Staff

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

Executive Director

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon is the executive director of Churches for Middle East Peace and 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 … 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

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

Katie McRoberts

Katie is the Director of Communications.  She currently lives in Berlin and works remotely. She has a B.A. in International Affairs in the Middle East and an M.A. in Comparative Religion – Islam. Previously, she worked at Bellevue Presbyterian Church as their Editor-in-Chief on the Communications Team.

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

Jessica Hill

CMEP Volunteer

Jessica Hill holds a B.A in History from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She was first introduced to the Holy Land by participating in an archaeological excavation in Israel during 2014. Her specific areas of interest are women’s advocacy in the Israel/Palestine, and peace building through faith based initiatives. As a religious Jew, she is also particularly interested … Read More

Andrew Wickersham

Ambassador Warren Clark Fellow

Andrew Wickersham serves as a CMEP Ambassador Warren Clark Fellow. He previously served as the Government Relations Intern during the fall of 2017 after recently completing his MA in Middle East Studies from the University of Chicago. As a history student with interests in nationalism, identity, and minority rights, Andrew has been interested in the Middle … Read More

Celia Riley

Celia Riley

CMEP Volunteer

Celia is a volunteer with the CMEP Communication team. She has a B.A. in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration, moving to Washington, D.C. in 2009 to work as a Research Analyst on Capitol Hill. After returning from a 2011, dual-narrative trip to the Holy Land, Celia searched for ways to become involved … 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

Nick Do

Bulletin Coordinator

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

Sarah Rickart

Sarah Richart

Sarah Richart is a sophomore at George Mason University studying Global Conflict Resolution. She is joining CMEP as the Government Relations Intern for the Spring of 2018. Sarah is excited to combine her love of peace and interest in foreign affairs to help advocate for the well-being of the people of the Middle East. This … Read More

Karina Richardson

Karina is our 2018 Communications + Outreach Intern. She is studying Global Development and Digital Media/Photography at Seattle Pacific University. In 2016, Karina lived in Amman, Jordan learning Arabic and engaging in Middle Eastern politics and culture. She has joined the CMEP team to continue advocating for peace and justice in the Middle East through … Read More