Our Team

Ambitious but humble, global but local.

United by a common vision, our team members have diverse backgrounds and perspectives. 

Following Sir John’s commitment to open-mindedness, our team supports research towards boundary-breaking projects worldwide.

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Tina Cambridge

President & COO

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Karen Sommer Shalett

Director, Global Advocacy and Communications

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Marie Souder

Corporate Secretary

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Tracey Farquharson, Ed.D.

Senior Program Officer

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Kristin Eldon Whylly

Senior Grants Manager & Change Management Lead

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Sharell Carroll

Communications Manager

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Sheena Fox

System Administrator & Analyst

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Andrica Smith-Munroe

Program Associate

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Lashanti D. Jupp

Program Associate

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Kesha Frank

Business Associate

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Nakia Pearson

Program Associate

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Daniah Miller

Program Associate

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Kenneth Bethel

System Support Specialist

External Advisors

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Bonnie Poon Zahl

Principal Advisor to The President, Big Questions in Classrooms, and The Science of Religious and Spiritual Exercises

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Principal Advisor for Individual Freedom and Free Markets

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Ellen Morgan

Principal Advisor for the Global Innovations for Character Development initiative

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Fiona Gatty

Principal Advisor for Strategic Relationships and Partnerships

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Virginia Cooper

Principal Advisor for Listening and Learning in A Polarized World and Advisor for Programs in Discovery Science

Trustees

​Jeffrey S. Dill, Ph.D.

Jeffrey Dill is Affiliate Professor of Sociology and Liberal Studies in the Templeton Honors College at Eastern University.

He is also the Donchian Research Fellow for Character and Culture at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia.

Doug Cameron

Doug Cameron has a broad and diverse resume, but three themes wind through all of them: young people, outdoor adventure, and advocacy for the environment. 

In the working world, he was a middle school science and high school biology teacher.

Paul Davies, Ph.D.

Paul Davies is a British-born theoretical physicist, cosmologist, astrobiologist and best-selling author. 

He is Regents' Professor and Director of the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science, and co-Director of the Cosmology Initiative, at Arizona State University.

Brian M. McNeill, M.B.A.

Brian M. McNeill, M.B.A., is Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s Board of Directors and a Class C director. He served as the president and CEO of Southco from 2000 to August 2016.

In 2012, Mr. McNeill led the global expansion and creation of a new parent company for Southco called TouchPoint, Inc., of which he is president and CEO.

Robert Emmons, Ph.D.

Robert Emmons is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Davis. 

He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is Founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Positive Psychology.

Jennifer “Jenna” Juday

Jenna currently serves and was one of the first members of the Member Committee that helps plan the annual meetings for the Templeton philanthropies.

She recently completed a two year term on the Templeton Prize Review Committee – a truly inspiring experience. Jenna has participated in many Foundation-related activities including the Member Development program in 2019 and representing the Templeton family at the Global Family Sejour in 2018 and 2019.

David Lahti, Ph.D.

David Lahti is an Associate Professor of Biology at Queens College, City University of New York, where he runs a Behavior & Evolution laboratory focusing mainly on learned behavior in birds and humans.

Prof. Lahti received a BS in biology and history from Gordon College. He received a PhD in moral philosophy and the philosophy of biology at the Whitefield Institute, Oxford.

Beck A. Taylor, Ph.D.

Beck A. Taylor, Ph.D., is currently president and professor of economics at Samford University (Birmingham, Ala.). 

He earned his undergraduate degree from Baylor with majors in economics and finance, then was employed as an analyst for Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) in Houston, Tex. He went on to earn the M.S. and Ph.D. in economics from Purdue University (West Lafayette, Ind.).

Durre S. Ahmed, Ed.D.

Dr. Durre S. Ahmed is Chairperson and Senior Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Gender and Culture, Lahore, Pakistan, author, and practicing psychotherapist.

An internationally acknowledged expert on gender and Islam, her interdisciplinary interests include the social-psychology of religion, particularly Islam, and she has extensively researched the psychology of women’s spirituality and issues related to gender, culture, religion and science in the context of Muslim societies.

T. Ritson Ferguson

T. Ritson Ferguson (“Ritson”) is a Chartered Financial Analyst (“CFA”) and an experienced alternative asset investment manager.

He is the retired CEO of a $130B+ real asset manager, CBREIM Global, where he managed the firm with 1,500 employees in 30+ countries. Ritson also is a Qualified Financial Expert with Audit Committee experience. He served as a Captain in the US Air Force. He earned a bachelor's degree from Duke University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.