Fellowship of Reconciliation

Working for peace & justice through nonviolence since 1915.

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Main Staff

Rev. Kristin Gill Stoneking Executive Director

Kristin Stoneking—Executive Director

As FOR moves into its 2nd century, Kristin brings diverse gifts in activism, strategic planning and moving organizations through change. Her experience in innovating and working side-by-side with youth and young adults have been critical assets.

Kristin’s leadership at FOR stems from a deep vocational calling as an ordained United Methodist minister to serve the cause of peace through nonviolence as a way of life. A former Fellow of Harvard’s Pluralism Project, Kristin holds degrees from Rice University, Northwestern University’s Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, and is at work on a Ph.D. in interreligious studies and nonviolence education at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. She has spoken and written broadly on multi-religious communities, faith development and formation, theories of social change, nonviolence and peacemaking.

Kristin came to FOR following a 14-year stint as executive director and pastor of the ecumenical campus ministry at the University of California, Davis. There she founded the Multifaith Living Community, a 1.2 million dollar development of 6 townhouses housing 42 university students from a number of faith backgrounds, now a recognized model of intentional living and peacemaking.

Other previous service includes organizing work on gang and gun violence, research and advocacy for immigrant rights, and coordination of a social justice network in the California-Nevada Conference of her denomination. Kristin is the recipient of numerous awards recognizing her visionary leadership and work to build peace through justice including the Bishop James C. Baker Award, the Francis Asbury Award for Excellence in Higher Education Ministry, UC Davis Chancellor’s Award for Diversity and Community, the Bishop Leontyne Kelly Award from the Methodist Federation for Social Action, the Campus Bridge Builder Award from the Interfaith Youth Core, and the Civil Rights Advocacy Award from the City of Davis, California.

She and her spouse, Elizabeth Campi, have two children and reside in Northern California. Kristin is the first of FOR’s executive directors to be based outside of New York. Find Kristin on Twitter @KStoneking.

Anthony Grimes Director of Campaigns & Strategy

Anthony Grimes—Director of Campaigns & Strategy

Anthony Grimes is a writer, photographer/filmmaker, human rights activist, pastor and theologian.

As an adopted “nephew” and mentee of the late Dr. Vincent Harding, Anthony roots himself in the tradition of the black-led, prophetic, freedom movement, while building new democratic and artistic possibilities. He has inspired and led several initiatives, ministries, and organizations, including the Park Hill Parish, an initiative of Mile High Ministries, which built humanizing presence in a under-resourced neighborhood in Denver. Shortly after Mike Brown’s murder, he started the Denver Freedom Riders, who grew a grassroots organizing network of over 14,000 people during the Ferguson uprising and influenced the introduction of statewide legislation reform around Black Lives Matter.

The context of the city—its jazz and hip hop elements—shapes his view as an organic intellectual. His influence has spanned several sectors and countries, from Palestine to Latin America; yet, in all of his work, he brings a singular vision of redeeming and creating the soul of America.

Anthony was recognized by Colorado State University as a Distinguished First Generation Scholar before receiving his B.A. in Speech Communication and Ethnic Studies. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Denver Seminary, and was recognized by his staff and peers with two of the top honors of the school: The Raymond Mcglaughlin Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Preaching and The Carey S. Thomas Award for Excellence in Christian Leadership and Service.

For fun, Anthony enjoys playing with his two kids, basketball, music, reading, good times with friends, and traveling.

Linda Kelly Director of Communications

Linda Kelley—Director of Communications

As a creative writer whose first elementary school poem was a quatrain written in crayon with an alternating love and peace dove rhyme scheme, Linda is delighted to be a part of the expression of FOR’s venerable work toward realizing the beloved community.

Her contributions include branding initiatives, online content managment, social media campaign coordination, website administration, Witness newsletter editing, and working with an amazing team to articulate the spirit of FOR through online and print publications such as Fellowship Magazine, FOR’s journal since 1918 on peacemaking, human rights, and interfaith understanding.

In her spare time, Linda enjoys travel, gardening, yoga, and scratching away at a second novel after completing a 2 1/2 year blog project called Lump Lessons: a Healing Odyssey. She lives a stone's throw from FOR's national headquarters in Nyack, New York with her husband, Reade, teenaged daughter, Acadia, and adored though quirky dogs, Cody & Maggie.

Jonette O'Kelley Miller, M.P.A. Director of Development

Jonette O'Kelley Miller

Jonette’s professional career began in dance and theatre as an actress-dancer appearing in the Broadway and National Tour productions of Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf, and Shange’s off-Broadway production of Spell #7.

As a writer, her essays on African-American artists Nina Mae McKinney and Beulah Woodard were published in African American National Biography, edited by Drs. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham. Her articles have also been published in ArtSpace and SpiritLed Woman Magazine.

Jonette presented her research on the impact of historical, racist stereotypes on people of color during the 2007 Eastern Psychological Association’s annual conference. Currently, she is also an adjunct at Nyack College, teaching courses on African American art and public speaking. She is a member of the Public Relations Society of America, Society of Community Research and Action, and the National Council of Artists.

Ethan Vesely-Flad Director of National Organizing

Ethan Vesely-Flad—Director of National Organizing

Ethan became FOR’s director of national organizing in 2014 after serving as director of communications and editor of Fellowship magazine for nine years.

His current position at FOR networks grassroots supporters through FOR chapters, affiliates, and ally coalitions, building on his more than a quarter-century of experience in strengthening spiritually-rooted justice networks promoting anti-racism engagement, environmental justice, LGBTQ rights, and demilitarization. His commitments have taken him throughout the Americas, Southern Africa, the Middle East, and the Pacific Rim.

Before joining FOR’s team in 2005, Ethan served as editor of The Witness magazine, executive director of the Episcopal Church Publishing Company, and editor of GraceOnline; his writing has appeared in ColorLines, The Huffington Post, The Source, Episcopal Life, and other media. Ethan, a devotee of global football (soccer) and old hip-hop, moved in 2013 from his native New York to the “Land of the Sky”—beautiful Asheville, North Carolina—with his spouse Rima and their family. Find Ethan on Twitter @ethanvf.

Latanya Jackson Staff Accountant & Operations Manager

Latanya Jackson Staff Accountant & Operations Manager

Latanya Jackson was delighted to join FOR in October 2015 during our Centennial Celebrations in New York.

While new to the organization, she stands firm in FOR’s mission for peace and nonviolent social justice and is in awe of our illustrious history. She brings an extensive background in business management to FOR’s administration team. Originally from New York City, Latanya grew up in Orange County, about 75 miles north of Manhattan. In her leisure time, she enjoys working out at the gym, movies, and spending time with family and friends. Latanya lives with her son Richard, and their dog, Rocket.

Meredith Krashes Nicolich Advancement Associate

Meredith Krashes Nicolich Advancement Associate

Meredith was pleased to start working at FOR in 2011.

Her experience working for a number of international and local nonprofit organizations serves her well as she assists her colleagues at FOR's national Shadowcliff offices and beyond on an ever-growing variety of tasks.

Meredith has taught English as a second language in Chiangmai, Thailand; coordinated a job skills training program for youth in Westchester County, New York, and has studied at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, while working in the Office for the Advancement of Women at the Bahá’í International Community’s United Nations Office. She currently splits her working time between FOR and her local library, where she enjoys being an assistant children’s librarian.

Juliette Suarez Executive Assistant & Special Projects

Juliette Suarez Executive Assistant & Special Projects

Juliette lives in San Francisco, CA, where she graduated cum laude from the University of San Francisco with a B.A. in International Studies, with an emphasis in Peace and Conflict, and a minor in Middle Eastern Studies.

She has exercised her devotion to positive peace at the grassroots level as a Canvass Field Manager for Environment California, and through refugee casework and advocacy at Human Rights First in Washington, D.C.

She has recently joined the FOR peace team in 2015 as Assistant to the Executive Director and Special Projects Officer. When she isn’t busy helping to save the world, Juliette enjoys visiting the public library, modern dancing, and tending to her houseplants.

Nicole Taylor Development Associate

Nicole serves as the Fellowship of Reconciliation's primary support staff for development projects and data entry, facilitating the labor-intensive duties of inputting donations, handling donor inquiries, processing acknowledgement letters, and updating donors' mailing and email addresses.

Nicole was excited to join FOR's team in 2008 and is fortunate to be a part of an organization that continues the vision of educating and advocating peace in all nations.

Besides working with her FOR family, most of Nicole's time is spent with her family at home, which includes her husband and three children. Nicole enjoys keeping up with current events, fashion magazines, and the tranquility of the beach.

Consultants, Fellows & Interns

Rev. Patricia Ackerman Freeman Fellow

Rev. Patricia Ackerman

The Rev. Patricia Ackerman is senior trainer of Gender-Sensitive Active Non-Violence and Masculinities for the Women Peacemakers Program in the Netherlands, a former program of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR).

She is an accredited U.N. representative for the FOR and IFOR and is a director of women’s studies at The City College of New York (CUNY), located in Harlem, Manhattan. An Episcopal priest, her other work experience includes serving as director of environmental programs at the Garrison Institute. She is currently completing a doctorate in political science/ international relations at the CUNY Graduate Center, New York City.

Ivan Boothe Online Communications Associate (Consultant)

Ivan Boothe

Ivan works with FOR to maintain and improve the website, oversee and author email messages to supporters, and coordinate online actions.

Ivan is the creative director of Rootwork.org, working with nonprofits and social change groups in similar capacities. He is a community organizer with Casino-Free Philadelphia, and co-founded the Genocide Intervention Network. Despite having moved to the west coast, Ivan continues to help facilitate Philadelphia NetSquared, which brings together nonprofits and tech experts for discussions about using social technology for social change.

Ivan has presented on technology and activism at the U.S. Social Forum, Nonprofit Technology Conference, New Organizing Institute, Internet Advocacy Roundtable, Peace and Justice Studies conference, DrupalCon and the National Press Club, and authored a chapter in the textbook Online Social Networking.

Ivan holds a degree in peace and conflict studies and authored a thesis on third-party nonviolent intervention. He also serves on the board of the Peace and Justice Studies Association and the American Friends Service Committee Nobel Peace Prize committee. He is a professional handbell ringer and an enthusiastic member of his local member-owned food cooperative. Find Ivan on Twitter @rootwork.

Roni Felsen IREX Fellow

Roni Felsen IREX Fellow

Roni is a feminist, an activist, and a group facilitator. Born and raised most of her life in Tel Aviv, Israel - Palestine, where she most feels at home, Roni is committed to long term, deep, and inclusive social change. As a graduate of the University of Bologna, Italy with a B.A in Oriental Studies, with emphasis on the Middle East, Arabic, and History, Roni’s educational experience expanded her perspective and interpretation of history and current politics.

She has practiced her devotion to positive change and feminism as a member of Young Na'amat, a community of young Israeli women from all walks of life, committed to women’s solidarity and joint action, where she formed the 'Living Together' forum. For the past two years, Roni has been active in co-founding and developing Women Wage Peace (WWP), a grassroots movement formed in the summer of 2014, from the deepest despair and understanding that violence isn't the solution. WWP has 20,000 supporters, 8,000 members and over 300 highly active members that donate of their knowledge, skills, time and resources on a daily basis for a better reality for all. WWP calls for the integration of women's voices in the peace negotiations for a consensual and respectful solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that will put an end to the vicious cycle of violence. As a member of the Steering Committee, she has helped organize dozens of events, trainings, and public actions.

Roni joined the FOR team this August as part of the Community Solutions Program, a professional development opportunity for leaders from around the world working on women and gender, transparency and accountability, tolerance and conflict resolution, and environmental issues, which is operated by IREX and supported by the State Department. The program includes a four month fellowship with a local American nonprofit organization, networking and structured virtual learning, and the planning and implementation of continuation projects in home countries. Roni is currently working on re-integrating Creating a Culture of Peace, a former FOR training program founded by Janet Chisholm, into FOR's activist community trainings.

Roni loves the sea, and enjoys cooking, walking and getting to know new people and places.

Abigail Gibson Communications Intern

Abigail Gibson—Communications Intern

Abigail (Abby) is a recent graduate of Fordham University, where she majored in Sociology and Communications, with a film concentration, and spent most of her time in a tiny blackbox theater doing comedy.

She is excited to be a part of the FOR team, where she curates the website blog, social media accounts, and email messaging. Abby came to FOR by way of The Catholic Worker in New York City. She started volunteering at The Worker a year ago, and made amazing connections to the community and to her fellow volunteers. One such volunteer, who has been involved with FOR since the ’70s, suggested that she look into this organization, and this summer she joined our intern cohort!

While she continues her Communications Internship with FOR, she is also working for NBC Universal as a Post Production Assistant. Abby feels blessed to be able to balance her passion for television with her passion for peace.

Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb Interfaith Peacewalks Coordinator (Consultant) & Freeman Fellow

Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb

Rabbi Lynn is author of She Who Dwells Within: A Feminist Vision of Renewed Judaism and coordinator of the Shomer Shalom Network for Jewish Nonviolence.

Lynn celebrated her 40th year in rabbinic service in 2012. She is a storyteller, author, and peace activist who has received several human rights awards. Her writing appears in more than 40 publications and she has performed her work throughout the world.

Lynn is cofounder of the Muslim-Jewish Peacewalk and was a founding elder of The Community of Living Traditions. She currently works with the Fellowship of Reconciliation as coordinator of the Interfaith Peacewalks project, a co-leader of Artist Delegations to Palestine, and as a contributing editor to Fellowship magazine.

Lynn’s newest book is Trail Guide to the Torah of Nonviolence (2013, in French and English). Her web site is lynngottlieb.com and she lives in Berkeley, California.

Rabia Terri Harris Fellowship magazine guest editor (Consultant) & Freeman Fellow

Rabia Terri Harris

Rabia Terri Harris is an essayist, editor, peace activist, public intellectual, practicing chaplain, freelance theologian, sometime translator, and aspiring servant of Allah.

In 1994, Rabia founded the Muslim Peace Fellowship (MPF), the first organization specifically devoted to the theory and practice of authentically Islamic active nonviolence. She serves as director of MPF and resident elder at Dar Anwar as-Salam, the Muslim component of the Community of Living Traditions, a tripartite Abrahamic residential peace community located in Stony Point, New York. She is also among the organizers of a new venture in Islamic pastoral care; the Muslim Chaplains Association.

Rabia holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University in the field of religion, a master’s from Columbia University in Middle Eastern languages and cultures, and a graduate certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy from Hartford Seminary.