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Board of Directors

Mike Crandell

Co-Chair

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Mike Crandall, Dallas, Texas, has worked for the past 23 years in the telecommunications industry, currently as an Assistant Vice President of Infrastructure Program Management for AT&T. Married to Shawn Hudson since August 2012, his personal interests include cooking and food, theater and film, and travel.

Cheryl Stuart

Co-Chair

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Cheryl Stuart, Tallahassee, Florida, an attorney, has more than 25 years of experience on the use of special taxing districts as a way to finance and manage infrastructure for development. Serving her second term as Vice President of the ELCA Florida-Bahamas Synod, Cheryl is also Vice President of the ELCA Region 9 Council and a member of the ELCA Discipline Committee. She is married to Steve Kunst and has two college-aged daughters.

 Dan Graney

Secretary

(starting April 1)

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Dan Graney, San Antonio, Texas, is a member of the South Texas Chapter of ReconcilingWorks. Dan served as Vice President of Lutherans Concerned/North America from 1982 to 1984. He has been an activist in San Antonio’s LGBT community for many years. He and his late spouse of 36 years, Roberto J. Flores, were a team and co-led efforts to raise political awareness within San Antonio’s LGBT community. Dan is an ordained Lutheran pastor and worked as an immigration attorney until retiring in 1993.

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Vice Chair

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Nicole Garcia has previously served on the board as Co-Chair, Secretary, and Transgender Representative. In 2003 Nicole first became involved with the Reconciling in Christ (RIC) program at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Denver, Colorado. Since then, Nicole has facilitated workshops and participated in panels concerning gender identity and spirituality in Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Houston, San Francisco, Nashville, Duluth, Minneapolis, and throughout the Denver/Boulder CO area. Nicole has a Master of Arts in Counseling from the University of Colorado Denver and is a Nationally Certified Counselor. Nicole is in private practice at Nicole Garcia Counseling, LLC, in Longmont CO.  Nicole is also a mental health clinician at the Gender Identity Center of Colorado.  Nicole has been granted entrance to candidacy in ordained ministry in the ELCA.  Nicole is pursuing a Master of Divinity through the Distributed Learning Program at Luther Seminary in St. Paul MN.  

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Vice Chair

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The Rev. Dr. Darryl Kiehl is pastor of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Birmingham, Alabama, and a Licensed Professional Counselor (Ph.D. Georgia State University). In addition to ReconcilingWorks’s Board, he is on the Board of Lunches for Learning, Honduras, and actively helping form Birmingham Faith in Action, a community organizing network. He has served on the Synod Council, Mutual Ministry Committee, and Support Team (conflict resolution), and on the boards of AID Atlanta, Lutheran Ministries of Georgia, and Lutheran Community Food Ministry. He was active in counseling and public speaking on LGBT issues in Atlanta. His congregation recently hosted the “Building an Inclusive Church Workshop,” and he took the lead in starting the first ReconcilingWorks chapter in Alabama.  Interests include running, meditation, antique cars, boats, and travel trailers.

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Interim Treasurer

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Phil Soucy has served as the Director of Communications forReconcilingWorks.org from 2005 to 2010 and again from 2011 to 2012. Prior to that, he had extensive experience in both governmental and industry practice of public relations, concentrating on media relations and external issues management. He served as a career Army Infantry Officer and as an Army Public Affairs Officer, culminating with service as one of the press spokespersons for the Secretary and Department of the Army. After retirement from the Army, Phil worked in public relations in the aerospace industry, finishing his paid working career in the London headquarters of a global company as Director of Media Relations. He lives in Arlington, Virginia, with his partner, who are proud to be among the LGBT 18,000 legally married in California. A member of the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod of the ELCA, Phil has served on synod council and executive council, and is active in various roles in his home congregation.

stephen padre

Director of Communications

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Stephen Padre grew up in Seattle, but as an adult has lived in many places in the US and abroad, including Switzerland and Kenya. He is a lifelong Lutheran and is active in all three of the ELCA’s expressions. He spent seven years working in Chicago at the ELCA churchwide offices for Lutheran Student Movement, Campus Ministry, Ecumenical Affairs and the World Hunger Appeal and Disaster-Response programs. His career is now working as a communicator for non-profit organizations, and he is currently the director of communications for a small, nationwide non-profit. On the synod level, he is a volunteer communicator at synod assemblies every year, and he is involved in many areas in his congregation, Augustana in Washington, DC. He lives with his wife, Sarah, and two daughters – Alexandria (4 years) and Natalie (7 months)

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Director of International Programs

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Philip Moeller, a Senior Institutional and Social Specialist, works on institutional and governance issues for the World Bank. He initially started working at the chapter level of ReconcilingWorks but currently serves on the Board as the Director of International Programs of ReconcilingWorks. In carrying out this work he provides liaison with such international advocacy groups as the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission in New York on behalf of ReconcilingWorks. Philip also lectures at various colleges on globalization and development. He lives in Washington DC in a townhouse he restored that was initially built in the 1870s by Madison Davis. In addition to restoration, he is an avid gardener and enjoys cooking for friends.

 michael cobbler hs

Co-Director of Committee for Working at the Intersection of Oppressions

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Michael Cobbler pesently serves as the Founder and Principal of Beloved Community Consulting, a fund development whose mission is to "practice redistribution in the Name of Jesus and Justice!" Transforming Action through Power (TAP) Board of Directors (2010-2011); Staff Consultant to the Race Relations Council of Northwest Indiana (2009-2011); Interim Lead Organizer of Transforming Action through Power in South Bend, Indiana (2008); Grants Consultant in the Valparaiso Project for the Education and Formation of People of Faith at Valparaiso University (2002-2008). ELCA Anti-Racism Training Design Team Member and Faculty (1998-2004); Lutheran Human Relations Association (LHRA) 1986-1992 and 1993-1996, President, LHRA (1988-1992 and 1993-1994). Has been an ELCA parish pastor, community organizer, scat singer, actor, voiceover talent, trombone player, and lifelong relationship builder. Delights in people, and delights in building sustainable connections for folks of good will.
  [The other Co-Director is a member of ReconcilingWorks staff, the Rev. Anita Hill.]

marge charmoli hs

Bisexual Representative

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Dr. Marge Charmoli is a psychologist in private practice in St. Paul, Minnesota; has taught at Macalester College and the University of Minnesota.  Extensive public speaking experience to lay and professional audiences, local, national, and international, on sexuality, sexual orientation, spirituality, mental health, addiction recovery, trauma, school violence, disaster preparedness/response, and professional development. Radio and television to educate the general public about depression, stress, sexuality, disaster preparedness, and human rights.  Produces and co-hosts Bi Cities, cable television program about the bisexual community and our friends and allies. Consultant to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on substance abuse treatment for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities.  Former board of directors’ member of NALGAP: The Association for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Addiction Professionals. Member of the St. Paul Human Rights Commission, 1989, introduced resolution that resulted in St. Paul becoming first governmental entity in the nation to protect people on the basis of gender identity.  The State of Minnesota adopted the language of the St. Paul ordinance in 1993 making it the first state in the nation to protect transgender people against discrimination. Member of the American Psychological Association Council of Representatives and the Minnesota Psychological Association (MPA) Governing Council.  Past president of the MPA and current chair of its Marriage Equality Task Force.  Received the MPA Diversity Award in 2012 for educating psychologists and the general public about the psychological harm created by anti-gay initiatives such as the constitutional marriage amendment which will appear on the Minnesota state ballot in November 2012.

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Canadian Representative

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Everett Freeman is a Certified General Accountant and has been employed in a multi-hospital/multi-corporation for 25 years. He was born in a town in Northwestern Ontario, Canada, where he has lived all his life. He became involved with Lutherans Concerned in 2007 and became Treasurer of Lutherans Concerned in Canada the same year. This year, he was elected to serve as the Canadian Representative to Lutherans Concerned/North America. “Becoming involved with ReconcilingWorks is very important to me as living in a small town doesn't present as many opportunities for supportive fellowship as would living in a bigger city.” He has been a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Fort Frances, Ontario, for over 50 years. He attended the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada’s national convention in 2009 as a steward while also representing Lutherans Concerned. He has been involved in music for over 40 years, singing in church and community choirs and playing violin and hand bells. He also works in the penalty box for high school and Junior A hockey teams.

 

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Transgender Representative

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JamieAnn Meyers is a bisexual queer radical-femme transsexual womanShe advocates for the LGBTQIA+ community as transgender representative and board member of ReconcilingWorks and as a lead trainer with the Minnesota GLBTA Campus Alliance.  She takes a social justice and intersectional anti-oppression approach to her activism and advocacy.  JamieAnn retired in 2010 as Professor Emerita of Geoscience at Winona State University, Winona, Minnesota, and is now using her 39 years of classroom experience to do education aroundLGBTQIA+ concerns in faith and secular communities.  Her work focuses on advocacy for transgender, gender non-conforming, and bisexual persons, and on trainings for allies across the spectrum of LGBTQIA+ communities.  Originally from Pennsylvania, she is a 34-year resident of Winona, Minnesota.  JamieAnn was confirmed as Lutheran in the eighth grade by her Dad, who was an ELCA pastor since his ordination in 1956.   She has been married to her wife Peggy for nearly 48 years and has two adult children and three grandchildren, all of whom live in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

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Youth, Youth Adult Representative

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Charlie Beckler is a student at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. He graduated from College Park High School in The Woodlands, Texas, where he has lived most of his life. Charlie was raised in the Lutheran church and has been an active member since he was confirmed at age 14. He has attended multiple mission trips and service events, and looks forward to working on the board to help make a difference in the church as it moves toward full inclusion.

travisvanhorn

Youth, Youth Adult Representative

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Travis Van Horn is currently a student at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Oregon, studying Political Science and Public Policy & Administration. At Western, Travis is a Resident Assistant in the first LEED Platinum (a certification program for “green” building design and construction) residence hall in the country and serves as Treasurer for College Democrats. In 2011 he attended the ELCA Churchwide Assembly in Orlando as a Voting Member from the Oregon Synod. In the summer of 2012, Travis served as Legislative Intern with ReconcilingWorks, helping to organize the Lutheran Day on the Hill for the Reconciling Works 2012 Assembly in Washington, DC. He also represented ReconcilingWorks at the 2012 ELCA Youth Gathering in New Orleans and worked in Minnesota to organize the first Lutherans-calling-Lutherans phone bank to help defeat the constitutional amendment limiting the freedom to marry.

 

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Chaplain

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The Rev. Dr. Katrina Foster is the pastor of Incarnation Lutheran Church, Bridgehampton, and St. Michael Lutheran Church, Amagansett, both on Long Island, New York. She served Fordham Evangelical Lutheran Church, Bronx, New York, for 16 years prior to her current call. She earned her Master of Divinity from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, South Carolina, and her Doctor of Ministry, Stewardship and Luther's Theology of the Cross, from Lutheran Theological Seminary Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Pastor Foster and her family were featured in the 2009 Goodsoil documentary, ”One Baptism, Many Gifts: the story of three Lutherans called to ministry.” Pastor Foster, her wife and daughter live in Water Mill, New York, and go to the beach as often as possible.