Our Leadership and Staff

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

REV. EMILY BREWERphoto of Rev Emily Brewer | Presbyterian Peace Fellowship

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.

Contact Emily at emily@presbypeacefellowship.org.

 

DEPUTY DIRECTOR

ART HUNTphoto of Art Hunt | Presbyterian Peace Fellowship

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.

Contact Art at art@presbypeacefellowship.org.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANT

CHRISTA GALVINphoto of Christa Galvin | Presbyterian Peace Fellowship

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.

Contact Christa at christa@presbypeacefellowship.org.

 

ACCOMPANIMENT COORDINATOR

ALISON WOOD

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.

Contact Alison at alison@presbypeacefellowship.org.

 

COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE

SARAH PRAGERSarah Prager Headshot

Sarah is a writer who has contributed to the New York Times, The Atlantic, National Geographic, HuffPost, NBC News, JSTOR Daily, and many other outlets, mostly on LGBTQ+ issues. Her two books on LGBTQ+ history were published by HarperCollins in 2017 and 2020: Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World and Rainbow Revolutionaries: 50 LGBTQ+ People Who Made History. Sarah happily rejoins PPF after serving in a communications role from 2013 to 2018, though it will be a temporary role from October 2020 through January 2021. She lives with her wife and two children in central Massachusetts.

Contact Sarah at sarah@presbypeacefellowship.org.

 

GUN VIOLENCE MINISTRY COORDINATOR

REV. DEANNA HOLLAS

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 co-founder of Retreat House Spirituality Center and a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the PC(USA).

Contact Deanna at deanna@presbypeacefellowship.org.

 

DEFUND THE POLICE ORGANIZER

REV. ASHLEY BAIR

Rev. Ashley Bair is a Teaching Elder in the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area. She also works in relational organizing on both national and local electoral campaigns. In the March 2020 electoral cycle Ashley was named as the most effective political organizer in the country. She graduated with a Master of Divinity from Princeton Seminary in May 2018. Before entering seminary she obtained a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan and worked in grassroots non-profit development and community organizing. Ashley is ambidextrous, currently obsessed with all cooking shows, and always collecting the hottest of hot sauces.

Contact Ashley at ashley@presbypeacefellowship.org.

 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE CO-MODERATORS

ARIC CLARKphoto of Aric Clark | Presbyterian Peace Fellowship

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.

 

PPF CO-MODERATOR & CO-MODERATOR OF FOSSIL FREE PCUSA

REV. ABBY MOHAUPTphoto of Rev Abby Mohaupt | Presbyterian Peace Fellowship

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.

Contact abby at awmohaupt@gmail.com.

 

CO-MODERATOR OF FOSSIL FREE PCUSA

LIV THOMASLiv Thomas

Liv is currently living in Baltimore, MD and discerning a call toward ministry. Since moving to Baltimore, Liv has organized and imagined with local community members and churches about what 21st century mission might look like. A native of southern Louisiana, she cares fiercely for the disappearing coastline and for the people who know and love that land as she does. A hopeful dreamer that the church can be better than it has been, she knows this dream comes true only when our resources align with our call to first care for creation and for one another.

Contact Liv at livthomas2512@gmail.com.

 

PPF’S EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Aric Clark, Co-moderator
abby mohaupt, Co-moderator
Rick Ufford-Chase, Secretary
Whitney Palmer, Treasurer
Geoff Browning, Member-At-Large
Annica Gage, Member-At-Large
Margery Rossi, Member-At-Large
Betsy Simpson, Member-At-Large
Jenn Soule-Hill, Member-At-Large
Marilyn White, Member-At-Large
Timothy Wotring, Member-At-Large