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All Board members serve on at least one standing Board or Corporation committee. Each member's current committee service is listed after their name. The Board Executive Committee is made up of the five officers of the Board plus members at large to ensure representation from all major standing Board Committees.
Officers of the Board:
Joyce Ajlouny, general secretary; member at large, AFSC Corporation.
Joyce Ajlouny joined AFSC as general secretary on Sept. 1, 2017. A transformative Quaker leader, Joyce brings to AFSC a depth of experience in strategic planning, financial and personnel management, fundraising, and communication spanning 27 years. Prior to joining to AFSC, Joyce served as the director of the Ramallah Friends School in Palestine, where she has led a diverse staff of over 170 educators and administrators for the past 13 years. She spent the prior 14 years working in international development focusing on minority and refugee rights, gender equality, economic development, and humanitarian support. She served as the country director for Palestine and Israel with Oxfam-Great Britain, chaired the Association of International Development Agencies there, and worked as a program officer and project manager at various United Nations agencies. Joyce holds a master’s degree in Organizational Management and Development from Fielding Graduate University in California.
Damon Motz-Storey, Assistant Recording Clerk; member, Board Governance Committee; member at large, AFSC Corporation.
Member, Mountainview Friends Meeting. Damon was born and raised in the foothills near Denver, Colorado. Damon has so far lived a life infused with Quaker community, values, and spirit. He sought out and completed a Bachelor's of Science at Haverford College to become more deeply steeped in a Quaker-informed liberal arts education and to sojourn in Philadelphia, a hub of historical and modern-day Quakerism. While at Haverford, Damon was chosen to represent Inter-Mountain Yearly Meeting on the FCNL General Committee, where he learned how to lobby for social justice and began to develop a thirst for advocating for more equitable policies and government. Immediately following graduation, Damon resettled in Portland, Oregon for a year of service with the local chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility which subsequently developed into a full-time job in political organizing and a position on the Quaker Voluntary Service Board of Directors. He still lives there today, joyfully singing and dancing with chosen family in the Portland Gay Men's Chorus and taking frequent trips to visit family and Quaker roots in Denver.
David Singleton, Treasurer. Member, Board Stewardship Committee, Investment Subcommittee; member at large, AFSC Corporation.
Joined the AFSC board in April 2018. Member, Wilmington (DE) Monthly Meeting, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Board service on two Friends affiliated educational institutions: Wilmington Friends School (past) and Swarthmore College (current). Professional resume includes service in management roles in city, county and state government as well as a career in investment banking; currently retired. Specific experience in finance, real estate, construction, international business and criminal justice. Has served on a variety of boards of non-profit organizations, including those dealing with leadership development, performing arts, community development and urban revitalization. Married with two children and four grandchildren.
Nikki Vangsnes, presiding clerk; member at large, AFSC Corporation.
Member, Durham Monthly Meeting and North Carolina Yearly Meeting (Conservative). Nikki Vangsnes currently serves as the Presiding Clerk of the AFSC Board and Corporation. Prior to that she served as Assistant Clerk of the Board, Co-clerk of the Executive Committee Clerks Group, and, for six years, Co-clerk of the South Region Executive Committee. She has clerked her Monthly Meeting, as well as its Peace and Social Concerns Committee, and has been an active member of that committee for more than 15 years. Nikki has also served on the board of the Carolina Friends School (1992-2004, 2010-2019) and for 12 years clerked its Governance Committee. She is the Associate Director of the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities & History of Medicine in the School of Medicine at Duke University where she has worked since 1999. She loves to grow things and spend time with her three (soon to be four) grandchildren.
Veronica Wetherill, assistant clerk; member, Board Community, Equality, and Justice Committee; member, Board Program Committee, member, International Programs Executive Committee; member at large, AFSC Corporation.
Member, Newtown Monthly Meeting, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Veronica is a native of El Salvador who came to the United States at age 9. Her native language is Spanish, though she is proficient in French and has some knowledge of Portuguese. Veronica is a graduate of Princeton University and the Georgetown University Law Center and holds both a J.D. and a Masters in the School of Foreign Service. Previous experience includes work as an international trade lawyer at Steptoe & Johnson (Washington, D.C.), as well as communications positions at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and an editorial post at USAToday.com. Her education and career have been consistently focused on peace and social change. Veronica has two children who attend Newtown Friends School, where she also serves on the School Committee.
Peter Woodrow, Recording Clerk; clerk, Governance Committee; member at large, AFSC Corporation.
Member, Portland Friends Meeting (Maine), New England Yearly Meeting. Semi-retired consultant/researcher regarding improved practice in international peacebuilding and development. Mediator, facilitator and trainer. Member of Governance Committee. Past member of Board Program Committee and International Programs Executive Committee. Previous Board terms in 1990s and 2000s. Past member of various New England Regional national and international committees. AFSC staff in Viet Nam (1969-71); National Office (1972-75); Malaysia/Cambodia (1979-81); interim administrative positions in NERO.
Ex-Officio members (Regional Executive Committee clerks):
Alvaro Alvarado, clerk, West Region Executive Committee; member at large, AFSC Corporation.
Alvaro has a PhD in Environmental Toxicology from University of California Riverside. He currently works for the California Air Resources Board evaluating the health impacts of air pollution and providing advice on how air quality regulations affect public health and environmental justice. Alvaro is a member of the Sacramento Friends Meeting. He has served on and clerked various committees for both the monthly and yearly meetings (Pacific Yearly Meeting), including Worship & Ministry, Oversight, Fellowship & Hospitality, Undocumented Student Scholarship, and Peace & Social Concerns. His interests are environmental justice, humane immigration reform, and photography.
Actress Bartlett, co-clerk, Midwest Region Executive Committee; clerk, Executive Committee Clerks Group.
Actress holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Chicago and a Masters in Sociology from DePaul University. Actress has volunteered with the Midwest Region since interning in 2006 as a graduate student. She previously worked on capital defense teams as a mitigation specialist on state and federal cases in Illinois and Michigan. Her experiences in the criminal justice system led to certification in school social work and the usage of a restorative justice approach to create youth prevention and intervention programs. Actress is a former member of the Board Program Committee.
Paul Kerr, co-clerk, Northeast Region Executive Committee; member at large, AFSC Corporation.
Member, Exeter Friends Meeting, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Paul Kerr is a convinced Friend since 2001, clerk of Exeter Friends Meeting since 2011, and an Elder within the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting beginning in 2020. He has served locally as a board member for Friends Home and for the United Way among other long time hands-on volunteer service. Although trained as an educator, Paul has held IT leadership roles for 25 years, most recently for a healthcare system as the Chief Information Security Officer. He has extensive experience developing and managing complicated corporate programs from concept through delivery. Paul holds a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign, an M.Ed. from Temple University, and a B.A. from Swarthmore College.
Richard Erstad, clerk, International Programs Executive Committee; member at large, Board Executive Committee; member, Quaker United Nations Committee; AFSC representative to Quaker Hilfe Stiftung Board.
Dick is currently a consultant/volunteer specializing in non‐profit assessment and leadership development, including on immigrant and refugee rights. He retired 2014 from AFSC, including a long tenure as Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, followed by various posts including QIAR and Interim AGS for US and International Programs.
Naveed Moeed, co-clerk, South Region Executive Committee.
Member, Chapel Hill Friends Meeting (North Carolina), Piedmont Friends Yearly Meeting, and remains affiliated with Mid-Thames Area Meeting (formerly Reading Monthly Meeting) in the UK. Naveed, a British-born Pakistani and Muslim-Quaker, came to Friends in 2001. Previous service to Friends has included clerking and committee member roles within Chapel Hill Friends Meeting, Piedmont Friends Fellowship/Yearly Meeting, Reading Monthly Meeting and as a Trustee of Young Friends General Meeting (UK). He currently serves as: a member of the AFSC South Region Executive Committee, a member of AFSC Board Program Committee, a member of PFF/YM's Peace and Social Concerns working group; a member of Friends Committee on North Carolina Legislation; a member of the Peace and Justice committee at Chapel Hill Friends Meeting (with a focus on anti-racism and Islamophobia). He also serves as a Monthly Meeting liaison to external groups such as Muslims for Social Justice and the Movement to End Racism and Islamophobia. He holds a PhD. in Astrophysics and professionally has held positions in Business Development and Business Innovation in the high-tech industry. In 2019 he started acting and has been in three main-stage productions (including the highly regarded Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at Raleigh Little Theatre); his creativity has broadened into live-arts criticism and photography.
Sa'ed Atshan, clerk, Standing Nominating Committee, member at large, AFSC Corporation.
Sa'ed Atshan is an Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Swarthmore College. He holds a PhD and MPP from Harvard University and BA from Swarthmore. Atshan is also a 2002 graduate of the Ramallah Friends School. He is a member of Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting and serves on the Board of Pendle Hill, Corporation of Haverford College, Multicultural Board of Westtown School, and as a Spiritual Nurturer for the Quaker Voluntary Service. He also identifies as an LGBT, Palestinian, Quaker human rights activist.
Alison Duncan, clerk, Stewardship Committee; member at large, AFSC Corporation.
Member, Adelphi Friends Meeting, Baltimore Yearly Meeting. Alison is employed by Baltimore City as a strategist in their Workforce Development department. She has an MBA from University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business, and worked for BYM for six years as their Youth Programs Manager. She clerked Baltimore Yearly Meeting's Camp Diversity Working Group for 3 years ending in 2015.
Marjan Ehsassi, member, Nobel Peace Prize Nominating Task Group.
Marjan Horst Ehsassi is an ardent believer in the power of engagement, inclusiveness and policies that bring citizens together. She has worked to enhance the space for civil society in some of the most complex environments including Cuba, Iran, and North Korea. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in International Affairs at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies with a concentration in governance, representative democracy and enhanced citizen participation. As Senior Director of Governance and Global Health at Global Communities, she led a team of approximately 200 employees and a portfolio of $50 million. Previously, at the National Democratic Institute (NDI), she managed democracy and governance programs in China’s mainland, Hong Kong, Cambodia, Nepal and South Korea. She has worked with ABA-ROLI managing rule of law programs in the Middle East and North Africa and with the Gender Equality Group at the World Bank where she contributed to the publication of The Environment for Women’s Entrepreneurship in the Middle East and North Africa. She began her legal career with Blake Cassels & Graydon in Toronto, Canada and was later a corporate litigator with the New York offices of Shearman & Sterling. Prior to law school, she worked in Kenya with the Canadian International Development Agency and with the International Center of PEN International. She earned her bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Toronto and received an LL.B. from McGill Law School in Montreal. Originally from Iran, she was born in Geneva and has lived in Canada, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Ehsassi speaks English, French and Farsi with native fluency.
Jim Fletcher, member, Board Stewardship Committee; clerk, Board Audit Committee; member at large, AFSC Corporation.
Member, Atlanta Monthly Meeting and Pocatello Friends Worship Sharing Group. Past Treasurer, AFSC Board and Corporation. Former member, AFSC Finance and Executive Committees. Current member of the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent; Vice President for Finance and Administration for Idaho State Univerity. Formerly, Vice Chancellor for Administration, Texas A&M University System. Former Vice President for Business and Finance, Morehouse University, University of Colorado, and Howard University. Held Vice Presidencies of Finance at UNISYS and IBM. Former member, FCNL General Committee, FWCC General Committee. Former member, Oakwood School Board, Quaker United Nations Committee. Member, College Station Rotary Club. Author of "A Quaker Speaks from the Black Experience: The Life and Collected Writings of Barrington Dunbar," and co-author of "Friends Face the World."
Steve Fortuna, clerk, Board Program Committee; member at large, AFSC Corporation.
Member, Matinecock Monthly Meeting. I have been married to my wife Colleen Ahern Fortuna for 24 years, we have three children and two grandchildren. I am the owner and president of S & C Services, a small business located on Long Island, NY. I currently co-clerk the Communications Committee of New York Yearly Meeting and serve on the AFSC New York Healing Justice Program Committee and FCNL corporation. I have helped to develop, implement and evaluate programs for numerous non-profit organizations over the last 25 years. My interests include running, hiking, and skiing.
Darlene McDonald, member, Friends Relations Committee; member at large, AFSC Corporation.
Member, Salt Lake City Friends Meeting, Intermountain Yearly Meeting. Darlene McDonald is a technology professional, author, social and keyboard activist. She has a B.S degree in Business Information Technology Management from Western Governors University. Darlene also maintains and runs The Black Library, an online repository dedicated to literature written by African American and Black writers. Darlene has served on the American Friends Service Committee Governance Corporation and Friends Relations Committee since 2017. Darlene is the Chair of the Utah Black Roundtable. She currently sits on the Executive Committee for the Utah Democratic Party and is 2nd Vice Chair of the Utah Democratic Black Caucus. She serves as the Outreach Director for the Women’s Democratic Club, 2nd Vice-Chair of the Utah Women of Color Council and serves on the board of the CD4 Coalition. Additionally, Darlene is working with Afro American Genealogical Historical Society for the Utah Memorial in collaboration with The National Memorial for Peace in Montgomery, Alabama to place memorials for the victims lynching in Utah.
Esther Mombo, member, Board Community, Equality, and Justice Committee; member at large, AFSC Corporation.
Esther is a member of Nyanko Monthly Meeting of Highland’s Yearly Meeting in Kenya. Esther is an academic with many years of experience on teaching and research on religion and community issues. She has experience on chairing boards for ecumenical and interfaith organizations. She has a good grasp on religion and its positive and negative impacts on issues of justice, especially for women and children. She is passionate about creating inclusive spaces for all.
Kenneth Oye, member, Board Program Committee; member at large, AFSC Corporation.
Member of Wellesley Monthly Meeting, New England Yearly Meeting. Kenneth Oye has longstanding ties to AFSC. He served as a member of the AFSC International Programs Executive Committee, with service on Asia, Middle East and Shared Security subcommittees. His father, George M. Oye, was Director of the Material Aids Program and a member of the Board. His daughter, Mari Michener Oye, recently served as Myanmar Country Director and East Asia QIAR. Ken is an active Quaker and Asian American with a commitment to peace and human rights issues. He is a member of the independent Quaker Worship Group of Boston. Ken is a Professor of Political Science and Data, Systems and Society at MIT, with research and teaching on international relations and technology policy. His books include Cooperation under Anarchy, Economic Discrimination and Political Exchange and four symposia on American foreign policy. His recent articles on biotechnology and health policy have appeared in Science, Nature and Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. He has served as an invited expert with the United Nations (UNIDO, BWC, WHO) and the US government (PCAST, Treasury, Commerce, EXIM, NIH). He holds a BA in Political Science and Economics from Swarthmore College and a PhD in Government from Harvard University.
Mira Tanna, member, Standing Nominating Committee and Nobel Peace Prize Nominating Task Group; member at large, AFSC Corporation.
Mira Tanna is a Grants Manager with the City of Orlando. Previously, she worked with the Technology & Education Center at the Orange County Library System and as the Program Director for Fair Lending with Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida and Assistant Director of the Metro St. Louis Equal Housing Opportunity Council. From 1996-2000, she directed the International Affairs Program for the St. Louis Area Office of the AFSC. Mira is a member of the Orlando Friends Meeting. She lives in Orlando with her husband and two children.
Nicholas Thomas, member, Friends Relations Committee, member at large, AFSC Corporation.
Gloria Thompson, member, Board Audit Committee, member at large, AFSC Corporation.
Member, Manhattan Monthly Meeting, New York Yearly Meeting. Gloria is a Christian Friend and a pillar of her small meeting, Manhattan Monthly Meeting, a programmed meeting consisting mostly of Friends who grew up in Jamaica and sharing space with 15th Street Meeting in New York City. Gloria is central to the governance of her small meeting and is very active in international service. She is an NYYM representative to the Friends World Council on Consultation and has travelled very widely to Yearly Meetings and conferred with Friends throughout the world. This year she went to the FWCC conference in Peru as well as New England and Baltimore yearly meetings. Gloria is a mighty force and an essential New York Friend. Gloria brings diversity to Friends not only as an African American but a lifelong participant in Quaker life in its African and African diaspora manifestations in Jamaica and Kenya.
Marcy Wenzler, member, Board Governance Committee; member at large, AFSC Corporation.
Member, Bloomington Monthly Meeting, Ohio Valley Yearly Meeting. Marcy is an attorney at Indiana Legal Services (ILS) and the Director of ILS Housing Law Center. She is a member of Bloomington Monthly Meeting’s Peace & Social Concerns Committee. Marcy is a long-time AFSC Governance volunteer, serving as a former member of the Standing Nominating Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee, the Board Effectiveness Committee, and the Nationwide Peace Education Committee.