John Marchese – John is the Executive Director of the Quixote Center. He joined the Center in 2017 shortly after receiving his Ph.D. in Literature with a specialization in Central America from the University of Notre Dame. Immediately before coming, he spent two years at Valparaiso University where he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish. A Philadelphia native and graduate of Saint Joseph’s University, he lived for nearly 20 years in the midwest, where he earned two additional graduate degrees – an M.A. in philosophy from Loyola University Chicago and an M.A. in Iberian and Latin American Studies from the University of Notre Dame. He also served as Executive Director and on the board of directors of Su Casa Catholic Worker and had a curious five-year stint in the supply chain department of a plastic packaging company.
Mfon Edet – Mfon Edet is the Communications & Development Associate with the Quixote Center. She joined the Center in 2016. Originally from the Atlanta metropolitan area, Mfon moved to the DC area in 2015 after receiving her Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from Kennesaw State University; she received her B.S. in International Studies from Southern Polytechnic State University. She has worked and volunteered with various organizations in the DC and Atlanta area including the Latin America Working Group, the Siegel Institute of Leadership, Ethics, and Character, and the Alliance for International Reforestation. While working full-time at the Quixote Center she is also a part-time graduate student at Howard University, working towards her PhD in Sociology.
Jessica DeCou– Jessica DeCou is Program Director for the InAlienable program. She earned a PhD in Theology from the University of Chicago in 2012 and bounced around academia, conducting archival research (and fostering kittens) across the US and Europe. This decadent lifestyle of musty manila folders and crushing student debt was pretty much the plan – until… this. So, inspired by a now-somewhat-famous protest sign, she decided to enter the lucrative world of non-profit activism (where she found her true calling: troubleshooting the printer). She now lives in a basement in an undisclosed location inside the beltway. In addition to her book on Karl Barth, her work has appeared in the International Journal of Systematic Theology, Christianity Today, and so on. Jessica joined the Quixote Center in February 2018.
Tom Ricker – Tom Ricker is a Program Associate with the Quixote Center. Tom began working in international solidarity in 1995 following a life changing trip to Nicaragua. He joined the current staff in January of 2018 and has worked with the Quixote Center twice before (2001-2008, and 2011-2014). In addition to the Quixote Center, Tom has worked with Witness for Peace, the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network, and the Rothko Chapel, where he coordinated public programs including the Oscar Romero Human Rights Award. Tom holds a PhD in political science, and teaches international human rights and politics part-time for the University of Maryland, University College online. Currently living in Houston, Tom plays guitar for the bayou-grunge band Konkerute, and records his own solo work under the name Minivan Gogh. He considers his most important job title to be “Benny’s daddy.”
Marianne Baldwin – Marianne is the Administrative Associate at the Quixote Center. Originally from Pennsylvania, she moved to Washington, DC in 2001 to pursue her graduate studies, completing an M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution and an M.A. in Teaching at American University. In 2003, she travelled to Iraq in opposition to the war with the group Academics for Peace. Marianne has taught social studies in a DC public High School and for a year on a Fulbright Teacher Exchange in Barranquilla, Colombia. She then worked in the non-profit world before taking time off to have her two kiddos. She is happy to be returning to work at the Quixote Center.
Roz Fischer – Roz is a Program Associate at the Quixote Center, with a focus on communication efforts. She began at the Center as one of the art buyers for the Nicaraguan Cultural Alliance program back in the early 2000s. Along with managing the shipment of inclusive language publication orders, Roz also provides her Postal Service knowledge to the staff and volunteers when we’re mailing letters to donors.
Tee Kendall – Tee is the Bookkeeper for the Quixote Center. She has been at the Center since 2013 managing, along with the Executive Director, our financials as well as employee benefits. She is a big Dallas Cowboys fan.
Dolly Pomerleau– Dolly (Dolores) Pomerleau is a Maine native, transplanted in Maryland’s fertile soil. The crops have been abundant. She completed an MA in women’s studies at the George Washington University in the late 70s. In 1976, she co-founded the Quixote Center with Bill Callahan. During the ensuing years, Dolly co-founded the Women’s Ordination Conference, Potters for Peace, the Association for Rights of Catholics in the Church, and others. Her work at the Center has included the whole range of activities and responsibilities necessary to keep a vibrant organization moving forward. Dolly is a potter and a gardener – you can tell by looking at her hands and fingernails. She is also active in her town’s politics, not always a pretty sight. Technically retired, Dolly continues to work at the Quixote Center on a part-time basis. She loves the staff, the programs, and the outstanding people she has met through her work. Everyone should have a life as blessed as hers.