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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.

Nicholas Ammar

Santa Rosa, California

Growing up with his Palestinian-American activist mother, Nicholas Ammar was attentive to oppression and power from a young age. He has a master’s in sociocultural anthropology from UC Davis, where he researched the lived experiences of community resistance in Palestine. He owns and operates the printing business that has been in his family for 30 years. He knows that freedom for Palestine will come only when all people—especially indigenous, imprisoned, and colonized communities—have true sovereignty.

Ronald G. Caldwell, M.D.

Roanoke, Indiana

Caldwell is a retired orthopedic surgeon and lifelong Episcopalian. After he and his wife, Janie, took  a life-changing Pilgrims of Hope Study and Solidarity Tour to Palestine and Israel in 2012, he became passionate about the injustice in Palestine, immersed himself on the issues, and has given numerous talks on the subject. He returned to Palestine in 2016 as part of a FOSNA trip to study Palestinian Liberation Theology and nonviolent resistance. The trip ended with a protest march in Nabi Saleh which was met by the Israelis with U.S.-financed and -produced tear gas. He is a member of the board of the Indiana Center for Middle East Peace.

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

South Bend, Ind.

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).

Leila Richards, MD, MPH

Pittsburgh, PA

Richards, M.D., M.P.H., is a retired public health physician who worked in international health and humanitarian programs in Lebanon, the occupied territories, Iraq, India, former Yugoslavia, and Afghanistan. She is the author of several articles in medical and public health journals and of The Hills of Sidon: Journal of an American Doctor in Lebanon.

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.

Taurean Webb

Evanston, Illinois

Rev. Taurean Webb is an assistant pastor at the Second Baptist Church of Evanston, Illinois, and a scholar in residence at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference. He is also a graduate student at Northwestern University in African American studies. His research topics include reparatory justice, politics, critical race theory, trauma studies, and liberationist theological movements.

Wini Wolff

Wallingford, PA

Wolff is an enterprise development consultant who works with businesses and nonprofits that have a social mission and international focus. Since 2004, Wolff has been educating Americans about building economic opportunity in Palestine and working for a just peace. Wolff holds a master’s in theology from LaSalle University and an M.B.A. in international economic development from Eastern University. She is active in Christian-Jewish Allies of Greater Philadelphia and is an adjunct faculty member at Villanova University.