Mary Segall

Chair

Mary Segall is a peace activist and international health consultant. She earned a baccalaureate degree in nursing and advanced degrees in public health and international relations. With that preparation, she worked 50 years in 20 countries on different issues related to improving the quality of health care through health system change. Since moving to Seattle in 2009, she has joined the efforts of others to work on justice and peace for Palestinians and Israelis. She is a member of the Mideast Focus Ministry at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, the Bishop’s Committee for Peace and Justice in Palestine/Israel, and currently is serving as chairperson of the Kairos Puget Sound Coalition. She believes that we must work together to promote reconciliation for a just peace in the Holy Land.

Sheldon Burkhalter

Vice Chair

Sheldon Burkhalter grew up on a farm in Ohio and was raised in the Mennonite Church. He graduated with an English major from Taylor University and earned master’s degrees and a Doctorate in Ministry from Fuller and Princeton Theological Seminaries. His special interests include ecumenism, Bonhoeffer and the Holocaust. He served pastorates in Pennsylvania and Iowa and served on the faculty at Goshen College in Indiana.  He retired as a conference minister in the Pacific Northwest Mennonite Conference in 2009. In 2012, he and his wife Janis spent 7 weeks as volunteers in Nazareth and Bethlehem cherishing special friendships with Palestinians. We joined our two children's families with five grandchildren in Seattle in 2013. In his capacity as Vice Chair of KPSC, Sheldon is responsible for gathering and disseminating information about events in the area, and connecting people.

Carol Ingram

Secretary

Carol Ingram is a retired engineer, former teacher, and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Micronesia). In 2013, she moved with her husband from the Bay Area to Seattle to be closer to family. She was an active member of First Congregational Church of Berkeley for 26 years, and transferred her membership to University Congregational United Church of Christ, where she’s a member of the Palestine Action Group, and editor of its newsletter, the Palestine Action Group Extra (PAGE). She has one grown son. Carol enjoys biking, hiking, reading, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

John Berg

Network Coordinator

John Berg has been engaged since 1971 in intercultural advocacy focused on the peoples of the Middle East. Raised in southern California, John embarked on overseas volunteer service in France during the summer of 1971 where he met a Moroccan who forever changed John’s notions about the Arab peoples. He went on to work in Lebanon for two years, followed by earning an MA in cross-cultural studies from Fuller Seminary, then a year in London and seven years in Cairo, Egypt. In 1985 John was appointed as North American Director of the media group he was working with in Cairo, “Middle East Media”, and settled in the Seattle area. John and his wife Nancy have resided in Lynnwood since 1986, raising three sons. From June 2005 to July 2009 John worked with “Middle East Fellowship” as V.P for Program Advancement and Development. In late 2009 John formed “Community & Middle East Peace Builders” to continue his work of helping connect the American community with the peoples of the Middle East and broader global community. Among the group’s focus themes are nonviolence, restorative peace-with-justice, compassionate listening, and ultimately the core Biblical call to reconciliation.

Jean Falkin

Treasurer

Jean Falkin has lived in Washington most of her life and was raised a Roman Catholic.  She is the proud mother of four adult children and has eight grandchildren whom she organizes beautiful parties for.  She taught science in the Seattle Public School system for many years after having run a day center for children. She manages her partner's business books for many years and thus brings much needed bookkeeping skills to our organization.

Karen Noar

Member at Large

Karen Noar has two adult daughters and lives in the Ballard Neighborhood. She has been a member of University Presbyterian Church (UPC) since 1983. Karen was born in Omaha, Nebraska and grew up  as a Roman Catholic.  She is a Registered Dietitian and works at Seattle Children's Hospital. Her Interests include: social justice, religion, and history,  including history of the Jews, World War II, Middle East and Israel.  She participated in a UPC Holy Land Mission Trip March 2016; hopefully, not her last pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Huda Giddens

Member at Large

Huda is a Palestinian Christian, and currently co-leads the Conversations group, designed to increase understanding of the many facets of the Palestine-Israel conflict. It reaches out to legislators and clergy, to inform them of the real history and dynamics behind the conflict. Huda is also the founder of the Giddens School, that reflects a social justice ethic woven into its academic curriculum. As an educator, she spent 12 years in Palestine-Israel training Gazan teachers, and establishing a multi-faceted Early Childhood Program for Bedouin in the Negev desert. In her capacity as Vice Chair of KPSC, Huda is responsible for gathering and disseminating information about events in the area, and connecting people. Due to her long experience in peace activism in the Puget Sound area, she has amassed a large number of contacts, and continues to link people with ideas on a variety of issues and levels of action. She offers many resources, and provides speakers for a variety of purposes centered around a better understanding of the conflict.




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