Family Building Religion & Ethics Advisory Council Members

Religion & Ethics Advisory Council

Rabbi Rachel Grant Meyer, Chair

Born in New Orleans, LA, Rabbi Rachel Grant Meyer began her professional service in religious community as a Program Associate in the KESHER: College Department of the Union for Reform Judaism. A graduate of Columbia University, Rabbi Meyer was ordained by the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in May 2012. During her time at HUC-JIR, Rabbi Meyer was the recipient of several communal and academic awards and prizes. She also participated in the Cross-Seminary Leadership for Public Life fellowship with Jewish Funds for Justice. Before assuming her current position as Assistant Rabbi at Congregation Rodeph Sholom in New York City, Rabbi Meyer taught in synagogue religious schools in Manhattan and Brooklyn, interned with Rabbis for Human Rights, was a chaplaincy intern at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, and served as a student rabbi at Congregation Beth Shalom in East Liverpool Ohio. Most recently, Rabbi Meyer served as the Rabbinic Organizing Intern at Temple Sinai in Roslyn Heights, NY, where she worked with lay leaders to address issues of common concern using the principles of Congregational-Based Community Organizing. She is a passionate champion of reproductive rights and of sexual health education, and she strives to support individuals and families with regard to issues of infertility and adoption.

Frank Cunningham, Ph.D.

Frank Cunningham is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University Maryland. He has been a member of the faculty at Loyola since 1968, and has served the university in various capacities including department chair, director of the January term, acting director of the Center for the Humanities, acting director of the Honors Program, and from 1986 to 2001 Associate Academic Vice-president. Dr. Cunningham received his B.S. degree in biology from Fairfield University in 1966, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from Fordham University. His dissertation was entitled “Eros and Eidos: Plato’s Inchoate Theory of Creativity”. Between 1983 and 1986 he was enrolled part-time in a Masters program in Biochemistry at the University of Maryland at Baltimore, which he was forced to abandon upon becoming associate AVP. He received an MBA from Loyola University in 1991. Since 1980 he has regularly taught classes in Bioethics to undergraduates at Loyola, to nursing students at Union Memorial Hospital, and to health care professionals as part of the university’s continuing education program. He has been a member of the Institutional Review Board of the University of Maryland Medical School, the Patient Care Advisory Committee of the Health Facilities Association of Maryland, and the Clinical Research Committee of Johns Hopkins Medical Services Corporation.

Rachel Dvoskin, Ph.D.

Rachel Dvoskin joined the Johns Hopkins Bioethics Institute's Genetics and Public Policy Center (GPPC) in January 2011 as the genetics research analyst. She studies policy and ethical issues pertaining to human subjects, such as informed consent, privacy, data sharing, and the return of individual results. She is involved in multiple Center projects, which include public engagement studies and policy analyses of consumer genetic testing, fetal gender testing, whole genome sequencing, and large-scale population-based genomic research. Dr. Dvoskin received her BS in Psychology from Duke University and PhD in Biological Anthropology from New York University, completing her dissertation research with a predoctoral fellowship award from the National Institutes of Health. She worked for two years as the copy editor and a contributing writer for Scientific American Mind, a magazine focused on neuroscience, psychology, and behavior. Before joining the GPPC, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Florida, where she collaborated with medical anthropologists on community-based participatory research on genetic and sociocultural risk factors for hypertension in African Americans. She also helped initiate a study on stress and epigenetics in new mothers and infants in the Democratic Republic of Congo, including mothers who have been victims of sexual violence as a result of the ongoing war. Dr. Dvoskin is interested in ethical issues surrounding genetics and public health in general and female reproductive health more specifically. She is passionate about collaborating across disciplines to help inform ethical practice and increase equitable access to health information.

The Reverend Megan Lloyd Joiner

Megan Lloyd Joiner is a Unitarian Universalist minister currently serving The Universalist Church of West Hartford, Connecticut. Educated at Ursuline Academy in Cincinnati Ohio, a Catholic girls school, Megan received her B.A. in Religious Studies at Wesleyan University in 2001. From 2003-2005, she worked in the Unitarian Universalist Association’s (UUA) Washington Office for Advocacy to provide support for congregational social justice organizing at the local, state and national level. While at the UUA, she worked with the team that organized the first Sexuality Education and Advocacy Training for youth and young adults in Washington D.C., an annual collaboration between the Unitarian Universalist Association, the United Church of Christ, Advocates for Youth, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. She is a passionate advocate for comprehensive sexuality education in schools and congregations. Megan graduated from Union Theological Seminary in 2009. She subsequently completed a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) internship and residency at NewYork-Presybterian Hospital, serving primarily as a neonatal intensive care and pediatric chaplain. Her experiences in the nursery deepened Megan’s passion for providing spiritual support for parents throughout the parenting experience, beginning before they are parents! Megan is a member of the Connecticut Interfaith Fellowship for Universal Health Care, a group of religious leaders of diverse faith traditions from throughout Connecticut committed to quality, affordable health care for all people.