Advisory Council

The Advisory Council of the Templeton Honors College at Eastern University is composed of alumni, parents, and friends of the College and exists to:

    • Assist the Templeton Honors College in maintaining a distinctive niche within higher education
    • Provide consultation to the dean of Templeton regarding professional needs, challenges, and opportunities within an ever‐changing world
    • Enhance the academic quality of Templeton through financial development
    • Facilitate opportunities for Templeton students for vocational development, including mentoring, internship, and research opportunities
    • Promote public awareness of the Templeton Honors College, its programs, and activities

MARTIN AKRAM is a graduate of the Templeton Honors College and a former member of the 2010 Cohort. He graduated from Eastern University with a B.A. in Mathematics in 2014, and has since pursued a career in the Financial Services sector. He is currently employed at Trinity Financial Partners in Wayne, PA, as a Client Relationship Manager. He has been at his current role since July 2015, where he has enjoyed working with individual clients directly and personally, serving the various aspects of their financial well-being. Prior to joining Trinity, Martin worked as a Risk & Performance Reporting Analyst in Wilmington, DE, for BlackRock, an investment and risk management firm.

When not working, Martin enjoys reading, cooking, and attending concerts for the Philadelphia Orchestra. He remains involved in serving his childhood Church in Kirkuk, Iraq, where his parents serve as ministers. He often speaks at local Churches and communities about the history of Christianity in Iraq and the status of Iraqi Christians before, during, and after the onset of the 2003 War. He is also an active member of Wayne Presbyterian Church, where he serves as a member of the Global Missions Committee, and the Wayne Refugee Resettlement Project.

KATHRYN BRESEE was a member of the 2011 cohort of the Templeton Honors College and originally hails from Richmond. While at Eastern University, she studied philosophy. After graduating from Eastern in the Spring of 2014, she enrolled in the PhD in philosophy at Fordham University. Kate is now in her third year at Fordham and is beginning the dissertation process. Her interests include aesthetics and phenomenology. After the PhD, Kate hopes to pursue a career either in academia or editing. In her spare time, she enjoys finding new restaurants in New York City, visiting art museums, and drinking tea.

REDMOND BRUBAKER is a member of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Department at the John Templeton Foundation where he manages a portfolio of grants in the areas of astronomy, computer science, quantum mechanics, and exceptional cognitive talent. He graduated from the Templeton Honors College at Eastern University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in both Mathematics and Philosophy, and now serves the college coordinating alumni relations activities. Redmond, his wife Christina (Templeton Honors College class of 2012) and their daughter Haya live in Ambler, Pennsylvania. They worship at the First Presbyterian Church of Ambler where both Christina and Redmond serve as youth ministry volunteers.

ZACH CUSTER spent his entire childhood in Lancaster County. In middle school and high school, he kept busy by competing in math and science based clubs, playing basketball and guitar, and being involved in his church’s youth group. During his junior year of high school, he discovered two activities that would become lasting interests: reading good literature and doing research chemistry.

Zach entered Eastern University in the fall of 2013 and was blessed to have the opportunity to continue to pursue these interests by studying in the Templeton Honors College and pursuing a B.S. in Chemistry. During college he grew as a Chemist by doing undergraduate research in nanoparticle technologies and interning with a local polymer chemistry company. While at Eastern, Zach also met his fiancée, Samantha.

He graduated in May 2016 and is currently an Associate Chemist at Merck pharmaceuticals. Samantha is a senior at Eastern and is wrapping up her degrees in psychology and dance. The two are getting married in November 2017 and intend to stay in the area for a period of time as they continue to work and pursue graduate studies.

NATHAN FARRIS is a native son of Overland Park, Kansas. He moved to the Philadelphia area to attend the Honors College. He graduated summa cum laude in 2013 with a degree in philosophy and economics. He then attended the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He graduated law school magna cum laude in 2016. He works at one of Philadelphia’s top law firms: Ballard Spahr. At Ballard, Nathan’s practice focuses on real estate law. Nathan is an active member at Liberti Church Center City. He and his wife Betsy live a row-home in South Philadelphia where he has almost convinced her to get a dog.

KEVIN C. GALLAGHER, President of Sovereign Insurance Group, focuses on account development using his expertise in designing client specific risk management programs. He has an extensive background in coordinating the risk management needs of middle market and large sophisticated commercial accounts. Mr. Gallagher joined Sovereign Insurance Group as a partner in 1992. Prior to joining Sovereign Insurance Group, he worked at Grubb & Ellis Companies as a Commercial Office Leasing and Investment Brokerage Specialist.

Mr. Gallagher has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Delaware. He attained his Certified Insurance Counselors (CIC) designation in 1996. He has also been on GuideOne’s Insurance Company’s Agents Advisory Council since 1996.

Kevin Gallagher resides with his wife and three children in Wayne, PA. He is very active within his church, the Church of the Good Samaritan, as well as other organizations including Spruce Hill Christian School and Kids on the Hill Urban Youth Golf Program. Mr. Gallagher has also served in various capacities in other boards for the following organizations: Salvation Army, Young Life, National Adoption Center, Eastern University and People for People.

ALLISON GREENPLATE is a Ph.D. candidate in the Microbiology and Immunology department at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. She graduated summa cum laude from the Templeton Honors College at Eastern University in the spring of 2011. While at Eastern, she performed research with Dr. Maria Fichera, studying drug resistance in the parasite, Toxoplasma gondii. During the summers as an undergraduate, Allie interned at nearby biotech company, Janssen. There, she studied the function of antibodies during bacterial infections and cancer. After graduation, Allie joined the team of scientists at Janssen as an assistant scientist to continue her research.

In August of 2012, Allie moved to Nashville and joined the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Research at Vanderbilt University. After eight months of coursework, Allie accepted a position in the lab of Jonathan Irish where she is currently conducting her thesis research. Allie’s work focuses on understanding how and why some patients with melanoma respond robustly to immunotherapy, while others fail to respond at all. This work requires close collaboration with medical oncologists, cancer patients and their families, advanced single-cell biological techniques, and computationally intense data analysis pipelines. Her work is supported in full by the National Cancer Institute.

ALLEN C. GUELZO is the Henry R. Luce III Professor of the Civil War Era at Gettysburg College, where he serves as Director of the Civil War Era Studies Program. He is a renowned and widely published scholar on the subject of Abraham Lincoln.

Dr. Guelzo began work in 1996 on an “intellectual biography” of Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President (1999), which won the Lincoln Prize for 2000 and the 2000 Book Prize of the Abraham Lincoln Institute. He followed this with Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America (2004), which became the first two-time winner of the Lincoln Prize (for 2005) and the Book Prize of the Lincoln Institute.

Dr. Guelzo has been an American Council of Learned Societies Fellow (1991–1992), a Visiting Research Fellow at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania (1992–1993), a Fellow of the Charles Warren Center for the Study of American History at Harvard University (1994–1995), Dean of the Templeton Honors College (1999- 2004), and a Visiting Fellow, Department of Politics, Princeton University (2002–2003 and 2010–2011). He was appointed by President George W. Bush to the National Council on the Humanities in 2006.

CHRISTOPHER HALL has served over the past nine years in a number of administrative roles at Eastern: Dean of the Templeton Honors College, Dean of Palmer Theological Seminary, Provost, and Chancellor of Eastern University. He recently moved back into full-time teaching and is happy to be back in the classroom. Dr. Hall possesses a B.A. from UCLA in history, an M.A. in biblical studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, a Th.M. from Regent College, and a Ph.D. from Drew University. He has served in the pastorate overseas (France, 5 years) and in Canada (British Columbia, 2 years). He has also served as Director of Pastoral Care at New Jersey’s only state gero-psychiatric hospital.

Dr. Hall has ministered in Asia, Africa, South America, Europe, the Middle-East, Canada, and the United States. He serves on the editorial board of Christianity Today and was the associate editor of the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. He has published articles and book reviews in Christianity Today, Catalyst, Christian History, inMinistry, Books and Culture, Christian Scholars Review, Modern Theology, and Crux.

He and his wife Debbie have three children, Nathan, Nathalie, and Joshua and are members of the Episcopal Church.

ERIK HANNEMAN is an Associate at Knox Capital, in Chicago where his responsibilities include due diligence and valuation of new investment opportunities. Prior to Knox, he worked as an investment banking analyst at Janney Montgomery Scott in Philadelphia. He holds a B.S. degree in Accounting & Finance from the Templeton Honors College at Eastern University (Class of 2013) and a Masters of Accounting from Wake Forest University. He is a native of Germany and originally came to the United States to study at Templeton.

MARK HENDERSON has over 25 years of risk management experience. His firm, GrayLine Partners, helps companies manage financial risk by analyzing existing contracts, identifying current and future risk, and delivering powerful insights to aid in decision-making.

Previously, he managed the Financial Institutions and Valuation Services groups at Chatham Financial where he helped over 500 companies navigate the regulatory landscape in the wake of Dodd-Frank.

Mr. Henderson has held senior positions at ABN Amro and Bank of Boston (now Bank of America). A CFA institute charterholder, he has an undergraduate degree from Brown University and an MBA in Finance from Columbia Graduate School of Business. Mark is a former elder and trustee of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. He and his wife, Kristin, have three boys and they live in Newtown Square, PA.

MELISSA HELLER HOAGLAND received a B.S. from Dickinson College and an M.D. from Stanford University School of Medicine. She completed residency training in anatomic pathology at Johns Hopkins Hospital before joining the faculty at Penn State’s M. S. Hershey School of Medicine. Following her time in academic medicine she worked briefly in private practice before retiring to pursue full time domestic engineering and child development. She has recently launched a second career as an author; her work has appeared in the Pittsburgh Gazette, Florida Today, Welcome Home, Space Coast Parent and the Huffington Post. She has chaired several nonprofit boards in the past, including Citizens for Responsible Growth, Inc. and Greencastle Tropical Study Center, Inc. as she has pursued her passion for stewardship of the earth. She has four grown children, two of whom attended Templeton Honors College. She and her husband Guy live in Half Moon Bay, California.

D. BRUCE LOCKERBIE is Chairman/CEO of PAIDEIA, Inc., Stony Brook, New York, a comprehensive consulting firm serving Christian schools, colleges, and seminaries throughout North America and overseas. He has been connected with Eastern University since 1957, when he became acquainted with revered English professor J. Wesley Ingles. He has worked as a guest lecturer, convocation speaker, and consultant to several presidents (Weiss, Seiple, Hestenes). Lockerbie received an honorary degree from Eastern University in 1985 and led the executive searches that resulted in the appointing of THC Dean Jonathan Yonan and President Robert Duffett. Lockerbie is the author, co-author, or editor of more than 40 books, including A Passion for Learning: A History of Christian Thought on Education and A Christian Paideia. He has recently been named Distinguished Professor of Education at Lancaster Bible College.

ROBERT R. REEDER (Bob) was raised in Springfield, Delaware County, Pa.  He attended Gettysburg College, where he graduated with a B.A. in History. He then attended Villanova University School of Law where he was a member of the Law Review and graduated Order of the Coif. After clerking for a federal court judge in Philadelphia and four years at as an associate at one firm, he spent the next 30 years with the Philadelphia law firm of Cozen O’Connor where he specialized in defending medical device companies and insurance companies in disputes with policyholders. He retired from the law firm in 2004.

Bob has been married to his wife Mary for 49 years and they have three adult children (and 6 grandchildren).  They have lived in St. Davids since 1981. Bob and Mary have been active members of Church of the Saviour in Wayne for more than 30 years. Bob has served as the Vice-Chair and Chair of the Elder Board on two occasions and Chaired the Stewardship Campaign (2001-2004) Since 2006 Bob has served on the Advisory Council of the Templeton Honors College at Eastern University and chaired the Council from 2009 through 2015. Bob also currently serves as the Treasurer for Marinus Ensemble, an ensemble of highly trained world class musicians who present chamber music in traditional concert venues and in residence at colleges or universities.  Bob is also a member of the Advisory Council and Chair of Donor Support for the Liberty Region of Young Life, a Christian organization that works primarily with middle and high school students.


HANNAH YOUNG is a ‘08 alumna of the Templeton Honors College graduating cum laude with a BA in Neuroscience. After graduation, Hannah worked as a clinical research coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Neuroradiology focusing on NIH studies, large pharmaceutical trials, and in-house research studies.

She matriculated into The George Washington University Milken School of Public Health in 2011 where she obtained an MPH in Global Epidemiology, taught Geographical Information Systems as a graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Epidemiology, and began researching with the Center for Trauma and Critical Care at the GW Hospital. She then matriculated into GW’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences in 2013.

While attending medical school, Hannah continues to pursue research and teaching opportunities, including projects for the Trauma and OBGYN departments and serving as a senior mentor in GW’s “Clinician as Medical Educator” program and for GW’s student-run free “HEALing clinic” where she instructs first- and second year medical students in their physical exam skills.

Hannah’s research is published in the Journal of Neuroradiology and the Journal of Surgical Research and has also been presented at national conferences, including the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma and the Society for Critical Care Medicine. Hannah lives in Washington, DC, where she is finishing her MD degree and applying to OBGYN residency. She enjoys yoga, outdoor activities and spending time with family and friends.