Nominees to the IWC Board of Directors

Karen Kortsch, USA, President (2020-2022)

Karen Kortsch is an active member of North Shore Unitarian Church in Deerfield, IL. A UU for the past 17 years, she has been a member of IWC since 2012 and a strong supporter of its mission to empower women worldwide. Karen is also active in several other organizations such as the American Association of University Women, National Organization for Women, and National Nurses United: all organizations working to advance gender equity. A retired registered nurse, Karen worked at Capt. James Lovell Federal Health Care Facility in North Chicago, IL, with the mentally ill. In this capacity, she had first-hand experience on how gender inequality takes a toll on women and society in many ways, including mental health.

Beth O’Connell, France/USA, Vice President (2020-2022)Beth O'Connell

Beth O’Connell is a journalist who has been living in Europe since 2002. Currently a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Paris (UUFP), she is a former vice-president and remains engaged in social action. Beth is also involved in the European Unitarian Universalists (EUU), serving as liaison with and obtaining support for IWC. She participated in IWC’s pilgrimage to Bolivia in 2015 and the Asilomar Convocation in 2017. She looks forward to helping further the empowerment of women worldwide.

Rev. Carol Thomas Cissel, USA, Director (2020-2023)

Rev. Carol Thomas Cissel (MDIV, MS) is the settled minister of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County, in State College, PA. Her calling to UU ministry is centered on Prophetic Preaching, Pastoral Care and Social Justice. An activist at heart and a believer in communities grounded in relationships, she currently serves on the Centre Safe Board of Trustees, as Interim Chair of the UUA Commission on Appraisal, and is a member of State College Community and Campus in Unity (CCU). Carol collects the masterworks of Native American and First Nations Peoples artists, follows the Washington Nationals, and steals kisses from her delicious grandson Andrew as often as she can.

Rev. Addae Ama Kraba, USA, Director (2020-2022)

Rev. Addae Ama Kraba is an ordained Unitarian Universalist Minister, currently residing in Boerne, TX. She earned a Master of Divinity degree from Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, CA. Rev. Kraba was the first person of color installed as minister to the First Universalist Church of Southold, Long Island, New York. She later served as Community Minister of First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, PA. Active at both district and denominational levels, Rev. Kraba was on the Association’s Committee on Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression and Multiculturalism, Trustee for the Joseph Priestly District, and Murray Grove Retreat and Conference Center in Lanoka Harbor, New Jersey. She served as Co-Convener of Unitarian Universalist Women and Religion and was on the planning committees of the first and third international U*U women’s convocations (Houston, TX, 2009 and Asilomar, CA, 2017). She currently serves the UU congregation of New Braunfels, Texas.

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