Board of Elders & Deacons

Matthew Morse

Elder & Chair
(Board member since 2020, Marble member since 2017)

Matthew credits his hometown pastor, the Reverend Allan Ramirez, for providing him with an initial introduction to Marble Collegiate Church. Marble’s warmth and its continually demonstrated commitment to inclusivity, diversity, charity, and families inspired him and his family to become members. He has served on Marble’s Stewardship Committee, is a member of Marble’s Parent Leadership Team, and regularly volunteers to teach Sunday School.

In his professional life Matthew serves as in-house counsel for a Bermuda holding company and its U.S. subsidiaries. He holds a J.D. from St. John’s University and a B.A. from Trinity College. Matthew is married to Kate Morse, with whom he has two children who would be embarrassed to be mentioned here by name. He is an unapologetic bibliophile and ardent movie lover.

Barbara Sagan

Elder & Vice Chair
(Board member since 2017, Marble member since 1995)

Barbara has been a member of Marble since 1995. Active in the Women’s Ministry and the Small Group Ministry for several years, she also served as an usher from 1996 to 2017. Most recently she participated in the PS 30 tutorial program. Currently, Barbara is a member of the Benevolence Committee which reviews grant applications from various social service organizations as part of the Easter Offering. As Treasurer, she is also the Chairperson of the Financial Resources Committee. Being an active member of the Marble community has deepened her faith and contributed significantly to her spiritual growth.

Professionally Barbara has been a residential real estate broker with the Corcoran Group Real Estate firm since 1996. In 2000, she opened and managed the firm’s uptown office in Carnegie Hill returning to brokerage two years later. Previously she was a Loan Officer and Project Manager at General Electric Capital Corp. where she managed a multi-million-dollar hotel/apartment renovation, the Chase Park Plaza in St. Louis. Early in her career, she was on the Extension faculty in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Cornell University. A native of New England, she graduated from Connecticut College, holds a Master’s in Education from Columbia Teachers College and an MBA from Boston University. She also serves on the board of her co-op and is a trustee of the Murray Hill Neighborhood Association.

Renier van Aswegen

Elder & Treasurer
(Board member since 2020, Marble member since 2012)

Renier grew up in South Africa as a member of the Dutch Reformed Church and first came to Marble when searching for a “church home” after relocating to New York for work. He was deeply impressed by Marble’s diverse and inclusive congregation, the striking music and choir performances, and powerful messages from the pulpit. He started attending services at Marble in 2010 and became a member in 2012. His husband, Charlie, is also a Marble member and they were married in Marble’s Chapel in 2017.

Renier is a partner with PwC’s Deals practice in New York and specializes in providing financial and accounting due diligence services to corporate and Private Equity clients investing in North and South America, Europe and Asia. He has more than fifteen years of experience in the retail and consumer, manufacturing and industrial products, and natural resources industries. Renier started his career with PwC in London prior to transferring to New York. He also completed a three-year tour with PwC’s Deals practice in Toronto, Canada, prior to returning to the US in 2015.

Renier holds a B. Compt. Hons. degree from Free State University in South Africa with majors in Accounting, Audit and Tax. He is a Chartered Accountant in South Africa.

John Hupalo

Deacon & Secretary
(Board member since 2021, Marble member since 2019)

Marble became home to John and Terri Hupalo in 2017 after they returned to NYC after living in Boston since 2003. During that time, John’s faith journey led him from the Roman Catholic Church to the United Church of Christ. John is forever grateful to Terri for bringing them and their two adult daughters to Marble to celebrate Easter 2017.

John’s professional career has been focused on education finance. He is the founder and CEO of Invite Education, a mission driven company providing tools to help families save, plan and pay for college. He previously served as Senior EVP and CFO of The First Marblehead Corporation (FMD:NYSE), in various roles at several Wall Street firms and as an aide to a Congressman on Capitol Hill. He co-authored Plan and Finance Your Family’s College Dreams and regularly appears in print, radio and television media.

He did his undergraduate work at Boston University, where he was a 400 meter hurdler, and earned his MBA at New York University. John is currently First Assistant Chief of the Point O’Woods Volunteer Fire Company and the Chair of two Point O’Woods committees: Insurance and Risk, and Wastewater.

Larry Schafer

Deacon & Church Master
(Board member since 2022, Marble member since 2009)

Larry joined Marble’s Festival of Voices Choir in January of 2008, and within a few months knew he had found a new church home. Larry credits Marble’s gifted preachers and its 2010 trip to the Holy Land as formative in his faith journey. He currently serves on the steering committee for the Peale Society.

Larry is retired from a career in health care philanthropy, having served in leadership positions in external affairs and development at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He is currently a Docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and serves on the Board of the National Asian American Theater Company (NAATCO).

Originally from Minnesota, Larry holds a BA from Manhattan College and a Master’s in International Affairs from Columbia University. Like his late father, Larry is a proud veteran of the United States Navy.

Jeannette Aycock

(Board member since 2022, Marble member since 2016)

I was born and educated in the Midwest in Toledo, Ohio. I came to New York City after earning my medical degree for my internship, residency, and fellowship in psychiatry; and I’ve been in private practice for over 35 years. I became a Marble member in 2016 after streaming for several years. I’m proud to be a deacon, Stephen Minister, and a Caring Caller; a member of the Marble Easter Fund BOM Committee, a Small Group facilitator, and a member of the Prayer Circle. Thursday Yoga with Drew and Prime Time 55+ are supportive parts of my life. I also enjoy doll collecting and travel.

Tim Lee

(Board member since 2019, Marble member since 2012)

Tim starting visiting Marble in 2007 after he saw an advertisement on the subway about Marble Collegiate Church. The ad highlighted Marble’s welcoming community and diverse congregation. It also highlighted that Marble had an LGBTQ fellowship. Growing up attending an Evangelical church, Tim was looking for a church home that was welcoming to LGBTQ Christians. Tim visited Marble a few times and was fascinated by the friendly congregation, as well as the vibrant LGBTQ community. He especially loved the monthly LGBTQ coffee hour/brunches that offered a great way for everyone in the community to connect. Prior to serving as a Deacon, Tim served on the Leadership Team for GIFTS, Marble’s LGBTQ fellowship. Tim also taught Sunday School at his church back home, which he thought was the most rewarding experience both spiritually and personally.

Professionally, Tim has over 15 years of experience in Finance, 13 as an investor at GIC, Singapore’s Sovereign Wealth Fund. His area of focus is TMT (Tech/Media/Telecom), where he invested across both public and private markets. Tim received an MBA from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a BA from National Taiwan University.

Gregory Lozier

(Board member since 2013, Marble member since 1995)

Greg has attended Marble since 1995 and is a former member of the Marble Sanctuary Choir. He is twice retired, first from Penn State where he was the university’s executive director of planning and analysis and a faculty member in the graduate studies program in higher education administration. Most recently he retired from IBM where he was a strategy and organizational change consultant for colleges and universities and provided educational training in core consulting skills for IBM consultants. Greg is married to Meg Armstrong and has three children, Andrew, Jeannine, and Ted.

Abigail Shue

(Board member since 2022, Marble member since 2012)

Abby has been an enthusiastic member of Marble since 2012. She is a Small Group Leader, Stephen Minister and Stephen Leader, member of the Parent Leadership Team, lay reader, steering committee member for Marble’s Care Line during the pandemic, member of the Arts Ministry, and can occasionally be seen accompanying the children’s choir on a variety of instruments (one of her favorite activities.) Abby holds two Master’s of Music degrees in Vocal Performance and Opera from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA, and has studied at Western Theological Seminary. During her performing career Abby sang roles with opera companies, orchestras, and theatres across the country. She is also a fiber artist, a writer, has been involved in children’s education in numerous capacities, a hospice volunteer and a member of the Threshold Choir. She feels passionately about the importance of holding space and bearing witness, whether through art, caregiving, or everyday actions, and in the transformative power of being seen and heard. Abby resides in NYC with her husband, David, and their two daughters Dinah and Nell.

Iyana Titus

(Board member since 2022, Marble member since 2010)

Iyana Titus currently serves as an Assistant Commissioner for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging for NYC Parks & Recreation, where she is responsible for creating and implementing the agency’s diversity and inclusion policies and practices, conducting EEO investigations and ensuring that the agency is in compliance with all federal, state, and local anti-discrimination laws. As an Assistant Commissioner she has also been instrumental in creating and implementing an ADR program for her agency and facilitating and mediating employment related disputes.

Iyana holds a BA from Emory University and a J.D. from Loyola Law School. She further holds a Masters degree in Comparative Labor and Organization Studies from the University of Amsterdam.

Iyana is an active member of the New York State Bar Association. She sits on the mediation panel for the U.S. District Court-Southern District of New York and is a pro bono advocate for the Mediation Advocacy Program-Eastern District of New York. Iyana has also served as an adjunct professor at BMCC where she taught Human Resources Management.

Brenda W. Walker

(Board member since 2020, Marble member since 1998)

Brenda has been a member of Marble since 1998. She has been an active member on Marble’s Women’s Ministry Leadership Team since its inception, and Marble’s Welcoming Committee. Brenda serves on the Investment & Endowment committee for Marble’s Board and the Collegiate Consistory.

Professionally, Brenda brings over 30 years of financial and managerial experience in investment management services. She has significant achievements in developing, structuring and marketing investment products and asset management services to global institutions, foundations, endowments and nonprofit entities.

Brenda has held a variety of senior managerial and leadership positions with major financial institutions. Previous employers include The White House Council of Economic Advisors, JP Morgan Asset Management, and Smith Breeden Associates, Inc.

Brenda holds a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Science from Clark College.

Kathy Weida

(Board member since 2023, Marble member since 1999)

Kathy originally joined Marble in 1976. Her husband, Don, joined Marble in 1989, and they were married by Dr. Arthur Caliandro in 1990. They were members of Marble until 1999 when they moved to Summit, NJ and joined Central Presbyterian Church, until they transferred back to Marble in 2018. Somehow everyone seems to come home to Marble! During her church life, Kathy has worked on HelpLine, and been a Stephen Minister and an Elder at Central Presbyterian Church. She has a particular interest in small groups, Bible study, and spiritual formation and direction.

Professionally, Kathy had a long career at Colgate Palmolive and retired as a Vice President, in Human Resources. She and Don had the opportunity to live in Australia for two years. Kathy has had experience in Compensation, Organization and People Development and with designing and facilitating small and large group meetings. She holds a B.S. from Georgetown University.

Kathy has a stepson, Nate, who lives in New York City and is a composer/playwright. Kathy and Don have a Shih Tzu named Maggie, and in their free time, enjoy travel, and golf.

John E. Rorer, II, Elder Emeritus

Greg Walker, Elder Emeritus