Leadership team

Suzanne Hamilton

Suzanne Hamilton
Suzanne Hamilton is vice president of finance at NAI Daus, a brokerage and property-management company based in Cleveland. Suzanne received her BS in Business Administration/Finance and Accounting from Otterbein University and her MBA (Finance and Marketing) from Ohio State University. She serves on the advisory board for First American National Commercial Services, the advisory council for the YWCA of Greater Cleveland, and the Past President’s Council of Commercial Real Estate Women. She is a member of the Board of Governors of the Human Rights Campaign. She is a frequent guest lecturer for the College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University on commercial real estate financing and marketing. Suzanne is the Coalition’s Treasurer. Suzanne’s pronouns of choice are “she, her, hers.”

The Rev. Lesley Jones

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The Rev. Lesley E. Jones is the founder and senior pastor of Truth & Destiny Fellowship United Church of Christ in Cincinnati, OH. Born in New Bern, NC , to teenage parents, she spent her early years being raised by grandparents who taught her early about “unconditional love” and “uncompromising faith. She is a 1990 graduate of Miami University (OH) with a B.S. in Social Science Education. She also holds certificates in ministry, pastoral counseling and organizational leadership. Among many other leadership roles, she has served as the executive director for both the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission and Equality Cincinnati. Pastor Jones has standing both in The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries and the United Church of Christ. Lesley’s pronouns of choice are “she, her, hers.”

The Rev. Mak Kneebone

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The Rev. Mak Kneebone pastors two congregations in Indiana: Grace UCC in Culver and First UCC in Plymouth. Mak is passionate about creating wholeness in our broken world by following the path of Jesus as Christ. This includes working on peacemaking, crafting inclusive and nonviolent liturgies, having conversations about privilege and the intersections of oppression, as well as having the honor of providing pastoral care and leading worship. Mak is active in TransFaith. Mak’s pronouns of choice are “he, him, his.”

Phil Porter

Phil Porter
Phil Porter is the Minister of Art and Communication at First Congregational Church of Berkeley. He has been involved in the Coalition for over 30 years, including 6 years as Moderator of the Coalition Council (at a time when he still had quite a bit of hair.) He has served in a variety of national committees including two of the UCC restructuring task forces and the search committee that recommended Rev. Geoffrey Black for General Minister and President. He is also the co‐founder of InterPlay, a global social movement dedicated to ease, connection, human sustainability and play. Phil is the Coalition’s president. Phil’s pronouns of choice are “he, him, his.”

Edie Recker

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Edie Recker is a retired business owner and a member of Sylvania (OH) United Church of Christ. Edie has been active in the UCC since 2009 as a co-founder of the GenderFold Action Alliance and continues to be active today. Currently she is active in advocating for the ONA movement in her church and nationally and for full rights and inclusion of all people. Edie is a Board member of Equality Toledo and a member of Equality Ohio, founder and facilitator for the Northwest Ohio Transgender Support Group and on the administrative staff of Toledo PFLAG. Edie’s pronouns of choice are “she, her, hers.”

The Rev. Michael Schuenemeyer

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The Rev. Mike Schuenemeyer is minister for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender concerns and executive for health and wholeness advocacy in the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries. His leadership helped secure passage of General Synod resolutions supporting marriage equality and international human rights for LGBT people. Mike was executive producer for the film, “Call Me Malcolm,” and serves as executive director for UCAN Inc., the UCC HIV and AIDS Network. He serves ex officio on the Coalition’s Leadership Team. Mike’s pronouns of choice are “he, him, his.”

The Rev. Kevin Tindell

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The Rev. Kevin E. Tindell is an ordained minister in the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries. He currently serves on the pastoral ministry staff of New Dimensions Chicago, a meta-costal Christian ministry led by Bishop Carlton Pearson. Kevin counsels and coaches many who struggle with their identity, especially with regard to their spirituality and sexuality. He has served on the UCC’s Chicago Metropolitan Association Council and Congregational Life Committee. He and his husband, William, are the proud parents of three sons: Carter, Christian and Camran. Kevin’s pronouns of choice are “he, him, his.”

The Rev. Rebecca Voelkel

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The Rev. Dr. Rebecca Voelkel is an ordained minister in the UCC and a national leader in the movement for LGBTQ justice. From 2005 to 2013, she was director for the Institute for Welcoming Resources and for Faith Work in the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. She was interim National Coordinator for the UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns, pastor of Spirit of the Lakes UCC in Minneapolis, and program staff for the Center for the Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence. She is a faith‐based community organizing trainer as well as workshop presenter on a wide variety of faith and justice issues. Rebecca and her partner, Maggie, are parents of Shannon MacKenzie. Rebecca is the Coalition’s Secretary. Rebecca’s pronouns of choice are “she, her, hers.”

Sam Waugaman

Sam Waugaman
Sam Waugaman is an art educator living in Sandusky, Ohio. He is currently employed as an artist by Cedar Point family amusement park. Sam’s ministry in the Coalition includes working with the youth and young adults and is preparing to serve as a regional ONA consultant. Sam is very active in his local church, First Congregational Church, Sandusky, OH, community theater groups and the arts community. Sam’s pronouns of choice are “he, him, his.”