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Board of Directors

Get to know our leadership team and read our Affirmations and Code of Ethics. 


Art Hooker

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...


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, serving as a science and health policy advisor...

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Claire McWilliams


Jerry Herbert

Claire McWilliams is a lead financial auditor for an office of inspector general within the federal workforce. She graduated from Dordt University with a B.A. in Accounting and Finance and is a registered Certified Public Accountant...

Dr. Jerry S. Herbert is an educator in the areas of politics, policy, leadership, vocation, and citizenship, helping people explore how the advancing stories of God’s rescue and reign can shape their work and citizenship...

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Julie Peterson

Julie Peterson is a founding partner of Marq Consulting Group and has over 25 years of economic development and international marketing experience. She has served as a trustee for the Center for Public Justice and as a leadership institute fellow...


Charity Wahrenburger

Charity is 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... 

Dr. Sanchez Fair

Dr. Sanchez Fair is a visionary entrepreneur and the driving force behind Be Creative Be Different Consulting and Fair Real Estate Investors, both headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. Raised in Greenville, South Carolina...

Christy Wauzzinski

Christy Buxton was born in St. Louis, MO. She moved with her family to Wilton, CT where she finished high school. Christy came to Christ through the Coalition for Christian Outreach's (CCO) ministry at Allegheny College where she graduated with a BA in Psychology. During her time at Alleghany...


Remembering Tom McWhertor...

Tom McWhertor 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 served on the board of the Center for Public Justice numerous times since 1981 --again 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 also 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's wife Janice 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.

Tom now watches over his four grown children and seven grandchildren who live in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where they are members of the Church of the Servant, Christian Reformed Church.

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