New Board Nominees: Rev. Addae Kraba, Geri Kennedy, Karen Kortsch

addae-krabaRev. Addae Kraba, USA, President (2018-2021)

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.


geri-kennedyGeri Kennedy, USA, Treasurer (2018-2021)

A UU for about 30 years, Geri Kennedy is a member of the UU Fellowship of Redwood City, CA.  Before her retirement in January 2018, she spent 25 years managing homeowners’ associations, partly in a company of her own. Moving to the banking world, Geri assisted associations in all aspects of their banking needs, including help with their reserve funding and loans when necessary. She got involved with the Pacific Central District’s Women and Religion Task Force in the early 90s, served as its co-convener for many years, and then its treasurer. Geri was also the UU Fellowship of Redwood City’s bookkeeper for about 15 years. She served on the boards of the Partner Church Council and UU Women & Religion; acting as the treasurer of UU Women & Religion, Geri helped them to obtain their 501(c3) status.  She looks forward to working with such a meaningful organization as IWC.


karen-kortschKaren Kortsch, USA, Director (2018-2021)

Karen Kortsch is an active member of North Shore Unitarian Church in Deerfield, IL. A UU for the past 15 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 registered nurse at Capt. James Lovell Federal Health Care Facility in Chicago, IL, Karen works with the mentally ill. In this capacity, she sees that gender inequality takes a toll on women and society in many ways, including mental health. She is very excited to work with IWC and looks forward to making a positive contribution.



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