The Harvard Christian Alumni Society was started in 2018 by a diverse group of alumni.
The board currently consists of:
Andrew Grinstead AB ’97 – President
Andrew Grinstead AB ’97 was a member of Harvard Radcliffe Christian Fellowship while an undergraduate. He married his (Catholic) Leverett House next door neighbor (Julie Green ’96) a few years after college. They now have 4 children and live in Mobile, Alabama. Andrew works as the CEO of a wealth management firm, and Julie is a practicing Ob-Gyn. Andrew has been actively involved with the Harvard Alumni Association for a number of years, most recently serving on the HAA Awards Committee. Through his years of involvement with the HAA, he has seen first hand how Harvard can still create fruitful relationships years after graduation. Andrew is looking forward to being part of that continued relationship building for the Harvard Christian alumni community.
Douglas Chin AB ’88 MD ’93 – Founding Trustee
During high school years, Doug worshipped in a number of different churches, including Pentecostal, Catholic, and Episcopalian. During college, he worshipped at Memorial Church (when Peter Gomes was there). Doug believes God is moving within the body of Christians in the University and alumni communities! President Bacow and Dean Khurana often remind us of the transformative power of Harvard’s liberal arts and sciences education and have said that alumni, wherever they are, find themselves in unique positions to effectuate change within their businesses and communities and the world. Doug believes that as Christian Harvard alumni, our calling is higher: Christ sends us out to fully participate in His redemptive story, not only to make disciples of all nations but to heal the sick, feed the poor, and to express His love and grace. One of God’s great blessings in my life is the education He gave me at Harvard, and Doug wants to use that education to serve Him! He would like to see alumni, students, and faculty coming together, supporting each other in our respective walks, helping to discern our respective vocational and personal callings, and discussing the relevance of our faith in our particular fields and professions. Doug would like HCAS to facilitate personal and professional networking, and to support the work of Christians and Christian communities, both at the University and in the world. HCAS is also uniquely situated to give Christian alumni a voice in University affairs.
Jordan Monge Gandhi AB ’12 – Founding Trustee
Jordan Monge AB ’12 was editor-in-chief of Harvard’s Christian magazine The Ichthus during her time as a student and worked for the Veritas Forum for several years after graduation. A proud Quincy penguin, she was also a member of Harvard College Faith and Action. She has a passion for unity and bringing the Christian community together to present its perspective in dialogue with those of other religious backgrounds. She currently works as a private tutor and homemaker in the San Francisco Bay area. She is married to Hirav Gandhi, with whom she shares one fabulous daughter Lucia. She is excited to help connect God’s people to do God’s work through and for Harvard alumni.
Aaron Barth AB ’04 – Board Member
Aaron Barth graduated with Harvard’s undergraduate class of 2004, concentrating in English & American Literature and a minor in Spanish. During his college years he was an active member of the Christian Impact (CI) and Athletes in Action (AIA) fellowships, serving as a member of CI’s “Servant Team” and as volunteer staff for AIA following graduation. Aaron’s main engagement with Campus Ministry over the past 15 years has been in praying for classmates via the 5-year Red Books & in supporting several of the Cru & AIA staff members serving in Boston and on Harvard’s campus. Professionally, Aaron has worked in Healthcare Administration since 2006, both in the US and the Middle East. He currently serves as the Manager for Geisinger’s Congenital Heart program in Central Pennsylvania. His primary desire is to delight in the Lord and be faithful in serving him within every professional and community circle he enters. Aaron and his wife Robin reside in Williamsport, Pennsylvania with their daughter Dagny.
Lawrence Franko AB ’63, MBA ’70 – Board Member
Lawrence G. Franko has recently retired from his position as Vice President and Senior Equity Analyst in the Global Value Equity Group of Delaware Investments, part of the Macquarie Group, located in Boston, Massachusetts. From 1986 to 2006, he was a Professor of Finance and Strategic Management in the College of Management of the University of Massachusetts Boston. During those years Dr. Franko was also a consultant to ValueQuest, Ltd., global investment managers, the predecessor of the Delaware GVE group. Dr. Franko received his Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) degree from the Harvard Business School in 1970 and has an M.A. and M.A.L.D. (International Economics) from The Fletcher School, Tufts University and an A.B. (Economics) from Harvard College, Class of 1963. He grew up in Detroit, Michigan, trained as a classical violinist, attended Cass Technical High School, and was concertmaster of the Cass Tech Orchestra. He was subsequently concertmaster of the Tanglewood Music Center and Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestras and played with the Boston Pops under Arthur Fiedler. He continues an active musical life performing and composing, and is Concertmaster of the Sounds of Stow (MA) Orchestra and a member of the Harvard Musical Association.
Oriana Halevy AB ’92 – Board Member
Oriana Li Halevy hails from Quincy House, Class of ’92. She was born in Beijing and has lived in a dozen cities in the US and Europe. Since 2004, she’s been living in the backyard of Stanford U. She’s been serving on the board of the Harvard Club of Silicon Valley and on the Club’s Schools Committee since arrival. She also serves on the ’92 Class Committee and has marshalled during First-Year Convocation. A Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley, Oriana is a recovering corporate lawyer who used to practice with a global law firm – though she had taken a rather scenic route to law. She was a hardcore premed in college, declined med school admission and served as a diplomatic interpreter before law school. She finds joy in applying her vocational expertise in law, business consulting, and cross-cultural communications to various pro bono projects. As a mid-life pivot, she’s pursuing a Master of Divinity degree from Pasadena-based Fuller Theological Seminary. She is particularly interested in exploring the intersectionality of faith and the intellect and the role of faith in the marketplace, and in promoting education and research that further the multidimensional understanding of the relevance and impact of Christianity in all spheres of life. As a lifelong performing arts enthusiast, she is also interested in gaining a greater understanding of the biblical, historical, theological, and contextual perspectives of the arts in worship across geographies.
Poh-Lian Lim Yap AB ’87 – Board Member
Poh Lian Yap grew up in Malaysia, and became a Christian at school. As a foreign student, HRCF became home for her at Harvard. She majored in Biochemistry, lived at Dunster, and served on HRCF Exec 1985-87. She went to medical school at Columbia, residency at Beth Israel and fellowship at Tulane. In 2003, her family moved from Seattle to Singapore from a sense of calling to serve Christ in Asia. Her main work is in outbreak response, vaccines, and HIV care. She is an evangelical Christian, loved Taize, and currently attends Redemption Hill Church in Singapore. She’s been happily married for 21 years to an architect, Vong Yap (Cornell ’83). They have 4 children, including 2 adopted from China.