G. Alexander Bryant, DMin.

NAD Executive Secretary

Office: 301.680.6408


Responsible for NAD administrative operations, policy implementation, diversity, and general items pertaining to the Secretariat function. 

Kyoshin Ahn


Office: 301.680.6066


Responsible for the Secretariat functions that include general calls; interpreting, developing and revising church policies; Inter-division travel; collecting and maintaining camp meetings schedules; and other administrative functions of the unit in the absence of and as assigned by the Secretary. 

Carolyn R. Forrest, MSM, SPHR

Associate Secretary and Director of  & IDE-ISE Services

Office: 301.680.6411


Responsibility for the human relations component and its functions which include policy development, revision, and interpretation; coordination of the Sexual Ethics Committee, dispute and conciliation services and race relations. 

Elden Ramirez

Director of the Office of Volunteer Ministries

Office: 301.680.6434


Responsibility for leadership and networking of volunteer outreach ministries in North America and bringing together church institutional and supportive organizations for shared goals in volunteer ministries such as student missions, task force and literacy programs, community projects, Bible work, campaign evangelism, and a host of other outreach activities.

Orna K. Garnett, MS, SHRM-CP, PHR

Director, Human Resources Services

Office: 301.680.6092


Orna is the Director of Human Resource Services for the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists in Maryland.  She holds a Masters degree with a concentration in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.  She is responsible for the Talent Management Cycle within Human Resources Services in Maryland for the North American Division.  She oversees Employment, Compensation, Employee Relations, Benefits and Compliance.  Prior to her current position, Orna worked in various industries as a Human Resource Professional in California, Massachusetts, and the Washington D.C. Metro area. She has served in the field of Human Resources for over 15 years.

         Secretariat Support Staff 


Melissa Gottlieb

Executive Assistant

Office: 301.680.6408


Performs a range of duties for the NAD Executive Secretary, including the preparation of agendas and minutes for  the GC and NAD Credentials and Licenses Committees; helps to oversee the publishing of the NAD Working Policy, and assists on special projects. 

Valerie Robbins

Senior Administrative Office Assistant

Office: 301.680.6467


Processes independent transfers, Inter-division calls, and division status applications. Performs a variety of duties that include statistical reporting, writing policy amendments for the Year-end Meeting, edits the Working Policy Book, edits all NAD minutes, assistant recording secretary, provides forms for collecting statistical data from local conferences and church clerks. 

Angel McLaren

Recording Secretary

Office: 301.680.6466


Records, transcribes, and distributes weekly/monthly meetings for NADCOM, NADCOA, ADMIN, Policy Review, and others. Records and processes official copies of NAD Year-end minutes; indexes minutes; assists with preparation, and indexing of the NAD Booklet which contains actions from the Year-end Meeting.

Sharri Davenport

Appointee Coordinator/Administrative Assistant

Office: 301.680.6459


Processes missionaries IDEs to NAD, prepares committees actions, and serves as liaison for NAD IDE employers, and organizes missionary furloughs/annual leaves. Coordinates the Authorized Meetings Calendar of the GC and NAD. Collects Yearbook data for NAD and performs records management duties.  


Marialyce Fordham

Administrative Assistant to OHR

Office: 301.680.6468


Performs various secretarial duties for the associate secretary and director of OVM; including service requests, maintaining division wide Camp Meeting dates/locations, plans and prepares the agenda for advisories, committees, and meetings; coordinates the Black History Program; assists with assigned administrative details for the OHR and OVM. 


Ashley DeShay

Administrative Assistant 

Office: 301.680.5013


Assistant to the Director of OVM and the Undersecretary. Supports the Undersecretary with various duties including office automation, Inter-division Service Requests, aiding in the management of Laserfiche licenses, eAdventist committee meetings, policy development, calendar events, agendas, and minutes.

         Human Resources Support Staff 


Chandler Riley

Associate Director 

Office: 301.680.6455


Oversees and manages the benefits for NAD headquarter employees, conducts new employee orientations, exit interviews, and functions as the liaison between the employer and the optional benefits vendors.

Sarah Kelly

HR Systems and Training Specialist

Office: 301.680.6415


Responsibilities include the maintenance of HR systems and processes; creates and maintains Kronos accounts; oversees the ergonomic, graduate studies, and time adjustment; manages the informational and promotional materials for the Annual HR Conference; retains continuing education record for all NAD employees; maintains the external and internal HR webpages; develops the office directories, manuals, forms, and schedules; and other HR responsibilities.

Michael Martell, MPA, GMS-T

Senior Employment Specialist

Office: 301.680.6410


Responsible for facilitating the new hire on-boarding process, the audit of job descriptions, review and compliance of government regulated federal employment laws, organizational policies and researches and compiles statistical data for use at the HR Director's request. He holds a Master's degree in Public Administration with an emphasis on policy development and implementation and the Global Mobility Specialist/Strategic Talent Mobility designation (GMS-T). Prior to working with the NAD HRS, he was responsible for facilitating the employment and global relocation process of the International Service Employees for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.  

        Volunteer Ministries Support Staff


Ernest Hernandez, MA, MPA

Processing and Communications Coordinator

Office: 301.680.6492


Oversees processing of long-term volunteer assignments (from recruiting to deployments to reentry), as well as data collection for OVM. Responsible for ongoing communication with NAD field and internal administrative personnel with regards to protocol, crisis management, immigration and insurance. 

Pearly David

Short-Term Groups Coordinator

Office: 301.680.6479


Coordinates short-term mission trips for the Seventh-day Adventist volunteer denominational employee, retiree or group of volunteers from churches or educational institutions under two months and originating in North America.

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Andrea Keele

Long-Term Volunteer Processing Assistant

Office: 301.680.6493


Works with NAD long-term volunteers after NAD Appointees approval until service, and provides support and resources for volunteers returning from service. Assists with communications and social media.

Benjamin Speegle

Long-Term Volunteer Processing Assistant

Office: 301.680.6478


Processes long-term volunteer applications until NAD Appointees Committee approval, and aids in creating new Adventist Volunteer Service calls for volunteer sites within NAD. Assists with communications and social media.