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 Mount Airy section of Philadelphia with his wife and two sons. Contact Gabriel Ehri at [email protected]

Megan McDaniel

Office Administrator

Megan McDaniel is Friends Journal’s office administrator. She had previously interned for Friends Journal back in the fall of 2012. Before coming to Friends Journal, Megan worked in higher education as an office assistant and also in middle management for a trucking company. Megan attended Temple University and she graduated in 2012 with a B.A. in English. She currently lives in Swarthmore, Pa. Contact Megan McDaniel at [email protected].

Ran Smith

Advertising Sales Representative

Ran Smith joined Friends Publishing Corp. in October 2019 as part-time advertising sales representative. Ran lives and works remotely from Monteverde, Costa Rica. Ran and his family immigrated to Costa Rica by way of Austin in 2004. He is a member of Monteverde Meeting and is clerk of the school committee for Monteverde Friends School. Contact Ran at [email protected] with your advertising questions.

Sara Waxman

Director of Advancement

Sara joined Friends Publishing Corporation in the summer of 2012. As director of advancement, she supports the Journal’s fundraising and outreach efforts by meeting with individuals, organizations, and attending various Quaker events throughout the year. She also oversees print and digital advertising for Friends Publishing Corporation. Sara grew up a member of Chestnut Hill Monthly Meeting and attends Manasquan Quaker Meeting in New Jersey. You can often find her on a run by the ocean or cooking with her family. Contact Sara Waxman at [email protected]


Martin Kelley

Senior Editor

Martin 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 occasionally still blogs at He lives in South Jersey with his wife and children. Contact Martin Kelley at [email protected]. You can also message him with editorial questions at Facebook or Twitter.

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 and son. She enjoys music, traveling, and eating falafel. Contact Gail Whiffen at [email protected]


Rebecca Hamilton-Levi


Rebecca Hamilton-Levi joined Friends Journal in December 2019 to carry on the QuakerSpeak project. Growing up in the Adelphi (Md.) Meeting community, Rebecca spent much of her childhood exploring Quakerism. She graduated from Guilford College with a degree in psychology and sociology/anthropology, and a passion for filmmaking. Previously, Rebecca worked as an administrative intern at Friends Community School, the school she attended from kindergarten to eighth grade. She currently lives in West Philadelphia where she explores other creative pursuits, such as baking, pottery, weaving, knitting, and analyzing her favorite TV shows. Contact Rebecca Hamilton-Levi at [email protected]

Alla Podolsky

Graphic and Digital Designer

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]


Karie Firoozmand

Book Review Editor

Karie 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].

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’s 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’s 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-clerk of Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s Nominating Committee. Contact them at [email protected].

Charles Marchione

QuakerSpeak Podcast Editor

Eileen Redden

Young Friends Book Review Editor

Eileen Redden is the young Friends 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.) 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 2005–2006, 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].

Nancy Thomas

Poetry Editor

Nancy Thomas, along with her husband Hal, served alongside the Bolivian Friends Church for over 25 years. Her areas of ministry while on the field were in theological education and the training of local writers. She did her undergraduate work at George Fox College (Spanish major) and has a Ph.D. in intercultural studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. A published poet (Of Deity and Bones, The Secret Colors of God, and Close to the Ground), Nancy currently lives in Oregon and is a member of the North Valley Friends Church.