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 holds an MDiv from North Park Theological Seminary, an MBA from North Park University’s School of Business and Nonprofit Management, and an MA in bioethics from Trinity International University. She received her first doctorate in American History with a minor in Middle Eastern studies at the University of California (Davis) focusing on the history of the American Protestant church in Israel and Palestine and her second doctorate in Ministry in Spiritual Formation from Northern Theological Seminary. She is the author of several books including the award-winning Social Justice Handbook: Small Steps for a Better World and editor of A Land Full of God: Christian Perspectives on the Holy Land. Her work has been highlighted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, Chicago Tribune, Christianity Today, Leadership Magazine, The Christian Post, Jerusalem Post, EU Parliament Magazine, Huffington Post, and other international media outlets.

Kyle Cristofalo
Senior Director of Advocacy and Government Relations/Special Advisor to the Executive Director
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 in Bethlehem, Palestine, where he was seconded to work with Bethlehem Bible College. Most recently, Kyle served as the Program Assistant for Middle East Policy at the Friends Committee on Legislation where he helped coordinate lobbying work on Middle East policy and trained grassroots advocates on how to lobby their Congressional representatives.
Nicole Morgan
Executive Administrator
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 about our love for God. She lives near Atlanta, GA.
Aune Carlson
Director of Operations
Aune earned her Masters of Divinity and Masters of Nonprofit Administration and graduate certificates from North Park Theological Seminary and School of Business and Nonprofit Administration. She has previously served Covenant Youth of Alaska (CYAK) as the Human Resources Manager, the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) as a Communications Project Manager, Director of Youth and Young Adult and Camping Ministries, as well as the Alaska Conference Office of the ECC. She is passionate about creating, defining, and refining structures to operate effectively and efficiently. A collaborative team leader, building a strong team atmosphere where tasks are met with close attention to detail and creativity.
Kevin Vollrath
Manager of Middle East Partnerships
Kevin is a Ph.D. candidate in Religion and Society at Princeton Theological Seminary, where he also earned an M.Div. His research focuses on the relationship between the Israeli occupation of Palestine and Palestinians with disabilities, and how the occupation produces disability. In joining CMEP, he is excited to complement his research with advocacy work.
Anna Baker
Communications & Special Projects Manager

Anna earned her Master's in International Development from Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. Prior to joining CMEP, Anna was a high school English teacher and worked for an educational non-profit focused on supporting survivors of child exploitation. She believes that when we know better, we can begin to do better, and having access to accurate information is the first step in that journey.

Jennifer Maidrand
Outreach Manager

Jennifer is a Ph.D. candidate in Bible and Cultures at Drew University, where she also earned her M.A. Her research focuses on how biblical interpretation and archeology have shaped the contemporary land of Palestine-Israel and its geopolitics. She is a member of the UCC Church and is committed to fostering interfaith and intercultural community education and dialogue around sacred texts, the earth, and politics. Jennifer is grateful to have the opportunity to utilize and grow these passions, previously as a fellow and now as a staff member with CMEP.

Brian Evans
Mobilization Manager
Brian holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania. He earned a Masters's in Middle East Studies from the University of Texas in Austin, Texas, before joining Amnesty International as a Country Specialist focusing on Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Oman. Since then, he has worked for many years as an advocacy organizer and campaigner on several human rights issues, including U.S. human rights abuses in response to the attacks of September 11, 2001, capital punishment in the U.S. and worldwide, and the prosecution of children as adults in the U.S. criminal legal system.
Harold Cromartie
Finance Manager

Harold Cromartie holds a Bachelor's in Business Administration degree with a major in Accounting from Southeastern University. He has worked in the nonprofit sector for 37 years, working for organizations that focus on social justice issues, such as homelessness, effective treatment of severe mental illness, substance abuse treatment, rental assistance, food distribution, HIV/AIDS prevention and education, and transportation safety (eliminating fatalities and severe injuries to travelers). Some of the organizations that he has worked with or volunteered at over the years have been; Ark of Refuge, San Francisco, Ca; Metro Teen AIDS, WDC, National Association for Environmental Education, WDC; National Association for City and County Health Officials, WDC; Community Action Group, WDC, Washington Area Bicycle Association, WDC; Hostage US, WDC, Treatment Advocacy Center, Arlington, VA; and Arlington Thrive, Arlington, VA.

Fayelle Ewuakye
Communications Coordinator
Fayelle earned her B.A. in Humanities at Jacksonville State University, in Jacksonville, Alabama with a concentration in Anthropology and Geography. She's been the Social Media Curator for her local church in northwest Georgia for 2 years and finds the gifts and benefits of social media to be great blessings toward any organization wishing to reach out to the masses. She wants to be a part of some meaningful work, both locally and globally, and believes peace and justice are two things the public at large needs to know more about.
Emily Courter
Supporter Engagement Specialist

Prior to joining CMEP, Emily most recently worked as a full-time freelance writer. With bylines on sites like Refinery29, Business Insider, and Giddy, she loves to explore the intersection of human health, wellness, and lifestyle. She holds a BA in English Literature from St. Joseph's College. She currently resides in rural New Hampshire with her two cats, Bool and Noodle. When not working, Emily enjoys cooking with local ingredients, reading, and planning her next trip. She is so grateful to have the opportunity to utilize both her background in development and her passion for social justice in her work at CMEP. 

Adysen Moylan
Trips Coordinator
Adysen is in her final year at Georgia State University where she is majoring in International Studies. She is passionate about restorative justice and peacemaking, especially related to Israel/Palestine. Her travels within the region and months spent in Palestine led her to CMEP. She is delighted to work alongside and learn from such an amazing staff with a common goal that aligns with her convictions.
Christine Nady
Development & Middle East Coordinator

Christine previously worked in different industries such as philanthropic and development organizations, fundraising and grant management roles, and a venture capital firm. She worked with NGOs, Religious Ministries, and 500 Global. She is actively involved in civic engagement activities in Egypt and globally. Her driving force is to shape a better future for those struggling and in need.


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Interns

Livian Stokes
Advocacy Intern
Livian is a final year student at the University of St Andrews, studying International Relations and Arabic. Through studying Arabic, Livian has gained an interest in Middle East affairs and the Arab world. She has spent time abroad in Jordan and Morocco and completed research on religious minorities in Morocco, nationalism in Israel, and postcolonial perspectives on the Arab-Israeli conflict.