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Andy Lang has 18 years of experience as a communications professional in the United Church of Christ. He was a daily newspaper reporter and a Congressional public-relations specialist in Washington, DC, before moving to Cleveland to join the UCC’s national communications staff in 1993. Andy built the UCC’s first churchwide website at ucc.org in 1994 and led the church’s national web ministry until 2004. Andy has been the Coalition’s executive director since April 2011: in that capacity, he leads the UCC’s Open and Affirming Program. His passion is to reach the nearly 4,000 UCC congregations that have not yet adopted an ONA covenant. He is a member of Plymouth UCC in Shaker Heights, OH.
After a career as an elementary special educator, Kathie Carpenter found her passion in the ONA Program. In 1998, she led her church, the Congregational Church of Needham, MA, in the ONA process. Since 2003, she has chaired the Massachusetts Conference ONA Ministry Team. She has been an ONA Consultant and consultant trainer since 2004. As the Coalition’s ONA Registrar, she has helped congregations through their ONA process and has registered all new ONA churches since 2007. Kathie and her partner of 25 years, Barbra, were married in their ONA church in June 2004—three weeks after marriage equality was legalized in Massachusetts. They are the proud parents of two golden retrievers.
Martha Gibbs, the Coalition’s office manager, is an experienced owner and manager of small businesses in the Cleveland area. A graduate of Ithaca College with a B.A. in history, she is an avid needleworker, teacher and designer with a “special love of crazy quilts and their exuberant embroidery.” She lives in Berea, OH, and is a member of First Congregational UCC there.
Ann M. Randall, CPA, has an accounting and financial-management practice in South Euclid, Ohio, working primarily with non-profits and small businesses. She has worked in the non-profit sector for 30 years. Some of her proudest achievements include facilitating racial diversity and parent involvement in her children’s elementary school. She served as the Christian educator in a Presbyterian More Light Church for many years.