image2.JPG
image2.JPG

Staff & Board


Meet Our Leadership

SCROLL DOWN

Staff & Board


Meet Our Leadership

Ohio RCRC is led by our executive director and a Board of Trustees. We are currently searching for more board members who offer a range of skills, experiences, and connections and will enhance our religious, geographic, ethnic, and racial diversity. Help us promote reproductive justice for all Ohioans - email us at info@ohiorcrc.org to receive a board member application.

Elaina Ramsey has served as Ohio RCRC's Executive Director since June 2017.

Elaina Ramsey has served as Ohio RCRC's Executive Director since June 2017.

Elaina ramsey

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

With a decade of campaign, advocacy, and communications experience, Elaina loves listening to people’s stories and engaging communities for social change. She has worked for various nonprofits and campaigns at the intersection of faith and politics — including Sojourners, Red Letter Christians, Women’s Action for New Directions, and Obama for America.

A former fundamentalist evangelical, Elaina practices compassionate care as a pro-faith, pro-family, and pro-choice Christian. In 2019, she was recognized as a Coolidge Scholar by Auburn Theological Seminary for her work in religion and reproductive justice.

Elaina received her bachelor's degree from Capital University in Columbus, OH. She holds a master's degree in both Theological Studies and International Peace & Conflict Resolution from Wesley Theological Seminary and American University, respectively. Elaina hails from Chillicothe, and adores her wild and wonderful family.

Terry Headshot.jpg

Rev. Terry Williams

Faith organizer

Rev. Terry Williams is an Ordained Minister of the United Church of Christ, currently serving as pastor of a congregation in Chillicothe. A native of southern Appalachian Ohio, he is active in ecumenical and social justice movements across the greater Ohio region that center the voices of marginalized persons in the determination of their own future.

Educated at Ohio Wesleyan University and The Methodist Theological School in Ohio, Rev. Williams has earned a B.A. in Religion; a M.Div. with a specialization in biblical languages and texts; and a MTS degree with an emphasis in Christian Theology and Ethics. Interpreting the Bible with special attention to the ethical, moral, and social implications of a religious reading of scripture, Rev. Williams gives voice to religious values that honor both science and sacred text as important sources of moral authority. He is committed to uniting strong theological conviction with deep spiritual experiences in ways which transform, heal, and empower people to live meaningful lives for the benefit of God’s whole creation.

Rabbi Jessica Shimberg (1).jpeg

Rabbi jessica shimberg

Faith organizer

Rabbi Jessica K. Shimberg is the founding spiritual leader of The Little Minyan Kehilah, an eco-conscious congregation which plants, tends, and harvests deep-rooted Jewish connections in central Ohio since 2005. The Kehilah (Hebrew for community) is affiliated with Jewish Renewal and Reconstructionist movements. Rabbi Shimberg’s ritual artistry, infectious enthusiasm, and ability to locate and lift the sacred within the ordinary draws many beyond her congregation to her “rabbinistry.”

She facilitates learning and engagement for people of all ages and points of entry, and loves helping even the most skeptical in connecting to the Sacred Source. A trained mediator and facilitator, as well as a former litigator, Rabbi Shimberg is an active advocate for social and environmental justice — addressing issues concerning economic disparities, immigrants and refugees, reproductive rights, and our Earth through a spiritual lens. She loves the dynamism of interfaith work and is active locally and at the national level.


Megan Hunter.jpg

Board Member

Megan M. Hunter, Esq.

Ms. Hunter serves as a resident attorney at Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services in Akron, Ohio. She graduated from Vermont Law School in 2014, where she served as chair of their chapter of Law Students for Reproductive Justice. During that time, she brought Dr. Katharine Morrison of Buffalo Women’s Service (a woman who opened a birthing center in her abortion clinic) to speak at their annual Roe v. Wade Anniversary Dinner.

Ms. Hunter is a licensed attorney in New York and Ohio and continues her work in the Buckeye state with legal issues at the intersection of environmental and reproductive justice. She is a proud pro-choice Catholic.

Kelly Burd.jpg

Board Member

Rev. Kelly burd

Rev. Kelly Burd is pastor of the historic Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ in Cleveland, Ohio. Pastor Kelly earned a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Ohio University in 1992. Following graduation, she bartended at the world’s longest bar on South Bass Island in Lake Erie and taught English in Tokyo, Japan before matriculating at Yale Divinity School, where she earned a Master of Divinity. Among other justice pursuits, Rev. Burd is a skilled sexuality educator and advocate of Our Whole Lives (OWL), a comprehensive sexuality education program co-published by the United Church of Christ and the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Rabbi Rob Nosanchuk.jpg

Board Member

Rabbi robert nosanchuk

Robert Nosanchuk is Senior Rabbi of Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple in Cleveland, Ohio. Rabbi Nosanchuk also serves as co-chair of Greater Cleveland Congregations; holds a seat on the boards of NATAL: Israel’s Trauma and Resiliency Center and the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. Since a teenager, Rabbi Nosanchuk has seen himself as an activist for peace, justice and equality. Within the world of pro-choice advocacy, he has advanced his synagogue’s work with the Freedom of Choice Coalition in Cleveland and has been an advocate and ally of the “My Abortion, My Life” campaign. A graduate who was rabbinically ordained by the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, he is currently pursuing a Certificate in Counseling and Spiritual Wellness at John Carroll University.


Ohio Clergy for Choice


We, clergy and religious leaders from across Ohio, support a person’s ability to access a full range of reproductive health services, including safe and legal abortion.

Ohio Clergy for Choice


We, clergy and religious leaders from across Ohio, support a person’s ability to access a full range of reproductive health services, including safe and legal abortion.

Copy of Ohio Clergy for Choice (1).png

FAITH LEADERS: Join our growing network of clergy committed to the “Pro-Faith, Pro-Family, Pro-Choice” movement! When you sign this letter, you’ll also receive resources to support you and your community in putting faith into action for reproductive freedom.

Click here to add your name to this letter.

We, clergy and religious leaders from across Ohio, in accordance with our moral convictions and our personal faith, support a person’s ability to access a full range of reproductive health services, including safe and legal abortion.

As leaders of various faith communities, we have ministered to thousands of women and their families. Many of these people find themselves faced with the decision to have an abortion, and one in four will decide to end a pregnancy at some point in their lives.

These women are our neighbors, our co-workers, our friends, and our peers. As people of faith and as Ohioans, we believe in loving our neighbors and treating one another as we would like to be treated — with compassion, dignity, and respect. This means recognizing that the decision to have an abortion is deeply personal and should be left to a woman, her family, and her doctor.

As such, the decision to have an abortion should not be restricted by elected officials. We also oppose the enshrinement of any faith strictures as public policy. We value real religious liberty, which upholds the right of each person to make their own faith- or conscience-based healthcare decisions.

We recognize there are a diversity of views in the faith community. Indeed, not everyone in our own congregations or denominations agrees on this complex issue. But as leaders, we are called to declare our support for a person's ability to access abortion, contraception, and other reproductive healthcare services.

Our religious principles are grounded in love and acceptance of all people, and we believe deeply that means ending the shame and stigma associated with abortion and increasing access for all people to access a full range of reproductive healthcare options.

It is time to #StopTheBans and end all attempts to interfere in private medical decisions about abortion, leaving them in the capable hands of pregnant people.

Many thanks to New Mexico RCRC for drafting this letter and sharing it with us.


THESE SIGNATURES REPRESENT THE POSITION OF THE INDIVIDUAL CLERGY AND RELIGIOUS LEADERS WHO HAVE SIGNED ON IN SUPPORT. THE CONGREGATIONS AND/OR ORGANIZATIONS LISTED ARE FOR IDENTIFICATION PURPOSES ONLY.

Rabbi Margaret Meyer, Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (Cincinnati)

Pastor Jessica Myers, First Presbyterian Church (Bloomdale)

Rev. Vanessa Myers-Dudley, Christian Church Disciples of Christ (Chillicothe)

Jo Anne Nay, North Congregational United Church of Christ (Columbus)

Rev. Dr. Brian Q. Newcomb, David’s United Church of Christ (Dayton)

Rev. Dr. William Nirote, David’s United Church of Christ (Reynoldsburg)

Rabbi Robert Nosanchuk, Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple (Beachwood)

Joyce Oyler, Ohio Conference - United Church of Christ (Reynoldsburg)

Rev. Rebecca Ozcomert, United Methodist Church (Columbus)

Rabbi Elana Perry, Isaac M. Wise Temple (Cincinnati)

Pastor Charles Peterson, Old Trinity Lutheran Church (Columbus)

Rev. J. Larry Phillips, Retired - American Baptist Church (Beavercreek)

Rev. Nicole Pickens, Zion United Church of Christ (Bellevue)

Rev. Lois Powell, United Church of Christ (Cleveland Heights)

Rev. Abigail Prendergast, United Church of Christ (Columbus)

Rev. Steven Protzman, Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent (Kent)

Rev. Melinda Quellhorst, United Church of Christ Congregational (Vermilion)

Rev. Mary Reaman, Tree of Life Community Unitarian Universalist Church (Dayton)

Rev. Lawrence Rezash, Harmony Creek United Church of Christ (Miamisburg)

Rev. Heather Rodenborg, North Congregational United Church of Christ (Delaware)

Rev. Kristen Rohm, SouthWest Unitarian Universalist Church (North Royalton)

Rev. Don Rollins, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens (Jackson)

Rabbi Stacy Schlein, The Temple-Tifereth Israel (Beachwood)

Rev. Kate Shaner, First Community Church (Hilliard)

Rev. Dr. Rina Shere, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Cleveland (Cleveland)

Rabbi Jessica Shimberg, Little Minyan Kehilah (Columbus)

Rev. Lynda Smith, Retired - Unitarian Universalist Church (Columbus)

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith, Crazy Faith Ministries & Ohio Poor People’s Campaign (Gahanna)

Rev. Dr. Deborah Stevens, United Methodist Church (Columbus)

Rev. Dr. Marian Stewart, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus (Columbus)

Rev. Deanna Straw, Disciples of Christ (Athens)

Rev. Dr. Elaine Strawn, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Wayne County (Wooster)

Rev. Dawn Swartz, Wesley Glen Retirement Community (Columbus)

Rev. Tim Temerson, Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron (Akron)

Pastor Shannon Trenton, Church of the Redeemer United Methodist Church (Cleveland)

Rabbi Michael Ungar, Beth El - The Heights Synagogue (Shaker Heights)

Rev. Joan Van Becelaere, Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio (Columbus)

Rabbi Allison Vann, Suburban Temple-Kol Ami (Shaker Heights)

Dr. Robin Knowles Wallace, United Church of Christ (Powell)

Rev. John Wallace, Retired - United Methodist Church (Columbus)

Rev. James Waugh, Retired – United Methodist Church (Columbus)

Joette Weber, Universal Life Church (Athens)

Rabbi Stephen Weiss, B'nai Jeshurun Congregation (Cleveland)

Rev. Michelle Wilkey, David’s United Church of Christ (Hamilton)

Mark Williams, First Congregational Church – UCC (Columbus)

Rev. Terry Williams, Orchard Hill United Church of Christ (Chillicothe)

Rev. Gary Witte, United Church of Christ (Columbus)

Rev. Leslie Woodward, Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church (Cincinnati)

Rev. Laura Young, United Methodist Church (Westerville)

Pastor R. Brooke Baker, Church of the Redeemer United Church of Christ (Independence)

Rev. Dr. TK Barger, First Unitarian Church of Toledo (Toledo)

Rabbi George Barnard, Retired (Cincinnati)

Rabbi Robert Barr, Congregation Beth Adam (Loveland)

Rev. Jacob Baxter, Non-Denominational (Chillicothe)

Rev. Katherine Beckett, United Church of Christ (Rockford)

Rabbi Dr. Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, Kaplan Center for Jewish Peoplehood (Cincinnati)

Rev. J. Paige Boyer, United Methodist Church (Cleveland)

Rev. Kathy Brawley, Eldorado Universalist Church (Eldorado)

Rev. James Brehler, St. John United Church of Christ (Defiance)

Rev. Whitney Bruno, Saint Michael's United Church of Christ (Columbus)

Rev. Lori Buehler, United Church of Christ (Columbus)

Rev. Kelly Burd, Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ (Cleveland)

Rev. Sam Byrd, Unitarian Universalist Church of Westfield Center (Homerville)

Rev. Dr. Michael Castle, Harmony Creek United Church of Christ; Alliance of Baptists (Dayton)

Rabbi Jordana Chernow, Fairmount Temple (Shaker Heights)

Rev. Joseph Cherry, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Cleveland (Shaker Heights)

Rev. Dan Clark, St. John's United Church of Christ (Columbus)

Rev. Alan Cory, Retired – Disciples of Christ (Kent)

Rev. Julia Cory, First Christian Church of Kent (Kent)

Rev. Emily Krause Corzine, First Congregational Church – UCC (Columbus)

Rev. Angie Cox, Broad Street United Methodist Church (Columbus)

Rabbi Lindsey Danziger, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (Cincinnati)

Rev. Dr. Chris Davies, United Church of Christ (Cleveland)

Pastor Allan Debelak, Hope Lutheran Church (Columbus)

Pastor Justin DeLong, Community of Christ (Portsmouth)

Rev. Marcia Dinkins, Forever Changed Ministries (Toledo)

Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer, United Church of Christ (Cleveland)

Pastor Robert Dreese, First Grace United Church of Christ (Copley)

Rev. Pam Easterday, United Church of Christ (Tiffin)

Pastor Grant Eckhart, Jacob’s Porch (Columbus)

Rev. Dean Feldmeyer, United Methodist Church (Loveland)

Rev. Kathleen Fowler, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus (Columbus)

Rev. Jeffrey Gamblee, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus (Westerville)

Rev. Elizabeth Gedert, Zion United Church of Christ (Delaware)

Rev. Mary Grigolia, Unitarian Universalist Church (Lakewood)

Rev. J. Bennett Guess, United Church of Christ & ACLU of Ohio (Columbus)

Rev. Dr. Judy Guion-Utsler, Otterbein University (Columbus)

Rabbi Rosie Haim, Celebrating Jewish Life (Shaker Heights)

Rev. Patricia Hart, West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church (Rocky River)

Rev. Kathryn Hawbaker, First Unitarian Universalist Society of Marietta (Marietta)

Amanda Hays, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus (Columbus)

Rabbi Jonathan Hecht, Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (Cincinnati)

Rev. Sylvia Howe, Retired – Unitarian Universalist Church (Columbus)

Rev. Will Humphrey, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church (Bellville)

Pastor Deborah Jeanblanc, Belpre Congregational Church (Belpre)

Melissa Jeter, First Unitarian Church of Toledo (Toledo)

Rabbi Meredith Kahan, Rockdale Temple (Cincinnati)

Rev. Kellie Kelly, Miami Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (Dayton)

Rev. Martha Kline, United Church of Christ (Springfield)

Paul L’Herrou, Retired – Unitarian Universalist Church (Columbus)

Rev. Dr. Deborah Lindsay, United Church of Christ (Columbus)

Rev. David Long-Higgins, Ohio Conference – United Church of Christ (Columbus)

Rabbi Sharon Mars, Temple Israel (Columbus)