Board of Directors

Brent Assink
Brent is the Chief of Philanthropy of Fuller Seminary and Executive Director of The Fuller Foundation. He oversees all fundraising programs in support of the mission of Fuller Seminary and ensures a stable and growing philanthropic base for the Seminary’s global ministry. Brent is responsible for growing the Seminary’s assets through planned gifts, new gifts to the Fuller Endowment and effective investment management. Prior to joining Fuller Seminary and The Fuller Foundation, he served for 18 years as Executive Director of the San Francisco Symphony, recognized as one of the world’s most innovative and successful orchestras.  As a top leader in the classical music field, his long tenure at the San Francisco Symphony included managing a budget of nearly $75 million while working closely with the institution’s 80-member Board of Governors, 107 full-time musicians and an administrative staff of 140. A hallmark of Brent’s tenure was the Symphony’s Second Century Campaign, which raised over $140 million in new endowment and program support, well exceeding its original goal of $100 million. Brent began his career in the non-profit sector at The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, where he helped turn the SPCO’s budget deficit around through artistic and educational initiatives, expanded marketing efforts and the largest fundraising campaign in the organization’s history up to that point. He holds dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Business Administration and Music from Dordt College and a Master of Arts in Musicology from the University of Minnesota.


Bob-CeremsakRobert J. Ceremsak, Jr.
Bob Ceremsak joined Farallon Capital Management, LLC in 2010 where he was a Managing Member, responsible for Investor Relations. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 1978 and a Master of Business Administration in 1985 from Stanford University. Bob began his career with Price Waterhouse leaving as a Senior Auditor to be Manager of Pension Investments at Penn Central Corp.  In 1985 he joined Goldman Sachs, ultimately managing their West Coast prime brokerage business.


Katherine Herrick Drake

Kathy Drake received a Bachelor of Arts in German Studies and International Relations from Pomona College. After completing a Master of Business Administration in Finance at the University of California, Los Angeles, Kathy joined Dodge & Cox Investment Managers in 1981, where she worked as an Investment Analyst and Portfolio Manager, ultimately serving on the firm’s Investment Policy Committee and as Trustee of the Dodge & Cox Funds. Since her retirement from the firm in 2010, she spends her time volunteering at a number of non-profit organizations, primarily focusing on microfinance and economic empowerment.


Mark-LabbertonDr. Mark Labberton
Mark Labberton was named President of Fuller Theological Seminary in 2013, after serving as Lloyd John Ogilvie Associate Professor of Preaching and Director of the Lloyd John Ogilvie Institute of Preaching since 2009. He came to Fuller Seminary after 16 years as Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, California. Mark has been involved in ministry for over 30 years. In 1982, he co-founded the Christian International Scholarship Foundation (CISF)—an organization funding the advanced theological education of Christian leaders from the Majority World, including executives of relief organizations, college and seminary faculty and denominational presidents—and served on the board of CISF for 17 years.

Cliff-PennerDr. Clifford Penner
Cliff Penner and his wife Joyce began working together in 1976, specializing in sexual therapy. Together they have authored 10 books on sexuality recently focusing on training mental health professionals and pastors. Cliff received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Bethel College. He was in the first class to enter Fuller Seminary’s new School of Psychology where he received his Master of Arts in Theology and Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology. He became an associate of Associated Psychological Services and remained a partner of that group until 1995. He has served on the Board of Trustees of Fuller Theological Seminary for over 40 years and is currently the Chairman.


Jim Rea
Jim Rea is a Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager with U. S. Trust Bank of America Private Wealth Management. Jim has more than 35 years experience serving high net worth individuals, families, trusts, corporations, family offices, endowments and foundations providing comprehensive investment management and financial planning for traditional and alternative investments. Jim received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Southern California and was formerly registered with the SEC as an Investment Advisor and with the NASD as a Principal Broker Dealer, Underwriter and Distributor. He has served as chair of several boards affiliated with the Presbyterian Church USA.

Roy L. Rogers

Roy Rogers has been a private investor and general partner of two venture capital funds, following a position as Senior Vice President and Managing Partner at Hambrecht & Quist. He began his career as a Development Engineer at the Sylvania Electronic Defense Laboratory after earning a Bachelor of Science from Oregon State University in 1956, and three years later a Master of Science from Stanford University. In 1967 he accepted the position of Director of the Advanced Technical Division at the Quantum Science Corporation, followed by a position with First San Francisco Financial Corporation as a specialist in financial analysis of tech-oriented companies.


Danny-VillanuevaDaniel L. Villanueva
Danny Villanueva is a partner in the private equity firm of RC/Fontis Partners, LP. He led the launch of Major League Soccer in Southern California as President of the Los Angeles Galaxy. He is also known for his role as co-founder of Moya, Villanueva & Associates, Inc., a national marketing and public relations firm. Danny co-founded Radio America, Inc., a company involved in nationally-syndicated programming and radio station ownership and has managed Spanish-language television stations KTVW-TV of Phoenix and KMEX-TV of Los Angeles, both Univision affiliates. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Stanford University.


Terrence Watson
Terry Watson has many years of experience in banking and investment management in the U.S. and Europe. He previously served as the Chief Risk Officer of Allianz Asset Management, Managing Director and Global Risk Director of Barclays Global Investors and Executive Vice President of Bank of America. Terry has been involved with non-profit organizations for many years, particularly in the micro-finance and micro-insurance sectors in the developing world. Terry received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Jesus College, Oxford.