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
After earning a degree in business, graduating from the Stanford Executive Leadership Program...

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Ken Chitwood, PhD
Vice Chair & Treasurer
Program Coordinator of the University of Florida Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere...

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DEBORAH CALDWELL
Deborah currently serves as Vice President of Content Marketing at Bank of America. In her journalism career, she branched...


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Thomas Gallagher
President & CEO

Tom serves as President and CEO of Religion News Foundation and CEO & Publisher of Religion...


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Judith Golub
Judy is a highly skilled executive-level leader with more than 25 years of experience working with Congressional staff...


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NICOLE GUPTE
Nicole is an award-winning editor, writer and social media strategist. During her reporting and editing career, she created a...

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Peter Smith

Peter serves as religion editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, which won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting...


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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...

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John Turner
John Turner is responsible for leading the go-to-market strategy and global execution for Chronicle, a cyber...

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Jerry Pattengale, PhD
Jerry served as Executive Director of Education at the Museum of the Bible. He also serves as a University Profe...

 
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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 at Sojourners magaz...

 
 
 
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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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Thomas Gallagher
President & CEO
Tom serves as President and CEO of Religion News Foundation and CEO & Publisher of Religion...


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John Pinna
Director of Strategic Partnerships
John Thomas Pinna is RNF’s Director of Strategic Partnerships and Development.  Over...

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Emily Churchill
Audience Outreach & Development Associate
Emily Churchill works in development, communications, market...


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Matt Nelson
Director of Special Projects
Matt Nelson is the Director of Special Projects for the Religion News Foundation with the primary...


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Natalie Feibish
Web Developer
A member of the RNS staff since 2015, Natalie Feibish has been working in graphic design and...


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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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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 development...

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

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