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 is an independent Quaker organization. The Board of Trustees includes Quakers from Friends General Conference, Friends United Meeting, dually-affiliated, and independent yearly meetings.
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.
Shan Cretin currently serves on the boards of Friends Publishing Corporation and the Angel City Chorale. In 2019 she ended a nine-year term as a trustee of The California Endowment. In September 2017 she retired as General Secretary for the American Friends Service Committee, a position she held for seven years with responsibility for AFSC’s worldwide peace, social justice and humanitarian assistance programs. She had previously served seven years as a Regional
Director supervising AFSC’s programs in Southern California, Hawai’i, Arizona, and New Mexico.
A graduate of MIT and Yale, Shan worked for 28 years in public health, serving on the faculties of Harvard, Yale, West China Medical University, Shanghai Medical University, and University of California at Los Angeles. Shan has lived, worked and traveled throughout the United States as well as Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and Canada.
A member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Shan is a former clerk of Pacific Yearly Meeting. She co-founded the Los Angeles chapter of Alternatives to Violence Project and has facilitated conflict resolution workshops at the Chino Youth Correctional Facility and in the Los Angeles community. An amateur luthier, Shan builds acoustic and electric guitars for friends and family members.
Catherine Bly Cox, clerk
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.
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
Fred Melroy, 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.
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.
Joyce Schroeder has been a member of Purchase Friends Meeting for the past 24 years. She served as Clerk of the meeting for two years and has been a member of both the Ministry and Counsel and First Day School committees. She attributes much of her personal and spiritual growth to her monthly meeting. She is a single mom who often sought the counsel of weighty Friends to help her in her parenting. She is a cancer survivor who was held in the light during her journey and offered loving support. And, with the guidance of a support committee, she followed her leading to share her knowledge of organizational change and leadership with Friends. On two separate occasions, she served as the Plenary Speaker at the Earlham School of Religion Leadership Conference. And, she was the Keynote Speaker at New York Yearly Meeting’s Summer Sessions in 2014 and at Western Yearly Meeting in 2017.
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Signe Wilkinson is a member of Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting (Philadelphia) involved in annual fundraising and outreach committees. She also chairs the committee that overseas the meeting’s James Turrell Skyspace which has hosted over 12,000 visitors from around the world since opening in 2013. She is an editorial cartoonist in Philadelphia.
Deena Zaru is a Palestinian-American fourth generation Quaker and a member of the Ramallah Friends Meeting. She moved to the United States at the age of twelve amid the second Intifada in 2001 with her family and returns to Palestine often. She is a graduate of Guilford College, where
she majored in English writing and minored in Communications and Spanish. After completing her BA degree, she spent a year and a half in Palestine, where she taught 5th and 6th grade English at the Ramallah Friends School. She returned to the Washington, D.C. area in 2011 and got her first job in journalism as a freelancer at CNN, where she had interned in the summer of 2009.
She is now a multi-media journalist with eight years of experience working for both television
and digital outlets and has covered the intersection of politics, trends and pop culture for the past
four years. After six years at CNN, she left the network for a promotion at ABC News. She is
currently the deputy digital editor for the ABC News Washington bureau, leading social strategy
for all political coverage and assisting in shaping the network’s political coverage online. She
previously worked as a digital producer and writer for CNNPolitics.com and as an Editorial
Producer for CNN’s State of the Union. She has a passion for writing, social justice, storytelling