Our Leadership and Staff
Rick Ufford-Chase is an elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA). He worked as a Presbyterian Mission Worker for twenty years on the U.S./Mexico border, supporting migrants and refugees and developing educational programs for people of faith who are interested in the complexities and challenges of the border region. Rick served as Moderator of the General Assembly from 2004 to 2006. He is currently the Executive Director of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship, and the Co-Director (with his wife, Kitty) of Stony Point Conference Center. Rick has been deeply interested in the intersection between our faith, the challenge of responding to violence in our time, and the work of partnering with those from other religious traditions to protect and extend basic human rights to all people.
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Prior to joining PPF, Fritz was a Co-Director at the Quixote Center and Coordinator of its Haiti Reborn program. Fritz has also served the National Council of Churches as Field Coordinator of the Climate and Energy Campaign, and the Presbyterian Hunger Program (USA) as its Farm Bill Reform Organizer. A member of Western Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC, and an ordained Baptist minister, Fritz is educated in international and religious studies from the University of South Florida and theology and ethics from Southern Seminary. His travels throughout the Americas and Africa as well as his experience as a therapeutic foster parent have opened Fritz’s eyes to the impacts of war and violence and have helped make seeking peace and doing justice his life’s passion. Fritz cooks and lives in a housing cooperative in Greenbelt, Maryland with his wife Mary and their basset hound, Dorothy.
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Colombia Accompaniment Program Coordinator
Jess Hunter-Bowman, PPF's Colombia Accompaniment Coordinator, also serves as the Associate Director of Witness for Peace. Jess lived and worked in Latin America with Witness for Peace for nine years, most recently as the Colombia-based WFP Andean Regional Director. Jess previously worked at the U.S. Office on Colombia as the Senior Associate. From 1998 to 2002, Jess served as a member of the Witness for Peace International Team. He worked on the Guatemala program and co-founded both the Mexico and Colombia programs. He has been widely published in the media, including in the Miami Herald and the Providence Journal. Jess is also the author of a chapter in the book Children of the Drug War. Jess, his wife Janna, and their two daughters currently live in South Bend, IN where they are part of the Cana Community and Kern Road Mennonite Church.
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Before moving to Stony Point in 2008, MaryAnn lived and worked as a Director of Christian Education for several Presbyterian churches in the Alexandria, VA area. She is the proud parent of two children and grandparent of four. When MaryAnn is not working or enjoying visits with family, she likes to read, make jewelry, and attend shows and concerts.
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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 runs her own social media consulting business, The Communicationist. She lives in Berwyn Heights, Maryland with her wife, Liz, and their two cats. Sarah manages the PPF website, Facebook, Twitter, and email.
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National Committee Co-Moderators
Rev. Roger Scott Powers, co-moderator of the PPF National Committee, is pastor of Light Street Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, Maryland. He has also served as an associate pastor at The First & Franklin Street Presbyterian Church in Baltimore and at Montclair Presbyterian Church in Oakland, California.
Peacemaking has been Roger's vocation in one way or another for more than thirty years. From 1982 to 1984, he was Peacemaking Intern of the Synod of the Northeast. He served on the national staff of Clergy and Laity Concerned, an interfaith, multiracial peace and justice organization, from 1985 to 1988. From 1989 until he began seminary in 1995, he was on the staff of the Albert Einstein Institution, a nonprofit organization founded by Gene Sharp to advance the study and use of strategic nonviolent action in conflicts throughout the world. There he co-edited a 640-page encyclopedia of nonviolent action entitled Protest, Power, and Change (Garland, 1997).
Roger holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University, an M.A. in International Politics from the University of Denver, and an M.Div. from Andover Newton Theological School. He is married to Susan Quass, his partner for 28 years, who is interim pastor of Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, Maryland.
Rev. Libby Shannon, co-moderator of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship, serves as Associate Chaplain at Eckerd College. Eckerd is a liberal arts college affiliated by covenant relationship with the Presbyterian Church (USA) on the banks of Tampa Bay in St Petersburg, Florida. She has also served in the capacity of an interim associate pastor at Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church, Naples, Florida, and as a resident volunteer the Stony Point Center and member of the Community of Living Traditions.
Libby holds the distinct and rare privilege of being a Florida native. She is an alumna of Eckerd College where she studied Religious Studies and Women and Gender Studies, lived in London for a fabulous semester, and discovered she's an introvert. Following her undergraduate studies she attended Columbia Theological Seminary where she served as co-moderator of Women's Issues in Ministry and president of the student body. She found peace, hope, learning, and phenomenal community singing in the choir of Central Presbyterian Church, Atlanta.
She adores newspapers, cooking, and coffee; believes nearly every problem can be solved by a long walk; and meticulously organizes her books according to their Library of Congress classification. Libby dreams of one day having a waterfront office from which she quietly and reads and writes liturgy.