Board of Advisors
The role of the Earlham School of Religion Board of Advisors is to serve as a channel of communication, in both directions, between ESR and the wider world of Friends.
The Dean of the Earlham School of Religion seeks the advice and assistance of the Board of Advisors on matters relating to mission, program design, faculty searches, fundraising, student recruitment, placement and other matters.
A 2009 graduate of ESR’s Master of Divinity program, Micah has been active in church planting, writing, and network building among Friends. He now serves as a bivocational pastor with Berkeley Friends Church, while also working as a software engineer. Micah lives with his wife and three small children in Oakland, California. Explore his ministry and writing at www.micahbales.com.
After graduating from Earlham College in 1969, Ellie Bane attended the University of Southern California and received a master’s in physical education. She taught high school P.E. and U.S. government for five years, and then was employed by Rio Hondo Community College in Whittier, California, for 35 years. She taught physical education courses in health and fitness and coached the women’s tennis team. For the last twenty years at Rio Hondo, she served as the dean of the Physical Education and Health Science Department and was the athletic director.
Chris grew up as a pastoral Friend in Whittier, CA (FUM). She is a member of Bridge City Friends Meeting (North Pacific Yearly Meeting), an active member among unprogrammed Friends in Portland, OR. She has clerked both monthly meetings and served on pastoral care and children’s program committees over decades at monthly, quarterly, and YM levels. She attended the Fifth World Conf. of Friends in Honduras, leading to FWCC representation locally and internationally. Participation among the evangelical and liberal Friends in the Pacific Northwest (FWCC, Pacific Northwest Quaker Women’s Theology Conferences, Convergent Friends) knits her varied Quaker experiences together.
He served as a physician for three years with Friends Lugulo Hospital in Kenya followed by a year at Earlham School of Religion. He has been member of Lancaster (PA) Friends Meeting in PhYM since 1995. Tom serves on the board of Right Sharing of World Resources and is the author of five Pendle Hill Pamphlets as well as Opening the Scriptures by Quaker Press. Over the years Tom has participated in Spiritual Formation, School of the Spirit, Way of Ministry, and Nurturing Faithfulness programs. He recently retired after 42 years as a family physician and family medicine educator.
Adria is a lawyer, mediator, teacher, mother and Young Adult Friend. For the last few years, she has carried a concern for how Friends’ traditional faith and practice translate into an increasingly unstable, atomized and uncertain world. In her ministry activities and in her daily life, Adria is passionate about inviting all into deeper relationship with the Spirit of Christ, which spoke so strongly to early Friends and continues to speak today. She is a member of Chatham-Summit Monthly Meeting (New York Yearly Meeting) and the Friends of Jesus Fellowship. Adria’s blog, In the Shadow of Babylon, can be found at shadowofbabylon.com.
Grew up in New Castle and recently retired after serving as Professor of History after 36 years at Earlham College. He is currently serving as Quaker Scholar in Residence. Tom has written five books on Quaker History and has edited a collection of Quaker writings published by Penguin Classics. He served for 14 years on the Pendle Hill board and is a member of the New Association of Friends.
Anne M. Houtman, a distinguished educator, scientist, author, and higher education leader, became the 20th president of Earlham College and the Earlham School of Religion in July 2019.
Pam Kuhn started her Quaker life at Germantown Meeting in Philadelphia when she was two years old. She spent her youth surrounded by Friends while attending Germantown Friends School (K-12) and Swarthmore College. As an adult she moved to the Chicago suburbs and was a stay-at-home mother for two boys. She is a member of Lake Forest (IL) Friends Meeting, part of Illinois Yearly Meeting, and has spent much of her free time serving both. In 2019, she completed an MA degree at Earlham School of Religion, specializing in nineteenth century Hicksite Friends. Steve Angell once said of her, “If you want to see Pam Kuhn come alive, ask her about her monthly or yearly meeting.”
Pam and her husband, David, are currently dividing their time between western North Carolina and northeastern Illinois. Their younger son is an Earlham College alumnus.
Emma Condori Mamani
Born into an indigenous Aymara family in the highlands of Bolivia, Emma Condori Mamani witnessed her parents and siblings become convinced Friends until she too became convinced at age 14 while working in La Paz. A member of Santidad Amigos (Holiness Friends) Yearly Meeting, she has been particularly involved in education, Friends’ religious education, and evangelical work. Emma is a 2013 Graduate of the Earlham School of Religion. She frequently travels in ministry around the world and is currently the director of the Friends International Bilingual Center in La Paz, Bolivia.
John Muhanji is FUM’s African Ministries Director, working from the Africa Ministries Office in Kisumu, Kenya. He oversees member relationships, mission mobilization, fundraising initiatives, and policies and works to shepherd the overall vision of Africa Ministries. John also represents FUM on the board of Friends Theological College. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from George Fox University and a Master of Divinity from the Earlham School of Religion. John is also a farmer of corn, beans, chickens, turkeys, and Guinea fowl. He organizes annual sporting activities in his home community for the youth.
Eric Mayer is currently the head of Lansdowne Friends school in Pennsylvania. Eric grew up in Baltimore Yearly Meeting and he is a 1994 graduate of the Earlham School of Religion. In 2022, he completed a nine years as Head of School at St. Stephen’s School in Rome, Italy. Prior to St. Stephens, Eric served Westtown School for 20 years as a teacher, chair of the Religion Department, and Upper School Head. A former Westtown colleague remembers him as a beloved teacher and a leader who brought respect, deep listening, and “design thinking” to his collaboration with other educators.
Alicia McBride spent more than a decade leading the communications team at the Friends Committee on National Legislation before taking on her current role as the director for integrated strategy and impact. In that capacity, she works across the organization to improve cross-team strategy and FCNL’s facility in assessing and communicating about its effectiveness. She is a member of Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting, where she has served on committees related to family engagement and religious education, most recently as clerk of the Marriage and Family Relations Committee. She lives in Takoma Park, Maryland, with her husband Sam Garman, and children Miranda and Howard. In addition to the ESR Board of Advisers, she serves on the board of Friends Community School in College Park, Maryland. She enjoys reading, cooking, doing crossword puzzles and making systems work better.
Diane Randall served as the General Secretary of the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) from 2011-2021. Diane is a convinced Friend, and a member of Hartford Monthly Meeting, New England Yearly Meeting. Diane graduated from the University of Nebraska with a B.S in Education. Diane began her career as a high school English teacher and started working for peace in 1983 as the executive director of the Omaha Nuclear Freeze Campaign. Diane relocated to Connecticut in 1986 where she directed the state Network to Abolish the Death Penalty and worked for the Office of Urban Affairs of the Archdiocese of Hartford, launching a 20-year career lobbying the state legislature. During that time, she became the first executive director of the Connecticut AIDS Residence Coalition.
Because of her experience as a counselor in a Quaker Camp in Indiana, Marty Smith became a Quaker as a teenager. After marriage and completing college, the Smiths joined the Peace Corps in Kenya. Back home in Ohio, she finished her master’s at Ohio State and then moved with her family to New Jersey to teach Middle School math and science at Moorestown Friends School. In 1985 the Smiths joined Moorestown Meeting, where Marty twice clerked the Meeting, taught FDS, led high school youth, facilitated Quaker parenting classes, and clerked Religious Education and Pastoral Care committees. In her professional life, Marty was a classroom teacher, teacher educator and religious educator. Following retirement in 2012, the Smiths became sojourning members of Honolulu Friends where they were resident Friends. There Marty was clerk of the RE Committee, taught Quaker parenting, and helped create a Child abuse prevention policy. Recently Marty was a traveling minister for FWCC in Arizona Half Yearly Meeting and Wilmington Yearly Meeting.
Friend, member of Evanston Meeting, Illinois Yearly Meeting, Friends General Conference. He started attending Lake Forest Friends Meeting in 1993 and joined in 1996. He was clerk of Lake Forest Friends and several times clerk of Illinois Yearly meeting. He became involved with Friends World Committee for Consultation in 2001. He served as clerk, Section of the Americas, 2019 to 2023 and is still serving on the Executive Committee. Academically: BA Temple University in Philosophy, PhD California Miramar University in Philosophy, Career: Professor of Philosophy at Shimer College (1977-2017), and volunteer work with underserved communities and individuals, 2000-present.
Jonathan Vogel-Borne is a lifelong Friend raised in Orange Grove Meeting, Pacific Yearly Meeting. Traveling widely across the full Quaker spectrum, from evangelical to liberal, Jonathan’s ministry is to seek deeper unity and a clarity of vision and witness among us. He and his spouse, Minga Claggett-Borne served as resident friends of Cambridge Monthly Meeting from 1985-1990. Jonathan was the lead staff person at New England Yearly Meeting from 1991 to 2013. He currently is serving as co-clerk of the Friends Peace Teams.
Scott Wagoner serves as the pastoral minister at Deep River Friends Meeting in High Point, North Carolina (North Carolina Fellowship of Friends). He is presently in his 19th year and has served in pastoral ministry for over 35 years. He also serves on the Board for Friends United Meeting and is certified through the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in leading contemplative groups and retreats. Scott is also the principal and Founder of Growing Edge Resources, an organization that provides coaching/consulting services as well as contemplative retreat experiences. Scott is a 1990 graduate of ESR.
David is originally from Maryland outside Washington D.C. He was raised with a Jewish mother and Lutheran father, but neither were particularly religious. David started attending a Southern Baptist church as a teenager and then, at the age of 18, started attending Metropolitan Community Church. He met his life partner and husband, Jeff Miner, at church in Rockville, Maryland. They were married in 1990, then legally in 2013 in Maryland.