Capt. Douglas A. Hard, USMS & USN (Ret.) Master Mariner & Convoy Commodore, recently retired from his 50-year position as professor in the Department of Marine Transportation at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. An alumnus of the Academy, he holds an M.B.A. from Wharton in transportation and public utilities and an M.S. in transportation planning and engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York. A resident of Garden City, NY, and Grafton, VT, he has served on the vestries of the Cathedral of the Incarnation, Diocese of Long Island, Garden City, and St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Carle Place, NY. In addition to his work with the 1928 Prayer Book Alliance he continues his research in the law of navigation and intermodal transportation. Doug is a lifelong Episcopalian.



Jan manages 1928 Prayer Book Alliance’s publishing and marketing operations, writes articles and essays online and in print, and designs and maintains the website and social media. An award-winning journalist and book editor, she has held editorial and marketing positions at McGraw-Hill, The Hartford Times, The Richmond News Leader, Storer Cable Television, Cablevision, and the American Kennel Club.


A lifelong Episcopalian, Jan attended Cathedral School of St. Mary in Garden City, NY. She holds a B.A. from Syracuse University and an M.B.A. from Adelphi University. She studied at University of Chicago’s Graduate Business School. She and her husband, the late Gary D. Mahood, are parents of two children. A Long Island native, Jan lives in Maine.


Jan has contributed articles and posts to the 1928 Prayer Book Alliance website; Update newsletter; Virtue Online; Mandate (now The Anglican Way); and The Church Observer (UK).


“All the principles and practices of our religion, centered on the Triune God, are there in one book,” Jan says of the 1928 BCP. “It addresses, in beautiful and reverent language, ‘all sorts and conditions of men,’ and offers us a key to every door throughout our lives.”


Phyllis B. Rhein SECRETARY

Phyllis, a lifelong Episcopalian, was born in Garden City, NY and still lives there. She has been a member of the 1928 Prayer Book Alliance (formerly Episcopalians for Traditional Faith) since its inception and was an early supporter of the Society ForThe Preservation of the Book of Common Prayer. She graduated from The Cathedral School of St. Mary in Garden City, NY, class of 1950, and is an active alumna. She attended William Smith College, one of the colleges of the Seneca in Geneva, NY. Phyllis attends St. Mary’s Church in Carle

Place, NY, where the 1928 BCP is used on the first and third Sunday of each month.


Phyllis is married to John H. W. Rhein III, a 1928 Prayer Book Alliance advisory board member and formerly chairman of The Society For the Preservation of The Book of Common Prayer, and is mother of three children and grandchildren. She is a past president of the Women’s Auxiliary of Nassau Hospital (now Winthrop

University Hospital) where she was an active volunteer, and the Long Island Guild of Rug Hooking Artists, and served on the board of directors of The Matinicock Garden Club. She is also on the board of directors of The Stewart Fund in Memory of St. Mary’s and St. Paul’s and the Marion Reid Marsh Memorial Scholarship Fund.  


She was baptized in her first year, confirmed, given her diploma, and married at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City. At the Cathedral she sang in the choirs, served on the Altar Guild, and  belonged to the Youth Fellowship. Phyllis loves her church, gardening, family, and many friends, and says, “The 1928 Book of Common Prayer has been a constant part of my life.”

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