QVS Staff

We are glad to introduce you to our dedicated and growing staff team. Click on the photos to learn more about each staff member and for their contact info.

Claire Hannapel (she/her)
DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Claire (she/her) grew up in Durham, North Carolina where she attended Durham Friends Meeting with her family. After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2016, Claire moved to Atlanta to participate in QVS and has lived there since. During QVS, Claire got to know the city of Atlanta through her work at the Georgia Law Center for the Homeless. There, she developed and managed the Identification Advocacy Program, assisting unhoused individuals in obtaining their birth certificates. She also worshipped with and became an active member of Atlanta Friends Meeting. 

In Claire's role as QVS’s Development Director, she visits and collaborates with QVS supporters (virtually or in-person) and stewards many of QVS's digital communications efforts. When Claire's not online on behalf of QVS, she’s likely organizing with Resource Generation and Sunrise locally in Atlanta, watching women's soccer, or playing with her dog, Miso.

Connect with [email protected].

Claire Hannapel (she/her)
DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Eli Phillips (he/him)
MINNEAPOLIS COORDINATOR

Eli is a recent alumnus of QVS as a Fellow in the Minneapolis house. He is incredibly excited to deepen his work with QVS and the Twin Cities Friends community as the Local Coordinator. Eli came into Quakerism at age 11 as a camper at Opequon Quaker Camp, where he later returned as a counselor, staff member, and cook. Eli’s time at camp would lead him to Guilford College, a Quaker school, from which he has degrees in Music and East Asian Studies.

Eli is incredibly passionate about music and is a producer, collaborator, listener, and multi-instrumentalist. Eli is interested in further exploring the intersection of music and community and is hoping to co-create some kind of artist collective in the near future. Eli also loves to bike, climb, hike, cook, eat, and laugh.

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Eli Phillips (he/him)
MINNEAPOLIS COORDINATOR

Hilary Burgin (she/her)
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Hilary joined Quaker Voluntary Service in January 2015 as the Boston Coordinator. In that role, she supported three cohorts of Fellows through the QVS program. In November 2018, she stepped into the Executive Director role. Hilary sees QVS as an integral component of the Quaker movement the world needs now, and is excited about continuing to build our community of support nationwide.

Hilary grew up in Acton Friends Meeting (MA), participating in the New England Yearly Meeting youth programs from elementary through high school. After graduating Oberlin College in 2010 she moved to Boston. In the years since she has worked on farms (mostly veggie CSAs), for environmental nonprofits, and at New England Yearly Meeting. Hilary attends Beacon Hill Friends Meeting, lives in Jamaica Plain, and wears a helmet when she bikes around Boston and beyond.

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Hilary Burgin (she/her)
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Kristina Keefe-Perry (she/her)
BOSTON COORDINATOR

Kristina Keefe-Perry is the mother of a third grader, a spouse, an avid bicyclist and hiker, and a member of Fresh Pond Monthly Meeting, New England Yearly Meeting. She grew up in Northern California where she co-coordinated the Service Learning program at Humboldt State and worked at the Academy for College Excellence. Kristina came to Friends in Pacific Yearly Meeting, has served as clerk of her monthly meeting, as co-clerk of the Teen program for College Park Quarter, on the FGC Traveling Ministries Program, and as a teacher of Quakerism at Pendle Hill.

With her spouse, Callid, she is the co-creator of Jewels of Quakerism and has facilitated Bible studies, offered public ministry, and led retreats throughout the US and Canada. She served as staff of the Young Adult Leadership Development (YALD) program in 2009.

Kristina was a member of the founding steering committee and Board of QVS. A graduate of Boston University School of Theology, Kristina carries a minute of release from Fresh Pond Monthly Meeting in support of a leading for the nurture and growth of accessible, teaching, open and affirming, Christian, Quaker experiences of worship and connection. She is currently being called to a multi-year vision establishing an innovative Friends church in the Boston area. She also works for The American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts (TABCOM) coordinating the Creation Care Ministries Program, using her skills in preaching, teaching, and networking to ground faithful engagement in environmental-justice and food-justice work.

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Kristina Keefe-Perry (she/her)
BOSTON COORDINATOR

Lee Anne McGaha (she/her)
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Lee Anne previously worked for QVS in a part time capacity, and is thrilled to rejoin QVS as Director of Operations. In her (long ago) college days, she devoted most of her extracurricular time to service projects, and has always had a volunteer spirit and desire to help make the world a better place. Lee Anne graduated from Trinity University with a degree in Economics and French, and spent the majority of her career at a large management consulting firm where she gained experience in organizational operations improvement. After a brief stint pursuing a graduate degree in cell biology, she ultimately decided to stay home with her young daughter for several years. QVS provided the perfect opportunity to re-enter the workforce and use her talents for good. In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with her amazing family, decorating cookies, and starting crocheting projects.

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Lee Anne McGaha (she/her)
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Melissa McLaughlin (she/her)
PHILADELPHIA COORDINATOR

Melissa recently completed a QVS Fellowship in the Philadelphia house, during which she worked at Bread & Roses Community Fund providing support for grassroots organizers and grantmaking administration. She is thrilled to serve as the coordinator for the Philadelphia house, continuing her long history of connection to Quaker communities in the region.

Her roots in Quakerism began at Radnor Monthly Meeting, where she found her spiritual connection through exploring the outdoors and studying liberation theology and radical readings of the Bible. After attending Quaker school, she graduated from Haverford College where she studied biology and ecology, with a focus on climate change science. It was at Haverford that she began to experiment with intentional community, living in a house centered on Quaker values. This experience propelled her towards QVS, where she could continue to learn intentional living, grow spiritually, and explore organizing happening in Philadelphia. Melissa loves canoeing, backpacking, traveling, and all things outdoorsy. When stuck inside, she enjoys listening to music, tending to houseplants, playing with animals, and learning instruments.

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Melissa McLaughlin (she/her)
PHILADELPHIA COORDINATOR

Mike Huber (he/him)
DIRECTOR OF PROGRAM

If Mike ever gains access to a time machine, he will set course for the 17th Century and follow Mary Fisher through the Ottoman Empire. Mike found his spiritual home with the Quakers at the age of 18. This came as a surprise to everyone (himself included). After earning a philosophy degree from Portland State University and a Master of Divinity from Princeton Seminary, Mike helped start West Hills Friends in Portland, OR. After 30 years of pastoral ministry, he’s excited to begin a new chapter of life with QVS. He has a magical daughter and a highly capable wife. His brilliant son died in 2014, which simply broke his heart in two. He believes in fresh donuts, a sense of wonder and the fearless pursuit of love; but the greatest of these is love.

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Mike Huber (he/him)
DIRECTOR OF PROGRAM

Rachael Carter (they/them/she/her)
ATLANTA COORDINATOR

Rachael Carter is a recent QVS Atlanta program alumnae, which was her primary introduction to Quaker practice. She is honored to be able to deepen her work with QVS and the Atlanta community as the Local Coordinator while continuing to stay connected with The Partnership for Southern Equity which is a racial equity organization in Atlanta.

Rachael came into interfaith work in her years in undergrad at Ursinus College studying Politics, Peace and Social Justice, International Relations and Africana, African American Studies.  Since then, Rachael has spent time researching ecotheology in the Black community and learning to understand its connections to other faith and spiritual practices.

Rachael is passionate about plants and the natural world, cooking as a healing practice and understanding various systems. She is interested in further exploring the intersection of religion, food, and employment and is hoping to continue this exploration with further study. She also enjoys biking, taking care of her many plants and listening to podcasts.
 
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Rachael Carter (they/them/she/her)
ATLANTA COORDINATOR

Rachel Logan-Wood (she/her)
PORTLAND COORDINATOR

Rachel Logan-Wood (or Woody and she likes to go by) grew up attending Community Friends Meeting in Cincinnati, OH. In her most formative, awkward teen years, she always felt like she fit in on the Quaker youth service trips through Ohio Valley Yearly Meeting. These volunteer trips were the first she was exposed to the intersection of Quaker spirituality and service. Woody then attended Earlham College, a Quaker College in Richmond, IN, and majored in Environmental Policy with a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. It was there and through the Quaker Fellows Scholarship Program at Earlham she began identifying as a non-theist Friend, rooting her Quakerism in the SPICES testimonies and living through them in her daily life. After college, she deepened her understanding of spirit-led service work as a QVS Fellow for the Portland 2017-2018 year and is now so excited to join the QVS staff to continue her work with QVS!

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Rachel Logan-Wood (she/her)
PORTLAND COORDINATOR

Zenaida Peterson (they/them)
DIRECTOR OF EQUITY AND EMPOWERMENT & RECRUITMENT COORDINATOR

Zenaida Peterson is a recent alum of the Quaker Voluntary Service program in the Boston house. They are a Black queer slam poet from Atlanta who graduated from Simmons College where they began social justice community organizing in and out of the classroom. While staying connected with their QVS site placement, VISIONS Inc., an anti oppression consulting company, Zenaida is pumped to recruit for QVS hoping to get perspective fellows excited for a year of both community and personal growth while in service.

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Zenaida Peterson (they/them)
DIRECTOR OF EQUITY AND EMPOWERMENT & RECRUITMENT COORDINATOR

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