American Bible Society

Our Leadership Team

Dr. Roy L. Peterson, President and Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Roy L. Peterson
President & CEO

Since joining the organization in 2014, Roy Peterson has been leading American Bible Society into a third century of faithful service. By partnering with the global church, Peterson and his staff are working to see a renewal of God’s Word in America and the Great Commission extended to the very ends of the earth in our lifetime (Habakkuk 2:14).

Peterson’s heart to see lives transformed by Christ stems from his own life-changing experience with the Scriptures as a young man. In 2017, he released his autobiography, Set Free, in which he shares how God called him from the depths of a Mexican prison into a lifetime of service on the frontlines of Bible ministry.

Prior to joining American Bible Society, he served as President and CEO of both Wycliffe Bible Translators and The Seed Company. He also served with SIL International in Ecuador and Guatemala after enjoying a successful career in business management.

Roy holds a master’s degree in Social Science and Leadership Studies from Azusa Pacific University and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Roger Williams University. He graduated from Stanford University’s Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders and holds honorary doctorates from Taylor University and Eastern University.

Peterson and his wife, Rita, live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They have four children and love spending time with their six grandchildren.
Robert L. Briggs, Senior Vice President, U.S. Ministry
Robert L. Briggs
Senior Vice President, U.S. Ministry

Robert Briggs serves American Bible Society as Senior Vice President of the newly formed U.S. Ministry team. In that role, he will focus on the goal of seeing 100 million Americans engaging with the Bible by 2026.

Most recently, Briggs served as Vice President of the Mission Advancement team, overseeing double-digit growth in donations for the last three years. Prior to that, he led the Global Service Ministry. He was also responsible for launching a research initiative within American Bible Society that provides project research and validation services.

Internationally, Briggs has served as a member of the Global Council of the United Bible Societies, chairing the nominations committee. He has been a member of the steering committee for Every Tribe Every Nation (ETEN) since its formation, which brings together the largest Bible agencies in the world to ensure that 100 percent of the world’s population have access to heart-language Scriptures.

Briggs is a graduate of the University of Missouri’s journalism program. Before joining American Bible Society, he held leadership roles with the American Diabetes Association and co-founded Cityhill, a Christian publishing company. He and his wife Susan live in Philadelphia. They have five adult children and three grandchildren.
Laura Dabkowski, Senior Vice President, People and Organizational Development
Laura Dabkowski
Senior Vice President, People and Organizational Development

Laura Dabkowski has more than 25 years of organizational leadership experience with successes in driving increased organizational effectiveness and engagement. She has served in leadership positions with General Electric and ARAMARK in numerous industries, including financial, manufacturing, healthcare, higher education, insurance and service delivery.

Most recently, as vice president for ARAMARK's Healthcare and Higher Education divisions, Dabkowski provided strategic direction delivering effective and aligned execution in the areas of organizational development/readiness and human resources across the $3.5 Billion Healthcare business. Prior to joining ARAMARK, Dabkowski served as Vice President, Human Resources for GE Capital and Human Resources Leader for GE Equipment Management and Aircraft Engines.

Dabkowski is currently participating in the Executive Doctorate in Business Administration (EDBA) at the Fox School of Business at Temple University. In addition, she is engaged in the nonprofit administration post-graduate program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Fel’s Institute. Dabkowski earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bowling Green State University and an MBA from Xavier University.

Based in the Philadelphia area, Dabkowski and her husband, Mark, are the parents of Michelle and Jim, who are both currently attending university.
Andrew Hood, Vice President, Global Ministry
Andrew Hood
Vice President, Global Ministry

Andrew Hood stepped into his current role as vice president of Global Ministry in July 2018. Originally introduced to American Bible Society in 2007 as a freelance photographer, Hood has since led the organization’s Communications and Trauma Healing Ministry teams.

With leadership experience in business, hospitality, communications, and ministry, Hood brings a wide range of experiences to his role. He graduated from LSU in his home state of Louisiana with a degree in writing and philosophy. He also has a Master of Fine Arts from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Hood lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Leah, and their two sons, Emery and Soren.
Stephen Kao, General Counsel
Stephen Kao
General Counsel

Stephen Kao joined American Bible Society as General Counsel in 2017. He brings over two decades of experience in legal counsel. Prior to joining American Bible Society, Kao served as Senior Counsel at Gammon & Grange, a private law firm outside of Washington DC.

In addition to his legal expertise, Kao brings a passion for ministry. He led a CRU ministry in North Carolina, promoted restorative justice with Prison Fellowship Ministries in Washington, DC, and served as president of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Columbia University.

Kao graduated with honors in Political Science from Columbia University and earned his Juris Doctorate at the University of Virginia School of Law. He lives in the Philadelphia area with his wife, Teresa, where they homeschool their three children, Caleb, Bethany, and Micah.
Whitney T. Kuniholm, Senior Vice President of Mission Advancement
Whitney T. Kuniholm
Senior Vice President of Mission Advancement

Whitney T. Kuniholm joined the Senior Leadership Team as senior vice president of Mission Advancement at American Bible Society in July 2018, after 16 months of establishing a strong foundation for the $150 million Bicentennial Campaign as director of campaign partnerships. In his current role, he leads the fundraising, communications, and research activities underpinning American Bible Society’s ministries.

Kuniholm is also president emeritus of Scripture Union USA, where he provided over a decade of leadership. Before joining Scripture Union, he served as executive vice president of Prison Fellowship. He also held the position of chairman of the Forum of Bible Agencies – North America.

In 2004, Kuniholm created the E100 Challenge, a church-wide Bible reading program that has been translated into 25 languages and has reached 15 million people around the world. American Bible Society has used the E100 Challenge in its Armed Services Ministry, as well as Bible distribution work in China. Other resources authored by Kuniholm include four books—The Essential 100, The Essential Jesus, The Essential Question, and John: An Eyewitness Account of the Son of God—and many booklets, including Confessions of a Guilty Bible Reader. He also speaks at churches and Christian conferences.

Kuniholm is a graduate of Houghton College. He and his wife, Carol, have three children and three grandchildren.
Rev. Dr. James J. Puchy, Chief of Staff
Rev. Dr. James J. Puchy
Chief of Staff

James J. Puchy serves American Bible Society as Vice President of U.S. Ministry Integration where he oversees strategic and operational planning; ministry to the Military, Multi-Language, Roman Catholic, and Prison communities; and Board of Director for support operations.

He retired from the U.S. Army in 2011 after serving in the Army Chief of Chaplains’ Office as Commandant and Director of Sustainment and Information from April 2008. He was the founding pastor of Helemano Community Chapel in Hawaii, Continental Community Chapel in Fort Monroe, and Chapel Next in Fort Belvoir. He earned a bachelor of arts in economics and English from Rutgers University, as well as master’s degrees from University of Southern California, Alliance Theological Seminary, Syracuse University, and U.S. Army War College. He earned a doctorate in education from University of Southern California and a post-doctoral certificate in leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary. A retired Army colonel, Puchy also has an extensive military education.

Puchy and his wife, the former Rebecca Lynn Genshaw, reside in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.
Mark Wilson, Chief Financial Officer
Mark Wilson
Chief Financial Officer

Mark Wilson brings a wealth of experience as a finance leader with proven success in nonprofit organizational growth, and is also deeply passionate about God’s Word and the mission of American Bible Society.

In his previous role with Philabundance, Wilson helped to ensure that 90,000 people per week were provided with the food they needed in the greater Philadelphia region. He is excited now to be using his gifts of financial strategy, innovation, and servant leadership to serve the global mission of American Bible Society.

He is a CPA with his MBA who has also served at Westminster Seminary, AmerisourceBergen, and KPMG before joining Philabundance. Wilson lives in the Philadelphia area with his wife, Nathalie, and his three sons, Max, Luke, and Benjamin.

Board Members
As of July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018

  • Jeffrey Brown,
    Chairman of the Board
  • Angela Williams,
    Vice Chairman of the Board
  • Katherine Barnhart,
    Secretary of the Board
  • Mark Hanson,
    Treasurer of the Board
  • Nick Athens
  • Thomas Bindley
  • Rebecca Contreras
  • Tessie Güell Devore
  • Cheryl Holland
  • Edward m. Kobel
  • George I. Kovoor
  • Karen Louie
  • Mark Matlock
  • Karen McDonald
  • Theodore Nicolakis
  • Mario Paredes
  • Georganne Perkins
  • Roy Peterson
  • The Rev. Paul A. Soukup S.J.
  • David Wills

Advisors
As of July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018

  • Elizabeth Peale Allen
  • Elizabeth Frank
  • Diane Linen Powell

Ex-officio Voting Board Member
Roy Peterson