, including Life Together and Episcopal City Mission, to create cohesive visual identities. As an alumna of Life Together (2009-2010), she has continued to support the program through creating print materials, infographics and other branded media.