Ignatian Solidarity Network Welcomes New Members to Board of Directors: Mike Barkley, Barry Gilman, Christopher Kellerman, S.J., Deborale Richardson-Phillips, and Nicky Santos, S.J.

BY ISN STAFF | July 22, 2022

The Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) Board of Directors has unanimously voted to welcome Mike Barkley, Barry Gilman, Christopher Kellerman, S.J., Deborale Richardson-Phillips, and Nicky Santos, S.J., each for a three year term beginning  July 1, 2021.

The Ignatian Solidarity Network is a national faith-based social justice education and advocacy organization inspired by the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola. ISN was founded in 2004 and is a lay-led 501(c)(3) non-profit working in partnership with universities, high schools, and parishes sponsored by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) along with many other Catholic institutions and social justice partners.

Mike Barkley is a current member of the board at the Higher Ambition Leadership Alliance and the former CEO of KIND Snacks.

Barkley had a 30-year career in marketing and general management at such consumer companies as Frito-Lay, Campbell’s Soup, and Pinnacle Foods where he led business strategy, demand creation, and commercial operations. He now dedicates as much time as possible to helping people and organizations in the areas of Jesuit education, Ignatian spirituality, social justice, and purpose-driven leadership development.

Barkley earned a bachelor’s degree in commerce at the University of Virginia and an MBA at the University of North Carolina. He is also a graduate of St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, OH. He resides in New Hope, PA with his wife Amy and fur baby Charles Barkley. 

Barry Gilman currently volunteers his legal services with Safe Passage Project, a nonprofit legal services organization representing unaccompanied immigrant children seeking asylum and other forms of immigration relief.  In 2017 he retired from the full-time practice of law as general counsel of Par Pharmaceutical, a developer,Board of Directors, Barry Gilman manufacturer, and distributor of generic pharmaceutical products. Before joining Par, he practiced with the law firms of K&L Gates and Skadden Arps, where his pro bono work included representing survivors of domestic violence seeking restraining orders against abusive partners. Barry holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.A. from Union College.

Barry is an active member of the Church of St. Francis Xavier, a Jesuit Parish in New York City, where he has been involved in the Xavier choir and Xavier’s Welcome Table Soup Kitchen. He is also a member of  Ignatian Schola, a New York-based vocal ensemble composed of Jesuits and lay colleagues, rooted in Ignatian spirituality and dedicated to the exploration of musical prayer in the service of faith and the promotion of justice. 

Barry serves on the gala planning committee and volunteer at Mercy Center in the South Bronx and volunteers as a spiritual mentor with Thrive for Life Prison Project, where he collaborates with a team of dedicated individuals to offer monthly spiritual retreat programming in correctional facilities in New York and New Jersey.

Board of Directors, Christopher Kellerman

Christopher J. Kellerman, S.J., is a Jesuit priest originally from Arlington, TX. He studied at Texas Tech University, the University of Dallas, and Regis College at the University of Toronto. He recently served as visiting fellow and interim director at the Jesuit Social Research Institute at Loyola University New Orleans where he engaged in research, education, and advocacy on issues related to racial justice, environmental justice, and political polarization. Currently, he works in the Office of Justice and Ecology of the U.S. Central and Southern Province of the Society of Jesus. Kellerman is the author of All Oppression Shall Cease: A History of Slavery, Abolitionism, and the Catholic Church, which will be published by Orbis Books in November.

Dr. Deborale Richardson-Phillips has 25 years of diversity, equity, and inclusion experience in higher education and corporate America. She currently serves as the vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion at Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland, OH, where she is responsible for DEI strategic planning and culturalBoard of Directors, Deborale Richardson-Phillips competence. Dr. Richardson-Phillips is also the President of Reconcile DEI consulting. She has held various DEI positions, including at Messiah College, Case Western Reserve University, Cuyahoga Community College, and FirstEnergy. 

She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Human Development and Master of Public Administration from the University of Delaware and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology from Winston-Salem State University. She is currently pursuing a Master of Theology degree with a concentration in Black Catholic Studies from Xavier University (New Orleans). She also earned her PHR from the Human Resource Certification Institute. Dr. Richardson-Phillips recently joined the Saint Martin De Porres High School and Ignatian Solidarity Network boards. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated and Greater Cleveland Historically Black Colleges & Universities Alumni Association. She and her husband Kirk are the proud parents of Nathan and Monet.

Rev. Nicholas Santos, S.J., is a member of  the Marquette University Board of Trustees. He is the rector of the Jesuit Community in Omaha, Nebraska, and an associate professor of marketing in the Heider College of Business at Board of Directors, Nicholas Nicky SantosCreighton University. Fr. Santos, a native of Pune, India, joined the Society of Jesus in 1990 and was ordained in 2000. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in commerce with a specialization in financial accounting from the University of Pune, bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and theology from Jnana Deepa Vidyapeeth in Pune, a master’s in theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University, and an MBA and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. from Marquette University.

Fr. Santos has worked as an accountant in a chemical transportation company and as assistant treasurer and treasurer in two of the major trusts of the Pune Province of the Society of Jesus. He has taught in an evening commerce college in Pune and in the business school at Marquette before joining the faculty at the Heider College of Business. He has also spent three years at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University as a visiting scholar.

His research interests include base-of-the-pyramid markets, business ethics, business and society, Catholic social teaching, corporate social responsibility, social innovation and social entrepreneurship. He has published widely in several academic journals and serves on the editorial policy board of the Macromarketing Society. He serves on the boards at Creighton University, Creighton Prep, and St. Francis Mission, and is past president of the Colleagues of Jesuit Business Education.  

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