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 is a third‐generation Southern Californian who was first exposed to the Society of Friends well 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 40‐some years, Asheville, NC (SAYMA). He has been staff for, or on boards or committees of, AFSC (Staff: Eastern and Western Europe, North Africa, the Middle East), and AFSC regional and program office committees (Pasadena, New York City, Des Moines, Baltimore, Atlanta, Washington, DC), FCNL Program Committee, Friends World College advisory board, Friends Journal Board of Managers (1970s, 1990s and now, as a Trustee, since 2011), Wilmington College staff, FGC (14 years on Long‐Range Planning Committee of Central Committee, 6 years on Executive Committee), on planning committees for a dozen or more FGC Gatherings, including the two most recent at Blacksburg, VA. He was Archivist/Historian of Pacific YM in the 1990a, and more recently on SAYMA nominating committee. He co‐clerked the second Friends General Conference 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, and 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. He is currently on board of the Western North Carolina ACLU and is the longest‐sitting member of the board of the North Carolina state ACLU. He is an active committee member of Preservation Society of Asheville, and has been on the planning committees for the 2007 and 2011 Mid‐winter Gatherings of FLGBTQC. As a third career, Jim has been a daily print journalist for the past 33 years, both at regional newspapers in Southern California and the Asheville Citizen‐Times.
Richard Cleaver is a member of Moorestown Meeting in New Jersey, where many of his family have been members over the years. He attended Moorestown Friends School. In the past, he has served on the Community Care and Contact committee and as clerk of the Nominating committee for Moorestown Meeting. He currently serves as Recording Clerk for the Meeting and teaches First Day School for middle school children.
Rich has worked in financial services his entire career, beginning in banking and assuming positions of increasing responsibility in all areas of bank credit card operations. He worked for First Data Corporation for many years where he was a Senior Vice President, responsible for managing relationships with small, medium and national companies. He is currently Director of Sales and Relationship Management for a large provider of credit card processing and related
Rich lives in Mount Laurel, NJ, with his wife, Deanna. He is a fitness enthusiast, yoga practitioner, marathon finisher, and self‐taught guitar and piano player.
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 most of her time between the Literacy Council of Frederick County and various Quaker endeavors. She is a member of Goose Creek Meeting (BYM) and is Recording Clerk there. She serves on the executive board of the School of the Spirit Ministry, is a graduate of the Ministry’s program On Being a Spiritual Nurturer, and facilitates contemplative retreats under their care. She is also a graduate of the Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats Program of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation.
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 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, recording clerk
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.
Dan Hewitt, assistant clerk
Dana Kester‐McCabe, clerk
Dana 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.
Peter Laughter is the CEO of Spartoi Group and a founding member of the New York City Chapter of Conscious Capitalism. He sees that the current age calls for a sea change in how people perceive purpose and the way they live their lives. He is very interested in the obstacles we as humans deploy to separate ourselves from one another. He finds it curious that when we humans are in conflict we frequently lose the ability to empathize and connect. He is committed to finding tools that allow for people to identify and rise above those obstacles and meaningfully connect in in an unencumbered and free place. He is active in different communities and loves connecting with audiences.
A graduate of Earlham College, Peter has been selected to participate in a number of leadership training programs, such as MIT’s Entrepreneurial Master’s Program, The School of the Spirit and The Gathering of Titians. He was a featured speaker at the 2015 TEDx Fulton Street, where he introduced a concept he calls Radical Empathy. He was also a speaker at the Earlham School of Religion’s 2011 Leadership Conference, “Seeking the Core of Quaker Leadership,” and he has just completed a 9‐year term as a Trustee of Brooklyn Friends School, his alma mater (go Panthers!). His Quaker practice is a core pillar of his life, informing his actions and commitments.
He has finished the New York Marathon, several 70.3 Triathlons, and he regularly tells stories at the Moth’s Story Slams and Grand Slams. More than anything, he loves riding the Cyclone with his daughter, Eddy.
Fred Melroy, assistant treasurer
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 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.
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.
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 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 celebratedtheir 60th wedding anniversary in 2009. They have five children (two deceased), and four grandchildren
Christine Snyder, treasurer
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.
tonya thames taylor
Ashley M. Wilcox is a recorded Quaker minister and pastor of Church of Mary Magdalene. She is a graduate of Candler School of Theology and Willamette University College of Law. Before going to seminary, Ashley worked for appellate courts in Washington and Oregon, and she continues to work bi‐vocationally doing legal work in addition to ministry. Ashley’s writing has been published in Friends Journal, Western Friend, and four Quaker anthologies. 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 churches, meetings, and yearly meetings. Ashley was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, and now lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her partner Troy and their two orange cats. Learn more about Ashley on her website, www.ashleymwilcox.com.