Our staff and board members are shown here in the order you are likely to encounter us!
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.
Hannah Truxell is a graduate of Virginia Tech and the University of Louisville with multiple degrees in law and political science, leadership and social change. Her real job is in the office of the General Counsel for PC(USA), but she also tackles our administrative and registrar tasks, and works with us in program development. She's been UrbanSpirit staff since 2010, and we couldn't do it without her.
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. Khalilah has served on our board since 2005 and is a frequent contributor to our program.
Whitney Waller Cole is Minister of Faith Development and Missions 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.
David Clifton, EdD, is a Professor at Ivy Tech Community College Southern Indiana, where he teaches things like Finance and Strategic Management. His responsibilities have included program development, community relations, grant management, and an assortment of other academic administrative responsibilities. David has served on our board since 2012.
Jenny Wynn is Senior Minister of Southern Hills Christian Church in Edmond OK, and 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 finally that faith and science really do go together!