1. Background

Staff


Our staff brings together expertise in professional and constituent lobbying with strong fundraising and operations support.

Leadership Team

Diane Randall

  • Executive Secretary

Diane Randall is the Executive Secretary of the Friends Committee on National Legislation. Diane leads FCNL’s staff to effectively educate and lobby for the policies and legislative priorities established by FCNL’s General Committee. A lifelong advocate for peace and social justice, Diane is a fierce proponent for citizen engagement that advances policies and practices to create a better society for all.

Adlai Amor

  • Associate Executive Secretary for Communications

As Associate Executive Secretary for Communications, Adlai Amor leads FCNL’s communications team to build its presence in all media platforms, oversee the organization’s marketing, and provide a strategic direction for all communications.

Barbara Price Monahan

  • Associate Executive Secretary for Development

Barbara Price Monahan leads FCNL’s efforts to raise annual, capital and planned gifts that support FCNL’s advocacy, education and outreach. Barbara and her staff are responsible for raising over $3.8 million per year in general operating support from individuals, foundations and organizations, including Quaker meetings and churches.

Jeri Rhodes

  • Associate Executive Secretary for Finance and Administration

Jeri Rhodes is responsible for the financial, administrative and facilities operations at FCNL. She directs the team managing financial planning, budgeting, accounting, human resources, personnel, information technology, facilities and general administration.

Jim Cason

  • Associate Executive Secretary for Strategic Advocacy

Jim Cason is responsible for directing the full range of FCNL’s strategic advocacy work. In this capacity, he works with program staff to develop long term change strategies that accomplish our particular legislative goals.

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Alicia McBride

  • Director of Integrated Strategy and Impact

Alicia McBride works across the organization to improve cross-team strategy development and how FCNL assesses and communicates about its effectiveness. She is also responsible for planning FCNL’s fall Annual Meeting and the Quaker Public Policy Institute and Lobby Day.

Allison Lee

  • Program Assistant, Domestic Policy

Allison Lee works alongside José Woss on criminal justice reform, campaign finance reform (election integrity), and police militarization. Her primary responsibilities include lobbying members of Congress, writing policy updates, and conducting legislative research. She has always been very passionate about dismantling systems that promote racial disparities.

Amelia Kegan

  • Legislative Director, Domestic Policy

Amelia Kegan leads the domestic policy team's work in analyzing legislation, advocating on Capitol Hill, and developing legislative strategy. Prior to coming to FCNL, Amelia worked at a variety of other national non-profits in D.C. and Chicago, focusing on federal budget, tax, and low-income policy.

Andre Gobbo

  • Domestic Policy Associate

Andre Gobbo adds capacity to the Domestic Policy team by handling constituent queries, writing action alerts and sign-on letters, assisting with lobbying visits, creating informational content, supporting coalition relationships, and helping execute FCNL’s legislative strategies. He primarily works on issues relating to economic justice and gun violence prevention but also assists other domestic policy initiatives. He also serves as the co-chair of the Policy & Advocacy subcommittee within the Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence coalition.

Anna McCormally

  • Assistant to the Executive Secretary

Anna McCormally facilitates the work of Executive Secretary Diane Randall by serving as a liaison to constituents, sustainers, and governing committees. Anna holds a BA in Economics from Earlham College, where she completed a literature review and senior thesis on the economics of climate change.

Annie Chiorazzi

  • Event Planner and Registrar

Annie organizes and executes FCNL’s major events including the Quaker Public Policy Institute, Annual Meeting, and Spring Lobby Weekend. These events host hundreds of Quakers and like-minded folk from around the country to come together to discern our advocacy priorities for the upcoming year and to lobby for passage of legislation in keeping with Quaker values.

Anthony Wier

  • Legislative Secretary, Nuclear Disarmament and Pentagon Spending

Anthony is our lead lobbyist and the director of FCNL's work on nuclear weapons policy and is the key team leader working on our efforts to rein in Pentagon spending. He is also responsible for maintaining FCNL’s Nuclear Calendar and for representing FCNL with the various coalitions that work on these issues.

Ben Rowles

  • Program Assistant, Peacebuilding

Ben Rowles supports FCNL’s lobbying efforts to change U.S. foreign policy from one that is overly militarized to one that prevents, mitigates, and transforms violent conflict. Ben also facilitates the work of the Prevention and Protection Working Group, a group of organizations dedicated to reducing violent crisis, preventing mass atrocities, and protecting civilians threatened by such crises. Previously, Ben interned with the State Department in Washington, D.C., and at the American Embassy in Mongolia. He holds a B.A. in English from the Pennsylvania State University, where he served as president of the Human Rights Brigades chapter.

Chris Kearns-McCoy

  • Program Assistant, Communications

Chris Kearns-McCoy is FCNL’s Program Assistant for Communications. He works with FCNL’s lobbyists to lift up issues and work that might not garner widespread attention, and to share stories of that work in Washington, D.C. and throughout the country. He is passionate about connecting our inspiring network to the work that FCNL does, through various digital media platforms.

Christine Ashley

  • Quaker Field Secretary

Christine Ashley has the honor of nurturing and deepening FCNL’s relationships with Friends across the United States. In this role, Christine develops and sustains FCNL's engagement with individuals both within the Religious Society of Friends and with seekers for the Quaker way of living Faith in to action.

Diana Ohlbaum

  • Senior Strategist and Legislative Director for Foreign Policy

Diana Ohlbaum directs FCNL’s foreign policy lobbying team and leads an effort to replace the current U.S. foreign policy paradigm of military domination and national superiority with a more ethical and effective one based on cooperation and mutual respect.

Emily Sajewski

  • Senior Visual Arts Manager

Emily Sajewski works with the Communications team to engage FCNL’s network through social media. As FCNL’s graphic designer, Emily visually enhances and brands the work FCNL does with Congress and in communities. Examples of her work include designing the bi-monthly Washington Newsletter, event collateral, promotional materials, online visuals, and organizational publications.

Emily Wirzba

  • Legislative Representative, Sustainable Energy and Environment

Emily Wirzba leads FCNL’s lobbying work to achieve bipartisan recognition of climate change and action in Congress. Emily meets with members of Congress and their staff to promote FCNL's environmental priorities. She also works closely with FCNL's network across the country to organize constituents to lobby, write, and advocate for bipartisan environmental action in Congress. She currently serves as co-chair of the Washington Interreligious Staff Community's Energy and Ecology Working Group.

Emmet Hollingshead

  • Program Assistant, Militarism and Human Rights

As FCNL’s Program Assistant for Militarism and Human Rights, Emmet Hollingshead lobbies for more peaceful, ethical, and holistic U.S. foreign policy. Our international stance should not be based on military might, but on compassionate and inclusive leadership focused on mutual interests. To that end, Emmet works with members of Congress and their staff, fellow peace activists, and grassroots supporters to develop better ways for the U.S. to engage with the world.

Gabriela Viera

  • Program Assistant, Immigration & Refugee Policy

As the Program Assistant for Immigration and Refugee Policy, Gabriela Viera lobbies for fair and just immigration policies. She meets with Congressional offices to ensure that supported legislation respects the humanity of vulnerable migrant populations. Her responsibilities also include providing the necessary research and support to maintain the connection between FCNL and our network.

Hannah Graf Evans

  • Legislative Representative, Immigration and Refugee Policy

Hannah Graf Evans lobbies for compassionate immigration policies. Our immigration system should empower immigrants and the American communities to which they belong, lift up the voices of border communities, and ensure adequate protections for refugees, asylum-seekers and victims of trafficking. Hannah co-chairs the steering committee of the Interfaith Immigration Coalition, made up of over 45 faith-based organizations.

Jeff Pudlo

  • Program Assistant for Nuclear Disarmament and Pentagon Spending

Jeff Pudlo assists FCNL’s Nuclear Disarmament team by ensuring grassroots engagement with elected officials can fully inform the work of FCNL’s lobbyists in DC, and assists Anthony Wier in lobbying and maintaining the Nuclear Calendar.

Jessie Palatucci

  • Senior Digital Communications Manager

Jessie Palatucci manages FCNL’s digital advocacy program and web communications. She writes extensively for FCNL’s digital publications and communicates with advocates throughout the U.S.

José Santos Woss

  • Legislative Manager, Criminal Justice and Election Integrity

José is the Legislative Manager for Criminal Justice and Election Integrity. He leads FCNL’s work on criminal justice reform, campaign finance reform (election integrity), and police militarization. He co-Chairs the Interfaith Criminal Justice Coalition, an alliance of more than 40 national faith groups advocating to end mass incarceration.

Kate Gould

  • Legislative Director, Middle East Policy

Kate Gould is FCNL's Legislative Director for Middle East Policy. Kate is one of only a handful of registered lobbyists in Washington, D.C. working to advance human rights objectives and support diplomatic solutions to resolve disputes between the U.S. and Iran and the conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Israel/Palestine.

Katie Breslin

  • Young Adult Program Manager

As FCNL’s Young Adult Program Manager, Katie organizes, trains, and supports the efforts of young activists and leaders to affect big, long-term change within Congress. She offers hands-on leadership experience for young people across the country who work on their college campus or in their home community to mobilize people to engage with Congress.

Kevin M. Twillman

  • Controller

Kevin has over twenty years’ experience in Controllership and FP&A functions. He enjoys working with all levels within organizations to enhance the value of the accounting and finance functions. He believes in making financial data available, understandable and useful.

Kelsey Beaumont Shaffer

  • Development Database Coordinator

Kelsey Beaumont Shaffer oversees the database processes in the fundraising department and administration of the monthly sustainers program. Kelsey came to FCNL with a fundraising and events background through positions at the Washington Animal Rescue League and Studio Theatre.

Lacina Tangnaqudo Onco

  • Congressional Advocate, Native American Advocacy Program

Lacina Tangnaqudo Onco manages the Native American Advocacy program lobbying on legislation that affects Native communities. She builds connections between tribes, tribal organizations, and non-Indian allies, particularly among a wide range of faith groups, to ensure tribal needs are addressed.

Larissa Gil Sanhueza

  • Program Assistant, Young Adult Outreach

As the Program Assistant for Young Adult Outreach, Larissa Gil Sanhueza travels around the country to mobilize young adults in our grassroots advocacy network and to recruit attendees for our Spring Lobby Weekend, a four day lobbying and educational event. She also oversees the Delegation Leader Program, which encourages young adults to organize their peers in lobbying efforts and to lead a group traveling to Spring Lobby Weekend.

Lauren Bladen-White

  • Director for Operations and Administration

Lauren Bladen-White is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day building operations and facilities management. She served as the project manager for the complete renovation of the geothermal system for FCNL’s green building, and she is the event manager for the both the Annual Meeting and the Spring Lobby Weekend.

Lisa Forrest

  • Development Assistant

Lisa Forrest helps FCNL to thank its generous donors, processes their gifts, and is part of the team that keeps the organization’s donor database up to date. Born in central Pennsylvania, Lisa came to Washington, DC to attend George Washington University as a theater major, and has been a proud Washingtonian ever since.

Liz Bajjalieh

  • Program Assistant, Middle East Policy

Liz Bajjalieh is the Program Assistant for FCNL’s Middle East Policy program. As a Young Fellow, Liz’s responsibility is to help bridge the gap between constituents and their members of Congress through assisting with Middle East lobby visits, drafting action alerts, and addressing constituent concerns.

Mary Comfort Ferrell

  • Planned Giving Director

As FCNL's Planned Giving Director, Mary Comfort Ferrell accompanies our supporters in thinking about how you might let your life speak for future generations at FCNL. She provides friends with information about how you can support FCNL through your will, estate, or gifts that pay income for life.

Mike Coogan

  • Annual Fund Director

Mike Coogan works with FCNL’s development team to craft and implement an Annual Fund strategy that supports the organization’s advocacy work and honors Quaker testimonies on peace, equality, simplicity and truth. In this capacity, he collaborates with staff and volunteers to steward the organization’s large and diverse base of donors and reach out to others who support of FCNL’s non-partisan, multi-issue approach to lobbying.

Milo Keller

  • Program Assistant, Sustainable Energy and Environment

As the Program Assistant for Sustainable Energy and Environment, Milo lobbies Congress for bipartisan solutions to climate change and renewable energy issues. He meets with members of Congress and their staff to promote FCNL’s environmental goals as well as writes policy responses and blog posts for FCNL. Additionally, he writes the newsletter “Inside the Greenhouse” with updates about FCNL’s environmental work, which is published each month.

Sam Horne

  • Office Coordinator and Receptionist

Sam Horne supports the work and workers of FCNL by managing the daily operations of the office. As Receptionist, Sam is the first face that greets anyone or anything coming into the office. He prides himself on creating a welcoming and organized environment from the very first step in the door. Sam guides all incoming mail, calls, packages, and visitors to ensure each person or parcel reaches their appropriate destination.

Riley Robinson

  • Major Gifts Officer

As a Major Gifts Officer, Riley Robinson enjoys witnessing the creative, effective work of FCNL staff members in Washington and in hearing of their travels around the country. He is equally moved by the enthusiasm and commitment of FCNL volunteers and supporters, as well as the respect that Friends everywhere hold for the FCNL policy process. He says, “Good legislation isn’t just about principled wording. It’s about lives improved and dollars saved, and we can all have a hand in that.”

Sarah Freeman-Woolpert

  • Advocacy Teams Trainer

Sarah Freeman-Woolpert recruits, trains and supports Advocacy Teams around the country to develop deep advocacy skills to lobby political leaders for peace and justice. Sarah contributes to the strategic development of the FCNL Advocacy Teams through outreach, team-building and problem-solving to expand a robust, self-sustaining network of grassroots advocates.

Sarah Holtsclaw

  • Program Assistant, Quaker Outreach

Sarah Holtsclaw serves as Quaker Outreach Young Fellow, working alongside Quaker Field Secretary Christine Ashley, to build and deepen Quaker engagement and advocacy from a spirit-led perspective. She empowers constituents to share their stories and build relationships with their Members of Congress through faith-based lobbying.

Sarah Kennedy

  • Major Gifts Officer

As a Major Gifts Officer, Sarah Kennedy connects with individuals advocating for peace, justice, opportunity, and an earth restored. Traveling around the country, she focuses on linking passionate individuals with FCNL’s work.

Sara Robich

  • Data Systems Manager

Sara Robich is responsible for maximizing the capacity of FCNL’s data systems to provide effective and efficient flows for various uses throughout the organization. She oversees FCNL’s overall data integrity, manages multiple data streams, carries out various cross-departmental data projects, and develops strategies for improving data capabilities.

Shoshana Abrams

  • National Field Organizer

As FCNL’s National Field Organizer, Shoshana Abrams is responsible for deepening and expanding our Advocacy Teams program, a network of hundreds of Quakers and friends lobbying to build congressional champions for peace and justice.

Stephen Donahoe

  • Director of Major Gifts

Stephen Donahoe travels around the country, getting to know some of FCNL’s most loyal supporters. His focus is visiting with individual supporters to help make the connection between their interests and resources and opportunities to support FCNL’s work. He also often speaks at meetings, churches and other groups. He approaches fundraising and philanthropy as spiritual practices.

Theo Sitther

  • Legislative Secretary for Peacebuilding Policy

Theo Sitther directs the peacebuilding program at FCNL and oversees the work of the peacebuilding team. Theo lobbies to change and reform militarized counterterrorism policies with a particular focus on military assistance.

Thandie Masilela

  • Accountant

Thandie Masilela is the accountant at FCNL. She works with the controller and Associate Executive Secretary of Finance, Building, and Administration to support the accounting team.

Timothy McHugh

  • Director of Media Relations

Tim leads organizational efforts to communicate about issues, victories, priorities, and updates through all available news channels – specifically the major media outlets. He is responsible for providing FCNL staff with opportunities to convey our message – in print and through the airways – to the public and throughout the country. He keeps FCNL issues and staff on the collective radars of reporters and journalists nationwide. Lastly, he runs FCNL several media-focused social media channels.

Consultants

Cindy Darcy

  • Consultant, Native American Policy

Cindy Darcy’s 30-plus years serving as an advocate for American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments in the public policy arena began at FCNL. From 1982-1989, she served as the Native American advocate for FCNL, working first as a volunteer with the Mennonite Central Committee and later supported by a broader group of religious organizations.

Teresa Rugg

  • Consultant, Advocacy Teams Trainer

Teresa Rugg supports new and prospective Advocacy Teams to launch and develop deep advocacy skills.

Welling Hall

  • Friend in Washington

Welling Hall serves as the Friend in Residence at FCNL. Her perspective as a longtime Quaker educator and civil servant is useful in strengthening FCNL’s educational outreach. She comes to FCNL as a member of West Richmond (Indiana) Friends Meeting, and the New Association of Friends. As a Friend and a political scientist, she has a long-standing passion for Quaker pedagogy and the faith-basis of Quaker lobbying in the public interest. Welling has a variety of assignments at FCNL reflecting her many talents and experiences. She is working with Strategic Advocacy and Field staff to deepen curricular connections to the Spring Lobby Weekend and the Quaker Public Policy Institute. She is engaging staff in discussions about moral communication and understanding how FCNL’s messages can reach across the political spectrum. As a visual artist with a practice focused on eliciting emotional responses to gun violence, Welling will also give an artist’s talk on the role of faith and the arts in beating swords into plowshares.