Staff

Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach
Director
Phone: (202) 544-6564, ext. 62112
Email: rachelleschlabach@mcc.org
Areas of focus: Middle East

Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach serves as Director of the Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Washington Office. She leads workshops, writes and speaks on U.S. policy toward the Middle East and meets regularly with congressional offices and Administration officials to convey MCC’s perspective on public policy. She also speaks to groups about the intersection of faith and politics from an Anabaptist perspective. Rachelle worked at the MCC U.S. Washington Office from 1998-2003, before returning as director in 2007. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Eastern Mennonite Seminary and is a graduate of Goshen College.

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Tammy Alexander
Senior Legislative Associate for Domestic Affairs
Phone: (202) 544-6564, ext. 62113
Email: TammyAlexander@mcc.org
Areas of focus: Immigration, environment

Tammy Alexander is the Senior Legislative Associate for Domestic Affairs at the Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Washington Office, focusing on immigration and the environment. Tammy speaks and writes on U.S. policy related to these issues and meets with congressional offices and Administration officials to convey MCC’s perspective on public policy. She co-chaired the Interfaith Immigration Coalition from 2011-2018. Prior to joining MCC in 2007, Tammy worked as a propulsion engineer on the space shuttle program from 1996-2004. She holds a Master of Arts in International Development from American University and engineering degrees from Purdue University and the University of Tennessee Space Institute.

Charles Obiorah Kwuelum
Legislative Associate for International Affairs
Phone: (202) 544-6564, ext. 62116
Email: charleskwuelum@mcc.org
Areas of focus: Africa, Food Security, and Global HIV/AIDS

Charles Obiorah Kwuelum serves as Legislative Associate for the Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Washington Office. He leads workshops, writes and speaks on U.S. policy toward Africa, Food Security and Food Justice, Global HIV/AIDS, and meets regularly with congressional offices and Administration officials to convey MCC’s perspective on public policy. Before joining the Washington Office in January 2015, Charles was a Fellow at Search for Common Ground DC and a Graduate Intern coalition builder at the Africa Faith & Justice Network, also in Washington, DC. He holds a Master’s in International Affairs & Diplomacy (ABU Zaria, Nigeria) and a Master’s in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding from Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice & Peacebuilding in Harrisonburg, VA. He also holds a Bachelor’s in Philosophy and Theology from Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome, Italy.

John-Michael Cotignola-Pickens
Criminal Justice Education & Advocacy Coordinator
Phone: (202) 544-6564, ext. 62111
Email: johncotignolapickens@mcc.org
Areas of focus: Criminal justice, gun violence

John-Michael Cotignola-Pickens serves as the Criminal Justice Education & Advocacy Coordinator for the Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Washington Office. He leads workshops, writes and speaks on these issues, and meets regularly with congressional offices and Administration officials to convey MCC’s perspective on public policy. Before joining the Washington Office in April 2019, John-Michael was the Advocacy Program Coordinator at the Pennsylvania Council of Churches in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania from Sept. 2016-March 2019. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Lancaster Theological Seminary and is a graduate of Messiah College.

Katerina Parsons
Legislative Associate for International Affairs
Phone: (202) 544-6564, ext. 62118
Email: katerinaparsons@mcc.org
Areas of focus: Latin America, Asia

Katerina (Kate) Parsons serves as Legislative Associate for the Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Washington Office, where she focuses on International Affairs in Latin America and Asia. Before joining the Washington Office, she was Director of Communications for the Association for a More Just Society in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, where she lived for four years. She has a degree in International Development and Writing from Calvin University and is pursuing a master’s degree in Development Management from American University.

1 Comment

  1. Chris OMeara Dietrich
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    I follow your newsletter because I share your beliefs in social justice and your group gives me access to legislation that I am often not aware of, but I am not a Christian.

    Often I am shut out of using your advocacy emails because I cannot reword the reply to my legislators. I do send a personal email about the legislation, but I am concerned that others in my position will just give up.

    I ask that you provide wording that includes us or allow us to change what we need to.

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