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, Chair

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


Andrew (Drew) Allen

Food Service Director
Otterbein SeniorLife
Lebanon, OH


Chelsea Branley

Generational Life Skills Coordinator
Harbor House Crisis Shelter
Superior, WI


Gary Duncan

Chief Development Officer
UMFS
Richmond, VA


Shawn Elbert

Spiritual Life Coordinator
Board of Child Care
Baltimore, MD


Rev. Andrea (Renee) Jacobs

Director of Spiritual Development and Agency Chaplain
OhioGuidestone
Berea, OH


Melissa Latter

Corporate Director of Quality
UM Retirement Communities
Chelsea, MI


Rob McMonagle

Senior Director of Learning & Organizational Development
Asbury Communities
Germantown, MD


Matt Obert

Vice President of Operations
Chaddock
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