Staff and Committee Members

Committee

Craig Dylan Wyatt, MSW (Co-Chair)

Craig Dylan is a 16 year member of the All Souls Church Unitarian community, within that time Craig Dylan has worn a thousand different hats. Craig Dylan chaired the Membership and Welcoming Committee, co-chaired the Social Justice Ministry, chaired the Weekend on the Bay Planning Committee, represented the congregation as a board member of the UUs for Social Justice for the Capital Region, and as a delegate at various UUA General Assemblies. Craig Dylan was on the Ministerial Search Committee that called Rev. Dr. Susan Newman Moore as Associate Minister, and has been proud to co-chair the Beckner Advancement Fund Committee with Taquiena Boston this past year. Outside of the church community, Craig Dylan advocates for many progressive social justice issues, appreciates the arts in all their various forms, and works at the Natural Resources Defense Council on public land and wildlife issues. Craig Dylan’s hobby is to see all the Oscar nominated films in all of the 24 televised categories each year. Craig Dylan’s favorite movie is The Color Purple. Craig Dylan’s favorite color is the color green. In addition to being Gay, Craig Dylan identifies as gender non-binary and uses the pronouns he/him or ze/zim and goes by “Craig” or “Craig Dylan” or “Dylan”.

Karen King (Co-Chair)

Karen D. King, Ph.D., is Program Director at the National Science Foundation in the Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings in the Education and Human Resources Directorate. She just completed a two-year term as the Lead Program Director of the Education and Human Research Core Research program (~$80M/year) and the Indicators of Successful K-12 STEM Education initiative (~$4M/year). She serves as Executive Secretary for the National Science Board’s Committee on Strategy. She previously served as Director of Research for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the largest professional association of mathematics teachers in the world, serving the US and Canada as well as a faculty member at New York University (Department of Teaching and Learning), Michigan State University (Department of Mathematics) and San Diego State University (Departments of Teacher Education and Mathematics). She has been the principal investigator or co-principal investigator of National Science Foundation funded grants totaling over $2,000,000 and co-edited book titled Disrupting Tradition: Research and Practice Pathways in Mathematics Education with William Tate, IV and Celia Rousseau Anderson. She also served as part of the writing team for the revision of The Mathematical Education of Teachers, which describes the mathematics teachers need to know and be able to do to be successful in light of the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics.

King has served as associate editor of the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education and was a member of the RAND Mathematics Study Panel, which made recommendations to the U.S. Department of Education about future research funding in mathematics education. She received a Ph.D. in 1997 at the University of Maryland, where she conducted research on mathematics teacher thinking. She currently serves on several committees focusing on research in mathematics education and teacher education with national organizations.

Taquiena Boston

Taquiena Boston is entering her third year as a member of the Beckner Advancement Fund Committee and was co-chair with Craig Dylan Wyatt for congregational year 2017-2018. Taquiena was appointed Special Advisor to the President on Institutional Inclusion, Equity and Change for the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) in November 2017. She also serves as Director for Multicultural Growth and Witness and as a member of the UUA Leadership Council.

In addition to the above, Taquiena has served the UUA as Director of Identity-Based Ministries, Anti-Racism Power Analysis (Jubilee) Trainer with Faith in Action, and President’s Liaison to the Journey Toward Wholeness Transformation Committee. Other professional experience includes public relations and fundraising for Children’s National Medical Center, Alliance to Save Energy, and Florence Crittenton Services of Greater Washington.

Taquiena was born in Washington, DC where she still resides. She is a graduate of Howard University, the University of Michigan/Ann Arbor, and the Georgetown University Continuing Education Organizational Development Program. She is a 30+ year member of All Souls Church and also supports The Sanctuaries DC as an Advisory Board for The Sanctuaries DC. Sanctuaries DC is a multiracial, multicultural, multi-faith spiritual community that uses the arts to advance social change and justice.

Personal interests include food (from shopping to cooking to dining), dance, Afro-Cuban jazz, cultural history, the arts, film, and travel. Her spiritual practices include daily journaling and meditation.

Marleise Pastore

Marleise grew up on the Hudson River in a small hamlet outside Kingston, NY. She has reside in Eugene, Oregon, Long Island, Westchester County, NYC and Washington, DC. but her favorite place is Sedona, AZ.

Marleise currently lives with her husband, Jim, in North Bethesda, Maryland. She completed a BA in Accounting in 1979 and an MA in Health Advocacy in 2008. Between those two degrees, for 20 years, she had a successful corporate career in financial services as Director of Human resources. She was best known for my success in: Integrating companies and corporate cultures; Creating strong relationships at all levels of an organization; and Managing conflict and complex corporate dynamics.

Along the way, things happened that led to her profoundly changing direction. Marleise served as a caregiver to her former husband who died from Lou Gehrig’s disease, a patient advocate for a co-worker with a rare blood disease, and a hospice volunteer for 15-hours a week for two years. These experiences, along with her desire to do more with my days than assist wealthy individuals become even wealthier, inspired her big career change. She found a way to apply my corporate business skills to programs and services that improve the lives of older adults. Her day job, since 2001, has been Business Operations Manager for AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE). She keep things running so that LCE’s amazing attorneys can provide free legal services for low-income elderly folks in the District of Columbia.

William “Bill” Rice

Bill Rice is a Native Washingtonian with roots in Birmingham, Alabama. He currently resides in Brookland (DC) with his wife Shebbie and their four kids: David, Alexis, and Rahima. Bill is a retired University of the District of Columbia math teacher where he taught for 45 years and still teaches 1-2 courses each semester. Bill was raised in the Methodist Church and joined All Souls in 1982. As a member of All Souls he has served in various positions including: serving as a High School RE teacher for 15 years, a member of the Ministerial Search Committee from 2000-2001, a member of the Ministerial Intern Committees Think Tank (2017-2018), working with Dr. Rebecca Parker to develop Prospectus for All Souls Adult Spirituality, serving as a Program Moderator of the Ethical Dialogue (weekly humanist forum during 1980’s and 1990’s), and teaching Adult Education Classes including: UU Theology; Spiritual Practices; Paradise Spirituality, a Adult Education Leader: Roots and Wings; Building Your Own Theology; The Haunting Church; The Bible Workbench Worship Associate. Bill has also served as a Hiroshima Drawings Docent, a member of the Committee on Ministry, and the Board of Trustees. Bill’s other interests and activities include baseball (he served as a High School Second Baseman), doing Tai Kwon Do and playing the violin.

Claire Smither Wulsin

Claire Smither Wulsin lives in Petworth with her husband (Stu), their 14-month old son (Wally), and their two rescue dogs (Olive & Copper). By day, Claire is a Senior Policy Analyst at Mathematica Policy Research in Noma where she focuses on education, nutrition, and child welfare policy and program evaluation. By evening, she loves reading contemporary fiction, going on hikes in Rock Creek Park, and sitting on her porch swing. Claire is originally from Louisville, Kentucky where she and her family discovered Unitarianism when she was in high school. She was an economics major at the University of Notre Dame and has her Masters in Public Policy from Georgetown University. Claire has been a member of All Souls since she moved to DC in 2008. In 2010, she met Stu while volunteering at Habitat for Humanity through the All Souls Housing Fund, and Rob married them a year later.

Alan Abramson

Alan J. Abramson is a Professor in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University, and Founding Director of the Schar School’s Center for Nonprofit Management, Philanthropy, and Policy. Alan is also currently a Senior Fellow at the Aspen Institute. In these several positions, he teaches, conducts research, and works with leaders on a broad range of nonprofit issues. For more than a decade, Alan directed the Aspen Institute’s nonprofit program, overseeing the Nonprofit Sector Research Fund and other initiatives that helped to build the nonprofit research field in the U.S., strengthen nonprofit and foundation leaders, and deepen the understanding of policymakers about nonprofit activities. Before joining the Aspen Institute, Alan Abramson was on the research staff of the Urban Institute, where he worked on a variety of domestic public policy issues.

Alan is the author and co-author of numerous books and articles, and his work has twice won awards from the American Political Science Association. Alan is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and has also been named among the 50 most influential leaders in the U.S. nonprofit sector. He recently served as President of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), the nation’s leading association of university-based and other nonprofit researchers.

Knowledgeable about a broad range of nonprofit issues, Alan’s major, current interests are: public policy toward the nonprofit sector; nonprofit advocacy; and the emerging fourth sector of hybrid, double-bottom-line, social enterprise organizations. Alan Abramson received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale University and his B.A. from Wesleyan University. In 2018-2019, Alan is on study leave from George Mason University focusing on several research projects. During his leave, he is working part-time as a Visiting Scholar with the organization Independent Sector to develop an index of the health of the nonprofit sector.

Alan, his husband Alex Wilson, and their son Ben live in Washington, DC’s U Street neighborhood. They joined All Souls Church in 2002, and Alan and Alex were married at All Souls on 10/10/10 (so they would remember the date). Alan is an avid sports fan, who roots like heck for the Washington Nationals and Capitals. He is suffering a bit this summer with the Nats’ declining fortunes, but has not yet given up hope for the playoffs.

Monica Evans

Monica Evans Antonio is has lived in Upper Montgomery County, MD for over seven years. She was born and raised in Detroit, MI, and lived for over a year in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. She attended Michigan State University for undergrad, teacher certification, and a doctorate program. Monica also received a graduate degree from Wayne State University.

Monica has been a member of All Souls Church for just over one year, but has attended on and off for a number of years. In addition to the Beckner Committee, she serves as a choir member and lay leader at the monthly Vespers service, and has volunteered with the All Souls ESL program. She has also participated in national Black Lives of UU gatherings and a General Assembly.

Monica work for the U.S. Department of Labor, and previously worked for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She currently leads national workforce development grant programs and manage a number of federal contracts. She previously worked as a teacher, teacher educator, college instructor, researcher, and librarian. She is also building a business and professional development consulting company, and starting a real estate and hospitality development company with her partner.

When she is not working or with my family, she enjoys running, hiking, yoga, learning how to play guitar, writing, cooking, and practicing languages. One of her life goals is to be conversant in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and French. Monica is also a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, a Black women’s organization that will celebrate its centennial in 2020. Monica engages in lots of community service activities as part of ZPB.

Anna Hargrave

Anna Hargrave joined The Community Foundation staff in February, 2006. Through her previous experience at the Office of the Montgomery County Executive, Montgomery Youth Works, and the Jewish Social Service Agency, Anna came to the Foundation well-versed in program management, community outreach, and project development. She recently completed her service on the Board of Directors for Leadership Montgomery, an organization which brings together current and emerging leaders interested in making Montgomery County a better place to live and work.

A graduate of Kenyon College, Anna earned her BA in Spanish Area Studies and Drama. Since joining The Community Foundation team, she has worn many hats. She spearheaded planning for the annual Celebration of Giving event as well as numerous learning and networking opportunities for donors, including the creation of the Foundation’s Taste of Philanthropy series in Montgomery County, which enables donors and philanthropic friends to connect with each other, learn about the community, and share their own ideas for making a deeper impact. She has also led the Sharing Montgomery grant process, which engages donors in vetting 50+ high-impact organizations serving the County’s low-income neighbors. Most importantly, Anna has worked 1:1 with hundreds of Montgomery County donors to provide them with the tools, resources, and support needed for them to give to all the causes they care about deeply, here and around the world.

Staff

Jalisa Whitley, Program Officer for the Beckner Advancement Fund

Jalisa Whitley is the Founder and Principal Consultant of Unbound Impact, a boutique consulting agency that helps nonprofits and philanthropic entities create spaces, processes and programs that advance equity and amplify their impact. Ms. Whitley has been active in the nonprofit community as a professional, volunteer, and board member for 10 years. Her work has included large, small and volunteer-run nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies in a wide array of mission areas including education, human services, and health. These organizations have included but are not limited to the National Institutes of Health, the Greater Washington Community Foundation, the National Collaborative for Health Equity, and the United Way of the National Capital Area. Jalisa is passionate about connecting communities to opportunities to elevate their impact, co-create solutions, and implement sustainable change through strategic philanthropic investments and data-driven programmatic initiatives.

A native of Geneva, New York, Jalisa received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology and Public Policy from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a Masters of Public Policy in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the University of Maryland, College Park. Jalisa’s personal interests include travel singing, live music, going to the theatre, and reading.

Rev. Rob Keithan

Rev. Rob Keithan is the half-time Minister for Social Justice Ministry at All Souls, meaning that he supports the church’s many issue groups and works to bring effectiveness and spiritual depth to the social justice ministry overall. In his other consulting, Rob is focused on long-term culture change related to abortion and reproductive health in ways that engage the complex issues related to religion, morality, and race. He also trains facilitators to lead the junior high and high school portions of the Our Whole Lives comprehensive sexuality education curriculum. Rob recently worked as a consultant on faith engagement with the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and Director of Public Policy at the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. He lives with his wife and their two daughters in Washington, DC.

Rob grew up in the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where his parents are still active. Thanks to his local youth group and regional youth conferences, Rob developed a passionate commitment to Unitarian Universalism in high school. He had several UU-related internships during his undergraduate years at American University and was actively involved in young adult and campus ministry. After completing a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Studies, Rob joined the staff of the Unitarian Universalist Association Washington Office in 1999. He served as Director of the office from 2002 to 2010. As Director, Rob was responsible for representing the Association’s social justice positions to Congress and the Administration, most often in coalition with other religious and secular groups. Rob holds a Masters of Divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, and did his intern ministry at the First Unitarian Church of Portland, OR. He was ordained at All Souls Church Unitarian in Washington, DC, in 2012.

At All Souls, Rob has helped to facilitate a men’s covenant group, design and co-lead a small group ministry for young couples, and teach sexuality education for youth. He started as a social justice ministry consultant with All Souls in May 2016 and joined the staff as Minister of Social Justice in August 2017.