Rev. Chloe Breyer
Joining the Interfaith Center in 2007, Chloe is an Episcopal Priest in the Diocese of New York. Since 9/11, Rev. Breyer has traveled to Afghanistan six times, and for over a decade been a board member for Afghans4Tomorrow, an Afghan-based NGO dedicated to rebuilding Afghanistan in the areas of education, health and agriculture. A4T supports 222 1st through 8th grade girls in home schools in Wardak Province, an area of the country where girl’s education continues to be threatened. In addition A4T founded the Farda-e-Afghanan school in Kabul and currently supports scholarships for 66 poor girls taking part in a “catch-up” program for girls.
Breyer is the author of The Close: A Young Woman’s First Year at Seminary (Basic Books 2000) and has chapter contributions to What Can One Person Do? Faith to Heal a Broken World (Church Publishing 2005), Challenging the Christian Right From the Heart of the Gospel (Beacon Press 2006) and The Gender Imperative: Human Security vs. State Security (Routledge 2010).
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.
Director of Operations
Elly Mason-Murray manages ICNY’s Human Resources, runs the office and is involved in the Center’s social media. She has an Associate of Arts degree in Health Care Administration/Medical Records and a B.S. degree in Health Administration/Long Term Care from the University of Phoenix. Elly has over 18 years of experience supporting office environments with a specialty working for the healthcare insurance industry. She is an active member of Trinity Baptist Church in the Bronx, and also volunteers her time participating in public health campaigns related to Sarcoidosis awareness, hypertension, teen pregnancy, elder care, and pet abuse.