Staff and Volunteers


Gabriel Ehri

Executive Director

Gabriel Ehri is executive director. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Gabe grew up attending University Friends Meeting in Seattle and is a member of Green Street Meeting in Philadelphia. After earning a degree in English from Haverford College, he spent time with an Internet startup before landing with the Journal in 2004. He was appointed executive director in 2011. He‚Äôs an avid home cook and reader and enjoys Philadelphia‚Äôs vibrant restaurant and music scenes. He lives in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia with his wife and two sons. Contact Gabriel Ehri at [email protected]‚Äčfriendsjournal.‚Äčorg


Martin Kelley

Senior Editor

Martin Kelley has been Friends Journal‚Äôs senior editor since 2011. He worked in print and online pacifist publishing though much of the 1990s, then joined the staffs of Friends General Conference and Friends Journal late in the decade. He started writing one of the earliest Quaker blogs before founding QuakerQuaker, a media portal and online Quaker community. Martin occasionally still blogs at quakerranter‚Äč.org. He lives in South Jersey with his wife and children.

Contact Martin Kelley at [email protected]‚Äčfriendsjournal.‚Äčorg. You can also message him with editorial questions at Facebook or Twitter.

Gail Whiffen

Associate Editor


Gail Whiffen is Friends Journal‚Äôs associate editor. Her experience with Quakerism started in childhood, attending Gwynedd (Pa.) Meeting and participating in Junior Friends Conference, a Quaker summer camp organized by Abington Quarterly. Before coming to the Journal in May 2013, Gail worked in nonprofit fundraising consulting, and also had jobs managing content for an education website and improvising at an Internet startup. Gail went to Lehigh University for her undergraduate studies and lives in the Mt. Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia with her husband and son. She enjoys music, traveling, and eating falafel. Contact Gail Whiffen at [email protected]‚Äčfriendsjournal.‚Äčorg


Patty Quinn

Layout Assistant

Patty Quinn is a lifelong resident of the Philadelphia area and an attender at Central Philadelphia Meeting. She took the long, part‚Äźtime path through college and earned her B.A. in English in Creative Non‚Äźfiction Writing. She‚Äôs traveled when she could, to France, England, and Greece. She tries to keep proficient in Spanish. She speaks fluent Cat and Dog and pet‚Äźsits. She‚Äôs still active at her alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, where she serves on the Planning Committee at Kelly Writer‚Äôs House. She‚Äôs a bookworm, a lover of the sea, and a member of a big, loud, racially and ethnically diverse family. Contact Patty at [email protected]‚Äčfriendsjournal.‚Äčorg

Matt Slaybaugh

Web Manager

Matt Slaybaugh, web manager, joined Friends Journal in June 2008. He works with the staff to upload content from the print magazine and make improvements to the overall design and functionality of the FJ website. Contact Matt Slaybaugh at [email protected]‚Äčfriendsjournal.‚Äčorg

Jon Watts


Jon Watts joined up with Friends Journal in 2013 to run the QuakerSpeak YouTube Channel.  A Quaker Youtuber and musician, Jon brings a passion for digital media and the future of the Religious Society of Friends.  You can find all of his music, blog posts, and videos at www‚Äč.JonWatts‚Äč.com. Contact Jon Watts at [email protected]‚Äčfriendsjournal.‚Äčorg.

Advertising & Marketing

Sara Waxman

Advertising and Marketing Manager

sara-waxmanAs Advertising and Marketing Manager, Sara is lucky enough to work with Quakers across the globe. In Philadelphia, she works closely with the Friends Journal Editorial, Executive, and Production teams to produce relevant and accessible content that reflects Quaker experience today. She works on the Journal‚Äôs direct mail and social media campaigns, produces podcasts, and attends various Quaker events through out the year. She also manages advertising in Friends Journal, aiding Quaker organizations and individuals in reaching the vibrant Friends Journal community. Contact Sara Waxman at [email protected]‚Äčfriendsjournal.‚Äčorg


Karie Firoozmand

Book Review Editor

karie-firoozmandKarie Firoozmand is the book review editor and a member of Baltimore Monthly Meeting, Stony Run. She has two sons and lives with her husband near Baltimore. Karie‚Äôs interests include dance, exercise, history, literature, and travel. She speaks Farsi and has traveled to Iran. Karie joined Friends Journal as the book review editor in June 2011. Contact Karie at [email protected]‚Äčfriendsjournal.‚Äčorg.

Eileen Redden

Young Friends Book Review Editor

Eileen Redden is the young Friends book review editor and is particularly interested in children‚Äôs literature. She retired in 2007, after 34 years as a school counselor and teacher at Lake Forest High School in Felton, Delaware. Eileen has been a member of Camden (Del.) Meeting for over 30 years and has served as treasurer and spent 25 years on the Religious Education Committee. She and her husband, Allan, have two grown children, Mark and Elizabeth. In 2005‚Äď2006, they shared their home with a German exchange student, Sven Haag, who seems to have become the most recent member of the Redden family. Eileen loves to read and travel. And she loves the beach and her many pets. Eileen joined Friends Journal as the assistant book review editor in 2008. Contact Eileen at [email protected]‚Äčfriendsjournal.‚Äčorg.

Erik Hanson and Windy Cooler

News Editors

Erik Hanson and Windy Cooler have been the news editors for Friends Journal since April 2018. They live in Greenbelt, Maryland, with Windy‚Äôs two children. They are members of Sandy Spring (Md.) Meeting. Windy is pursuing a master of divinity at Earlham School of Religion, focusing on her ministry of Quaker family life. Her ministry is held under the care of Baltimore Yearly Meeting. Windy is a former labor organizer and contributing editor to New Clear Vision. She serves on Baltimore Yearly Meeting‚Äôs Ministry and Pastoral Care Committee. Erik is the former religious studies editor for AltaMira Press and is a contributing editor for the online religion and culture magazine Killing the Buddha. He serves as co‚Äźclerk of Baltimore Yearly Meeting‚Äôs Nominating Committee. Contact them at [email protected]‚Äčfriendsjournal.‚Äčorg.

S. Rosemary Zimmermann

Poetry Editor

Rosemary Zimmermann is the poetry editor of Friends Journal. She is a nurse practitioner at the University of Vermont Medical Center and a convinced Friend. She volunteers widely among Friends and is also the poetry editor for Mud Season Review, a new literary journal. In her spare time, she is a reader, a fearless home cook, and a distance runner. She is a member of South Starksboro (Vt.) Meeting and lives in South Burlington, Vermont, with her husband and young son. Rosemary joined Friends Journal as the poetry editor in November 2014, following the retirement of Judith Brown, who became the first poetry editor in 1995 and served in that role for 19 years. Contact Rosemary at [email protected]‚Äčfriendsjournal.‚Äčorg.


Mascot / Lovable Dog

Kira loves coming to work. She is quiet and sleeps most of the day in Sara‚Äôs office, but once a ball comes out she‚Äôll play fetch. She loves running up and down the Friends Journal hallways, sneaking snacks from Alla, and bringing smiles and laughs to the office.


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