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’s an avid home cook and reader and enjoys Philadelphia’s vibrant restaurant and music scenes. He lives in the Bella Vista section of Philadelphia with his wife and two sons. Contact Gabriel Ehri at [email protected]

Marianne De Lange

Business Manager

Marianne De Lange is the business manager. In addition to managing the Journal’s busy office, she is the central communications point person and handles logistics for Board and committee meetings. She enjoys spending time with her family, crafts, computers, music, and movies. She has worked at Friends Journal since 1996. Contact Marianne De Lange at [email protected]


Martin Kelley

Senior Editor

martin-lighthouse-200xMartin Kelley has been Friends Journal’s 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 still blogs at quakerranter.org and occasionally serves as a Quaker teacher for weekend workshops. He lives in South Jersey with his wife and four children. Contact Martin Kelley at [email protected]

Gail Whiffen

Associate Editor


Gail Whiffen is Friends Journal‘s 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. She enjoys music, traveling, and eating falafel. Contact Gail Whiffen at [email protected]


Alla Podolsky

Art Director

Alla Podolsky, art director, works on the wide range of graphic and design tasks needed to produce the magazine. Alla has worked for Friends Journal since September 1995. She earned a B.A. in Fine Arts from Moore College of Art and Design, and a Masters in Fine Arts in Painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. She is a working and exhibiting artist. At Friends Journal, her work involves graphic design, primarily with InDesign and PhotoShop. Born in Kiev, Ukraine, she immigrated to the United States when she was 21 years old and is now a U.S. citizen. Contact Alla Podolsky at [email protected]

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-time path through college and earned her B.A. in English in Creative Non-fiction Writing. She’s traveled when she could, to France, England, and Greece. She tries to keep proficient in Spanish. She speaks fluent Cat and Dog and pet-sits. She’s still active at her alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, where she serves on the Planning Committee at Kelly Writer’s House. She’s a bookworm, a lover of the sea, and a member of a big, loud, racially and ethnically diverse family. Contact Patty at [email protected]

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]

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.JonWatts.com. Contact Jon Watts at [email protected].

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’s 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]


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’s 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].

Eileen Redden

Assistant Book Review Editor

Eileen Redden is the assistant book review editor and is particularly interested in children’s 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.) Friends Meeting for over 30 years and has served as treasurer and spent 25 years on the Religious Education Committee. Now she is part of a worship group at Cadbury in Lewes, Del.

She and her husband Allan have two grown children, Mark and Elizabeth. In 2005–2006, 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].

Mary Julia Street

Milestones Editor

Mary Julia Street is the milestones editor. She lives in Richmond, Va., and is a member of Richmond Meeting. She grew up in the deep South, attended the University of North Carolina, and taught English for several years in Alabama, North Carolina, and Virginia before becoming a software engineer. Now a freelance writer, editor, and tutor, in her spare time Mary Julia sings Sacred Harp music and enjoys contra-dancing, movies, travel, conversation, and visiting with her son, daughter, and five grandchildren. She likes the outdoors and is an avid reader and a messy but ardent cook. Mary Julia joined Friends Journal in 2006 as the assistant milestones editor and became the milestones editor in 2008. Submit milestones to [email protected].

Sally Wiedenbeck

News Editor

Sally Wiedenbeck is the news editor. She lives in Minneapolis, Minn., and works as an instructional designer for professional education. She became Quaker in college, and attends various meetings in the Twin Cities. Outside of work, Sally plays clarinet in a local community band. She also enjoys reading, spending time with animals, and following her curiosity wherever it leads. Sally joined Friends Journal as the news editor in February 2017. Contact her at [email protected].

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].



Lovable Dog

Kira loves coming to work. She is quiet and sleeps most of the day in Sara’s office, but once a ball comes out she’ll 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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