Mark A. Hicks, Ed.D.

Director of the Fahs Collaborative

Phone: (312) 546-6479  


Joy Berry, M.A.

Assistant Director of the Fahs Collaborative  



Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen

Beloved Conversations Program Director 



Faysha Crosbie

Academic Services Assistant
Phone: (312) 455-9221  



JeKaren Olaoya

JeKaren Olaoya is the Beloved Conversations Communications Coordinator. She is a life-long UU and Georgia native who started her service in the UU community as a nursery caregiver, then moved on to other positions as Director of Religious Education and Congregational Administrator. She holds a Masters in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from Arizona State University and is an MDiv student at Starr King School for the Ministry. JeKaren lives in Winter Park, FL with her schnauzer mix, Maysee Moon. 

Sarah Osborne

Sarah Osborne is the ministerial intern for Beloved Conversations and an MDiv student at Meadville Lombard Theological School. Sarah comes to us with over 10 years of lifespan faith formation experience as a Director of Religious Education for Neshoba UU Church in Cordova, TN. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education and was a public-school teacher in a former life. She has a passion for creating meaningful rites of passage, facilitating small group ministry, and collaboratively leading retreats and workshops. Sarah is deeply committed to the vision of an anti-racist, multicultural, multigenerational, transformational Unitarian Universalist faith.

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 graduate of Meadville Lombard and a candidate for Unitarian Universalist ministry. 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.

Elaine Beth Peresluha

Rev. Dr. Elaine Beth Peresluha is an Accredited Interim Minister and a graduate of Harvard Divinity School. Her Ph.D. in Social Science was earned through the Taos Institute and the University of Tilburg in the Netherlands expanding and integrating her life long interest in right relationship, collaborative leadership styles, and social change. Her passion is inspiring social change through anti-oppression, anti-racism. By bringing diverse groups of people together for personal growth, discovery and creative engagement she works for personal and communal transformation.

Chip Roush, Buchanan, Michigan

Rev. Chip Roush is energized by helping people take their next steps along the journey toward real racial equity. A graduate of Meadville Lombard (’05), he serves the First Unitarian Church of South Bend, Indiana, where he is also the Membership Chair of the local NAACP branch. Chip is a co-editor of The Arc of the Universe is Long: Unitarian Universalists, Anti-Racism, and the Journey from Calgary. He began working as a Retreat Leader in 2017. Chip lives with his wife, Becky, in Buchanan, Michigan.

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.

Jack Slowriver, Bellevue, Washington

Jack Slowriver is a white, non-binary UU who has engages in anti-racism work as a lay leader at East Shore Unitarian Church in Bellevue, WA, and in their professional work as a community health clinic administrator. Jack previously worked for Planned Parenthood and did extensive equity work that served to launch gender affirming hormone care throughout a four-state region. Jack is also involved in non-violent communication and restorative practice work.

Jenice L. View, Washington, DC

Jenice View is a lifelong member of All Souls Church Unitarian, Washington, DC. Over the years, she has been active in most areas of congregational life, serving as president of the board of trustees and serving on countless committees within the congregation, including the creation of multicultural-multiracial rituals and practices. Her core passion as a community-based educator led her to be an executive director of a national environmental justice and labor organization from 2000-2005. She presently works as a tenured professor of education, proving professional development to graduate students, classroom teachers, and community activists across the nation.