Executive Board

Board “Bios”

Jim Miller, President
Rev. James Bradley Miller, PhD, is an honorably retired teaching elder with degrees from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia (M.Div.) and Marquette University (Ph.D. in theology). After seminary he worked in the School of Engineering at NC State University and then as minister in higher education at Michigan Tech, Carnegie-Mellon, and the University of Pittsburgh. Jim was Senior Program Associate for AAAS's Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (1996-2006). He currently cochairs the Broader Social Impacts Committee of the Human Origins Program of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. 

Arnold Rots, Vice President
Arnold Rots is a Ruling Elder and retired astrophysicist, living in Waltham, MA. He has worked at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands Foundation for Radio Astronomy, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Goddard Space Flight Center, and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, MA. He has a keen interest in theology and organs, and enjoys playing the cello in the local orchestra and doing (sprint) triathlons. He is serving Church of the Covenant, the Presbytery of Boston, and the Synod of the Northeast.

Sara Joan Miles, Secretary/Treasurer
After teaching science and math in the Congo, Sara Miles was a Christian university professor and Dean (Wheaton College, Eastern University). She is an historian of science and loves looking at how theology and scientific theories have interacted over time. She has been active in the Presbytery of Milwaukee and recently become a Commissioned Ruling Elder (CRE) to serve as Pastor of Visitation for her congregation.

Damaris Christensen, Class of 2019
Damaris Christensen is a Presbyterian layperson and water policy analyst at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She grew up interested in critters and creation—involving ten years as a science writer and four years in a Presbyterian seminary, the latter which has been somewhat sidelined by marriage and raising a curious toddler. When not working or spending time with her family, she enjoys playing with her cats, cooking, and reading science fiction.

Stephen Kolderup, Class of 2019
Stephen Kolderup is a retired Presbyterian minister, completing a long series of transitional service in Indiana, Illinois, Georgia, Florida, and New Jersey. Itinerating at this stage will concentrate on completing visits to 50 states, stopping with his wife Jan at national parks and baseball stadiums along the way. Proximity to the University of Illinois offers many opportunities for learning, including a monthly meeting of Astronomy on Tap.

Sandra Hawley, Class of 2020
As an electrical engineer (retired) Sandra Hawley specialized in design and layout of analog application specific integrated circuits for implantable medical devices, and industrial measurement and control devices. Previously she taught mathematics and statistics at Wesley College (DE). In retirement she has pursued her interest in alternative energies and climate change, including design and installation of an off-grid solar power system at a remote cabin. As a ruling elder and deacon, she has served the church in a variety of roles at all governing body levels.

John Norvell, Class of 2020
John Norvell is a graduate of Rice University with degrees in math and physics, and he earned his Ph.D. in physics from Yale University. After postdoctoral training in biophysics he worked at the National Institutes of Health for 32 years before retiring in 2011. John now serves as a volunteer researcher in a genomics group at the University of Maryland and is also a docent at the Smithsonian's Hall of Human Origins. A longtime and active member of the Potomac Presbyterian Church, John cofounded and continues to lead a PASTCF book and discussion group in Potomac, MD.

Carol Anway, Class of 2021
Carol Anway grew up in Superior, WI, studied physics and math at Hamline University, a small Methodist liberal arts university in St. Paul, MN. She enjoyed her time away from studies with cello and handbells. She studied physics at UCLA, graduating with a Ph.D. in elementary particle physics in 1995. She sold data acquisition systems at Hi-Techniques in Madison, WI, for two years, and then went to Boeing in Seattle. She founded a bell choir at Kent First Presbyterian Church, and presently researches lighting protection of aircraft. Carol is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

Mark Douglas, Class of 2021
Mark Douglas is an ordained teaching elder in the PC(USA) and Professor of Christian Ethics at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA. He teaches a wide variety of classes, including ethics, theology, and science and religion. He also directs the Masters of Divinity degree program. Mark holds degrees from Colorado College (B.A. with honors in biology), Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div., Th.M.), and The University of Virginia (Ph.D.). His book, Christian Pacifism for an Environmental Age (Cambridge University Press) will be published in early 2019.

Bill McIvor, SciTech† Editor (ex officio)
Bill McIvor is a retired Presbyterian pastor, having served congregations in Bellevue, WA, Birmingham, MI, Spokane, WA, and Sudbury, MA. He has edited SciTech† since 1997. Bill enjoys the time retirement affords for reading theology as well as the book choices of two disparate book groups. For fun he is trying to relearn playing the trumpet.