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Rev. Mike Denton currently serves as conference minister for the Pacific Northwest Conference of the UCC. He was ordained in 1999 after graduating from Chicago Theological Seminary. He has been working in churches and religiously affiliated institutions for more than 30 years. His positions have included working as a street-based outreach worker for youth, a housing rights activist, a local pastor and an Association Co-Minister for the Chicago Metropolitan Association (CMA) of the Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ. He began his ministry in the Pacific Northwest Conference in January of 2008. He is married to Rev. Lauren Cannon, associate pastor of Keystone United Church of Christ in Seattle.

Sara Fitzgerald, treasurer, is retired following a career in journalism and public policy that included 15 years at The Washington Post as an editor and new media developer. She is the author of “Elly Peterson: ‘Mother’ of the Moderates,” a biography that was recently published by the University of Michigan Press. She helped found, and served as vice president, communications, of Funds For Learning, LLC, a consulting firm that specialized in the federal E-rate program and school technology funding. She also served as director of member services for the Interactive Services Association in the mid-1990s. She has written widely on such topics as online safety for children, Internet marketing and privacy, online taxation and Total Cost of Ownership of technology for K-12 schools. A longtime member of Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ in Arlington, VA,, she served as president of the board of directors of the United Church of Christ’s Central Atlantic Conference from 2007-09.

Sandra J. Gadsden previously served as the Assistant Metro Editor/St. Petersburg at the St. Petersburg Times. Ms. Gadsden has served on several academic and journalism convention panels and taught editing and design at the Multi-cultural Journalism Workshop at the University of South Carolina. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Society of Professional Journalists. Ms. Gadsden has also served on the Board of Directors of the Justice and Witness Ministries of the United Church of Christ.

Rev. Hyo-Jung Kim currently serves as pastor of Morsemere Community Church UCC in Ridgefield, NJ. Born in Seoul, Korea, and raised in Boston, MA, she is a graduate of Boston College and Yale Divinity School where she studied theology and religion. She also has a master’s in education, which focused on human development and psychology with an emphasis on cultural identity formation and adolescent psychology, from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Commissioned by the Common Global Ministries Board of the UCC and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the USA and Canada, she served with the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea, a partner church (1993-1999), in the General Assembly Office. For seven years, she lived in Dublin, Ireland and worked as Communications Officer at the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin, responsible for general communications and marketing, digital media and events management. She served as a member of the UCC’s Executive Council (2009-2013), the Board of Directors of the Central Atlantic Conference (2010-2016)), and has been a member of the UCC's Pacific Islander Asian American Ministries (PAAM). She is currently a member of the UCC’s New Jersey Association Council.

Marti Pascale Weston is retired after a longtime teaching career at schools in the Washington and Chicago area. In 2015, she was recognized as an Outstanding Educator by the International Society of Technology Educators (ISTE). Currently, she maintains two blogs, “Media! Tech! Parenting!: Timely Topics on Teaching & Parenting Digital Learners,” and “As Our Parents Age: Timely Topics for Adult Children.” The daughter of a UCC clergyman, she is currently a member of Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ in Arlington, VA.

Earl Williams, Esq., chair, is a graduate of the Cleveland State University, Cleveland Marshall School of Law and Ohio University Scripps School of Communication. Mr. Williams served as a legal intern with Citizens Communication Center, Washington D.C. and as an undergraduate intern at WGN Radio Television, Chicago. Ill. He is a member of the Ohio Bar. He has served as an Assistant County Public Defender and Assistant County Prosecutor. He currently serves as a city council member of the City of Shaker Heights. Married with three children, he is a member of Euclid Avenue Congregational Church UCC, Cleveland, Ohio.

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