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Board of Trustees

Rev. Canon Richard Toll, D.D, D.Min.

FOSNA Board of Trustees, President
Portland, OR

Toll, a retired Episcopal priest, served as the board chair of FOSNA from 2000 to 2011. He received a B.B.A. from Texas Technological University, an M.Div. from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, and his D.Min. from Virginia Theological Seminary. He was the canon pastor of St. Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle and an honorary canon of the Diocese of Olympia, Washington. He was awarded an honorary degree for his commitment to justice and peace in the Holy Land. His honorary doctorate is from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California where he also served as the president of the alumni association for nine years.

Doug Thorpe

FOSNA Board of Trustees, Co - Chair
Seattle, WA

Thorpe is a professor of literature at Seattle Pacific University, the author of three books, and the editor of a fourth. He is a member of the Mideast Focus group at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle and has been to Palestine and Israel twice. He is the author of A New Earth: Building in Metaphor in The Pearl, Herbert’s Temple and Blake’s Jerusalem.

Michael Spath

FOSNA Board of Trustees, Co - Chair
Fort Wayne, Indiana

L. Michael Spath is the founder and executive director of the Indiana Center for Middle East Peace, a former coordinator for Kairos USA, and a member of the United Church of Christ Palestine-Israel Network. He holds a Ph.D. in historical theology with an emphasis in Islam and Muslim-Christian relations and a doctor of ministry degree. He is recently retired from university teaching in religious studies. Until 2014, he served as theologian-in-residence at First Presbyterian Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Lynn M. Martin

FOSNA Board of Trustees, Treasurer
Pleasanton, CA

Martin, a CPA and corporate controller, has twice visited Israel with Pilgrims of Ibillin and supporters of the Mar Elias schools in Ibillin. She is dedicated to sharing accurate information about the situation and working for a just peace for Palestine. Martin has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from California State University Hayward (now Cal State East Bay) and an M.B.A. from Golden Gate University.

Rev. Diane Dulin

FOSNA Board of Trustees, Secretary
Hillsboro, Oregon

Diane Dulin is ordained in the United Church of Christ and served for 34 years as pastor to congregations in California and Oregon. She now devotes her time to advocacy efforts in support of Palestinian freedom. Dulin is active in the UCC Palestine Israel Network, UCC Wider Church Ministries including YWCA of Palestine, and interfaith Oregon-based efforts such as Occupation Free Portland. Within FOSNA, Dulin serves on the Theology Committee.

Nahida Gordon, Ph.D.

Wooster, OH

Professor emerita at Case Western Reserve University, Gordon served as senior Fulbright scholar at Birzeit University in Palestine. A lifelong Presbyterian,  Gordon is a church elder and serves on several Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) committees. She is a Palestinian-American who experienced, first hand, the 1948 Palestinian Nakba, illustrated in her book, Palestine is Our Home: Voices of Loss, Courage, and Steadfastness. Gordon has also published articles on Palestine in The Electronic Intifada, Mondoweiss, CounterPunch, and Unbound.  

Catherine Nichols

Tucson, AZ

Nichols is the executive for mission personnel at Common Global Board for World Ministries. She manages and directs all overseas staff, volunteers, and associates. She was the coordinator of the Sabeel International Department in Jerusalem from 2001 to 2008 as an employee of United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Robert Ross

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Robert Ross is an associate professor of global cultural studies at Point Park University. He serves as chair of advocacy for the Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and is on the organizing collective of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. He has written numerous articles about Palestine and Israel in publications such as Electronic Intifada, Counterpunch, Mondoweiss, Presbyterian News Service, Geographical Review, and Unbound: An Interactive Journal of Christian Social Justice.