Leadership for Kirkridge Retreats will include one or more of the following leaders:

Winton Boyd

He has been Senior Pastor at Orchard Ridge UCC church in Madison, WI since 1999. In this position and previous positions in Fresno, CA and Minneapolis, MN he has functioned as a retreat leader, conflict mediator, service learning experience coordinator, youth worker, spiritual guide, and political activist. Winton and his wife Tammy have three high school and college aged children.

Valerie BrownValerie Brown

In 2003, Valerie was ordained by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh as a lay member of the Tien Hiep Order. Valerie has trained in holistic spirituality, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and with the Center for Courage and Renewal. She is a certified Kundalini yoga teacher and a frequent teacher at Kirkridge, Pendle Hill and other retreat centers throughout the United States.


Kathy Gille

She has spent a lifetime working in politics as an activist for peace and social justice, as a senior congressional aide, and as a strategic consultant to grassroots and advocacy groups. She has worked as an adviser to The Faith and Politics Institute’s Civil Rights Pilgrimages to Alabama and South Africa, and currently serves as a Senior Fellow with the human rights organization, The Washington Office on Latin America. She trained as a facilitator of Circle of Trust retreats as part of an ongoing exploration of ways to deepen our democracy.

Marcy JacksonMarcy Jackson, M.S.W., M.P.H.

She has worked with individuals, groups, and families as a child and family therapist in outpatient settings, and on an Indian reservation related to experiences of grief ,  loss and marital and family issues. Marcy is Co-director of the Center for Courage & Renewal where she has primary responsibility for CCR courses and programs. She has been facilitating retreats, based on the Circle of TrustR approach, nationally and internationally since 1996.

Sally HareSally Z. Hare, Ph.D.,

She is a teacher and a learner. She is the Singleton Distinguished Professor Emerita at Coastal Carolina University, where she served for many years as Dean of the Graduate School and Continuing Education and was the founding director of the Center for Education and Community. During her Kellogg fellowship in the early 90’s, Sally had the chance to meet Parker Palmer as she was exploring the concept of community. Parker invited her to work with him as he created The Courage to Teach. Since that time, she has worked with the national Center for Courage & Renewal and facilitated COURAGE TO TEACH® and COURAGE TO LEAD® and CIRCLE of TRUST programs in South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Georgia, Oregon, and Kansas, and leads circle of trust retreats nationally with educators, physicians, community leaders and other professionals.

Brabara HummelBarbara Hummel, M.Ed.,

She has a master’s degree in counseling and personnel services. She has co-facilitated Circle of Trust retreats in the Midwest since 2002. In addition, Barb works with leaders and organizations to tap existing strengths and identify options to improve work environments and accelerate interpersonal development. She has been affiliated with the national Center for Courage and Renewal since 1999, and currently serves on its Board of Directors.

Russ MoxleyRuss Moxley

Until April, 2002, he was a Senior Fellow at the Center for Creative Leadership, a nonprofit research and educational organization headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina. Now he designs and delivers leadership development workshops in for-profit and nonprofit organizations, coaches executives, does organizational consultation work, and facilitates Courage to Teach/ Courage to Lead/Courage to Serve retreats. In addition, Russ is a well-known public speaker.


Jean RichardsonJean Richardson

Since 2005 she has served as the director of Kirkridge Retreat Center. Prior to this move she spent 10 years on the staff of Ghost Ranch as the Program Director and the Development Director. A trained facilitator of the Center for Courage and Renewal and an ordained Presbyterian minister, she has worked the last 14 years in retreat ministry. Prior to moving into retreat work, Jean served as an urban pastor and as a consultant and adjunct faculty member at San Francisco Theological Seminary.

Kirkridge Retreat Center

2495 Fox Gap Road

Bangor, PA 18013


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