ECS Welcomes New Chairman and President to its Board of Trustees

Episcopal Community Services (ECS) is pleased to announce the appointment of The Rev. Canon Daniel G. P. Gutierrez as chairman of the ECS Board of Trustees and L. Fredrick Sutherland as its new board president.

Gutierrez’s appointment follows his recent ordination as the new bishop of the Diocese of Pennsylvania.

Prior to his ordination, The Rev. Canon Daniel G. P. Gutierrez, was a priest of the Diocese of the Rio Grande, canon to the ordinary, chief operating officer, and chief of staff for the diocese, based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. As part of his role in diocesan leadership, he also served as executive director of the diocesan conference and retreat centers and oversaw all aspects of ministry, human resources, budgeting, funds and investments, and capital campaigns within the diocese.

Gutierrez is a graduate of the University of New Mexico, where he earned bachelor’s degrees in history and political science in 1987 and a master of arts in public administration in 1992. In 2007, he earned a diocesan certificate in Anglican studies through the Trinity School for Ministry, and in 2011, he was awarded a master of theological studies degree from St. Norbert College. Gutierrez has been married since 1991 to Suzanne Fletcher Gutierrez, and they have one son, Jude.

“I am confident that our new bishop and board chairman will serve well – in our parishes, at Episcopal Community Services, and for the families and individuals in our programs,” said David E. Griffith, executive director of ECS. Griffith, who served on the diocesan search committee added, “It has been tradition for the bishop to chair the board since the agency’s founding in 1870 by then bishop William Bacon Stevens. We are honored to have this strong connection to the bishop in his role as chairman.”

Fredrick Sutherland was elected board president effective July 1, 2016. Frederick Sutherland is the retired executive vice president and chief financial officer of ARAMARK Corporation. He served in this position from 1997 until April 2015. From April until December 2015 he served as senior advisor to the chairman and CEO until his retirement. In his capacity as chief financial officer he was responsible for business planning, treasury and financing, financial reporting and control, tax, investor relations, mergers and acquisitions, risk management and safety, information technology, supply chain, shared services and internal audit.

Sutherland serves on the board of Consolidated Edison, and is chair of the finance committee. He is also on the board of Colliers International, the world’s third largest commercial real estate services company, which is listed on both the Toronto Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, and Sterling Backcheck, the third largest provider of employee background checks and a portfolio company of Goldman Sachs. Mr. Sutherland also serves as chairman of the board of WHYY, Philadelphia’s public broadcast affiliate, as a trustee and past board president of People’s Light, the second largest non-profit theater in the Philadelphia area, and chairs the leadership gifts committee for Duke University’s $3.2 billion capital campaign. He and his wife, Barbara, an active ECS volunteer, live in Devon.

“It is an exciting time to be associated with Episcopal Community Services. The agency’s approach to supporting underserved Philadelphians has rapidly evolved into one that truly sets it apart from the work of similar organizations. Instead of alleviating the temporary symptoms of poverty, ECS helps to lift individuals and families out of poverty while providing them with the skills to live independently and self-sufficiently. I believe deeply in its mission and in the work carried out by each talented and compassionate staff member, and for that, I am honored to serve as ECS’ board president,” said Sutherland.

Additionally, ECS welcomes four new members to its Board of Trustees: The Rev. Mariclair Partee Carlsen, Matthew J. Espe, Barbara Kozemchak, and Cynthia R. Muse.