December 14, 2017

FUSE Steering Committee Members

FUSE Steering Committee Members:

Bonnie Breit, Congregation Ohev Shalom

Ms. Breit is resident of Wallingford, a member of Congregation Ohev Shalom, and a health care professional with over 35 years of administrative and clinical experience focusing on organizational issues related to diversity, state and federal regulations, and program development. Ms. Breit’s talents from being an occupational therapist enable her to identify, and create solutions to address challenges of various natures.
As a member of the FUSE Steering Committee, Ms. Breit provides coordination for some administrative and outreach efforts including the fiscal operations of FUSE. Her goal is to help our communities engage together, learn from each other, and “expand the fences” between people of all types.

Rev. Peter A. Friedrichs, Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County

Rev. Peter Friedrichs is the pastor of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County in Media. He has served the church since 2006, the year of his ordination. Before entering the ministry he practiced law for nearly 20 years in Portland, Maine. He and his wife Irene live in Swarthmore, and they are the proud grandparents of three boys, ages 6, 4, and 3.

Rabbi Jeremy GerberCongregation Ohev Shalom

Rabbi Jeremy Gerber is the rabbi of Congregation Ohev Shalom in Wallingford, PA, where he has served since 2009. Rabbi Gerber grew up in Stockholm, Sweden, before moving to the United States for college. He was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in New York City, from which he also received a Bachelor’s Degree in Talmud & Rabbinics and a Master’s Degree in Jewish Education. He also has a BA in Anthropology from Columbia University. Rabbi Gerber is an associate chaplain at Widener University and at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. He is an active member of the Interfaith Council of Southern Delaware County, and is very proud to be a founding member of FUSE. Rabbi Gerber lives in Wallingford with his wife, Rebecca, and their two children, Caroline and Max.

Clyde KillebrewMaking a Change Group

Clyde Killebrew Jr. was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1947.  He was educated in the Philadelphia Public Schools.  Attended Temple University, Philadelphia, PA,  School of Liberal Arts and graduated in 1971 with a degree in Liberal Arts.  Attended Cheyney University, Cheyney, PA, Masters Program in Education.

From 1970 through 2005, he has worked as a Human Resources Manager, Equal Employment Opportunity Manager and Management Consultant for companies such as the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, Carpenter Technology Corporation and Certainteed Saint-Gobain.   Since 2005, he has been a resident of Chester, PA and has been active in community projects primarily involved with education and social justice. 

Rev. Francois Lacroix, Wallingford Presbyterian Church 

Rev. François Lacroix is the Pastor, Head of Staff, of the Wallingford Presbyterian Church, Wallingford, PA. François was born in Belgium and immigrated to the United States as a child. He grew up in Miami Beach, Florida and graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Music Performance. Theological studies were at McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago IL., culminating with a Master of Divinity Degree. Rev. Lacroix served in the United States Navy Chaplain Corps with assignments in the United States and Canada. He served congregations in Tennessee, New York, Texas and Pennsylvania. In addition to responsibilities with the Presbytery of Philadelphia Rev. Lacroix is the Moderator/convener of the Interfaith Council of Southern Delaware County.

Cory LongMaking A Change Group

Cory Long, A native of Chester and longtime youth and community organizer and advocate. Cory graduated from Chester High School in 1993 and spent the next 10 years building a successful career as an entertainment industry Dj and promotor which included a regional radio station Power 99fm and national tours with Eve, Funk Flex, and BET appearances.

In 2003 Cory decided to reroute that career to help his disadvantaged hometown of Chester PA, where his desire was to “Make A Change”. While developing his youth mentoring program, Team Mac, while contracted by The City of Chester for recreation, violence prevention initiatives and community relations from 2007-2013.

Cory has since developed a 501c3 nonprofit, The Making A Change Group. The MAC Group coordinates The Fellowship of Urban Suburban Engagement (FUSE) and continues to run its Team Mac Mentoring Programs, partner with neighboring schools, community groups, and houses of worship to provide community outreach initiatives.

 

Rabbi Linda Potemken, Congregation Beth Israel of Media

Rabbi Linda Potemken has served as the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Israel of Media since 1997.   She has been adjunct faculty at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, executive board member of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association and the Philadelphia Board of Rabbis and a contributor to   A Guide to Jewish Practice: Everyday Living (RRC Press).  Rabbi Linda is committed to building community, relationships and a caring and just society.  She enjoys teaching Torah and working with people across the life cycle.     Her background includes counseling, theater and social action.   Rabbi Linda has been recognized for her work on behalf of immigrants, refugees and the disabled.        She is proud to serve the vibrant Beth Israel community and honored to serve on the FUSE steering committee.  Rabbi Linda is the proud mother of a teen, the daughter of an octogenarian and a relative newlywed.

Rev. Rocky Brown, Bethany Baptist Church

Rev. Sarah Cooper Searight, Swarthmore Presbyterian Church

Antoinette Truehart, Entrepreneur Works of Delaware County