meet our Board
Deborah DeMars Conrad, EdD, is our founder and chief program facilitator. She has served as pastor and teacher in many settings -- congregational, campus, hospital and community organizations. Deb has long been outspoken about power, wealth, and our sustainable and just relationships with Earth and each another. She currently serves as Senior Minister of Woodside Church of Flint, MI, where she's added "they poisoned our water" to the list of things to be mad about.
You can read Deb's blog and listen to her sermons at www.mendtheworld.me.
Khalilah V. Collins, MSW, is project coordinator of the African American Men's Mental Health and Well-being Initiative with New Orleans Health Department. A former US Marine, she says she came to know poverty up close after getting out of the military, and has since fought the economic injustices faced by so many people in our country. (She and Deb met at a protest in New York City; how cool is that?) Khalilah has served on our board since 2005 and is a frequent contributor to our program.
Whitney Waller Cole is Senior Minister at Creekwood Christian Church in Flower Mound, TX, and has been part of UrbanSpirit since 2010. A graduate of Yale Divinity, she has a passion for interfaith cooperation, community engagement and social change. Plus, she's good at drawing people into faith conversations. She has dual responsibilities here: a member of our board of trustees and a facilitator of our program.
Jenny Wynn is a Disciples of Christ minister who came to know UrbanSpirit when she brought a group of young people to experience the program in 2012. She is a contender for "best sport ever through a really shitty week." She holds a degree in biology and is trained in spiritual direction, proving once again that faith and science really do go together!