Susan Gunn, interim director, first joined the staff as office coordinator in 2012. In 2015, she took on the role of communications manager and, in 2018, interim director. Her previous overseas experience was in mainland China beginning in 1991. While there, she studied Chinese in Beijing and worked in several different parts of the country. From 1993-97 she taught English to middle school teachers at rural teacher-training colleges in Fujian, Anhui, and Jiangsu provinces, sponsored by the Amity Foundation, the largest charity in China, and the National Council of Churches in the U.S.A. Susan and her husband also worked as short-term volunteers at Prem Dan, the house for the destitute and dying, run by the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata, India. Susan has a Master’s degree in International Development Management from American University.
Father Frank Breen, MM, program associate, works at the New York office as Maryknoll NGO representative at the United Nations where the Maryknoll Sisters and the Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers have consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). [Both organizations are also affiliated with the UN Department of Public Information (DPI).] Fr. Breen was ordained in 1970 and for the next twenty-nine years he worked in Kenya, in three parishes in various parts of the country, and as the foreign correspondent for Maryknoll Magazine for five years, based in Nairobi. In 1999, he returned to the United States and did Maryknoll Development work for eight years. In 2007, he began living with his mother, while doing a nine-month sabbatical on environmental readings. In 2008, he embarked on writing The History of Maryknoll in Africa, a five-volume production that took nine years to complete. After his mother died in 2013, he moved to Maryknoll, New York in 2014. In September 2017, he joined the OGC staff. Fr. Breen lives at Maryknoll, New York and works with religious groups doing advocacy and educational work in conjunction with the United Nations.
Kevin Carroll, Sustainable Pathways to Peace and Security program coordinator, is originally from the D.C. area. He spent his youth moving around the country with his family of eight. Upon completing his undergraduate studies, he worked on Capitol Hill for his representative from Charlotte, North Carolina for a time before going into environmental advocacy work. He spent several years teaching English as a Second Language in D.C. to immigrant and refugee populations before moving to Portland, Oregon to work with at-risk youth at an alternative high school with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest. He completed his Masters in Theological Studies at Wesley Theological Seminary in D.C. in 2017 and began a community organizing fellowship with Interfaith Worker Justice focusing on worker justice and rights before transitioning to work with Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns on nonviolence and nuclear disarmament.
Anna Engelmann, office manager, has had a varied career, from disaster relief with the American Red Cross to conflict resolution with an internship in Palestine to international law at the Office of the Legal Advisor to the President in Eritrea. She has a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Sociology and Criminal Justice and an M.A. from American University in Ethics, Peace and Global Affairs. She has training in mediation and is particularly interested in restorative justice and the role of empathy in conflict resolution. Anna is also a beekeeper and lives in the Moyaone Reserve in Accokeek, Maryland.