Ann Delorey, Program Director
Since 2007, Ann Delorey has worked on program development, implementation and oversight for IFC. In this role, she supports dialogue, religious literacy and social justice programs. She also is part of the communications team. She previously worked in publishing for Sojourners magazine and in legislative advocacy and grassroots education for Church Women United. Ann received her Master of Theological Studies degree with a focus on social and political ethics from Wesley Theological Seminary. Her work to help bring about positive social change is inspired by her faith. Ann attends Langley Hill Friends Meeting (Quaker) in McLean, VA. She lives in Arlington, VA with her husband, daughter and furry dog friend. In her spare time, Ann is involved in local social justice activities and bridge building. For fun, she loves being outdoors doing just about anything – but especially walking and biking.
Symi Rom-Rymer, Outreach Director
Symi has worked for the IFC since 2016 running a number of initiatives including, the Unity Walk, the Washington Interfaith Response and Outreach Coalition, and the DMV Interfaith Leadership Summit. She is also the creator and producer of Beyond the Shoah, a video storytelling project about young contemporary Jewish life in Central Europe. She has been published in a variety of publications including Moment Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor and The Huffington Post focusing on minority religious communities in the United States and Europe. In 2012, she was the recipient of The New York Jewish Week’s 2012 ’36 under 36’ award for her work with the online interfaith group, the Global Muslim Jewish Friendship Forum. When she’s not working on religious issues, she is singing opera.
Judy Bond, Office Administrator
Judy joined the InterFaith Council [aka InterFaith Conference] in September 2002 providing bookkeeping and administrative support to the staff and organization. Her “work” life has always been part of her vocational call to ministry — working in local Lutheran congregations and Lutheran Social Services, NCA for many years.
Her curiosity of the intersection of Religion, Sociology, and Psychology led to under graduate studies at Wagner College and a BA in 1971. Judy returned to graduate school at Loyola College and earned an MS Degree in Pastoral Counseling in 2006. She is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu and the National Board of Certified Counselors [NBCC]
Now a member of Bethesda United Church of Christ, Judy continues to serve in leadership roles. Her only vice is reading avidly, and an addiction to visiting bookstores, as evidenced by her library of several thousand volumes.
Volunteers and Interns
Aleksandra Braginski, Ignatian Volunteer
Aleksandra brings experience in community outreach acquired during her early years as Peace Corps Volunteer, service provider and manager of refugee resettlement projects operated by the US Catholic Charities and the Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. She credits her extensive overseas experience in East and South Asia, North Africa, the former Soviet Union and the Middle East with her exposure to diverse faith traditions and her long-standing interest in interfaith dialogue.
Isaiah Valera, Communications Intern
Isaiah is a rising senior at Western Washington University majoring in Graphic Design and Communications. He is a United Methodist.
Jamie Gottleib, Unity Walk Intern
Jamie is a rising senior at American University studying Jewish Studies, Religious Studies and Business.
Geneva Blackmer, Emergency Director Intern
Geneva graduated from Athens State University with a Master of Arts in Religious Studies in May of 2019. She is currently studying Interfaith Action, Peace and Social Justice at Claremont Lincoln University.
Interns come to us from universities and colleges around the United States including, American University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, University of Portland, Skidmore College, University of Maryland, Catholic University of America, Baylor College, and more.
Past interns have called their time at IFC “a meaningful experience that cemented [her] interest in interfaith work and propelled [her] to study abroad and keep studying both religion and language.” Another said, “never before had I worked in a place that is this genuine and thoughtful.”
We are so proud of all of our interns who continue their commitment to bridging divides between cultures and faiths by taking on new challenges including volunteering for Peace Corps, winning Fulbright grants, working on religious issues overseas, and more.
Would you like to join us? We have internships available year round! If you’re interested, please email Ann Delorey at: [email protected]