Hillside today announced the appointment of the Rev. Dr. Marlowe V.N. Washington, Senior Diversity Officer at St. John Fisher University and Senior Minister at Agape Fellowship United Methodist Church in Irondequoit, to the Hillside Board of Governors.

Dr. Washington is a graduate of St. Francis College in Brooklyn, NY, with a baccalaureate in political science and a minor in history. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from New York Theological Seminary in Manhattan and a Doctor of Ministry degree in transformational leadership from Northeastern Seminary at Roberts Wesleyan College. In 2019, he successfully completed his second doctoral work at St. John Fisher University, earning a Doctor of Education (EdD) in executive leadership with a concentration in diversity and inclusion in higher education administration.

An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, Dr. Washington oversaw six congregations in the northeast coast. He served on the faculty of religion and philosophy at Roberts Wesleyan College, where he specialized in practical theology in the areas of church leadership, urban development, New Testament studies, and diversity and inclusion.

In addition to his role as St. John Fisher University, Dr. Washington has served as a diversity consultant to several school districts, including a current role with the Wheatland-Chili Central School District. He is a trustee emeritus of Keuka College, a member of the board at Junior Achievement, and a recent appointee (on September 21, 2022) by Gov. Kathy Hochul to the New York State Law Enforcement Agency Accreditation Council. The Council meets quarterly to consider and adopt accreditation standards for law enforcement agencies in New York and to review and approve applications from police agencies for accreditation by the Council. 

“It’s an honor to have the experience and guidance of Dr. Washington on the Hillside Board,” said Maria Cristalli, Hillside President and Chief Executive Officer. “He and his fellow Board members provide invaluable perspectives that support Hillside’s mission of service to youth and families.”

Officers have been named for the Hillside Board of Governors, to serve during the 2023 fiscal year. They are Jill Knittel, Chair; James C. Haefner, Vice Chair; Christopher B. Eckert, Treasurer; Monica L. Monte, Secretary; and Richard J. Gangemi, MD, Past Chair.

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