Meet our Board of Directors
A 37 member board currently serves the AFCU. The board is augmented by 12 Associate members 5 Consultants and 6 Church Representatives.. All members volunteer their time, talents and expenses.
Below is a picture of the board members that attended the most recent board meeting.
Our Elected Officials
Kris Richardson Smith
Kris Richardson Smith joined the AFCU board in May of 2017 and was elected as President by the board in May of 2020. Kris was a member of the Development committee until she became President. Living in Paris from 2006 until 2011 Kris was a Member of the American Church in Paris . With her husband John she now lives in Canton, Massachusetts & Salisbury, in the United Kingdom.
Don worked most of his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), including starting in Kansas City Missouri, Tucson Arizona, Richmond Virginia, Tokyo Japan (from 1995-2001), New Jersey and New York (2005-2016) and Paris, France (2016-2021). This is the third time in their married lives they have lived in Annapolis, returning each time after Don’s assignments in Tokyo, New York and Paris. Don served many different clients early in his career but from 2001 he focused primarily on financial services companies and in the last 15 years almost exclusively on large global insurance companies. During his 37 years at PwC he was also engaged in other parts of PwC, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, consulting and in forensics investigation work. Don held various leadership positions during his career including the NY insurance practice but felt his career calling was in client service and so he always aspired to serve the large complex financial institutions. Don graduated from Rockhurst University, a Jesuit university in Kansas City, Missouri. Don has been an active participant in organizations and churches over the years in their various locations but was particularly active at the American Church in Paris (ACP) where he served four years on the finance and stewardship committees, including periods as the Vice Chair and Chair of the Finance, Stewardship and Development Committee. Don was active in many areas of the finance, accounting, budgeting, and fundraising at ACP and is excited to join the AFCU board in 2021.
Julie Voskuil firsts joined the AFCU board in 2004 as Treasurer. She served in this role from 2004 through 2007. Julie again assumed the role of Treasurer in 2017 . Julie and her husband, Jon, were members at the ACP from 1996 to 1999. While in Paris, Julie served in a number of critical roles.. Julie is a CPA and is a tenured Accounting professor at Calvin University, where she has taught since 1999. The Voskuils currently reside in East Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Russ McNaughton was elected to the AFCU Board in 1988. He served as Co-Chair, Development Committee (2005-2014) and currently is the Financial Secretary (2014-present). Russ worked on the committees for three Capital Campaigns for ACP including The new Von Beckerath Organ, Faith into Action and ACP-160. He also Chaired the Capital Campaign for new Heating and Sound Systems for ACB and currently Chairs the Campaign to build the ACB Endowment Fund. Russ and his wife, Carol, were members of the American Church in Paris from 1983 to 1987. They live in Woodbury, Minnesota.
2nd Vice President
Jon has been active on several AFCU Committees since joining the Board in 2017, including the Interim Pastor Search Committee for ACP and the Strategic Planning Committee. Jon graduated from Calvin College with a B.A. in Economics and French in 1987. He subsequently earned an MBA in International Marketing and Organizational Behavior from the Eli Broad School of Business at Michigan State University in 1991. He currently resides in Tokyo, Japan with his wife Julie. He enjoys tennis, golf and playing the piano. Their 3 children currently live and work in the West Michigan area.
The Board is further supported by volunteers.
Consultants who bring a certain experience and expertise.
Pastors and ex-officio members from each of the churches.
Finally, there are the Associate Board members who wish to maintain close contact with the Board but who are not obligated to attend Board meetings.