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Bernardo Ruiz 
Bernardo Ruiz is a writer and documentary filmmaker. Most recently, he wrote, directed and produced a biography of Roberto Clemente for PBS’s award-winning history series, American Experience. The film was awarded the 2008 ALMA Award for Outstanding Made for Television Documentary. Bernardo has written or produced programming for PBS, the Discovery Networks, MTV and the National Geographic Channel. He has been awarded grants from ITVS, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media, Latino Public Broadcasting, as well as a New York Foundation on the Arts fellowship in film.  He is the co-producer of the award-winning “The Sixth Section,” a groundbreaking documentary on immigration which aired nationally on the Public Television series P.O.V. in 2003.

Callid Keefe-Perry is a member of Rochester Monthly Meeting of New York Yearly Meeting and travels in the Ministry with his wife Kristina.  For the moment,  he is also a middle school Humanities teacher in the Metrowest area outside of Boston.  Vocationally he is interested in the practices of Early Quakers and issues of discipline and transformation within Monthly Meetings.  He gives great acknowledgment to the power that language has to transform our lives and dreams and has at various times been known as a storyteller, author, and poet.  As a continuing project he is the webmaster of theopoetics.net, a website devoted to Postmodern Thought, Theology, Poetry, Narrative, and (Re)Imagining the Divine.  He is currently writing several journal articles about theopoetics which published within the next year.  Callid firmly believes in the possibility of a Just world while he still lives.

Gail Walker
Gail Walker is a 20 year veteran of public radio, responsible for producing news and public affairs programming. As a communications professional she has worked in print, video and radio and has taught a number of communications courses at the high school and college level. Gail currently works as a radio producer for the UN Radio News Service – a pioneer project called the UN Radio News Service which provides regularly updated audio content -- short news and feature-length reports, interviews and other raw audio -- under tight deadline, via the Internet, on UN system-wide activities, campaigns and events around the globe. In addition to her work in Radio, Gail has also produced videos about the work of the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization/Pastors for Peace in Nicaragua and Cuba. She has also served as a moderator for numerous video programs for Manhattan Neighborhood Network – the public access station in Manhattan. Gail’s wide-ranging experience and interests cover international and domestic issues -- from the impact of sanctions on civilians across the globe to the plight of homeless women living in New York City. She has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East and Latin America. Gail was born in Wisconsin and currently resides in New Jersey. She has a MA from The New School.


Christen Higgins Clougherty is the founder and Executive Director of the Nobis Project, a non-profit organization that supports youth, educational and community leaders in building skills to analyze issues that impact our society in taking actions towards initiating positive change. Nobis Project’s mission is to create life-long learners who are empowered to improve lives and communities, both locally and abroad. Christen is an alumnus of the Carolina Friends School and received her PhD in Quaker Studies from the University of Birmingham, UK’s collaborative program with Woodbrooke Quaker Study Center. She brings a wealth of Quaker knowledge, familiarity with Friends Schools, experience in designing and evaluating educational models, and a commitment to assisting Friends School in building a Quaker dimension which best reflects the school’s mission and philosophy. Christen shares a passion for promoting civic engagement and social consciousnesses in schools and communities across the globe. She holds a Master of Arts from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Fiber Arts and a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Arts Administration from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. During her time in Baltimore, Christen co-founded Thundersmith Industries, Inc. a non-profit performances art company that specialized in giant carnival puppetry.

Jon Watts
Jon Watts is a Quaker rapper and spoken word poet who tours the country with his guitar and bicycle. In Jon's senior year at Guilford College in 2006 he recorded and released a CD of biographical songs about the Early Friends in the 17th Century.  After that first CD was well received by the wider Quaker community, Jon moved to the Pendle Hill retreat center in Philadelphia where he served as Quaker artist/historian in residence and recorded and released a second CD, this time involving a more contemporary look at Quakerism.  Jon's music recently received widespread attention after he posted a catchy video of a Quaker-Meeting-for-Worship-turned-dance-party on his youtube channel. Jon maintains a blog online and encourages you to be in touch through his Facebook page.

Christopher Plutte
Chris Plutte is the Country Director for Search for Common Ground in Rwanda.  Mr. Plutte is responsible for the management of the project, including day-to-day supervision of the project team as well as in-country transactions. He brings media expertise as well as strong management experience to the project, having launched and grown Global Nomads Group for nearly ten years. Global Nomads Group uses media to bridge the divide between American youth and their counterparts around the world. The mission is accomplished through live videoconferences, documentaries and online tools. Chris joined Search for Common Ground in August 2008.

Patricia Schall Ph.D     Patricia L. Schall is a professor and the Coordinator of the Accelerated Certification for Teaching 1 Program in the Graduate Education Department at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, New Jersey, where she teaches courses in literacy education, foundations of education, action research, and writing and research for doctoral studies. In prior years at Saint Elizabeth, Patricia served as the Chair of the Undergraduate Education Department and taught secondary education and English methods courses to undergraduate students. Patricia holds a BA in English from Montclair State University and an MA in Communication in Education and a Ph.D. in English Education from New York University.  Patricia serves on and co-chairs national commissions for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Conference on English Education. She is NCTE’s New Jersey SLATE (Support for the Learning and Teaching of English) representative, an organization that seeks to influence public attitudes and policy decisions affecting the teaching of English language arts at local, state, and national levels. She has presented at numerous NCTE and NJCTE conferences, as well as at other national conferences for teacher educators. Patricia currently is working with her colleagues in the Graduate Education Department on establishing professional development schools in local districts. She values her work teaching teachers and teachers-to-be. She also enjoys writing and has published articles in professional journals and coauthored a book published by Teachers College Press: Protecting the Right to Teach and Learn: Power, Politics, and Public Schools The New Jersey Council of Teachers of English named her NJCTE 2008 Educator of the Year, and in that capacity she also received a 2008 New Jersey Governor’s Award in Art Education.

Stacey Chanin Reed
Ms. Chanin Reed has extensive professional experience in both broadcast and print journalism. She was a staff news writer for the CBS Television Network where she wrote and edited copy for daily broadcasts to CBS Television Affiliate Stations and for Satellite Service to Japan. She also wrote CBS News Breaks and wrote and co-produced weekly news in review reports for in-flight programming.  Ms. Chanin Reed also has served as an adjunct lecturer at Brooklyn College and Kingsborough Community College, where she taught courses in broadcast journalism. She taught all aspects of news coverage, including news writing, production, reporting and newsroom operations at the Summer News Institute at Brooklyn.  Ms. Chanin Reed has also worked in print journalism and publishing. She was an editor of The Get ‘Em and Go Travel guide books (now called the Birnbaum guides) where she wrote and edited chapters, and hired writers for guides to Europe, the U.S., the Caribbean, and Canada. She also has contributed articles to various magazines and major market newspapers in the U.S. and Canada. Ms. Chanin Reed is a lifetime member of the Writers Guild of America, East and has served as an elected representative on the WGA Council. She was the chairperson of the CBS Women’s Advisory Council. Ms. Reed won a Writers Guild Award for outstanding television news writing. She is a graduate of Cornell University.

I'm a Quaker blogger, web designer and dad living about thirty miles outside Philadelphia in the South Jersey pine barrens. I'm a "convinced" Friend, walking into my first meetinghouse around the age of twenty. I'm officially a member of Atlantic City Area Monthly Meeting of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting though I'm not actively involved with either these days. I served on the staff of Friends General Conference for eight years and Friends Journal for two. Over the last twenty years I've worked on projects with FWCC, AFSC, FCE, PYM and pretty much every other Philadelphia-based Quaker acronym you can think of. I'm occasionally asked to lead workshops and give talks on Quakerism. I've been building Quakerish websites since 1995 and have been blogging since 1998. I'm the founder and publisher of QuakerQuaker.org. It started around 2003 as a sidebar of my personal blog where I highlighted the day's interesting links. In 2005 I was awarded recognition and a modest grant from the Clarence and Lilly Pickett Endowment for Quaker Leadership to turn it into an online magazine (dubbed QuakerQuaker after a 2003 essay). In 2008 it was reborn yet again as a Ning-powered social media network. I still occasionally write as the Quaker Ranter and I have a tech blog at MartinKelley.com. You see the daily flow of odds and ends that come across my screen at my "lifestream" blog QuackQuack. Yes, I'm on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.

Linda Shockley

Linda Shockley is a writer, editor and publicist based in NYC. She is communications advisor for the Bezos Family Foundation and works closely with its two scholars programs for public high school students nationwide. She was publicist for the Santa Fe Film Festival and helped coordinate two annual offerings of the Bridge Film Festival. During her tenure as director of communications for Brooklyn Friends School (BFS), she served as on-site producer for a national PSA campaign on tolerance for the Southern Poverty Law Center, filmed at BFS with BFS students, and worked with Nick News to feature BFS students in almost 15 Nick News shows, including two that were nominated for Emmy's. She is a film freak, animal lover and avid reader.
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