Board of Directors
HONORABLE KAY COLES JAMES, BOARD CHAIR
The Honorable Kay Coles James serves as the board chair and along with her husband, Charles James, purchased Holly Knoll in 2005, with the vision to completely restore the campus and use it to educate the next generation of leaders. Mrs. James currently is the President of one of the world's most prestigious think tanks, The Heritage Foundation.
DR. CARL ELLIS JR.
Dr. Carl Ellis Jr. is the Academic Dean of the Makazi Institute and Provost’s Professor of Theology and Culture at Reformed Theological Seminary. Dr. Ellis equips individuals and organizations to meet today’s challenges, including facing the African American cultural crisis and understanding the dynamics of diversity. Dr. Ellis has contributed to numerous publications and has written several articles and books. He holds a PhD from Oxford Graduate School, where he also received the President's Award for Research Showing the Greatest Potential for Societal Change. He has received several other awards including an honorary DLitt from Biblical Theological Seminary. He appears as a contributor on national radio and television programs.
Elizabeth Level has served on the board of The Gloucester Institute since its founding. Prior to joining The Gloucester Institute, Mrs. Level served on the staff of US Senator George Allen as his regional representative for Hampton Roads, VA, from 2001 to 2004. Mrs. Level has a bachelor's degree in English from Hampton University, is a mother of three children, and resides in Fairfax County, Virginia.
JOHN LITTEL, Esq.
John Littel, Esq is the President of Magellan of Virginia and Chief External Affairs Officer for Magellan Health. Prior to joining Magellan, he served as Executive Vice President for External Affairs at Amerigroup Corporation, until that company was acquired by Anthem, then served as an Interim Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for Anthem; he was responsible for growth and business development. Previously, he has served at the federal and state government levels, including as the Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia and as the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for the White House's Office of National Drug Control Policy. Mr. Littel earned his bachelor's degree in philosophy and political science from the University of Scranton and J.D. from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University.
Maurice Kuykendoll leads a team responsible for financial and management reporting for Prudential’s insurance operations in Japan. He recently returned to the US from a long-term assignment in Prudential’s largest international insurance company, The Gibraltar Life Insurance Co., in Tokyo, Japan. Before his assignment in Japan, Mr Kuykendoll was chief of staff to the CFO, and co-lead for Prudential’s first filing of a resolution plan to the Federal Reserve Board and FDIC. Prior to joining the CFO community, he held roles in Prudential Annuities and Individual Life Insurance. Mr. Kuykendoll is a graduate of Harvard Business School where he earned the master in business administration degree with Distinction. He earned a B.S. in accounting from Hampton University and is a Virginia certified public accountant.
Will Nance is a Vice President of Operations for Erickson Living Retirement Communities and Executive Director of Ashby Ponds in Ashburn, Virginia, where he is responsible for the overall management of 800 employees serving 1,700 seniors living in independent living, assisted living, memory care and nursing. Prior to joining Erickson in 1998, Mr. Nance previously served at Prison Fellowship Ministries and in the George H. W. Bush administration. He received a marketing degree from Auburn University and a Masters of Business Administration from Strathclyde University in Glasgow, Scotland. Mr. Nance and his family live in Alexandria, Virginia.