Meet The Team
Alisa Lasater Wailoo
Alisa, an ordained elder in the Baltimore-Washington Conference, served as Lead Pastor at Capitol Hill UMC in Washington DC for 13 years. She’s previously served as the Protestant Chaplain at Georgetown Law Center, and Minister of Local Missions and Young Adults at Myers Park UMC. An On-call Chaplain for the US House of Representatives, she offers prayer to Congress regularly. She is equally passionate about sharing prayer with unhoused neighbors living on the street and working together for affordable housing. A graduate of Duke Divinity School and the University of Kansas, she loves God, first, and, then, college basketball.
Noe Gabriel Lopez
Noe Gabriel Lopez (Gabe) was born and raised in Philadelphia, the son of two Guatemalan immigrants. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Theology from Malone University and his Master of Divinity from Duke University. After graduating he became an Associate Pastor at a multicultural church in Henderson, NC. In addition, he has also worked as a middle school teacher. Gabe has ample experience working with Latin American immigrants and is very passionate about serving with marginalized communities. Among other accomplishments, Gabe has presented at the North Carolina Council of Churches on immigration and assimilation within first generation Latinos/as. His hobbies include traveling, playing soccer, watching sports and reading a good book on contextual theology.
Director of Music
Daniel Jackson comes to us with a plethora of experience in both music education and church leadership. A native of Florida, he and his family spent the last several years in the Greater Washington, DC area where he was the Director of Choral Activities at Stone Bridge High School-Ashburn, VA as well as the Choir Director at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. He also created and chaired the Creator and Chairperson for the VA-ACDA Diversity Coalition. Daniel and his family moved to the greater Philly area this fall for Daniel to begin a Doctorate in Philosophy in Music Education, with a cognate in choral conducting, at Temple University.
The music committee loved him, moved by his musicality, magnetism, energy, and creativity. He has creative ideas of how to use music within our walls and beyond for God's work of justice and joy.
Jodi acker Bohr
Jodi Bohr’s primary job, other than being a mother and grandmother, is teaching music to students in grades 3 through 5 at Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, where she has taught since September 1992. In addition to this, she has served as the organist and interim music director at First United Methodist Church of Germantown since August 2019, and she has accompanied the Philadelphia Girls Choir since 2012.
Michael Yancey began his employment at FUMCOG on September 5, 2020 but he has been a member of the choir since 2014 while attending Chestnut Hill college. His background includes 3 years at the United Methodist conference level as the East District Resource Assistant. Michael was born and raised in Stamford, Connecticut where his parents still live, and goes by either his first or last name. He enjoys theatre, Marvel, and mysteries