Board of Trustees

Duncan C. Sahner
Chairman

Duncan C. Sahner works at Abdiel Capital, a value investment partnership in Manhattan. He graduated from Princeton University with a degree in History. He served previously as assistant director of the Witherspoon Institute, which works to enhance public understanding of the moral foundations of free and democratic societies. Subsequently he became a special assistant to investor Peter Thiel. In addition to the Legacy Project, Sahner serves several other organizations as a trustee, among them Tumaini Tanzania, a nonprofit he co-founded to provide scholarships and educational opportunities to students in East Africa.

Ryan K. Lovett
Treasurer

Ryan K. Lovett was born in Portland, OR.  He received his B.A. from the University of Iowa, where he came under the influence of conflicting intellectual authorities: in philosophy, Panayot Butchvarov, Scott MacDonald, Richard Fumerton and Charles Taylor; in science, James Van Allen; and in literature and economics, Donald McCloskey and Marilynne Robinson.  Mingled with his rather inadequate religious education as a child and young man, he developed the impression F. Nietzsche was the greatest theologian of the 19th century.  It was not until John F. Crosby introduced the thought of Dietrich von Hildebrand to him at the Franciscan University of Steubenville that he was able to unravel his confusions; and, eventually, find the intellectual space for God.  He was baptized in Steubenville on Holy Saturday 1998.  He has been a Trustee with the Legacy Project since its inception in 2004.  Ryan is a nationally recognized expert in nonprofit leadership and management, and today is a partner with Sepr Consulting.  He and his wife, Lizz, are the parents of four children.

My debt to von Hildebrand’s genius can hardly be overstated.  His penetrating insight into the importance of reverence – that it is a precondition for the possibility of metaphysics – was essential in helping overturn my previous intellectual world-view.  By successfully wedding this insight to an intuition of great spiritual significance – that it is poverty that grounds reverence – he showed that a true metaphysics can be known only insofar as one is a person of prayer: that is, a person receptive of Being.  Von Hildebrand here successfully bridges Athens and Jerusalem: by revealing metaphysics as a personalist metaphysics.  Concrete individuals disclose their relation to the wider cosmos, and – finally – to the personal God.  Von Hildebrand helps us learn how to listen for this truth.  For me, this was his genius.
Ryan believes he is a Trustee so audacious, he dares to write, unedited, his own bio.

Rabbi Mark Gottlieb
Trustee

Rabbi Mark Gottlieb is Senior Director of the Tikvah Fund and founding Dean of the Tikvah Institute for High School Students at Yale University. Prior to joining Tikvah, Rabbi Gottlieb served as Head of School at Yeshiva University High School for Boys and Principal of the Maimonides School in Brookline, MA and has taught at The Frisch School, Ida Crown Jewish Academy, Hebrew Theological College, Loyola University in Chicago, and the University of Chicago. He received his B.A. from Yeshiva College, rabbinical ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, and an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Chicago, where his doctoral studies focused on the moral and political thought of Alasdair MacIntyre. Rabbi Gottlieb is a member of the Orthodox Forum Steering Committee and serves on the Editorial Committee of Tradition: A Journal of Orthodox Jewish Thought. In addition to his contributions to Jewish theology, Rabbi Gottlieb has written on the thought of C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, and John Paul II, and is especially interested in the relationship between Jewish and Christian forms of personalism. He lives in Teaneck, NJ with his wife and five children.

Anthony Gualandri
Trustee

Anthony Gualandri was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois.  He received his BA in Philosophy and English Literature from Franciscan University of Steubenville (FUS) in 2003.  His main areas of philosophical interest at FUS were in ethics and epistemology, and in particular the contributions of Dietrich von Hildebrand to these two areas. While pursuing his degree at FUS Anthony worked for several companies in technology solutions, including Alabanza, Inc. and VA Linux Systems, Inc. In 2004 he moved to Washington, D.C. and began working for Mercedes Wilson, the president of Family of the Americas Foundation (FAF). His role at FAF was principally in the area of fundraising and development. 

Anthony has been working with the Legacy Project since its inception in early 2004, where he is actively involved in fundraising and development as well as being in charge of special projects, principally in the areas of dissemination and mediation. He has helped to design and develop the Legacy Project's website and is spearheading the work of electronically preserving and cataloguing the nearly 40,000 pages of unpublished papers, notes, and correspondence of von Hildebrand.

 

Patricia C. Lynch
Trustee

Patricia C. Lynch is a resident of Edwards, Colorado. She is a member of the Knights and Dames of Malta, the Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulchre. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Papal Foundation and on the Advisory Council of Bravo! Vail.

Stephen Klimczuk-Massion
Trustee

Stephen Klimczuk-Massion is a corporate strategist, scenario planner, foundation director, author and Quondam Fellow of Oxford University's Saïd Business School.  

He is a regular speaker at the Global Family Séjour, the Prince of Liechtenstein's program for ultra high net worth families, the UBS Global Philanthropy Forum and other venues.  A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UCLA who pursued further study at Cambridge and at the Institut Catholique de Paris, he started his career at Bain & Company and Goldman Sachs.

An active Knight of Malta, he serves as a part-time diplomat of the Order and previously served on the board of Order of Malta Worldwide Relief - Malteser Americas International.  The son of Polish political exiles who settled in North America, he holds US, Canadian, Polish and Swiss citizenship.  He is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society, and was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for Canada in 2012.

Michael Matheson Miller
Trustee

Michael Miller received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, an M.A. from Nagoya University’s Graduate School of International Development (Japan), an M.A. in philosophy from Franciscan University, and an M.B.A. in International Management from Thunderbird Graduate School of Global Business. 

Michael lectures internationally on such themes as moral philosophy, economic development, and social theory, and entrepreneurship. He is a frequent guest on radio and has been published in the Washington Times, The Detroit News, The LA Daily News, and Real Clear Politics. Michael Matheson Miller is Research Fellow and Director of Acton Media at the Acton Institute. With some ten years of international experience, Miller has lived and traveled in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Much of his current work at the Acton Institute involves leading PovertyCure, promoting entrepreneurial solutions to poverty in the developing world.  Before coming to Acton, he spent three years at Ave Maria College of the Americas in Nicaragua where he taught philosophy and political science and was the chair of the philosophy and theology department.

William H. Rooney
Trustee

William H. Rooney is a partner in Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP and Chair of Willkie’s U.S. Antitrust Practice Group, where he specializes in antitrust matters before courts and enforcement agencies across jurisdictions.

Mr. Rooney's antitrust experience includes a wide range of domestic and international merger filings, U.S. and European investigations of alleged cartels, abuses of dominance, and other anticompetitive activity, class-action and private litigation, and business ventures that involve the antitrust or competition laws of multiple jurisdictions.

Chambers USA (2005-2014) ranks Mr. Rooney among the leading antitrust practitioners in New York.  Mr. Rooney is a former Chair of the Antitrust Section of the New York State Bar Association and of the Committee on Antitrust and Trade Regulation of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.  Mr. Rooney is also a former Vice-Chair of the Economics Committee of the Section of Antitrust Law of the American Bar Association.

Mr. Rooney received a Diploma in Law from the University of Oxford, a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School, and a Bachelor of Arts (summa cum laude) from the University of Notre Dame.

Jonathan J. Sanford
Trustee

Jonathan J. Sanford is Provost and a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Dallas. As Provost, Sanford has principal responsibility for all aspects of academics, campus ministry, student life, and athletics at the university. He graduated summa cum laude from Xavier University in Classical Languages and Philosophy in 1997, received his PhD from University of Buffalo, State University of New York in 2001, and received a post-doctoral fellowship from Fordham University in 2001-2002. Sanford served at Franciscan University of Steubenville for thirteen years where in addition to his faculty appointments he held a number of administrative appointments, including Associate VP for Academic Affairs. At the University of Dallas, he has previously served as the Dean of the Constantin College of Liberal Arts. He is the recipient of a number of grants and awards, has been the organizer of many conferences and speakers series, and was the founder and initial Director of Franciscan University Press. He has published widely on philosophical figures and topics, and more recently on liberal education. He is especially interested in foundational questions in moral philosophy, as evidenced in his latest book, Before Virtue: Assessing Contemporary Virtue Ethics (The Catholic University of America Press, 2015). He is currently writing a book on virtue and education. He has lectured widely to both scholarly and popular audiences on a variety of topics, and hosts a radio show on a DFW station which focuses on liberal education and cultural renewal. Sanford serves on the Executive Committee of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, is a Fellow of the Dallas Institute for Humanities and Culture, is a member of Legatus, and belongs to several learned societies. He and his wife Rebecca live in Irving, Texas, where they try to stay at least a day ahead of their children’s busy school and activity schedules.

Gregory Woodward
Trustee

Gregory Woodward is an entrepreneur and Managing Partner of Novum International LLC., a private holding company established in 2011.  Novum and its subsidiaries operate businesses in the fashion and technology industry. Leading up to this Gregory served for one year as CEO of an international fashion brand best known for its prestige in the bridal industry.  Prior to that Gregory was Senior Vice President of Finance for Millbrook Ventures, LLC, a New York based real-estate development firm. Gregory works actively as a consultant and has been retained by companies to assist with; structuring equity, debt and municipal bond offerings, mergers, acquisitions and exploring new innovations in electronic payments. 

Gregory has been a featured panel speaker at thought leadership forums, global CEO conferences and universities. He serves on several nonprofit boards across a range of areas including the arts, academia and social reform.  Since 2001 Gregory has served in various capacities including member and trustee for two private family foundations established by his great-grandfather John J. Raskob.    

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