Foundation Staff


Ed Bailey

Executive Director
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Edward Bailey joined the United Methodist Foundation of Western Pennsylvania in 2013. He provides strategic leadership for the Foundation’s programs, services, and ministry. Ed is passionate about the local church and promoting best practices in Christian Stewardship. Ed, an ordained Elder in the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference, is a graduate of Roberts Wesleyan College and has a Master of Divinity degree from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He holds membership in the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the National Association of Gift Planners. He is also a member of the National Association of United Methodist Foundations and serves on its Management Team by leading the Investment Focus Area. He is a past Vice-Chair of the Western PA Annual Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits, and was previously a Distribution Committee Member of the Carolyn Knox Memorial Trust, a fund that distributed nearly a half million dollars in grants annually. Ed is an active member in the Civil Air Patrol, the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, and a Black Belt in the World Tang Soo Do Association. Prior to joining the UM Foundation, Ed was a pastor in the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference for more than two decades. Ed and his wife Tabitha have been married 26 years, have four children, and reside in Economy Borough, Beaver County, which is about 22 miles north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Michele Cesare Jury

Associate Director
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Michele Cesare Jury joined the Foundation staff in May of 2017 as Associate Director with a focus in the area of finance. Michele brings to the position over 20 years of experience in public accounting and taxation. Michele earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Major in Accounting from Duquesne University and holds a Masters in Taxation from Robert Morris University. Michele was a dedicated member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors for ten years and served as chair of the Operations Committee, overseeing the foundation’s financial reporting and funds management policies. Michele is also active in her church, First United Methodist Church of Pittsburgh. Michele, her husband, and their two sons live in Squirrel Hill.


Betsy Hohlfelder

Staff Accountant
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Betsy Hohlfelder, CPA, is the Staff Accountant for the United Methodist Foundation of Western Pennsylvania. Her responsibilities include the preparation of financial statements and coordination of the Foundation’s operating budget. Betsy holds an accounting degree from Pennsylvania State University. Before coming to the Foundation, Betsy worked as an Administrative and Audit Manager for Deloitte & Touche. She has served as treasurer for a number of non-profit organizations including Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh, Bower Hill Community Church, Mt. Lebanon PTA Council, and South Hills Interfaith Ministries (SHIM). Betsy and her husband, Alan, are residents of the south hills of Pittsburgh and have two adult children.

The Rev. Seth A.

The Rev. Seth A. McClymonds, Jr.

Field Staff Representative
Seth McClymonds joined the United Methodist Foundation as a Field Staff Representative in 2011. As a student in Penn State Behrend’s electrical engineering program, Seth started serving churches in 1993 as a student pastor. After receiving his master’s of divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary, he began serving in The United Methodist Church and was ordained in 2004. Seth has continued his professional growth through a variety of educational settings, both formal — achieving a degree in Business from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford — and informal — through several seminars and conferences, including the Foundation-sponsored Pastor’s Academy on Stewardship. Seth, his wife Beth, and their two sons reside in Warren, PA.


Megan McGee

Associate Director
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Megan McGee has been with the Foundation since February of 2016 and in December of 2016 transitioned into the role of Associate Director with a focus in the areas of compliance and communications. Megan has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Denison University and a Master of Science in Education from Duquesne University. Her non-profit experience spans the areas of client services, development, data analysis, member relations, and education. She also holds membership in the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Megan is a native Pittsburgher who grew up in the South Hills and currently lives with her husband and daughter in Peters Township.


Joe Patterson

Dean of the Leadership Academy
Rev. Dr. Joe Patterson joined the Foundation as Dean of the Laity Leadership Academy in September 2018. Joe’s focus at the foundation is on developing a certification program designed to produce more effective leadership for congregations. An ordained Elder in the Western Pennsylvania Conference, Joe has served over three decades as Pastor and Associate Pastor at four United Methodist Churches in the region and most recently served seven years as the Superintendent of the Erie-Meadville District. Joe received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Grove City College, completed his Master of Divinity at The Theological School at Drew University, and earned his Doctor of Ministry from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary; he also holds a certificate in pastoral counseling from the Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute. A native to Western Pennsylvania, Joe lives north of Pittsburgh in Slippery Rock with his wife LuAnn. Married for over thirty-five years, Joe and LuAnn have two grown sons.

Karen Petrucelli

Campaign Director

Karen Petrucelli, CFRE, is the Growing Faithful Ministries Campaign Director for the United Methodist Foundation of Western Pennsylvania.  As Campaign Director, Karen guides churches in conducting successful Growing Faithful Ministries campaigns. In addition to her United Methodist Foundation responsibilities, Karen is President of KP Consulting LLC which provides comprehensive consulting services to assist nonprofit boards and staff in evaluating, planning, and executing effective fundraising programs. Karen is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). She is a past-president of the Western Pennsylvania AFP Chapter, and in 1998 was named by the Chapter as Outstanding Fundraising Executive. With over thirty-five years of fundraising experience, Karen has worked with numerous non-profit organizations as a staff member, board member, and volunteer. 

Lisa C.

Lisa C. Young

Senior Fund Development Consultant
Lisa C. Young, CFRE, CAP®, serves as Senior Fund Development Consultant for the United Methodist Foundation of Western Pennsylvania. Her responsibilities include conducting our capital campaigns for local churches and providing fund development plans for our related agencies. In addition to her position with the Foundation, Lisa is the Director of Planned Giving for the Salvation Army. She has extensive experience in fund development, and has held positions at Abraxas, Holy Family Institute, and the University of Pittsburgh. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Lisa also holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Pitt’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. In addition to these degrees, she also holds Certificates in Human Resources Management from La Roche College and in Nonprofit Management from the University of Pittsburgh, and has earned professional designations as a Certified Fund Raising Executive and a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy®. Lisa is a resident of the North Hills of Pittsburgh.