As people of religious faith and conviction
Faith Aloud supports reproductive justice for every person.
Because we have faith in women
we support all pregnancy options.
Faith Aloud was incorporated in 1982. We are people of diverse religious beliefs, denominations, and practices. Our mission is to eliminate the religious stigma of abortion.
Saskia Shuman, MHS, President
Public Health Specialist
Amanda Kifferly, BS , Vice President
The Reverend Teresa K.M. Danieley, MDiv, MPP, Treasurer
Adele Coble, MA, Secretary
Women and Girls Specialist
Christian (Disciples of Christ)
Kelly Hopkins, BA
Health Software Specialist
Rabbi David Levy, DD, RJE
Reform Jewish Rabbi
Pam Starsia, JD
Molly Toth, BA
Interested in joining our Board? Click here to download the application, and either email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to us at Faith Aloud, P.O. Box 430070, St. Louis, MO 63143
The Rev. Rebecca Turner has been Executive Director of Faith Aloud since June of 2001.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, MO, and a Master of Arts from New Orleans Theological Seminary, then pursued doctoral-level studies in theology and ministry from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO. Rebecca holds joint ministerial standing in the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
In 2012, she was named one of "13 Religious Women to Watch: Changing the World for Good" by the Center for American Progress. In 2010, she was given the "Person of the Year Award" by the Abortion Care Network, and in 2009, the award for "Outstanding Contributions to Advance Women's Equality" by the Missouri Women's Network.
Rebecca has been featured in Time Magazine, on PBS “Religion and Ethics Newsweekly,” on CNN “Anderson Cooper 360,” in the documentaries “Beyond the Politics of Life and Choice” and “South Dakota,” and in newspaper and web stories around the United States. She can be reached at email@example.com.
JoAnn Alexander is our Administrative Assistant.
After a career with the Small Business Administration, JoAnn is happy to lend her administrative skills to an organization that helps women. She is responsible for maintaining our databases and keeping the office organized.
Chelsea Merta, J.D., is our Director of Policy and Civic Engagement.
A graduate of Saint Louis University School of Law, Chelsea specializes in health law policy and advocacy and grassroots advocacy. Chelsea has been with Faith Aloud since June 2011 and works with policy reviews, legal matters, health education, community organizing, website updating, and social media. She monitors the Missouri Legislature for health policy legislation, women's and LGBT issues, and education. Chelsea has her degrees in political science and biochemistry from Indiana University, and has worked with various health law advocacy and reproductive justice organizations in Missouri, the Midwest, and across the United States. Chelsea can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Karen Yang is our Program Coordinator.
Karen is a contextual education student from Eden Theological Seminary, where she is pursuing a Master of Divinity. She is enrolled in a dual-degree program, and is concurrently pursuing a Master of Social Work at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to working at Faith Aloud, she worked at SAGE Metro St. Louis, which provides services and advocacy to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender older adults.
Karen is drawn to Faith Aloud's inter-faith work on sexuality education and reproductive justice because of her passion for ecumenical coalitions, faith and sexuality dialogues, health policy, and being present with people experiencing oppression in places where faith leaders are not expected to, but should be expected to show up.
Leah Clyburn is our Outreach Coordinator.
Leah has three years experience in abortion patient care and has been an active member of her congregation for ten years, having served on the church vestry and as the youth group assistant program director.
Leah loves to educate others about reproductive health and is a passionate advocate for sexual health education in the public schools. She likes working at Faith Aloud because she is able to help women know that they are not alone and because she can help communities come together with their elected leaders to solve problems. Leah can be contacted at email@example.com.
Caitlan Granger is our high school intern.
She is a senior at Maplewood/Richmond Heights High School. Caitlan is interested in improving the sexual health education program at her high school. She believes men and women should have the freedom to make their own choices regarding sexuality, sexual activism, and pregnancy. She wants to be a leader in providing information to teach others about the importance of freedom of choice and to offer support to those who need it.