Board of Directors
Dr. Blake Puckett, President
Blake Puckett serves as a member of the senior executive service for the Department of Defense with a focus on national security and foreign policy analysis. He graduated from the United States Military Academy, holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, an M.S. in Joint Campaign Planning and Strategy from the Joint Forces Staff College, and a Ph.D. from Indiana University. His academic interests include national security affairs, Russia and Eurasia regional issues, rule of law and corruption issues, and the role of ethics in international affairs. Blake’s calling has straddled the line between academia and on-the-ground presence and he hopes to help others faithfully link education and vocation through the work of Cambridge House, where he currently serves as President of the Board. Blake enjoys jogging through Colonial Williamsburg, hiking in the mountains, or a good round of Axis and Allies. Blake and Paula have three young adult children and are proud “humans” for an African Basenji named Kafi.
Dr. Adam Barger, Treasurer
Adam Barger is an educationalist and Associate Director for Academic Innovation at William & Mary. He holds an M.S.Ed from Old Dominion University and a Ph.D. from William & Mary. Adam’s teaching and research focus on digital teaching, web-based pedagogies, and learning in community. Additionally, Adam studies theology and philosophy with an emphasis in Christian Libertarianism. At Cambridge House, Adam serves as Treasurer for the Board of Directors and is most excited about the emerging community and programming for Christian scholars at William & Mary and beyond. Personally, Adam enjoys playing and coaching ice hockey, staying active with his family, and drinking swanky coffee. He resides in Williamsburg, VA with his wife Danielle and two daughters.
Paula Jeffrey Puckett, Secretary
Paula Puckett serves as an Associate Regional Director for InterVarsity Graduate and Faculty Ministries in the 17-state South Central Region, and in Faculty Ministry at William & Mary, her alma mater. She also holds an MA in Leadership from All Nations Christian College north of London. Paula is passionate about prayer, spiritual formation and helping scholars both young and old to flourish. Paula and her husband, Blake, currently own the home where Cambridge House is located and she serves as Secretary of the Board. Having worked in England alongside many men and women from the L’Abri tradition, Paula is particularly excited about the impact Cambridge House will have on generations of faculty and students. She is always happy to talk about tennis and her many trips to Wimbledon, or to take a dog walk around campus. She resides in Williamsburg with her husband, Blake, and their three young adult children.
Sharon Wood-Dunn is a 15-year veteran coach and mentor through the Executive Partner program at William & Mary’s Raymond A. Mason School of Business. She holds a B.A. in Business and Communications from Hunter College, New York, is a paralegal and holds professional certification from Cornell University’s School of Industrial & Labor Relations. Sharon’s background includes a 25-year professional career in consulting, corporate culture, labor relations,.ethics and business conduct, and extensive volunteer work with the Let Freedom Ring Foundation’s Education & Scholarship Committee, Williamsburg’s Historic First Baptist Church Personnel Ministry and the Mason School’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. As a board member, Sharon’s journey has come full circle back to academia as she joins her passion of furthering Christian-related activities in a secular university setting. She hopes to infuse her work at Cambridge House with her life’s motto, “Let’s get to the heart of it,” by guiding honest conversations in a safe space for those pursuing faith, intellectual integrity and spiritual formation. An all sports fan, dedicated wife and mother, Sharon resides locally with her husband John, and is the proud “Mimi” to three grandchildren, who are the “center” of her life.
Rev. Hunter T. Ruch
Hunter Ruch serves as the Associate Pastor of Discipleship at the Williamsburg Community Chapel. He graduated from the University of Virginia where he double-majored in Architectural History and Religious Studies. Hunter subsequently earned a Master of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Prior to moving to Williamsburg in 2016, he served for 10 years as the Pastor of Community at Topeka Bible Church in Topeka, Kansas. Hunter is passionate about teaching the Bible and helping others discover the life-changing truths found within its pages. While at UVA, Hunter was impacted by the ministries and relationships of the Center for Christian Study, and he is excited to see students and faculty at William & Mary encounter Jesus Christ through the ministries and relationships of Cambridge House. In his spare time, Hunter can be found working on a jigsaw puzzle or hopelessly rooting for the New York Mets. Hunter and his wife Blaire have four children and a rambunctious goldendoodle named Bailyn.