Ms. Julie Swanson is Board Chair of VICPP. She is the former president and CEO of Lutheran Family Services of Virginia, which employs more than 440 people in 23 locations. She chairs the Virginia Nonprofit Leadership Council and the LSA Disabilities Network. Swanson has worked at Lutheran organizations in Denver, Tampa, and the Virgin Islands, and coordinated response efforts for St. Croix after Hurricane Hugo.
Dr. Faith Harris is Vice Chair of the Board. She is an Assistant Professor at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology of Virginia Union University and Director of the Edosomwan Center for Faith, Leadership, and Public Life. Dr. Harris teaches systematic and womanist theology, creation care, and grassroots organizing. She is a leader in the Green Seminary Certification Initiative at VUU. Since 2016, she has served as chair of Virginia Interfaith Power & Light. She also served on the Governor’s Advisory Council for Environmental Justice under McAuliffe and Northam.
Ms. Sarah Basha is a consultant in the Public Sector Advisory services industry with expertise in international and inter-group conflict management and transformation. She serves on the board of Healing Across the Divides that works on healthcare for Israelis and Palestinians. Sarah is fluent in Urdu, Hindi and Arabic. She earned her undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University and a Masters in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University. Sarah is also a Certified Mediator.
Rabbi Gary Creditor is the Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Beth-el, where he served for 21 years. Before his tenure there he served congregations in NJ, MD, CT and NY. Rabbi Creditor is the chair of VICPP’s Richmond chapter, past President of Long Island Board of Rabbis, past chair of the Richmond Rabbinic Association and has served in many other nonprofit leadership roles. He is an instructor at the Osher Institute at University of Richmond.
Mr. Paul Falabella is an attorney with the Butler Royals law firm. He concentrates his practice in employment discrimination, employment, and business torts, civil rights, and contracts. Falabella attended college and law school at The University of Richmond. He is also part of VICPP’S Wage Theft Task Force.
Ms. Hurunnessa Fariad is the Interfaith and Outreach Coordinator at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS Center). She represents the Center in media including CNN, WUSA9, NPR, VOA Pakistan, Al Hurra News. Ms. Fariad is a member of MJAC (Muslim Jewish Advisory Council), PCI (Peace Catalyst International), the TSA, and chair of Religious Affairs for Fairfax County NAACP. Ms. Fariad is Music Director of America’s first Mosque Youth Choir.
Mr. Ali Faruk brings experience in civic engagement, non-profit management, and public policy, and he is active in the Muslim community. After graduating from VCU, Faruk was a Policy Analyst on staff at VICPP, working on immigration and healthcare. For several years he was Policy Director at Housing Opportunities Made Equal of VA, Inc. He works for the Virginia Department for Medical Assistance Services.
Rev. Anthony Fludd is AdministrativeAssistant for St. John’s Church of God in Christ in Newport News. Rev. Fludd is an experienced hospital and nursing home administrator, and past chair Chairman of the Virginia State Board of Nursing Home Administrators. He graduated from Ithaca College and Long Island University and is currently working on a doctorate.
Rev. Mary Anne Glover is the Interim General Minister for the Virginia Council of Churches. She served Disciples of Christ congregations in IN, MN, and KY. Rev. Glover served in OH as the Christian Church Senior Associate Regional Pastor and in NY, as the first African American woman in the country installed as a Disciples Regional Minister. Prior to ministry, Rev. Glover was a social worker. Other ministry includes: Secretary of the Church Women United National Board and Co-Chair of the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches Beyond Racism Together Initiative.
Rev. Jamie Lynn Haskins is the Chaplain for Spiritual Life at the University of Richmond. She is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Prior to Richmond, she served as the Chaplain at Westminster College in Fulton, MO and as the Minister of Faith Formation and Social Justice at University Christian Church in Seattle, WA. Rev. Haskins is passionate about cultivating, promoting and sustaining an active life of faith that centers on social justice, prophetic witness, and radical hospitality. She also served as a community organizer and social activist with Tennesseans Against the Death Penalty, Jobs with Justice, and Interfaith Worker Justice.
Rev. Julio Hernandez is an American Baptist pastor and a student in the Doctor of Ministry program at Duke Divinity School. He has more than 20 years’ experience in ministry with a focus on cross-cultural mission and outreach among children and youth. He is serving as the Family Ministries Director at Christ Crossman United Methodist Church in Falls Church, VA.
Mr. Mark Hoggard is the Director of Religious Education for St. Pius X Catholic Church in Norfolk. He holds an M.A. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame, and an M.Div. from St. Meinrad School of Theology. Hoggard has a long history of leadership with nonprofits including starting Care for Creation teams at the Church of St. Thérèse in Chesapeake and Immaculate Conception in Hampton. He is active in environmental justice issues and serves on the steering committee for Virginia Interfaith Power and Light.
Dr. Warren Hottle is a retired consultant and a pilot. He is also serving as immediate Past Commodore of the Yankee Point Racing and Cruising Club and on the United Methodist Committee of the Episcopacy. Dr. Hottle is married to a United Methodist pastor and they split time between Richmond and Lancaster.
Ms. Aisha Huertas, is currently the multicultural ministries officer in the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia and a member at Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Richmond. Prior to that she worked for the ACLU and Donate Life Project. She has degrees from Louisiana College and Emerson College in Boston. Huertas is a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Rev. Dr. Keith Jones is the pastor of Norfolk’s historic Shiloh Baptist Church. For the last seven years, his church offers a comprehensive program of caring for the community through regular Community Services Days, food and clothing distribution, blood drives, workshops and life skills development, programs for men, youth and seniors, and crisis support for the needy. Rev. Jones is a founding member of the Norfolk’s Pastor’s Coalition, focusing on social justice. He is the director of Home Missions for the Virginia Baptist State Convention, the President of the Ministers’ Council of the American Baptist Churches of the South, and the First Vice President of the Tidewater Metro Baptist Ministers’ Conference.
Rabbi Michael Knopf is the Rabbi of Temple Beth-El in Richmond. Named as one of Richmond’s “40 Under 40” in 2017, he launched Encounter RVA, a series of public conversations featuring leaders with diverse backgrounds and perspectives aimed at bridging divides and fostering understanding. Rabbi Knopf is also a co-founder of Richmond Jews for Justice, a member of Leadership Metro Richmond, serves on the Boards of Jewish Family Services and the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond. He previously served as Assistant Rabbi of Har Zion Temple in Penn Valley, PA.
Dr. Khalid Matin is the current President of the Virginia Chapter, Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent, which was an honoree at VICPP’s annual event in December. He is an associate professor of Internal Medicine and Medical Director, Community Oncology and Clinical Research Affiliations at the VCU Massey Cancer Center in Richmond.
Dr. Matilde Moros is a theologian and professor of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has a PhD from Drew University and an MA from Harvard (Theological Studies) and Princeton (Theology). She’s also taught at Princeton, Drew and the New Brunswick Theological Seminary, all in New Jersey. A native of Venezuela, Dr. Moros has served the Presbyterian Church (USA) in Colombia, Venezuela, and the U.S.
Dr. Karen McElfish is a retired pediatrician, now pursuing a career in art. She has been a long-time member of a United Methodist Women, and has served as District Social Action Coordinator, District President and just recently Conference Vice President. She now serves as Conference Mission Coordinator for Social Action.
Rev. Lauren Ramseur is the Covenant Pastor for Children, Youth, and Families at Bon Air Presbyterian Church in Richmond, the founder of the Voices of Jubilee Gospel Choir at Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center and is part of the Education Steering Team of RISC (Richmonders Involved in Strengthening our Community). She has been a leader in faith-based community organizing for 19 years in Virginia and Georgia and has a background in death row prison ministry and restorative justice. She is a graduate of James Madison University and Candler School of Theology at Emory University.
Mr. Qasim Rashid is a human rights activist and advocate of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in America. An attorney who received his J.D.from the University of Richmond School of Law, he served as Executive Editor of The Richmond Journal of Global Law and Business. Rashid has authored two books, The Wrong Kind of Muslim and Extremist: A Response to Geert Wilders & Terrorists Everywhere. He is frequently featured in local and national media and is a nationally recognized spokesperson on issues of inclusion. He tweets @MuslimIQ.
Mr. Michael Riley is an activist for food justice, equity, and sustainability. He speaks and writes frequently about the connection between faith, food, and the environment. Riley is co-founder and executive director of Slow Money Central Virginia, a non-profit focused on supporting sustainable and organic farms in Virginia. He is in formation to become a professed Secular Franciscan as a member of the Mount La Verna Fraternity, based at Church of the Incarnation, a Catholic parish in Charlottesville. Riley is a member of the steering committee for Virginia Interfaith Power & Light.
Mr. Irvin Varkonyi is an independent consultant and educator working in supply chain management. He volunteers with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington and is a former member of the Congregation Olam Tikvah Executive Board in Fairfax. He advises Fairfax County public schools and is active in annual programming to commemorate the Holocaust.
Mr. Dean Wanderer is a member of the Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church of Burke. He holds a JD and two MA’s in law (International) and (Environmental). Wanderer retired from the Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps in 1994 and became a sole practitioner where he advocated international matters for the U.S. Navy, DOD, and others. He is co-chair of the Unitarian Universalists Legislative Ministry of Virginia.
Dr. John Whitley is president of Organization and Leadership Development Consulting Services. He has degrees from Wake Forest, William & Mary, Southeastern Theological Seminary and Virginia Tech. Whitley is co-chair of the Unitarian Universalists’ Legislative Ministry of VA and helps lead VICPP’s Williamsburg-James River Chapter.