QVS BOARD MEMBERS

Brent Bill 
Western Yearly Meeting

Brent Bill is a life-long Friend, and member of West Newton Friends Meeting. He has served as local meeting pastor, yearly meeting staffer, and on the staff of Friends General Conference. Additionally, he’s served Friends on various yearly meetings’, Quaker organizations’, and Friends United Meeting committees and boards. Brent was the executive director or chief operating officer of two major Lilly Endowment projects in Indiana, one in community development and the other in supporting local congregations. He has also served on a number of non-profit boards. Now retired, Brent continues to write and lead retreats around the country. He is a graduate of Wilmington College and Earlham School of Religion. Brent lives in Indiana on Ploughshares Farm which is converting land from production agriculture to tall grass prairie and hardwood forest.

C. Wess Daniels
Northwest Yearly Meeting

C. Wess Daniels is a released minister at Camas Friends Church, a PhD student in the School of Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary, and an adjunct professor at George Fox Seminary. Equally important in his life are his three young children and wife, Emily. Wess enjoys roasting coffee, reading and writing, enjoying the outdoors and playing imaginative games with his kids.

He has been involved in encouraging cross-branch dialogue and renewal among friends for a number of years mostly through his work with convergent Friends. He served as a co-editor for the publication Spirit Rising: Young Quaker Voices a book that brought together Young Adult Friends from 17 countries and the many branches of Friends. Wess has also led many workshops and retreats on Quaker renewal in places like: Pendle Hill, Woodbrooke Quaker Study Center, Quaker Heritage Day and Ohio Yearly Meeting (Conservative).

His publications include: Convergent Friends: The Emergence of Postmodern Quakerism (2010) in Quaker Studies, I (Hope) I see Dead People (2012) in Friends Journal and A Faithful Betrayal: The New Quakers (2010) in Quaker Life.

Anastacia Ebi
Inter-Mountain Yearly Meeting

Anastacia Ebi grew up in Cache Valley, Utah, where her family attended Logan Friends Meeting of Intermountain Yearly Meeting. She became an adult member in 2004, and promptly moved to China then NYC. Anastacia graduated from Columbia in 2009, with a BA in Psychology and Ethnic Studies. Her interest in education and social justice grew through work with America Reads and the Brooklyn Free School as a student. In 2008 she served as staff for Friends Camp in Maine; the experience made her wish that there had been similar opportunities to enjoy nature, make friends, and live in spiritual community in Intermountain Yearly Meeting. Other Intermountain Friends were interested in starting a Quaker summer camp, so she started a committee and went forward. The pilot program of Mountain Friends Camp took place in June 2010, and Anastacia is currently serving as the director of a quickly growing camping program. After camp in 2011 Anastacia joined the Pendle Hill YALD program. After Mountain Friends Camp 2012, Anastacia married her sweetheart under the care of Logan Friends Meeting! That August they moved to Washington DC, where Ariel is in grad school and Anastacia is working for the William Penn House.

Stoph Hallward
Southern Appalachian YM and Association

Stoph Hallward is a convinced member of Atlanta Friends Meeting in SAYMA. He was introduced to Quakerism in high school at Westtown School and became a member some 10 years later at Friend’s Meeting of Washington of Baltimore Yearly Meeting (BYM). There he served in various roles on the Finance Committee, Young Adult Friend Co-Clerk, and on an Ad-Hoc Committee to discern how the Meeting should plan long term for its facilities. He met Maia Carter in Friends Meeting of Washington’s Young Adult Friends group and they were married under the care of Friends Meeting of Washington. BYM nominated Stoph to serve on the board of Friends General Conference (FGC) where he served as Assistant Treasurer and Treasurer over 3 terms. During Central Committee Meetings of FGC he met Christina Repoley and many members of the original QVS board back when QVS was still just a glimmer in Christina’s eye. Stoph’s career path has jumped from a degree in math, to social work, non-profit management, and finally to accounting with an MBA in finance. Stoph works as an accounting manager for Yamaha Motor USA. Maia and Stoph live outside of Atlanta, raising and being raised by 3 kids. He has enjoyed watching QVS become a reality, growing and enriching its fellows and the communities in which they serve.

Beth Henricks
Western Yearly Meeting

Beth Henricks has been serving on staff at Indianapolis First Friends Meeting (Western Yearly Meeting – Friends United Meeting) as the Christian Education and Family Ministries Director for the past 3 years. She has been a member of this Meeting for 24 years and felt called to this role after a 23 year career running a national tax consulting firm. Beth holds an MBA from Butler University and is pursuing a Masters in Divinity from Earlham School of Religion. She is in the recording process at WYM and hopes to be affirmed this summer at annual session. She is involved in several Quaker organizations that have brought her exposure and appreciation for all of the different expression of Quakerism. She has a 21 year old son.

Evelyn Jadin
North Carolina Yearly Meeting FUM

Evelyn Jadin

Evelyn Jadin is a member of Jamestown Friends Meeting, which is a part of North Carolina Yearly Meeting – FUM. She grew up in downtown Washington DC where she attended Friends Meeting of Washington, and worked eight years with the Baltimore Yearly Meeting camping program. Upon graduation from Guilford College in 2006 Evelyn served as Youth Pastor at Jamestown Friends Meeting and as an Environmental Educator at Haw River State Park in North Carolina. During this time she also served as a co-editor of the book Spirit Rising: Young Quaker Voices, a collection of writing and art from young Friends around the globe. In May 2012 Evelyn received her Masters of Divinity from Earlham School of Religion with a focus in Pastoral Ministry. Evelyn has also served on the pastoral care committee of several Young Adult Friends cross-branch gatherings and co-planed a consultation on cross branch intervisition. Evelyn is currently serving as Associate Campus Minister at Guilford College and as a member of the Ministry Team at Jamestown Friends Meeting.

Allison Letts CLERK
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting

CLERK
Allison Letts came to Quakerism at Haverford College, where she was an active member of The student Quaker Community. During her time in QuaC, she served as a member of Nurture and Care Committee and as a Co-Clerk. Following her time at Haverford, Allison was a member of the founding class in QVS Atlanta, where she taught preschool. In 2013, she joined the staff of Friends General Conference in the Development department. She’s currently a Salesforce consultant at ACF Solutions. Allison has been active in the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Young Adult Friends Community and worshiped with West Philadelphia Friends Meeting. She recently moved to Chicago with her partner, QVS Philly alum Trevor Johnson.

Paul Mangelsdorf TREASURER
Southern Appalachian YM and Association

TREASURER
Paul Manglesdorf is a life-long friend and attends Atlanta Friends Meeting.  At AFM he serves as clerk of the Finance Committee, which is a position he has held at other meetings as well. Paul has served as clerk of the New England Yearly Meeting Camp Committee (Friends Camp, China ME) for seven years, which is the same number of years he attended the camp as a youth.  He also was one of NEYM’s representatives to the board of Moses Brown School.  Paul is a trustee and Treasurer of the Obadiah Brown Benevolent Fund and is a member of the Haverford Corporation. Paul is a retired banker, and loves to sing! For the past 12 years he has sung bass in the Atlanta Schola Cantorum, where he is also Vice-President and Treasurer.

Damon Motz-Storey ASSISTANT CLERK
Inter-Mountain Yearly Meeting

ASSISTANT CLERK
Damon Motz-Storey (he/him/his) is a life-long Friend from Denver, Colorado. Still a member of Mountain View Friends Meeting (Inter-Mountain Yearly Meeting), he currently resides in Portland, Ore. where he works as a Clean Energy Organizer for Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility (formerly his site placement during his QVS fellow year 2016-2017). Damon attends a variety of churches and meetings in Portland and is an active member of the Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship. In his spare time, Damon enjoys singing with the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus, visiting (and spoiling) his nieces, and performing in drag as “Desdemona Lisa.”

Terrence Williams
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting

Terrence Williams is an educator, entrepreneur, and activist originally from Washington D.C.. he serves as the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Ursinus College in Collegeville Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the team at UC, he served as the Dean of Studies at Pendle Hill in Wallingford, PA, leading all educational initiatives, including the residential education program and the short term educational programs. Prior to this appointment, he was a part of the Haverford College Community for over five years, serving in several roles and ending his tenure as the Associate Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving. Terrence, a convinced Friend, is married to Dr. Jessica Parrillo, a counseling psychologist, who serves as the director of the counseling and wellness center at Ursinus College. Transforming the lives of young adults is a shared passion and they have each spent over fifteen years in higher education institutions across the country.

Former Board Members

Bruce Birchard
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting

Bruce Birchard served Friends General Conference as its General Secretary from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his administrative duties in this position, he has spoken and written frequently about his personal spiritual journey, about what makes for a vital Friends’ meeting, about organizational leadership within the Religious Society of Friends, and about the Friends Peace Testimony. During the period of Bruce’s service as General Secretary, FGC expanded its programs and services very substantially, creating new programs in Traveling Ministries, Youth Ministries, and the Committee for Ministry on Racism.

Bruce started working for the Religious Society of Friends in 1974, when he began a ten-year stint working for disarmament and peace conversion for the Peace Committee of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.  He continued his peace work as National Coordinator of the Disarmament Program of the American Friends Service Committee from 1984 to 1992. Bruce joined the Religious Society of Friends in 1967 in Middletown, Connecticut. In 1976, Bruce transferred his membership to Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, where he remains active. Bruce has published a number of articles in Friends Journal and various peace movement publications.  His essay, The Burning One-ness Binding Everything: A Spiritual Journey, was published in 1997 as a Pendle Hill Pamphlet and is available from the FGC Bookstore, as is his 2004 piece entitled The Roots and Fruits of a Powerful Peace Testimony: Speaking Truth with Power.

John Helding
North Pacific Yearly Meeting

John Helding divides his time between work in the academic, business, and Quaker worlds. He is an independent strategy and organizational consultant in academia and the private sector where he supports clients such as the University of California at Berkeley in the development of effective and high quality organizations. Previous work includes service as a senior advisor to the Great Place to Work Institute, developers of Fortune Magazine’s ‘100 Best Places to Work’ listing, and a 15-year career with Booz Allen Hamilton, a strategic management consulting firm. At Booz Allen Hamilton, John consulted with clients in a variety of industries and finished his career at the firm as Senior Director of Global Recruitment.

John is a member of Bellingham Friends Meeting and worships at Lopez Island Preparatory Meeting, both in Washington State. John recently finished seven years of service on the AFSC national board and continues as clerk of the AFSC audit committee. John is a member of the FGC Quaker Quest traveling facilitator team and an advanced facilitator in the Alternatives to Violence Project. Previous Quaker service includes membership on the founding board of the San Francisco Friends School. John graduated in Industrial Engineering at Oregon State University and holds a Masters in Business Administration from Stanford University.

John lives on Lopez Island of the San Juan Islands in Northwestern Washington State with his partner Lisa. He helps in parenting two teenagers and in taking care of the families’ chicken flock and beloved yellow lab, Cora. John enjoys the outdoors and has participated in a variety of habitat restoration projects including the restoration of his great grandfather’s homestead in North Dakota to a native grassland.

Cheryl Keen
Ohio Valley Yearly Meeting

Cheryl Keen joined the Cambridge Friends Meeting in Massachusetts in 1974, where she served as a volunteer with the AFSC.  She recently served as clerk of the Yellow Springs Friends Meeting. Her husband Jim served on the board of the Quaker United Nations Office and provides ongoing support the staff.

Cheryl has played a leadership role in several higher education capacities, serving traditional aged and adult college students, graduate students, and gifted high school students while advancing the fields of experiential learning, civic education, service-learning, intensive learning environments, and spirituality in higher education. Her co-authored book, Common Fire: Leading Lives of Commitment in a Complex World (Beacon Press, 1996, written with fellow Quakers James Keen, Larry Daloz, and Sharon Parks) and her ongoing research on diversity, service-learning, and vocational calling has relevance for the design of the Quaker Voluntary Service Program. Cheryl is now a faculty member at Walden University in the Ph.D. in Education program. Previously she worked at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio where she also served over time as Dean of Faculty, co-Dean of Students, Director of the Center for Community Learning, and College Professor. She served for 12 years as Senior Researcher for the Bonner Foundation and has completed a longitudinal study of student development in the four-year community service programs on 25 campuses.  Her first professional work involved founding and coordinating the Harvard Peace and Conflict Studies Program, during which time she also served as Quaker campus minister.

 

Betsy Cotton 
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting

Betsy Cotton is an independent consultant providing finance and strategic planning services to small to medium-sized businesses needing expertise on a part-time or temporary basis. Her clients include companies that are public, private, family-owned, employee-owned, and venture-backed. Her goal is to create financial processes that enhance transparency and facilitate decision-making throughout the organization. She was formerly the CFO of TerraCycle, a company which provided branded recycling solutions to consumer products companies worldwide. Prior to that, she was the CFO for Stratum Group, a privately capitalized partnership focused on financing small to mid-sized North American oil and gas companies. She also serves on the Boards of Marts & Lundy (Chair, Finance Committee) and is the new Clerk of the Audit Committee of the American Friends Service Committee.

Betsy is a member of Solebury Friends Meeting in New Hope, PA, where she has been the Religious Education coordinator for more than a decade. She received her B.A. from Tufts University (International Relations and East Asian Studies) and her MBA from Stanford University. Betsy lives in the Garden State on a small farm with her husband, Rob, and their son. They share their property with several horses and cats as well as a variety of uninvited wildlife. They enjoy the outdoors, travel, and music.

Jada Jackson
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting

Jada Jackson currently serves as the Clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. She also serves on the Advisory Committee, Development Services Working Group, General Secretary Oversight and Evaluation Committee and is an ex officio member of the Sessions Planning Group. Jada is a member of Trenton Monthly Meeting and the Burlington Meetinghouse Worship Group.

Noah Merrill
New England Yearly Meeting

Noah Merill seeks to be faithful in the living Quaker tradition of gospel ministry—the practical spiritual work of encouraging faithfulness and awakening hearts. Putney Friends Meeting in Vermont has released him for service encouraging the future of Friends. Noah brings experience as a team leader in AmeriCorps, the U.S. national community service program, where he coordinated violence-prevention and leadership education programs for at-risk youth. He has served with the American Friends Service Committee in a range of roles from community organizing to policy advocacy. From 2006-2010, he established and directed a medical aid effort supporting Iraqi refugees in the Middle East. His writing on issues of service and spirituality has been published in publications including Friends Journal, Quaker Life, Western Friend, FGConnections, The National Catholic Reporter, and through the Wider Quaker Fellowship. In 2009, Utne Reader magazine recognized him as one of “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.” He serves as Secretary of New England Yearly Meeting.

Jenny Foster
Southern Appalachian YM & Association

Jenny Foster is currently a member of Atlanta Friends Meeting, previously holding membership in Northampton (Massachusetts) and Honolulu Friends Meetings. Jenny became a Friend by convincement after living in community at Pendle Hill, where she met and married her husband, David Foster, in 1985. Jenny was led to serve the QVS Board because of the life changing leading that resulted from volunteering in AFSC workcamps in New England (1971) and Mexico (1973). Walking through a cornfield in rural Mexico on the way to dress the wound of a woman (who had cut herself while chopping wood), Jenny decided her life’s work involved becoming a nurse. She subsequently served as a nurse in the U.S. Peace Corps (Guatemala), and from that experience became a midwife for underserved women.  She practiced as a midwife in Mississippi, Texas, the eastern shore of Maryland, Hawaii (Molokai), and Massachusetts.

After about 20 years of clinical work as a nurse-midwife, Jenny returned to graduate school to complete her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology. She is now a faculty member within the Lillian Carter Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility at the School of Nursing at Emory University. Her research focus is community-based participatory research to improve maternal-newborn health and health services in low resource settings. Most of this research has been in the Dominican Republic, but is also now beginning in Atlanta. Jenny has served on the Boards of Midwives for Midwives, (a birth center and training site for traditional midwives in Antigua, Guatemala), Proyecto ADAMES (an organization to build capacity among nurses to reduce maternal mortality in the Dominican Republic), and currently serves on the Worship and Ministry Committee at Atlanta Friends Meeting.

(Bio last updated in 2014)

 

Kristina Keefe-Perry
New England Yearly Meeting

Kristina Keefe-Perry is the mother of a third grader, a spouse, an avid bicyclist and hiker, and a member of Fresh Pond Monthly Meeting, New England Yearly Meeting. She grew up in Northern California where she co-coordinated the Service Learning program at Humboldt State and worked at the Academy for College Excellence.  Kristina came to Friends in Pacific Yearly Meeting, has served as clerk of her monthly meeting, as co-clerk of the Teen program for College Park Quarter, on the FGC Traveling Ministries Program, and as a teacher of Quakerism at Pendle Hill. With her spouse, Callid, she is the co-creator of Jewels of Quakerism and has facilitated Bible studies, offered public ministry, and led retreats throughout the US and Canada. She served as staff of the Young Adult Leadership Development (YALD) program in 2009. Kristina was a member of the founding steering committee and Board of QVS. A graduate of Boston University School of Theology, Kristina carries a minute of release from Fresh Pond Monthly Meeting in support of a leading for the nurture and growth of accessible, teaching, open and affirming, Christian, Quaker experiences of worship and connection. She is currently being called to a multi-year vision establishing an innovative Friends church in the Boston area.  She also works for The American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts (TABCOM) coordinating the Creation Care Ministries Program, using her skills in preaching, teaching, and networking to ground faithful engagement in environmental-justice and food-justice work.

Greg Woods
Illinois Yearly Meeting

Greg Woods is a lifelong Quaker. Over the years he has worked as a campus minister at Guilford College, as a Work Camp Coordinator at William Penn House, and as a founding Board Member of Quaker Voluntary Service. Currently he is the Youth Ministries & Education Coordinator at Friends Meeting at Cambridge in Massachusetts. Greg is passionate about theology, intersectionality, service, diversity, and working to continually understand power and privilege in himself as a disabled cis white man and in his work.

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