Our Team

Krista Tippett

Founder + President, The On Being Project; Host + Executive Producer, On Being; Curator, The Wisdom App; Executive Council

Krista Tippett is a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster, a National Humanities Medalist, and a New York Times bestselling author. She grew up in a small town in Oklahoma, attended Brown University, and became a journalist and diplomat in Cold War Berlin. She then lived in Spain and England before seeking a Master of Divinity at Yale University in the mid-1990s.

Emerging from that, she saw a black hole where intelligent public conversation about the religious, spiritual, and moral aspects of human life might be. She pitched and piloted her idea for several years before launching Speaking of Faith — later On Being — as a weekly national public radio show in 2003. In 2014, the year after she took On Being into independent production, President Obama awarded Krista the National Humanities Medal at the White House for “thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence. On the air and in print, Ms. Tippett avoids easy answers, embracing complexity and inviting people of every background to join her conversation about faith, ethics, and moral wisdom.”

Krista has published three books at the intersection of spiritual inquiry, social healing, science, and culture: Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living; Einstein’s God, drawn from her interviews at the intersection of science, medicine, and spiritual inquiry; and Speaking of Faith, a memoir of religion in our time.

Lucas Johnson

Executive Vice President, Public Life & Social Healing; Executive Council

Lucas Johnson has deep, global experience in conflict resolution and community organizing. He has been shaped by his time learning from veterans of the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S., most closely Vincent Harding and Dorothy Cotton, and by his work with human rights activists around the world, especially in Africa, Europe, and Latin America.

Lucas was a leader in the U.S. community of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR), the world’s oldest interfaith peace organization, for 6 years, based in Atlanta and focused on the Southeast and mid-Atlantic.

From 2014 until he joined the On Being Project in December, 2018, he served as General Secretary of IFOR’s global operation. Among the work he will draw on and extend as part of CCP, he incubated a Beloved Communities Project in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Belgium; and helped to create an Ethics of Reciprocity initiative with the United Nations.

Lucas studied at Mercer University and Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. He was born in Germany in a military family, grew up in Georgia (U.S.), and now resides between Amsterdam and the United States.

Colleen Scheck

Vice President, Operations & Vitality; Acting Director, Executive Council (she/her/hers)

Colleen ensures our nonprofit operations empower and support a thriving, sustainable organization. She guides our work in human resources, financial management, philanthropic fundraising, business development and administration, and hospitality. She’s inspired by the array of people who express deep appreciation for the influence On Being has in their lives, and by the individual donors and funding partners catalyzing that influence in ever-expanding ways.

Colleen was a producer with On Being in its founding years at American Public Media, and returns after wearing multiple nonprofit management hats within and beyond public media. She has a degree in history from Northwestern University. Beyond work, Colleen cares about how to better support “twice-exceptional” children and honor neurodiversity. She loves national parks, Labrador retrievers, and long naps. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband, son, and yellow lab.

Romy Nehme

Vice President, Head of Experience & Strategy

Romy is drawn to organizations that demand we bring forth our curiosity, courage, and creativity. She joins The On Being Project as the head of experience & strategy, and is excited to help steward this beautiful and ambitious project as it continues to deepen its imprint in the world.

Romy feels most alive in the intersections and productive frictions; she uses ethnography, collaborative design methods, strategic narratives, and speculative inquiry in service of creating systems and experiences where public life can flourish.

She previously helped launch New_ Public, a nonprofit that’s reimagining digital public spaces, and VaynerMedia’s digital research and strategy team. She’s also a member of the Columbia Digital Storytelling Lab, where she co-creates programs focused on embodied storytelling using emergent technologies.

She loves the theater of sport, contemporary dance, walking in NY with no sense of time, serendipitous encounters, and life moments that rhyme.

Tiffany Champion

Production Director (she/her/hers)

Tiffany is an Emmy Award-winning producer who uses her curiosity as a compass. Before joining On Being as Production Director, Tiffany spent the better part of a decade working at MSNBC in a variety of roles. While there, she coordinated the production of a nightly news program, covering everything from social inequality and the climate crisis to presidential inaugurations and impeachments. She also helped launch, develop, and produce the podcast “Why Is This Happening?”.

If she’s not strolling the avenues of Harlem with her dog, odds are you’ll find Tiffany hiking through a national park or stashed away in a pottery studio, relishing the magic of making something out of nothing.

Chris Heagle

Senior Producer/Technical Director

Chris has been a voracious consumer of all things public radio for as long as he can remember. He worked as a technical director for Performance Today, and contributed to several other national programs. Chris is one of the founding team of four that brought On Being to independence in 2013, and he is thrilled to have landed at On Being.

Chris spent the better part of 15 years working in theater as a sound designer and production manager. Though he occasionally pines for the immediacy of live performance, he also believes that in the vast media landscape of our world, radio is still best at stimulating the imagination.

Chris holds a B.A. from Hamline University and an M.F.A. from the University of Illinois. When not in front of a computer screen, he loves the outdoors (regardless of the weather), just about every kind of music, and watching his kids discover the world.

Zack Rose

Producer + Technical Director

Zack was born in Winnipeg, Canada, and at the age of four his family moved to the much warmer climate of Bemidji, Minnesota. Friendship and his ears brought him to Minneapolis in his twenties to absorb as much music and art as he could. His love of listening and learning about audio brought him to a career in public radio, where he has spent the last 15 years, learning in practice and in conversation with colleagues every day.

His recent focus has been on classical music, but his work has included mixing daily regional talk shows and national classical programs, editing and mixing podcasts, recording symphony orchestras and operas in concert halls and small groups in recording studios. Zack knew he found his passion when he realized that he actually enjoys sorting tangled audio cables.

Julie Siple

Senior Producer

Julie is a senior producer at On Being Studios, producing radio shows and podcasts for On Being with Krista Tippett.

She grew up in Rochester, Minn., and her favorite day of the week was Tuesday – the day the bookmobile from the local public library stopped near her house. (She always checked out seven books, the maximum allowed.)

Before joining On Being, Julie spent two decades at Minnesota Public Radio as a producer and reporter. She began on Morning Edition, cutting her radio chops on cold, dark mornings before the rest of the state woke up. Over the years, she produced each of MPR’s flagship programs, a limited run podcast, and a pilot program. She also spent several years as a reporter, covering hunger and poverty in Minnesota.

Thanks to generous journalism fellowships, Julie spent a year reporting in Berlin and several months in Munich. She got her start in journalism at Catalyst, a magazine covering school reform in Chicago. Before that, she majored in English at Carleton College, counseled teenagers in Chicago, and watched healing rituals in three countries thanks to a Thomas J. Watson fellowship.

She loves novels, travel, and anyone who introduces her to new food.

Gautam Srikishan

Producer (he/him/his)

Gautam is a longtime audiophile, consuming all things podcast- and music-related. Before joining the On Being Project, Gautam spent several years working for StoryCorps as a field producer, as he traveled, recorded, and archived stories for the national oral history project. Since then, he’s worked as an audio engineer and producer on many projects, including podcasts like Nice Try! Utopian, Land of the Giants: The Netflix Effect, and The Cut. When he’s not working on podcasts, you can find him writing new music, re-watching his favorite Studio Ghibli movies, or passionately explaining to people why they should play Dungeons and Dragons.

Kayla Edwards

Associate Producer (she/her/hers)

Kayla is not intimidated by a commute, and developed a love for podcasts and audio stories in transit. She finds the moments moving between places to be ideal for thinking about life’s oldest questions of how people live together and understand each other.

Prior to joining On Being, Kayla supported public engagement with underreported global stories at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

Pádraig Ó Tuama

Poet + Theologian and Host of Poetry Unbound

Pádraig grew up in Cork, on the south coast of Ireland listening to the radio, reading poetry and wishing he could share Wonder Woman’s superpowers. After school he had a nomadic decade before settling in Belfast. He has degrees in Theology — with particular attention to narrative and public theology — and also qualifications in conflict resolution.

Pádraig has numerous publications in poetry and prose. His interest in poetry began early, in school, when learning poetry off by heart in both the Irish and English languages. For him, poetry is a lifeblood.

Pádraig presents Poetry Unbound and is poet/theologian, working alongside staff and project partners to deepen theological reflection and resources through the On Being’s reach.

For almost 20 years Pádraig worked in faith-based conflict resolution in Belfast; engaging with partners and participants in addressing the ongoing legacy of violence and trauma in the north of Ireland. As part of this, he led Corrymeela, Ireland’s oldest peace organization, from 2014-2019, as well as having worked as freelance poet in residence for Corrymeela from 2005-2013.

He lives in Belfast with his partner Paul Doran, with whom he co-founded Tenx9, an event for people to tell true stories from their own life

Lilian Vo

Art Director (she/her/hers)

As a Vietnamese Seattle native, coffee naturally runs through Lilian’s blood. She graduated from Macalester College, where she received her B.A. in international studies with a double minor in anthropology and Japanese. Wildly curious and energized, she is passionate about merging her design thinking with her academic interests, as a self-taught designer. Manifested from her three passions of food, design, and community, she founded The Sticky Rice Project in 2017, a community media initiative that aims to bridge the intergenerational gap in the Seattle Vietnamese community using food. She is eager to continue exploring the different avenues of human connection and the role of media at On Being.

Annisa Hale

Design Intern

Annisa believes in the intersectionality of the creative mind with all of the bodies tenderness and delicacies. As a photographer, writer, poet, and creative, she clearly sees the need for art in this world- how it can completely dismantle someone’s perspective or allow people to push beyond boundaries and realities. As a participant of art, Annisa has challenged her creative eye through multiple different mediums while asking the questions: How can you communicate with your body, and specifically, your creative eye? How does your pulse communicate?

Growing up in Southern California, Annisa craved the comfort, stillness, and expression that took place in the forest. She moved to Spokane, Washington where she graduated from Whitworth University with her B.A. in English Writing and later receiving her MFA in Creative Writing Poetry from Antioch University.

Before On Being, Annisa has spent many years working in the coffee industry- playing all the roles of Barista, Trainer, and eventually Creative Director. As a freelance writer, photographer, and videographer, she is eager to dive deep into the design world within the community of On Being and of course, Lil.

Laurén Drommerhausen

Senior Operations Manager (she/her/hers)

With a passion for the tangible brand experience, Laurén cut her teeth in the advertising industry, gaining exposure in human resources, process implementation, and event production. Laurén’s hard work and “passion for compassion” was recognized by AdFed’s list of standouts: 32 Under 32. She received her bachelor’s degree in advertising from the Art Institutes International MN and served six years in the United States Air Force.

Laurén is a born and raised Minnesotan who’s inspired by interior and architectural design; often styling and re-styling the home she shares with her husband and pup. In her free time, Laurén volunteers with Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute as part of their adaptive sports and recreation program. She finds relaxation and restoration in yoga, long nature walks, travel, trying new restaurants, and watching pressure washing videos.

Ashley Her

Associate Operations Manager (she/her/hers)

Growing up in a first-generation home, Ashley was driven by the question, “Where do we belong and how do we connect?” She has learned that it is when we generously care for one another and allow others to care for us that we find connections that help shape our purpose.

Ashley comes with a background in educational and child justice work. She started her career working at the state office for Child Advocacy Centers and helped communities develop holistic spaces and practices to support families and young people through unimaginable situations. Recognizing that there was a disparity in advocacy based on communal access to education, she went on to pursue educational justice work. Most recently she led the programmatic effort to ensure that all students, but specifically those who come from historically marginalized populations, were given the same access and support to pursue their educational goals and dreams as their peers. Throughout her career she has piloted new programs, recruited over 600 students, and helped develop new practices to continually support the community at large.

Two littles take up most of her time. But when she isn’t trying to figure out how to get play-doh out of the rug she enjoys cooking with her husband, having friends in her kitchen, and using her hands to create.

Suzette Burley

Hospitality Coordinator

Suzette graduated with a degree in marketing and management from Mankato State University. Prior to On Being, she held positions in sales, recruiting, and management.

She enjoys golf, reading and more reading, coffee and more coffee, skiing, long walks, and hiking in northern Minnesota.

Her greatest joy is gathering friends and family around her candle-lit table for a night of food, conversation, and lots of laughs.

April Adamson

Executive Assistant (she/her/hers)

Born and raised in Minnesota, April spent over a decade in New York City and Los Angeles studying and pursuing her love of performance. She returned to Minnesota in 2010 and has been supporting executives in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors ever since. April is thrilled to join the Civil Conversations & Social Healing team led by Lucas Johnson, supporting relationships with a global network of individuals and organizations committed to socially restorative work.

April’s idea of heaven is being snowed in with a fireplace, a great book, and a longhaired cat.

Eddie Gonzalez

Director of Engagement

Eddie Gonzalez has a keen interest in the healing power of communal creativity and the dance between inner and outer life, the stories we tell ourselves and the stories we tell each other. He joins On Being Project after a decade of work around stories and spiritual care, most recently at StoryCorps, where he worked across the United States and Canada to help individuals and organizations create space for reflective conversations through community-based storytelling and audio recording projects. Before StoryCorps he was a hospice chaplain and received his clinical pastoral education while earning an M.F.A. in creative writing.

Eddie is based in New York City, supporting On Being’s growing portfolio of projects and collaborations with a focus on social healing. He feels most alive when he’s gathering around the table with friends and family, reading and writing, or exploring the outside world on foot. He lives in Queens with his partner, John Henry Greenwood.

Gretchen Honnold

Senior Project Manager

Gretchen Honnold believes in the critical relationship between meaning-making and effective change-making. She has worked as an international nonviolence program coordinator, civil disobedience trainer, rapid-response and digital community organizer, and behind the front desk of her local YMCA. For the past decade, she has facilitated local and global community organizing efforts working across race, class, culture, faith tradition, and other lines of difference.

Gretchen grew up in North Carolina, and has yet to adjust to Minnesota winters. She is a passionate systems geek, believing that thoughtful institutions can be the foundation for building meaningful relationships at scale.

Cameron Mussar

Digital Experience Manager (he/him they/them)

Cameron’s joins The On Being Project as Digital Experience Manager. He explores how we bring people in and keep people returning to the meaningful questions we ask, the conversations we have, and all of their accompanying extensions. Before On Being, Cameron informed strategies and tactics at Purpose that improved access to COVID-19 vaccines and mobilized Americans to get out and vote. Cameron’s experience and passion ranges from exploring new narratives for issues in youth conservation and the divestment of consumer banks from fossil fuels to organizing and training young leaders who are committed to pursuing educational equity and racial justice.

Amy Chatelaine

Digital Chaplain (she/her/hers)

As Digital Chaplain, Amy Chatelaine serves as the central “listening organ” of On Being, creating and curating content that serve as doorways — into the rich archive of On Being’s offerings, and into the lives of our constellation of listeners.
Amy’s formation for this unique role comes from a textured background of experience at the intersections of public health, theology, and the arts. Her particular interest in accompanying and nurturing the emergent in life’s “between spaces” led her to study at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. During that time, she interned as a hospital chaplain in adolescent mental health, and with Corrymeela in Northern Ireland alongside the late public theologian, Glenn Jordan.
Amy grew up across a vista of farmland in southeastern Minnesota. An avid explorer, this landscape will always sing home. Music is her second language, which she speaks through the cello. She is the child of teachers, the sibling of ministers, and aunt to her kindred spirit in curiosity and delight.

Juliana Lewis

Director of Research & Prototyping

Juliana is a researcher, interaction designer, group facilitator and strategist with a background in philosophy. She joins the On Being Project as the Director of Research and Prototyping and is excited to infuse her work with a spirit of experimentation and a sense of care for the On Being audience.

Juliana feels most alive when she is co-creating interactive experiences that foster connection and dialogue. Her approach to learning and experimentation is informed by her interdisciplinary background. After receiving a PhD in Philosophy in 2015, she worked as a Cultural Anthropologist for a digital agency in New York City; received an MA in Interaction Design; worked for a Natural History Museum in Copenhagen, Denmark; and spent a year working on a biodynamic farm in Vermont.

Outside the office, Juliana runs a weekly community circle at a local yoga studio and is in process of certifying as an Authentic Relating facilitator. On weekends you can find her hiking off trail.

Jay Cowles

Treasurer, Board Member

Jay Cowles is a former media company executive and owner, with a long history of community engagement and entrepreneurial interests. As chairman of Cowles Media Company, he led the family owners and board of directors during the 1990s, until the sale of the company (and Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper) in 1998. After the sale, Jay led his family’s investment company and office until 2016.

Jay has also served for decades on a variety of civic and nonprofit boards, and is currently the vice chair of the Minnesota State colleges and universities system, in addition to several other boards. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School (MBA).

Konda Mason

Board Member

Konda Mason is the co-founder and CEO of Impact Hub Oakland, a beautiful inspiring co-working space supporting and connecting socially engaged changemakers and social entrepreneurs in creating community and bringing their projects to life as they create a better world.

Konda uses permaculture design principles, sustainable business practices, yoga, storytelling, Buddhist theory and Integral theory through a lens of social justice, to inform her work. A human equity advocate, Certified Permaculture Designer, and social entrepreneur, Konda’s work is driven by the vision of realizing in her lifetime a genuinely just and sustainable world.

Srinija Srinivasan

Board Member

Srinija Srinivasan is co-founder of Loove, a developing music venture designed to demonstrate how commerce and technology can be guided by artistic values rather than letting our culture be led by market values.

An accidental tech exec, Srinija joined Yahoo! in 1995 as one of their first five employees and self-titled Ontological Yahoo. With a background in AI, Srinija’s work at Yahoo! centered on the human experience, starting with the categorization system of the Yahoo! Directory and rapidly expanding into leading editorial and policy issues globally including network editorial standards, privacy and data use, advertising standards, youth safety, community guidelines, accessibility, and corporate responsibility. She served as Yahoo!’s vice president, editor-in-chief until stepping down in 2010. During that time she also chaired the board of non-profit SFJAZZ through the planning, campaign, and 2013 opening of the SFJAZZ Center.

Srinija serves as a vice chair of Stanford University’s Board of Trustees and she is a member of Stanford’s Humanities & Sciences Council, the Stanford Live Advisory Council, and the HAI Advisory Council. She recently concluded participation in the U.S. Partnership on Mobility from Poverty, and she’s a 2000 Henry Crown fellow of the Aspen Institute. She lives bicoastally between Palo Alto, CA and Brooklyn, NY.