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E.Edwin Brooks, Jr.
Virginia K. Brooks
Denny Davidoff
Jerry Davidoff
Glen Johnson
Sipra Bose Johnson
Janice Marie Johnson
Henrietta Mountz
Jay Keller

Denny Davidoff


Denny was Senior Consultant on  Interfaith Alliance Foundation staff and Director/Founder of LEADD. She was among the Founding Directors of the Interfaith Alliance in 1994. Denny is currently a member of the Trustee Council of the World Conference of Religions for Peace, a Consultant to Meadville Lombard Theological School (Unitarian Universalist) in Chicago, and former Board Chair of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Larger Fellowship. Her volunteer career with the Unitarian Universalist Association began in 1971. She has served the movement as Treasurer and President of the UU Women's Federation, Chair of the General Assembly Planning Committee, Trustee-at-Large and as the elected Moderator of the Association from 1993 to 2001, presiding over the Board of Trustees and the annual General Assembly. She is an active member of The Unitarian Church in Westport, CT. After graduating from Vassar College in 1953 where she majored in political science, Denny wrote promotion copy for The New Yorker, TIME and LIFE Magazines. In 1959 she transferred her writing skills to the Connecticut advertising world and eventually founded her own advertising, marketing and public relations agency, Davidoff & Partners, Inc. which she sold in 1990 in order to pursue a fuller volunteer life. She continues to consult with businesses on issues of marketing to this day. Denny and her husband Jerry live in Norwalk, CT.

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E.Edwin Brooks, Jr.

Ed hails from Virginia, earning his B.A. Degree in contemporary civilization from Washington & Lee University. After college he joined the Peace Corps and taught for two years in an orthodox Hindu boarding school in India. He returned to the U.S. to take up studies at Yale University Divinity School, receiving a B.D. Degree in 1969 with an emphasis on teaching religion in high school and in pastoral counseling. Ed is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. His teaching career at Northfield Mount Hermon School, Northfield, MA, spanned thirty-six years, where Ed taught courses in biblical studies and world religions. He also collaborated with colleagues to develop interdisciplinary courses in the areas of genetics and ethics, violence and nonviolence, and environmental studies. From his Peace Corps experience Ed has developed an ongoing interest in the practice of Hinduism in village India. Since his retirement in 2005, he continues to pursue interests in international education and interfaith dialogue.

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Virginia K. Brooks

Ginny retired in 2005 from the Northfield Mount Hermon School, Northfield, MA, after a 36 year career as Teacher, Dormitory Director and Chaplain. She taught courses in the introductory study of religion, biblical studies, human development and personal growth, and feminist theology and collaborated with colleagues to develop interdisciplinary courses in women’s studies, freshman humanities, and alternatives to violence. As co-Chaplain with her spouse, Ginny developed a broad ministry of hospitality and pastoral care for interfaith groups, peace and justice initiatives, spirituality and worship. She served as Chair of the Religious Studies Department from 1974-1980 and 1997-2005 honing her skills in administration, mentoring, curricular development, and the process of institutional change. Ginny earned a B.A. in Religion, magna cum laude, from The College of Wooster and a B.D. with focus on Biblical Studies and Christian Education from the Yale University Divinity School and is an ordained Presbyterian minister. She has traveled extensively, particularly in India where she and her husband spent five weeks earlier this year.

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Jerry Davidoff- Founding Father of LEADD- July 1- 1926-November 7, 2009

A lawyer, a patriot and deep supporter of racial equality and religious pluralism.  His formal education included a B.A. from the University of North Carolina and a law degree from Yale. He was in the private practice of law for 45 years, during which, among other involvements, he served as president of the local bar association, was a founder and board member of Connecticut Women’s Educational and Legal Fund and of the Connecticut Divorce Mediation Council. Civic activities included nine years on the Westport, Connecticut, board of education, two years as chair, service on the town’s legislative body for four years, and chairing the board of the Westchester Institute for Training in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy for five years. A trustee, secretary and  executive committee member of The Alban Institute, Jerry served the Unitarian Universalist Association as an elected member of the Ministerial Fellowship Committee for eight years, six years on the Commission on Appraisal, and served as chair of several committees for the UUA’s board of trustees. He had a positive impact on the lives of LEADD students for the first 4 years of the program. He inspired thoughtful discussion about how we treat each other. We miss him!

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Glen Johnson

Glen retired in 2004 after nearly 40 years in the political science department at Vassar College teaching courses on international politics, US foreign policy, South Asian politics, international law and international human rights. At Vassar, he was the founding director of the International Studies Program and twice served as Acting President while President Frances Fergusson was on sabbatical. After retiring, Dr. Johnson worked part-time for two years at the American University in Cairo to help establish their American Studies Program. Glen has been a Fulbright Professor in India on two occasions including a three year stint as Director of the American Studies Research Center in Hyderabad. He has also worked as a volunteer with the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill, a not-for-profit organization using Mrs. Roosevelt’s country home for educational projects to further the causes she worked for during her life time. Dr. Johnson graduated from Georgetown College in 1958 and received his Ph.D from the University of North Carolina.

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Sipra Bose Johnson

Sipra retired in 1996 after teaching anthropology at the New Paltz campus of the State University of New York for over 30 years. Professor Johnson taught a variety of courses including The Cultures of India, The Culture of China, Culture of the Middle East, Cultural Anthropology, General Anthropology, World Peasantry, and The Modern World. She also served as the Special Assistant to the Vice-President for Academic Affairs for five years. Her special interest in India, both personal–she spent her childhood there before immigrating to the United States with her parents–and academic, was broadened with more then four subsequent years living and working in India, where she lectured widely and had opportunities to do research. Sipra is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina in International Relations and holds an MA in Anthropology from Columbia University. Presently she is involved in the work of the Center for Lifetime Studies (CLS), Marist College’s program for the continued intellectual growth of retired peoples. Glen and Sipra Johnson have served in recent years as co-lecturers for Vassar and National Geographic study tours of India. They met at The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

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Janice Marie Johnson

Janice JohnsonJanice Marie Johnson is a religious educator who serves as the Director of the Office of Racial and Ethnic Concerns at the Unitarian Universalist Association. She is deeply committed to creating community: multicultural, interfaith, multigenerational, etc., with experiential learning. Her maxim is “Masakhane,” a rich and resonant word from the Nguni language -- one of the many languages of South Africa.  Loosely translated into English it means, "Let us build together." Janice takes her maxim seriously, very seriously.

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Henrietta Mountz

Henrietta MountzBefore retiring, Henrietta Mountz taught world history and participation in government at John Jay High School in Wappingers Falls, New York.  She also advised two student groups: Youth Against Racism and Boys and Girls Together,a gay, straight alliance.  She currently is the director of a federal grant that provides professional development for teachers of American history.  The mother of two adult daughters, Henrietta lives in Poughkeepsie, New York with her husband Bob and their dog, Sophie.  Henrietta enjoys community activities and serves as the Vice President of Board of Trustees for Vassar Warner, a not for profit adult home.  She is also working with a group to restore an historic home in Poughkeepsie called Maple Grove.  She enjoys spending time on Cape Cod, traveling, roller blading, bicycling, gardening and reading.

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Jay Keller

Jay KellerJay Keller is the Director of Outreach and Operations at Interfaith Alliance. With over 20 years experience organizing at progressive non-profits, Jay started his career as a teacher of English as a second language at a YMCA in Kaohsiung, Taiwan returning after a year to join Common Cause as the coordinator of volunteers and later as the Regional Organizer for the Mid-west states. Departing Common Cause after 5 years he spent a year traveling in the Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Pakistan and Nepal broadening his exposure to rich and diverse cultures and faith traditions. Returning to the US, Jay worked at Peace Action for two years as assistant to the co-directors and worked with Rev William Sloane Coffin.  In 1988 Jay became Director of Field Operations for Population Connection, coordinating their grassroots organizing, fellowship/internship and email action programs. He joined Interfaith Alliance in April 2007 as Field Director and became Director of Outreach and Operations in 2009. Jay works with local Interfaith Alliance affiliates, the LEADD program for high school students and troubleshoots, IT troubleshooting among other duties. Jay has a BA from the College of Wooster (OH) and can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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