Elon is the primary staff member of the CFR. She serves as the Program Director and Museum Curator.
Management oversight of the CFR is by the Canon to the Ordinary — a religious title that basically means she is the Chief Operating Officer of the Diocese of Rhode Island. As such, the bishop (as President) delegates daily oversight of the CFR to Canon Grenz. She also is overseeing the renovation of the Cathedral of St. John which will be the CFR’s future home.
David is the Vice President of the Board of Directors. He serves as the Priest in Charge of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Kingston and has been a leader in enabling that congregation to engage college students in the life and ministry of St. Augustine’s. He has helped us connect with people at URI and has been active in field testing a variety of anti-racism, mediation, peace-making and reconciliation programs offered by others.
Jan is a member of the Board of Directors and the Archdeacon of the Diocese of Rhode Island. She is the person who had the initial vision of the CFR which came to her at a national gathering of deacons where they were discussing the Episcopal Church’s resolutions calling for dioceses to examine their own involvement in slavery and the slave trade and to take steps to address its impact on people and our society today.
Tony is a member of the Board of Directors. He is the founding Director of the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice (CSSJ) of Brown University where he also serves as the Asa Messer Professor of Humanities and Critical Theory and the Professor of Africana Studies. CSSJ is one of our partner organizations and we are pleased to share resources, interns and programs with them.