The Shared Learning Committee is comprised of leaders and emerging leaders of United Methodist-related ministries that serve children, youth, families, older adults, persons with development disabilities, and communities in general.

Committee members’ purpose and responsibilities:

  • Discuss key trends and issues affecting UMA members
  • Review education proposals for the 2018 UMA Annual Meeting
  • Make recommendations for locations and educational content for Shared Learning Events
  • Serve as ambassadors of the UMA shared learning by encouraging submission of education proposals and participation in events
  • Offer onsite support for events

John Shadowens

President and CEO
United Methodist Children’s Home
Mount Vernon, IL

Andrew (Drew) Allen

Food Service Director
Otterbein SeniorLife
Lebanon, OH

Rev. Mr. John Callanan

Corporate Director Mission and Pastoral Care

United Methodist Communities

Neptune, NJ

Rev. Mrs. Barbara Certa-Werner

Executive Director

Harbor House Crisis Shelter

Superior, WI

Gary Duncan

Chief Development Officer
Richmond, VA

Shawn Elbert

Spiritual Life Coordinator

Board of Child Care

Baltimore, MD

Rev. Andrea (Renee) Jacobs

Director of Spiritual Development and Agency Chaplain
Berea, OH

Melissa Latter

Corporate Director of Quality

UM Retirement Communities

Chelsea, MI

Rob McMonagle

Sr. Director of Human Resources

Asbury Communities

Germantown, MD

Matt Obert

Vice President of Operations


Quincy, IL

Cindy Pyles

Resource Development Manager
Burlington United Methodist Family Services
Keyser, WV

Susan Sharp

Corporate Director of Philanthropy

United Methodist Communities

Neptune, NJ