Kimberly Gonxhe serves as director of the Metro-Urban Institute at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Kimberly earned a bachelor's from Ohio University and a master of divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, where she was the Valentour World Travel Scholar focusing on women’s issues in a global context. She also serves as the founder and executive director of the Live Foundation, a global gender justice organization uplifting communities through systematic transformation. She answered the current call on her life after a thriving 10-year engineering career with a Fortune 100 Company. Kimberly has advocated for the marginalized in more than 32 countries, spanning five continents, touching the lives of thousands. Her work has positively affected war-torn displaced people in Uganda, reformed sex workers in Indonesia, as well as married, mutilated, and uneducated young girls in Kenya. Kimberly enjoys traveling, painting, hiking, and international cuisine. She is the mother of two: Jaden Alexander and Zion Gabrielle. Download High Res Image

412-924-1368
kgonxhe@pts.edu

Katie Yates is the administrative assistant for the Metro-Urban Institute. Prior to joining the MUI team, Katie earned her M.A. in geography from Ohio University, where she researched social justice in the context of climate change. She also worked as a GIS Technician for the Center for Partnerships in GIS and the Memphis and Shelby County Office of Sustainability in Memphis, Tenn. Katie is passionate about Christ’s call to love and serve others, especially those facing challenges born of injustice, and is excited to be part of a program so dedicated to helping those in need and equipping others to better serve Christ.

412-924-1449
kyates@pts.edu

Brenda Henry '17 serves as the assistant MUI conference coordinator for the May 11-12, 2018 “Reimagining Faith and Community Collaboration in the 21st Century” conference. Prior to joining the MUI team she attended PTS as a Master of Divinity student. Throughout this time she served as an executive officer of the Student Association, and participated in the life and community of the Seminary in various capacities. She was also the recipient of The John W. and Miriam G. Meister Award in Pastoral Ministry. Brenda received both her undergraduate and Master of Social Work degrees from Michigan State University with concentrations in child welfare and medical social work. She has more than 20 years of experience advocating for members of under-represented and marginalized communities, particularly those experiencing the social injustices stemming from poverty. This work has included providing direct care, education, and program management to ameliorate the effects of systemic issues of poverty, oppression, and racism. Brenda is currently seeking ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. She is the proud mother of two college students: Jamila and Jaseem.

412-924-1362
bhenry@pts.edu

Christin Thorpe is the MUI fellows and community engagement coordinator. She is a graduate of Hampton University and received her MSW with a concentration in community organizing and social administration from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work. Christin has always been passionate about helping others and has been a consistent advocate for those historically disenfranchised. Christin has held two stints as an Americorp member, acted as the vice president for Hampton University’s Service Learning Association, along with a variety of other social service and advocacy positions. During her graduate program she was awarded the University of Pittsburgh Center for Race and Social Problems Fellowship and initiated the University of Pittsburgh Minority Breastfeeding Project. Throughout her experiences in graduate school, Christin received divine opportunities to merge her faith and passion for social justice in urban communities. As a result, Christin developed a passion for faith-based community development and was inspired to start Kingdom Centered Solutions, a consulting company created to support small- to midsize-churches in strategically cultivating their organizations and impacting their local communities. Christin is the outreach servant leader at her church and the doting mother of Ozzie Ali.

412-924-1363
cthorpe@pts.edu

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