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Executive Director

Daniel Hostetler

Daniel Hostetler is our Executive Director. Hostetler brings to the Parliament more than 30 years experience in corporate consultancy and non-profit management, most recently directing operations and finance with the Dupage-Aurora [Illinois] World Relief, an international Christian non-profit which supports refugees and immigration issues.

Prior to joining World Relief, Hostetler co-founded and functioned as CEO of Legacy Analytics, which was recognized by Inc.'s Top 500 Fastest Growing Companies. His background includes serving as President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the George S. May International Company Southern European Division (SED,) and for ten years leading 300+ employees. He was also Co-Founder of Strategic Business Partners, which reached national prominence in winning one of the highest awards in the consulting industry.

Another nonprofit organization for which Hostetler holds a board position is the “Jacob Hochstetler Family Association,” which honors his Amish ancestry.

Among his community service activities, Hostetler often volunteers in homeless shelters, hospice, and travels through faith-based initiatives such as Christian Peacemaker Teams.

Hostetler is a devoted member of the Christ Community Mennonite Church in Schaumburg, IL where he finds his call to peacebuilding.

Amish and Hutterite communities across the midwest of the United States see frequent visits from Hostetler, who also travels internationally to perform nonviolent mediation.

Hostetler holds a bachelor's degree in Business with highest honors from Ohio Christian University and completed an advanced degree in Non-Profit Management at Chicago’s North Park University in 2013.

A raw vegan, Hostetler supports a wide-range of compassionate, humanitarian, and animal welfare efforts. He makes his home in Chicago’s Western suburbs with his wife and is the father of two adult sons and a daughter.



Executive Consultant

Dr. Mary Nelson

Mary Nelson is consultant to the new Executive Director, having successfully led the Parliament in that role for two and a half years. Nelson was previously a Board Trustee and Vice-Chair of the Parliament of the World's Religions. She was a successful CEO and has earned a PhD and six honorary degrees.

Mary Nelson spent 40 years working in a faith-based community development on the west side of Chicago, seeking to carry out the asset based community development principles in concrete ways through her leadership of Bethel New Life, Inc.  She is the immediate past Chair of Sojourners and a co-founder and lifetime board member of Christian Community Development Association.  She is also currently the coordinator of the Loyola University (Chicago) Institue of Pastoral Studies Masters in Social Justice and Community Development.  Dr. Nelson is also the author of Empowerment. 

Development Associate

Brian Savage

Brian was drawn to the Parliament of the World’s Religions’ commitment to peace, justice, and sustainability. He brings to his work a keen interest in that dynamic place where faith intersects with the public square. Brian received his earliest education - as well as his introduction to faith in action - from the farm folk by and among whom he was reared. He has since been further educated at Saint Louis Christian College, Emmanuel Christian Seminary, and Chicago Theological Seminary. He has an extensive career in fundraising and event production for national agencies focusing on AIDS, Breast Cancer, and youth education. He is very excited to marry his passion and experience to advance the mission of the Parliament.

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Director of Communications

Molly Horan

Molly brings a fierce love for social justice to her work directing communications initiatives of the Parliament. Coming to the interfaith world in 2012 to launch and coordinate the Parliament's Faiths Against Hate campaign, her service at the Parliament is dedicated to growing the movement through uplifting hearts and minds. 
Molly completed studies in Journalism, Sociology and Irish Studies and graduated Summa Cum Laude from DePaul University.
While interning in the Parliament of Ireland during the breaking economic crisis of 2008, she was inspired by the people's collective appeal to keep their leaders in their corner. Her coverage of a leading health insurance company's communications strategy for Universal Health Care became a day's top recommended story on DailyKos by its editor. Molly's work has been published by Patch, ChicagoNow, and Irish American News.

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Office Manager

Stephen Avino

Stephen earned his B.A. in Religious Studies at North Central College and is currently pursuing his Master of Arts at the Chicago Theological Seminary. He has always been attracted to learning about the many fascinating faith traditions found all over the world. He knows that religious tolerance and interfaith dialogue are some of the key steps to promoting world peace.

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