Friends Journal is published by Friends Publishing Corporation. The mission of the corporation is to communicate Quaker experience in order to connect and deepen spiritual lives.

The Board of Trustees is accountable for all aspects of the corporation’s operations, including editorial and administrative policies, financial solvency, continuity of organization, and maintaining Quaker perspective. Friends Publishing Corporation, an independent Quaker organization, has a long history of association with Friends General Conference.  The Board of Trustees includes Quakers from FGC, Friends United Meeting, Conservative, Evangelical Friends Church, dually-affiliated, and independent yearly meetings.

Paul M.A. Baker

Paul Baker is a member of Atlanta Friends Meeting (AFM), and serves on the Ministry and Worship committee. He has served previously at AFM as a member of the Adult Religious Education committee, Care and Counsel committee, and as convener, Fifth day Evening Meeting for Worship. He is co-manager, with Neil Fullagar, of the Religious Society of Friends – Quakers, on LinkedIn​.com. He was previously a member of Friends Meeting of Washington, where he was a member of the membership committee from 1996 to 1999.

Professionally, Paul M.A. Baker, Ph.D., is the Senior Director of Research with the Center for Advanced Communications Policy (CACP), and and hold an research faculty appointment with the School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology. He is also an adjunct professor with the Centre for Disability Law & Policy at the National University of Ireland, Galway. His work focuses on institutional innovation in higher education, policy barriers to the adoption of wireless technologies by people with disabilities, teleworking and people with disabilities, online collaboration and virtual communities, collaborative policy networks and e-accessibility, social media and policy development. He is also involved in international policy research, especially as it relates to issues of technological accessibility and information technologies. Baker holds a Ph.D. in public policy from George Mason University, a Masters of Theological Studies from Emory University and an M.P. in urban planning from the University of Virginia. He has served on the boards of several national associations and on the editorial boards of eleven journals.

Jim Cavener

Jim Cavener is a third-generation Southern Californian who was first exposed to the Society of Friends over half-century ago. He’s been active in Meetings in Claremont, CA (Pacific YM), New Haven (NEYM), Aberdeen, Scotland (Britain YM), Geneve, Switzerland, Ames, IA (Iowa Conservative YM), Paris (French YM), Wilmington, OH (Wilmington, YM), Morningside MM (NYYM), Vienna (Austria), Friends Meeting of Washington (Baltimore YM) and for the past 33 years, Asheville, NC (SAYMA). He has worked for, or on boards or committees of AFSC (Eastern and Western Europe, North Africa, the Middle East), AFSC regional and program offices (Pasadena, New York City, Des Moines, Baltimore, Atlanta, Washington, DC), FCNL Program Committee, Friends World College, Friends Journal Board of Managers, Wilmington College, FGC (14 years on Long-Range Planning Committee, 6 years on Executive Committee), on planning committees for a dozen or more FGC Gatherings, including the two most recent at Blacksburg, VA. Archivist/Historian of Pacific YM, and recently on SAYMA committees. Co-clerked second FGC Gathering at Berea, KY.
Jim Cavener has been an adult delegate to a White House Conference on Youth, six years a Member of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO (a Dept. of State Advisory Commission), been delegate to ACLU biennial in Seattle, UNESCO conferences in Ghana, San Francisco, Denmark, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Stockholm and Houston. Was on the board of The National Center for Voluntary Action in DC. Currently on board of the Western North Carolina ACLU, and the longest-sitting member of the board of the North Carolina state ACLU. Has been on planning committee for 2007 and the current 2011 Mid-winter Gatherings of FLGBTQC, for February 18–21, near Greensboro, NC. As a third career, has been a daily print journalist for the past quarter-century, both at papers in Southern California and the Asheville Citizen-Times.

Catherine Bly Cox

Catherine Cox was born and raised in Iowa, and educated at the College of William and Mary, Oxford University, and Yale University, where she received a Ph.D. in English. She taught at Rutgers University for several years, and then left teaching to marry, move to Washington, D.C., co-author a book (Apollo) with her husband, Charles Murray, and settle into being a full-time mom.

Catherine lives in the rural town of Burkittsville, Maryland, and divides her time between local civic activities, the Literacy Council of Frederick County, various Quaker endeavors, and the demands of her garden and pets. She is recording clerk of Goose Creek Meeting (BYM) and currently serves as co-clerk of Ministry and Oversight there. She is a graduate of the School of the Spirit’s On Being a Spiritual Nurturer program, a member of the School of the Spirit’s development committee, and a mentee in the School’s Contemplative Retreats program.

Guli Fager

Guli Fager is a Quaker, a sex educator, an activist, and a writer. Born a Quaker in Langley Hill Friends Meeting, she grew up attending Baltimore Yearly Meeting, Catoctin Quaker Camp, FGC Gathering and graduated from Westtown School. In 2004 she received a leading to begin a ministry in sex education and reproductive justice advocacy, and she now works as Vice President of Education for Planned Parenthood of Maryland. She is a member of Friends Meeting of Austin.


A.M. Fink

A.M. Fink is a Friend, a research mathematician, woodworker, singer, symphony stage manager, mediation workshop leader, gardener, committee member, social service agency volunteer, and when the occasion calls for it, a snow shoveler. He spent 43 years working formally in industry and universities in three countries and parlayed his work into travel to most of the 48 lower continental states and 11 foreign countries. As a Friend, he has held every office and committee membership in his local monthly meeting at one time or another. Currently he is the clerk of the trustees of Iowa Yearly Meeting (Conservative) as well as a 25-year member of the midyear planning committee. He also served on the FGC Gathering Planning Committee for about 10 years. His wife, Deborah is probably known to many through her 20-year service on various American Friends Service Committee committees. Son Philip Fink lives in New Zealand and son George Finklang in California, along with his wife and two children. We have a courageous Gordon setter named Cassie and two spoiled cats, Figaro and Bystrouska.

Jim Herr

A member since 1990 of Lancaster Friends Meeting, in Pennsylvania, Jim serves as a recording clerk for Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. After brief stints selling Encyclopedia Britannica in Alabama and running a small advertising agency in Lancaster, Jim now works in advertising sales for a large Mid-Atlantic farm publication called Lancaster Farming.


Dana Kester-McCabe

Dana Kester-McCabeDana Kester-McCabe is a lifelong member of the Religious Society of Friends. She serves on a variety of local and regional Quaker committees on Delmarva which is in the Southern Quarter of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Dana has over 30 years of creative experience, having worked in internet, video, and print design, as well as writing for public relations, advertising, and news, as well as curriculum planning for arts and religious education. Dana is the publisher of Delmarva​-almanac​.com.


A.J. Mendoza

A.J. Mendoza graduated from George Fox University and is part of West Hills Friends Church in Portland, Oregon. A.J. was the focus of the QuakerSpeak of March 19, 2015, and has appeared in four others.

Fred Melroy

Born and raised in Union County New Jersey, Fred was an active youth member of the First Presbyterian Church and Westminster Fellowship. At age fourteen he started working at a local golf club, which paid his tuition at Rider University, from which he graduated in 1970 with a degree in Finance. Recruited out of College by Dow Jones, he soon entered military service and spent a year in Vietnam. After returning, he changed his career path to hospital financial administration, where he spent the next forty years working for various hospitals, most recently NYU Medical Center, retiring in April 2015. In 1990, he began to attend Medford Monthly Meeting, becoming a member 15 years later. He is currently a very active volunteer with Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, Medford Monthly Meeting, Friends Journal, and YMCA Camp Ockanickon.


Christopher Mohr

Christopher Mohr is a member of Green Street Monthly Meeting in Philadelphia and a former member of San Francisco Friends Meeting. He joined the board as clerk in 2011. Chris is the executive director of Friends Center Corporation, the organization that owns the property at 15th and Cherry Streets in Philadelphia on behalf of American Friends Service Committee, Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, and Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Previously he worked for the Community Design Collaborative of Philadelphia and was executive director of the Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County, California, from 2003 to 2011, during which time he also ran the Housing Endowment And Regional Trust—the HEART of San Mateo County. He moved to Philadelphia in 2011 with his wife, Robin, who is the executive secretary of Friends World Committee for Consultation Section of the Americas.


Ann Trueblood Raper

Ann Trueblood Raper is a life-long Quaker; she was born into Clear Creek Meeting (Richmond, Indiana), raised in Gwynedd Meeting (Gwynedd, Pennsylvania) and for thirty years has been a member of New Garden Meeting (Greensboro, North Carolina). Ann has served as a board member and clerk of the New Garden Friends School, trustee and board vice chair of Guilford College, board member and president of the North Carolina Friends Historical Society, and served on many New Garden Meeting committees. Currently, she serves on the boards of Foulkeways at Gwynedd – a life care retirement community – and the Greensboro Housing Coalition, and is on the Vision for Excellence Campaign Council for Guilford College. This is her second time on the Friends Publishing Corporation board.

In 2014 Ann wrote and edited A Quaker Courtship, a love story in discovered letters and photos of two Young Friends in 1922.

Ann Reece

From 2004–2013, Ann Reece served as a member of the Board of Newtown Friends School, serving as Clerk from 2006-12. She has served as a board member of Mercer Street Friends Social Services Center in Trenton, NJ, the Pennswood Village Continuing Care Retirement Community in Newtown, PA, and currently serves on committees at Newtown Friends Meeting where she is a member.

Soon after graduating from Sweet Briar College in the early sixties, Ann worked for the American Friends Service Committee in its central office in Philadelphia for several years as a program assistant in the International Division. From 1990–2000, she was an associate teacher in first grade at Newtown Friends School. Between work experiences, Ann was a stay-at-home mother to now adult sons, Timothy and Stockton.

Ann is a former Commodore of the Chatham Yacht Club, Chatham, MA, and a co-founder of the Harrisburg, PA chapter of the National Junior Tennis League. She enjoys sailing, tennis, hiking, bird watching, and is a frequent traveler on expeditions to remote parts of the world with husband, Norval Reece.


Breeze Richardson

3257878As the Director of Communications, Breeze serves as spokesperson for the Kansas Board of Regents and works to support the agency in communicating the successes and challenges of higher education in Kansas, including the ongoing implementation of long-range achievement goals that are measurable, reportable, and ensure the state’s higher education system meets Kansans’ expectations. Before returning to Kansas in 2013, Breeze spend over a decade at WBEZ-Chicago, where she worked to collaboratively produce content for the radio, online, and as live events. Breeze worked to bring the community into the station through ongoing relationships with community institutions, demonstrating a core value in the mission of public media. She received undergraduate degrees in economics and community development from the University of Kansas, and has a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago. A member of 57th Street Meeting of Friends in Chicago, Breeze and her family currently attend Oread Friends Meeting in Lawrence, Kansas.

Rhoda Renschler

A lifelong Quaker from Fountain City, Indiana, Rhoda is a graduate of Earlham College and holds a master’s degree in French from Penn State University. She is a member of Solebury Friends Meeting in Pennsylvania and lives in Portland, Maine, where she attends Portland Friends Meeting.

George Rubin

George Rubin was Brooklyn born and raised. He entered the Army Air Force after high school, and in 1944 his bomber was shot down over Munich and he became a POW. After the war, he attended college and graduated from Clark University, then received a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from the College of Podiatric Medicine in New York City. George retired after 40+ years in private and group practice on Long Island. He and his wife Margery have been living at Medford Leas for the last seven years. George became a convinced Quaker after World War II. As an active member of New York Yearly Meeting, he served as clerk of Westbury Monthly Meeting, served on many committees of Manhasset Monthly Meeting and was the clerk of New York Yearly Meeting. He has been a board member of American Friends Service Committee, clerk of the NY Metro region of AFSC, representative and member of the Executive Committee of Friends World Committee for Consultation, board member of Friends Center Corp., representing FWCC. Past member of the Quaker UN Committee and one of the news editors of Friends Journal, George is an active member of Medford (N.J.) Monthly Meeting. At Medford Leas, he is vice-president of the Residents Council, member of the Creative Writers Group and on the editorial boards of Medford Leas Lit, a bi-annual literary magazine. He and Margery celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary in 2009. They have five children (two deceased), and four grandchildren


Christine Snyder

Christine Hadley Snyder was born and raised on a farm in Clinton County, Ohio that has been in the same Quaker family since settlement in 1806. She has been active in the Society of Friends, growing up in rural Springfield Meeting and Wilmington Yearly Meeting. She participated in the establishment of Dayton Friends Meeting in the early 1970s, and has served as Presiding Clerk of her Meeting, and as Presiding Clerk of Ohio Valley Yearly Meeting, as well as on many committees. Christine has served on the Executive Committee of Friends World Committee on Consultation, Section of the Americas, and helped found the Bi-Lingual Communications Committee.

After graduation from Ohio State University with a degree in science education, she and her husband served n the US Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic and El Salvador. She has taught science in public schools, and then after completion of a degree in Spanish and a master’s degree in Latin American studies, taught as an adjunct at Wright State University. She has traveled widely for Friends organizations, and for pleasure and education.
She served on the Board of Trustees of Wilmington College from 1994–2006, serving as Chair of the Board for four years. She has served many years on the Board and committees of Quaker Heights Care Community in Waynesville, OH.

She studied accounting in order to support her husband’s project to build a veterinary clinic which opened in 1976, and she worked for thirty one years as administrator and CFO for their veterinary practice in Kettering (Dayton) Ohio, which grew to over six doctors and 35 professional and support staff. She and her husband Gene retired in 2006, and built a home on the family farm. She maintains the c1830 brick house and barn as a Quaker museum for tours and for family, Meeting and community events.
She is currently President of the Clinton County Genealogical Society, and recently planned six tours to places of Quaker interest for the July 2011 FUM Triennial sessions which took place in Wilmington OH.

She and her husband have three grown sons, who currently reside with their families in New Haven CT, in San Diego CA, and in Norman OK.


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Monica Walters-Field

Monica Walters-Field is a member of Toronto Monthly Meeting of the Canadian Yearly Meeting and lives in Toronto with her partner and two sons.
Monica is an educator who has worked as a teacher, technical director, and program leader in the Toronto District School Board with multicultural youth and adults. She has gained invaluable experience working with people who have special needs and who learn differently. She has special interest and experience in art, counseling, human rights education, gender equity, and indigenous issues.
Monica is committed to lifelong learning, volunteerism, and the power of reconciliation, and she appreciates all opportunities to form partnerships that will advance positive relations. Her daily sustainer and encourager is her firm belief that we are all related and can live with “hope and imagination.”

Ashley Wilcox

Ashley Ashley M. Wilcox is a member and recorded minister of Freedom Friends Church in Salem, Oregon, and a sojourning member of Atlanta Friends Meeting
(SAYMA). She is a graduate of the School of the Spirit Ministry’s program On Being a Spiritual Nurturer, class of 2011, and is working toward a Master of Divinity at Candler School of Theology. Ashley has traveled in the ministry as a minister and an elder and carries a concern for supporting leaders in the Religious Society of Friends. She has led workshops at the World Conference of Friends, the FGC Gathering, and the Pacific Northwest Quaker Women’s Theology Conference as well as meetings and yearly meetings. Her writing has been published in Friends Journal, Western Friend, various Quaker anthologies, and on her blog, questforadequacy​.blogspot​.com.

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