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Meet the Team

 

Colonel Janet Munn
Director

Janet has given many summers of her life to summer camping ministry for underprivileged children and youth. In contexts ranging from local, regional, to international, she calls people to prayer, and to personal transformation in community.

She has been an officer in The Salvation Army for over 30 years and has served globally in leadership, and in local Salvation Army congregations, both urban and suburban. Janet served as Principal of the College for Officer Training in Australia and in New York in recent years.

Janet describes the Bible as the most invigorating, disturbing and enlivening thing she has ever read, and is endeavouring to live in the light of it.

Janet is the wife of an Anglo-American-egalitarian-husband and the mother of beautiful, articulate, and blessed young adults, Nealson and Olivia, son-in-law, Pratik and grandson, Roman, all of whom live in New York City.

Colonel Janet and Richard Munn currently serve as Directors of the International Social Justice Commission.

 

COLONEL richard MUNN
Director

Richard Munn was born in London, spent his childhood in the Congo and in 1987 was commissioned as a Salvation Army officer in the USA East. He and Janet have served as corps officers, divisional leaders, USA East territorial cabinet and principals of the International College for Officers, London, UK.

Recently Richard served as Chief Secretary, Australia East and Secretary for Theology and Christian Ethics, USA East. He and Janet currently serve as directors of the International Social Justice Commission, New York City. Richard received a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. His thesis assesses the egalitarian leadership model of The Salvation Army.

Richard and Janet have two young adult children, Nealson, Olivia, married to Pratik Munn-Shirsath, with grandson Roman, all residing in New York City.

 

Major Victoria Edmunds
Senior United Nations Representatives

Major Victoria Edmonds was born in Brooklyn, New York, but grew up in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where she learned the culture and traditions of her own heritage, the Tuscarora Nations of Native Americans.

Victoria has served in numerous corps appointments including the New York Harlem Temple Corps. She has served in Divisional Headquarters appointments, as well as the League of Mercy/Community Care Secretary and Chaplain for the Women's Shelters in New York City.She has also served in the Caribbean, along with her husband, with responsibilities for all the Virgin Islands both British and American.

Prior to becoming an officer in The Salvation Army, Victoria served 10 years in the United States Navy. The major has an Associates Degree in Library Science, a Bachelors Degree in Organizational Management and a Masters in Intercultural Studies. Victoria currently represents The Salvation Army at all levels of United Nations engagements and on NGO Committees. She serves on NGO Executive Committees and is Vice-Chair of the Working Group on Girls.

 

MAJOR CHRISTINE VOLET-STERCKX
Senior United Nations Representative, Geneva

Major Christine Volet-Sterckx was born in Kinshasa, DRC. She is a nurse by training and was commissioned as a Salvation Army officer in 1987. Christine completed her training with theology study, pastoral care, human resources management and coaching. Together with her husband and her youngest son, Christine served in Haïti (2010 -2013).

This experience left a deep impression on her and strengthened her interest in the needs of families living in poverty. She was particularly challenged by the need of developing a highly respectful approach to her neighbors, where they can be listened to and their resources valued.

Christine is passionate about community development, challenged by poverty and injustice, and very aware of the call to defend the rights of everyone and commit herself to the fight of injustice and inequality.

 

Major Jacob Kinyua
Senior United Nations Representative, Nairobi

Major Jacob Kinyua is an officer of Kenya East Territory. He grew up in a Christian family which impacted his life greatly and led to his conviction to choose Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour. Jacob is married to Major Agnes Kinyua and is blessed with two beautiful children: Gloria and Chris.

Jacob was commissioned as an officer of The Salvation Army in November 2004 – Preparers of the Way Session. He has served in four different corps in both the Kenya West and Kenya East Territories, five years as the Education Officer in the Officers’ Training College in Kenya and is currently the Business Administrator at the SALT College of Africa and Resource Centre.

Jacob holds a Bachelor of Theology degree from Kenya Methodist University and is currently working on the final stages of his Master of Arts in Religious Studies. His thesis focuses on the role of religion as a vehicle for disabled persons’ education.

One of the delights of his present life is to work alongside other Christians who are seeking justice together.

 

DR LAURELLE SMITH
Senior Research Analyst

Laurelle Smith is a Salvationist from Wellington, New Zealand. She completed her undergraduate and Master’s studies in Neuroscience and has a PhD in Medicine from the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Her PhD studies focused on improving the health, development and future outcomes of New Zealand children with a particular focus on sleep and aimed to increase children’s quality of life, potential, growth, education and development.

Laurelle has a passion for transforming lives through the eradication of social injustice and her role at the ISJC combines this passion with the research skills she acquired during her Master’s and PhD studies.

 

DR. JAMES READ
Senior Policy Analyst

Dr James Read (Jim) has been a Senior Policy Analyst for the ISJC since 2008, and Chair of the International Moral and Social Issues Council. He devotes half of his time to this work. The other half of his time is spent as the Executive Director of The Salvation Army Ethics Centre in Winnipeg, Canada.

Jim has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

He is married to Laurie, a nurse who has specialized in end-of-life care. They have three adult children, a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law, and five grandchildren. Laurie and Jim belong to Heritage Park Temple corps in Winnipeg.

One of the delights of his present life is to work alongside other Christians who are seeking justice together.

 

Priscilla Santos
International Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking Response Coordinator

Before entering her current role, Priscilla Santos served as Western Territory Social Justice & Anti-Trafficking Initiatives Coordinator where she focused on implementing shalom-focused, promising practices approaches throughout its 13 states. Priscilla is also an Adjunct Professor at Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice where she teaches courses on justice & holistic survivor care.

She obtained a Master’s degree in Intercultural Studies, specialising in International Development & Children at Risk from Fuller Theological Seminary. Furthering social justice and fostering a spirit of empowerment and inclusivity in those she works with, in order to see them reach their full potential, thrive, and contribute toward a more just society is vital to Priscilla’s vocational journey.

Priscilla is Cuban-American living in Los Angeles, CA with her husband, daughter, and son. As an enneagram 7, she can’t imagine her life without meeting peculiar people, laughing and adventuring.

 

CHRISTINE RUSSELL-PRITCHARD
Operations & Digital Communications Manager

Christine was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and is a Salvationist from the USA Eastern Territory. Following her graduation from Roberts Wesleyan College, Christine and her husband moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where they resided for six years. While there, Christine worked for the state as a representative to the Dekalb County Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children and as a licensed Foster and Adoptive parent trainer. Following state certification, she began working independently for private foster care and adoption agencies specializing in the placement of children with special needs.

Christine moved to New York City in 2002, where she began working as the GAINS (Greater Academic Incentives to Nurture Success) Coordinator for The Salvation Army of Greater New York. Following a period home with her two children, Eliza and Hudson, Christine returned to work independently as her company-provided resources, curriculum, and consultation for organizations working with at-risk youth. Christine joined the ISJC team in July of 2019 and is thrilled to be Seeking Justice Together.

 

Adam Raine
Intern

Adam was born, raised and continues to live in Sunderland, North-east England. A Salvationist from birth, he has grown up appreciating the International ministry of his church.

Adam completed his Bachelors in Science in ‘Sport and Exercise Science’ from the University of Bath before completing his Masters in ‘Psychology’ from Arden University. Through his experiences at University, including co-authoring an academic paper on Motivational Climates in Sport and Physical Activity while on placement at the University of Canberra, Adam has developed a passion for research. His work teaching and counselling at numerous children’s camps in his home Division and at Camp Hoblitzelle, Texas, has connected Adam with a desire to spread the gospel, particularly to young Salvationists.

In his free time Adam enjoys taking his dog, Leo, on walks in the woods, playing and watching football (soccer), and taking part in all things musical. He is delighted to be able to combine his passions for research and ministry in his role as Research and Resource Development Intern at the ISJC.

 

Meble Birengo
Intern

Meble Vilika Birengo is a Salvationist born in Kenya. She has four brothers and two sisters. Meble has served in The Salvation Army Locally and Globally as a Soldier, local officer, volunteer, staff and consultant. She is a soldier at Nairobi Central Temple and has great passion for music. She is a trainer for the ladies’ band and a conductor with the Kenya Conservatoire of Music Women's Orchestra. Her life experiences and her professional growth as a Development Specialist has been influenced by The Salvation Army.

She holds a BA in Leadership and Management from the International Leadership University, and a MA in Monitoring and Evaluation from Daystar University. Meble feels that this year's internship has been God's long-time plan for her life. An opportunity to diversify her areas of influence and understanding of social justice issues, while giving attention to Impact Measurement and Monitoring and Evaluation for OTHERS Trade. She wishes her late parents Major Birengos would have lived to see the outcomes of this year.

She is grateful to the ISJC for embracing Covid-19 ways of living by establishing remote structures for the internship.

 

Kellyn Mylechreest
Intern

Kellyn was born in the state of North Carolina but is now a proud Salvationist living in New York City, part of the USA Eastern Territory. Coming from an artistic dance background, Kellyn earned her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts as well as her Master’s in Fine Arts from New York University. Once needing a summer job as a college student, Kellyn began working in a summer arts conservatory with The Salvation Army, and never looked back. She has since served as a Divisional Creative Arts Leader for the Greater New York Division, and until now, has guest taught dance across the North and South American Continents on both the Divisional and Territorial levels.

In September of 2020, Kellyn married her husband, Edward Mylechreest, and they are now obsessive dog parents to their new puppy Millie! Kellyn’s career has always been interwoven with her passion for social justice, and she is honoured to be working as an intern for the ISJC for 2021.

 

Angelica Sulit
Intern

Angelica Ruth Sulit is a salvationist from the Philippine Territory. She was born and raised in the Salvation Army and is currently serving in Sta. Barbara Corps, where her parents, Captains Roderick and Abigail Sulit, serve as officers.

With her interest in digital communications, she took up her bachelor’s degree in Development Communication at Occidental Mindoro State College, where she graduated with Latin honours. She also obtained her license as a professional teacher in 2019. Angelica worked as a university instructor prior to her internship with the ISJC.

Angelica loves music and she uses her spare time to learn foreign languages. She also loves writing poetry and stories. She believes that her experiences with The Salvation Army have greatly influenced her desire to share God’s love to others. Having been chosen as the Digital Communications Intern for the ISJC is a great opportunity to use her passions and abilities for the mission of sharing God’s love to a wider sphere of people.

 

Fernanda Rivera
Intern

Fernanda was born in Mexico City, and has actively served in The Salvation Army since she was a teenager. Fernanda has three siblings of which two are officers in The Salvation Army. Coming from a Salvationist family Fernanda has lived in several cities of Mexico and is currently living in Merida where her parents serve as Divisional Commanders. Fernanda is passionate about Social Justice and has participated in different projects such as the Youth Programme “Leading by example” of the World Summit of the Nobel Peace Laureates in 2019, and she strongly believes that her passion about Social Justice has been influenced by her Salvationist background. Fernanda decided to study International Business in the School of Banking and Commerce specialising in Marketing to learn more about economics, culture and how the world works, and she’s looking forward to getting her Major diploma soon. Fernanda loves working with Youth, as she believes they are the future generation. She has served as a youth leader and corps cadet leader at her corps. Fernanda is grateful that The Salvation Army believes in the voice of young people like her, and she is thrilled to see what God has planned for her in this life-changing experience.

 

Kayla Calvo
UN Youth Representative

Kayla Calvo graduated in 2020 from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts/Public Service in Public and Nonprofit Administration and a minor in International Affairs. She continued her education at Rutgers and graduated in 2021 with a Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Technology and Information Management.

Kayla has been connected to the ISJC since she was 13 years old when she became a Salvation Army Girl Advocate to the UN Working Group on Girls and attended Commission on the Status of Women where she spoke on ‘Violence Against the Girl Child’. Kayla was then invited to speak on the topic on ‘Fulfilling the Rights of Indigenous Children: Successes and Challenges’ as part of the celebration for the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 2012. She continues to be involved with the Working Group on Girls as the Youth Representative for The Salvation Army.

Kayla is currently preparing to travel back to South Korea to work for the Korean Ministry of Education as an English Teacher.