Meet the Staff

  • Andrei Israel, Executive Director

    I first connected with Quakerism and Quaker education as a 10-year-old camper at Catoctin Quaker Camp, and then that fall as a 5th grader at Sidwell Friends School.  After 13 years in the Baltimore Yearly Meeting camping program (after I aged out as a camper, I returned for seven summers as a counselor and trip leader), eight years of Quaker schooling, and participation in several Quaker workcamps, I finally became a regular attender in 2000 at the Eugene (OR) Friends Meeting.

  • Allison Guindon, Office Manager

    The values of simplicity and community, which I find embodied by the William Penn House, have been an important theme throughout my life and education. Originally, from Barnesville, Ohio, I grew up in Stillwater Meeting and attended Olney Friends School, a Quaker boarding school comprised of students from all over the country and world, with a multitude of backgrounds, political and religious beliefs all living in community.

  • Amelie Laengle, ARSP Fellow

    Hi! My name is Amelie Laengle. I am 18 years old and I'm from a small town in Germany. This past summer, I graduated from high school and am now performing a year of voluntary service with an organization called Action Reconciliation Service for Peace. I am going to spend the next year in DC and be a part of the William Penn House team. I hope to learn more about what we can do to create more justice and find a more respectful way to treat one another. Also, I look forward to getting to know the different culture and this very interesting city. I look forward to meeting you!

  • Bradie Connor, Program Coordinator

    I am a recent Grinnell College graduate and new to DC. I am excited to live in a city where the opportunities to grow a just and loving global community are vast. I am originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan where I grew up dividing my time between Catholic church and Quaker Meeting, and gradually found a home for myself within the Quaker community. Before coming to William Penn House I received my degree in sociolinguistics and moving forward I hope to use my knowledge of linguistics to support equality and justice throughout the world.