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Board of Trustees

Phil Benson

Watertown, MN

Benson is a trial, litigation, and appellate attorney whose cases have set national legal precedents in whistleblower law. He has also organized divestment actions targeting the Minnesota state pension fund and leading the effort to repeal Minnesota's anti-BDS law. Benson co-founded the Minnesota DFL (Democratic) Muslim Caucus and is a recipient of the Al Aqsa Institute's annual Palestine Day award. Benson serves on the Mission Committee of the Twin Cities Presbytery (PC USA), is a longtime supporter of Sabeel, and has co-organized several FOSNA regional conferences.

Nahida Halaby Gordon, PhD

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 Ann Nichols, PhD

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).

Rev. Joe Roos

Altadena, CA

Roos is an ordained pastor in the Mennonite Church USA and has served churches in Washington, DC, Maryland, India, and California. He is one of the founders of Sojourners Magazine and served as its publisher and managing director for 27 years.