PPF Welcomes Two New Part-Time Staff Members

PPF is thrilled to welcome Rev. Lora Burge and Art Hunt to the PPF staff.

Lora BurgeRev. Lora Burge (pictured right) 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. She 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.

PPF decided to re-create this position as a paid staff position after Linda Eastwood has so generously and successfully been doing this job as a volunteer for the past two years, because our partners in Colombia have told us that accompaniment is needed now as much as ever. Although the Peace Accords are under way, with promising steps taken just this week toward a signing, there is still much work to be done to ensure peace with justice in Colombia. If you are interested in learning more about the Colombia Accompaniment Program or attending our next training, February 16-20 at Stony Point Center, please contact Lora (lora@presbypeacefellowship.org).

Art Hunt began with PPF in October as a volunteer Deputy Director assisting primarily with fundraising and other administrative responsibilities. Art is active in the First Presbyterian Church of New Haven, CT in New Haven, CT. 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. 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.

Welcome, Lora and Art!