Rev. Chloe Breyer
Joining the Interfaith Center in 2007, Chloe is an Episcopal Priest in the Diocese of New York. From 2000-2003, she founded and directed the Cathedral Forums on Religion and Public Life at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Following 9/11/2001, she worked on an interfaith initiative to rebuild a mosque in Afghanistan destroyed by U.S. bombs. Chloe is the author of The Close: A Young Woman’s First Year at Seminary (Basic Books 2000) with chapter contributions to What Can One Person Do? Faith to Heal a Broken World (Church Publishing 2005) and Challenging the Christian Right From the Heart of the Gospel (Beacon Press 2006).
Dr. Henry Goldschmidt
Director of Education Programs
Henry is a cultural anthropologist, community educator, and scholar of New York’s religious diversity. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and has taught religious studies and cultural anthropology at Wesleyan University and elsewhere. He is the author of Race and Religion among the Chosen Peoples of Crown Heights (Rutgers University Press, 2006) and the coeditor of Race, Nation, and Religion in the Americas (Oxford University Press, 2004). He is a native New Yorker, and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and children.
Dr. Sarah Sayeed
Director of Community Partnerships
Rabbi Marshall T. Meyer Retreats for Social Justice
A former assistant professor at Baruch College, Sarah graduated from Princeton University in 1990 and earned her Ph.D. in communications from the Annenberg School for Communications. Sarah is a board member of Women in Islam, Inc. and she has authored numerous articles about women, Islam, and public health.
Outreach Coordinator, Reentry Family and Faith Circles of Support
Theo holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Syracuse University, an M.A. in American Studies from the University of Buffalo, and a Master of Professional Studies degree from New York Theological Seminary, each of which was earned at various stages of his 40 year incarceration. Theo is a personal witness to the power of redemption and reconciliation, and the difference supportive communities like congregations can make to people who have come home — and their families! He is also a published author (Blessed and Highly Favored: Memoirs of A Multiple Felon) with Tate Publishing & Enterprises, LLC. Theo comes to The Interfaith Center of New York, and the Reentry Family and Faith Circles of Support, from a position as Prison Partnership Coordinator for the Hudson River Presbytery.
Ellen was attracted to ICNY because of its versatility and agility to work on the ground with committed partners on social justice issues impacting communities of faith. Ellen has served as a philanthropist advisor for private and family foundations and as a policy chief for New York City government and a mortgage banker. She earned a MS from Stony Brook in public policy analysis. She currently serves as a steering board member for both the Hudson Valley Community Coalition and New York State Interfaith Network for Immigration Reform. She is also a board member of Oxford Academy Preparatory School and co-chair of Temple Israel of Northern Westchester’s Social Justice Committee.
Office Manager and Director of Operations
Elly Mason-Murray has over 18 years of experience supporting office environments with a specialty working for the healthcare insurance industry. She previously was employed as an Operations Support Analyst reconciling payments valued at millions of dollars for Health Management Systems. She has earned an Associate of Arts with a concentration in Health Care Administration/Medical Records and a Bachelor of Science in Health Administration with a major in Long-Term Care from the University of Phoenix. Elly is an active member of the Trinity Baptist Church in the Bronx where she held several key positions. She also volunteers her time participating in public health campaigns related to Sarcoidosis awareness, hypertension, teen pregnancy, elder care, and pêt abuse. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, watching movies, surfing the net, reading and spending time with her family and friends.