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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 recent graduate of Meredith College. LeDayne loves “being outside and moving” so she loves walking, hiking, swimming, kayaking and more. She’s an avid reader, a crossword enthusiast, a podcast addict and an obsessive fan of Jeopardy.  

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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 MeckMIN in September of 2020. Upon moving to Charlotte ten years ago, she heeded 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 as a Spiritual Companion at her church.

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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AMY BROOKS PARADISE

Board President


US Organizer, GreenFaith

[Unitarian Universalist]

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ADRIAN BIRD

Secretary

 

Interim Chaplain, Queens University

[Christian]

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ASHER KNIGHT

Vice President

Senior Rabbi & Interim-Executive Director Temple Beth El
 

[Jewish]

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ANDREA BETAUDIER

Social Justice, Chair & Missions Coordinator, Friendship Missionary Baptist
 

[Christian, Baptist]

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SARAH SIMMONS

Assistant Director of Youth Ministries, Myers Park UMC
 

[Christian, Methodist]

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ZACH SURBER

Senior Manager of Volunteer Services,  Habitat for Humanity of the Charlotte Region

 

[Christian, Catholic]

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CHARLENE MACK

CEO, 2541

 

[Christian]

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DIEGO TORRES

Immigrant Integration Specialist, Latin American Coalition

 

[Christian]

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STEPHANIE FIELDER

Treasurer


Self-Employed Leadership Coach


[Christian, Catholic] 

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KRISTEN ANDERSON

 

Communication Director,
Western North Carolina

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 


[Christian] 

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JAMES PITTS

 

Sales, CNLTC, Inc.


[Baha’i]

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MANDEEP GREWAL

Senior Manager, Accenture


[Sikh]

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JOSHUA SCOTT

Senior Pastor of Greater Providence Baptist Church


[Christian, Baptist]

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