Rev. Kristin Gill Stoneking Executive Director
As FOR moves into its 2nd century, Kristin brings diverse gifts in activism, strategic planning and moving organizations through change. Her experience in innovating and working side-by-side with youth and young adults have been critical assets.
Kristin’s leadership at FOR stems from a deep vocational calling as an ordained United Methodist minister to serve the cause of peace through nonviolence as a way of life. A former Fellow of Harvard’s Pluralism Project, Kristin holds degrees from Rice University, Northwestern University’s Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, and is at work on a Ph.D. in interreligious studies and nonviolence education at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. She has spoken and written broadly on multi-religious communities, faith development and formation, theories of social change, nonviolence and peacemaking.
Kristin came to FOR following a 14-year stint as executive director and pastor of the ecumenical campus ministry at the University of California, Davis. There she founded the Multifaith Living Community, a 1.2 million dollar development of 6 townhouses housing 42 university students from a number of faith backgrounds, now a recognized model of intentional living and peacemaking.
Other previous service includes organizing work on gang and gun violence, research and advocacy for immigrant rights, and coordination of a social justice network in the California-Nevada Conference of her denomination. Kristin is the recipient of numerous awards recognizing her visionary leadership and work to build peace through justice including the Bishop James C. Baker Award, the Francis Asbury Award for Excellence in Higher Education Ministry, UC Davis Chancellor’s Award for Diversity and Community, the Bishop Leontyne Kelly Award from the Methodist Federation for Social Action, the Campus Bridge Builder Award from the Interfaith Youth Core, and the Civil Rights Advocacy Award from the City of Davis, California.
She and her spouse, Elizabeth Campi, have two children and reside in Northern California. Kristin is the first of FOR’s executive directors to be based outside of New York. Find Kristin on Twitter @KStoneking.
Anthony Grimes Director of Campaigns & Strategy
Anthony Grimes is a writer, photographer/filmmaker, human rights activist, pastor and theologian.
As an adopted “nephew” and mentee of the late Dr. Vincent Harding, Anthony roots himself in the tradition of the black-led, prophetic, freedom movement, while building new democratic and artistic possibilities. He has inspired and led several initiatives, ministries, and organizations, including the Park Hill Parish, an initiative of Mile High Ministries, which built humanizing presence in a under-resourced neighborhood in Denver. Shortly after Mike Brown’s murder, he started the Denver Freedom Riders, who grew a grassroots organizing network of over 14,000 people during the Ferguson uprising and influenced the introduction of statewide legislation reform around Black Lives Matter.
The context of the city—its jazz and hip hop elements—shapes his view as an organic intellectual. His influence has spanned several sectors and countries, from Palestine to Latin America; yet, in all of his work, he brings a singular vision of redeeming and creating the soul of America.
Anthony was recognized by Colorado State University as a Distinguished First Generation Scholar before receiving his B.A. in Speech Communication and Ethnic Studies. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Denver Seminary, and was recognized by his staff and peers with two of the top honors of the school: The Raymond Mcglaughlin Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Preaching and The Carey S. Thomas Award for Excellence in Christian Leadership and Service.
For fun, Anthony enjoys playing with his two kids, basketball, music, reading, good times with friends, and traveling.
Ethan Vesely-Flad Director of National Organizing
Ethan became FOR’s director of national organizing in 2014 after serving as director of communications and editor of Fellowship magazine for nine years.
His current position at FOR networks grassroots supporters through FOR chapters, affiliates, and ally coalitions, building on his more than a quarter-century of experience in strengthening spiritually-rooted justice networks promoting anti-racism engagement, environmental justice, LGBTQ rights, and demilitarization. His commitments have taken him throughout the Americas, Southern Africa, the Middle East, and the Pacific Rim.
Before joining FOR’s team in 2005, Ethan served as editor of The Witness magazine, executive director of the Episcopal Church Publishing Company, and editor of GraceOnline; his writing has appeared in ColorLines, The Huffington Post, The Source, Episcopal Life, and other media. Ethan, a devotee of global football (soccer) and old hip-hop, moved in 2013 from his native New York to the “Land of the Sky”—beautiful Asheville, North Carolina—with his spouse Rima and their family. Find Ethan on Twitter @ethanvf.
Karen Murphy Director of Operations
Karen has a BA in Theology and Philosophy from the University of Scranton (Jesuit) and an MA in Theological Research: Christian Spirituality, from Andover Newton Theological School, the nation's oldest graduate theological school.
Karen’s first experience with FOR was through a Nonviolent Direct Action training at Riverside Church in 2003, which she attended with members of the New York Campaign for a Department of Peace. That training prompted her to pursue advanced training in Nonviolent Communication with Miki Kashtan through Bay NVC.
Prior to joining FOR, Karen was a senior level development officer in New York City and then a Community Director overseeing group homes for disabled persons in her home town of Brewster, NY. When not at FOR, Karen is building her retreat practice: KarenMarie Retreats: Spiritual Journeys with Our Faith Mothers, rooted in the wisdom of women who have formed the Christian tradition. Among Karen’s favorite peacebuilders is one from her own Catholic tradition who epitomizes radical nonviolence and radical justice through love: Dorothy Day.
Karen is an alumna of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps: Northwest (2009-2010 Missoula, MT) and has served in a variety of volunteer capacities for different organizations. She has been actively involved in all levels of campus and parish life and is currently a cantor and choir member in her parish. Karen’s absolute favorite pastime is spending time with her angelic nieces!
Meredith Krashes Nicolich Advancement Associate
Meredith was pleased to start working at FOR in 2011.
Her experience working for a number of international and local nonprofit organizations serves her well as she assists her colleagues at FOR's national Shadowcliff offices and beyond on an ever-growing variety of tasks.
Meredith has taught English as a second language in Chiangmai, Thailand; coordinated a job skills training program for youth in Westchester County, New York, and has studied at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, while working in the Office for the Advancement of Women at the Bahá’í International Community’s United Nations Office. She currently splits her working time between FOR and her local library, where she enjoys being an assistant children’s librarian.
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith Senior Organizer & Trainer
Susan comes to FOR after having served for 22 years as a pastor of a local church. Prior to becoming a pastor, she was a reporter for newspaper and radio.
As a pastor, Susan concentrated on teaching the connection between social justice and faith, and also used her talent as a musician and performer to lead the church’s choir to sing in Africa and also in local theater productions. She also founded and directed a summer arts camp for urban and homeless children, an endeavor in which she included a unique mixture of academics and artistic expression.
She most recently has worked with civil rights figure Ruby Sales in studying the phenomenon of extra-judicial murders of black people by law enforcement, and with the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference as their media consultant.
She is the author of five books, the most recent being The Book of Jeremiah: The Life and Ministry of Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. and is currently working on a biography of civil rights icon, the Rev. C.T. Vivian.
Nicole Taylor Development Associate
Nicole serves as the Fellowship of Reconciliation's primary support staff for development projects and data entry, facilitating the labor-intensive duties of inputting donations, handling donor inquiries, processing acknowledgement letters, and updating donors' mailing and email addresses.
Nicole was excited to join FOR's team in 2008 and is fortunate to be a part of an organization that continues the vision of educating and advocating peace in all nations.
Besides working with her FOR family, most of Nicole's time is spent with her family at home, which includes her husband and three children. Nicole enjoys keeping up with current events, fashion magazines, and the tranquility of the beach.
Len Yaniga On-site property manager
Len’s passions are the arts and craftsmanship with a particular interest in architecture. His eclectic resume includes the culinary arts, specializing as a baker and pastry chef, oil painting, ice sculpture, and theatrical set design and construction.
As the former owner/operator of Multicraft Home Improvement Contracting, Len brings a wealth of expertise to his role as onsite property manager of Shadowcliff, the historic estate that has served as FOR’s national headquarters for almost 60 years.
In addition to caring for FOR headquarters, Len is the sexton at Grace Episcopal Church in Nyack, NY where he improves the facility and contributes to the comfort of the beloved community.