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Mark A. Hicks, Ed.D.

Director of the Fahs Collaborative
mhicks@meadville.edu

Phone: (312) 546-6479  

 

Joy Berry, M.A.

Assistant Director of the Fahs Collaborative
wrought.faith@meadville.edu  

 

 

Faysha Crosbie

Academic Services Assistant
fcrosbie@meadville.edu
Phone: (312) 455-9221  

 

Rev. Ashley Horan

Beloved Conversations Curriculum Developer
BCCurriculum@meadville.edu

 

 

Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen

Beloved Conversations Congregational Coordinator  
BelovedConversations@meadville.edu 

 

 

Bobbie Poole, Ph.D.

Educator in Residence for the MacLean Religious Education Special Collection
bobbiepoole@comcast.net

 

 

Beloved Conversations Retreat Leaders

Rhonda Brown, Bellevue Washington

Rhonda Brown comes to the Beloved Conversations team with over 20 years of experience in human resource development in large, multi-national corporations. As a certified business and life coach, she brings insights about how people learn and adapt to new and changing conditions around them. Rhonda first came to Beloved Conversations as a facilitator, hosting the curriculum three times, which, she believes, forever changed her congregation’s level of awareness of how race shapes congregational life. She and her husband are active lay leaders of East Shore Unitarian Church in Bellevue, Washington. Rhonda currently serves as chair of the People of Color Caucus, the Racial Justice team, and a member of the Ministerial Search Committee.

Julica Hermann de la Fuente, Williamston, Michigan

Julica Hermann de la Fuente is a candidate for Unitarian Universalist ministry at Meadville Lombard Theological School. She is passionate about helping Unitarian Universalists become more effective in their anti-racism efforts. Born and raised in Mexico City, her commitment to this work began when she first immigrated to the United States in 1994 to attend college. Julica brings two decades of experience as a social justice educator and trainer to her work as a Retreat Leader and coach. She holds a Master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan, Master of Arts in Leadership Studies from Meadville Lombard, and is also certified as a master life coach. Julica and her husband Michael are raising two fierce little girls in Williamston, Michigan. 

Kierstin Homblette Allen, Denver, Colorado

Kierstin Homblette Allen grew up at the First Unitarian Church of Orlando and has been a member of Unitarian Universalist communities in Pittsburgh, Washington DC, New York City, and Denver. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary, and is currently serving as a community minister at the Delores Project, a homeless shelter in Denver for women and transgender folks. Kierstin previously served as the Beloved Community Coordinator for 10 Unitarian Universalist congregations on the Front Range of Colorado, facilitating their collaboration with each other and with community partners on issues of immigration, LGBTQ awareness, and racial justice. She began her anti-racism journey in college as a student organizer with the United States Student Association and as a young adult member of Groundwork, a Unitarian Universalist Grassroots Anti-Oppression Training and Organizing Collective. She lives in Denver with her wife and sweet pup, loves reading, swimming, knitting, and ice cream!

Linda Russell, Walnut Creek, California

Linda Russell loves to help people navigate the “messy places” of our spiritual lives as well as encouraging herself and others to lean into their own process of growth. She is a member of Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church in Walnut Creek, California, where she is chair of the Worship Associate Ministry. She fell in love with the Beloved Conversations curriculum, first participating, then facilitating, and now serving other congregations as a Retreat Leader. Linda works as a medical social worker at a public health hospital in Oncology and Palliative Care. Linda believes that Beloved Conversations informs and enhances her ability to be present for sensitive and necessary conversations associated with healthy living.

Jenice L. View, Washington, D.C.

Jenice View is a life-long member of All Souls Church Unitarian, Washington, DC, and has served as immediate past president of the board of trustees. Over the years, she has been active in most areas of congregational life, serving on countless committees within the congregation, including the creation of multicultural-multiracial rituals and practices.  Her core passion as a community-based educator has led her to be an executive director of a national environmental justice and labor organization.  She presently works as a tenured professor of education, proving professional development to graduate students across the nation.