Ellen Knudsen

President and Executive Director

eknudsen@umff.org


For more than 21 years, Ellen Knudsen served The United Methodist Church in several positions at the General Board of Global Ministries. Starting as the executive assistant to the General Secretary of the international mission agency, she built relationships with church leaders around the world. She then moved to US-based work with the United Methodist Women’s network of National Mission Institutions providing technical support to non-profit boards and executive directors for 26 organizations.  In 2012, she became the Director of Advance Projects where she provided visionary and strategic leadership for the designated giving program of The United Methodist Church. Ellen is serving on the General Council on Finance and Administration’s board committee for Fiduciary, Foundation and Property matters. Originally from a farming community in the West Ohio Annual Conference, she now resides with her husband in New York City where she is a member of the Church of the Village United Methodist Church.

Staff and Field Reps

Field Representatives

The Frontier Foundation is blessed with a team of trained and experienced field representatives who provide a variety of services which include investment guidance, personal financial education and planning, stewardship training, fund raising and trouble shooting. Contact our Coordinator or Executive Director to engage one of these skilled individuals in meeting the needs of your congregation.

Field Representative Coordinator
Mr. Joe Andreana, Oxford, CT
jandreana@umff.org

Field Representatives
Ms. Heather Brown, Verona, NY

Ms. Elizabeth "Brooke" Conklin, Saratoga Springs, NY
Ms. Susan Ezrati, Tivoli, NY
Ms. Margaret Howe, New Paltz, NY
Rev. Fred Kelsey, Horseheads, NY
Rev. Dr. Robert Knebel, West Hartford, CT
Rev. Vernon Lee, Dewitt, NY
Mr. Ed Ruppmann, Woodbury, NY
Mr. Ron Salyer, Penn Yan, NY


 

Please direct all inquiries to:

Joe Andreana
203.887.9222
jandreana@umff.org

Ellen Knudsen
914.615.2238
eknudsen@umff.org


Sally Evans

Office Administrator

​sevans@umff.org

Joe Andreana

Field Representative Coordinator

jandreana@umff.org


Mr. Andreana brings extensive experience in business development and not-for-profit fundraising to the Foundation. He served as the Executive Director, CT Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, leading the lobbying of the Connecitcut Legislature to secure in excess of $8 million in state appropriations from 2006 to 2012 and successfully funded other initiatives to secure additional state funding. He also served as President & CEO of the Oxford Economic Development Corporation, a position responsible for directing a wide and varied number of economic development activities including the planning, development and implementation of Oxford’s Plan of Development. He organizes the UMFF Field Representatives, scheduling them to meet with partner churches and others, developing materials, running district workshops and Clergy Finance Training and chairing the selection team for the UMFF Ministry grants. He is a member of the Great Hill United Methodist Church in Seymour, CT.

Kate Pendzuk

Staff Accountant

​kpendzuk@umff.org

Meet our team.



Our staff