President & CEO / Investment Committee, Staff

The Rev. Dr. Charles C. Buck

Charles Buck has been President and CEO of UCF since March 2019. He is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ, having served as pastor in Northern California and Hawai`i, as well as conference minister in Hawai`i and New Hampshire. Prior to joining UCF, Charles was a member …

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Director, Responsible Investing / Staff

Matthew Illian

Matthew joined UCF in 2020 as the Director of Responsible Investing. He brings extensive experience working with philanthropic organizations and other values-based investors in designing investment strategies that achieve both financial and mission-aligned impact. Matthew is a CFP® professional. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Virginia, where …

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Vice President, Institutional Relationships / Staff

Matthew W. Wagner

Matt joined United Church Funds (UCF) in February 2013 as the Investor Development Associate, and currently serves as the Vice President, Institutional Relationships. His role within UCF has expanded to include providing executive leadership to Institutional Relationship and Client Service efforts, while developing and executing strategic initiatives to help grow …

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Director, Finance & Administration / Staff

Karen Sherman-Chang

Karen joined UCF in December 2011 bringing with her over 15 years experience in finance — with a specialty in Credit Default Swaps and Commodity Trading Industries. Karen attained a BA in Business Administration from Baruch College in 1998 and has completed all parts of the Certified Public Accountant examination. …

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Client Services Team Leader and Planned Giving Associate / Staff

Milagros Hernandez

Milly joined UCF in 2004 and is the friendly voice you often hear on the other end of the phone, overseeing the customer service for account-related inquiries. Prior to UCF she worked in public opinion research at Baruch College, Greenpath Debt Solutions, and at a Bio-Chem Laboratory. Milly holds two …

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Institutional Relationships Executive / Staff

Stacey Pettice

Stacey joined UCF in 2016 as an Institutional Relationships Executive. She brings extensive knowledge and experience in the Financial Services & Investment industry. Stacey graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hampton University where she received a BS in Finance. Upon graduation she joined Goldman Sachs & Co. as an Options and …

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Client Services Representative / Staff

Crysta Seelal

Crysta joined UCF in 2011 and serves the front lines of our Investor Services Department. She handles the day-to-day client processing and provides customer service to investors needing account information. Crysta has 12 years of banking experience in customer service and accounts payable. She lives in Brooklyn, is a mother …

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Senior Accountant / Staff

Deborah Cho

Deborah Cho joined UCF in September 2020 as a Senior Accountant bringing with her 2 decades of experience within corporate accounting. Born and bred in the Boston area, Deborah earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (BA Anthropology) and graduate degree at Boston University (MSAS Financial Economics) …

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Staff Accountant / Staff

Michele Hamilton

Michele has worked with the UCC since 1989. A native New Yorker, she earned her BS in Accounting from City University of New York. In addition to her work with UCF, Michele owns Sara Mae Bakery, a Harlem-based catering and baked goods business. Michele is a member of the African …

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Administrative Assistant, Administration / Staff

Gaylord Tang

Gaylord joined the UCF team in 2012 as our expert in logistics and organization. He holds a BA in Studio Art from Brooklyn College and previously worked in the legal and human resources fields. Gaylord has over 10 years experience in administration and enjoys painting and printmaking in his spare …

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