Our Leadership Team
Dr. Roy L. Peterson, President
In January 2014, Roy Peterson was selected by the Board of Trustees to be the president and CEO of American Bible Society. He began his new position in February, 2014, serving also as a voting member of the American Bible Society Board of Trustees.
Peterson spent a decade as the president and CEO of The Seed Company, a Bible translation ministry based in Arlington, Texas. Prior to joining The Seed Company, Peterson held several leadership positions at Wycliffe Bible Translators. Early in his Wycliffe career, he served in Ecuador and Guatemala with Wycliffe’s sister organization, SIL International, in field administration and government relations. He went on to become president and CEO of Wycliffe USA.
Before taking up full-time ministry work, Peterson held management positions with U.S. Shoe Corporation, Florsheim Corporation and American Greetings Corporation.
Peterson is a graduate of Roger Williams University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He went on to earn a Master of Arts in Social Science/Leadership Studies from Azusa Pacific University. He completed the Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders at Stanford University and has an honorary doctorate from Taylor University for his work in Bible translation.
Peterson and his wife, Rita, have four children and four grandchildren.
Robert L. Briggs, Presidential Liaison, American Bible Society
As the presidential liaison for American Bible Society, Robert Briggs works to strengthen the organization’s relationships with critical global partners. Working closely with American Bible Society’s president, Briggs is helping to open new opportunities for a third century of mission.
Briggs has served in several roles at American Bible Society since he joined the organization in 1999. First, he led the fund development teams for five years before transitioning in 2007 to oversee the launch of Global Scripture Impact, American Bible Society’s research arm.
A Global Council Member of the United Bible Societies, chairman of the Nominations Committee and a member of the Executive Board of the Forum of Bible Agencies-North America, Briggs oversees American Bible Society’s partnerships with the world’s Bible agencies. Additionally, as a member of the Every Tribe Every Nation (ETEN) Steering Committee, Briggs is on the front lines of Bible translation, working alongside the largest Bible agencies in the world to accelerate the digitization of existing translations and the development of new translations.
Briggs is a graduate of the University of Missouri and, before joining American Bible Society, held leadership roles with the American Diabetes Association and Cityhill (a Christian publishing company). He and his wife have five adult children and two granddaughters.
Laura Dabkowski, Vice President, People and Organization Development
Laura 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, Laura 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, Laura served as Vice President, Human Resources for GE Capital and Human Resources Leader for GE Equipment Management and Aircraft Engines
Laura 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. Laura earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University and an MBA from Xavier University.
Based in the Philadelphia area, Laura and her husband Mark are the parents of Michelle and Jim, both who are currently attending university.
Dr. R. Mark Dillon, Executive Vice President
Mark served nearly two decades as Vice President at Wheaton College, providing leadership as a member of the senior administrative cabinet first to Advancement, and later also to the historic Alumni Association, serving as Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Relations. In his role at Wheaton, Mark recently provided leadership for the successful completion of a $260 million capital campaign.
Mark is a conference speaker and author of a number of books including the industry leading publication, “Giving and Getting in The Kingdom: A Field Guide”. He has also served as a consultant or board member for a number of organizations, including strong ties with a number of current ABS partners. An ordained minister, Mark holds a B.A. from Bethel University (MN), a M.Div. from Trinity (IL) and a Ph.D. from Union Institute (OH). Mark and his wife, Susan, are the parents to three adult children (Daniel, Joel, and Laura Grace) and grandparents to seven grandchildren.
Steve King, Chief Operating Officer
Stephen King serves as chief operating officer for American Bible Society. Steve works across functional lines to integrate and coordinate operations and strategy and is responsible for the success of all operations related to the internal systems.
Before joining the Bible Society, Steve worked as a consultant, providing leadership training and advisory services for clients in various sectors: finance, law, entertainment and nonprofit organizations. Previously, Steve worked in the securities industry for 25 years and was a senior vice president with EF Hutton and a senior director with Barclays Bank.
Steve is a graduate of Brooklyn College with a bachelor of science in psychology and management. He served as board president for Services For the Underserved, chairman of the Securities Industry Association, HR Committee and also served as a member of New Jersey Human Resources Planning Society. Steve resides in New Jersey with his wife and two sons.
Geof Morin, Executive Vice President of Ministry Mobilization
Geof Morin has spent the better part of his adult life helping find new avenues for reaching people with the message of the Bible. Since joining American Bible Society in 2007, Morin has overseen the organization’s communications and advocacy work. Under his leadership, American Bible Society created its now widely followed social media channels, commissioned the annual State of the Bible research and created an interactive Bible Experience Center on Broadway.
In 2014, Morin’s role with American Bible Society expanded to overseeing domestic and international ministry while continuing to advance Bible advocacy and the development of Bible technology.
Prior to joining American Bible Society, Morin served in various advertising, marketing and church redevelopment arenas. He began his career with the global advertising firm Saatchi and Saatchi. He then turned his attention to ministry, completing a Yale University masters degree, and launching and directing two nonprofits for at-risk youth. Morin later served as the director of marketing at Geneva Global, a leading philanthropic research and consulting firm, before joining American Bible Society in 2007.
Based in the Philadelphia area, Morin and his wife Rachel are the parents of two daughters.
Julia A. Oliver, Chief Financial Officer
Julie is a seasoned finance executive with a well-rounded skill set in accounting, operations, internal controls, systems and treasury functions. Before joining American Bible Society, she was an auditor of financial services and not-for-profit entities and then assumed leadership roles as a controller and then CFO of brokerage firms. She was a managing member and CFO/COO of a regulated investment advisor with assets under management of over $1.2 billion. She served as CFO/Treasurer and Director of Corporate Socially Responsible Investing with a nationwide church benefits organization.
A summa cum laude graduate of Rutgers University and a graduate student at University of Scranton, Julie is a commissioner of the Mandated Health Benefits Advisory Committee of the State of New Jersey, Department of Banking & Insurance. She is President and past Treasurer of the Board of Saint Gabriel’s Altar Rosary Society in Marlboro, NJ. She is a member of the AICPA and the State Society of CPA's of New York and New Jersey. She and her husband, Christopher are the parents of two daughters, a U.S. Army, Combat Arms, Field Artillery Officer and a high school Junior Navy ROTC Cadet.
As of June 30, 2014
Nick Athens, Chairman of the Board
Elizabeth Peale Allen, Vice Chairman of the Board
Cheryl Holland, Recording Secretary / Treasurer
Sharon Watson Fluker
The Rev. Paul A. Soukup S.J.
Frank M. Taylor, III
David J. Trobisch
Darrell L. Whiteman