Alfred T. Day, III ,General Secretary
Michelle Merkel-Brunskill, Executive Assistant
Jay Rollins, Director of Communications
L. Dale Patterson, Archivist-Records Administrator
Mark Shenise, Associate Archivist
Frances Lyons-Bristol, Reference Archivist
Cassie Brand, Interim Head of Special Collections, Archives and Methodist Librarian
Charles Yrigoyen, Jr. , General Secretary Emeritus
Robert J. Williams , General Secretary, retired
Graduate studies, Drew University and Temple University
M. Div. Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, 1975
B.S., Houghton College, Houghton NY, 1972
Alfred T. Day , beginning in 2014, is the General Secretary of the General Commission on Archives and History . He is a clergy member of theEastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference. He also serves as editor of Methodist History.
Prior to his present appointment, Day served local churches in the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference including a term as District Superintendent and most recently as Pastor of Historic St. George's Church, a United Methodist Heritage Landmark.
Michelle has been with GCAH since 2000. She provides administrative support for the Commission's General Secretary. Michelle is the public's contact at the Archives to answer questions about general information, subscribing to Methodist History, Historic and Heritage Landmark applications, purchasing GCAH publications, and updating the GCAH directory.
Director of Communications
Jay Rollins has more than ten years of experience in various capacities in communications, development, public relations, and marketing roles, with extensive work in more than 20 developing countries.
With the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), he was responsible for the brand and messaging of an organization with a staff of almost 500 in more than 80 countries. He was responsible that all staff was trained in basic communications functions, brand promise/awareness, social media and crisis communication. Additionally, he ensured that these concepts were translated into the country-appropriate language and context. He has been called a pioneer in social media for non-profit organizations and quoted in several books including Elizabeth Drescher’s Click 2 Save.
Additionally, he has extensively traveled and reported around the world. From the border of Syria to the emerging nation of South Sudan, he has been a one-person producer, photographer, reporter, videographer, grip, and editor.
Dale has worked on the Commission Staff since 1994. Prior to that time he was Associate Archivist and Co-Director of the Oral History Center at the University of Louisville. Dale is involved in his local church and in adjunct teaching at Drew University. Contact him if you have questions about sending records to the Archives Center, curious about workshops, or if you wonder what types of records your office or church should be keeping
Mark is the Associate Archivist. His major responsibilities are processing agencies and personal papers, handling reference requests, working on museum displays, overseeing basic conservation needs, working with computers and databases, and preserving/cataloging the artifacts collection. Mark first worked for the archives in 1983 as a Student Assistant. After graduating from Drew Theological Seminary in 1985 and serving as an Associate Pastor in High Mountain Church of the Nazarene, Mark came back to work full-time for the archives in the Fall of 1986. He is a member of the Mendham United Methodist Church. Mark is also a member of the Greater New Jersey Commission on Archives and History.
Frances joined the staff of the Commission as Reference Archivist in March 2008. She previously managed the Archives and Special Properties Collection at American International Group, Inc. in New York City. Prior to working at AIG she was the archivist for The McGraw-Hill Companies.
Interim Head of Special Collections, Archives and Methodist Librarian, Drew University
B.A., Goucher College, 2009
M.L.S., Indiana University, 2011
Ph.D., Drew University, expected graduation 2016
Cassie joined the staff as a full time employee in October 2013 after having worked with them in her previous position as a student assistant. She is currently working on her PhD in History and Culture with a focus on Book History. Previously, she has worked at the Library of Congress, Folger Shakespeare Library, Lilly Library at Indiana University, and Goucher College Library.
General Secretary, Emeritus
Chuck was the GCAH General Secretary from 1982-2005. He is an ordained clergy member of the Eastern Pennsylvanian Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. He lives in retirement, with his wife Jean, in Lancaster, Pennsylvannia.
General Secretary, Retired
Ph.D., Drew University, 1983
M.Div., Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1973
B.A., M.S., University of Pennsylvania, 1970
Bob was the General Secretary from 2006 through June of 2014. He is an elder in the Greater New Jersey Conference and lives with his wife, Renee, in Ocean City, NJ. He currently serves as treasurer of the Charles Wesley Society and staff to the World Methodist Historical Society.