Bishop Cynthia Moore-KoiKoi
President, JustPeace Board of Directors
Cynthia Moore-KoiKoi was elected as a bishop of The United Methodist Church by delegates to the 2016 Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference, meeting in Lancaster, PA. She began her assignment to lead United Methodists in Western Pennsylvania on September 1, 2016.
Bishop Moore-Koikoi earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Loyola College in Maryland in 1988, and a Masters of Arts and advanced certification in school psychology from the University of Maryland in 1992. She worked as a school psychologist for Anne Arundel County Public Schools for 17 years, serving in leadership roles as a layperson before answering her call to the ordained ministry. Read more on the Western PA UMC website.
Bishop Bill T. McAlily
Vice-President, JustPeace Board of Directors
Bill McAlily is the bishop of the Nashville Episcopal Area of the United Methodist Church. He was elected to the episcopacy at the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference in 2012 and was assigned as the resident bishop of the Memphis and Tennessee Annual Conferences beginning September 1, 2012. Bishop McAlilly currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Emory University, Atlanta, GA; Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare Board, Memphis, TN; and the Board of Trustees of Martin College, Pulaski, TN.
A native of Mississippi, Bishop McAlilly earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religion, Millsaps College, Jackson, MS (1978) and a Masters of Divinity, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA (1981). He was ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church in 1979 and ordained elder in 1982. He has served in a wide variety of ministry settings in Georgia and Mississippi–a small membership church…a new congregation…a county seat church…a newly organized congregation…a large membership congregation. Likewise, he has served in a variety of roles—youth minister…associate minister…lead pastor. Read more on the Nashville Episcopal Area UMC website
Shalom Agtarap is an ordained United Methodist Elder currently serving a multiethnic congregation in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood. Her experiences in local church and campus ministry have honed her skills and passion for mentoring young people into leadership and holding space for people of faith to have difficult conversations.
She is a 2008 graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC and her formation as a Christ follower and pastor was shaped by the Upper Room’s Two-Year Academy for Spiritual Formation. She drinks deeply from the well of guided meditation and spiritual reading but is usually found listening to either NPR or gospel music. Or both.
Scott Brewer is the incoming Treasurer and Director of Administrative Services of the Great Plains Annual Conference of the United Methodist church, beginning July 1, 2017. Previously, Scott served as the Associate General Secretary of Administration and Operations for the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, based in Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to that, he held various positions in the United Methodist General Council on Finance and Administration. He is a graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University and the son of retired pastors, the Rev. James S. and the Rev. Dr. Carol Roettmer Brewer.
Rev. Tom Albin is currently Dean of the Upper Room Ministries and Ecumenical Relations in Nashville, Tennessee. His educational journey began in a one-room elementary school in Kansas and continued through Ottawa University, Oral Roberts University, Fuller Theological Seminary and the University of Cambridge in England. He has published numerous articles and books in the areas of prayer, leadership and Christian spiritual formation
Neal Christie, Advisory
The Rev. Neal Christie is Assistant General Secretary of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society (GBCS) for Education and Leadership Formation. Neal was first appointed to serve GBCS in 1996 as Program Director for the United Methodist Seminars on National and International Affairs. In 2001 he assumed duties as Assistant General Secretary for the Education and Leadership Formation ministry area of the board. Neal is an ordained Elder in the Greater New Jersey Conference of The United Methodist Church. He holds degrees from New School for Social Research in New York City, Yale University Divinity School in New Haven, CT, and Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey. He has done additional graduate work in conflict resolution at the School of International Service, The American University in Washington D.C.
Ms. Kimberly Day-Lewis is the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) manager in the Solutions & Complaints Division of the U.S. Coast Guard Civil Rights Directorate. Previously, Ms. Day-Lewis has served as an ADR Mediator for private sector discrimination charges. She brings years of experience as an employment law attorney, dispute resolution practitioner, and workshop leader in both the corporate and non-profit sectors.
Scott Gilpin joined Discipleship Ministries (formally, the General Board of Discipleship) of the United Methodist Church in October 2011 as its primary fundraiser and advancement officer. Scott leads those philanthropic endeavors to fund mission expansion while providing direction on mission clarification, strategic planning, volunteer support, constituent relations and stewardship.
Scott has served over forty educational and social service organizations in Great Britain, Africa, and the United States. Previous positions held include Assistant to the President of Centenary College, Interim Vice President of Development for Carver College, CEO of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity and Foundation, Vice President of Development for Methodist Homes Corporation and Program Director for Allied Irish Bank of Dublin’s international not-for-profit consulting division, Community Counseling Service.
Susie Johnson heads the Washington Office of Public Policy for the national United Methodist Women and its membership who are committed to equality, justice and social transformation. Ms. Johnson leads and manages advocacy on policy issues impacting the lives of women and girls in the United States and throughout the world. She leads a national 22 member human trafficking team that has reached out to 10,000 individuals throughout the United States, and she represents the organization on Capitol Hill and as an alternate nongovernmental organization representative to the United Nations. The public policy program is supported by a network of 63 national coordinators. Ms. Johnson has served as the director of intergovernmental affairs for Africa Action and as a professional staff member for elected officials at every level of government. As senior program officer at the Ms. Foundation for Women, an organization with a worldwide focus on women’s rights and gender equality, racial and ethnic equality, and women’s economic empowerment, she led a national program initiative on women’s economic security. Ms. Johnson currently serves on the Boards of the Center for Women’s Policy Studies and formerly served on the boards of the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund for Liberian women, the National Black Caucus of States’ Institute, the Mentoring and Empowerment Program for Women based in Uganda, Women Thrive Worldwide, the African Women’s Development Fund, and Jubilee USA and as a member of the CEDPA Global Funders’ Circle. She is the co-author of How to Write a Winning Business Plan and the Guide to American Craft Art.
Ellen Ott Marshall
Dr. Ellen Ott Marshall (M.A. Notre Dame 1992, M.A./Ph.D. Vanderbilt 2000) is Associate Professor of Christian Ethics and Conflict Transformation at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. She is also on the faculty for the Ethics and Society doctoral program in Emory’s Graduate Division of Religion, where she serves as co-convener for the initiative in Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding. Her books include: Choosing Peace through Daily Practices (2005), Though the Fig Tree Does Not Blossom: Toward a Responsible Theology of Christian Hope (2006), and Christians in the Public Square: Faith that Transforms Politics (2008). In 2009, she served as lead writer for God’s Renewed Creation, a pastoral letter and foundation document from the Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church. Her current writing focuses on theologies and practices of conflict transformation. She lives in Atlanta with her spouse, Tommy, and their three children.
Shandi Mawokomatanda, Secretary
Pastor Shandi Mawokomatanda is a Th.D. candidate in Philosophy, Theology and Ethics at Boston University’s School of Theology. His studies focus on global ethics in cultural contexts, ecological ethics, and African studies under the mentorship of professors John Hart and Dana Robert. His research interests include mission, ecclesiology and ethics in Africa’s political economy, the cultural dimensions of peacebuilding in Africa with a special interest in the church’s engagement in the Ministry of Reconciliation in southern Africa. Shandi is a United Methodist minister currently serving as Associate Pastor at Wesley UMC in Worcester, MA. He served as a Chaplain Intern at George Mason University through the United College Ministries of Northern Virginia (2001-2004). At George Mason, Shandi chaired the Interfaith Campus Ministry Association which was responsible for building interfaith dialogue and religious awareness at the University. Shandi also partnered with faculty from the Institute of Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR) at George Mason in sponsoring an educational program on the religious dimensions of conflict and peace.
Ingrid McIntyre, Treasurer
Ingrid McIntyre is the Executive Director and co-founder of Open Table Nashville. She graduated from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. in 2008 with a Masters of Theological Studies. Her journey thus far as been shaped by her work with Habitat for Humanity, as a Youth Minister at Christ United Methodist Church in Franklin, Tn, and as the Director of Connectional Relations of Higher Education and Ministry for the United Methodist Church. She currently serves on the Board of the Nashville Coalition for Homelessness, Nashville Transit Now and the Board of JustPeace: Center for Mediation and Conflict Transformation in Washington, D.C. Ingrid is inspired by heroes like Desmond Tutu, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Dorothy Day and strives to imitate their dedication to justice for the marginalized and love for all. If not painting, gardening, or militantly composting, she’s probably traveling, reading, working crossword puzzles, or kayaking at her parents’ farm.
Mayuris Pimentel is the Program Counsel of Legal Services Corporation. Prior to that she was the Regional Attorney for the DC-MD Justice for Our Neighbors. She has a Doctor of Law degree from Howard University School and a Masters of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary. She currently resides in Silver Spring, MD.
Thomas E. Starnes counsels clients in commercial and environmental litigation. Having worked on significant environmental cases for more than 25 years, Tom’s environmental litigation practice is now concentrated in defending and prosecuting high-stakes, multiparty cost recovery claims under CERCLA and analogous state statutes.
Tom also handles complex general civil and appellate litigation matters. He has substantial experience representing major religious denominations and their affiliated institutions in property, employment and other litigation matters, with an emphasis on cases that raise significant First Amendment issues involving church governance. Tom has appeared on behalf of denominations in such cases both directly and as amici curiae in trial and appellate matters the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee and Florida state courts, and in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Michelle C. Whittaker focuses on strategic messaging, constituency engagement, social media interaction, website development, and audio/visual resource development. Michelle joined the FairVote staff in April 2015. Prior to joining FairVote, Michelle served as the Communications and New Media Director for the General Board of Church and Society, an international public policy program agency of The United Methodist Church, where she won several awards for visual design and communications projects.
Her experience extends into corporate finance as a technical writer and interface design specialist for Towers Watson, a financial consulting firm. She studied graphic and web design at The Art Institute Online and The Art Institute of Washington. Outside of her work at FairVote, Michelle enjoys sports, art, music and food with her husband, Doogie, and daughter, London.
The Rev. Janet Wolf is the Director of Children’s Defense Fund Haley Farm and Nonviolent Organizing. She previously served as faculty chair and professor at American Baptist College in Nashville, a historically Black college and home to many of the national civil rights leaders. For the United Methodist Church, the Rev. Wolf served as pastor of rural and urban congregations for 12 years. As director of public policy and community outreach with Religious Leaders for a More Just and Compassionate Drug Policy, she worked with a national interfaith coalition on harm reduction, alternatives to incarceration and restorative justice. She is the author of “To See and To Be Seen,” a chapter in I Was in Prison: United Methodist Perspectives on Prison Ministry. For 12 years she also served as a community organizer around poverty rights. Wolf graduated from Vanderbilt Divinity School.
JustPeace Advisory Committee
Alice Frazer Evans
Robert A. Evans
Speed B. Leas
John Paul Lederach
Mary K. Logan
Bishop Donald A. Ott
Gilbert R. Rendle
John B. Stephens
Bishop Joseph Yeakel