We are glad to introduce you to our QVS board members. Click on the photos to learn more.
North Pacific Yearly Meeting
Marge Abbott (she/her) is a "released Friend' writing and traveling in the ministry with the support of Multnomah Friends Meeting in Portland, Oregon. She has been delighted to engage with the QVS Fellows leading a retreat for Fellows early on, being part of Friday QVS Days on Quakerism several times and participating as a spiritual nurturer.
Her concern for making Friends' voice heard more widely in the world has taken her regularly to Washington, DC, where from 2005-2007, she served as presiding clerk of the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) and FCNL's Friend-in-Washington in 2020 along with her husband Carl Abbott.
Marge carries a concern for Friends: What truth are we called to speak out of our brokenness? What does holiness look like among us? The Light visible through Friends is refracted in a prism which extends around the world and across the divides that have torn Quakers apart in the past two centuries. Friends’ conflicts and our unity both shape our message. Her work among Friends has led to the publication of several books, most recently, Walk Humbly, Serve Boldly: Modern Quakers as Everyday Prophets and Quakerism: The Basics.
Southern Appalachian YM and Association
Stoph Hallward (he/him) is a convinced member of Atlanta Friends Meeting in SAYMA. He was introduced to Quakerism in high school at Westtown School and became a member some 10 years later at Friend’s Meeting of Washington of Baltimore Yearly Meeting (BYM). There he served in various roles on the Finance Committee, Young Adult Friend Co-Clerk, and on an Ad-Hoc Committee to discern how the Meeting should plan long term for its facilities. He met Maia Carter in Friends Meeting of Washington’s Young Adult Friends group and they were married under the care of Friends Meeting of Washington. BYM nominated Stoph to serve on the board of Friends General Conference (FGC) where he served as Assistant Treasurer and Treasurer over 3 terms. During Central Committee Meetings of FGC he met Christina Repoley and many members of the original QVS board back when QVS was still just a glimmer in Christina’s eye. Stoph’s career path has jumped from a degree in math, to social work, non-profit management, and finally to accounting with an MBA in finance. Stoph works as an accounting manager for Yamaha Motor USA. Maia and Stoph live outside of Atlanta, raising and being raised by 3 kids. He has enjoyed watching QVS become a reality, growing and enriching its fellows and the communities in which they serve.
American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
Keith B. Harvey (he/him) is the Regional Director for the Northeast Region of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a position he has held since 1992. The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker Peace and Social Justice multi-issue organization, working on Peace, Economic justice, Immigrant rights and Healing/Criminal Justice issues with a new focus on climate and environmental justice in the US and overseas. Keith has used popular education methodologies to facilitate many different workshops, such as non- violence trainings (Help Increase the Peace program) Criminal Justice history, and Inter-national Debt and the IMF/World Bank.
Before coming to AFSC, Keith spent nine years in low and moderate-income property development and management. Keith currently sits on the Massachusetts Peace Action Board, he previously sat on and chaired the Louis D Brown Peace Institute Board of Directors, sat on the Philadelphia Planning committee for the US Social Forum, and works with the MA Poor Peoples Campaign coordinating committee.
Beth Henricks ASSISTANT CLERK
Western Yearly Meeting
Beth Henricks (she/her) has been serving on staff at Indianapolis First Friends Meeting (Western Yearly Meeting – Friends United Meeting) as the Christian Education and Family Ministries Director for the past 3 years. She has been a member of this Meeting for 24 years and felt called to this role after a 23 year career running a national tax consulting firm. Beth holds an MBA from Butler University and is pursuing a Masters in Divinity from Earlham School of Religion. She is in the recording process at WYM and hopes to be affirmed this summer at annual session. She is involved in several Quaker organizations that have brought her exposure and appreciation for all of the different expression of Quakerism. She has a 21 year old son.
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting
Allison Letts (she/her) came to Quakerism at Haverford College, where she was an active member of The student Quaker Community. During her time in QuaC, she served as a member of Nurture and Care Committee and as a Co-Clerk. Following her time at Haverford, Allison was a member of the founding class in QVS Atlanta, where she taught preschool. In 2013, she joined the staff of Friends General Conference in the Development department. She’s currently a Salesforce consultant at ACF Solutions. Allison has been active in the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Young Adult Friends Community and worshiped with West Philadelphia Friends Meeting. She recently moved to Chicago with her partner, QVS Philly alum Trevor Johnson.
Kate Monahan TREASURER
New England Yearly Meeting
Kate Monahan (she/her) is from Connecticut and grew up attending New Haven Friends Meeting (New England Yearly Meeting). She graduated from Haverford College with degrees in History and Spanish, and particularly enjoyed spending a summer as an intern at the Casa de los Amigos in Mexico City. Kate is a QVS alum and also participated in the QVS Alumni Fellowship program. After being hired full-time by her QVS Alumni Fellowship site placement, Friends Fiduciary, she spent four years coordinating Friends Fiduciary's shareholder engagement program, advocating for improved corporate environmental, social, and governance policies and practices, and bringing Friends Fiduciary's unique perspective as Quaker investors to Wall Street. She now works as a Director of Shareholder Advocacy for Trillium Asset Management, a socially responsible investment firm based in Boston. Kate also serves on New England Yearly Meeting's Friends Camp Committee and the Haverford College Corporation. She cares deeply about the experience of young adults in Quaker spaces and is excited to bring her perspective as an alum to the QVS board. In her spare time, she enjoys birdwatching, baking bread, and playing The Sims.
Damon Motz-Storey CLERK
Inter-Mountain Yearly Meeting
Damon Motz-Storey(they/them) is a life-long Friend living in Portland, Oregon where they work as Director of the Sierra Club Oregon Chapter. In the Quaker world, Damon represented the Quaker congregations they grew up in (Mountain View Friends / Inter-Mountain Yearly Meeting) at the 6th World Gathering of Friends in Nakuru, Kenya in 2012 as well as to the governing body of the Friends Committee on National Legislation. They served a term on the American Friends Service Committee board and are an active member of the Corporation of Haverford College (where they earned a bachelor's in 2016). Quaker Voluntary Service is what brought Damon to Portland in 2016 and introduced them to a career and community in environmental justice advocacy. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve two terms on the Quaker Voluntary Service board including a term as presiding clerk. Damon considers their Quaker spirituality to be fundamental to their community, their activism, their art, and their sense of identity and self.
New England Yearly Meeting
Elise Riley (she/her) is from Philadelphia, PA where she grew up attending Germantown Friends Meeting. She graduated from Haverford College with a degree in Linguistics. Elise is a QVS alum who served during the 2016-2017 program year in Atlanta. After attending Simmons University for graduate school, she has worked as an archivist for New England Yearly Meeting, MIT, and Harvard University. Now she is an Accessioning Archivist at Yale University. In her spare time, Elise enjoys reading, baking, and overanalyzing pop culture.