Board of Directors

Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) is a coalition of national Church communions and organizations, including Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant traditions. Representatives from each of these bodies are the members of CMEP’s Board of Directors. CMEP’s mission, positions, and policy are set by the board. Decisions are made by consensus of the group.

Current Members of the CMEP Board and their Representatives

Jeff Anderson
Evangelical Covenant Church

Jeff Anderson is the superintendent of the Evangelical Covenant Church of Canada and serves as co-director of Serve Globally’s newly created Middle East and Africa (MENA) region.

Archbishop Vicken Aykazian
Armenian Orthodox Church

Archbishop Vicken Aykazian is the Ecumenical Director and Diocesan Legate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern). He sits on the executive board of the NCC, as well as on the board of the World Council of Churches.

Rev. Emmett Dunn
Lott Carey Foreign Missionary Society

The Reverend Dunn serves as Executive Secretary-Treasurer, CEO of the Lott Carey Foreign Mission Convention.

Tatiana Dwyer
United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women

Tatiana Dwyer is the executive for Global Justice Issues at United Methodist Women.

Rev. Cannon Robert Edmunds
Episcopal Church

Rev. Canon Robert Edmunds is the Middle East Partnership Officer for the Episcopal Church and serves as the liaison and communications/resource link for the Episcopal Church with the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East.

Dennis Frado
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Dennis Frado is the director for the Lutheran Office for World Community with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He has two publications highlighted on our website: ELCA Churchwide Strategy for Engagement in Israel and Palestine, and Developments in ELCA Engagement with Israel/Palestine.

Catherine Gordon
Presbyterian Church, USA

Catherine Gordon is the representative for International Issues at the Presbyterian Church USA, Office of Public Witness.

Mark Harrison
United Methodist Church

Mark Harrison is the Director of the Peace with Justice Program and the Special Assistant to the General Secretary at the United Methodist Church General Board of Church and Society.

Rev. Nathan Hosler
Church of the Brethren

Nathan Hosler is the Director of the Church of the Brethren’s Office of Public Witness based in Washington, DC.

Rev. Shannon Jammal-Hollemans
Christian Reformed Church

Rev. Shannon Jammal-Hollemans is a graduate of Calvin Theological Seminary and a minister of the word in the Christian Reformed Church. She is currently Worship Coordinator for Oakdale Park Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan where she lives with her husband and three young adult children. Rev. Jammal-Hollemans has traveled to the Middle East a number of times in the past twenty years, and written for her denomination’s publications about peace and justice issues in the region. She has also participated in interfaith work both in the U.S. and abroad, and has family in the south of Lebanon.

Tony Kireopoulos
National Council of Churches

Tony Kireopoulos is the senior program director for Faith & Order and Interfaith Relations at the National Council of Churches USA. Prior to this position, he served as the Associate General Secretary for International Affairs and Peace at the National Council of Churches, as well as the Executive Director of The U.S. Conference of Religions for Peace.

Susan Leslie
Unitarian Universalist Association

Susan Leslie is the Congregational Advocacy and Witness Director for the Organizing Strategy Team at the Unitarian Universalist Association. She has worked in the UUA's national social justice and multicultural staff teams since 1991.

Peter Makari
United Church of Christ

Peter Makari is the Area Executive for Europe and the Middle East for Global Ministries for the United Church of Christ and The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Rev. Dr. Trisha Manarin
American Baptist USA
Diana Ohlbaum
Friends Committee on National Legislation

Diana Ohlbaum is the director of FCNL’s foreign policy lobbying team. She also has experience in the executive branch and in the nonprofit sector. She also worked as director of public policy for InterAction, an alliance of NGOs engaged in humanitarian relief and international development.

Fr. Joseph Rahal
Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America

Fr. Joseph Rahal is pastor of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church of Washington, D.C.

Dr. Andrea Smith
Evangelicals 4 Justice

Dr. Andrea Smith is a coordinator of Evangelicals 4 Justice, and a board member of North American Institute of Indigenous Theological Studies (NAIITS). She is the co-editor (with Mae Cannon) of the upcoming book, Evangelical Theologies of Liberation and Justice and author of Unreconciled: From Racial Reconciliation to Racial Justice in Evangelical Christianity.

Tom Southard
Catholic Conference of Major Superiors of Men’s Institutes

Tom Southard is the director of Justice and Peace for the Catholic Conference of Major Superiors of Men’s Institutes.

Allison J. Tanner
Alliance of Baptists

Allison J. Tanner is Pastor of Public Witness at Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church, Oakland, CA, Palestine Advocacy Representative for the Alliance of Baptists, a faith leader with Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity and the Convener of the East Bay World Without Walls Coalition.

Russ Testa
Franciscan Friars (OFM)

Russ Testa is the founding Executive Director of the Franciscan Action Network (FAN), a U.S. based Franciscan institutional effort to lend an effective voice to advocacy efforts for inclusive social transformation; he currently serves as an ex officio member of the organization’s Board of Directors. He is also director of the Office for Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) of the Holy Name Province of the Order of Friars Minor.

Nikki Toyama-Szetzo
Christians for Social Action

Nikki Toyama-Szetzo is the director of Evangelicals for Social Action, and she guides the execution of ESA’s mission and vision. She also served on the board of Interserve USA, Missio Alliance, and Casa Chiralagua.

Josh Vis
Reformed Church in America

Josh Vis is the Church Engagement Facilitator for Israel and Palestine at the Reformed Church in America.

Steve Weaver
Church World Service
David Wildman
United Methodist Church, General Board of Church & Society

David Wildman is the executive secretary for Human Rights & Racial Justice with the United Methodist Church's General Board of Global Ministries.

Susan Gunn
Observer, Maryknoll Office for Global Concern

Susan Gunn is the Director of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

Lucas Koach
Observer, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Lucas Koach is the Director of the Office of International Justice and Peace for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Myron Meche
Observer, Catholic Relief Services

Myron Meche is the Director for Government Relations at Catholic Relief Services in Washington D.C.

Michael Merryman-Lotze
Observer, American Friends Service Committee

Michael Merryman-Lotze is the AFSC Palestine-Israel Program Director. He coordinates AFSC’s Israel and Palestine focused advocacy and policy programming, working closely with AFSC’s offices in Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza, and throughout the US.

Rev. Richard L. Sides
Moravian Church in America
Maria Kouroupas
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America