Board of Directors

Art Hooker (Co-Chair)

Co-Chair of the Association for Public Justice

Art Hooker is the founder and Principal of New Metropolitan a social design studio. He has had the opportunity to consult, design and produce campaigns and content for leading brands such as Herman Miller, Verizon, The White House and the American Heart Association. Informed by over 10 years of qualitative research on 5 continents in the areas of passion, creativity, and movements, he partners with companies and individuals who desire to replenish the metropolitan regions of the world through leadership development, learning, media and business innovation.

In 2017 he formed Hope Labs Inc., a non-profit to help create innovative collaborative opportunities for individuals,  corporations, non-profit and civic organizations.

Growing up with 4 time Grammy Award Winning Blues Legend John Lee Hooker as a great uncle,  Art has a unique perspective of how the arts can affect culture globally and locally. He uses key insights from his life experiences as well as those gained in his international work in over 20 countries to procure unique strategies, films, digital content and communication plans that meet each client's custom needs.

Michelle Kirtley 

Co-Chair of the Association for Public Justice

Dr. Michelle Kirtley is the Consultant on Bioethics and Public Policy at The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity. Prior to joining CBHD, Michelle worked for six years on Capitol Hill for Congressman Dave Weldon, MD (R-FL) and Congressman John Fleming, MD (R-LA), serving as a science and health policy advisor.

Michelle completed her doctorate in cell biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2004) and her undergraduate degree in molecular biology from Princeton University (1996). She lives in Chapel Hill, NC, where she also serves on the Board of Samaritan Health Center, a private, Christian health clinic for low-income and uninsured residents of the Research Triangle in North Carolina. She is a  former Trustee of the Center for Public Justice and also serves as a CPJ fellow.

Claire McWilliams

Claire McWilliams is a financial auditor within the federal workforce. She is a registered Certified Public Accountant.  She graduated with a B.A. from Dordt College in Accounting and Finance. Outside of work, she is very involved in her church, serving on the steering council and leading a missional community around welcoming the stranger, a community with an action-focused desire to further Christ’s kingdom through actively loving their neighbors, specifically through relationships with and advocacy for refugees and immigrants.  She lives in Chicago and also enjoys singing in her choir, Chicago Chorale.

Jerry Herbert

Dr. Jerry S. Herbert (Ph.D., Duke University, Political Science) has a passion for helping followers of Jesus explore and understand their personal, professional, and public commitments in the light of their faith convictions.

As an educator Jerry taught in the areas of politics, policy, leadership, vocation, and citizenship, helping people explore how the advancing stories of God’s rescue and reign (gospel and kingdom) can shape their work and citizenship. Most recently, Jerry concluded service as InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Graduate Faculty Ministries Interim Volunteer Campus Staff at the George Washington University in D.C.  Previously he taught as adjunct professor of public policy at Pepperdine University's Washington DC Program after serving 28 years directing the American Studies Program for the Council of Christian Colleges & Universities.

 

Jerry and his wife Jeannie live in Northern Virginia and attend Washington Community Fellowship on Capitol Hill where he serves as an elder.  Jeannie and Jerry have three adult sons and five grandchildren.

Jessica Joustra

Jessica Joustra (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary, Vrije Universiteit) is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Theologische Universiteit Kampen and Visiting Scholar in Reformed Ethics at Redeemer University College. She earned a Masters of Divinity from Calvin Theological Seminary and a B.A. from Calvin College. She is an editor and translator of Herman Bavinck’s Reformed Ethics: Created, Fallen, and Converted Humanity (2019), Herman Bavinck's Reformed Ethics: The Duties of the Christian Life (forthcoming), and co-editor of Introducing Abraham Kuyper's Lectures on Calvinism (forthcoming). She now lives in Hamilton, Ontario (Canada). In addition to her service as a trustee on the APJ board, she serves as Chair of the Board for the Center for Public Justice.

Shannon Geiger

Shannon B. Geiger works in Operations with NTA Life - Horace Mann Educators Corporation. She has a Master of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of South Carolina. She worked as a counselor on staff at Park Cities Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas, and Pacific Crossroads Community Church in Los Angeles, California from 2005 to 2015. Prior to vocational ministry, she started out in small town journalism as a newspaper reporter then was a wildlife magazine editor before seminary. She also currently serves as a trustee with the Center for Public Justice,  APJ's sister organization focused on civic edcuation and policy research. 

Tom McWhertor

Tom recently retired as Director of Constituency Relations for World Renew --a disaster response and international community development organization based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Burlington, Ontario. He has served on the board of the Center for Public Justice numerous times since 1981 --again now since 2012 -- and recently served as board chair for three years. He previously served on the staff of the CCO --Coalition for Christian Outreach, APJ, and the APJ Education Fund (now the Center for Public Justice), the Williamsburg Charter Foundation, The Second Watch, and Calvin College --as Vice President for Enrollment and External Relations.

Tom has served on the boards of Dordt College, the Gerald R. Ford Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Public Information and Education Committee of the Grand Valley Metropolitan Council, and the Annapolis Area Christian Schools. Tom is married to Janice, who retired as minister of congregational life in 2016. Together they were members of the founding group for Pittsburgh Urban Christian School and also served on the Rivendell School board in Alexandria, Virginia.

Janice and Tom have four grown children and seven grandchildren. They live in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where they are members of Church of the Servant, Christian Reformed Church.

Charity Wahrenburger

Charity is currently an independent consultant in the city of Pittsburgh, PA.  She has recently worked for the Center for Public Justice directing the Christians Investing in Education initiative. Before working for CPJ she spent 15 years working in higher education teaching, managing programs, and developing student leaders; helping students connect the tenants of their faith to their engagement with academics, community, and government. 

Charity is actively engaged in the Pittsburgh Community.  She has served as a volunteer for an education advocacy organization A+ Schools, a volunteer leader with the Girl Scouts of America, and a member of the Executive Service Corp with the Covestro Center for Community Engagement.  She is also on the Board of Directors of Pittsburgh Urban Christian School. In her down time, you will most likely find Charity out in the woods with her husband Todd, and her dog Scout.