“a for one woman, e for all women” Womaen’s Caucus is a network of feminist women and men who identify with the Church of the Brethren. Emboldened by our awareness of the violence and pain related to the denial of gender inequality, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we engage in the prophetic task of creating church which is free from attitudes and practices of injustice.
Daisy Schmidt holds a Masters degree in Social Work and an MBA. She lives in Indiana with her spouse, Ericka. Daisy brings experience managing nonprofits and wonderful energy to Caucus! She has special interest in elder issues.
Sara Davis has a background in accounting and a long career at the intersection of accounting and computer technology in the financial industry. She currently works at Western Asset Management in portfolio operations where her focus is technology, trade flow, investment data and account surveillance. Sara earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago in Behavioral Sciences and a Master in Business Administration at Columbia University. Sara is currently on the Board of Camp La Verne; she teaches Pre-K Sunday School and she participates in the Sanctuary flower arrangement and Sunday Children’s story rotations at the La Verne Church of the Brethren in La Verne, California.
Kathy Gingrich (Convener) is currently employed as a staff chaplain at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, IL. Kathy attends the York Center Church of the Brethren, in Lombard, IL. Kathy is an ordained minister and served as Minister of Nurture/Associate Pastor at the Manchester Church of the Brethren in Indiana for 7 years. While living in IN, Kathy earned her MSW and certification as an addiction counselor. For the past 25+ years, Kathy has worked in health care as an addiction counselor, mental health clinician, medical social worker and chaplain. Special patient populations served include victims of intimate partner abuse, substance abusers, and behavioral health clients. Kathy enjoys time spent with family, retreating to a family home in Michigan, cooking, play time with her 4 pets (2 cats, 2 dogs), and water aerobics. Kathy has enjoyed working with various congregational, district and denominational committees and teams. She is grateful for the invitation to become a part of Womaen’s Caucus Steering Committee and is looking forward to becoming more integrated with its ministry and vision.
Jonathan Bay lived in Scotland for 7.5 years getting degrees and has returned back to his native California. He is a member of the La Verne Church of the Brethren. He previously worked for Caucus and has now joined the Steering Committee. A former BVSer, he still delights is jobs that an unconventional and now is working with Camp La Verne and is a writer and poet still recovering from postgraduate work.
Anna Lisa Gross is an itinerant preacher (an interim pastor who lives in a van). Anna Lisa grew up on a small organic farm in Indiana and has also lived in India, Northern Ireland, Mexico, Guatemala, Portland, OR, Minneapolis and central PA. She’s traveled in Jordan, Palestine, Israel, France and Canada as well. Anna Lisa has worked with people from many cultures, faiths and worldviews, and (simply, absolutely) trusts the vibrant variety of stories and symbols that humans use to navigate the complexities of life.
Bobbi Dykema is currently serving First Church of the Brethren in Springfield, Illinois. She is also on the pastoral team of the Living Stream online Church of the Brethren, and writes and teaches on the intersections of Protestant Christianity and visual art. Bobbi is passionate about racial and gender justice, beauty and the arts, and reading scripture as a living document.