Our Leadership

Our Staff

Associate Executive Director

Ms. April Callender

serves as the Associate Executive Director of the City Society. Ms. Callender began her career at UMCS as the Director of Children’s Programs and was the first person to serve the agency in that capacity. Prior to joining the City Society, Ms. Callender served as a Senior Program Associate at the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies and a Senior Program Specialist at the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York.

Chief Financial Officer

Simeon Saturn
A CPA, having worked most of his career in not-for-profits, Simeon became the Chief Financial Officer as of January 1, 2012.

Senior Accountant
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Ms. Young Huh
is the Senior Accountant of the City Society. Before she began her career at the City Society, Ms. Huh served as a clerk for 4 years at the
Korean Commercial Bank (now Woori Bank) in New York.

Office Manager


Daffnie L. Marinez

is the Office Coordinator of the City Society.  Prior to joining the team at City Society she served as the Senior Administrative Assistant for the Head Start/Early Head Start programs for Northside Center for Child Development for 8 years.

Director of Children’s Program
photo (35)Ms. Aisha Campbell

Prior to working at the City Society, Ms. Campbell served as the Program Director at Five Points Mission – Camp Olmsted. As the Director of Children’s Programs, Ms. Campbell provides churches with resources, best practices and professional development training for youth programs. She holds degrees in Marketing, Management and Advertising. 

Our Executive Director

Dr. William S. Shillady

Rev. Dr. William S. Shillady
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Rev. Dr. William S. Shillady has served as Executive Director of the United Methodist City Society since September 2008.  Before taking this position, he served as a pastor for 29 years.

A native of Reading, Pennsylvania, Rev. Shillady received his undergraduate degree in Religion and Business Administration from Lebanon Valley College.  He serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the college.

In 1981 he earned a Master of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School. He served as a member of the Board of Visitors of the Divinity School from 2007 to 2013 and is now a emeritus member.

After seminary, Rev. Shillady served one year in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference at Hawes Avenue United Methodist Church in Norristown, PA.   In 1982 he transferred to the New York Conference and served for six years as the associate pastor to Rev. Dr. Clayton Miller at Asbury Crestwood United Methodist Church in Yonkers, New York.

In 1988 he was appointed to the Mamaroneck United Methodist Church on the Sound shore in Westchester, where he was senior pastor for 11 years.  During his tenure, the church raised the funds for and accomplished a major restoration project, prompted by the 2,000 pound church bell falling through the steeple one memorable Sunday morning.  Also during this period, Shillady earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Drew Theological School in 1993.

In 1999, he was appointed to the Park Avenue United Methodist Church on the upper east side of Manhattan, where he served as senior pastor for 9 and ½  years.

On September 1, 2008 Shillady became the Executive Director of the United Methodist City Society.

Over the years, Rev. Shillady has served on a variety of boards and committees of the New York Annual Conference, as well as community based programs and boards.  He is currently the co-chair of the Committee on the Episcopacy and a registrar for hte Board of Ordained Ministry.  He served as the chairperson of the Board of Pension and Health Benefits of the Conference for 8 years.  He has been a mentor to candidates for ministry and serves on the District Committee on Ministry.

He represented the NYAC at the General Conference in 2012 and 2016.   He is a member of the extended cabinet of the New York Annual Conference.  Shillady has been appointed by Mayor Bill De Blasio as a member of the Mayor’s Faith Leaders Advisory Council for the City of New York.

Shillady also co-officiated with Rabbi James Ponet at the Chelsea Clinton-Marc Mesvinsky wedding in July of 2010.  He led the memorial service for Dorothy Rodham, the mother of Hillary Rodham Clinton. He maintains a pastoral relationship with the Clinton family.

Our Board of Directors

Board Members

WENDY COOPER, Vice President
Sara Giron-Ortiz, Treasurer

Bishop Jane Allen Middleton, NYAC
Denise Smartt Sears, Metro D.S.
Adrienne Brewington, LIE D.S.
Elizabeth Ott, CT/NY D.S.
Sungchan Kim, LIW D.S.
Matthew T. Curry, CCOM Rep.

 Class of 2016                                Class of 2017                                    Class of 2018           

WENDY COOPER                             JUNE BOBB                                        Magaly Beltre
Leo W. Curry                                      Noel Chin                                             EDWARD BROWN
T. Anne Daniel                                    HYUNG MOO (Michael) Choi         LANCE R. CARLILE
SPENCER DISHER                           Suhee Kim                                            John E. Carrington
WENDELL HARRIS                          Randolph Nugent                               BARBARA EDWARDS
SUSAN KIM                                        COLETTE STANFORD                      Sara Giron-Ortiz
Luisa C. Martinez                               Javier Viera                                         JAMES HARBISON
LAWRENCE MCGAUGHEY                                                                          DONALD T. KIRBY
MARY ELLEN KRIS                                                                                         Wendy Modeste
James W. Perkins

Richard J. Rice


Connectional Ministries Rep.
Matthew T. Curry
Parish Development Rep.
Richard Hayes
Conference United Methodist Women Rep.