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Board of Directors

Mike Crandall

Co-Chair

Mike Crandall
Mike Crandall (he/him), 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

Cheryl Stuart
Cheryl Stuart (she/her), 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.

leo

Vice Chair

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Leo Channing Bancroft (He/him), returned home to Oregon in 2009, after earning a Master of Arts in Theology in Berkeley, CA. While his day job involves solving technical problems, his passion is advocacy for both the HIV and LGBTQ communities. He is active in his congregation, St. Andrew Lutheran, as well as the Portland Metro Chapter of ReconcilingWorks, and enjoys training, preaching, and sharing his story to help make the church a safe and welcoming space as Regional Coordinator for US-Region 1. In September 2013, Leo came out publicly as transgender (FTM – female to male). He is transitioning surgically and hormonally, sharing that process publicly with gratitude to those who have lived “out” lives before him, whether with their sexual orienta- tion, gender identity, or HIV status.

 Dan Graney

Secretary

Dan Graney
Dan Graney (he/him), 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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Treasurer

Herman Cage
Born and raised Baptist in Kansas City, Missouri. Herman (he/him) attended Northwestern University, obtaining BS and MBA Degrees. At his first job out of college, he met his wife, Mary, a Lutheran from Minnesota. They have been blessed with two adult daughters and three fantastic grandchildren. They have been members of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (RIC Congregation) Schaumburg, Illinois, for the past 30 years. Herman has served the faith community in a variety of ways at the congregational, synodical, regional and national levels. His professional career began as a CPA with a “Big Eight” Firm in the Chicago, Illinois area, followed by more than 20 years of financial management positions with large corporations. For the past 15 years, he has had a tax, financial planning, and business consultative practice, providing services in about 35 states and 6 countries. Herman is very pleased to be a part of the ReconcilingWorks family.

 

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At-Large

Philip Moeller
Philip Moeller (he/him), 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.

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At-Large

Dr. Marge Charmoli
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 appeared on the Minnesota state ballot in November 2012.

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Canadian Representative

Everett Freeman
Everett Freeman (he/him) 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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At-Large

Luis Ochoa
Luis Eduardo Ochoa was born in Guatemala City, but grew up in Los Angeles, California. Luis has been in youth ministry for 10 years and is currently serving his second call in Alaska. He is the Director of Children, Youth & Family programs at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Wasilla, Alaska. He likes the outdoors, spending time with his wife, Bobbie, and two children, Eduardo and Joleen. As a youth director he has been given the opportunities to teach, learn and experience faith in a variety of ways. These opportunities have given him the privilege of experiencing God’s love and acceptance through the eyes and hearts of children and youth. Being part of ReconcilingWorks is not about which side we take in the discussions of LGBTQ but understanding that we strive for common interests in our communities such as love, peace, change, respect, acceptance, but most importantly that we will make a difference as equals, one body, and one church. His hope for the future of our church is that we become advocates for those who don’t have a voice.

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At-Large

Rev. Dan Pharr 
The Rev. Dan Pharr is pastor of Christ Lutheran Church, Prattville, Alabama. He received his B.A. from Concordia Lutheran College, Austin, Texas, in 1987 and his M.Div. degree from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, California, in 1995. Prior to his call and ordination to Christ Church in 2013, Dan lived in San Francisco for 20 years and worked as a recruiter in the high tech industry. He currently serves on the worship committee for the Southeastern Synod. After a Federal Court judge ruled Alabama’s practice of denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples unconstitutional, Dan was contacted by the Montgomery County probate office to serve as a magistrate for the county and perform wedding ceremonies for all couples regardless of gender. The Alabama Supreme Court has since ordered all probate offices to cease offering marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Dan hopes to be performing them again soon. He is the proud parent of Claire, a boxer mix rescue.

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At-Large

Travis Van Horn
Travis Van Horn (he/him) 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

The Rev. Dr. Katrina Foster
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.