RNF
Leadership


RNF’s work is guided by our board of directors, CEO, and staff. We have recruited a diverse, expert team, with firsthand experience in the field and a steadfast belief that understanding freedom of religion and belief matters. The RNF Board, composed of leaders throughout the field of religion journalism, business, government, and more, are devoted to creating a strong organization that will promote RNF’s important mission of advancing religious literacy and supporting religion journalists.

Board of Directors

Religion News Foundation's elected volunteer Board of Directors oversee policies and committees of RNF.

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Muhammed Chaudhry
Chair
Muhammed earned a degree in business, graduating from the Stanford Executive Leadership Program. He has worked in the private sector as a brand marketer...

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Ken Chitwood, PhD
Vice Chair & Treasurer
Ken is a religion scholar currently working as the Fritz Thyssen Foundation Postdoctoral Research Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Berlin Graduate School...

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Betsy Shirley

Betsy Shirley is a writer and editor interested in stories about religion, faith, and social justice. She is associate editor at Sojourners magazine and serves on the board of the Religion News...


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Tom Levinson
Tom currently serves as a member of Park Piedmont Advisors, LLC. Previously, he served as pro bono outside general counsel for the Interfaith Youth Core, and was a Litigator...

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Dawn Araujo-hawkins 

Dawn Araujo-Hawkins is a religion journalist, shine theoriest, and Black Girl Magic practitioner based in Kansas City, Missouri. She is the news editor at the Christian...


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John Turner
John currently is Head of Sales of Google Cloud Security Products. Prior to that position, he was the Chief Revenue Officer...

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John Terrill, PhD
John serves as the Executive Director of the Stephen & Laurel Brown Foundation, which includes Upper House...

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Steven Waldman
Steven Waldman is co-founder and president of Report for America, a national service program that places talented emerging journalists...

 
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John Terrill, PhD
John is executive director of the Stephen & Laurel Brown Foundation, where he guides Upper House, a multi-experiential...

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Betsy Shirley
Betsy Shirley is a writer and editor interested in stories about religion, faith, and social justice. She is associate ...

 
 
 

Religion News Foundation Staff

 
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Deborah Caldwell

CEO, Religion News Foundation & Publisher, Religion News Service

Deborah is CEO of Religion News Foundation and Publisher of Religion News Service.


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JUDITH GOLUB

Director of Strategic Planning

Judy is a highly skilled executive-level leader with more than 25 years of experience...


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Laura Wilson
Finance Director
Laura Wilson is our Finance Director and CPA.  She earned her Masters of Accountancy from...



 
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Emily Churchill

Outreach & Development Manager
Emily Churchill works on audience outreach and development efforts for RNF...


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Rachel Cheadle
Accountant
Rachel holds a Master of Accountancy from the University of Missouri and a current CPA...

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Clifton Foo

Controller

Clifton Foo, has significant business and management experience. He spent many years in the corporate...


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Jonathan Woodward

Beliefs Executive Producer

Jonathan Woodward is an audio news and ideas producer with an extensive background in content...



 
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Mary Gladstone
ReligionLink Assistant Editor
Mary Gladstone is a freelance writer and editor with more than 20 years’ experience...

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Kelsey Dallas
ReligionLink Editor

Kelsey Dallas, national religion reporter for Salt Lake City-based Deseret News, is the editor...



 

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