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Brian Stefan-Szittai came to the InterReligious Task Force staff in 1999. Before joining IRTF, Brian taught sociology at Bowling Green State University-Firelands College and Lorain County Community College. Brian also brought to IRTF several years of experience in community organizing and advocacy for immigrant rights in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, a four-county area on the Texas-Mexico border. Brian co-managed a shelter for Central American refugees and organized faith communities in support of Central American refugees through the Border Association for Refugees from Central America (BARCA). Also through BARCA, Brian did community organizing with Mexican immigrant families in rural colonias. During his years in South Texas, Brian served as chair of the Refugee Rights Coalition, director of the Peace and Justice Commission at a Catholic parish, and co-founder/co-director of the Coalition of Colonia Service Agencies. In Cleveland, Brian is active with music ministry at St. Patrick Church and is a member of the Cleveland Catholic Worker Community.
A native of Massillon, Ohio, and graduate of Canton Central Catholic High School. Brian holds a BA in Political Science (Bowling Green State University) and an MA in Sociology (Syracuse University), with concentrations in ethnic identity and conflict resolution.
Chrissy has experience with diversity education, fair trade, sustainability, finance, leadership development, public speaking, volunteer management, social justice and interfaith programming. Her work experience includes working in finance, coordinating alumni fundraising campaigns at Hiram College, and teaching Student Development and Leadership at Kent State.
Chrissy is a native of Youngstown, Ohio. Chrissy devotes her passion for social justice and concern for Latin America to her mother, who moved to the US from Medellin, Colombia during the height of the civil war in the 1980s. Chrissy received her BA in International and Financial Management from Hiram College and her MA/MEd in Higher Education Administration from Kent State University. At Kent, she worked in Student Affairs, coordinated civic engagement trips for students and served on Sustainability, Diversity and Professional Development committees. While studying at Hiram she helped in the initial planning of the Hiram Farm Living and Learning Community for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and was co-founder of the Olive Branch fair trade store in Hiram, OH.
Program Associates - volunteer corps members
Action Reconciliation Service for Peace
Rapid Response Network Co-Coordinator
IRTF Board of Trustees
Noha Bechara - secretary
Susan Dicken - Community Shares Liason
Dale Lindsey, LPC
Siobhan Málave, LISW-S - co-chair
Rachel Napolitano - co-chair
Rev. Chris Stark
Andy Trares - Treasurer