We are glad to introduce you to our QVS board members. Click on the photos to learn more.

Marge Abbott 
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.

Western Yearly Meeting

Brent Bill is a life-long Friend, and member of West Newton Friends Meeting. He has served as local meeting pastor, yearly meeting staffer, and on the staff of Friends General Conference. Additionally, he’s served Friends on various yearly meetings’, Quaker organizations’, and Friends United Meeting committees and boards. Brent was the executive director or chief operating officer of two major Lilly Endowment projects in Indiana, one in community development and the other in supporting local congregations. He has also served on a number of non-profit boards. Now retired, Brent continues to write and lead retreats around the country. He is a graduate of Wilmington College and Earlham School of Religion. Brent lives in Indiana on Ploughshares Farm which is converting land from production agriculture to tall grass prairie and hardwood forest.

Hugh Gelch
New England Yearly Meeting

Hugh Gelch is a graduate of Moses Brown School, Haverford College and Harvard Business School, and is the Clerk of both the Independent Quaker Worship Group of Greater Boston and Obadiah Brown’s Benevolent Fund. He has been on the Boards of Beacon Hill Friends House, Moses Brown School, Cambridge Friends School and Walnut Hill School for the Arts, on the Finance Committees of all, and Treasurer and Clerk of the Investment Committee on two. Semi-retired from a career in residential real estate, Hugh is honored to help QVS practice faith and put faith into practice!

Stoph Hallward
Southern Appalachian YM and Association

Stoph Hallward 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.

Western Yearly Meeting

Beth Henricks 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.

Shannon Isaacs
Ohio Valley Yearly Meeting

Shannon Isaacs is a member of Community Freinds Meeting in Cincinnati, OVYM.  She currently lives in Philadelphia and works as the Director of Advancement at Pendle Hill.  She also serves on OVYM Religious Nurture and Education Committee.  She previously worked as the Director of Development at National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. She has served for the past eleven years on Central Committee for Friends General Conference and is a board member of the Greater Cincinnati Women’s City Club, Wilmington College, the Social Enterprise Alliance of Cincinnati and City of Cincinnati Taskforce on Gender Equality.  Shannon is a past board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Shannon was chosen as a 2016 YWCA Rising Star, an award for women with a track record of leadership and performance who have demonstrated potential. Shannon has spent time working in international development in Zimbabwe, India and Burundi.  She has an undergraduate degree with honors from Cornell University in Industrial and Labor Relations.  Shannon is passionate about excellence in the nonprofit sector, gender equality, sharing the core of the Quaker way and social justice.

Allison Letts
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting

Allison Letts 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.

Paul Mangelsdorf TREASURER
Southern Appalachian YM and Association

Paul Manglesdorf is a life-long friend and attends Atlanta Friends Meeting.  At AFM he serves as clerk of the Finance Committee, which is a position he has held at other meetings as well. Paul has served as clerk of the New England Yearly Meeting Camp Committee (Friends Camp, China ME) for seven years, which is the same number of years he attended the camp as a youth.  He also was one of NEYM’s representatives to the board of Moses Brown School.  Paul is a trustee and Treasurer of the Obadiah Brown Benevolent Fund and is a member of the Haverford Corporation. Paul is a retired banker, and loves to sing! For the past 12 years he has sung bass in the Atlanta Schola Cantorum, where he is also Vice-President and Treasurer.

Kate Monahan
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 (he/him/his) is a life-long Friend from Denver, Colorado. Still a member of Mountain View Friends Meeting (Inter-Mountain Yearly Meeting), he currently resides in Portland, Ore. where he works as a Clean Energy Organizer for Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility (formerly his site placement during his QVS fellow year 2016-2017). Damon attends a variety of churches and meetings in Portland and is an active member of the Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship. In his spare time, Damon enjoys singing with the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus, visiting (and spoiling) his nieces, and performing in drag as “Desdemona Lisa.”

Chie Togami
Ohio Valley Yearly Meeting

Chie Togami (she/her) grew up attending Lexington Friends Meeting in Lexington, KY and has been active with the Ohio Valley Yearly Meeting in various capacities (including leading youth programming for several summers) since 2005. In 2015, after relocating to Pittsburgh, she began regularly attending Pittsburgh Friends Meeting. Chie is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh with research interests in environmental sociology, sustainability, social movements, and gender. Her previous research on the impact of women and minorities on board and company culture helped spark her interest in board service. With extensive experience instructing at the college level, Chie brings a passion for working with young adults on topics related to social justice.

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