Kirk R. MacGregor (Ph.D., University of Iowa) is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion and Department Chair at McPherson College. He is the author of five books, the most recent of which is Contemporary Theology: An Introduction (2019). Kirk is a member of the McPherson Church of the Brethren.
Dr. Sharon Yohn is an active member of the Stone Church of the Brethren in central Pennsylvania, as well as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Juniata College. She earned her B.S. in Environmental Science at Juniata College, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Geosciences from Michigan State University.
Called to action by both her scientific understanding and her faith, Sharon has been acting as an advocate for climate action for several years. Sharon co-wrote a series of articles on faith and climate change for the Church of the Brethren magazine, The Messenger, and served on a denominational Creation Care Committee. She is the group leader for the Juniata Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a non-partisan organization building political will for a livable future.
Sharon is blessed with an eleven-year-old daughter, a wonderful husband, and four lively cats. She directs a handbell choir and loves to garden, read, and get outside.
Melanee Hamilton completed for Master of Divinity degree from Boston University, School of Theology in 2018. She recently concluded an interim associate pastor position at Harrisburg First Church of the Brethren, as well as an interim program assistant position at Brethren Community Ministries in Pennsylvania. While in school, Melanee’s focus was on religion and conflict transformation, and how faith communities can be places of healing and reconciliation. Because of this interest, she was led to intern with On Earth Peace, where she was tasked with revising the Matthew 18 Workshop on congregational conflict and reconciliation. Following this internship, she worked at interning-associate at Barnabas Initiatives in Elizabethtown, PA. Here, she worked to consult church communities going through transition, who were under stress, or who were in need of revitalization. Along with these internships, she spent a semester abroad living in Bethlehem, Palestine, where she completed her field placement at the conflict transformation center, Wi’am. Melanee is now excited to be part of the Ventures Course program.
Rick Polhamus is a member of the Pleasant Hill (Ohio) Church of the Brethren where he has served as church board chair, deacon and youth leader. He also works for the Church of the Brethren through On Earth Peace (OEP) where he has participated in witnessing for peace; leading conflict transformation trainings for OEP’s Ministry of Reconciliation; and leading retreats and workshops as part of OEP’s Youth Peace Retreat Leadership Team. From 2012-2014 he also recruited, trained, and co-coordinated the Ministry of Reconciliation team at Annual Conference. He has led Shalom Team trainings in at least ten districts. At the 2019 Annual Conference he was part of the Listening Team during the business sessions.
Rick also works for Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) and has worked extensively in the Middle East over the past 18 years. His work with CPT has included extended stays in South Dakota; Mexico; Puerto Rico; Palestine/Israel; and Iraq. While working for peace and justice and doing community service have always been an important part of Polhamus’ life, he has also earned income training and racing harness horses; as a cabinet builder, and as a general rehabilitation practitioner in a traumatic brain injury unit. Rick lives with his wife, Margie, on a horse farm in Miami County, Ohio.
Dustin Wilgers is Associate Professor of Biology at McPherson College. He has been on the faculty since 2011 teaching a variety of courses in biology and environmental stewardship. He has a passion for conservation and efforts that lead toward sustainability. He strongly believes that most people do the best they can for their situation but simply may not be aware of the implications of their everyday actions. Much of his work in and out of the classroom and with students of all ages focuses on increasing awareness of our impacts on the environment.
Dan Ulrich is Wieand Professor of New Testament Studies at Bethany Theological Seminary, where he has taught since 1996. He is writing a book about the four gospels as guides for envisioning life-giving ministries in the 21st century, and has recently completed a chapter on the Gospel of John. Hiking, camping, and canoeing are activities that have nurtured Dan’s love for God and God’s creation since childhood. He has enjoyed continuing those activities, when possible, with his spouse Paula and their young-adult children. Dan is an ordained minister in the Church of the Brethren with a Ph.D. in biblical studies from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia.
Rhonda Pittman Gingrich is an ordained CoB minister engaged in a ministry of teaching, consulting, and writing. She was previously employed as a pastor and director of an ecumenical resource center. Rhonda has also served the Church of the Brethren in a variety of capacities, most recently as chair of the Compelling Vision Process Team. She received a B.A. from Bridgewater College, an M.Div. from Bethany Theological Seminary, and a D.Min. from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. Her doctoral thesis focused on the use of spiritual practices to nurture the spiritual lives of children. She lives in Minneapolis, MN and attends Open Circle Church of the Brethren with her family.
Debbie Roberts: When I learned about the Church of the Brethren at age 18, it was the first time I heard the words “Jesus” and “peace” in the same sentence, and I felt like I had come home. A year later, I joined a group of Brethren young adults to explore ideas such as community, pacifism, simple living, and consensus decision making. We all lived for a time in Wenatchee, WA where I worked as a school bus driver, raised goats, and was active in the Sunnyslope Church of the Brethren. After graduating from Berea College in KY, I attended Bethany Theological Seminary, married musician Steve Kinzie and had two children, pastored congregations in WA, IN, and OR, and later became chaplain and director of the peace studies minor and mediation center, as well as a teaching member of the Religion and Philosophy Department at the University of La Verne. I completed a Ph.D. at Claremont Graduate University.
Currently my husband and I live in Tonasket, WA. Having recently resigned as a faculty member at Bethany, I continue teaching adjunct courses there in Reconciliation Studies, as well as pastor two congregations, Ellisforde Church of the Brethren in Tonasket, and Sunnyslope Church in Wenatchee. Among my favorite topics of conversation are conflict transformation, peacemaking, religious ethics, goats, and baseball.
Tim Grove is the chief clinical officer at SaintA and serves as the senior leader responsible for the trauma informed care initiatives across all agency programs.
Tim has more than 20 years of professional experience in a variety of direct care and administrative positions including, in-home services, foster care, treatment foster care, residential treatment, child welfare, community based services, quality improvement and staff development. He was responsible for the implementation of SaintA’s trauma informed care philosophy and practices, including spearheading the implementation of Dr. Bruce Perry’s Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) across all agency programs and creating the trauma informed care training curriculum which centers around the “Seven Essential Ingredients (7ei)” definition of how best to understand and implement trauma informed care.
Tim is a Mentor with the Child Trauma Academy and a Master Trainer in Dr. Rob Anda and Laura Porter’s ACE Interface curriculum. Tim and the training team at SaintA have trained more than 50,000 people from diverse disciplines over the past 10 years.
Barbara Avent is an ordained minister in the Church of the Brethren. She graduated from Iliff School of Theology earning a Masters of Divinity, with an emphasis in Justice and Peace. Barbara served on the On Earth Peace Board. Barbara taught courses on Communication and Diversity at University of Colorado, Denver as an adjunct Professor, and provided Diversity Training at Adams 12 Five Star School District, as well as, US West/now CenturyLink. Co-coordinating with Pastor Gail Erisman Valeta, they provided training at Aurora Central High School, to learn about peacemaking, reconciliation and bullying prevention through Agape Satyagraha, a program of On Earth Peace.
Currently, she is a member of the Prince of Peace Church of the Brethren, Littleton, Colorado. She provides pulpit supply, and serves on the local church Board.
Barbara’s family consists of two adult married daughters Nicole and Tracey. The loves of her life are her four grandchildren Gerald 24, Mustahfa 18, Marquis 13, and Natalia 12.
Kathryn Goering Reid is Executive Director of the Family Abuse Center, Waco, Texas. Prior to her move to Waco, Kathy was Associate General Secretary of the Church of the Brethren and Executive Director of the Association of Brethren Caregivers.
Before her calling to the Church of the Brethren denominational offices, Kathy worked in Austin, Texas as pastor of Austin Mennonite Church for more than 12 years. Prior to pastoring in Austin, she served in various pastoral positions at Epworth United Methodist Church in Berkeley. In addition, from 1997 until 2004, she was also the Executive Director of the Texas Homeless Network, a non-profit organization that built homeless coalitions across the state and provided resources and technical skills to non-profit organizations that served the homeless.
Kathy is a graduate of Manchester University in N. Manchester, Indiana and also holds a M.Ed from Georgia State University in English Literature, as well as a M.Div from Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA with special emphasis in pastoral care and counseling.
Kathy was ordained in the Church of the Brethren in 1988 and in the Mennonite Church USA in 1990. Her husband teaches Christian Scriptures at George W. Truett Seminary, Baylor University. Together they have four children and five grandchildren.
Dr. Kirk MacGregor is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion at McPherson College. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa and is the author of A Molinist-Anabaptist Systematic Theology and three other books. Dr. MacGregor has written over twenty peer-reviewed journal articles, including articles on Islamic studies in the Heythrop Journal and the Midwestern Journal of Theology. At McPherson he teaches the course “Topics in Religious and Theological Studies: Islam and Terrorism.” He is a member of the McPherson Church of the Brethren.
Zandra Wagoner is the University Chaplain at the University of La Verne. She is an ordained minister in the Church of the Brethren and holds a Ph.D in Religious Studies. As Chaplain she directs the multi-religious Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, furthering the University’s commitment to diversity, community engagement and ethical reasoning. Dr. Wagoner also teaches for the Philosophy and Religion Department, including introductory courses in religion and specialized courses in the areas of gender/sexuality, contemporary theology, interfaith cooperation, and the environment/animals in the study of religion. She is actively involved in interfaith efforts locally and nationally.
Beth Gunzel holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and a Master of Urban Planning and Policy. She has more than 10 years of experience managing international and domestic programs addressing economic and social disparity. Gunzel is currently the Community Engagement Coordinator in Chicago for Heifer International and has served on committees for On Earth Peace and the Global Food Crisis fund and writes for her blog, The Future’s Advocate, in her spare time.
Irvin R. Heishman serves with his wife as co-pastor of the West Charleston Church of the Brethren, Tipp City, Ohio, and as co-chair of On Earth Peace. For nearly eight years he and his wife, Nancy, served in team ministry as mission coordinators in the Dominican Republic following service as inner city pastors in Harrisburg, Penn. Heishman is currently engaged in advocacy and accompaniment ministry with undocumented persons as part of his passion for developing healthy bi-lingual, multi-cultural congregations of faith. Experience has increased his awareness of the importance of setting aside patronage, power, and privilege in ministry with marginalized communities.
Jim Tomlonson has served the denomination as an associate pastor, campus minister, rural parish ministry, district executive/minister, developed a team ministry for a congregation, spent time at a United Methodist Seminary as adjunct faculty and field ministry director, and has worked in non-profit settings. Tomlonson’s interests include understanding systems as they relate to groups and observing persons as they emerge in their faith development. Presently, he is teaching an adult Bible class at his church and enjoying time with his spouse, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Dr. Carol Scheppard, 2017 Moderator for the Church of the Brethren, grew up in Thomaston, Conn. She earned her undergraduate degree in anthropology from Wesleyan University and subsequently spent 10 years working as a teacher and administrator at Landmark School in Beverly, Mass. and Landmark College, in Putney, Vt. Entering theological education in 1989, Dr. Scheppard earned a Masters of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Ph. D. in religion from the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation consolidated research, conducted in Ireland, on Irish approaches to biblical interpretation in the early middle ages. Dr. Scheppard joined the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Bridgewater College in 1998, became Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs at Bridgewater in 2007, and in 2016 became Professor of the College. Her on-going areas of research include early medieval monasticism, the history of biblical interpretation and related topics in Anabaptist and Pietistic studies. Dr. Scheppard is an ordained pastor in the Church of the Brethren and is a member of the Lebanon Church in the Shenandoah District.
Rev. Dr. Bobbi Dykema is currently serving as youth pastor at Olympic View Community Church in Seattle and interim pastor at Whitestone Church of the Brethren in the Okanogan Valley of Washington. Dr. Dykema earned her PhD in Art and Religion at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, and her MA in Theology and the Arts at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. She has taught courses on religion and the arts at Pacific School of Religion, Seattle University, Hamline University, and United Theological Seminary, as well as for Congregational Leadership Northwest. Dr. Dykema currently teaches Humanities and Religion courses for Strayer University.
Joe Detrick recently served as the Interim Director of the Office of Ministry. He earned a BS degree from Manchester College and a M.Div. degree from Bethany Theological Seminary (1977). Ordained for 40 years, Joe has served the church as a pastor for a total of sixteen years. He worked for the Church of the Brethren General Board as the Coordinator of Brethren Volunteer Service (1984-1988), and as a district executive minister for Southern Pennsylvania. Retired from ministry functions in 2011, Joe was recalled to service, first, as the Interim District Executive for Pacific Southwest District, and then worked for the Mission and Ministry Board of the Church of the Brethren.
His wife, Venona, is a retired music teacher and “relaxes” with 40 violin students that come to their home each week in rural southern Pennsylvania. The Detricks have three grown children and three precious grandchildren.
JOSH BROCKWAY serves as director for spiritual life and discipleship for the Church of the Brethren. As part of Congregational Life Ministries, he oversees a network of around 60 spiritual directors and interprets the Ethics for Congregations Statement of Annual Conference. The remainder of his work focuses on the practices of the Christian life, including engagement with scripture, resourcing worship, and exploring ways Brethren can minister in the world around them.
STEVE CRAIN has taught theology and philosophy, as well as served in campus ministry, for several colleges and universities, most recently McPherson College. Beginning in the summer of 2016, Steve is serving as the pastor of the Lafayette Church of the Brethren. With a doctorate in theology from Notre Dame, and roots in the Episcopal Church as well as the Church of the Brethren, Steve is passionate about Christian spirituality and building bridges between Christians of different traditions. Steve and his wife Lori have three adult children.
RHONDA PITTMAN-GINGRICH is an ordained Church of the Brethren minister engaged in a ministry of teaching, consulting, and writing. She was previously employed as a pastor and director of an ecumenical resource center. She received a B.A. from Bridgewater College, an M.Div. from Bethany Theological Seminary, and a D.Min. from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. Her doctoral thesis focused on the use of spiritual practices to nurture the spiritual lives of children. She lives in Minneapolis, MN and attends Open Circle Church of the Brethren with her family
FRANK RAMIREZ is the Senior Pastor of the Union Center Church of the Brethren near Nappanee, Indiana. He is the author of numerous books, articles, and for the past twenty-two years has written the weekly feature “Out of Context” for the Guide For Biblical Studies. He and his spouse Jennie share three children and four grandchildren.
STEVE SCHWEITZER is Academic Dean and Professor at Bethany Theological Seminary. Steve completed his Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame (2005), taught Old Testament at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, and then came to Bethany in 2009. He teaches a seminar on Chronicles-Ezra-Nehemiah and a new course on Science Fiction and Theology. His book, Reading Utopia in Chronicles (2007), essays, and articles address a wide range of topics related to this Old Testament book. He is currently working on two commentaries, one on Chronicles and another on Ezra-Nehemiah. Steve and his wife Jill have 3 children. They attended Prince of Peace Church of the Brethren in South Bend, Indiana for nine years before coming to Bethany. They currently attend Cedar Grove Church of the Brethren in the Southern Ohio district.
DAN ULRICH is Wieand Professor of New Testament Studies at Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Indiana, where he has taught since 1996. His recent work on the Gospel of Mark will be part of a book on visions for ministry in the Gospels. His passion for interpreting scripture with the church is also reflected in Caring Like Jesus: The Matthew 18 Project (Brethren Press, 2002), which he co-authored with Janice Fairchild. Before joining the Bethany faculty, he pastored the Easton (Maryland) Church of the Brethren and completed a Ph.D. in biblical studies at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia.
GIMBIYA KETTERING serves as Coordinator of Intercultural Ministries for the Church of the Brethren, working as a part of the staff of Congregational Life Ministries. The focus of her position is to facilitate planning for the Intercultural Consultation and Celebration, to strengthen and develop networks of support for ethnic minority congregations and their leaders, and to assist the denomination in be becoming more effective at helping the church live out its intercultural vision.
JOSH BROCKWAY serves as director for spiritual life and discipleship for the Church of the Brethren. As part of Congregational Life Ministries, he oversees a network of around 60 spiritual directors in the Church of the Brethren and interprets the Ethics for Congregations statement of Annual Conference. The remainder of his work focuses on the practices of the Christian life, including engagement with scripture, resourcing worship, and exploring ways Brethren can minister in the world around them. He often writes for the Messenger and other denominational publications. Joshua just completed his PhD in early Christian history. He and his wife reside in Elgin with their four amazing kids.
DEB & DALE ZIEGLER are teachers who live in Elizabethtown, Pa. They have presented their story and workshop at National Youth Conference for both young people and adults. Dale holds a Bachelor of Science degree from McPherson College and a Master of Education degree from Wilkes University; Deb has her Bachelor’s degree from Elizabethtown College in occupational therapy.
STEVE CRAIN is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion at McPherson College in McPherson, Kansas, and a pastor ordained in the Church of the Brethren. He has either taught theology, religious studies, and philosophy, or served in campus ministry, for various colleges and universities, including Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Saint Francis in Ft. Wayne, and Manchester College in North Manchester, Indiana. He has also served on the staff of two Episcopal parishes and enjoyed one year as co-chaplain for Timbercrest Senior Living Community, all in Indiana. With a doctorate in theology from Notre Dame, Steve is passionate about Christian spirituality, preaching, and building bridges between Christians of different traditions. He and his wife Lori have been married for twenty-two years. They have two adult daughters and one son in college. They are members of the McPherson Church of the Brethren.
DAWN OTTONI-WILHELM is the Brightbill Professor of Preaching and Worship at Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, IN. She is also the author and editor of several volumes on preaching and is currently writing a book tentatively titled, Preaching the Reign of God: Prophetic Voices for the Church and World (forthcoming 2016, Westminster John Knox Press). Dawn has served as a hospital chaplain and as the pastor of two congregations in the Church of the Brethren in Pennsylvania. She and her spouse Mark worship at the Northview Church of the Brethren in Indianapolis and they have 3 adult children. She enjoys swimming, playing musical instruments, and quilting.
ENTEN ELLER has owned and operated his own computer business for over 30 years, is the former webmaster and Director of Distributed Education, Electronic Communication, and Educational Technology at Bethany Theological Seminary (2006-2014), serves as a streaming video specialist (broadcasting various events, from international webinars to Annual Conference), and is an ordained minister in the Church of the Brethren, currently team-pastoring the Ambler (PA) Church of the Brethren with his wife Mary, as well as the Living Stream Church of the Brethren (a fully-online church based in Portland, OR) with three other pastors from different states. His goal is to share technology in a way that is understandable, accessible, and appropriate, while building community across geographic boundaries.
DUANE GRADY currently serves as pastor of the Cedar Lake Church of the Brethren in rural Indiana. A graduate of Bethany Seminary, he has served as a Congregational Life Team member for the denomination, is serving as a member of the Standing Committee of Annual Conference, has been a pastor of congregations in urban and small city locations, and has experience working with more than a hundred churches across the country as a consultant. An occasional writer, Duane most recently wrote a Lenten Devotional for Brethren Press. He and his wife Bev Weaver are the parents of two children, both of whom work in the caring professions, and they have two grandchildren.
CAROL WISE is director of the Brethren Mennonite Council for LGBT Interests, where she works with Brethren and Mennonite congregations and individuals who are interested in creating a more welcoming and inclusive church and society. There are currently over 80 welcoming congregations and groups within the Church of the Brethren and Mennonite Church. Carol also offers support and resources to individuals as well as to families and communities in their sacred journeys of coming out. Sr. Carol is a graduate of Iliff School of Theology and has served as a pastor and social services manager. She worships with Common Spirit Church of the Brethren, a house church in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Jd. BOWMAN is an actor, director and educator. He started working on his own creativity at the age of 2 and enjoyed it so much he hasn’t stopped. He has performed internationally in England and stateside in Chicago and Cleveland as well as smaller markets from Wichita to Chattanooga. A lifelong member of the Church of the Brethren, Jd. had a career highlight when he coordinated and performed a piece about social justice at Annual Conference and National Youth Conference in 2010. After over 30 years of performing on the stage, he began teaching Creativity and Innovation as the foundation course for the McPherson College Transformative Entrepreneurship program – his work is primarily focused on the intersection of creativity and empathy. Growing up riding a tricycle around the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin and then spending his teen years in the Shenandoah Valley, Jd. is quite happy living in McPherson, Kansas with his partner, Dr. Becki Bowman. Jd.’s biggest inspiration for creativity comes from his children, Lucy, Oliver and Vivian.
ROBERT (“BOB”) BOWMAN has served the denomination as pastor, teacher at the Church of the Brethren mission school in Waka, Nigeria, Parish Ministries staff for worship resources and biblical studies, and, prior to his retirement in 2011, as associate professor of religion at Manchester College. He has written curriculum for Guide to Biblical Studies, Covenant Bible Studies, Gather Round, and other Brethren and Mennonite study materials including the book A Light for My Path: Six Biblical Themes from a Believers’ Church Point of View. Bob has been married for 54 years to Martha Yoder Bowman and they are parents of four children.
JOSHUA BROCKWAY is both an academic and a minister. Currently he serves as director for spiritual life and discipleship on the denominational staff of the Church of the Brethren. He oversees a network of around 60 spiritual directors in the CoB and interprets the Ethics for Congregations statement of Annual Conference. The remainder of his work focuses on the practices of the Christian life, which include engaging with scripture, resourcing worship, and exploring ways Brethren can minister. He often writes for Messenger and other denominational publications. He serves as the blog editor and book review editor for Brethren Life and Thought (www.brethrenlifeandthought.org). He is completing his doctorate in early church history. Joshua and his wife have three fantastic children.
BARBARA DATE is an educator and relationship “coach,” working face-to-face and electronically. Beginning in the early 1980’s she served in the Church of the Brethren Peace Consultant’s office with the Discipleship & Reconciliation Committees (now Shalom Teams) in 17 Districts. Barbara taught at 11 colleges/universities/seminaries, including Bethany Theological Seminary. She developed five new courses in Conflict Transformation while serving as the Esau Distinguished Visiting Professor at Menno Simons College/The University of Winnipeg in Canada. Barbara is a graduate of Manchester College. She has an M.A. in Interpersonal and Small Group Communication and Conflict Resolution and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. She grew up in the York Center Church of the Brethren in Illinois. Barbara lives in Eugene, Oregon (Pacific Northwest District) where she is a trainer with the Center for Dialogue and Resolution. Her work expanded when she was invited to work with indigenous peoples in the Pacific Islands, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, and Northern Ireland. She is a longstanding member of the Church of the Brethren Intercultural Ministries Advisory Committee and On Earth Peace’s Ministry of Reconciliation.
DONNA KLINE has directed the denomination’s deacon ministry for the past five years, encouraging and training hundreds of deacons through workshops, individual consultations, a fully revised deacon manual, and the coordination of many other resources. Her work in Congregational Life Ministries for the Church of the Brethren includes being an advocate for disabilities and mental health awareness, coordinating the selection of recipients of the Open Roof Award at Annual Conference, and editing Basin & Towel. Donna is married to Joel Kline, pastor of the Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren in Elgin. She is a deacon at Highland Avenue, teaches the Primary Sunday school class, and serves as the church librarian.
DEB OSKIN has been doing Clergy tax returns since 1989, when her husband pastored a small Church of the Brethren congregation in Ohio. She learned the problems and pitfalls associated with the IRS’s classification of Clergy. During her 12 years with H&R Block (2000-2011), she achieved their highest level of expertise certification (Master Tax Advisor) and teaching certification (Certified Advanced Instructor). She has been an Enrolled Agent (EA) since 2007. EA’s are tax professionals tested by the IRS and are America’s tax experts. She has been a NTPI Fellow of the National Association of Enrolled Agents since 2011. Deb was ordained in 2004 and has owned her own tax practice since 2011, specializing in clergy tax preparation. Deb has been teaching and presenting on clergy taxation since 2004 and speaks often on this topic. She is an experienced presenter, and despite the complexity of the material, she leaves her audiences laughing