REBECCA LINDER BLACHLY, Director
Rebecca Linder Blachly joined the Office of Government Relations for the Episcopal Church as the Director in September 2016. Prior to taking on this role, Ms. Blachly was the Senior Policy Advisor for Africa in the Office of Religion and Global Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Her previous positions include Acting Chief of the Strategic Communication Division at U.S. Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany, Special Assistant to the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, and Research Associate in the Post-Conflict Reconstruction Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She has conducted fieldwork and research throughout Africa and the Middle East and she has published on civil-military relations and information sharing in complex environments. Ms. Blachly received her B.A. in philosophy from Williams College, and her M.Div. from Harvard University.
LACY BROEMEL, Refugee and Immigration Policy Analyst
Lacy Broemel serves as the Refugee and Immigration Policy Analyst for The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations in Washington, D.C. In this role, she advocates for just and humane migration policies, and equips Episcopalians to speak out in support of refugee resettlement and just immigration policies. Prior to this role, Ms. Broemel served as the Manager for Communications and Operations in the Office of Government Relations. Ms. Broemel is from Nashville, TN and graduated with a BA in History and Women and Gender Studies from The University of the South in Sewanee, TN in May 2013.
JAYCE HAFNER, Domestic Policy Analyst
Jayce Hafner serves as the Domestic Policy Analyst for The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations in Washington, D.C. She grew up on a goat farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, and received her B.A. from Hendrix College in 2011. Prior to her current position, Ms. Hafner studied conflict resolution in Northern Ireland, led theatre of the oppressed workshops in Italy, and researched grassroots development on a Fulbright Scholarship to Trinidad and Tobago.
PATRICIA KISARE, Legislative Representative for International Policy
Patricia Kisare serves as the International Policy Analyst for the Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Washington Office. In this capacity, she is responsible for policy advocacy on a variety of international issues, including food and hunger, global health, trade, human trafficking, and gender-based violence. Prior to her current position, Ms. Kisare worked for Mennonite Central Committee U.S. and the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Ms. Kisare holds a BA in International Studies from Millersville University and a Master’s in International Affairs from Penn State University.
ALAN YARBOROUGH, Communications Coordinator and Office Manager
Alan Yarborough started in the Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations as a Research Assistant in a split position with the Center for Anglican Communion Studies at the Virginia Theological Seminary. Prior to this, he lived and worked in Haiti with the Young Adult Service Corps, working in two different positions. He spent two years in Cange working in economic development and communication and a one year in Cap-Haitien with the St. Barnabas Agriculture Center as a project manager for their revitalization program. He holds a BS in economics from Clemson University in South Carolina.