Our Members & Staff

Susan Quinones, Barnstable County Human Rights Coordinator – susan.quinones@barnstablecounty.org | (508) 375-6912

Below is a list of the Human Rights Advisory Members and our non-member liaisons. 

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Rev. Dr. Kate Epperly

Chair, Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission

Rev. Dr. Kate Epperly A lifelong community organizer and human rights advocate, Rev. Dr. Kate Epperly is an ordained pastor who has served congregations in California, Arizona, Washington DC, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. She retired in January after serving 7 years as Minister for Advocacy and Justice for Families and Children of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) denomination.

Rev. Dr. Epperly served 3 years as Minister of Christian Union Church in North Truro, served as Coordinator of the Cape Cod Fellowship of Reconciliation, and was active in the Nauset Interfaith Association and its Refugee Support Team. Rev. Dr. Epperly currently serves on the Steering Committee of Barnstable No Place for Hate, and the Cape Cod Council of Churches Migrant and Refugee Committee. She is a member of the Cape Cod Grandmother’s Against Gun Violence, the Cape Cod NAACP, and the Cape Women’s Coalition and PEO Chapter AL.

Patricia Oshman

Vice-Chair, Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission

Patricia (Trish) Oshman Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Vice-Chair Patricia Oshman came to the U.S. in 2001. After studying Law and Economy at 2 Brazilian Universities, she received a B.A. from Curry College in 2013. Trish taught Portuguese at Falmouth High School and currently teaches at Mass Maritime Academy. She works as a shelter advocate at Independence House in Hyannis. A community activist, Trish developed a Portuguese enrichment program at East Falmouth elementary school. She is co-chair of Falmouth’s Affirmative Action and Diversity committee and sits on the Board of the Cape Cod Cape Verdean Museum and Cultural Center, a 501(C)(3) that disseminates knowledge about Cape Verdean and broader Lusophone culture.

Oshman helps organize the annual Human Rights Academy that brings students together to heighten awareness of human rights issues and encourage participation in their own schools’ projects promoting human rights. Each of the fall and spring Academy gatherings attract approximately 100 Cape-wide high school students.

Patricia Armstrong

Non-Member, Town of Yarmouth Liaison to Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission

Wendy Bierwirth

Member, Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission

Paul Thompson

Member, Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission

Katie Riconda

Member, Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission

Jeanne Morrison

Member, Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission

Morgan J. Peters

Member, Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission

Theresa Santos

Non-Member, Town of Barnstable Liaison to Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission

Brian O’Malley

Non-Member, Assembly of Delegates Liaison to Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission

David Schropfer, Sr.

Member, Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission