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Mary Jane Amick is a lifetime Kentuckian, born in Louisville and a long time Lexingtonian.  A BSN graduate of the University of Kentucky, she has practiced in neonatal and pediatric ICUs and in Public Health, providing follow up patient care and parent education for previously critically ill infants and children.  This led to the founding and operating of her own medical case management business, Amick & Associates. She has served as Camp Nurse at a number of Kentucky’s Reading Camps. In 2008, she became a part of the founding of the Holy Cross Reading Camp in Grahamstown, South Africa. She has served as Camp Nurse in this literacy initiative for severely underprivileged township children ever since.  South Africa is now her second home with a large and loving adopted family living in several parts of the country.


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Michael is the recently retired rector of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he served since 1992.  Michael has been involved in many diocesan capacities including Standing Committee and Diocesan Council. He continues to serve on the Commission on Ministry for the Diocese of Western Michigan.  Michael has also served on various ecumenical and interfaith boards in the Grand Rapids area.  Most recently he served on the Board of Directors for Family Promise, a ministry that provides shelter to families facing the crisis of homelessness.  He is looking forward to volunteering in Gospel ministries

 He attended General Theological Seminary where he earned his certificate in Anglican Studies.  

 Mike and his wife Linda intend to spend most of their retirement time in Grand Rapids, taking regular trips to visit their granddaughter in Tuscaloosa , Alabama.


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Paul W. Laymon is a lawyer who lives and works in Washington, D.C.   His work is focused on international law.  Before moving to Washington, he served as a military lawyer in the United States Army.  He graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law and Furman University.  He is a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Washington. 



Kay Collier is a leadership consultant and author who holds a doctorate in Counseling Psychology and whose sixth book - Talking Together: Getting Beyond Polarization Through Civil Dialogue is hot off the press.  The former Officer for Leadership Development, Transitions and Communications for the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington (Ky), her current work is as principal in Transformative Leadership Consulting and Talking Together Seminars followed her years as teacher and teacher trainer in the worldwide Talent Education movement.  Her career as consultant, trainer, lecturer and keynote speaker has taken her to Japan, China, Australia, Germany, Russia, England, and Canada as well as across the United States.  She lives on a small lake in Kentucky with her master woodworker husband where she maintains a studio for her work in collage.  She is the proud mother of two and doting grandmother of three.


Sandra Ferguson McPhee

Sandra McPhee is a well-known leader in The Episcopal Church. She currently serves as a trustee of the Church Pension Group, a member the Bexley-Seabury Board of Trustees, President of the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Chicago, and a member of her parish vestry.  She has also served on the Executive Council and been a deputy to numerous General Conventions.  Much of her experience has been in international mission, including the Standing Commission on World Mission, the Friends of Cuttington University in Liberia (which she chairs), the Liberia Covenant committee, and the American Committee for KEEP (Kiyosato Educational Experiment Project).  Her accomplishments include helping design the Everyone Everywhere global mission conference and the Mutual Responsibility for Mission Conference, which celebrated the work of the Anglican provinces in the Americas. She is an alumna of Smith College and Boston University Law School.  She practices in Evanston, Illinois.    


José Mota

 José Mota was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic into a baseball family.  He is the son of Dodgers great Manny Mota and one of five Mota brothers to have played professionally, in his case for 12 years, including with the San Diego Padres and Kansas City Royals.  His career as a player includes being twice designated as an All American second baseman at Cal State Fullerton, from which he holds a communications degree, and a 1984 NCAA Division I championship.  He is now a sports broadcaster, a field in which he has worked for many years, including with the Angels organization and with Fox Sports.  He broadcasts to audiences in both English and Spanish and is baseball’s first and only full-time bilingual broadcaster.  As a broadcaster, Mr. Mota is honored to have been part of Major League Baseball’s International broadcast team for the World Baseball Classic since its inception in 2006.  He received an Emmy for his work with Fox Sports West.  Mr. Mota brings a heart for his work with Love Must Act from his experience as co-founder of Mota’s Faces, which promotes the involvement of American youngsters in assisting the poor and promoting educational opportunities in the Dominican Republic. 


Keith Walters

Keith Walters is professor in the Department of Applied Linguistics at Portland State University in Portland OR. Before coming to PSU, he taught in the Department of English at Ohio State and the Departments of Linguistics and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Much of his research and volunteer work focuses on language and identity in the Arab world and language issues in educational contexts; he is also co-author of three college-level textbooks. A former Peace Corps volunteer and Fulbrighter, he has taught English to speakers of other languages in Tunisia, Guinea, and the U.S., and trained teachers in these countries as well as Morocco, Egypt, the West Bank, and Vietnam. A member of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, he has been active in teaching or co-etaching adult-education classes.  He has also served on the diocesan Socially Responsible Investment Advisory Committee.