Board University is staffed by a team of professional educators, who are supported by faculty and guest presenters with expertise in at least one dimension of wholeness: spiritual, health, financial, or vocational.
The Education team develops, implements, and assesses Board University's educational programs.
Meet Dr. José Irizarry, the Board's Vice President, Education.
José is responsible for developing and implementing an educational strategy that is faithful to the Board's A Theology of Benefits and responsive to the needs of the changing Church. He also is responsible for creating a consistent thematic vision for all Board University offerings, from conferences to seminars, e-learning to webinars. And, he oversees CREDO.
He has more than 20 years' experience in higher education as a professor and chief academic and executive administrator, in the United States and Puerto Rico. Before joining the Board of Pensions, he was Associate Professor of Theological and Religious Education at Villanova University, in Villanova, Pennsylvania.
José chairs the Advancement Committee of the Religious Education Association, where he served as President from 2007 to 2008. He holds a bachelor's in philosophy from the University of Puerto Rico; Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary; and doctorate in religion, society, and personality sciences from Northwestern University.
José has served the Church in numerous volunteer posts, including serving on the Committee on Review of the Whole of the PC(USA) and, most recently, the Committee on Theological Education. He attends St. John's Presbyterian Church, in Devon, Pennsylvania, where he is a youth counselor.
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Jacqueline Boersema, the Board's Director of Financial Education, is a certified financial planner with 30 years' financial services experience in private banking and at accounting firms. She earned her MBA in finance at DePaul University, Chicago.
Working in the tax practice of consulting and banking organizations, Jacqueline has advised clients in the areas of taxation, investments, cash and debt management, retirement planning, employee benefit plans, and estate planning. She led a personal financial planning department at Ernst & Young and a wealth management strategy group at TIAA CREF.
A registered investment adviser, Jacqueline has been a frequent conference speaker at the American Bankers Association Wealth Management conference and the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) conference.
She also is active in the Church. An elder at Sharon Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, she has served the church as moderator for the Finance Committee, Investment Committee, and Endowments Committee. She co-leads a planned giving initiative, conducting quarterly seminars at Sharon Presbyterian Church on leaving a financial legacy to the church.
Wholeness abounds at Board University, and the person overseeing it is the Reverend Lori Neff LaRue.
Lori is Director, Wholeness Education, at the Board of Pensions, where she is responsible for planning, developing, and delivering face-to-face and online educational programs that are rooted in A Theology of Benefits and consistent with the Board's strategic vision and initiatives. She oversees the Board's Well-Being Retreat, and the First Call, First Steps and Third Act seminars.
Lori has 30 years' experience in higher education, including 10 years in theological educational settings. She has served in pastoral positions in both congregational and campus ministry. In addition to her role at the Board of Pensions, she serves as long-term pulpit supply at Trinity United Church (PCUSA/UCC) in Warren, New Jersey, and on the Committee on Ministry for the Presbytery of New Brunswick.
She holds a bachelor's in psychology from Manchester College (now Manchester University); Master of Arts in student personnel from Bowling Green State University, Ohio; and Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary.
To serve more members, Board University also engages other educators, including Board of Pensions Church Consultants, to help deliver its seminars throughout the country. CREDO also retains an extensive faculty with expertise in some aspect of wholeness.
For seminars, Well-Being Retreat workshops, and webinars, Board University often draws on presenters and content co-creators who have expertise in the relevant subject matter.