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Team

Anti Racism Committee member

Emilie Boggis

Emilie is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister. She serves as a minister of the Beacon UU Congregation in Summit on the Lead Ministry Team and is a member of the Summit Interfaith Council. Emilie is a Dialogue Circles on Race facilitato

Anti Racism Committee member

Marcia Bloomberg

Marcia is a community organizer who designs and leads justice-centered events for the Summit interfaith community. Marcia also co-chairs the Religious Justice Committee for SOMA Action (South Orange/Maplewood Action), where she organizes actions to fight anti-Semitism and Islamophobia and to advocate for the religious rights of all people. Marcia is a member of Congregation Beth Hatikvah and a Dialogue Circles on Race facilitator.

Anti Racism Committee member

The Rev. Carrie Cabush

Carrie is the Assistant Priest at Calvary Episcopal Church in Summit with a particular focus on youth and outreach ministries. She also holds an LCSW and has experience providing trauma-informed therapy to children, teens, and adults. Carrie is a member of the Summit Interfaith Council.

Anti Racism Committee member

Dr. Claudia Cohen

Claudia is a scholar-practitioner with a passion for intergroup dialogue and constructive conflict resolution. For the last decade, she has worked to grow ARC’s Dialogue Circles on Race program, which provides a space for interracial dialogue and learning about the true history of race and racism in America. Claudia has also been deeply involved in the Social Justice mission of the Beacon UU Congregation in Summit. She is a Dialogue Circles on Race facilitator. 

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Katia Segre Cohen

Katia has been a member of Congregation Beth Hatikvah for 25-plus years and has served on the Board for 18 years including as President.  She is currently the Chair of the Anti-Racism Project at Beth Hatikvah. She is a demographer and works for a small demographics company in New Jersey.

Anti Racism Committee member

Rabbi Avi Friedman

Avi has been a Rabbi at Congregation Ohr Shalom, formerly the Summit Jewish Community Center, since 2005. Prior, Rabbi Friedman served as Assistant Rabbi at Ahavath Achim Congregation in Atlanta, Georgia, and as Senior Rabbi at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Summit Interfaith Council.

Anti Racism Committee member

Dave Graepel

Dave is a volunteer active in refugee assistance and teaches ESL at The Connection in Summit. Dave spent most of his professional life as a labor negotiator for Bell Labs, Lucent and Avaya and is  happily retired. He is a member of Christ Church in Summit and a Dialogue Circles on Race facilitator.

Anti Racism Committee member

Aretha Johnson

Aretha is a successful leader in the technology/innovation industry, focusing on customer and employee experience. Through data analysis, Aretha designs strategic business and product plans. Aretha believes in accessibility and advocacy because “Better Matters for Everyone.” She is a Dialogue Circles on Race facilitator.

Anti Racism Committee member

The Rev. Dr. Kirk A. Johnson

Kirk is the Senior Pastor of Christ Congregation (UCC) in Princeton, New Jersey, and an Assistant Professor of Justice Studies and Medical Humanities at Montclair State University. He serves on the Atlantic Health Systems Bioethics Committee and is a co-host of the “Bioethics in the Margins” podcast. He is the author of Medical Stigmata: Race, Medicine, and the Pursuit of Theological Liberation and The Anti-Racism Resource Guide Volume One: Supporting Black Businesses and Economics. 

Anti Racism Committee member

Janet Maulbeck

Janet is the Executive Director of Interweave, a Summit-based interfaith and inter-spiritual learning organization centered on integrated spirituality for daily living. Janet has over 35 years of community building and deep roots in the Summit community. She served on the Summit Board of Education from 1997-2003 and worked as the Director of Community Development at the Summit Area YMCA. She is a trustee of the Alliance for Latino Empowerment, a nonprofit that supports Hispanic students, and a member of the Summit Interfaith Council.

Anti Racism Committee member

Rev. Dr. Gladys G. Moore

Gladys is a retired pastor, having served 38 years in various settings, the last of which was her call as Senior Pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Summit. Prior to her time at St. John’s, Gladys was the Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life and Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Mount Holyoke College. She has been the pastor of congregations in Jersey City and Newark and was an Assistant to the Bishop of the New Jersey Synod, ELCA, for 16 years. Gladys is passionate about her anti-racism work as a facilitator, trainer, and consultant, especially as it relates to faith communities and nonprofit organizations. She is a Dialogue Circles on Race facilitator.

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Steve Neiman

Steve is a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Summit, where he heads its anti-racism committee. Steve has been active in issues of structural racism and systemic inequality since his college days, when he advocated that his university divest its investments in South Africa to protest apartheid.

Anti Racism Committee member

Rev. Donald J. Steele

Donald is the Senior Pastor at Central Presbyterian Church in Summit. Rev. Steele is enthusiastic about the potential for combining old and new methods to equip and invigorate a congregation, including using technology and creative scheduling to overcome barriers to participation. He is a member of the Summit Interfaith Council.

Anti Racism Committee member

Rev. Vernon Williams

Vernon is the Assistant to the Pastor at Fountain Baptist Church in Summit and a member of the Summit Interfaith Council. He is a former Mechanical Engineer for Anheuser-Busch Inc. Vernon is a Dialogue Circles on Race facilitator.

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