Therese Taylor-Stinson is a retired Federal Senior Program Analyst, formerly an expert in Federal Regulatory Activity, and she remains on the roster of the Federal Interagency Shared Neutrals Program as a lead mediator for Equal Employment Opportunity disputes. Therese is currently a seasoned spiritual director, an award-winning author-editor, and an ordained deacon and ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA), where among other assignments, she served as Moderator for PCUSA’s National Capital Presbytery for approximately 3-1/2 years of a progressing extended term. As an organizer, she won recognition in 2018 as a Collaborative Bridge-Builder presented by Grace and Race, Inc., and she received an Indie Author Legacy Award for her edited work Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Stories of Contemplation and Justice. She is also the founder and organizer of the Racial Awareness Festival, which recently completed its sixth annual event and seventh year of organizing supported by the Spiritual Directors of Color (SDC) Network, Ltd., among others. See her chapter 12 in the recently published work How To Heal Our Divides Volume 2: An Abundance of Opportunities. Therese is the founding managing member of the SDC Network, in its 14th year and incorporated 8 years as a 501(3)(c) nonprofit. In addition to the above, she is a certified pastoral caregiver and an Emotional Emancipation Circle Facilitator. Look for her new book Walking the Way of Harriet Tubman: Public Mystic and Freedom Fighter, scheduled to publish in February 2023. Therese is married to Bernard Stinson. They have a daughter and two granddaughters.