Staff

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

Executive Director

Rev. Dr. Cannon is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC). Cannon formerly served as the senior director of Advocacy and Outreach for World Vision U.S. on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC; as consultant to the Middle East for child advocacy issues for Compassion International in Jerusalem; as the executive pastor of Hillside … Read More

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Kyle Cristofalo

Director of Advocacy and Government Relations

Kyle holds a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from Messiah College, and a Master of Divinity Degree from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. Kyle was first introduced to Middle East advocacy work during a semester abroad in Cairo, Egypt. After graduating from college, Kyle spent 10 months serving with the Mennonite Central Committee … Read More

Jessica Pollock-Kim

Director of Communications

Jessica Pollock-Kim joined CMEP in June 2014. Her first introduction to Israelis and Palestinians was as part of a church pilgrimage with the United Methodist Church in 1999.  Since then, Jessica has taught English in Gaza City during the summer of 2000 and most recently spent summer 2012 living in Beit Sahour. Jessica has a … Read More

Becky Gonzalez

Director of Outreach

Becky works with CMEP Church Partners and Regional Coordinators to engage more individuals and groups across the country. Becky studied Sociology at Whitworth University and earned her MA in International Community Development at Northwest University. Her interest in global development and ministry service has taken her to Cambodia, Canada, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, … Read More

Nicole Morgan

Operations Manager

Nicole earned her Masters in Theological Studies with an emphasis in Public Policy from Palmer Seminary of Eastern University in Saint Davids, PA.  Before joining CMEP, Nicole worked with an educational non-profit near Chicago and as a high school teacher near Atlanta. Nicole believes deeply that the way we love our neighbors says a lot … Read More

Elli Atchison

Donor Ambassador

Elli Atchison’s love for Jesus initially brought her to the Holy Land on a pilgrimage in 2012.  But it is her love for all of God’s people that has continued to send her back every year since.  The friendships she has made with Israelis and Palestinians over the years inspire her to work as an … Read More

Molly Lorden

Millennial Engagement Coordinator

Molly Lorden serves as the Millennial Engagement Coordinator at CMEP. She is in her final year at Princeton Theological Seminary where she is earning a Master of Divinity. Molly has studied the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as the three Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. She has also spent time studying in Israel and Palestine. … Read More

Jennifer Atala

Ambassador Warren Clark Fellow

Jennifer Atala, a Palestinian American, has a consulting business where she advises entrepreneurs, private businesses, and associations in business development, B2B marketing, and strategy. Most recently, she led private sector competitiveness for the private sector and USAID in Palestine.    Prior, Ms. Atala led software development and data analytics projects in the private sector in … Read More

Michael Santulli

Michael Santulli is a graduate of Gordon College with a B.A. in International Affairs and Economics. He lived for three and a half months in Amman, Jordan where he studied Arabic, Islam, and the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. His specific areas of interest include the politics of the Middle East, conflict resolution, and economic … Read More

Nick Do

Nick has bachelor’s degrees from Centre College in International Studies and Spanish and is a second-year master’s student at American University School of International Service in the International Peace and Conflict Resolution program specializing in post-conflict peacebuilding. He’s particularly interested in the local peacebuilding in the Middle East and Africa, and the role of religious … Read More

Matt Manarchy

Matt Manarchy is a rising senior at Boston University, majoring in International relations and Middle East North Africa Studies. He will work on an undergraduate Honors Thesis next year focusing on how Kurdish nationalism in Iraq and Syria has affected American foreign policy. After graduation, he plans on serving in the Peace Corps before returning … Read More

Oday Abdaljawwad

Oday Abdaljawwad is a master’s student at the Coexistence and Conflict Resolution program in Brandeis University. As a Palestinian refugee, Oday has lived his life in the Gaza strip where he did his undergraduate degree in English Literature at the Islamic University of Gaza. Oday has experience in the field of education and development since … Read More