Executive Director - Rev. Richard Killmer - The Reverend Richard L. Killmer, a Presbyterian minister, is the Executive Director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture – an interfaith organization of more than 300 religious organizations committed to ending U.S.-sponsored torture. He was appointed to that position in May 2007. Previously, he had served as the program director of the Churches' Center for Theology and Public Policy located at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. He served there from June 2002 to May 2007. While in that position, he founded the Greater Washington Interfaith Power and Light and co-founded the Muslim-Christian Initiative on the Nuclear Weapons Danger.
From 1996 to May 2002, Mr. Killmer was the director of Environmental Justice and director of the Economic Justice and Domestic Hunger Program Ministry of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA. He received the Climate Protection award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency for his work while at the National Council of Churches.
From 1980 to 1996, he served as the first director of the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program working first in the national headquarters of the United Presbyterian Church in New York and then moving to Louisville, Kentucky after the merger of the Presbyterian Church US and the United Presbyterian Church. Mr. Killmer worked for the National Council of Churches previously from 1970-1980. During that period, he directed the Special Ministries/Vietnam Generation, Domestic Hunger and Poverty, and co-directed the Child and Family Justice Project.
He is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and has two degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary. He has also served as a Visiting Fellow at Princeton Theological Seminary from 1985-1988. Mr. Killmer has written many articles and resources for publication and co-authored two books. He was profiled by U.S. News and World Report on March 19, 2010.
Director for Program Coordination – John Humphries – John serves as NRCAT’s Director for Program Coordination. He has more than ten years’ experience as a community organizer and trainer, serving as the director/lead organizer for organizations in rural Appalachia and in Connecticut. A member of the Hartford Friends Meeting, he traveled to Iraq in June 2002 with a Quaker/AFSC delegation, and he has helped organize a statewide interfaith network acting to oppose torture and the war in Iraq. As an organizer, he has coordinated successful state-level legislative campaigns.
Director of Policy - Matthew Hawthorne - Matt graduated from Brandeis University with degrees in politics and chemistry. Post graduation, he worked on constituent casework for Senator Conrad. He then moved to Washington, DC, where he began working on civil liberties issues for Senator Dorgan. After his stint in Senator Dorgan’s office, he took some time to travel in southeast Asia, and then he joined NRCAT as the Director for Policy Coordination.
Director of U.S. Prisons Policy & Program - Heather Rice – Heather coordinates NRCAT’s state campaigns to limit the use of solitary confinement in her capacity as NRCAT’s Director of U.S. Prisons Policy & Program. Heather holds a J.D. from George Mason University School of Law and graduated cum laude from Colorado State University where she majored in Social Work and Liberal Arts. Before joining NRCAT, Heather worked with international survivors of torture at the Rocky Mountain Survivors Center in Denver, Colorado. During law school, Heather completed a law clinic with the Board of Immigration Appeals and also competed in the 2011 International Rounds of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. She has volunteered with the Navigators ministry in the U.S. and abroad and is currently an active member of National Community Church.
Director of Finance & Operations – Tara "T.C." Morrow – T.C. serves as NRCAT’s Director of Finance & Operations. From 2004 to spring 2009 at the Churches’ Center for Theology and Public Policy, she worked to educate and organize religious communities on public policy issues. In that position, she served as a founding staff member of NRCAT. In the spring and summer of 2009 at the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, she provided a range of assistance helping n4a coordinate a national campaign to assist vulnerable older Americans with the transition to digital television. She holds a M.Div. from Wesley Theological Seminary and a BA in Physics from Vassar College. She also is a part-time chaplain at an assisted living facility for persons with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.