Judges


Gail Walker is a 20 year veteran of public radio, responsible for producing news and public affairs programming. As an award-winning communications professional she has worked in print, video and radio and has taught a number of communications courses atthe high school and college level. Gail has also worked as a radio producer for United Nations radio and Pacifica National Network. Gail currently serves as the Co-Executive Director of the Interreligious foundation for Community Organization (IFCO) and is also a veteran social justice activist, organizer and media maker. With over 15 years of involvement with IFCO, including that of Communications Director in the 1990’s,Gail staffed more than 15 caravans of humanitarian aid to Cuba and Central America and worked extensively with marginalized communities including the Garifuna in Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition to her work in Radio, Gail has also produced videos about the work of IFCO and its innovative humanitarian project “Pastors for Peace” in Central America and the Caribbean. She has also served as a moderator for numerous video programs for Manhattan Neighborhood Network – the public access station in Manhattan.

Patricia Schall Ph.D is a professor and the Coordinator of the Accelerated Certification for Teaching 1 Program in the Graduate Education Department at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, New Jersey, where she teaches courses in literacy education, foundations of education, action research, and writing and research for doctoral studies. In prior years at Saint Elizabeth, Patricia served as the Chair of the Undergraduate Education Department and taught secondary education and English methods courses to undergraduate students. Patricia holds a BA in English from Montclair State University and an MA in Communication in Education and a Ph.D. in English Education from New York University. Patricia serves on and co-chairs national commissions for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Conference on English Education. She is NCTE’s New Jersey SLATE (Support for the Learning and Teaching of English) representative, an organization that seeks to influence public attitudes and policy decisions affecting the teaching of English language arts at local, state, and national levels. She has presented at numerous NCTE and NJCTE conferences, as well as at other national conferences for teacher educators. Patricia currently is working with her colleagues in the Graduate Education Department on establishing professional development schools in local districts. She values her work teaching teachers and teachers-to-be. She also enjoys writing and has published articles in professional journals and coauthored a book published by Teachers College Press: Protecting the Right to Teach and Learn: Power, Politics, and Public Schools. The New Jersey Council of Teachers of English named her NJCTE 2008 Educator of the Year, and in that capacity she also received a 2008 New Jersey Governor’s Award in Art Education.


Christen Higgins Clougherty, Ph.D. is the founder and Executive Director of the Nobis Project, a non-profit organization that supports youth, educational and community leaders in building skills to analyze issues that impact our society in taking actions towards initiating positive change. Nobis Project’s mission is to create life-long learners who are empowered to improve lives and communities, both locally and abroad. Christen is an alumnus of the Carolina Friends School and received her PhD in Quaker Studies from the University of Birmingham, UK’s collaborative program with Woodbrooke Quaker Study Center. She brings a wealth of Quaker knowledge, familiarity with Friends Schools, experience in designing and evaluating educational models, and a commitment to assisting Friends School in building a Quaker dimension which best reflects the school’s mission and philosophy. Christen shares a passion for promoting civic engagement and social consciousnesses in schools and communities across the globe. She holds a Master of Arts from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Fiber Arts and a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Arts Administration from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. During her time in Baltimore, Christen co-founded Thundersmith Industries, Inc. a non-profit performances art company that specialized in giant carnival puppetry.

Linda Shockley is a communications specialist based in NYC. She has worked closely with the Bezos Scholars Program @ the Aspen Institute for public high school juniors and educators, and with the Greentree Foundation Teachers' Ecology Workshop for elementary and middle school teachers of Long Island. Shockley was publicist for the Santa Fe Film Festival and helped coordinate two annual offerings of the Bridge Film Festival. During her tenure as director of communications for Brooklyn Friends School (BFS), she served as on-site producer for a national PSA campaign on tolerance for the Southern Poverty Law Center, filmed at BFS with BFS students, and worked with Nick News to feature BFS students in almost 15 Nick News shows, including two that were nominated for Emmy's. She is a film freak, animal lover and avid reader.

Jeremy Alan Richards was raised Quaker and taught drama and IB theatre, as well as directed several productions, at Brooklyn Friends School for seven years. He received his M.F.A. from NYU Tisch School of the Arts with a major in acting. Mr. Richards is a National Shakespeare Competition Champion, a FOX Fellowship recipient for a New York City tour of Woza Albert as well as a Daryl Roth Award winner for the demo of his musical Morgan Street which continued to be developed in New York for several years. 

Currently, Jeremy lives in Los Angeles where he works with the E! Entertainment Network on their coverage of E! Live from the Red Carpet and has worked in production for many projects for the four years he has lived in LA. He also writes and develops for film and television and is currently co-authoring a memoir for a management consultant that they hope to release by the end of the year. Jeremy is excited to help young film makers sharpen their craft as they continue to tell compelling stories through the visual medium.

Jon Watts is a Quaker rapper and spoken word poet who tours the country with his guitar and bicycle. In Jon's senior year at Guilford College in 2006 he recorded and released a CD of biographical songs about the Early Friends in the 17th Century. After that first CD was well received by the wider Quaker community, Jon moved to the Pendle Hill retreat center in Philadelphia where he served as Quaker artist/historian in residence and recorded and released a second CD, this time involving a more contemporary look at Quakerism. Jon's music recently received widespread attention after he posted a catchy video of a Quaker-Meeting-for-Worship-turned-dance-party on his youtube channel. Jon maintains a blog online and encourages you to be in touch through his Facebook page.


Martin Kelley is a Philadelphia-area Friend with a love out of outreach and ministry and a passion for looking afresh at Friends’ testimonies, language, and practices. He is editor of Friends Journal, the monthly Quaker magazine, and founder of QuakerQuaker.org, an online community for Convergent Friends. An early adopter of social media, he writes about culture, politics and spirituality at QuakerRanter.org. He lives in New Jersey.