G. Alexander Bryant, DMin.

NAD Executive Secretary

Office: 443.391.7111


Responsible for NAD administrative operations, policy implementation, diversity, and general items pertaining to the Secretariat function. 


Kyoshin Ahn


Office: 443.391.7119


Responsible for the Secretariat functions that include general calls; interpreting, developing and revising church policies; Inter-division travel; collecting and maintaining camp meetings schedules; and other administrative functions of the unit in the absence of and as assigned by the Secretary. 

Carolyn R. Forrest, MSM, SPHR

Associate Secretary and Director of  & IDE-ISE Services

Office: 443.391.7105


Responsibility for the human relations component and its functions which include policy development, revision, and interpretation; coordination of the Sexual Ethics Committee, dispute and conciliation services and race relations. 


Orna K. Garnett, MS, SHRM-CP, PHR

Director, Human Resource Services

Office: 443.391.7102


Orna is the Director of Human Resource Services for the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists in Maryland.  She holds a Masters degree with a concentration in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.  She is responsible for the Talent Management Cycle within Human Resources Services in Maryland for the North American Division.  She oversees Employment, Compensation, Employee Relations, Benefits and Compliance.  Prior to her current position, Orna worked in various industries as a Human Resource Professional in California, Massachusetts, and the Washington D.C. Metro area. She has served in the field of Human Resources for over 15 years.

         Secretariat Support Staff 


Melissa Gottlieb

Executive Assistant

Office: 443.391.7111


Performs a range of duties for the NAD Executive Secretary, including the preparation of agendas and minutes for  the GC and NAD Credentials and Licenses Committees; helps to oversee the publishing of the NAD Working Policy, and assists on special projects. 

Valerie Robbins

Administrative Office Assistant

Office: 443.391.7113


Processes independent transfers, Inter-division calls, and division status applications. Performs a variety of duties that include statistical reporting, writing policy amendments for the Year-end Meeting, edits the Working Policy Book, edits all NAD minutes, assistant recording secretary, provides forms for collecting statistical data from local conferences and church clerks. 

Sharri Davenport

Appointee Coordinator/Administrative Assistant

Office: 443.391.7110


Processes missionaries IDEs to NAD, prepares committees actions, and serves as liaison for NAD IDE employers, and organizes missionary furloughs/annual leaves. Coordinates the Authorized Meetings Calendar of the GC and NAD. Collects Yearbook data for NAD and performs records management duties.  


Marialyce Fordham

Administrative Assistant to OHR

Office: 443.391.7106


Performs various secretarial duties for the associate secretary and director of OVM; including service requests, maintaining division wide Camp Meeting dates/locations, plans and prepares the agenda for advisories, committees, and meetings; coordinates the Black History Program; assists with assigned administrative details for the OHR and OVM. 


Natalie Portilla

Administrative Assistant 

Office: 443.391.7119


Assistant to the Undersecretary. Supports the Undersecretary with various duties including office automation, Inter-division Service Requests, aiding in the management of Laserfiche licenses, eAdventist committee meetings, policy development, and calendar events.

         Human Resource Services Support Staff 


Chandler Riley

Associate Director 

Office: 443.391.7103


Oversees and manages the benefits for NAD headquarter employees, conducts new employee orientations, exit interviews, and functions as the liaison between the employer and the optional benefits vendors.

Sarah Kelly

HR Systems and Training Specialist

Office: 443.391.7104


Responsibilities include the maintenance of HR systems and processes; creates and maintains Kronos accounts; oversees the ergonomic, graduate studies, and time adjustment; manages the informational and promotional materials for the Annual HR Conference; retains continuing education record for all NAD employees; maintains the external and internal HR webpages; develops the office directories, manuals, forms, and schedules; and other HR responsibilities.


Michael Martell, MPA, GMS-T

Senior Employment Specialist

Office: 443.391.7101


Responsible for facilitating the new hire on-boarding process, the audit of job descriptions, review and compliance of government regulated federal employment laws, organizational policies and researches and compiles statistical data for use at the HR Director's request. He holds a Master's degree in Public Administration with an emphasis on policy development and implementation and the Global Mobility Specialist/Strategic Talent Mobility designation (GMS-T). Prior to working with the NAD HRS, he was responsible for facilitating the employment and global relocation process of the International Service Employees for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.  

        Office of Volunteer Ministries Support Staff


Ernest Hernandez, MA, MPA

Processing and Communications Coordinator

Office: 443.391.7116


Oversees processing of long-term volunteer assignments (from recruiting to deployments to reentry), as well as data collection for OVM. Responsible for ongoing communication with NAD field and internal administrative personnel with regards to protocol, crisis management, immigration and insurance. 


Andrea Keele

Long-Term Volunteer Processing Assistant

Office: 443.391.7115


Works with NAD long-term volunteers after NAD Appointees approval until service, and provides support and resources for volunteers returning from service. Assists with communications and social media.

Gladys Guerrero-Cavalheiro

Processing Assistant

Office: 443.391.7117


Processes long-term volunteers through Adventist Volunteer Service and works with Coordinator Accounts and Service Requests for NAD volunteer requests.

Ross Patterson

Processing Assistant

Office: 443.391.7118


Processes long-term volunteers through Adventist Volunteer Service and assists with social media and other ways to spread the word about volunteer missions.