MEET OUR TEAM

Rev. LeDayne McLeese Polaski joined the MeckMIN staff October 1, 2019. She served on the staff of the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America ~ Bautistas por la Paz for 21 years, ending as Executive Director. She loved the international nature of that work, but after a long period of discernment, left that role hoping to find a similar position focused on work on the local level. She’s thrilled to have fulfilled that hope by becoming part of MeckMIN’s mission to promote interfaith collaboration to foster understanding, compassion and justice.LeDayne and her husband Tom are active members of Park Road Baptist Church. Their daughter Kate is a student at Meredith College.LeDayne loves “being outside and moving” so she loves walking, hiking, swimming, kayaking and more. She’s a avid reader and her favorite part of the week is completing the New York Times Sunday crossword.

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Executive Director

Christian, Baptist

 “One cannot level one’s moral lance at every evil in the universe. There are just too many of them. But you can do something, and the difference between doing something and doing nothing is everything.”

–Daniel Berrigan

Rev. LeDayne McLeese Polaski has been the Executive Director of MeckMIN since October 2019. She previously served on the staff of the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America ~ Bautistas por la Paz for 21 years, ending as Executive Director, and she began her career as the Minister of Youth at Myers Park Baptist Church. LeDayne and her husband Tom are active members of Park Road Baptist Church. Their daughter Kate is a student at Meredith College. LeDayne loves “being outside and moving” so she loves walking, hiking, swimming, kayaking and more. She’s an avid reader and her favorite part of the week is completing the New York Times Saturday crossword.

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Administrator

Christian, Catholic

"The nation doesn't need what we have.

It needs what we ARE."

-St. Edith Stein

Anna joined the MeckMIN staff in September 2020. Upon moving to Charlotte seven years ago, she heed the call to serve and worked for the Catholic Church for five years. During her tenure she devoted herself to Social Justice issues. She co-formed a group called WATCh / Charlotte - (now affiliated to Voice of the Faithful) that addresses the abuse crisis and challenges facing the Catholic Church. The group advocates for an end to Clericalism and for greater Accountability, Transparency, and Reform within the church.

She strongly believes in putting oneself in others' shoes, practicing non-judgement, growing in understanding, and engaging in inter-cultural and religious dialogue.

Anna loves capturing "life's moments" with her camera, making Dulce de Leche, doing Pilates, and volunteering with neighbors experiencing homelessness.

MEET OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

MeckMIN’s Board of Directors work together as representatives from Baha’i, Christian, Islamic, Jewish, Sikh,

and Unitarian Universalist houses of faith. All are welcome in our community.

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JOHN EDERER

Board President


Imam, Muslim
Community Center
[Muslim]

AMEE ROOME

AMEE ROOME

Board Secretary
 

Retired Special Education Teacher
[Christian, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints]

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REV. AMY BROOKS

Vice President

Organizer, NC Greenfaith
[Unitarian Universalist]

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ASHER KNIGHT

Senior Rabbi & interim-Executive Director Temple Beth El

[Jewish]

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PAWANJIT SINGH

Vice President, Premier

[Sikh]

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STEPHANIE FIELDER

Self-Employed Leadership Coach

[Christian, Catholic]

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PATRICIA SIMMS

Associate Minister of Mayfield Memorial Missionary Baptist Church 

[Christian, Baptist]

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SARAH SIMMONS

Assistant Director of Youth Ministries, Myers Park UMC

[Christian, Methodist]

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 JENNIFER ROBERTS

Treasurer

Former Mayor, City of Charlotte
[Christian, Episcopal/Presbyterian]

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DORENE ALAMA

Behavioral Health, RN, Novant
[Muslim] 

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JAMES PITTS

Sales, CNLTC, Inc.
[Baha’i]

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MIA McCLAIN

Associate Minister of Faith Formation & Outreach, Myers Park Baptist Church
[Christian, Baptist]

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SHALU KAUR GARCHA 

Passionate healthcare leader driving care redesign in the pursuit of healthy communities
[Sikh]