Presbyterian Hunger Program Staff
In January 2017, Rev. Rebecca Barnes became the Coordinator of the Presbyterian Hunger Program after serving for 5 years as the Associate for Environmental Ministries (within PHP). Rebecca coordinates and supports the PHP national, international, lifestyle simplicity, and environmental programs that work to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes—in the United States and around the world. PHP approaches hunger, poverty and environmental degradation through 5 main tools: direct food relief combined with root cause work, sustainable development, advocacy, intentional and sustainable living, and education.
Previously in her position of Environmental Ministries, Rebecca supported the national PC(USA) certification program for Earth Care Congregations, coordinated the volunteer local leadership network called the Environmental Ministries Action Network, and worked to help Presbyterians connect their Christian discipleship to ecological, economic and global justice concerns.
Rebecca is a graduate of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary where she earned a Masters of Divinity and a Masters of Art in Religion in 2011, with a thesis titled: “A Fuller Experience of God’s Grace: How the Sacraments Invite Us to Relationship with, and Care for, the Earth.” While in seminary, she authored “50 Ways to Help Save the Earth: How You and Your Church Can Help Make a Difference,” which was recently reprinted for distribution to the Commissioners of the 2016 General Assembly of the PC(USA).
Andrew Kang Bartlett
Associate for National Hunger Concerns
Prior to coming to the Hunger Program in 2001, Andrew Kang Bartlett worked with non-profit organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area on human rights, environmental health, people-centered development and social justice issues. Kang Bartlett also lived in Japan and East Asia for five years, three of those as a Presbyterian missionary doing community organizing and civil rights work with Koreans in Japan.
Program Assistant for Partner Grants and Communications
Jennifer Evans joined the PHP staff in 2012 and works very closely with the National Office grant process as well as managing educational materials and communication needs for PHP. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and comes from a background of home mortgage financing. She loves to run in her spare time which helps her keep up with her ten year old daughter.
Associate for Sustainable Living and Earth Care
Jessica Maudlin joined the PHP Staff in 2009. In her current work she resources Presbyterians as they address issues of faith, lifestyle choices and sustainability. She also manages the Earth Care Congregation and Hunger Action Advocate networks. She is a graduate of Hanover College where she focused in the study of Liberation Theology as well as international studies. Her background includes volunteer work in Zambia, Mozambique, Jamaica, Nicaragua and Haiti.
Valéry Nodem, the former coordinator of the Joining Hands RELUFA Network and a Cameroonian human rights lawyer, joined the PHP staff in 2011. He coordinates both the international development work of PHP as well as the global advocacy work of the Joining Hands Initiative. Valery is married and has two sons, Imaan and Koffi.
A former kindergarten teacher, Jenny has worked with the Presbyterian Church (USA) in Mission Service Recruitment and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. She joined the Presbyterian Hunger Program in April 2015 and looks forward to continuing to live out her faith as we “spend ourselves on behalf of the hungry” (from Isaiah 58:10). Jenny will offer administrative support for the PHP program. A few of her favorite things are her daughter, her yard, and having friends for dinner around the kitchen table.
Eileen Schuhmann has her BA in International Economics and French from the University of Kentucky and her MA in Sociology from the University of Louisville. She served 3 years in the U.S. Peace Corps in Senegal as a small enterprise development agent.