Our Leadership and Staff
Emily Brewer is an elder in the PC(USA) and a graduate of Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York (2015) and Maryville College (2009). Before becoming co-director of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship, Emily participated in PPF by serving on the National Committee, interning at General Assembly, serving as an accompanier in Colombia, attending several demonstrations at the School of the Americas, and traveling with a delegation to Palestine and Israel. Emily became committed to peacemaking during her two years as a PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer in Guatemala and Nashville. Emily lives in Brooklyn but will always consider East Tennessee home.
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Art is active in the First Presbyterian Church of New Haven, CT (Ruling Elder, Mission Committee and Convener of the Peace and Justice Action Group); EmergeCT program (tutor) in New Haven, CT; Hamden, CT Democratic Town Committee; Spring Glen Civic Association, the Project Management Institute (mentor). He is married and has four grown children and six grandchildren. He cherishes time with his grandchildren and enjoys reading, travel, exercise, paddling, hiking and most other outdoor activities (certified AMC hike leader). He volunteers as a pro bono facilitator and mentor with not-for-profit organizations on executive development, articulating and communicating their mission and strategic direction, planning, execution and managing transitions. He retired from Yale University in 2014 after 24 years leading change management, process improvements and software implementations.
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Web Content Manager
Sarah began her peacemaking work in high school and continued into college at Boston University where she founded the Palestinian-Israeli Peace Alliance. She has always worked for non-profits, including the Unitarian Universalist Association and Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault. She created the LGBTQ history mobile app Quist, and her first book will be published by HarperCollins in May 2017. She lives in Wallingford, CT with her wife, Liz, and their cats. Sarah manages the PPF website, Facebook, Twitter, and email.
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Colombia Accompaniment Coordinator
Rev. Lora Burge is an ordained minister in the PC(USA) and a graduate of McCormick Theological Seminary (2013) in Chicago and Whitworth University (2006). Before accepting the role of Colombia Accompaniment Coordinator, Lora served as an accompanier in Colombia for few months in 2013. he began learning about accompaniment and peacemaking during her time as a PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer in Guatemala. Lora also works as a hospital chaplain in Chicago though will always claim Whidbey Island, Washington as home. She lives with her cats on the north side of Chicago, enjoys running by the lake, and tries to be creative in her spare time.
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Before Kathy began her work as part of PPF’s staff, her previous career was in the mental health field as coordinator of treatment and director of residential programs. She lives in Dobbs Ferry, NY. Her family includes her wife Susan, two children, two stepchildren, two grandchildren, and two dogs. She spends her free time working on initiatives that promote the interconnections of peace, justice, and sustainability.
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Executive Committee Co-Moderators
Aric Clark is a writer, a speaker, and Presbyterian minister who lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and two gremlins pretending to be his sons. He is the co-author of Never Pray Again: Lift Your Head, Unfold Your Hands, and Get To Work, a book which challenges readers to embrace a concrete other-centered spirituality. He is also the creator of LectionARIC a youtube channel for hermeneutical vlogs. When he is not writing, preaching, or parenting, Aric can be found engaging his tabletop gaming hobby, or cooking for a crowd of random strangers he invited home without his wife’s permission. He is a pacifist and he still can’t grow a beard.
Rev. Shannan Vance-Ocampo serves as the Transitional Presbyter for Albany Presbytery, where she is working with the Presbytery to seek out God's preferred future for its ministry and resourcing in a time of great change in how we engage ministry and mission. Previously, she served for five years as Pastor of Watchung Avenue Presbyterian Church in North Plainfield, NJ, and for eight years as the Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Rumson, NJ. For the past ten years she has been involved in PPF's Colombia Accompaniment Program. In the Synod of the Northeast Shannan has served as convener of the Emerging Leaders Group and now serves on the Working Group on Race. In the national church, she serves on the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board as an elected member. Her passions are for organizational redevelopment, local and international mission and the raising up of prophetic leadership in the church. Shannan lives in Albany, NY with her husband, Juan Gabriel Ocampo Valle, a native of Bogotá, Colombia who is an educator and their daughter Sofia Elena who is a budding artist. You can find her online at http://shannanvo.com.