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David Combs is the Midwest outreach specialist for the Global Security Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. He builds coalitions and partnerships among UCS members and other groups to push for United States leadership on nuclear weapons issues. Prior to joining UCS, David organized in the Midwest with the ONE Campaign, a nonprofit that advocates for legislation in support of U.S. global aid, and served on the board of the local United Nations Association chapter in Chicago. David holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Roosevelt University.
Nobel Peace Prize nominated activist, author, photographer, Ursula Vari has devoted her life to elevating consciousness. Her 2015 photography assignment took her to Peru, where she fell in love with the rainforest. Since then, she has been studying plant and energy medicine with indigenous groups deep in the Amazon jungle and documenting life off the grid. She has a deep understanding of the healing potential of plants, animals, human touch and intention. Through her philanthropic work with street dogs and indigenous groups along the Amazon Region, she has been a force that inspired people to do good and reevaluate their relationship with nature and animals. With her organization, Project Street Dog, she has mobilized local communities to volunteer and improve the lives of street animals. She has created street campaigns, runs free spay and neuter programs along with educational programs for children in impoverished neighborhoods. She resides in Los Angeles with her three rescues, two from Peru and one from South L.A.
Raanan Mallek, M.Ed.- After growing up in Vancouver, Canada; Honolulu, Hawaii and San Diego, California, Raanan moved to Jerusalem in 2000. He holds a B.A. in History of the Jewish People from Hebrew University (2006) where he focused on the Jewish experience under Islam. He obtained a Master in Education from Hebrew College in Newton Center, Massachusetts (2008) and a Certificate of Advanced Judaic Studies from the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies (2008). Raanan has teacher certifications in Israel, Canada and the United States and has been formally teaching Jewish Studies in North America and Israel for over ten years. Raanan holds a graduate certification in conflict resolution, management and negotiation from Bar Ilan University. In April of 2018, Raanan was ordained as a Peacemaker and in November of 2018, he will receive ordination as a Rabbi by the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary in Jerusalem and simultaneously granted a Masters in Jewish Law (Halakha). Recent initiatives that Raanan has been involved in include: being an interreligious scholar and special event coordinator for the Tantur Ecumenical Institute (which included helping to found Praying Together in Jerusalem and Tuesdays at Tantur), being part of the Palestinian and Israeli Emerging Leaders Program of the Outward Bound Center for Peacebuilding and Search for Common Ground, a conference organizer for the Abrahamic Reunion, a facilitator for Hands of Peace for the past three years as well as continuing to teach all age groups about Judaism. Raanan also hosts a radio show called Microphones for Peace which brings attention to the work of interfaith activists in the Holy Land.
Lynn Kitchen, Producer, Publisher, Financial Consultant
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Niki Borofsky, International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, Vice-President of Membership Services, is responsible for growing the organization’s corporate, law firm, association and individual memberships across the globe, managing special events and keeping all of CPR’s members happy. In this capacity, she develops and curates innovative membership benefits; works with current members to build value-adding and sustainable relationships that leverage CPR’s cutting-edge ADR tools; and implements strategic plans designed to engage and connect new members and promote business-smart ADR practices across the United States and internationally.
Borofsky comes to CPR as an experienced attorney and mediator. She received an LLM in French and European Law from the University of Paris I – Pantheon-Sorbonne and previously worked with Proskauer’s International Arbitration group in Paris where she focused on complex international commercial arbitrations and counseled multinational corporate clients on cross-border disputes. A member of the bars of New York and Massachusetts, Borofsky has authored several articles on global dispute resolution, including International Labor and Employment Arbitration: A French and European Perspective (28 A.B.A. J. Lab. & Emp. L. 349 (2012-2013)).
Borofsky is active with the New York Peace Institute as a mediator, coach and mentor training members of the NYPD in peaceful conflict resolution. She is also a leader of the New York Chapter of Mediators Beyond Borders International where she has led introductory peacebuilding dialogue trainings for the Liberian diaspora community.
Prior to her legal career, Borofsky was a political campaign consultant helping guide hundreds of national and local candidates and measures to victory. She speaks fluent French and is a certified Le Cordon Bleu chef.
Manuel Collas de la Roche
Manuel Collas de la Roche founded “The Better World Forum” and is committed to the development of a dialogue and exchanges between film directors, photographers, writers, authors, academics, scientists and professional humanitarians with an open invitation to the general public, to promote peace throughout the Better World Forum will take place in 2016 in India and other parts of the world in 2017.
After having produced “Darshan – The Embrace” directed by Jan Kounen and selected out of competition at Cannes, Manuel Collas de la Roche was president of the Cinema Verite Festival in Monaco, Geneva and Abu Dhabu with the support of Sharon Stone, Susan Sarandon, Jane Fonda, Carole Bouquet, Catherinc Deneuve, Queen Noor of Jordan, Jody Willliams, and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Wangari Maathai. http://www.cinema-verite.org.
Teresa Felix, Club Treasurer
Mark H. Fowler, Board Member
President of Stowe Management Corporation and CoCEO of Revolutionary Conversations, LLC, Mr. Fowler is a business growth and corporate re-engineering expert, author, writer, business educator, public speaker and change leader. He specializes in transitioning companies from challenge to achievement by focusing both on enhancing revenues and profits and instituting cultural and interactive processes that substantially increase collaboration and engagement–helping companies to achieve a whole new level of success.
Having worked with more than 150 companies with all forms of challenges and impediments, he’s helped turn them around, institute rapid growth, develop/implement sophisticated systems and procedures, raise working capital, merge, acquire and demerge organizations, while always focusing on well-being of the business and all stakeholders. A leader in the “business engagement” field for decades, he has developed systems and communication protocols, stressing the importance of team empowerment and personal development. By focusing on helping business owners and team members to be on the same page, he has aided them in succeeding with incredible achievements, unattainable in the current competitive cultural business environments that are all too prevalent in today’s reality.
He is a member of the AICPA and the California CPA Society (“Society”). He served as a director of the Society as a State Committee Chair; he also served as a Trustee for the California CPA Education Foundation. He is a Board member and Vice President of the United Nations Association of Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo. An active presenter, he has written more than 100 articles and created and presented more than 35 courses. With his emphasis on “business engagement”, he created and designed a dialogue and conversation system called the S.H.A.R.E.™ Tools, which are the basis of the award winning book he co-authored with Noal McDonald and Barbara Gaughen-Muller: Revolutionary Conversations: The Tools You Need for the Success You Want: http://www.revolutionaryconversations.net
Barbara Gaughen-Muller, Board Member, Programs Chair
Founder of Gaughen Global Public Relations, an author, a business leader and a public speaker. B.A. from San Diego State University and Masters work in Organizational Behavior from the University of California, Santa Barbara and San Diego State University. Radio show host, Inspiring Conversations with business, educational and spiritual leaders, broadcasts worldwide from the Radio for Peace International in Costa Rica. President of the United Nation Association, Santa Barbara Tri-County chapter; and the past president of the Book Publicists of Southern California. www.unasb.org ; Global public relations consultant, author, speaker and columnist for Going Organic Magazine; SEE (Surgical Eye Expeditions) International Board of Directors. Good Morning World daily email www.goodmorningworld.org ; Barbara’s late husband, Dr. Robert Muller and she wrote 7500 Ideas and Dreams for Peace and a Better World which is shared in a FREE daily email to subscribers in 5 languages world wide.
Co-Author, Revolutionary Conversations, The Tools You Need for the Success You Want introduces not just a concept but a new way of communicating: the S.H.A.R.E.™ Tools
Munni Irone is the administrative director of Family Film and Olympia awards that recognize the achievement of family oriented production and talent. She has her own show, the Munnit Irone Show and has served as Executive Director and owner of Vocational School in California. She is an accomplished author, humanitarian and philanthropist.
Emmanuel Itier, Immediate Past Club President
An experienced feature film Producer, Emmanuel Itier directed the thriller ‘Tell me no Lies’ (2000) and the horror film ‘Scarecrow’ (2002). He completed in 2012 the Peace documentary ‘The Invocation’ narrated by Sharon Stone and with Desmond Tutu, HH The Dalai Lama, Deepak Chopra and many others worldwide peace activists. Emmanuel also produced the films ‘Wildflower’ (1999) and ‘Scarecrow Slayers’ (2003) among other pictures. He also acted as a co-producer and financing consultant: ‘Johnny Mnemonic’, ‘Another 9 1/2 weeks’, ‘Shattered Image’ (1998), ‘The Dentist’ (1996), and ‘Progeny’(1999). In 2013 Mr. Itier executive-produced a Drama filmed in Hong Kong: ‘Red Passage’ which entered the Festival circuit in 2014. He also directed and co-wrote an action picture for The Asylum: ATTILA with ultimate fighter star Cheik Kongo. Emmanuel Itier has also been a successful Music and Film journalist for both Rock Magazines, French TV networks and the internet for the last twenty five years. Finally Itier has been a buyer for various French Film distribution companies for the last twenty years. He was on the board of directors of the Santa Barbara Film Festival for a decade and he writes poetry. He is also very involved with charities and the political world. He grew up in France and moved in the USA twenty five years ago. He resides in Santa Barbara, California with his wife and three sons. Finally Emmanuel Itier released in late 2013 another inspiring documentary Celebrating Women around the planet: ‘FEMME-Women healing the World.’ This Documentary earned several Awards around the World. Mr. Itier is now directing five documentaries in order to keep making Peace, One movie at a time. This new series is called The Oneness Collection: Documentaries for a Conscious Humanity.
Ike M.I. KHAMISANI joined United Nations Association more than twenty five years ago as founding member after serving in Calcutta Civil Defense, LEO CLUB, LIONS CLUB, JAYCEES and ROTARY. Throughout his career he served at various key positions and lead delegation to international event including UN’s DPI/NGO, WFUNA (World Federation of United Nations’ Association). He is currently Chapter’s Representative and Member Board of Executive Committee of Southern California Division since 2008. He became President of Inland Empire in 2009. He has continuously been elected on these positions till date.
In his long and active association of over 35 years with HUMANITARIAN organizations locally and internationally, he organized remarkable events/projects engaging community from different walks of life. He held events like on Adopt a Minefield, World Refugee day, World Health day, Earth day, UN Day, Human rights day, International Women’s Day, Israel/Palestine conflict, Millennium Development Goals, My World Post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals, Peace festival between INDIA and Pakistan, Prisoners’ rights, Disabled rights, International Red Cross/Crescent Society, Kidney donation drive, Eye camps, and participated in Congresses, Conferences, Workshops, Seminars with renown International and local organization etc., etc.
His RENOWNED resolution on Israel/Palestine Conflict was passed and approved in UNA National Convention of 2009 which became USA state department policy document. In recognition and appreciation he was awarded with title of DIPLOMATE for his skilled direction of the Chapter’s and the division’s outstanding Human Rights Policy resolutions composite: “ SELF DETERMINATION OF PEOPLES” at the National Convention, Advocacy Policy Adoption Session, and for his LEAD position in the chapter and division. He earned AMBASSADOR OF GOODWILL AND PEACE awards for organizing PEACE FESTIVAL and for his effort defuse the war and in attaining peace between India and Pakistan. He has earned title of AMBASSADOR from UNA-USA besides, numerous Awards from UNA such as
1. “EXCEPTIONAL DIPLOMACY AWARD” by UNA-USA SoCal division on the 65TH Anniversary of UN.
2. “DISTINGUESHED ADVOCATE AWARD”, by UNA-USA SoCal division.
3. “OUTSTANDING SERVICE AND DEDICATION AWARD”, by UNA-USA SoCal division.
4. “AMBASSADOR OF GOODWILL AND PEACE AWARD”, by UNAP.
5. “UNA LEGACY AWARD” on the 70th Anniversary of UN by UNA-USA.
Besides above he has earned many other awards from other organizations as well globally throughout his career, specially following:
“Civilian Award of Merit” bestowed with the rank and grade of “Commander of Merit of the Companionate” of Merit by HOSPITALLER ORDER OF THE SAINT LAZARUS OF JERUSALEM.
His highest achievement was
“THE PRESIDENT’S CALL TO SERVICE AWARD “for his Volunteer HUMANITARIAN / COMMUNITY service from President of the United States of America in 2013.
He served on key positions of various organizations and their committees including of UNA-USA.
· Co Chairman of HAITI Earthquake RELIEF,
· Convener of Pakistan Earthquake and Flood RELIEF;
· Chairman TURKEY earthquake RELIEF.
He is an active and dedicated born HUMANITARIAN and has maintained throughout his career, the vision and family’s generation old belief of “SERVICE TO HUMANITY IS SERVICE TO GOD”.
He is co founder of Globcal International, a membership cooperative, non-profit International organization and research development commission of independently recognized goodwill ambassadors from embassies, states, cities, and international organizations.
Henry Oster was born Heinz Oster on November 5, 1928 in Cologne, Germany to Hans and Elisabeth Oster. He entered grade school in 1934 and in 1935, the Nurumberg laws prohibited Jewish students from attending school and Henry was expelled.
In October of 1941, Henry and his parents were forced on a train and sent to the Lodz Ghetto. He lived in a single room with 18 other people with no modern facilities. His father died of starvation within 6 months. In 1944, Henry and his mother were forced into cattle cars and transported to Auschwitz-Birkenau Death Camp. Henry was selected for the work camps and his mother was immediately murdered in the gas chambers.
Henry was tattooed with the number B-7648. Working 16 hours per day in the stables, Henry was able to avoid selection for the gas chambers on three more occasions. With the Soviet Army advancing, Henry survived a Death March to the train station and transported in an open cattle car to Buchenwald Concentration Camp. A thousand Jewish boys were rounded up to work in the quarries. From April 1 to 11, Henry and the other inmates were given no food. On April 11, 1945, General George Patton’s U.S. Third Army liberated Buchenwald.
Henry was sent to an orphanage in France and was able to reach the United States in 1946 to join his uncle in Los Angeles. Today, Henry shares his personal testimony as a speaker at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles.
Henry’s message to all of us is “Be aware of how easily people can be persuaded to commit genocide if nobody speaks up against it.”
Stephanie Phillips, ROP Rim of the World High School
Sharon’s charitable foundations have given life and hope to people around the world. A devoted humanitarian Sharon has long been active in her support and involvement with organizations around the world. In 1991, her sister Kelly severely injured her leg in an accident. Sharon pulled her sister out of her depression, and together they founded Planet Hope, a foundation that sponsors diverse activities for homeless children of all ages and cultures.
At the United Nations on World AIDS Day 1995, Sharon Stone announced at a press conference that she had accepted an invitation to serve for three years as Chairwoman of amfAR’s Campaign for AIDS Research. In 1998, as her term was coming to a close, Ms. Stone renewed her support of amfAR’s vital innovative research programs by vowing to continue as campaign chairman until a safe and effective AIDS vaccine is developed. Since accepting this key position with amfAR, Ms Stone has travelled nationally and internationally on behalf of the Foundation and is now their Global Chairman for Campaign Fundraising. At each of her many public appearances, she has worked tirelessly to heighten awareness of HIV/AIDS as a threat to social and economic stability and to underscore the urgent needs for continued AIDS research. Sharon is dedicated to this cause, helping to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for the battle against AIDS.
At the 1998 Cannes Film Festival Cinema Against AIDS event, Ms. Stone artfully raised the bidding for an impromptu Elton John / Ringo Starr performance of “Great Balls of Fire” by offering to dance as they played. Video clips of her performance ignited television news programs worldwide, causing the event to raise over $1.2 million. This success was followed later that year by amfAR’s Seasons of Hope event at which Ms. Stone, as emcee and host, joined the Foundation in paying tribute to Clive Davis, Tom Hanks and Barbara Walters for their contributions to the fight against AIDS. This gala raised $2 million for amfAR’s AIDS research programs. Ms. Stone herself was honored at Seasons of Hope in 1999 for her outstanding contributions to the Foundation.
Ms. Stone has twice served as host and auctioneer at amfAR’s Two by Two for AIDS and Art auction in Dallas, helping raise nearly $2 million for AIDS research. In May 2000, she participated in an art auction for Phillips Auction House that raised $1.2 million, and in August 2000, Ms Stone served as host and auctioneer at Cinema Against AIDS Venice at the Venice Film Festival, where she helped raise over $500,000 and launched a special line of vanity cases that she personally designed for the luxury brand Louis Vuitton. Ms. Stone is donating 100% of the proceeds from these exceptional cases to amfAR. Most recently, in May 2008 Ms. Stone raised $10 million for amFAR’s AIDS research in Cannes. She continues to serve as a chairperson for amfAR’s annualCinema Against AIDS.
She has also participated in the Race for The Cure, the nation’s largest fundraiser for breast cancer research.
In 1999, the AIDS Awareness Committee of Academy of Television Arts & Sciences presented Sharon with aRibbon of Hope award for AIDS awareness and education. She also received the Humanitarian Award in 2000 from the Human Rights Campaign. In 2002, Sharon received the Honoree and Recipient of Global Conference Institutes Healthcare & Medicine Humanitarian Award. The award recognizes one individual in the world who has demonstrated a profound commitment and devotion to healthcare and humanitarianism, has enhanced the quality of lives through their work and influences the course of history through ongoing contributions of health care and medicine.
Adding to her acclaim, the French Government commended Sharon the Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1995 (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters). In May 2005, Sharon was elevated to Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres.
She also received the Bollywood Woman of Conscience Award in 2004 for her steadfast support of many charitable and philanthropic organizations, in particular, the Bridge Fund. Sharon Stone’s Bridge Fund mission is to promote sustainable economic development, environmental conservation and cultural heritage preservation in Tibet.
In 2004, Project Angel Food honored Ms. Stone with an Angel Award for her commitment to the Project Angel Food mission for her ongoing contributions to the fight against AIDS. Project Angel Food prepares and delivers free, life-sustaining meals daily to more than 1,600 people living with HIV/AIDS, all types of cancer, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, diabetes and other serious illness throughout Los Angeles. In the same year she received a Spirit Award from the National Centre for Lesbian Rights for her support of gay and lesbian civil rights.
In 2005, Sharon was honored with the prestigious Harvard Humanitarian Award to celebrate her ten years as an advocate for AIDs research. That same year, she put her star power to use at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland and raised more than $1 million in five minutes to fight the Malaria epidemic in Tanzania. Stone was also awarded Redbook’s Mothers and Shakers Award for outstanding women and their tireless efforts to impact the world.
Later, to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina in the gulf coast states, Sharon teamed up with songwriters Denise Rich, Mark Feist and Damon Sharpe, co-writing and producing the song entitled “Come Together Now.” She lined up a galaxy of legendary music stars who performed on the track including Joss Stone, Wyclef Jean, Celine Dion, Patti LaBelle, Backstreet Boys, just to name a few.
In 2006, at the Women’s World Awards, Sharon’s philanthropic efforts were commended with the World Charity Award by Mikhail Gorbachev.
In 2007, Sharon was awarded the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award which is given to those who truly embody the fighting spirit of Ali in the race to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease. Her dedication to the fight against AIDS and her work with amfAR was also honored that year with the Einstein Spirit Award and the Smart Cookie Award.
Most recently, Ms. Stone was made an honorary guest at the Karolinska-Nobel Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. She presented a lecture on Health initiatives for peace for members of the Nobel Committee, students & faculty of the Karolinska-Nobel Institute at the Nobel Forum.
Sharon believes that her role is, in order, that of mother, then activist, and lastly, actress. She will undoubtedly continue to excel in her efforts through her celebrity status and use it as a productive tool to make charitable contributions to various humanitarian causes around the world. Her ceaseless energy for these causes and many others inspire Sharon to continually drive herself to achieve her ultimate goals, which are to find an end of HIV/AIDS, relieve hunger and homelessness and find peaceful solutions in a very troubled world.
Dr. Marilyn Tam
Marilyn Tam, Ph.D. is a Speaker, Author, Consultant, Board Certified Executive/Corporate Coach. She was formerly the CEO of Aveda Corp., President of Reebok Apparel and Retail Group; Vice President of Nike Inc. and also a successful entrepreneur who has built four companies.
Marilyn is a contributing writer to Huffington Post on how to live a happy, healthy, successful, and dynamically balanced life. Brand Channel lists her as one of the four most prominent names in Ethical Business globally. She is one of the top 100 leadership speakers in the world according to Inc Magazine. Brand Channel lists her as one of the four most prominent names in Ethical Business globally.
Her life is an inspiring example of what can be achieved if one followed their dreams. She grew up as an abused and neglected child in Hong Kong. She left home as a teen to come to America alone. Following her life mission, she achieved international business and humanitarian success.
Marilyn was recognized as one of the Top 30 Female Entrepreneurs in the USA by Fempreneur magazine. Jack Canfield detailed her work in his book on the strategies for success, “The Success Principles”.
Among her numerous recognition and awards is the Artemis Award from the Greek Government and Euro-American Women’s Council, with her image on a Greek postage stamp. Marilyn is featured in many documentary movies including GLOW Project, The Compass, Tapping the Source, and FEMME for her accomplishments and inner wisdom.
Marilyn’s award winning and top rated business book, “The Happiness Choice”, shows how and why happiness is crucial for business productivity and success, and for your physical, emotional, spiritual and financial health. Her book, “How to Use What You’ve Got to Get What You Want”, is published in six languages.
Shepha Schneirsohn Vainstein LMFT founded reGeneration after a trip to the Middle East convinced her that the education of young children in crisis zones and disadvantaged communities must play a critical role in advancing human potential to build the ground necessary for sustainable peace in that volatile region. reGeneration builds bridges of peace and understanding to unify our community locally, while also networking globally to promote social change in the Middle East through supporting the innovation of quality early childhood development and education. Since 2006 reGeneration has been based in the Conejo Valley, bridging both Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
Previous to founding reGeneration and opening her own private practice, Shepha trained and taught at the Valley Trauma Center in the San Fernando Valley where she learned to help victims of violence return to creating fulfilling and productive lives. Shepha now works full time for reGeneration, volunteering her efforts so that children both here in the U.S. and in the Middle East, together, can imagine and create a better future for themselves and the world.
The website for reGeneration is regenerationeducation.org
Sig Wathne, a Rotarian since 1980, Founder and former President of SIKAMA International, Inc. an electronic manufacturing company in Santa Barbara for the evolving Microelectronics and Semiconductor industries.
Sig’s interest in electronics started in high school, (Norway then under German occupation had confiscated ALL radios, if any were found, punishment was immediate death) Sig wanted to listen to the BBC, right across the waters. Outfoxing the Occupation powers, he obtained rolls of toilet paper, removed the paper, wound a coil on the core (Tuned to the Scotland frequency) glued in a Detector, clips (for ear plug, antenna and ground) placing the paper carefully back on the roll and alas, a crystal-set was born. At 8 PM every night was “Toilet time” for the latest progress of the Allied Forces. Almost a hundred were made, not a one was found! All due to tight lipped friends.1940 was the year Norway became drawn into World War II. On 9 April Nazi Germany invaded our country, which remained occupied until 8 May 1945.
“This was the beginning of 5 long years of torture,” said Santa Barbara resident and author Sig Wathne. I was 12 and my little brother was 2, asleep in the other room. We left LA during the depression and had returned to our Grandparents in Norway. Let’s make our opposition to war heard before war is once again a reality. Peace begins with me, is my motto for my life.
Members joining since June 24, 2016
Leona Evans is the author of The Evolving Peacemaker: A Commitment to Nonviolence. She holds a Master of Arts in Religious Studies and is an ordained Unity Minister, spiritual counselor, and former Chair of the Metaphysics Department at Unity School for Religious Studies. She is the co- author, with Carol Keefer, of two books: Nothing Is Too Good to Be True! which was also translated and published in Russia, and Spirituality & Self- Esteem. In addition, she co-authored and narrated a two-CD set, Meditations for Transformation: Awakening the Soul through the Enneagram. Ordained in 1985, Evans has been the minister at Unity of San Luis Obispo, California, for the past twenty-two years, during which time she has taught numerous classes on the power of the mind to shape our destiny. Leona is an accomplished speaker and teacher, and her positive messages have been heard on radio and television stations throughout the world. Evans is a former Broadway actress, recording artist, and cabaret performer, whose theatrical career of more than thirty years began when she was a small child. Eventually she was guided to study world religions and chose the ministry as a way of helping people understand that nonviolence among religions begins with the realization that the same God of love indwells all people. Evans is the proud mother of musician, filmmaker, and actor Matthew J. Evans, whose rich contributions to this volume have added “author” to his considerable list of accomplishments. Leona is available to present her workshops and seminars at business conferences, spiritual centers, and educational venues.
Violinist, educator, head of PS1 instrumental music program and SMYO founding director Shabnam Fasa received her musical training at the Holbaek Kunst art school in Holbaek, Denmark, and holds a degree in ethnomusicology from UCLA. She has worked in the arts programs of Santa Monica’s public and private schools and as a teaching artist for the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (YOLA). Shabnam also started the PS1 instrumental Music Program.
The Santa Monica Youth Orchestra was created in 2011 to provide tuition-free music education to a diverse cross-section of cultural understanding, cooperation, and peer mentorship among its participants. Music can be used in a positive way to bridge gaps, to create a bond between people who might otherwise have little in common. It conveys a message of peace and brotherhood.
I played as a child in a youth orchestras in Denmark and that was the best life experience. I learned so much about music, different time periods and music styles, social interaction, friendship, teamwork, performing, mentoring, and teaching. And I’ve wanted to create a place that would offer the same type of experience I had when I was young. Monica, SMYO started with 3 volunteer graduate students and handful of now a ten-member salaried faculty, a six-member board and amassing new branch to the orchestra: Santa Monica Youth Choir.
Our faculty is from all backgrounds and countries: all over the U.S.,Taiwan, France, educational activities like our Opus music summer camp for young people in Santa Monica. low-income communities as well as wealthy communities, implement an SMYO university internship program for graduating students (UCLA and USC), and inaugurate an SMYO exchange program with other ensembles in America and Europe.
Alain Gauthier is an international consultant, facilitator, coach, educator-researcher, and author focusing his work on developing co-leadership and partnering capabilities in and across the private, public, and civil society sectors. He is passionate about integrating the inner and outer dimensions of change and leadership, both at the individual and collective levels, in the service of a new evolutionary paradigm. He believes that cities offer the most promising opportunities for building an inclusive community of commitment, in service of the whole of life. A graduate from H.E.C. (Paris) and M.B.A. from Stanford University, he has served over the last 50 years a large variety of client organizations in Europe, North America, Japan and Africa. He first worked as a senior associate of McKinsey & Company in Europe, then as a partner of a Paris-based consulting firm, and is currently Executive Director of Core Leadership Development in Portland, OR and a partner of In Principo in Paris (specializing in collaborative dynamics). Prior to his move from France to California in early 1986, he was general manager of an international publishing firm, while developing and teaching business policy courses, and conducting leadership research at the Lyons School of Management.
Over the last thirty years, he has broadened and deepened his experience from strategic management and organizational design to leadership, partnership, team, and network development, as well as team, organizational and societal learning. In collaboration with his clients, he designs and facilitates the creation of a learning culture that will enable the organization, its members, and other stakeholders to thrive.
Alain’s clients have ranged from large international corporations such as ABB, CarnaudMetalbox, EADS, Hewlett-Packard, Lafarge, Nissan, Shell and Sony to a number of not-for-profit healthcare and educational institutions, several global consulting firms, medium-size industrial companies and service firms – including in the high-tech field – as well as two young presidents organizations. In the last fifteen years, he has designed and facilitated partnership and co-leadership capacity-building workshops for teams spanning the public, business and civil society sectors of more than twenty developing countries, in collaboration with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and UNICEF. He contributed to the development of The Partnering Toolbook with GAIN and the International Business Leaders Forum. Eight years ago, he conducted a global survey of the most innovative leadership development programs that integrate personal, interpersonal, and systemic change for leaders and other change agents who work across sectors on challenging societal issues. In partnership with other senior educators and consultants, he is currently researching and supporting the development of evolutionary co-leadership that is emerging in vibrant communities and organizations around the world.
Alain also delivers presentations on organizational learning, systems thinking, and coleadership development in North America and Europe. He is a co-founder and member of the Society for Organizational Learning (SoL) in Boston as well as a co-founder of SoL France and Bay Area SoL. He recently co-facilitated with Peter Senge in Paris the SoL workshop Leading and Learning for Sustainability. He also serves as Director of the Club of Budapest France and of Pathways to Peace in San Francisco.
Alain’s most recent book was published in French in April 2013 and is now available as an Ebook in English on Amazon under the title Actualizing Evolutionary Co-leadership – Evolving a Creative and Responsible Society. He supervised and prefaced the French adaptation of Peter Senge’s highly acclaimed book The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of The Learning Organization, as well as two of its sequels: The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook and The Dance of Change – The Challenges of Sustaining Momentum in Learning Organizations. He contributed to The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook and is a coauthor of four other books: Leadership is Global: Co-creating a More Humane and Sustainable World, Action Inquiry: The Secret of Timely and Transformative Leadership, The Handbook of Top Management Teams, and Learning Organizations: Developing Cultures for Tomorrow’s Workplace. Alain has designed and taught courses at John F. Kennedy University for their Organizational Leadership Program; he is a co-founder and a visiting professor at Paris 2 University of the Coaching/Personal Development Master’s program, and has contributed a chapter on evolutionary coaching in the The Golden Book of Coaching published in French in 2013. Although based in Portland, OR, he devotes about a fifth of his time to work outside the United States.
Douglas Gillies has produced six documentaries. “On the Edge” features former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, Jane Goodall, Ted Turner, Lester Brown, Oren Lyons, Huston Smith, and Carl Sagan discussing the need to make a concerted effort to restore a healthy balance to Earth’s resources before it’s too late.
Douglas’s biography of Robert Muller, “Prophet–the Hatmaker’s Son,” tells the story of a young man who escaped the Nazis during World War II and left home to become a peacemaker at the United Nations. According to Ted Turner, Robert Muller “is one of the greatest men to come along in a long time.”
Douglas’ attention turned to global problems in 1994 when he produced “The Big Picture Summit” hosted by Tom Van Sant in Santa Barbara, California. Tom’s question: “How can we speed up the shift to holistic thinking from linear, reductionist, compartmentalized thinking?” In other words, how can we get people to see the big picture? Participants released a report to the United Nations with 72 strategies for speeding up the shift to holistic thinking. In 1995, Douglas produced “A Matter of Life & Death” hosted by Robert Muller, former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations. This event was the start of a 10-year exploration leading to the publication of Robert’s biography, “Prophet.” In 1996, Douglas worked with Jean Houston to produce “The Grail,” where eighty participants searched for elements of a new story that would lead humanity out of the wasteland and point the way to a positive future.
RESEARCHER, CENTER FOR TRANSBOUNDARY WATER MANAGEMENT
Suleiman Halasah is an electrical engineer with a BSc. from the University of Jordan, and a MSc. from Ben Gurion University. After completing his first degree, Suleiman worked as a research assistant for the Department of Computer Engineering at the University of Jordan. He also served as a control engineer for the Jordan Valley Authority in the Jordanian Ministry of Water and Irrigation. In this position, he was responsible for the SCADA System in the Southern Ghors Irrigation Project.
While working on his M Sc., Suleiman continued his professional work in the field of renewable energy, water and the environment. Suleiman became a cofounder of Global Sun Partners, a renewable energy company that works on building solar energy PV power plants in several countries in the world. Suleiman has served as a panel member on the topic of water security and climate change at the UN Department of Public Information/ NGO Conference in New York in 2007. In the same year, he was invited to speak at the First International Conference on Sustainable Energy as a Catalyst for Regional Development at the Eilat/Eilot Regional Council.
Suleiman established Integrated GREEN Solutions (i.GREENs) which aims to improve the environmental awareness and introduce green solutions in Jordan and the Middle East.
Sandy Hinden has worked for over 45 years for peace, the environment, culture, health and human services, and community and global development, as an administrator, program director, fundraiser, group facilitator and organizer. He is author of 7 Keys to Love and is a workshop leader and public speaker providing Life Skills for Effective Living and Briefings for a Better World.
Philip M. Hellmich
Philip M. Hellmich is Director of Peace at The Shift Network, director of The Summer of Peace and lead designer of the World Peace Library. The Summer of Peace is an annual event created by The Shift Network in 2012 that includes a free online telesummit featuring interviews with peacebuilders from around the world.
In 2012, Philip presented on the Summer of Peace at the first United Nations High Level Forum on the Culture of Peace. That forum was opened by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. In 2013, the United Nations published an article about the Summer of Peace in its UNITY magazine in China – Creating a New Narrative of Peace: From Inner Peace to International Peacebuilding.
Philip was the initiator and lead architect of the first virtual World Peace Library. Launched in 2014, the library includes interviews of over 400 peacebuilders representing over 15 sectors of society, including science, spirituality, education, business, military, etc…. Having conducted a majority of these interviews, Philip has a bird’s eye view of the larger peacebuilding trends emerging around the world.
Philip has dedicated most of his life to global and local peacebuilding initiatives, including 14 years with Search for Common Ground. He also served for four years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone where he lived and worked in small remote bush villages. A published writer, Philip is author of God and Conflict: A Search for Peace in a Time of Crisis with a Foreword by Lama Surya Das. He serves as adviser to The Global Peace Initiative of Women. A long-time meditation practitioner, Philip enjoys studying and teaching about the parallels between inner and outer peace.
Writer/Producer ARTHUR KANEGIS is President and founder of One Films, LLC, a motion picture development and production company dedicated to producing uplifting entertainment that makes a difference. He also founded Future WAVE, a non-profit organization that aims to shift our culture of violence to a culture of peace. He owns all rights to Garry Davis story. Just One! is a labor of love for Kanegis, who has spent seven years researching and developing the Garry Davis Story, including taping extensive interviews in France, Germany and the US not only with Garry, but also with Esther Peter-Davis, Ginia Davis and others who shared in the adventures.His production/writing credits include:
Marc owns and actively manages two boutique inns in Idyllwild, Southern California’s alpine mountain arts community. He volunteers his time for state and national trade and educational organizations, leading as Vice Chair of the Professional Association of Innkeepers International (PAII) and as Chairperson Nominee/Vice Chair for the California Association of Boutique & Breakfast Inns’ (CABBI) Governing Council and affiliated board seat on the California Hotel & Lodging Association (CHLA).
Prior to hospitality & resort management, Kassouf specialized in operations and strategy consulting, with an emphasis on analysis & project management, in the financial services and tourism sectors. He’s owned a full-service travel agency, holds numerous IT certifications, tourism awards, and is an award-winning leisure travel author; his articles have been awarded several North American Travel Journalist Association Gold, Silver and Bronze awards.
Since 2014, Marc has been an active member of Rotary International. Recently, Marc formed a small private nonprofit organization, Pink Prism Fund which manages the contribution of the Pines2Palms matching grants. With limited funds, Pines2Palms is currently partially matching funds to needy organizations in his Idyllwild community alongside internationally recognized Community Foundation’s Idyllwild Fund. Marc and his small volunteer board hope to grow PPF to eventually match 100% in Idyllwild, with the ultimate goal of increasing the fund’s capability to do good.
OLIVER KÜHR (aka OLIVER KYR) is storyteller, change-angel, writer, filmmaker, creative-project leader and creative director
After over 15 years in the advertising business (e.g. development of Mercedes-Benz’s first business TV, first virtual online fair for Bosch, rectangular CD-ROM for ministry of economy of Baden-Württemberg, own agency in Stuttgart) I followed the ‘wind of change’ and shot my first feature film in Berlin.
‘The Big Black‘ is an artistic realization of change, telling the story of a young man who has to find his way in ‘no man’s land’. The film won various awards, among them the Golden Pegasus for best director.
My novel ‘Audrey und der Tod’ and children’s book ‘Meine Freundin Scarlett’ shine their light on the topic of death, using unusual perspectives. More than 100 live readings helped people to diminish taboos concerning this very important topic.
‘Since I heard this story’, a couple said, ‘we are no longer afraid of dying.’
In October 2015, my wife and me, together with our little daughter, moved into a camper. To pursue our children’s project ‘children’s cosmos‘. In many interviews, children and teenagers from all over Europe told us of their fears, wishes and dreams.
In October 2016, my anti-war novel ‘Ascheland‘ was published.
Being ‘the Pegasus Family’, on the one hand we create our own projects, to inspire humans. For example our documentary ‘Citizen Animal’ that we prepare right now in 2017.
And, by using our expertise, we support projects & companies who bring necessary change into this world.
Being storyteller, writer, filmmaker, food designer, ethical food photographer, project leader and being humans who live change very consciously, my wife and me helped throughout the years:
To dissolve old core of beliefs that block important change.
We helped companies to perceive paralyzing paradigms and throw them over board.
We inspire people, so they lose fear of necessary change.
We support projects and businesses which change this world sustainibly and for the sake of all life.
We make ‘change’ an experience.
Change has a heartbeat. We make people listen to it.
Mr. Latuperissa served as the International Trade Administration -U.S. Commercial Service Director of the United States Department of Commerce in Ontario, California, the agency that promotes international trade for expansion and economic growth. He serves as a founding member/executive secretary for the California Inland Empire District Export Council, an Inland regional advisory group of business leaders that are appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.
His responsibility includes promoting regional business and international development, marketing of Riverside, San Bernardino and the Eastern part of Los Angeles.
Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Commerce, he held the position as Head of Corporate Export-Import Operations for Hughes Aircraft Electronics, General Motors.
His temporary assignments overseas includes acting Senior Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Kazakhstan, acting Commercial Attaché for Belgium and Luxembourg, acting deputy Principal Commercial Officer, Toronto, Canada, advance team member for the Secretary of Commerce, during the 1994 Presidential Trade Mission to China and the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings in Jakarta, Indonesia. His previous assignments in finance were with the Veterans Administration and the Defense Logistics Agency.
He’s U.S. Navy Veteran and a member of the Reconstruction & Stabilization, U.S. Civilian Response Corps, Boys Scout of America, and Rotary International.
He’s fluent in three languages (Dutch, German, and Indonesian,) and holds a Master’s in International Business Administration, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Redlands in California.
Mr. Latuperissa received the International Trade Administration (ITA) Memorial Award and the ITA Bronze Medal for supporting underserved group from the Secretary of Commerce.
Lori Michele Leavitt is a certified growth and leadership coach, consultant and a technology entrepreneur. She catalyzes momentum for leaders and their teams. Lori launched her first business in 2001.
Prior to that she financial analysis and consulting positions in companies ranging in size from $50M to over $1B.
She holds an MBA from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting with an Economics emphasis from Central Washington University. She is a certified Gazelles Intl. business growth coach, peer group chair, financial manager (CFM), management accountant (CMA) and toastmaster.
She has been a Rotarian since June 2014 and sits on the Board of Brigid Collins Org, with a mission of ending child abuse. Her favorite role is as Mom to an adult daughter, Emily, who lives in Seattle, WA. Lori lives in beautiful Bellingham, WA.
Dr. Lucille and Jerry Levin
Birmingham native, Dr. Lucille Hare (Sis) Levin — the founder of national and international educational endeavors focused on violence reduction and prevention — is a leading exponent of training teachers (preschool through University) in the techniques of systemically and comprehensively teaching students the concepts of nonviolent living.
Dr. Levin played a crucial role in the forging of the successful nonviolent effort that created conditions for the escape on Valentine’s Day 1985 of her hostage journalist husband, former WBRC-TV News Director, Jerry Levin, who had been kidnapped in Lebanon a year earlier by Hezbollah while serving as CNN’s Middle East Bureau Chief. Dr. Levin told the story of her effort to free her husband in her bestselling book Beirut Diary: A Husband Held Hostage And A Wife Determined To Set Him Free and consulted on the ABC-TV version of that story, Held Hostage, which starred Marlo Thomas as Sis
In the years since that experience, she has served at the University of Alabama at Birmingham as an Adjunct Professor in the department Anthropology where she taught Introduction to Peace Studies. She also has served as an Associate Scientist at UAB’s Injury Control Research Center and School of Public Health, and as an Adjunct Professor in the UAB and Samford University Schools of Education. Dr. Levin has been a visiting professor of Peace Studies at Chapman University, and she also taught workshops on The Role of Forgiveness in Conflict Management and Reconciliation at Pepperdine University Law School, UCLA, Stanford University and elsewhere. She founded CNRC (Community Nonviolence Resource Center) in Pasadena, California and also founded The Children of Abraham, a systemic nonviolence teacher training program that has been conducted in Palestine, Israel and the United States.
As a member of CPT (Christian Peacemaker Teams), she served in Palestine and was with the team in Baghdad, Iraq in 2003 during the U.S. invasion and in the months immediately following. Along with her husband, she was the recipient of the 2009 Dali Lama’s Wisdom in Action: Unsung Heroes of Compassion Award, an honor conferred twice a decade. Dr. Levin was honored as Distinguished Teacher of the Year by the United Nations Association of Greater Birmingham.
Birmingham resident, Jerry Levin and former television network journalist, is an author and public speaker advocate/activist on behalf of peacebuilding nonviolence as a way of life at both the micro and macro level of human relations. The former WBRC-TV News Director, while serving as Cable News Network (CNN) Middle East Bureau Chief based in Beirut, Lebanon was kidnapped in early 1984 by Hezballah and became the first of the so-called forgotten American hostages. He was able to escape eleven-and-a-half months later on Valentine’s Day 1985 due to the nonviolent strategies developed by his Birmingham native wife’s, Dr. Lucille (Sis) Levin and her team of Muslim, Jewish, and Christian friends at home and in the Middle East.
While in captivity, he had a profound spiritual and philosophical awakening. After a sudden insight about what he labels “the futility of violence” and motivated by his intense contemplation of Jesus’ teachings about human behavior, he moved from paying lip service to the belief that at times violence has its uses to becoming an anti-violence activist on behalf of unconditional nonviolent living. A member of the global violence prevention organization, CPT (Christian Peacemaker Teams), he and his wife served for many years in the Israel’s occupied territories trying to help defenseless Palestinians withstand the impoverishing and expropriating effects of the Israeli Army’s colonial rule of the West Bank and its ghettoization of Gaza. In 2003 The Levins were also on the ground serving as human shields against the U.S. bombing of Baghdad during the opening months of the second Gulf War.
At home he has become involved in local racism, poverty, and homelessness issues and causes, co-founded the Birmingham Committee to Protect the Homeless, and was a guest lecturer in the Introduction to Peace Studies course his wife taught at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.
Along with his wife, Jerry Levin was the recipient of the 2009 Dali Lama’s Wisdom in Action: Unsung Heroes of Compassion Award. In 2016 his name was placed in nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize causing him to say he should not to be considered because there were and are clearly many more people and organizations who have given and risked far more than he in the name of nonviolent peace and justice. He is also a recipient of Life Memberships in the Radio and Television News Directors Association, and the Foreign Press Association of the United States
He has written about his conversion to nonviolence in Reflections On My First Noel and his experiences in the Middle East in West Bank Diary: Middle East Violence as Reported by a Former American Hostage. The story of his wife’s efforts to free him was told in the motion picture, Held Hostage, starring Marlo Thomas. It premiered on ABC Television on the Sunday evening before the first Gulf War began in January 1991.
Upon their return to Birmingham, the Dean of the Episcopal Cathedral Church of The Advent asked the Levins to serve as his Pre Marital Counselors (they are professionally trained, certified servers in this field). Dr. Levin, a long time Rotarian International member, joined her husband of forty years in accepting membership in the Rotary E Club of World Peace. Together they have made over one thousand talks on Healing the Dysfunctioning Family of Abraham both here and abroad.
For 30 years, my goal has been to empower young people to have a positive impact on the challenges they face. What if we asked them to do only important work? My passion for collaborative innovation, project-based learning, and arts integration has taken me to rural and urban classrooms; founding a parent cooperative; teaching in universities, working with NASA, curriculum writing, coaching teachers and administrators and inviting the whole world to make a shared vision of success through a mural project based on trees.
Derek Moore, Club President Elect
Brought up with Rotary as my father and uncle were both Rotarians. My uncle Ralph Jones was a Charter member of University District Rotary Club, sponsored by Seattle Rotary No.4, in 1947
Rotary life…-1979-1984…Bellingham, Washington Rotary .Classification: Television Station Management. Serviced on the board as secretary and Weekly Club Bulletin Reporter.. Hosted a student exchange student from Germany.
-1984-1986…Boise Idaho Rotary Classification : Television Station Management CBS-TV Served on the boards as Youth Chair, International Service. Chaired the District Conference in Sun Valley, Hosted a student from Brazil.
-1986-1992…Vancouver Arbutus Rotary Club, Classification: Television Sales Management, Global Television/Canada Went through the chairs, Youth Chairman, Secretary, President Elect, President 1991-92. Host three students, The Netherlands Mexico and France. In 2016 while on vacation in Europe, visited with Ton Menke, the Dutch student who is now 46 year old very successful businessman in Rotterdam. Hosted Group Study Exchange Groups from Norway and Russia. Coordinated the District Conference. Attended Rotary International Convention in Portland Oregon during my presidential year. Changed careers going from Television Management to becoming a Medical Insurance Broker. It was not convenient to join a morning or noon club, as I was building my book of business. Had a very successful career and retired to Rancho Mirage in 2013. -2013-2016 Rancho Mirage Rotary Club and served as President for 2015-16, during Rudy Westervelt’s year as District Governor.
Hosted 4 team members from South India as part of Friendship Exchange…Team member on Friendship Exchange to South Africa in November of 2016. Hosted 4 team members from South Africa in June, 2017. 2017-current E-Club World Peace…..find this group really challenging and look forward to working with Rudy and Karyn, as the group grows. Attended the Rotary Presidential Peace Building Conference in Vancouver in February 2018 and Rotary International Convention and Peace Summit in Toronto and served as a moderator at the session on Unconscious Bias
Education: Seattle University BA Business Administration with a major in Accounting, 1973. MBA University of Washington in International Marketing.1975.
Two Paul Harris Fellows 1991 and 2016. Taught television management seminars with Sterling Institute out of McClean, VA.
In a long term relationship for 12 years,with a physician, Vivek Bhargava, a fellow Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow, but lost him to kidney failure, over two years ago. I live in Rancho Mirage, California with my Life Mate, Richard Cadieux.
Served on the boards of various community organizations, The Washington State Convention Center, Stanford Alumni, etc. Travel extensively, or as much as possible, Europe, South Africa, Canada, and India
With nearly 20 years in business operations, human resources and finance management, Laura O’Connor has directed countless complex projects, from concept to fully operational status. After earning her Master of Public Administration from the University of Nebraska, Omaha, Laura founded Freedom Business Solutions, serving as Director of C-Suite Management Services. Laura began her career in the finance department of Semitool (now Applied Materials) as Executive Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer, before moving on to the property management division of Winter Sports, Inc. Laura continued on to real estate brokerage back office management for multiple firms before moving on to create Freedom Business Solutions. In her role as Director of Finance and Operations at these organizations she assisted in taking organizations to the position as market leaders with annual growth in the triple digits and per agent revenue increases in the range of 10-15% per year. After leading the merger of two of her top clients, Laura was recruited to step in as the CFO/ COO of Pure Real Estate – representing the Christie’s International Real Estate affiliates across Montana. After relocating to Portland Oregon, Laura joined Realogy Holdings Corp. as a Director of Franchise Performance for the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Franchise team. Laura gives back to the community in a variety of way but especially cherishes participation in Rotary where she has served at the local level on the Board of Directors (2014-2016) , held the position of President (2016-2017 and served as the Chair of District Grant Audit Committee from 2015-2017. Laura has been both a founder and an adviser on a number of tech startups and remains an adviser for another startup she founded in 2013: “Women Who Wine” a group for the Kalispell, MT community that fosters women networking while benefiting a different nonprofit each month; contributing over $88,000 back to area nonprofits in the first three years.
Adam Olson is Oxfam America’s Advocacy Advisor for the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Tennessee.
In this position, he works with a global team fighting poverty through advancing human rights. Adam collaborates with policymakers, allied organizations, community leaders, faith groups, and academics. His work is entirely nonpartisan.
Adam guest lectures on aid effectiveness and the politics of poverty, especially enabling local decision-making in development, international food aid procurement, and agricultural development.
Before coming to Oxfam, he worked in federal and state-level politics in Minnesota. Adam interned at the Walworth County District Attorney’s office and later held roles in local government and non-profits, including assisting with a historic reorganization of the Minneapolis and Hennepin County public library systems.
Greg Persall has been a Rotarian for over 25 years, has been with five clubs, and served as Club President with three of them. He is a Paul Harris Fellow +3. Greg is a retired Sergeant with the Riverside Co., California Sheriff’s Dept, and is also a U.S. Coast Guard veteran. During his career, he had assignments in Training, Corrections, Patrol, Youth Diversion, Community Policing, Disaster Response, Rangemaster/Firearms instructor, Chemical Agent instructor, Law Enforcement Incident Command Systems instructor/trainer. He has been an instructor and holds three teaching credentials. He holds an Associates degree in Police Science, a Bachelors degree in Management, and a Masters degree in Criminal Justice Administration.
Yvonne St.John-Dutra and Rich Dutra-St. John, M.A., MFT
Co-Founders Challenge Day & The Be the Change Movement
Experts on relationship building and communication, Yvonne and Rich Dutra-St. John have worked for over 31 years to break down the walls of negativity, judgment, separation, isolation and loneliness replacing them with compassion, understanding and love.
As graduates of the California public school system, Yvonne
and Rich experienced first-hand the costs and consequences of bullying and isolation in school. Committed to making things better for their own children, they founded the innovative and award-winning Challenge Day Program in 1987. Challenge Day has directly served over 2 million youth and adults in 2300 schools, 48 states and 11 countries around the world.
Challenge Day’s programs have expanded to touch the hearts and lives of millions of youth and adults throughout the world with the gift of film. They have been interviewed on a variety of news broadcasts, and twice appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Their life changing work has been featured in several nationally televised documentaries: The Emmy award-winning Teen Files: Surviving High School, MTV’s If You Really Knew Me, Tom Brokaw’s Bridging the Divide, and The Bully Solution, which won the Canadian Blue Ribbon Award for excellence in broadcasting. Internationally, Challenge Day has been the subject of Posh Production’s Over de Streep (Cross the Line), which aired for 7 consecutive years and has expanded into Belgium, as well as a documentary that was filmed in Uganda entitled Boys Don’t Cry. Additionally, in 2016, Rich and Yvonne designed 8 documentary programs for a series in The Netherlands entitled, Als Je Me Echt Zou Kennen (If You Really Knew Me) where they had the honor of working with diverse groups of parents, teachers, recovering addicts and courageous homeless individuals during the filming. Challenge Day was also featured in the book, Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul.
Drawing on a lifetime of experience, Rich and Yvonne have developed numerous specialized programs for groups and organizations ranging from school faculties, police officers, prisons, senior citizens, faith-based communities, athletic teams, businesses, nonprofits, summer camps and staff retreats. They speak on a variety of topics such as diversity education, gender training, addictions, couple’s communication, parenting, team building and relationship building. Their keynote addresses and experiential activities have inspired individuals to live, work and interact as the everyday heroes they were born to be.
They have presented programs at various conferences, companies, and organizations including The Coca-Cola Company, The Million Dollar Round Table, The Kalamazoo Foundation, JFK University, The Boost and Push Conferences, Families First, The Bigger Game Expo, The Peace Alliance, Reach for the Future, The World Wide Forgiveness Society, Trust Conference, TeenWork, The Whole Life Expos, The United Nations, The DARE Officers Association, The Mankind Project, The American Association of Group Psychotherapists, Transfinder Inc., California Solano County Men’s Prison, the Girl Scouts of America, and many more.
In 2003 Rich and Yvonne launched the Be the Change Movement with the goal of deepening and sustaining the impact of their work. Be the Change is a call to action, for people of all ages and backgrounds, a challenge to apply their 3-step formula for change – NOTICE, CHOOSE, ACT to every area of their lives and to commit to preforming at least one intentional positive act of change for the betterment of themselves and the world around them.
Their book, Be The Hero You’ve Been Waiting For has inspired thousands and has been the subject of many classroom and family discussions. Their inspirational message of hope, compassion and service permeates everything they do. As individuals and as a couple, Rich and Yvonne are masters at demonstrating what it means to live passionate, productive and meaningful lives.
- Juvenile Justice Commission Award 1988
- Red Ribbon Award – Contra County 1989
- Emmy Award – (Children’s Programing) Teen Files Surviving High School, 2000
- Contra Costa County Woman of the Year (Yvonne) 2001
- Man of Merit Award – Stand Against Domestic Violence (Rich) 2002
- Champions of Forgiveness by the World-Wide Forgiveness Alliance, 2005
- People Helping People Award from New Directions Counseling Center, 2006
- Top Mental Health Professionals Award (Rich) 2006
- Honorable Mention – The Peter F Drucker Award for Non-Profit Innovation 2006
- John F Kennedy Alumni of The Year Clinical Psychology (Rich) 2009
- Champions of Change – USA Network – Tom Brokaw, 2010
- Bigger Game Player Award from Laura Whitworth and Rick Tamlyn, 2015
- Challenge Denver – Program Founders Award – May 2018
Dr. and Master Zhi Gang Sha
Dr. and Master Zhi Gang Sha is a Tao master healer, a spiritual teacher and an 11-time New York Times bestselling author of 21 books. As a medical doctor trained in Western medicine, traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, he answered the call of the Divine by creating Soul Mind Body Medicine®. His life’s mission is to share this secret to transformation: Everything has a soul, including everything in your body. Heal the soul first; then healing of the mind and body will follow. Through this miraculous self-healing system, Master Sha has not only healed thousands of individuals, he’s also empowered them to transform their lives.
As the founder of the Institute of Soul Healing and Enlightenment™ and the Love Peace Harmony Foundation™, Master Sha was honored in 2006 with the prestigious Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission Award for his humanitarian efforts. In 2014, Master Sha was recognized by the cities of Maui and Honolulu in Hawaii for his compassionate service to promote love, peace and harmony worldwide. Master Sha was invited in 2015 to be one of the Founding Signatories of the Fuji Declaration, whose mission is to create lasting peace on Earth. Master Sha is a member of Rotary E-Club of World Peace and is a founding signatory of Conscious Business Declaration, which aims to define a new standard for business in the 21st century. In 2016, Master Sha received a commendation from Los Angeles County for his humanitarian efforts both locally and worldwide.
As a grandmaster of many ancient disciplines, including qigong, tai chi, kung fu, feng shui and the I Ching, Master Sha was named Qigong Master of the Year at the Fifth World Congress on Qigong. Since then, he has been honored with the title of Master out of respect for his many years as a high level practitioner of these ancient arts.
Master Sha is featured in the documentary film, Soul Masters. His New York Times bestselling Soul Power Series books reveal soul secrets, wisdom, knowledge and practical techniques to transform every aspect of life. His Soul Healing Miracles™ Series releases sacred wisdom, practical techniques and extraordinary blessings from the Source to empower people to create their own soul healing miracles.
Sharon Tennison, President and Founder of Center for Citizen Intiatives
Sharon Tennison has worked for 30 years in Russia and the countries of the former Soviet Union, creating numerous multi-year programs to provide training for Soviet and Russian citizens to gain independence and skills designed for self governance. She is founder and President of the Center for Citizen Initiatives (CCI). She lives and travels extensively part of the year in Russia.
Karyn Westervelt, President Elect of Rotary E Club of World Peace.
Karyn has been deeply involved in Rotary since joining the Rotary Club of Lake Arrowhead Mountain Sunrise in 2007. She served as Club President in 2009-10.
Her focus in Rotary has been on our youth, working with the Boys and Girls Club, Rotary Youth Camps, various Literacy and Training Programs.
Karyn’s first International Convention was in 2008. It was when she realized the enormous power of Rotary to end polio and change the world.
In 2015-16, her husband, Rudy, served as the Rotary International District 5330 Governor. Together they visited all 62 Rotary clubs in the Inland Empire and met hundreds of Rotarians with exciting new ideas.
January 15-16, 2016, Rudy convened the Rotary World Peace Conference. She helped him and the conference was a huge success. Many compared it to an international convention with over a dozen tracks and over 100 speakers and facilitators working to develop solutions to major issues happening in our communities.
She has started working with Rudy and others on the Rotary World Peace Conference 2020.
Karyn is very excited about being president of the Rotary Club of World Peace for 2018-19. Emmanuel has been a marvelous president and he, Karyn and Derek Moore, president, 2019-20 are now working together to continue the club’s success and growth.
Rudy and Karyn have five grandchildren living in four different states. They enjoy RI Conventions, working to promote peace and travel.
Rudy Westervelt, Club Member & Advisor, Rotary District 5330 Governor 2015-16, Convener of the Rotary World Peace Conference 2016, CEO of Power in Learning. Programs Chair for the 2017 Presidential Peace Conference at the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta. Programs Chair for the 2017 Zone 25-26 Institute in Reno. Advisor to the 2017-18 Rotary International Conference Series. Convener of Rotary World Peace Conference 2020. President of Solutions for Peace Foundation, Inc.
Rudy earned his B.S. from Cornell University, his M.S. from the University of Connecticut. He has numerous scientific publications and has given presentations and led training sessions around the country. For 30 years he led manufacturing plants and distribution centers for The Kroger Co. He currently operates his own company, Power in Learning and is a sought after consultant across the food industry and a training facilitator and team building leader for all leadership teams.
In 1980 David Wick, Ashland Culture of Peace Commission Executive Director, helped launch the United Nations NGO, Pathways To Peace (PTP), as a director, which assisted the adoption of the UN’s International Day of Peace in 1981. PTP used the terminology of a Culture of Peace in the mid 1980’s and was involved in the United Nations 1999 Resolution “Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace” (A/RES/53/243). David also led the global PTP Culture of Peace Initiative, a United Nations-designated “Peace Messenger Initiative”.
In 2013 in Ashland, Oregon David and Irene Kai inspired a core group of people to organize a highly successful International Day of Peace, Feast for Peace and to work with the Mayor on deepening its identity as a City of Peace. The Mayor challenged us to find ways “to contribute to peace in our own lives and in the world at large.” However, to truly accomplish this we needed to move beyond dinners, words and proclamations to practical ideas for formalizing a culture of peace in an ongoing way throughout the community.
Vice President Global Relations, Silver Light International –
A Professional Services Company that serves as a bridge between the United States and China, works throughout China, and has a focus on Jiangsu and Zhejiang Provinces. We provide a trusted partner for western clients who are interested in accessing the important China market.
Publisher at Silver Light Publications Inc., a small but mighty award-winning publishing company in Ashland, OR
– First book wins three national awards – The Golden Mountain: Beyond the American Dream
– Second book wins national Freedom Fighter Award – What Do You See?
– Four books become textbooks in Universities
Please go to http://www.silverlightpub.com.
1. European Foundation for Management Development, Sun Microsystems, Stanford University, Levi Strauss, Santa Cruz County, Pathways To Peace.
2. Co-created the Organization and Societal Transformation Special Interest Group, pioneered organization learning and Knowledge sharing. At Sun Microsystems received companywide recognition, for my first-of-its-kind in Silicon Valley, Mini-MBA program and received an Information Resources Champion, Academy Award for it in 1996.
3. Extensive international training and consulting experience in both the business and peacebuilding arenas. I have been responsible for corporate and executive development programs in Spain, Hong Kong, France, India, Germany, Belgium and Canada. In 1982, I co-founded the internationally recognized organization Pathways To Peace (a NGO at the United Nations) and co-founder of its business focused project, PeaceBuilding through Business.
In 1996, I helped design and lead an international conference in Delhi, India related to leadership in Human Unity. My weeklong program on leadership was a subset of the conference that involved 100,000 people from over 50 countries.
Co-facilitate Listen To The City, a dialogue with 5000 New Yorkers on the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site.
Peacebuilder using humor and the Rotary Four-Way Test where questions lead to answers and desired outcomes beneficial to all concerned.
Rotary International, member
Westport Sunrise Rotary, president 2014-15
Rotarian Action Group for Peace, co-founder
Rotary E-club of World Peace, Vocational Service co-chair
Peace Literacy Foundation, advisor
International Cities of Peace, representative to the United Nations
United Nations Association-USA, member
Author, Rotary Four-Way Test for Conflict Transformation
Mark joined the Rotarian Action Group for Peace (RAGFP) Board because he believes that Rotarians have, are and will continue to effectively promote peace and conflict resolution/prevention through humanitarian service. He is confident that the Rotarian Action Group for Peace (RAGFP) will bring greater focus to Rotarian PeaceBuilding initiatives, muster the needed resources and talent to achieve greater understanding, goodwill and peace in our communities and conflict zones around the world.
Mark serves The Rotary Foundation as a Technical Coordinator for the Cadre of Technical Assistance Advisers in the Area of Focus: Peace & Conflict Resolution/Prevention. He has served as President of the Jerusalem Rotary Club RY 2009-10, was a Presidential Citation Awardee RY 2009-10 and received the District Outstanding Service Shield in RY 2009-10 & RY 2012-13. He is currently serving as the Chair of the Club Services Committee RY 2012-14, and was the Club Secretary RY 2004-5 as well as the Club Bulletin Editor for six years and Webmaster RY 2003-present. Mark has been named District TRF Fund Raising Chair in RY 2014-15.
He and his wife, PP Dr. Marilyn Farber, are Rotary Foundation (TRF) Major Donors, Benefactors, Bequest Society members and Multiple Paul Harris Fellows. Mark has also served Rotary as District Chair Peace Projects RY 2004-5, and served two terms as the Chair, International Fellowship of Rotarian Editors and Publishers (ROTARY IFREP) RY 2007-08 & 2012-13. Mark served as District Chair Rotary Friendship Exchange (RFE) RY 2010-13 reestablishing this program after a 23 year hiatus. Mark is the Co-founder and Past Co-Chair of the Rotary Leadership Institute (Israel Division).
At present, Mark is a Director on the Paul Harris Peace Forest Board of Directors RY 2012-15, the Zone Institute (Jerusalem) Coordinator for Sergeants-at- Arms services (November 2013), the District Program Coordinator for Rotary Services RY 2013-14, The Rotary Foundation (TRF) Technical Advisor (Microfinance, Community and Economic Development), The Rotary Foundation (TRF) Technical Coordinator (Peace & Conflict Resolution/Prevention) RY 2012-15.
Over the span of his career, Mark has worked with diverse organizations in the USA and in Israel: U.S. Peace Corps Country Director, the United Nations Development Program Senior Advisor, Jewish Federation and Community Center Executive Director and in various Ministries for the State of Israel: Division Director, Research and Program Evaluation, Ministry of Social Affairs. He has lectured and taught at prestigious educational institutions including Hebrew University, Haifa University, Cornell University, Brandeis University and Boston University.
Mark received his Ph.D. in Social Welfare at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA (USA). He also holds a Master of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (Economic and Social Development) in Pittsburgh, PA (USA), and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science (with concentrations in Economics and Sociology) from San Diego State University in San Diego, CA (USA).