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Foundation Staff

Rev. Perkin F. Simpson, MBA, CAP®
Executive Director
American Baptist Foundation
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Rev. Perkin F. Simpson began his ministry with American Baptist Foundation in February of 2008 and oversees all of the Foundation's planned giving operations, investments and development. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, where he majored in Communication Sciences. He received a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in 2003 and has earned the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy, CAP® designation from the American College, Bryn Mawr, Pa. Perkin has over 15 years of investment experience working with firms such as UBS, Prudential Financial and The Hartford Insurance Company. Perkin has held numerous financial and insurance related designations, including a Series 7, 66 (65&63), Property and Casualty, and Life & Health producers licenses. He has received numerous awards throughout his professional career. Effective October 15, 2011, Perkin was appointed Executive Director of the Foundation. Please feel free to contact Perkin at (610) 768-2281.
Ashley Blakeney
Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director
American Baptist Foundation
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Ashley began her tenure with ABF during August of 2014 as the Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director and Grants Administrator. She graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor's in Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media. She worked formerly at PNC Bank as a Customer Service Rep and Teller for 5 years.
Mrs.Linda Cassel, CSA, CAP®
Director of Development
American Baptist Foundation
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Linda has been working with the Foundation since January of 2008 and manages the training and development of our regions, partners and donors. She attended Alderson Broaddus College and has over 20 years experience in financial planning and investments. Linda holds licenses in both securities 6 and 63 and Pa. health, life and annuities. A lifelong American Baptist she enjoys combining her knowledge of finance and charitable estate planning to further the work of ministry and mission. Linda is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Northeastern PA.,the National Society of Certified Senior Advisors and the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning of Philadelphia.She earned the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy, CAP® designation from the American College, Bryn Mawr, PA. Please feel free to contact Linda at: (570) 871-4980.
Kristine Lutton
Development Advisor
American Baptist Foundation
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Kris brings a background in campaign management and a broad-cross section of development experiences spanning 25 years to the ABF team. She attended Baptist Bible College, now Summit University, majoring in elementary education. She has worked with national, local and regional organizations as a consultant helping them with strategic planning, leadership recruiting and campaign implementation. Her work with ABWM had a lasting impact. Kris is a member of Royersford Baptist Church.
Rick Barlow
Development Consultant
American Baptist Foundation
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Rev. Rick Barlow is ordained clergy of American Baptist Churches USA (ABC-USA). Rick served as a Servant Leader at Seattle's historic Mount Zion Baptist Church, during 1994-present. In 2001, the American Baptist Foundation commissioned him as a planned giving representative particularly because of his servitude in over four hundred and fifty congregations throughout the Northwest and California. In 2010, he founded the Barnabas Exchange Planned Giving and Resource Development firm. In 2013, Rev. Barlow re-joined the American Baptist Foundation staff as a Development Consultant. Prior to his post with American Baptist Foundation, Rev. Barlow was in the financial services industry as a licensed multi-line independent insurance agent and managed over seven hundred and fifty clients. He continues at Mount Zion as a Servant Leader, while filling pulpit-supply requests throughout the Evergreen Region.
Magda Amargos
American Baptist Foundation
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Magda has been a member of the Spanish-American Baptist Church in Union City, NJ for 30 years. She graduated with a Finance Degree from the New Jersey City University. Magda was a member of the Board of the American Baptist Churches, USA and represented them in the Finance Committee of National Ministries and Rainbow Acres. She worked as a Retirement Benefits Consultant for the Ministers and Missionaries Benefit Board. She has an extensive history of work with ABC churches and regions helping them develop solid financial plans to secure the future of the ministry.
Joseph D. Huse
Development Consultant
American Baptist Foundation
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Rev. Dr. Joseph D. Huse is a graduate of University of Indianapolis, Andover Newton Theological School, Christian Theological Seminary and Bakke Graduate University. Joseph's work experience includes employment with Purdue University as a 4H/Youth Agent and the Indiana Youth Institute as Director of Resource Management. His ministry experience includes churches in Manchester Center, VT., Lebanon and Columbus, IN; Quincy, IL and Minot, ND.Since his retirement from full-time ministry, Joseph served on the interim Executive Minister team for the American Baptist Churches of Greater Indianapolis. He has also completed interim pastorates at Grace Baptist Church in Kansas City, MO and Miami Baptist Church in Logansport, IN. In addition to serving as a Development Consultant for the American Baptist Foundation, Joseph is a Special Assistant for Stewardship Education to Dr. Ben Chan, Area Director of American Baptist International Ministries for India and South East Asia. Joseph also serves as the convener for the Missionary Partnership Team for Katie and Taku Longkumer, Country Coordinators for International Ministries in India.
Nicole Mustacchio
Operations Specialist
American Baptist Foundation
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Nicole joined The American Baptist Foundation in July 2014 as a contract employee and became a full-time Operations Specialist in June 2016. She attended Strayer University. Nicole has over 10 years of experience in the accounting industry and has overseas experience teaching English in Mexico for 3½ years.
Lon Krise
Operations Specialist
American Baptist Foundation
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Mahlon "Lon" Krise joined the ABF in January 2017 as a contract employee and became a full-time Operations Specialist in November 2017. He is originally from Western Pennsylvania where he received his B.S in Accounting from Indiana University of PA. He then lived for several years in the Washington DC area where he obtained his M.S in Computer Systems Mgmt. from University of Maryland. He has over 20 years accounting experience including working for the DC Government and several Non-Profits.
Muriel Contreras
Graphic Design/Social Media Specialist
American Baptist Foundation
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Originally from New York City, where she studied photography, film, and communication design at The High School of Art & Design. Muriel went on to graduate from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2012 with a BFA in Graphic Design along with a minor in Women & Gender Studies. After graduation Muriel worked as an intern and freelancer for Dream It Ventures and the United Nations. Muriel started with the American Baptist Foundation in late July 2013 as a part-time intern then quickly joined us as a full-time member of the staff in early October 2013.
Rev. James G. Layton
Communications Consultant
American Baptist Foundation
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Rev. James G. Layton is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, Massachusetts. He was the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Wolcott , New York, during the decade of the 1970s. In the early '80s, Jim was a writer/producer in Washington, D.C. for The Genesis Project, which dramatized the Bible on film. He also became a media consultant to groups like Prison Fellowship. From 1985 to 1993, he interpreted mission outreach and provided stewardship education for approximately 400 congregations of the American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware and the Philadelphia Baptist Association. From the mid-1990s to the present, Jim has been a communications consultant to non-profit organizations in the Greater Philadelphia area, like the Foundation and American Baptist International Ministries.
Lisa K. Soares, MS(Dist.), CIR
Communications and Strategic Management Consultant
American Baptist Foundation
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Lisa K Soares is an interdisciplinary international development, communications and strategic management professional and independent consultant with over 10 years of experience in for-profit companies, non-profit organizations, academia and government. She is a graduate of Eastern University with a BA in Marketing and Psychology (Cum Laude); and a graduate of New York University with a MSc in Global Affairs, specialising in International Business, Economics and Development (Distincton). Lisa is also a PhD Candidate in Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick. Lisa maintains strong ties to the Foundation serving formerly as its Grants and Communications Manager from (2012-2014).
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