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Board of Trustees

Wini Wolff

FOSNA Board of Trustees, President and Chair
Wallingford, PA

Wini Wolff is an enterprise development consultant who works with businesses and nonprofits that have a social mission and international focus. Since 2004, when she and her husband Tony Medwid first travelled to Palestine/Israel, Wolff has been educating Americans about the reality on the ground, building economic opportunity in Palestine, and working for a just peace. Wolff holds an MA in Theology from LaSalle University and an MBA in International Economic Development from Eastern University. She is active in Christian-Jewish Allies of Greater Philadelphia and is an adjunct faculty member at Villanova University.

 

Rev. Richard (Dick) K. Toll, D.Min., D.D.

FOSNA Board of Trustees, Secretary
Portland, Ore.

Toll, a retired Episcopal priest, served as the board chair of FOSNA from 2000 to 2011. He received a BBA from Texas Technological University, his M.Div. from School of the Pacific and his D.Min. from Virginia Theological Seminary. Ordained to the diaconate in 1967 and the priesthood in 1968, he served in various positions from chaplain to rector. He was the canon pastor of St. Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle, and the honorary canon in the Diocese of Olympia, Wash. He was awarded two honorary degrees for his effective commitment to justice and peace in the Holy Land.

Rev. Richard (Dick) K. Toll, D.Min., D.D.

Lynn Martin

FOSNA Board of Trustees, Treasurer
Pleasanton, CA
Lynn Martin is a CPA and corporate controller in Dublin, CA. Lynn has twice visited Israel with Pilgrims of Ibillin and supporters of the Mar Elias schools in Ibillin, once in 2008 and again with her husband Max in 2010. She is dedicated to sharing accurate information about facts on the ground and working for a just peace for Palestine. Lynn has a BS in Accounting from California State University Hayward (now Cal State East Bay) and an MBA from Golden Gate University. Lynn and Max have six children.

Tarek Abuata

Palestinian Support Coordinator
Christian Peacemakers
Baltimore, Maryland

Originally from Bethlehem, Tarek moved to the United States at age 12. He holds a JD from the University of Texas Law School. In 2002 he worked for a year with the Negotiations Support Unit of the Palestinian Authority, and was involved in various nonviolence workshops, including trainings by Dr. Bernard La Fayette. He currently serves as the Palestinian support coordinator for the Christian Peacemakers Team.  As director of development for the United Palestinian Appeal, he splits his time between Palestine and Washington, DC. 

Tarek Abuata

Joyce Ibrahim

World Bank
Washington, DC

Ibrahim was born in Jerusalem but grew up in Saudi Arabia. She has worked with several peace groups, including the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation and Seeds of Peace. She was involved in nonviolence trainings with Love Thy Neighbor. Ibrahim has been working with the World Bank since September 2008. She currently works on the Doing Business report, one of the World Bank’s flagship reports. Ibrahim earned a bachelor’s degree in international politics from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in international relations and economics from Johns Hopkins University.

Joyce Ibrahim

Sam Jones

Heartland Initiative, Inc.
Atlanta, GA

Jones is the co-founder and president of Heartland Initiative, a nonprofit that educates and mobilizes American communities to advance the inherent human dignity and rights of all people. Prior to co-founding Heartland, Jones was associate director of the human rights program at The Carter Center where he managed programs in Palestine and DR Congo.  Jones led community development programs in Iraq for Counterpart International. He began his work in human rights as a peace/ justice intern at Sabeel in 1999. Jones earned his master's degree in international conflict resolution from American University and his bachelor's degree from UNC-Asheville. He is a visiting faculty at Emory University.

Sam Jones

Joy Lapp, Ph.D.

Iowa Wesleyan College
Mt. Pleasant, Iowa

Lapp is a teacher of religion at Iowa Wesleyan College and formerly taught religion and ethics classes at Metro State College of Denver. She lived in Egypt for three years as a Mennonite Central Committee worker, where she taught English at the Coptic Institute and at the Coptic Evangelical Seminary in Cairo. She served as chair of FOSNA-Colorado from 2004 to 2010 and is currently developing Friends of Sabeel at Wesleyan College. She leads yearly fact-finding trips to Palestine and Israel.

Joy Lapp, Ph.D.

Rev. Darrel Meyers

Middle East Fellowship of Southern California
Burbank, Calif.

Meyers helped organize and co-chair FOSNA Southern California. He founded and chairs the Middle East Fellowship of Southern California, established in 1969, an NGO tied to the UN. A frequent traveler to Palestine and Israel, he is a Presbyterian minister who served on several congregations and campuses in the Los Angeles area. With longtime involvement in peacemaking groups and activities, he currently chairs his regional synods work groups on Peace, Justice, and the Integrity of Creation.

Rev. Darrel Meyers

Catherine Nichols

Common Global Board for World Ministries
South Bend, Ind.

Nichols is the executive for mission personnel at Common Global Board for World Ministries. She manages and directs all overseas staff, volunteers and associates. She served as coordinator of the Sabeel International Department an International Friends of Sabeel in Jerusalem from 2001 to 2008 as an employee of United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Leila Jones Richards, MD, MPH

Pittsburgh, PA
Leila Richards, MD, MPH, is a retired public health physician who worked in international health and humanitarian programs in Lebanon, the occupied territories, Iraq, India, former Yugoslavia and Afghanistan. She is the author of several articles in medical and public health journals and of "The Hills of Sidon: Journal of an American Doctor in Lebanon," published in 1988 by Adama Books.

Dr. Rosemary Radford Ruether

Pacific School of Religion
Claremont, Calif.

Ruether is a renowned Roman Catholic feminist scholar and theologian, a visiting professor of feminist theology at Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University, and former Carpenter professor of feminist theology at the Pacific School of Religion and Graduate Theological Union. Ruether has also taught at the Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. She has written many books on feminism, nationalism, the Bible and Christianity.

Dr. Rosemary Radford Ruether

Doug Thorpe

Seattle, WA
Doug Thorpe is Professor of Literature at Seattle and the author of three books and editor of a fourth. He is a member of the Mideast Focus group at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle and has been to Israel-Palestine twice, most recently for the month of November in 2013.  He’s married to Judy Andrews, an attorney who works with non-profit organizations, and they have one daughter who is married and currently in graduate school on the east coast.

Andrea Whitmore

Fairway, Kan.

Whitmore is on the steering committee of United Methodist Kairos Response (UMKR, www.kairosresponse.org) and Citizens for Justice in the Middle East (www.cjme.org). She has authored and assisted in the publication of several corporate celebration/anniversary books and was a full time instructor of English as a foreign Language at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her husband, Doug, served as an ecumenical accompanier in Jayyous, Palestine, in winter 2008.