Irene Boyd is a former community organizer that has had a sense of social justice since she was a child. Irene's father is from Northern Ireland and Irene heard stories from a very young age about discrimination against Catholics. Irene grew up with an understanding of the worth and dignity of everyone regardless of race or ethnic group. Irene has lived in Nashville since 1955 and has experienced many changes within the city, especially around Catholicism. Irene belongs to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Nashville, Tennessee and is working to strengthen Gamaliel affiliate, NOAH (Nashville Organized for Action and Hope).
Ev Howe is a powerful Catholic leader within Gamaliel affiliate, ABLE, in Atlanta, Georgia. Ev is a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel and is the chairperson for ABLE's immigration campaign. He is also a member of Georgia Detention Watch. Ev is a parishioner of St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church in Atlanta (and president of its St. Vincent de Paul conference). Along with others, Ev has made a difference empowering the disadvantaged in Georgia.
Kent Ferris is a native of Blair, Nebraska and currently resides in Davenport, Iowa with his family. Kent graduated from Coe College in Cedar Rapids with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and from Mankato State University, Mankato, Minnesota, with a master’s degree in counseling and student personnel. Kent is currently the social action director for the Diocese of Davenport in Davenport, Iowa.
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