Our Board

The Protestant Campus Ministry Board

Rev. Sandy J. Damhof, Director: Sandy is an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ. She has served churches in the Bronx, NY and Delmar, NY and now resides in Albany with her husband, Curt. She serves as the Director of the Protestant Campus Ministry and is the founding pastor of Journey United Church of Christ, a new church start located in Glenmont, NY. She has experience in contemporary worship, outreach/evangelism, small group ministry and spiritual formation. 

Rev. M.J. Pattison, Vice President works for the Department of Health in Chronic disease prevention. She is also a member at Large of the Presbytery of Albany and parish associate at Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church in Guilderland.

Rev. John KnarvikTreasurer: Rev. Knarvik grew up in the capital district and graduated from Shaker High School in Latham. He completed his undergraduate degree at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh where he concentrated on social analysis and the sociology of religion. Hew was active in the Reformed Church in America while here in Albany, but was drawn into the Lutheran Church while in college. He completed his master of Divinity at Gettysburg Seminary and the Lutheran House of Studies in Washington, D.C. In addition to his ministry with the people of good Shepherd, he serves on a variety of local and international ministry groups including The Capital Region Theological Center and The International Village of Hope

Wendy Samson
: Wendy is an active member of Journey United Church of Christ, in Albany. She graduated from the University at Albany with a major in English with a minor in Education and Political Science. She is currently employed by the NYS Department of Education in the Office of School Improvement. She lives in Delmar with her husband, Dan and her daughter, Nora.

Nancy Landrigan is an active member of the Delmar Reformed Church where she serves as a elder. She also serves as the Clerk for the Classis of Albany. She works as a substitute teacher for the Bethlehem School District and also volunteers with many non-profit organizations in the area. She lives in Delmar with her husband, Joe, and her children, Julie and Kyle.

Cathy Parker is an active member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Albany, NY.  She is a member of the vestry and the chair of the Adult faith formation committee. She also represents St. Andrew's as part of the Advocates for Welcoming Congregations, an interfaith group that helps to promote the local churches and synagogues that welcome LGBT individuals. She has a MS in Mental Health Counseling for SUNY New Paltz and BS in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Inst. She currently works in the University at Albany Career Services.

Josh Nagy grew up in the Capital District, graduating from the University at Albany in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Atmospheric Science. He has attended Cornerstone Campus Ministry services and events since the fall semester of 2004. He met his wife, Aine, at Cornerstone and they became the second "Cornerstone Marriage," the wedding presided over by Rev. Sandy Damhof in September of 2009. 

Rev. Dr. Roxanne Jones Booth
serves as Adjunct Professor at the University in Africana Studies.  She and her husband, also co-pastor Riverview Missionary Baptist Church in Ravena, NY.  She studied at Howard University and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.  She lives in Selkirk, NY

Rev. David Gruenwald
is the pastor of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Albany, NY.  He is a graduate of Concordia Seminary and lives in Albany with his wife, Lindsey, and baby daughter.  

George Herrick is a member of First United Methodist Church in East Greenbush, NY.  He also serves as President of the Capital Area Council of Churches and is a member of CREO (Capital Region Ecumenical Organization) 

Mary Tennermann is a member of Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit in Albany, NY.  She and her husband live in Athens, NY. Here's what she says about her role:  "My pastor mentioned that Cornerstone needed a Lutheran board member.  I am a life-long Lutheran; I decided to get involved with Cornerstone because my daughter was very involved in the campus ministry program when she was at Syracuse University, and it meant a great deal to her. I grew up in Wisconsin (go, Green Bay Packers!), graduated from SUNY New Paltz,  and have been married for 45 years (and most of that time I have worked in secretarial positions). I have been actively involved in social ministry work for a long time, and I wanted to support the programs Cornerstone is offering. I think Cornerstone provides a great opportunity for young people to grow in faith and learn about the complexities of today's world."

Rev. Katy Stenta serves at the Pastor of New Covenant Presbyterian Church in Albany and describes herself as "a storyteller, a dreamer and a believer". She is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and Oberlin College.  She and her husband, Anthony, live in Colonie along with their three sons.