The Leadership Team

Our Leadership Team is comprised of the Synod Officers which are the Moderator, Moderator Elect, the Moderator of the Mission and Ministries Commission, the Stated Clerk, and the Treasurer as well as the Synod Leader. They meet in between Commission and Assembly meetings, for decision-making and to provide guidance to staff.

Jacinth Hanson

Jacinth Hanson is the Moderator for the Synod of the Northeast. A Ruling Elder, she is a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Newtown, in Elmhurst, Queens, in the Presbytery of New York City. 
In her secular life, Jacinth is the executive director of an adult academic and workforce development center in downtown Brooklyn. The Center educates and train students, providing a pathway for them to lifelong learning, college access and economic self-sufficiency. She holds degrees from Adelphi and Georgetown Universities.

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The Rev. Leslie latham

Leslie Latham is the Moderator Elect for the Synod of the Northeast. She is the pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Tonawanda and a minster member of the Presbytery of Western New York. She is a graduate of Keuka College and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and living in Buffalo, NY.

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Warren McNeill

Warren is the Moderator for the Synod’s Mission & Ministries Commission. Currently he is the Stated Clerk for the Presbytery of Newark and a Member of Prospect Church in Maplewood, New Jersey. A fourth-generation Presbyterian, Warren is a Ruling Elder. He has served in leadership positions throughout our denomination. He is working on a Master’s Degree in Religious Leadership and Administration at New York Theological Seminary.


Alan Ford

Alan is the Synod Treasurer. He is a Ruling Elder and a member of Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in the Presbytery of Elizabeth where he presently serves on the presbytery Cabinet and as president of the Board of Trustees.

In his non-church life, Alan is a consulting actuary specializing in group insurance and employee benefits. He is active in his community, having served as president of the United Way of Hunterdon County, as vice-chair of his local board of adjustment and planning board, and is an Eagle Scout with more than 50 years of tenure as a scout and volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America.



Harold is the Synod Leader and has been on staff since 2011. He comes to our community having served a variety of congregations and mid-councils in the Reformed Church in America and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He is a member of Geneva Presbytery. His interests in the work with the Synod focus most keenly on leading change and leadership development. Harold holds degrees from McCormick Theological Seminary, New Brunswick Theological Seminary, and Hope College. He enjoys fly fishing, backpacking, and anything outdoors.



Nancy is the Synod’s Stated Clerk. After a full secular career managing nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies, she answered a call to ministry. She was ordained as a Teaching Elder while developing a new spirituality program for people of all backgrounds, races and ethnicities at Bellevue Hospital Center. Previously serving as Interim Stated Clerk for the Presbytery of New York City, she remains a member of this presbytery. Nancy holds degrees from the University of Michigan, Boston University School of Social Work, and Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. She is a board member of The SpiritHouse Project and her passions include travel and music.