Board of Directors

The REA By-Laws (2017) state that “management of all affairs, property, and business of the Association shall be vested in a Board of Directors who shall consist of the elected officers and Board members.” The REA:APPRRE Board Handbook details the roles and responsibilities of our board, officers, and staff. We have also put together a detailed position description for each member of our board and a composite list of the specific tasks of various committee members. Note that some members of the board also serve on the steering committee and the program conference committee.  The members of the current board are listed below. A variety of governance changes are underway, you can read about them here and in back issues of eREACH


Kathy Winings
Unification Theological Seminary
Barrytown, NY
k [dot] winings [at] uts [dot] edu

President-Elect & 2019 Program Chair

Hanan Alexander
University of Haifa
halexan1 [at] univ [dot] haifa [dot] ac [dot] il

Vice-President & 2020 Program Chair

Boyung Lee
Iliff School of Theology
Denver, CO
blee [at] iliff [dot] edu



Tony Vrame
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
New York, New York
tvrame [at] goarch [dot] org

Recording Secretary

Elena Soto
Fordham University Graduate School of Religious Studies
Bronx, New York
esoto [at] fordham [dot] edu


Christine Hong (2021)
Chair, Religious Education in Public Life and Global Community Standing Committee
Columbia Theological Seminary
Decatur, GA
hongc [at] ctsnet [dot] edu

HyeRan Kim-Cragg (2019)
Chair, Religious Education in Faith Communities Standing Committee
St. Andrew’s College
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
hyeran [dot] kimcragg [at] usask [dot] ca

Hosffman Ospino (2021)
Chair, Proposals Selection Committee
Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
Boston, MA
ospinoho [at] bc [dot] edu

Jose Irizarry (2021)
Chair, Advancement Committee
Board of Pensions
jose [dot] r [dot] irizarry [at] villanova [dot] edu

Sybrina Atwaters (2019)
Chair, Publications Committee
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, Georgia
briath2o [at] gmail [dot] com

Maureen O’Brien (2021)
Chair, Harper/Wornom Committee
Duquesne University
Pittsburgh, PA
obrien [at] duq [dot] edu

Gina Robinson (2020), Student Representative
PhD Student at Garrett Evangelical Seminary
Evanston, IL
gina [dot] robinson [at] garrett [dot] edu


Mary Hess, Networking Coordinator
Luther Seminary
St. Paul, MN
nc [at] religiouseducation [dot] net

Joyce Mercer, Editor, Religious Education
Yale Divinity School
New Haven, CT
rejournal [at] yale [dot] edu

AAR Program Committee

The AAR Program Committee is comprised of the President, President-Elect, Vice-President, and the Past-President.

Board Steering Committee

The Board Steering Committee is comprised of the President, President-Elect, Past-President, Vice-President, Recording Secretary, Treasurer, Executive Secretary (ex officio), and the Networking Coordinator (ex officio).

Harper / Wornom Committee

Maureen O’Brien (2019), Duquesne University
Sarah Tauber (2020), Jewish Theological School of America
Lucinda Mosher (2021), Hartford Seminary
Joshua Lunde-Whitler (2022), The Walker Center

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee is comprised of retiring Board and Committee members, and one member at large elected by the membership. The committee is chaired by the President.

Program Conference Committee

The Program Conference Committee is comprised of the President, President-Elect, Vice-President, Standing Committee Chairs, Call for Papers Chair, Harper/Wornom Committee Chair, Executive Secretary, and the Networking Coordinator.

Proposals Selection Committee

Hosffman Ospino, Chair
Randy Litchfield (2019), Methodist Theological School in Ohio
Mary Young (2019), Association of Theological Schools

Publications Committee

Sybrina Atwaters, Chair
Joyce Mercer, RE Journal Editor
Jack Seymour, Horizons Representative

Standing Committees

These committees are an essential part of how REA, as a decentralized, volunteer-driven associations accomplishes its mission. Please go to the page of Standing Committees for more information.