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Dr. Winston Silvera '64, President

Dr. Winston Silvera graduated from AUC with majors in Biology and History, and a minor in Chemistry, and received his Ph.D from New York University in Biochemistry. He has also earned New York State certificates in School District Administration and School Administration and Supervision from Columbia University. Dr. Silvera worked in the Science Department of the New York City Department of Education, serving as Chairman from 1974-2003. From 1976-1996, he was Adjunct Professor of Biology at Hostos Community College in the Bronx. He has also worked at Pine Forge Academy in Pennsylvania, and Northeastern Academy in New York City, as well as serving as principal at both Brooklyn Temple and Gold Street Seventh-day Adventist elementary schools. Dr. Silvera has traveled widely, presenting seminars in science and science education.

Among his other interests are community work, which includes security protection, economic and educational development. He plays organ, piano and guitar himself, and enjoys music, sports and reading. He is very active in the Seventh-day Adventist Church locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

George Odell, ’98, MEd, Past President

George Odell is a public high school teacher in North Andover, Mass, and a 1998 Master of Education graduate of the AUC Adult Degree Program (BA, Yale, 1972). He spent his formative early years living on the harbor's edge of Manchester “by the Sea” Massachusetts. Divine providence then brought him to live for over 10 years in Shirley Mass, still unaware of AUC's beautiful South Lancaster campus, just miles away. Subsequent to Shirley, in 1973, he moved to Kingston, Jamaica, where he began Bible studies and was later baptized at the Washington Gardens Seventh-day Adventist Church. One year later, with his bride, Hazel, he left his happy life as a teacher at Calabar High School, also in Kingston, to join his new family business, building the fishing dory boats he had admired as a child in Manchester. For 16 years, his family held ownership of Lowell’s Boat Shop, (founded in 1793, Amesbury MA). Soon after that, George returned to work as an educator, Lowell’s having been born into a new life as a working museum. Since 2012, George has been engaged in another rebirth: the restart of AUC as the educational hub of the Atlantic Union Conference.

George serves on the boards of Amesbury Seventh-day Adventist Church, Amesbury Seventh-day Adventist School, and Lowell’s Maritime Foundation,

Leslie Wood Spencer '74, Secretary

Leslie Wood Spencer, RN, has taught nutrition in the Health Sciences Dept. at MassBay Community College in Framingham for the past nine years.  An AUC nursing graduate, ’74, she also taught nutrition in the Culinary Arts Dept., and medical missions in the Nursing/Religion Depts. at AUC.  She started her nursing career at Stoneham’s N.E. Memorial Hospital, and has held various positions at several hospitals including Mass. General Hospital.  She has co-taught Dr. Nedley’s Depression Recovery Program, and most recently attended his Emotional Intelligence Summit held on the Weimar Institute campus in California.  Her passion is health and nutrition. 

Chris Garrity '94, Treasurer

Chris Garrity, CPA, CIA, CFE is the Chief Audit Executive at Saint Joseph’s University located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Garrity has over 20 combined years of audit and consulting experience within the not for profit and healthcare industries. Many of those years were spent serving as an auditor for the General Conference Audit Service.

Garrity graduated from AUC with a BS degree in Business and Accounting in 1994 and from Bentley University with an MBA in 2001.

Garrity is married to Michelle Garrity (Caster) '92 and together they have three children: Brennan, Brianna, and Bennett.

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