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Dr. CAtherine Orsborn, Executive Director

Catherine Orsborn has served as the Director of Shoulder to Shoulder since 2014. Previously, Catherine co-led the Social Justice Community at the University of Denver while working on her doctoral studies in religion, conflict and peace. She also worked as a researcher at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, examining the interactions between religion and peacebuilding in deeply divided societies.

Catherine received her undergraduate degree from Asbury University in Kentucky, holds a master’s degree in Religious Studies from the University of Denver and recently earned her PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Denver. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and son. 

Read more about why Catherine is committed to this important work in this Huffington Post profile story.

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Nina Fernando, Program Director

Nina M. Fernando has served at Shoulder to Shoulder since August of 2017. Prior to this, she worked as a LankaCorps Fellow with The Asia Foundation at the International Centre for Ethnic Studies in Sri Lanka, a Faith-Rooted Organizer with Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice in Southern California, and most recently, a 2018 OneBeat Fellow.

Nina received her BA in “Social Change through Music and Religious Studies” from the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies at the University of Redlands, and her MA in “Interdisciplinary Interreligious and Cultural Studies” from Claremont School of Theology. In addition to her work at Shoulder to Shoulder, Nina performs as a vocalist and songwriter in Washington, D.C.

Read this Teen Vogue op-ed to hear more about why Nina is passionate about this work.

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Cassandra LAwrence, Communications & Project Associate

Cassandra Lawrence consults with Shoulder to Shoulder on campaign messaging and communications to equip and engage faith communities and people of good will to end Anti-Muslim bigotry.

Cassandra has worked at the intersection of religion and diplomacy. Previously she worked with the diplomatic community to better engage religious and traditional peacemakers. She has worked with Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs for two years on the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge International Program. She is a trained mediator by Mediation Northern Ireland, a dialogue facilitator, and an interfaith and racial justice community organizer.

She has a BA in Religious Studies from the University of British Columbia and master’s degree in comparative ethnic conflict from Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland. She is currently pursuing her Master’s of Divinity at Wesley Theological Seminary focusing on Public Theology.

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Executive Committee

Kathryn Mary Lohre

(Campaign Co-Chair) Kathryn Lohre is an assistant to the presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and executive for Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations and Theological Discernment. 

Rev. Ron Stief

(Campaign Co-Chair) Rev. Ron Stief is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and the executive director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, an interfaith organization of more than 300 religious organizations committed to ending U.S.-sponsored torture.

Rabbi Nancy Fuchs Kreimer

Rabbi Nancy Fuchs Kreimer is the Director of the Department of Multi-faith Studies and Initiatives and an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.

Dr. Tony Kireopoulos

Dr Tony Kireopoulos is the Associate General Secretary for Faith and Order and Interfaith Relations at the National Council of Churches.

Rev. Richard L. Killmer

(Co-Founder) Rev. Richard Killmer is a Presbyterian minister and the Founding Executive Director of the National Religion Campaign Against Torture, an organization representing more than 300 religious organizations and tens of thousands of Americans of faith committed to ending U.S.-sponsored torture forever.

Dr. Mohamed Elsanousi

(Co-Founder) Dr. Mohamed Elsanousi is the Director of the Secretariat of the Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers, a global network initiated by United Nations Mediation Support Unit, UN Alliance of Civilizations, Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Religions for Peace, KAICIID Dialogue Center and Finn Church Aid.