Rev. Emily Brewer is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York (2015) and Maryville College (2009). Before joining staff of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship, Emily participated in PPF by serving on the National Committee, interning at General Assembly, serving as an accompanier in Colombia, attending several demonstrations at the School of the Americas, and traveling with a delegation to Palestine and Israel. Emily became committed to peacemaking during her two years as a PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer in Guatemala and Nashville. Emily lives in Brooklyn but will always consider East Tennessee home.
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Art is active in the First Presbyterian Church of New Haven, CT (Ruling Elder, Mission Committee and Convener of the Peace and Justice Action Group); EmergeCT program (tutor) in New Haven, CT; Hamden, CT Democratic Town Committee; Spring Glen Civic Association, the Project Management Institute (mentor). He is married and has four grown children and six grandchildren. He cherishes time with his grandchildren and enjoys reading, travel, exercise, paddling, hiking and most other outdoor activities (certified AMC hike leader). He volunteers as a pro bono facilitator and mentor with not-for-profit organizations on executive development, articulating and communicating their mission and strategic direction, planning, execution and managing transitions. He retired from Yale University in 2014 after 24 years leading change management, process improvements and software implementations.
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Christa is a life long advocate for social justice and peace. She graduated from Marshall University in Huntington, WV with a degree in sociology. Christa completed her senior thesis on the local food movement in a community with very little access to healthy, local food and helped open the first local food hub in the area. Most recently, Christa worked at a non-profit in Camden, NJ called the Neighborhood Center, an organization dedicated to providing a safe and educational space for children of all ages in a city plagued by violence and poverty. Christa lives in Swedesboro, NJ with her husband, Lou and daughter, Rosalita. In her free time, Christa enjoys riding roller coasters and traveling to classic amusement parks.
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Alison is a facilitator, advocate, and educator rooted in the U.S./Mexico borderlands where the tortillas are fresh and the cacti (and politics) are thorny. She splits paid work time between PPF and coordination of the Tucson Borderlands Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program. Alison served as an accompanier in Colombia in 2014 and participated in the 2018 Fossil Free PCUSA Walk to Divest. Vocationally, Alison is engaged in peacemaking and accompaniment work alongside migrants and asylum seekers, other white people seeking anti-racism practice, and young adults exploring the world as YAVs. She is passionate about deep listening, following the leadership of impacted communities, and holding space for people to show up as themselves — all things she puts in practice coordinating PPF’s accompaniment work. Alison maintains her resilience with pottery classes and dog walks.
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Deanna became involved in gun violence prevention work when her home state of Texas passed a law allowing guns on college campuses and she witnessed her college age daughter’s friends and roommates see this as an invitation to become armed. Feeling powerless to protect her kids from their friends’s dangerous decisions, Deanna got involved in Moms Demand Action. Deanna has a MDiv from Perkins School of Theology and a Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction from San Francisco Theological Seminary. She gets excited about approaching GVP work from a faith and spiritual perspective. Deanna is also the Assistant Director of Retreat House Spirituality Center and (hopefully soon) a Teaching Elder in Grace Presbytery.
Katie Blanchard is an artist and designer in Minneapolis, MN. She was raised in the church basement potlucks of First Presbyterian in Petoskey, Michigan, where rural small town politics gave her an early commitment to grassroots organizing. Katie been shaped by work in campaigns for racial justice, decriminalizing immigration, and in the sustainable food movement. She is a graduate of Carleton College in Northfield, MN and has lived and studied in Guatemala, Spain, and throughout the Middle East. She is especially alive with her hands in the dirt and is a passionate student of history, so can often be found listening to audiobooks and podcasts while weeding at her friends’ vegetable farm or in her own backyard garden.
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Aric Clark is a writer, a speaker, and Presbyterian minister who lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and two gremlins pretending to be his sons. He is the co-author of Never Pray Again: Lift Your Head, Unfold Your Hands, and Get To Work, a book which challenges readers to embrace a concrete other-centered spirituality. He is also the creator of LectionARIC a youtube channel for hermeneutical vlogs. When he is not writing, preaching, or parenting, Aric can be found engaging his tabletop gaming hobby, or cooking for a crowd of random strangers he invited home without his wife’s permission. He is a pacifist and he still can’t grow a beard.
The Rev. Shannan R. Vance-Ocampo serves as the General Presbyter for the Presbytery of Southern New England. Previously she served as Transitional Presbyter for Albany Presbytery (NY), Pastor of the Watchung Avenue Presbyterian Church in North Plainfield, NJ and the Associate Pastor at the First Presbyterian Church of Rumson, NJ. Shannan holds a bachelors degree from The College of Wooster (1998), a Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary (2001), coursework towards a Masters in Public Policy and the Certificate in Executive Leadership from McCormick Seminary (2014). She is a Fellow with GreenFaith and a Certified Christian Educator in the PC(U.S.A.). Currently, Shannan serves on the Executive Committee of PPF and as Co-Moderator of the Activist Council. She served as one of our accompaniers in November 2006. Her husband, Juan Gabriel Ocampo Valle is a native Colombian, having grown up in Bogotá. Together they are the proud parents of Sofia Elena who is a budding peacemaker. Shannan is available for speaking in the areas of Accompaniment in Colombia, political advocacy, and congregational and Presbytery educational resourcing for all ages specifically focused on the Biblical foundations of peacemaking and/or ecology. Contact Shannan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
rev. abby mohaupt is a Teaching Elder in San Francisco Presbytery and PhD student at Drew University. She loves Jesus, running, and the ocean. Her previous work has included working as a pastor in Northern California, a volunteer at a domestic violence shelter in Chicago, and an artist for worship and liturgy for a variety of conferences. She semi-regularly blogs at www.featheology.org, and her writing on earth care has appeared in Sojourners, the Presbyterian Church USA’s Unbound, and Ecclesio. She can usually be found with at least one crayon in hand.
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Aric Clark, Co-moderator
Shannan Vance-Ocampo, Co-moderator
Rick Ufford-Chase, Secretary
Art Hunt, Treasurer
Whitney Palmer, Assistant Treasurer
Christine Caton, Member-at-Large
Bill Galvin, Member-at-Large
Jessica Light-Wells, Member-At-Large
abby mohaupt, Member-At-Large
Betsy Simpson, Member-At-Large