Leadership Team

Zachary Johnson, Executive Director  | 773.988.2352 | zach@cta-usa.org

Zach has a long history in the Catholic social justice community. He comes to Call To Action from the Salvation Army Harbor Light Center, Minnesota’s largest homeless shelter, where he was Program Director. Zach also organized and hosted the 2016 national Faith and Resistance Retreat on Racial Equity, and has worked with the Catholic Worker Community, Minnesota Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC) and the Minnesota Harm Reduction Coalition. He’s a regular guest speaker on topics of homelessness, social justice, anti-racism, and applied ethics, and is a graduate of Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin.


Crystal K Oct 2014Crystal King, Director of Administration | 773.404.0004 | crystal@cta-usa.org

Crystal joined the Call To Action staff in 1998. She handles day-to-day office administration which includes billing and payments, accounting, mail and postage, office supplies, and provides clerical assistance on projects as needed. In addition, Crystal supports conference registration and other administrative tasks. Crystal was born and raised in Chicago and is the sixth of seven children.


Austen C Octo 2014Judy Austen Coker, Director of Operations | 773.404.1624 | austen@cta-usa.org

Austen has worked in Operations Management in both the non and for-profit worlds since moving to Chicago in 1989. Some of her many tasks at Call To Action include payroll/hr, finance, benefits administration, database management, development and communication. Austen has great passion for the movement and the justice-focus of Call To Action’s mission and outreach.


Christine Haider-Winnett, Communications Manager | 510.838.1784 | christine@cta-usa.org

Christine credits CTA’s 20/30 young adult community with bringing her back to the Catholic faith of her childhood, and she is thrilled to join CTA as Communications Manager. She has spent over a decade working for justice in the Catholic Church, and recently served as Coordinator for Equally Blessed (a coalition of Catholic organizations committed to LGBTQ equality, of which CTA is a member). Christine has a particular passion for gender justice in the Catholic Church and was recently ordained a priest through Roman Catholic Womanpriests. She holds a BA in Peace and Global Studies from Earlham College and a Master of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion. In addition to her work with CTA, Christine also serves as founding priest of Via Sophia Ministry, a ritual arts and spiritual direction practice. She lives with her spouse, toddler and two cats in Davis, California.


Claire Hitchins, JustChurch Organizer | claire@cta-usa.org

Claire is a learner in life whose journey of radical Christian discipleship has led her from food justice work in Richmond, Virginia, to living among marginalized communities in Bolivia with the Maryknolls; to accompanying immigrant farm-workers as a Jesuit Volunteer in central Washington. After releasing an album and sharing her music as medicine all over the country, Claire put down roots in an ecumenical community of young adults in Charlottesville, Virginia. She is now living into the questions of a priestly vocation through a hospital chaplaincy internship and community experiments in house-church. She is passionate about dismantling systems of oppression and co-cultivating generative, resilient and healing lifeways. Claire received her BA in Religious Studies from The University of Virginia in 2013 and served with Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest ’15-’16.

Trish Vanni, Conference Liturgy Coordinator | trish@cta-usa.org

Patti Kay, Accountant | patti@cta-usa.org