Sandra Maria Van Opstal, a second-generation Latina, pastors at Grace and Peace Church and lives on the west-side of Chicago with her husband and two boys. She is a preacher, liturgist and activist reimagining the intersection of worship and justice. Sandra served with Urbana Missions Conference, Chicago Urban Program, and Latino National Leadership Team (LaFe) of InterVarsity. Sandra’s influence has also reached many others through preaching globally on topics such as worship and formation, justice, racial identity and reconciliation. Sandra currently serves as Contact Director for the Justice Conference, is a board member for CCDA and holds a Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Her most recent books include Still Evangelical and The Next Worship.
Dr. Lisa Deam writes and speaks on spiritual formation through the lens of history. She has a PhD in late medieval art history from the University of Chicago and is the author of A World Transformed: Exploring the Spirituality of Medieval Maps.
Amey Victoria Adkins-Jones is Assistant Professor of Theology and African and African Diaspora Studies Program at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Her scholarship specializes in Mariology and black feminist thought. A graduate of the University of Virginia (BA) and Duke Divinity School (MDiv), Amey Victoria received her PhD in Religion from Duke University in 2016 with a Certificate in Feminist Theory. She is the first African-American woman to earn a doctorate from the school in the field of theology and ethics.
Jenny McGill (PhD, King's College London) is a dean at Indiana Wesleyan University and adjunct faculty member at Dallas Theological Seminary. A Fulbright recipient, she has worked as an international educator and intercultural consultant with clients and students from over sixty nations. Connect with her at jennymcgill.com and @drjennymcgill.
Global Technology Executive, People Developer, Transformational Leader, Storyteller, Engineer and self-proclaimed Global Citizen, Janeen Uzzell is on a mission to use her strengths, influence and voice to lead causal work that changes lives, communities and the world.
A seasoned leader, Janeen has more than 20 years of corporate, strategy, business development and start-up experience. She is currently the Chief Operating Officer of The WIkiMedia Foundation, the non-profit organization that supports and hosts Wikipedia (the #5 website in the world), and several other Wikimedia free knowledge sites.
Beyond her professional achievements, she is a Board Member for the International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute, an advisor for the National Believers in Business Collegiate Organization and a founding member of her former church. She has 11 nieces and nephews that she says help her stay grounded and not take herself too seriously.
Dr. Turley’s work aims to improve the connection between education research and policy/practice. In 2011, she founded the Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC), a Research-Practice Partnership (RPP) between Rice University and ten Houston area school districts, representing almost three quarters of a million students. HERC’s research agenda is jointly developed with district leaders, and research findings are shared directly with decision-makers, with the ultimate goal of improving educational equity. In 2015, Dr. Turley founded the National Network of Education Research-Practice Partnerships (NNERPP), which supports, develops, and connects RPPs throughout the country. There are currently 30 member partnerships representing cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco. To date, she has raised over $25M in research grants for this work. Dr. Turley has served in various elected and appointed positions in national associations such as the American Educational Research Association, the American Sociological Association, and the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness. She also served on the Texas State Board of Education’s Long-Range Plan for Public Education Steering Committee. She completed her undergraduate work at Stanford University (1996) and her graduate work at Harvard University (1999, 2001). She was a first-generation college student, originally from Laredo, Texas.